Friday, August 30, 2013

FREE Nut Allergy Signs

This year I have 2 students in my room that both have severe nut allergies.  I have had to re-train myself to look at the labels for EVERYTHING, monitor who sits by who during lunch, wash hands religiously before and after eating, and wipe tables like a mad women after snack.  I'd love to share some signs with you that I made to help make others aware when they enter my room.  I have this hanging right by my classroom entrance.
I made 4 different versions in case you can use it too!

You can download these posters {here} for free.

Hopefully no one will have a reaction this year in my room or yours! (or anyone else's for that matter!) Scary. Scary. Scary.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

2D Shapes Play-dough Mats Freebie & Weekly Plans

This week's planning is done!  Thank you so much to everyone who left such sweet comments about my plans last week.  I'll do my best to post them each week.  It helps me stay organized and I am so glad it is helping other people plan too! :)

This week we will start recognizing and composing shapes.  I whipped up some easy peasy play-dough mats to help with the composing part.  I'm also hoping it helps with learning how many sides each shape has....and serves as a fine motor practice at the same time.

P.S.- It is no coincidence that the frame for these mats are plaid.  Our story this week is Plaidypus Lost. Wink. Wink.
Grab your free copy by clicking here, either image below, 
or from the link on the weekly plans.

Here is a peek at my week!  I'm still introducing stations so most of the station activities are the same as last week.  I always forget how long it takes to get the hang of it!  You can click on either picture to download or view the plans in a Google Doc.  If you save the file, you will be able to click on each of the links/pictures to grab that particular freebie or product.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books {Freebie}

Have you pulled out your Old Lady books yet?  Here's a roll and cover game to go along with the school supplies version.

I included 3 different levels: Rolling 1 die and covering the number, rolling 2 dice and covering the sum, and rolling 3 dice and covering the sum.  Enjoy!

{Grab all 3 games for FREE by clicking the picture.}
Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books Roll and Cover FREE
Of course the games are based off of this fun book:
Freebie Fridays

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Take a peek at what I've planned for this week!

I'm going to try my best and make visual plans for myself like the lovely Mrs. Deedee Wills does every week!  I did not make plans for this past week because it was crazy with back to school and teaching all those routines and procedures...but I'm on top of things now!

Here are some pics of my plans for this week.  You can click on either image to open them up in Google Docs so you can see it larger and save a copy if you'd like.  Also, the hyperlinks are interactive so you can see where I got all of the awesome products I will be using this week.

Take a look:

Is this helpful to anyone else besides me?  If so, I'll try to keep posting them each week!

By the way, don't forget about the AWESOME TpT SALE that is going on right now through midnight Monday!  My store is 20% off!  Make sure and enter code BTS13 at checkout to save an additional 10%, totaling 28% off of everything! :)  Keep calm and shop on...I will be!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Mission: Math!! {Sale time too!}

A friend of mine asked for a math journal and I'm embarrassed to say I have had one in the works for a year now and just haven't had the time to finalize it and share it with everyone!  Thanks, Andrea, for encouraging me to kick it in high gear this week and get this sweet thing DONE!

I now present to you.....

It is meant to be a mix between math tasks and math journal prompts that you can use as a supplement to your math curriculum.  I've been using labels for years to help the flow of my math block and I love how you can differentiate them and leave them open ended for the kiddos too.  The math task portions of this pack get your students thinking with a mixture of manipulatives like counters, cubes, pattern blocks, etc.  They get to use their fingers and their brains to solve away.

Did I mention that all the Common Core Math Standards are addressed in this?  Yep.  I hit on them all and organized them according to the math domains.  Therefore, the labels are not meant to be sequential. You can skip around or work within whatever area of math you need to!

There are 135 total so I figure that gives us several a week for the entire school year! :)

You can click on the image above to read more about this pack or get it {here}.  It will be on sale through Monday as part of the TpT Back to School Sale- see below!

Thanks to Krista for the button!

I feel like I've already been in school for ages though in reality it has just been a few weeks.  I have SO been looking forward to this sale and can't wait to move most of those must-haves out of my wishlist and into my cart!

Here is how it works:
My entire store will be on sale for 20% off!  At checkout, use code: BTS13 to save an additional 10% equally a total of 28% off everything!!  Now is the time to stock up while you can! :)

Here are a few things you might be interested in when planning for back to school:



Of course EVERYTHING in my store is on sale this weekend!
Happy shopping!

Monday, August 12, 2013

1st Day Pic and Magic Playdoh!

Today was our first full day with all 21 students!  Phew!  All I have to say is thank goodness I have a Student Teacher because if I didn't have her I'm not sure we would have made it out the door in time for dismissal.  Thank you, Kathryn! ;-)

One of the activities we did today involved a little magic playdoh.  This box appeared in our classroom and had an adorable little poem attached.  You can grab the poem for free {here} at Fun in First Grade's blog.  She didn't write the poem but she typed it up and it REALLY came in handy last night when I was about to make my own.  Thanks, Jodi!

Originally I intended on making a little bag of playdoh for everyone.  However, I did not have enough cream of tartar so I decided to make just one batch for the whole class.  After reading the poem today, we made predictions on what color we thought it would turn.  Then we passed the dough around the circle, each child taking a turn at kneading it a little.  Our dough magically turned to green- our class color!  It actually worked pretty well as a group activity!
Here's the recipe I used along with how to add the magic part:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup salt
2 Tablespoons cream of tartar
1 cup of water
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil

(I also like to add a little smelly something like peppermint extract to make it smell good! A little goes a long way...)

Mix dry ingredients in medium saucepan.  Stir in water and oil.   Stir over medium heat 3-5 minutes until it forms a ball in the center of the pan.  Remove to floured surface and knead for 1 minute.  Store in air tight container.  May be refrigerated.

To color the playdoh you can add an envelope of Kool-Aid or Wilton Paste food coloring.  For the purpose of this "magic" dough, I simply left the playdoh white and squirted some green food coloring in the center of the ball.  The playdoh absorbed the food coloring over night so I didn't have to worry about food coloring staining hands when we began kneading the dough to mix it today.

Loads of fun for a first day activity and a great introduction to predicting too.

We read a simple "Welcome to Kindergarten" book with this activity but does anyone know of a specific book that might tie in well with this?

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Common Core Readiness Anchor Standards and ELA Shifts {Free}

I had a request from a sweet friend to type up a simple version of the Common Core Readiness Anchor Standards.  As with many states, my state and district is transitioning to Common Core and is emphasizing the 3 key shifts in ELA/literacy.  Are you familiar with these shifts?  These shifts and their characteristics are from the SAP (Student Achievement Partners) that is a non-profit organization working with CCSS founders.  You can visit their website and download a great deal of information about these shifts {here}.  The wording on this poster is straight from their site- I only created a visual for it.

If you are interested, you can download a copy of the shifts poster and the Readiness Anchor Standards  by clicking any of the images.  They are simple but important! :)

I plan to post these in my classroom as a reminder for myself and a teaching tool for my students along with the Mathematical Practice Standards I created last spring.  {You can click the image to grab the math ones as well!}

I hope you can use these too!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Environmental Print Freebies {Throwback Thursday!}

It was back to school for me this week and I am exhausted.  The kids don't even come back until Monday!  Phew.  Honestly, I am so glad it is Thursday so I can link up with Cara of The First Grade Parade again.  That doesn't require too much thinking.  :) Is she even doing this link up this week? Hmmm....Well, just in case here is a post from last year with some environmental print goodies.  I will be doing these activities again in a few weeks for sure!

Originally posted July 28, 2012

Check out what I've been up to this week!

That's right.  I've been gallivanting all over the city snapping pictures for my new Environmental Print Alphabet posters! I managed to find 1-3 pictures for each letter of the alphabet and only used half of a tank of gas. :)

Do you use environmental print in your classroom?  Here's one of the activities I like to do:
*Revised 3:00pm Central Standard Time- sorry for the mislabeling on p. 4 and 5!
I'm guest blogging today for Marsha at A Differentiated Kindergarten.  Make sure you stop by to read my ideas about how to incorporate environmental print into the beginning of the year.  While you are there, you can download another freebie!

***2013 Update*** 
Here is my latest adventure with photography- 2-D and 3-D Shapes in the Environment! Download the FREE PREVIEW FILE for a sample freebie. :)

The pack includes: 79 photo cards, 8 shape scene cards, 3-In-a-Row game (8 game mats), 26 sorting cards, 2 Spin and Graph games, "I Can" and "Math Talk" task cards

Make sure and download the FREE PREVIEW FILE to grab your "sample" activity.  Click {here}.