Friday Freebies and More!

Happy spring and happy Friday!  I'm currently on spring break and really enjoying the time to relax with my family!  Life has been busy, especially with an almost 15 year old.  I thought life was busy when she was younger, but it seems to get busier as she gets older and has an even busier school and social life!  
It's been a while since I've last blogged and I have lots to share with you.  

I just love these extra worksheet sets.  They are perfect for extra practice in math, and I use them a lot during my intervention time.  During intervention my kiddos are either reading with me individually, or working independently.  You can check this set out {HERE}
You can check out all themed sets {HERE}!


If you'd like a preview of what's inside this set,  here is a little spring addition/subtraction freebie.  Just click the picture below to download! 

Last week The Moon was our reading theme.  Our main story in our core reading program was Kitten's First Full Moon.  Our small group reading books were nonfiction books about the moon.  We completed lots of moon activities throughout the week and read several fiction and nonfiction moon books.  If your looking for a great moon phase activity, I found a lunar cycle wheel that on TpT.   I modified it a bit and  my kiddos couldn't wait to take their wheels home and look at the night sky!  You can find it {HERE}!  My kiddos also each made models of the earth and Moon's orbit. With my support, and completing these in two steps, they turned out great!  Most importantly, my first graders have a great tool to help them understand the earth and moon's orbit.  You can find this awesome freebie {HERE}!

Below are a few freebies I made.  The moon facts booklet was a choice activity that I incorporated into my intervention time.  My kiddos could write their own facts that they learned about the moon, or write facts from two of the moon anchor charts that were hanging on our classroom.   I also created a moon themed math worksheet.  My class needed a little extra practice and review on adding tens, so I created this worksheet for extra practice.  You can check out both of these freebies by clicking on the pictures below.
  

Here are just a few of the books that my class loved listening to during our moon week.  Night Cat isn't really about the moon, but it was about a cat at night and there is a full moon.  It was a perfect book to read after reading Kitten's First Full Moon in our core reading program.  If You Decide To Go To The Moon was a FABULOUS book!  My first graders were so captivated by this story and enjoyed every page! The Moon by Thomas K. Adamson was a perfect nonfiction book, with simple text and simple facts for young readers. 

    



I'm sure most of you have already celebrated your 100th day of school, but here are some freebies for you to tuck away until next year :) We celebrated our 100th day of school during the third week in February.  Here's a 100 word booklet and a subtracting from 100 worksheet that my kiddos completed on our 100th day!  The 6 page booklet has 100 spaces for words and took a few days to complete.  My kids found words around the room and wrote them in their booklets.  I used this booklet as a choice activity during our intervention time.  The math worksheet was a great review during our math time.  Click on either picture below for both downloads!
     

 Also during the third week of February our first graders attended a presentation about our flag.  Local members from our VFW came and presented about our flag and each first grader went home with their own flag and flag stand.  This was the perfect week to learn about American Symbols. I checked out several books from the library which my kids and I could read from during the week.  I also made this cute anchor chart that I found {HERE}.  If you'd like pictures with labels to create your own chart, or to display in a pocket chart, just click one of the pictures below.  You can also download a flag facts worksheet as well.  Both freebies are included in one download.  


       

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a great end to your week!

Happy January! I hope you all  are having a wonderful start to the new year! Even though we haven't had any snow in our area yet (last year was completely different ❄️❄️) I still incorporated a few snowman activities our first week back.  Thought I'd share with you what we did.

I read several of the books from the snowmen at night series, which my kids just love. 

There are several read alouds available on you tube, but I was looking for something a little different but still based on one of the books.  I found a version of Snowmen at Night that is set to music rather than read aloud. Here's a link below if you'd like to check it out.


We also completed this writing below which went perfectly with Snowmen at Night.  It's from SSS Teaching and you can find this for free HERE!

After their wring was complete, my first graders glued their half sheet on the back of black construction paper and painted the background for their snowman art.  This cute project came from Babyccino and you can find the link {HERE}!

       Here are some completed snowmen!
My kiddos wrote and painted one day, and created their snowmen the next day.

I made an ABC order and word search using some of the words from Snowmen at Night.  I'll use this as a choice activity at some point this week.  If you'd like a copy, click below!



Hope you all have a great week!




Hello Friends!


It feels so good to be back to blogging after a few months.  With a new school year, a daughter now in high school, and lots of projects going on around my house, I've been crazy busy!  I'm finally feeling a little more organized and back and ready to blog!  I wanted to share about a few new products and freebies that I've been working on.

I am always looking for extra addition and subtraction practice sheets for my first graders.  These themed sets are perfect for extra practice!
This is a set of eight worksheets. Four with a November theme (football & leaves) and four with a December theme (gingerbread, New Year's, & presents). 


Here are a few pictures of some of the worksheets:





And here is a freebie for you!


I recently updated my pocket chart calendar cards.  This update has taken me several months and it is finally complete!  If you've purchased this set in the past, just re-download and you'll get the newest version.  The older version is still available in this zip file download.  Here are some pictures of just a few of the cards and graphs included:











You can check out these cards {HERE}!


If you'd like to see a blog post about using these cards in a pocket chart, you can see my older cards {HERE} in the pocket charts I use.


My first grade teacher friends and I dressed up as the Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf for Halloween.  Several weeks prior to Halloween, we all read several versions and did A LOT of activities surrounding this story.  We had so much fun!   I created a word search and would love to share it with you all!  Just click below!





Have a wonderful week!


Happy September!

Hi there it's Leslie!  
Happy September!
I just recently returned back to school after summer break, and am on week two with my first graders.   We're having a great time!  If this is one of your first weeks back I hope you are all off to a great start with your kiddos as well!  These last two weeks have been very busy.   I've been busy training my first graders on how to work during reading stations. I'm hoping to have the kiddos using them independently by next week.  You can read about how I incorporate stations {HERE} and you can find lots of station ideas {HERE}!
Last week was full of Pete the Cat activities, and this week we have a few apple life cycle activities planned.  If you'd like to check out our Apple Sort & Label (life cycle & apple parts ) you can stop by {HERE}.  You can also stop {HERE} to check out what's inside this set!  Here's a little apple freebie I made this week.  Just click the picture below for your copy!

Apple Word Search

Here's another word search freebie to celebrate back to school!

Two newest additions to our store are August and September Show and Tell Apron cards.   I am currently working on an October set.  I love to incorporate these at my pocket chart station.  If you'd like to see what's included in these sets, just click on the pictures below!  


We wanted to give a shout out to Feedspot for recgnizing us as one of their Top 100 Elementary Teacher Blogs and Websites for Elementary School Teachers.  What an honor to be part of this list!  Thank you so much Feedspot! 

If you'd like to check out their list, just click {HERE}.

Hope you all have a wonderful rest of the week!

Happy Summer!

Happy summer!  Hope you are all having a great start to summer and are finding time to relax!  This is my first full week on summer break and I am FINALLY feeling like I can relax, although school is still on my mind.  I'm thinking of creating a maker space in my classroom this year, and would LOVE any tips or advice that any of you have.  Please comment below, I am in need of suggestions!  I did find this article the other day and have created a Pinterest board as well.  If you follow us on Pinterest, you can check it out here:
Maker Space Pinterest Board

I also wanted to share  about a few new products that are in the works!  I am in the process of creating quite a few more items and several new freebies to go along with them!  I am also working on updating a few products as well.  My list is so looooong!  

Here's one new set that I just posted today!

Here are a few examples of the worksheets

I am always looking for extra addition and subtraction practice pages for my first graders throughout the school year, so I decided to create themed sets that will get progressively more difficult.  The first set that I created focuses on counting on 0, 1, 2, or 3 and counting back 0, 1, 2 or 3.  There are 8 worksheets total.  If you'd like to check this September/October set out, stop on by HERE, or click on any of the pics above!

In the works are:
Nov./Dec.
Jan./Feb.
Mar./Apr.
May/Jun.

I am hoping to have all sets up before I head back at the end of August. 


 Here's a back to school freebie to go along with this set.  
Just click below if you'd like a copy!

Hope you all have a great rest of your week!  
Feel free to comment below with any Maker Space suggestions!  


Digraphs, Diphthongs, and Freebies OH MY!

Happy Sunday!  Hope you are all enjoying your weekend and to those of you that are already on summer vacation, ENJOY!  I hope you find some much needed time to relax!
  My first graders and I have a few more weeks due to several snow days.  We still have lots to do and  I have several fun themed activities planned for my first graders!
This last week my first graders went to the zoo for our annual zoo field trip.  SO MUCH FUN!  We had absolutely perfect weather (which for the last several years has been not spectacular) 70+ degrees and was filled with lots of zoo themed activities.  See below for several ideas I incorporated into my stations and a few zoo themed math freebies :).
A few weeks ago we ended our digraph and diphthong sound focus.  I created a set and finally added it to our store.  If you'd like to check it out you can go {HERE} or click any of the pictures below! Here are some items included in this set:


This set includes:

 48 SMALL PICTURE/WORD CARDS : These cards can be used for sorting.
Small Sorting Cards


 SORTING MATS & RECORDING SHEETS: These sorting mats can be used for sorting the small sorting cards above.  After sorting, students can record words on recording sheets.
Sorting Mat

Recording Sheet 
24 RHYME CARDS (MATCHING GAME): These cards can be used for a matching game. Players begin by placing face down. First player flips two cards over. If they rhyme, the player keeps both cards. If they do not rhyme, flip the player flips both cards over and it’s the next player’s turn. Winner is the player with the most cards.
Rhyme Cards (matching game)


 I HAVE WHO HAS CARDS: 30 cards are included in this set.  These cards contain pictures  and words.  If playing with less than 30 players, you could give players additional cards.  
I Have Who Has Cards

48 LARGE PICTURE/WORD CARDS: These cards could be used in several different ways. 
Here are two ideas:
*For matching, cut them apart so the words are separate and match the words with the pictures. These cards fit nicely in a pocket chart.
*To play a matching game, distribute word cards evenly between players. Place picture cards face down. First player flips over a picture card. If he/she has the matching word, he/she picks up the card. If not a match, flip card over and it’s the next player’s turn. First player with all of their matches complete is the winner.
Large Picture/Word Cards
Here's an ew oo word search I have included during my intervention time. 
 Just click the picture below for your copy!


And here are a few of the zoo activities I incorporated last week.  Just click on the pics for links!
Since these last few weeks in math have been a review of what we've been doing all year, I made some review worksheets that focused on double digit addition and subtraction.  I also created some place value review.  You can find this entire freebie {HERE}!




Several versions of this worksheet are included.

We've been doing a lot of opinion writing pieces this month.  I wanted to share a freebie that I created to go with an opinion writing piece my first graders did a few weeks ago.  After reading Hey Little Ant we created two anchor charts.  One listed reasons why the boy SHOULD squish the and and the other listed reasons why the boy SHOULD NOT squish the ant.  Then my kiddos completed their own opinion writing and made a picture.  If you'd like the writing template along with pages for drawings, just click {HERE} or on the picture below!



I also included several zoo themed stations this last week!
 If you're following my stations that I incorporate into my reading block, here's what we started last week, and will finish up in a few days!  This is our last set of stations for the school year.  Several stations this week are zoo themed.


*Sand Station: Kinetic sand and sand tools.

*Social Studies: My students create their own zoo map which can be found in our Zoo Map Pack that can be found {HERE}.

*ABC Station:  Zoo Keeper Line Up ABC Order.  This freebie can be found in this set {HERE}.

*Publishing Place: Five Little Monkeys book which can be found in this freebie set {HERE}.

*Artist Alley:  My kiddos first write a giraffe poem following a template that I created.  Then they make a giraffe craftivity that can be found {HERE}.  

*Pocket Chart Place:   Kindness sort that can be found {HERE}.  May pocket cart cards that can be found {HERE}. Animal movement sort from {HERE}.
And a number sort that can be found {HERE}.

*Word Way:  Write It! An activity using Dolch words.  This set can be found {HERE}.

*Read a Write the Room: Write the Walls.  This template can be found {HERE}.  I give my kiddos clipboards and my special pens to use as they write the room!

                                
Need more station ideas?  Just click on the links below!

Click {HERE} if you'd like to see the first week and some info about my station work!
Click {HERE} for other station ideas!
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Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hope you all have a wonderful rest of your weekend!