Thursday, July 27, 2017

Back to School Black Friday Sale on Teachers Pay Teachers

Join all the fun at the Back to School Black Friday Sale on TPT tomorrow (Friday, July 28th). Search the hashtag #BTSBlackFriday to find great deals at 50% off.

We have put our First Grade Math Journal Bundle (for the whole school year) on sale for only $6.50!
Here is the link to this one:

#BTSBlackFriday BUNDLE:First Grade Math Journals aligned to Common Core

We also put our Tall Tales unit on sale for $4.75. Here is the link to this one:
#BTSBlackFriday Tall Tales Unit (Folktales):using 9 Tall Tales

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Math Spiral Review

In my teaching career, I figured out very quickly that I needed to provide my students with continual spiral review of concepts in order for them to truly learn them. For most of my teaching years, I have taught First Grade (17 out of 20 years).

First Grade is full of discovery for children. Many of them are seeing things for the first time at school. In Math, I always use lots of hands-on activities and manipulatives to go along with learning to write math ideas and answers on paper.

Throughout the years, I discovered that the math series books that we used did not do an adequate job of spiral reviewing the concepts. Often, there would be some spiral review papers here and there, but I always felt like they needed a quick review almost daily.

I developed a daily math journal for my students that would provide a short daily practice of skills we had learned. It starts with easier concepts and gets more challenging as the year goes on and they learn more skills. I was recovering from Lyme Disease treatment one summer and was on the couch most of the month of July, so I had a lot of time to rearrange the problems and develop an order that matched our math series.

I divided the journal into four parts- one for each of our 9 week grading periods. I used these for five years until I moved to Second Grade. I'm now teaching Third Grade. I miss these Journals! I've been working on one for Third Grade. Hopefully, it will get done this year. I want it to be helpful for the students and worth the time it takes them to complete the problems each day, so it is going slow as I figure out how I want it.

BUNDLE: First Grade Math Journals aligned to Common Core (4 of them)
Anyway, if you are looking for an easy way to incorporate a spiral review in your First Grade math class, here are the links to my Math Journals.
Math Journal 1st Grade- First 9 weeks (updated)
Math Journal First Grade- Second 9 Weeks (updated)

First Grade Math Journal: 3rd 9 Weeks (updated)
First Grade Math Journal: 4th 9 weeks (updated)

Monday, July 17, 2017

Monday Made It

I can't believe the summer is going by so quickly! I have been trying to slowly do some crafts for my classroom without going on school overload. I'm trying to relax this summer.

Here are some things I have finished:
These letters are from the word "DREAM" I had up on my class cabinets the past couple of years. I decided to reuse the letters to spell"READ" in my class library.

I painted them in a darker blue. Then, I used Mod Podge to attach sports cut-outs that I had at home. The Gator heads are cut out from a roll of ribbon. This was a quick change (once the paint dried) that I think will add something to my class library.

I ordered this wooden football shape with an "H" from Zulily for my classroom. (It was only $10). It is a very nice thick wood. I just used paint to transform it. Again, some blue paint for the "H".

I am planning to attach it to my classroom wall with Command velcro. I have a walkway area in my new classroom and I think this will be perfect there.

This was a quick and easy craft. This is a wooden ipad/cookbook stand I used in the kitchen. I no longer really use it. So, I decided to use it on my desk at school for my Erin Condren Teacher Planner. It fits perfectly.

I painted it white and used Gator ribbon to decorate it.

That's it for this week. Having my wisdom teeth out last Thursday has slowed me down some. I have a few more projects I want to do before going back to my classroom. (We can't get back in until the week before Teacher Planning week.)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Wednesday Whimsy and a Freebie

We went to Oregon in June to visit my family and introduce my grandson, Benjamin, to that side of the family.

I took this picture in my father's backyard. He was born and raised in Florida and enjoys collecting flamingos to remind him of Florida. He also grows bamboo, like he had at his father's house in Florida. So, Ben enjoyed playing among the bamboo and flamingos and I caught him with this picture.

This picture makes me smile. Ben is so fun and whimsical!

I have been slowly working on things for my new classroom and theme. I am going to do a Sports theme. I made banners for my bulletin boards: Math, Science, and Social Studies. I bought black and white striped banners at Target on clearance ($2 each). I created letters with circles around them to attach to each banner piece. Here is how they look:

I did mine in blue and orange letters (for the Gators). If you like the letters, here is a freebie with the letters and circles around them. The letters are in black here.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Monday Made It

I can't believe July is already here! June was busy around here. Luckily, July should be a little slower and relaxing. I love making crafts and painting. So, I really enjoy these Monday Made It blog posts. I love seeing what other teachers are busy making over the summer.

Here are some things I have been working on:

"MATH" Letters

I didn't take a "before" picture, but these are cardboard letters that are about 5 inches tall. I got them from Hobby Lobby last week. I kept them fairly simple and just painted them in blue and orange for my classroom - Sports theme with orange and blue for the Gators. I plan to put them on top of the shelf where I keep the math manipulatives. 

Flamingo Teacher Toolbox Labels

I have been working on adding Teacher Toolbox Label Card sets to our Teachers Pay Teachers store. This set has Flamingos. There is also a Tropical Fun set and a Pineapple Set. You can find this Flamingo set here. (for only $1)

Tropical Fun Schedule Cards

I have been busy making items to match the Tropical Fun theme in our Tpt store. Here are the Schedule cards. They come in 2 different fonts and there are lots of choices to choose from for your schedule display.

If you are interested,you can find the Schedule cards here.

Those are some projects I have finished this past week, while recovering from our trip to Oregon (on a plane with a 1 year old!). Hope your Summer is going well!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Monday Made It (a little late this week)

After a week long trip to Oregon to visit family, I am back and have started slowly working on things for next school year. We have linked up with 4th Grade Frolics for the weekly "Monday Made It".

Sign Make-Over
This is a sign I made for my last classroom. I decorated with turquoise and lime green. I had those colors for a few years, so I decided to change for next year. I have decided on a Sports theme. The colors will be mostly black, white, green, blue, and orange. The blue and orange are for our local college football team. Go Gators! 
So, I am trying to reuse items in my classroom. I decided to just paint this since I enjoy using it to hang up pictures during the year. This is what it looked like last year.
I painted it blue. The "H" was painted orange.I put Gator ribbon and a logo in the corner. The clothespins were already dark blue, so I just painted around them. Here it is now:
Fast and Easy White Board Change

This took less than five minutes to do. I bought this cute small white board at Target last year. I hung it above where I displayed student work and changed the titles of the work. The trim was turquoise.

I hot glued black ribbon over the turquoise, and now it will match my new room.

Tropical Fun Themed Welcome Sign

I have seen the cutest tropical themed items this summer! If I had seen them earlier, I may have chosen that as a theme for my classroom next year. A teacher friend of mine is doing this theme- with an emphasis on flamingos. So, I have been designing things for her. 
Here is a FREE Welcome sign I have posted on Teachers Pay Teachers. The letters come in both pink and green. You can click here (or on the picture) to download your own banner.

Tropical Fun Themed Free Welcome Banners

Tropical Fun Themed Calendar Set

This Calendar Set matches the Welcome Banner. It comes in 4 different fonts and colors. Thee are 5 different sets of calendar numbers so you can choose which clip art to use. It also has year cards for the next four years. You can click here to go to the Teachers Pay Teachers page for this or click on the picture below.

Tropical Fun Theme Calendar Set


Whimsical Succulent Garden

I saw this cute little pot for planting succulents. It's from Amazon. It was very easy. I just bought soil for succulents and three succulent plants. Here are the pictures:

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Lesson Plan Book for 2017-2018

This year, I planned ahead and ordered an Erin Condren Lesson Plan book for next school year at the beginning of June. I discovered them last Summer. Before then, I was in a district where we didn't have a choice of what to use for lesson plans. I ordered my Lesson Plan book in late July last year and it took a little while to arrive, so I didn't have it the first week of school.

I was excited when I returned from my trip to Oregon and my new book was waiting for me. I think I received it 1 1/2 weeks after I ordered it. This is the cover I chose for next year:

For the inside pages, I like to use whole sheet stickers and print out the headers instead of writing them in the boxes. I don't put the times at the top of the columns, so I just type the subjects. 

This is what the page looks like in the book when it comes:

I add stickers to the top of each column:

Here is the Lesson Planner I used last year. I uploaded pictures and they made the cover for me.

Here is a picture of one of the weekly spreads. 

I decided to make the Headers for next year with just a white background to save on printer ink. If you would like to use the Headers I made, I have uploaded them to Teachers Pay Teachers here for free. Unfortunately, you can't edit them. (I am still learning how to do that.) You could print one out and use it as a size template if the words aren't exactly what you need. Enjoy!