Coming Soon...

Happy Hump Day, Friends! We are busy working like crazy over here! We've got some big things coming, but we wanted ya'll to know we're still here thinking about all of ya. As Erin gets ready to move schools and grades, we are working on all sorts of stuff for her new Kinder classroom. We are working on a new ABC Bootcamp set to help teach all 26 letters in the first 26 days of school. It's one of the biggest units we've ever done, and so far we are in LOVE! We can't WAIT to share it with you! 

We've also gotten to take a little peak at our new blog design, and it's AMAZING! Be watching soon!

And if you haven't found us on Facebook or Instagram yet, make sure to check us out! You'll want to search for 
First Grade Fanatics and K Too!

We've also got a big giveaway coming soon...

Have a great week!

Sunday Sharings

Happy Sunday!  Hope you're all having a great day!   
Summer vacation is in full swing for us and we're really enjoying our time with our kiddos and family!
We're also creating lots of new products and can't wait to share them with you in the next few months!  
A new blog design is scheduled for the end of this month, plus we're now on Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest! If you'd like to follow us just click on our Facebook, Instagram, & Pinterest icons in our sidebars located to the left and right of this post!

This summer we're also catching up on a few books!  The First Six Weeks of School & The Morning Meeting Book are both WONDERFUL books and great for reading before the school year starts.  We've had these books for several years and refer to them often!  They both offer great tips and ideas on building a classroom community that can be incorporated into ANY classroom.  Both books really give great ideas to help start a successful school year!  
You can find them both on the Responsive Classroom website and also at Amazon.
And speaking of the Responsive Classroom website, they have a blog that has WONDERFUL articles that offer great ideas and teaching strategies.  We also follow them on Facebook and subscribe to their YouTube videos :) If you'd like to check them out, links are below!

Here are a few freebies that we'd like to share with you!  We incorporated these into out last few weeks of school and hadn't got a chance to put them on the blog yet!
One of our last weeks in our Treasures reading program had a strong focus on number and color words.  We created this little color by number worksheet and added it to the back of a Treasures grammar/spelling worksheet.  It was one of the worksheets at our paper practice center.

To continue the focus on color and number words, we incorporated these I Have Who Has cards during our small group reading instruction.  If you have less than 10 kids in a group (teacher reads one card) You could read the extras, or give a few students more than one card.  Our students absolutely enjoy this game!
Since our last chapter in math focused heavily on 3-dimensional shapes, we created a worksheet, and a math game for extra practice.  Both are pictured below just click the pictures and you'll be able to get your freebies!

Wishing you all a WONDERFUL week!  

Plant Life Cycles

Well Hello Summertime! We had a crazy busy end of school year this year. After 12 years teaching first grade, Erin is moving schools, and will be teaching kindergarten next year, closer to home. We've got some big changes coming up on the blog this summer, so make sure to keep checking in on us! Don't worry, we'll still keep the first grade ideas coming, but we're excited to start to share all sorts of new kinder ideas with you as well. And be sure to be looking for our new blog design. We've just started the process of looking for a great design, so if you have any recommendations, we'd love to hear about them.  But for now...

Here are some plant activities that we incorporated throughout May and into June:

We made anchor charts labeling a plant and about how plants grow.

Then our kiddos each labeled a worksheet about the parts of a flower.

Next we planted Lima Bean and Sunflower seeds in our seed viewer.
 You can check out this seed viewer {HERE}!

Our kids recorded their observations on these pages:

After our seeds had gown into plants, we transplanted them to larger pots,
so our kiddos could continue to see them grow.  

We also planted individual mammoth sunflower seeds for our kiddos.  About mid-late May when our sunflower seeds had grown into seedlings, we attached this cute little sign to craft sticks and tucked them into each pot before they went home.
Here are some great books that we read to our students while learning about plants:

We also incorporated several activities from our latest addition to our TpT store!  
You can check it out {HERE} 

This pack is a great introduction for teaching your students about plant, 
bean and/or sunflower life cycles. 

Included in this mini unit:

 -Life cycle of a plant mini book
 -Life cycle of a plant mini book answer pages

 -Life cycle of a plant mini book with blank lines

 -Cut and glue retell cards for plant life cycle

 -Cards to make your own plant life cycle anchor chart

-Plant vocabulary cards
 -Life cycle of a bean mini book
 -Life cycle of a bean mini book answer pages
 -Life cycle of a bean mini book with blank lines
 -Cut and glue retell cards for bean life cycle
-Cards to make your own bean life cycle anchor chart
 -Bean plant vocabulary cards
 -Life cycle of a sunflower mini book
 -Life cycle of a sunflower mini book answer pages
 -Life cycle of a sunflower mini book with blank lines
-Cut and glue retell cards for sunflower life cycle
 -Cards to make your own sunflower
 life cycle anchor
-Sunflower vocabulary cards. 

If you'd like a copy of our Parts of a Flower worksheet,
 you can find it {HERE}
Our Bean & Sunflower Plant Observation sheets can be found {HERE}
Our sunflower poem printables can be found {HERE}

We're also excited to announce that we are now being featured on Elementary School Blogs, a daily "blog newspaper" of the best elementary school blogs!  Stop by and check them out!
Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Water Cycle

This last week was all about the water cycle in our classrooms. With such limited time for science these days, we've narrowed our weather unit down to water cycle, and are kids are loving it! We've used some great freebies before from The First Grade Parade, but these year felt like we needed some new stuff.  We started by introducing some sweet song, and making a chart as a class to introduce the water cycle.
Here are two of the songs that we sang with our kiddos.
If you'd like a copy just click on one of the pics below!

We've labeled a few pictures of the water cycle too, and made our own posters.

We have a black and white copy for your kiddos that can be found with some freebies {HERE}.

We created a water cycle in a bag using an idea we found {HERE}. The kids are really into this experiment, and were amazed when we arrived this morning and we are starting to have "clouds" forming at the top of the bag.

 We have done a great little art project where the kids got to create their own water cycle. If you'd like the printables for this, as well as some cute cards for labeling and making your own poster, you can find them {HERE.}

Here's a great video introducing evaporation, condensation, and precipitation:

And of course the first graders always love this video for fun!

Here are vocabulary cards that we displayed in a pocket chart
while learning about the water cycle.  

We ended our water cycle unit by creating mini books.
Just click the pic below if you'd like to check out our mini book!

Here's a cute interactive water cycle!
Thirstin's Water Cycle

Have a great week!

Career Week

Last week week our theme focus was career opportunities.  This theme tied in nicely too with our Treasures reading program theme which focused on different types of scientists.  We read several books about jobs/careers, watched a Berenstain Bears video about jobs, enjoyed a SMART Board lesson, wrote about our future careers, and ended the week by taking a field trip to visit a local eye doctor and learned about the profession.
Here are a few of the activities we incorporated into our week!

Career SMART Board lesson from Smart Exchange:

Great books to introduce a variety of jobs:

Here's the Berenstain Bears video about jobs.
We watched it on Learn360,
but it looks like it's on YouTube as well!

After creating our list of future careers, 
we completed a writing activity.

The kids began their sentences with the words,
When I grow up I would like to be...
If you'd like a copy, just click {HERE}

We'll be back toward the end of the week with some water cycle activities, so stop on by if you'd like!
Have a great week!

Happy Spring

Happy Spring!  We just LOVE this time of year, and definitely are enjoying the mild temperatures that we continue to have!  We wanted to share an update with you all that we have added to our  

We've recently added a large cone along with large scoops to make a class display.  
You can print student names or numbers and attach them to the scoops as they move up.  Here's a picture of how we display our addition cone in our classrooms.  Each child has a number printed on a small piece of paper.  As he/she masters an addition fact, their number gets pinned next to the current fact he/she is working on.  A subtraction cone will be added next week since one of our first graders has made it to subtraction! 
If you've already purchased these packs, be sure to re-download!  
If you'd like to check them out, just click on one of the pictures below!

And if you'd like some place value worksheets, we've added a new freebie to our TpT store!
Since our next math chapters focus on graphing, measurement, & shapes, we still continue to have our kiddos to practice place value, numbers to 120, addition, and subtraction while playing math games, working at math centers, or completing extra practice pages.  
Here's a few place value practice worksheets along with a hundreds, tens, and ones worksheet.
Just click the picture below if you'd like a copy!

This worksheet is included in the pack above and our first graders use it with base ten blocks
We show or say a number and they show the number on this worksheet using base ten blocks.  We also put this out as a math center with number cards and our kids practice with partners.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Food Group Fun & A Math Freebie

Hope you're all having a FANTASTIC February! 
 We sure are enjoying the warmer weather we've been having here!  It feels like it's spring.  
Although we definitely like the warmer weather, we sure wish we'd get a little snow this winter.  
Maybe toward the end of the month?  It's pretty unusual for our area to not even get a few snow days so our fingers are crossed!
Place value was our math focus last month, and since our kiddos needed some extra practice using the greater than & less than symbols we created a few extra practice pages.   
If you'd like to grab this free worksheet set just head {HERE}!

We've also just recently finished up learning about nutrition.

Here's a great book that we read to introduce the food groups.  It's full of great information surrounding each food group, and has great info about portions and filling your plate with healthy foods.

If you're looking for a fun song/video the MyPlate Song our kiddos really enjoyed!

And here's our food group unit that we incorporated into our nutrition lessons.

Our unit contains: 

*Food Group Find and Color
*Food Group Mini-Book
*Create Your Own Healthy Plate
*Food Group Flip Book
*Large/Small Food Group Sort
*Food Group Sort Worksheet
*Healthy Plate Homework

If you'd like to check it out, just click {HERE}!

Thanks for stopping by & have a great rest of the week!