Friday, July 27, 2012

Freebie Friday!

Freebie Fridays

How did we get to the last Friday of July already?!?  Well, the good thing is that it is time for Freebie Friday again!  Here is a Word Work activity where students will use letter tiles to create their spelling words or spelling pattern words then use them in sentences.  My followers can download the activity for FREE.  Teachers Pay Teachers has been having technical issues, but the time you visit, check out my year's worth of Themed Spelling Test papers that I recently downloaded. 

Thank you so much for visiting my blog!  I appreciate all of your comments!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

50 Followers and More Awards!

I finally hit a landmark in Blogging Land--50 followers! Thanks for following me!
I also have received more blog awards. Thank you to Karmen at Karmen's Kinders of Room 103 and Michaela at O'Fishally Learning for this Versatile Blogger Award!
For the Versatile Blogger Award, here are the rules:
1: Thank the blogger who nominated you.
2: Include the link to their blog.
3: Include the image in your blog.
4: Give 7 Random facts about yourself.
5: Nominate 15 other Bloggers for the Award!
6: When nominating, include the links to their site.
7: Let other bloggers know they have been nominated!!!
 So, here are 7 Random Facts About Me:
  1. I have been teaching since 1992.
  2. I am married to my college sweetheart and my 20th wedding anniversary will be on 12-12-12.
  3. I played the drums in school for 10 years.
  4. I love to scrapbook and do crafty projects (when I have time).
  5. I love naps!
  6. I love to watch “So You Think You Can Dance.”
  7. When it comes to creating things to use with my students, if it isn't cute, it isn't worth doing! Yes, I'm very OCD a perfectionist. My mom (also a teacher) says that things should be "'visually pleasing." :)
I also received the One Lovely Blog Award from Kylee at Reflections at Recess and Elizabeth at Mrs. Hodge and Her Kindergarten Class
Here are the guidelines for the "One Lovely Blog Award."
1. Follow the person who gave you the award.
2. Link back to the person that gave you the award.
3. Pass the award on to 15 new bloggers.
Since bloggers get awards that may not show up on the blogs yet, I am nominating these new Bloggers for one or both of the above awards and the bloggers may choose which award they want/don't have yet.
Jana at Jana's Spot
Mrs. Saunder's at Mrs. Saunder's Lovelies
 Be sure to hop on over and visit these blogs!  Thanks!

Friday, July 20, 2012

New Blogger Blog Hop!

My new blogging buddy, Melissa from Teacher Treasure Hunter, let me know about the "Newbie Bloggers Blog Hop" started by Janis at Grade Three is the Place for Me!  If you are a newbie like me, you may want to join in the fun!   Here are some things Janis would like us to share:
1. what state you are in
2. your current teaching position
3. your teaching experience
4. when you started blogging
5. share a blogging tip / blogging resource

1.  I am in Oregon.
2.  I am going to be switching from 2nd grade to 1st grade...It has been a long time since I've taught   first grade.  My mind is spinning with ideas for teaching these kids!
3.  I have taught since 1992 in 1st, 2nd, and 1st/2nd blend classrooms.
4.  I started blogging at the end of June 2012.
5. This tip came from Marie at The Hands-On Teacher in First!
When you want to leave a comment on someone's blog post and you want your own blog's LINK to show up, all you have to do is type this:

 <a href="URLHERE">Your Blog title here</a>

I copied my info to a "post-it" widget on my desktop, then copy and paste it when I make a comment.


It is Freebie Friday, Again!

I love the Teaching Blog Addict's Freebie Friday!  I have downloaded so many great ideas and activities that I'm going to need a few new ink cartridges for my printer!

I just started my Teacher's Pay Teacher's store and I added a 13 page Monthly Math Journal freebie!  If you haven't picked it up yet, click HERE.  If you like my freebie, it would be great if you could give feedback &/or follow me on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Thanks!

Also, here is another freebie I made for word families called, "Chunk Hunters."  I made a quick stop lengthy trip through Dollar Tree and found all sorts of things that I needed wanted for my classroom.  One of the goodies I found were some foam alphabet tiles (capital and lowercase) that would be great to use for a quiet center.  Students will write the word family/chunk that we're practicing on the sheet.  Then, they will go through the letter tiles, placing them in front of the chunk, to see which words they can make.  Kids will record the new words on the Chunk Hunters sheet.  Click on the picture below for your free copy.

I hope you can use something I've created for your classroom.  If you see something you like, I'd very much appreciate it if you'd like to follow my blog and/or leave a comment.  Thanks, so much!

Happy Friday!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I'm on Teachers Pay Teachers!

I finally put my first item on Teachers Pay Teachers!  It is a freebie, of course!  Click on my link to TPT on my sidebar or click HERE and let me know what you think.

Also, I came across a coupon link to download a game you can use on your computer or SMARTboard from Lakeshore.  I downloaded a fun interactive money game.  There are different choices of levels and subjects.  So, click on the image below to get your freebie!


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

My Very First Blog Awards!

I am thrilled to share that I have received my first blogger award for being a “new, up and coming blogger!”  Crystal from Ms. JonesJunction nominated me for this award.  If that wasn’t exciting enough, I was nominated again by Michelle at Mrs.Kindergarten in Heels!  So, big thanks go out to these ladies.  Stop by their blogs for great ideas!

 This award is named for the German word, “Liebster,” which translate to “beloved” or “favorite,” and is given to a new, up and coming blogger.  I’m passing on the nomination to five other new bloggers:
Rhonda at Classroom Fun
Dani at Patterson’s Porch
Nicole at Who is on First
Sarah at Teaching is Colorful
Melissa at Teacher Treasure Hunter

Friday, July 13, 2012


I've been working on focus wall posters for our district's new Reading Street adoption.  All of that work was so boring fun, that I decided to make a freebie for Friday, the 13th!  It is another Daily 5 Word Work activity called "Sight Word Search!"  If you find that you'd like to download this activity, I'd love for you to "follow" my blog.  Thanks!  Click on the picture for your freebie!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Daily 5 and CAFE (aka FACE)

I have been thinking about teaching using Daily 5 and CAFE.  I know, it is summer, but I really cannot help myself!  I've been linking  up to the Daily 5 book study group, but I'm a bit off track (blog hopping + Pinterest = sleep deprivation!).  So, enjoy these  CAFE headers for your focus wall while I take a nap.

Click HERE for your CAFE freebie!
If you enjoyed this freebie, please consider sending some "blog love" my way by following my blog.  Thanks!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Blogging Anxiety!

Sorry to my followers and any visitors!  I do not quite know how I managed to lose my template and followers list, but I did.  After spending all day trying to fix it (epic FAIL), I started over with my own basic layout.  So, if you do not show up on the followers list, I would very much appreciate it if you could try to follow me again!  Thanks so much!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

International Blog Hopping Day Freebies!

Who doesn't love Freebies?!?  Here is a freebie for you to use during Daily 5 Word Work or as a literacy station.  Use the onsets and rimes/word families your kids are practicing by writing them on tiles.  Kids get to match the onsets and rimes to make either "People Words" or "Monster Words."  I'd love to have you comment on my blog and/or follow me if you found the freebie useful!  Thanks!
Click HERE for your "Do You Speak Monster?" Freebie!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Daily 5 Book Study Blog Hop!

I loved using "Daily 5" in my second grade class!  Now that I'm going to teach first grade in the fall, I am eager to see how this will work.  I've been blog-stalking many great first grade sites to see how teachers are using Daily 5 with their students.  You can join in by joining the blog hop or just by leaving a comment. 
Click HERE to visit the Chapter One Blog Host Mel D.'s Post

I'm a few weeks behind, but I'll catch up soon.  For now, I'll share my Daily 5 Schedule Strips that I made.  I use them so that one D5 activity doesn't get too full of students.  I learned the need for this very quickly last year when a  hoard of eager students descended on the magnet letters for Word Work!  Oops!  LOL!  

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