Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Reindeer Day in the Classroom! Parent Gifts, too!

Wow, Reindeer Day has come and gone...we made antlers
and artwork... ~source {here}~
Great video for your Reindeer Study, Facts to know Before you Meet a Reindeer:
(it's a little weird, but hang in's funny!)
And another...for reindeer eye color:
I used my Reindeer Close Read...
Find it {Here} It was a HIT!
For parent crafts, I used an idea from Eighteen25 {here}
So adorable...and EASY!
I used a 4x4 canvas for each student.  I found them on Amazon in packs of 6!

Tomorrow is our Polar Express, I am ready for some hot cocoa!
 Hope you've had a great week...two more days! I love my students, but I kinda love being out, too!  
Anybody else feel that way?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Teaching Blends in First Grade

Teaching blends in first grade can be a tiresome teach and they get it and sometimes they don't.  So you re-teach blends. Some get it, some don't.  Repeat.
It can be frustrating to gain the automaticity that we all want in our early readers with regard to blends!  I updated a pack of mine a while back to take some of the monotony out of the blend teaching cycle.   They are: Blend Friends Flip Books and Blend Mats!
Find my Blends Friends Pack {HERE}

Kids create flip books for the blends listed below:
Here are examples of the mats and books:

Leave a comment below for a chance to win the Blend Friends Pack! 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Gingerbread Man Craft, Close Read, and Writing

I was thinking about what sort of craft I wanted to do with my kids, and then it hit me...why not the GINGERBREAD Man {or Girl}?!  There is SO much you can do and so many great versions of the story out there, you'll not be wanting for stuff to do!  
 You can find my latest pack, Gingerbread Man on TpT {HERE}
The pack includes the patterns to make your own large, stuffed Gingerbread people for an adorable bulletin board. It also includes 18 writing activity choices 
-including one for each of the following versions:
Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst
Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett
Gingerbread Man Loose in the School by Laura Murray
Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires
I also included a short informational Gingerbread Close Read with two response pages!
Here is a preview of the pages included:

Who doesn't love Gingerbread?  Apparently no one in my class...they all loved it!

I also got our class gingerbread mean ready for our class exchange, sponsored by my friend, Jennifer at Simply Kinder!
If you'd like a chance to win my Gingerbread Man Pack, leave a comment!  If you can't wait, it's on SALE right now!! =)

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas for the Classroom Giveaway

Who couldn't use a little extra Christmas in their classroom?  Some sweet friends and I are giving away one of the MOST awesome prizes I've ever seen... 
wireless HP color laser printer!!!  
(And don't miss the chance to check out the other giveaway at the bottom of my post for my FAVORITE classroom supply!!)

Enter to win:
a Rafflecopter giveaway
And now for my giveaway...

And for my part, I am giving away a pack of my favorite markers...they are erasable and FABULOUS!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to visit these other FAB bloggers to enter to win their giveaways, too!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Sight Word Cookies Literacy Station

Need a quick and easy holiday station for reviewing sight words?  
It's on sale for $2.50...that's a good deal!
 I found these aprons in the Dollar Spot at Target..they work perfectly with the cookie tin (spray painted and modge-podged with wrapping paper) and the spatula.

You can find it {HERE} on TpT and if you click "download preview" you can get the page below =)
Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Crafts in the Classroom: Reindeer Ornaments

How adorable are these?  We created these cuties last year and the parents flipped!
 Kids used their pencils to roll strips of brown construction paper up before they placed them into the ornament.  We painted the eyes on, but I could have used googly eyes instead.  
I also tried the paint ornaments found here on Pinterest...they were fun, but you have to keep turning them, like A LOT or the paint settles to the bottom and looks yucky =(
Both of these crafts were made with clear ornaments that open to make it easier to insert pictures and paper...found on Amazon here:

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Crafts in the Classroom: Torn Paper Santa FREEBIE

This torn paper Santa craft is a FREEBIE in my TpT Shop {HERE}

 And for those of you that need a SIMPLE holiday craft that isn't going to require much (if any) prep, here's a fun glyph pack I created specifically for my Kindergarteners:
Find it {HERE}

Last chance for the sale on TpT tonight!