Friday, April 1, 2016

CITGO Fueling Education Sweepstakes

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education.  STEM Education is a very hands on curriculum that encourages learning through problem solving, discovering, and exploring.  
CITGO Petroleum Corporation is dedicated to fueling education.  They have even launched a website and program with the goal of celebrating STEM Education, as well as celebrating imagination and innovation in classrooms across America.
CITGO is encouraging teachers to enter the CITGO Fueling Education Sweepstakes.  Entering is easy, but first, let's talk about the GREAT prizes that you could win!!!

For the GRAND PRIZE, renowned STEM educator, Steve Spangler, could you visit your school!  How cool would that be?!  Nine other classrooms will have the opportunity to attend one of Steve Spanglers' "Science in the Rockies" workshops.  And, 90 teachers (yes, 90!!!) could win a $1,000 National School Supply Voucher for their classrooms!  Now that's a lot of school supplies!! :)

To enter, simply tell CITGO how your students use STEM learning to boost their creative and critical thinking skills.  I told you it was easy! :)
BONUS: Be one of the first teachers to enter and you will win a *FREE* STEM toolkit (for grades K-2, 3-5 or 6-8) with loads of fun STEM "Imagination Lab" experiments, a free classroom poster and much more. (Available while supplies last.).

That's not all!  Teachers can also download individual STEM content for use in their classrooms!

So, what are you waiting for?!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Let's Summarize!!

Today I am dusting off the old blog and stopping in for a visit!  I am so excited to share my new summarizing unit with you.  My kids love summarizing with SWBST (somebody, wanted, but, so, then) and I hope your kids will, too!

Let's Summarize is jam PACKED with goodies to help your little ones master the art of summarizing.  I get giddy just looking at all the fun and colorful stuff on the cover!!

Speaking of colorful... I decided to completely color code SWBST.  I thought it would be helpful for my kiddos to recognize each part if they were also associated with a color.  So far, so good!  Throughout the pack, the posters, cards and examples use the same colors: pink (somebody), purple (wanted), blue (but), green (so), and orange (then).

I created an anchor chart story to help students understand the meaning behind SWBST:

I think most people have heard the story of the princess and her frog prince, so I used that as my example!  After I introduce the posters, I model how to put the information into a quick summary using complete sentences.

Next, I like to pull a favorite book out of my collection and read it to my class.  I used Click, Clack, Peep!  Then we use the color coded SWBST cards to write important information as a whole group.  I stress that at this point, it's okay not to use complete sentences:
Again, I show my firsties how to put the information together (they help make the sentences longer by adding in little bits of information that they remember from the story).  After the summary is complete, I underline the sentences- color coded, of course!- to show each part of SWBST: 
To give my littles more practice, I created printables with 8 original passages.  On each page, students can read the story, and then go back and "highlight" the important parts using... the color code, of course! :)
I also created two interactive notebook pages.  Students can color the flap appropriately and write the important questions under the flaps (somebody - who is the main character? etc.): 
The second page has the important questions already printed, so kiddos can use it to summarize a story on their own (not pictured).  There is also a generic summarizing sheet in the pack (not pictured)!

I also included a little craftivity in this pack... are you surprised?!  It's a flip book craft, and there is space for students to summarize a story in pictures or words underneath.  I just love it!!
If you like what you see here, you can grab Let's Summarize in my TpT shop!!  I hope you love it!! :)

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Crafts & Ideas for MLK Day!

Well hello there!  Happy New Year!  Tomorrow is Martin Luther King Day, so I thought I'd share some ideas-- old and new-- with you!

First up, I created a new resource to use with my little ones.  It includes a simple craftivity with an opportunity for writing...
as well as a 10-page mini reader to help students learn about Dr. King's life!

You can find Martin Luther King, Jr. {Craftivity & Reader} in my TpT Shop!

A few years ago, I created another craft that is perfect for MLK Day!  This activity celebrates diversity, with two kids of different ethnicities holding hands...

The pack also includes various printables to help with your MLK lessons:

The I Have a Dream pack is also available in my TpT store!
One of my favorite activities for Martin Luther King Day is singing.  Yup, singing!!

And the kiddos love it, too!  I found the song/chart on Pinterest, from Welcome to Room 36.  Sing it to the tune of "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands"... it's catchy!!

After reading all about Dr. King, my kiddos and I create an anchor chart to post and refer to:

I also found some great, new ideas that I'd like to use with my kiddos this year!  I love how Michelle from Apples and ABC's uses skin color crayons as a visual for Dr. King's dream!  So much so, that I Amazon Primed myself a box of multicultural crayons!
And how cute is this directed drawing from First Grade Blue Skies?!

Last but not least, I love this activity using The Crayon Box That Talked from The Bubbly Blonde Teacher.  And it's a freebie!!

Hopefully you can find something to use in your classroom this week :)

Sunday, November 29, 2015

TpT Cyber SMILE Sale!!

Are you ready to shop?!  Tomorrow is Cyber Monday, which means DEALS all across the Internet!  And TpT is joining in on the fun by throwing a HUGE site-wide SALE!  Everything in my shop will be on SALE Monday, November 30th and Tuesday, December 1st!  Enter code SMILE at checkout to save an additional 10% off your purchase!

Below I am highlighting some new {and newly updated} products in my shop.  To check out everything else that I have to offer, click HERE! :)

Super Sight Word Heroes printables are a *SUPER* way for students to practice their sight words! Each page focuses on ONE sight word.  Kiddos will trace, write, color, stamp, circle, and read & copy {sentences include picture support}!  This BUNDLE currently includes printables for Pre-Primer and Primer words, and will eventually include First Grade practice sheets as well!!

The Sprint Prints Complete Bundle is FULL of fun for your students!  These themed printables are great to grab in a pinch!  Fast finishers, morning work, time-fillers... however you use them, your kiddos are sure to love these activities!  In each monthly pack, you'll find 15+ fun printables to keep your students engaged.  There is also a BONUS craftivity inside each set!

Letter Sorts A-Z & Letter Sorts Tricky Pairs are fun ways to help your students master the alphabet!  Kiddos will practice identifying and sorting uppercase and lowercase letters and tricky letter pairs {such as b and d}  in various fonts.  They will also work on letter formation and use fine motor skills.  Students will love the different activities on each sheet!

Dice Games All Year is sure to be a hit among your students!  The games are fun, engaging, and easy to prep-- just add dice and crayons!  There are 8 different games included, and each game come in 14 themes.  Students will become familiar with the formats of each game, and you will have a variety of activities to pull out during the holidays!!

Happy Shopping!!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Super Sight Word Heroes

As teachers, it's so very rewarding to watch our little ones turn into READERS!  I teach first grade, and I often find that my students are all over the place: some come into my classroom reading above level, while others come in well below.  It's great to witness their growth throughout the year as everyone becomes successful readers!!

One component to learning how to read is sight word practice... and lots of it!  That's why I'm creating a series of sight word practice pages for my little ones.  Each page will focus on ONE sight word.  Take a look:
Kiddos will trace, write, color, stamp, circle, and read & copy a sentence using the sight word.  The sentences include picture support and have touch dots underneath each word to support tracking!

The examples above are from the Pre-Primer pack.  There are 40 words:
a - and - away - big - blue - can - come - down - find - for - funny - go - help - here - I - in - is - it - jump - little - look - make - me - my - not - one - play - red - run - said - see - the - three - to - two - up - we - where - yellow - you

You can grab Sight Word Super Heroes {Pre-Primer} now in my shop!  I've also included the Pre-Primer edition in the Sight Word Super Heroes {Growing Bundle}!  This bundle will soon include printables for the Primer and First Grade words, too!

Before I sign off, I wanted to show you a little "behind the scenes" look at a TpT-mama photoshoot!
Summer kept stealing stamps and crayons while I was trying to take my pictures!  She is seriously too cute!!! ::heart eyes::

Have a great night! :)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Switch Witch!

Switch Witch is a NEW educational, healthy, and magical Halloween tradition!
This gift set comes with a 20 page hardcover book and a cute little witch for your home... or your classroom!
The story tells how the Switch Witch and her friends need your Halloween candy to heat their homes and keep the world of witches running all year.  Switch Witch will use a magic spell to Switchcraft your kids' Halloween candy into a special gift!

The Switch Witch is perfect for families or teachers looking for fun, healthy, allergy-free alternatives for Halloween!  Kids are still encouraged to trick-or-treat and ENJOY the tradition of Halloween.  Then, they will choose their favorite candies (however much you want to keep!) and trade the rest with the Switch Witch.
In the classroom, you can alter how you use the Switch Witch!  She makes a great classroom management tool for the month of October.

To introduce her to my class, I just put her on top of the bulletin board and waited for my students to notice her.  It took about half the day... when suddenly a student yelled, "Who's that witch?!"  I pretended I had no clue and "found" the book.  They *loved* it!

If you'd like to introduce The Switch Witch to your family or students, she is available at Target!  There is also a FREE app available on Google Play and the App Store.
How would you use The Switch Witch?

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Classroom Tour 2015-2016

I am finally here with a mini tour of my classroom!  At least it didn't take me as long as last year-- October 11th vs. November 4th-- #winning!

Disclaimers:  (1) I took the pictures at the end of the day so there are scraps on the floor. And (2) I still have things to add into my room-- like birthdays on the birthday board?!-- I credit the delay to beginning of the year paperwork and due dates. ;)

Let's start off the tour with my desk space and bulletin board area:
I kept the same "black with pops of color" theme as last year for my boards.  Mystery of the year... will I ever add standards for Science & Social Studies??? 
The three turquoise bins are new to my teacher corner.  I keep all sorts of fun things inside like snacks, utensils, toiletries, extra markers, Scholastic flyers, calendar pieces...
Here's another view of the nook.  I keep copies for the week in the clear bins, which are labeled now, but not in this pic!  On the board I keep our high-frequency words, anchor charts, hand signals, and our clip chart (you can see the clips):

On the other side of the clip chart is my writing space on the chalkboard.  I keep book bins in the cubbies below.  Then all the way to the right of the board I have more goodies:
 Class rules, our Compliment Jar, voice levels, Wilson's anchor charts, etc.
If you turn yourself around, skipping the door and closets, you'll now be facing the back of my classroom.  
This year I got a new kidney table which I'm loving for small groups!
Keep going and you'll come to the little library (which at the time of this picture, didn't have books in it yet).  I created another nook in my room by using the white shelves to section the  space.  I really don't have a big classroom so I can't have a huge library space, but this is cute and it works!
Looking beyond the library you'll see my teacher aide's space, our sink and cabinets, the unfinished birthday board, and the door to our bathroom:
And that's just about it!  While I did make a few big changes to the classroom, it's pretty much the same look as last year's room.  I like what I like!  And I hope you like it, too! :)

Before I go... here's the sweetest picture of my little one roaming around my classroom in the days before school started:
Love! :)