Thursday, October 25, 2012

Storybook Character Pumpkin Contest

First grade held its 2nd Annual Storybook Character Pumpkin Contest this week.  We found similar ideas on blogs a few years ago and tweaked it a bit.  Our students and families did AWESOME again this year!  Check out our pictures!  The entire school votes for their favorite when they go to Media Center this week and the winner will be announced on our school's morning news on Halloween.

Here is the letter we sent home to explain the project to our families.


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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Long Time, No Post...and a new mini uint!

Oops!  It has been a long time since I have posted anything.  I have lots of excuses, just like every teacher does during the school year!  One was I WENT ON CRUISE.  Yup, little weekend getaway to the Bahamas with my mom and aunt last weekend. Since I didn't even get a whole week off during the summer, I thought it was okay to take 2 days off.  Also, I kept reading about how other school's get a Fall Break.  Since we don't, I thought it was necessary to create my own:-).  It was GREAT, but let's just say even though I had an amazing sub, sub plans for a combo class are NOT FUN!

My other big excuse is that I was chosen by my colleagues as our school's Teacher of the Year.  It is truly an honor because I work with some AMAZING teachers.  But, ummmmm...with the "honor" came some work.  I had to write an essay and have letters of recommendation.  Based on that essay and the letters, one teacher from the 70 school's in my county will be chosen as the County's Teacher of the Year.  I am happy to say that I am FINALLY done and it has been emailed to the powers that be.  It is due by 10:00 a.m. tomorrow, so I don't feel I procrastinated TOO much.  Okay, maybe a little:-).  The letters of recommendation were so touching!  They brought me smiles and tears!

Now to the good stuff.  I created a Halloween Mini Noun Unit.  It has 5 Center activities that can be used for 1st or 2nd grade.  There are noun and verb sorts as well as singular and plural noun activities and common and proper noun ones!  Click the picture below to get it for $3.  The first 3 people to leave a comment will get it for free!

While you are there check out my Spiders Mini Math and Literacy Unit that is also $3.  I am getting some great feedback on it!  

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Update and a New Spider Unit

Just a quick update to let you know how the 1/2 combo is going in reading....we are all learning and surviving!   I am tweaking things daily but it is going okay!  I teach 1st grade whole group while 2nd is at centers and vice versa.  I am teaching writing as a whole group with different expectations for each grade level.  I have a sub this Friday and next Monday.  That will be the true test.....can I explain what we do, when we do it, and who goes where and when;-)

I created a spiders mini unit yesterday!  (Well, it ended up being 51 pages, not sure how mini that is!)  Both reading and math activities are included.  Roll and Color, Skip Counting pages, Addition to 20 sort, ABC order, Noun and Verb sort, Writing pages, Can/Have/Are, etc.
Click the picture below to get it at my TPT store for $3.
I will send it to the first 2 people to comment!  Make sure to leave your email address!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Halloween Sentence Scrambles

Check out the Haunting Halloween Sentence Scramble activity I just posted on TPT by clicking the picture below!