Monday, August 31, 2015


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Sunday, August 30, 2015

New Sight Word Games

If you have been following me for any length of time, you know that I love a good sight word activity/game!  In first grade, I expect my students to learn the first 100 Fry words.  I begin the year with all 100 on my word wall to start exposing them to the words from the start.

We practice the words during Morning Message, Literacy Centers, and Guided Reading.  We also use our word wall during Writing Workshop.  That being said, I need a lot of activities to keep kids engaged.  One game that we love to play is "SORRY."  To play, just print sight words on large craft sticks.  Buy some cheap plastic cups and write "SORRY" on the front of them with a permanent marker.  On a few sticks, write the word "SORRY."  To play, partner kids up.  They take turns drawing a stick and reading the word.  I like to have them use the word in a sentence.  If they pull a "SORRY" stick, all of their sticks go to their partner or back in the cup; you choose {but leave the "SORRY" stick out}.  The winner has the most sticks at the end of the game!  The beauty of this game is that you can customize it using any word lists.  It can also be done with word family or word chunk words.

I recently created a new product, "Just My Type."  To play/complete the activity, students take a pile of sight words {words are labeled by list so you can easily differentiate} and a keyboard mat. They flip a card over and practice typing it.  Finally, they can complete the included recording sheet. This is a fun, yet simple way for kids to practice their words!  This set includes the Fry's First 100 words as well as number words one-twenty and color words.  To take a peek, click the cover below!

"Bottled Up" is a fun activity that your students can do to practice sight words.  To make your sight word bottles, purchase small bottles or test tubes.  Add some glitter and letter beads to spell out sight words {one word per bottle}.  Add some water to the bottle and seal.  Place bottles in a center with the coordination sight word mats.  Don't want to make the mats?  Have students use dry erase slates to write the words they unscramble.  Grab the mats for free below!  These mats are for the Fry's First 100 sight words.

I hope you like these sight word activities!  Enjoy your day.


Friday, August 28, 2015

for Friday 8.28.15

Hi, friends!  Another week down!  I hope you had a great week!  We just completed our 12th day of school!  We've had beautiful weather in Ohio this week...I have been loving it!  Today I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for another 5 for Friday.  My week wasn't too eventful, so it's a "4 for Friday" today!!!

I have been cooking up a storm!  I cook on Sunday and then I have my meals for the week {breakfast and lunches} ready.  I've been trying realllly hard to leave school at a reasonable hour and I've actually had time to cook dinner for my husband and I.  This week, I made this delicious lasagna!

I have had some help completing my kids' back to school assessments.  I love having everything at my fingertips.  Each year, I use my "Back to School Assessment" pack.  It has lots of great assessments that help show where your kids are at the start of the year.  Check it out below.

We've been doing a lot of art projects, and always do at the start of the year.  Many are from my "Back to School Printables" pack.  We made these Elmer Elephants and I cut them out and mounted them for my kids.  They make a colorful display in our classroom.  I have been making Elmer for 12 years but always used manilla graph paper.  This year, I found a printable from Teacher by the Beach that I used.

Just one more week until a day off for Labor Day!  Woo Hoo!  I always like to do a little something prior to the students having a Monday holiday off...this ensures that the know why they are off school.  I'll be using my "Labor Day" mini-pack again this year.  It has some fun little activities, Writing prompts, and a mini-book included.  We will be completing these activities on Friday.  To check it out, click below.  The kids morning work will be a Labor Day coloring page, which you can snag for free below, as well.


Monday, August 24, 2015

Classroom Management Series: Part 2

Hello, friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  We spent the weekend in Louisville, KY for a joint bachelor/bachelorette party.  We began our day by going to the Maker's Mark Distillery, which was really cool.  We got to see how Bourbon is made.  Next, we went to 4th Street for dinner and drinks.  It was a lot of fun. Have you been?  Below is a picture from our night.  That's me on the left with the long dress.

So a few weeks ago, I started a series about classroom management.  The first post in the series was all about teaching procedures.  I included a list of common procedures to teach during the first month of school.  To check out the post and snag the free, printable list, click the picture below.

Part two of the series is about building rapport with your students.  This is a key element in having a well-managed classroom.  You want your students to respect and listen to you.  You also want them to see your softer, caring side.  Having a balance of both is not an easy feat but it will come with experience and time.  Below are some ways to build rapport with your students.  Click the first picture below to have a PDF of the tips I've shared.

I hope you are finding the posts in this series helpful.  Please feel free to leave questions/comments below or you can always email me at  Have a great evening!


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Supply List

Hi, everyone!  Today I am just stopping by to post our 1st grade team supply list.  We decide as a grade level what we'd like to put on our supply list.  A few people had asked me what is on it, so I figured why not do a blog post about it!?

Over the years, we have become more brand specific on some things...the reason being is that if you buy quality products, they will last.  I can't tell you how many off-brand dry erase markers have gone dry after a few uses or how many pencils I have thrown away because they REFUSE to sharpen even with the best pencil sharpener!  I know it's not always ideal to ask for name-brand supplies, but some things need to be name brand in my opinion.

Here are the things we ask for in first grade:

  • 2 boxes Crayola crayons
  • 8 Elmer's glue sticks
  • 1 Spacemaker supply box
  • 3 packs of #2 Ticonderoga pencils
  • 2 pocket folders
  • 1 pair kid scissors
  • 1 package white copy paper {school requests this from every child}
  • 1 box Crayola fat markers
  • 2 pink erasers
  • 4 EXPO dry erase markers
  • 1 tub Clorox wipes
  • Boys: 1 box Kleenex
  • Girls: 1 box Gallon bags
  • 1 pair of headphones 

What things do you ask for?  Have a great day!


Friday, August 21, 2015

5 for Friday 8.21.15

Hi, friends!  I'm back for another 5 for Friday.  Thanks to Doodle Bugs Teaching for hosting!  This week was my first full week back to work {with kids}.  It hasn't been too terribly exhausting, but I have been going to bed at 9pm every night!

We may or may not have put Ticonderoga pencils on our supply list this year....I can not describe how happy I am about this!!!  It was a great debate and I am glad we did it!  The smooth writing. The easy-to-erase lead.  Those other pencils just aren't the same; they don't sharpen and the erasers suck. 'Nuff said.  Let's take a moment to enjoy ALL THAT IS TICONDEROGA, shall we?

We had our annual bus safety practice.  After, we made a little bus craft from Mrs. Cupcake {love her crafts!} and did some writing from my 'Back to School Printables' pack.

We have done a little Math each day...very simple activities like watching song videos {Jack Hartman, Harry Kindergarten, etc...} and playing some basic games.  We played some games from my 'Math Games on the Fly' pack and the kids had a blast!  I love that I can easily differentiate to help my strugglers if I need to.

I made a run to Ulta.  Dang that place is dangerous!  Gets me every time.  I do always have a coupon and this time, I had $3.00 in rewards to spend so it made the damage a little easier to swallow!  I am LOVING the coconut balm.  It is so moisturizing.  I put it on my legs and feet before bed.  It smells amazing, too!  I am NOT loving the Sun Bum chap stick.  I am obsessed with the sunscreen but the chap stick tastes like sunscreen and goes on really thick and greasy.   

I recently cashed in more of my Ibotta money for gift cards!  I love Ibotta.  If you follow me on Facebook, you've prob. seen me post about it.  It's a free app that gives you rebates on groceries.  It's very easy to use.  Once you get $10 in rebates redeemed, you can cash the money out for gift cards.  I get all of my Starbucks coffee/tea from Ibotta gift cards.  To sign up, click the image below!!  We work together to earn rebates.  You won't regret it!!

Happy Weekend!!