New products, Freebie, and a Giveaway, Oh My!

Happy Monday!  Lots of exciting things to share today, plus a site wide Teachers Pay Teachers sale starts tomorrow and we've got a $10 gift card giveaway going on.  See below for details!

Just wanted to share a few new products in our store.  
    
These monthly themed cards work great with Show and Tell Aprons.  They can also be used in a variety of pocket charts, or at centers as a matching activity.  There are large and small lowercase and capital letter cards that could be placed in a Show and Tell Apron, pocket chart, table, or floor. These cards could be used to represent the beginning and/or ending sounds when using the picture cards.
If using the picture cards, word cards, and/or picture with word cards. These cards could be used in a Show and Tell Apron, pocket chart, table, or floor. There is a variety of ways these cards could be used. If using the cards that contain both a picture and word you could cut the words off and have your students match the word to the correct picture. Another idea is to have your students play a matching game using the picture cards and word cards.  My first graders use these at our pocket chart station during our reading block.  
Just click on the pics above if you'd like to check them out!  April and May will be added soon!  


And here's a little winter themed word sort freebie that I used with my first graders during our small reading groups. There are a couple of options for printing.  If you'd like to grab this set, just click one of the pictures below to download!


And here's our giveaway! Teachers Pay Teachers is having a Sale that begins February 7th  and runs through February 8th, and we've got a $10 gift card that we'd LOVE to give to one of our followers!  
Our giveaway runs from 12:00 am Monday, February 6th,
until 12:00 am Wednesday, February 8th PST.

We're always looking for new educational apps and websites to use with our kiddos and we'd love you here your favorites!  We'll make a list and share with you all after the contest!  Just comment with your favorite educational app or website.  
To be sure you're entered, please comment in the Raffllecopter box below


a Rafflecopter giveaway Check back here Wednesday, February 8th and we will announce our winner! 

Now more about the sale!  The sale begins on February 6th! We're discounting our products at 20% off our regular prices and Teachers Pay Teachers is offering an additional 10% off your total order price.  All you have to do is enter their promo code LoveTpT during checkout!  You can check out our store {HERE}! 

Do you Sub Tub?


Hey friends! It's Erin, making a rare appearance on the blog today! Between raising my four kiddos, and teaching kindergarten, I don't have a lot of spare time to blog these days. But our new unit was just too good not to share. My kindergarten team each spent some time this fall making a new sub tubs. The thought was that if we each made one, we could then share, and we'd each have 5 sub tubs ready to go! These can be so incredibly helpful for those days when you wake up and have a sick kiddo, or you are sick yourself, and you just don't want to plan for a sub. At the end of the year, we thought we'd have some fun sub tub days, doing the activities that we didn't use throughout the year. So, I just had to share with you how we set it up. The sub tub is set up so that with absolutely no planning, any sub can come in and find anything they need for the day. We use only materials that we already have in our classroom (alphabet stamps, pattern blocks, etc.) for our lessons. We also make sure our sub tub is stocked with the following things:
*Student list
*Daily Schedule
*Weekly Schedule
*Students to Note
*School Map
*Bus List

All of these things can be found in the class info section of our Sub Tubs. But, before I get a head of myself... 

First, I like this tub to organize my materials. It's a perfect size for a days worth of activities. They are under $6 each at Walmart, or you can get 6 of them for $30.


I get hanging folders for each subject to hold all of my activities.

 

 

The files are organized in the sequence of how I teach my day, just to keep it simple for any sub. Then each activity is in it's own folder. For instance, 4 reading station and 4 math station activities are included. I also include each of the direction pages in page protectors for easy use. 


Here is an example of one of the lessons included. My sub tub does include all the actual books, but QR codes for each are included with the Sub Tub.

 

Does this sound like something that will make your life easier? (Psst... I promise it will!) Head on over to our TPT store to check it out our Space Day Sub Tub!  It will be on sale through the weekend. 


If you'd like to check out our First Grade Sub Kit, make sure to check it out as well. It will be on sale too!


And if you made it all the way to the end of our post, here's a quick freebie for you. This Space Listening center is included in our Space Day Sub Tub, but you can get it here for free!


Happy Sub Tubbing!


New products, updates, and a freebie!


Happy Sunday!  Hope you have all had a great weekend!  Just wanted to share a bit about one of our newest products in our store, some updated products, and a new freebie!

Our syllable sets can be found {HERE}.  These work great for literacy stations, whole group, small group, or individual practice. I love incorporating poly spots at my syllable stations.  These are a great tool to use for counting syllables in words. My first graders use the poly spots to hop/jump to while saying a word.  They place the poly spots in a row on the floor near the station, pick a word, and then hop it!  For example, if the word was pencil, they would say pen as they land on the first spot, and cil as they land on the second spot.   Clapping is also an option, but this is by far their favorite! These sets are sold individually, or you can buy all 10 at a discount! Each set contains:

*Small Picture/word cards in Color & B&W: These cards can be used for sorting.

*Small sorting mats

*Large Picture/word cards in Color & B&W: These cards can be used for sorting. 

*Large sorting mats

*Headers: These could be cut and could be used for sorting picture cards on a table, the floor, or used on an anchor chart. 

*Syllable count worksheet in Color & B&W: 
This worksheet could be used after sorting the picture/word cards or used without the sorting cards. Students count and mark the syllables.

*Cut and glue picture cards in color & B&W and sorting mat worksheet: Students can cut and glue the picture cards into the correct columns on the sorting mat.

Here is a picture of the large picture cards and large sorting mats:

And here's a picture of the small picture cards and small sorting mats:
Here's one of the worksheets included with each set.  After sorting the cards, my first graders mark the correct number of syllables.  Here's an example:


 Another option is to cut and glue.  These worksheets are also included in each set.


We've also update two of our products!  Our Planets, Stars, and Space...Oh My! has been updated with new fonts and 20 new pages.  Please re-download if you have already purchased so you can receive the new updates!  You can check it out {HERE}!

Our Presidents Day Mini Unit has also been updated with new fonts and a few new pages added to the booklet in this mini unit.  Just click {HERE} to download this freebie!

Last week our sound focus was long i (i_e).  I created a short i long i word sort to do with my first graders in their small reading groups.  There are several printing options in this freebie, and a recording sheet.  You can find this sort {HERE}.


Thanks so much for stopping by!  I'll be back in a few days with new station ideas!  
Have a great week!

Happy January!

Happy January!  Hope your year is off to a great start!
After a very LONG winter break (we've had so many two hour delays and snow days in December and January, I've lost track of the total!) I am finally going back to a full week this next week, and I can't wait for some consistency!
Just stopping by to share a quick little freebie that I made for my first graders this week!  Long i (i_e) is our sound focus of the week, and this will be one of the choices my students have during our intervention time.
Just click on the picture below if you'd like to grab a copy!


I also just finished up this entire set.  I like to incorporate these into my literacy stations during my reading block.  Look for a post next week about how I use these!  If you'd like to check them out, just click the picture below.  You can find the individual sets {HERE}.



If you're following my stations that I incorporate into my reading block,
here's what we're my students are doing next week:


*Spelling Space: Word Search focusing on long i (this is from my reading program), Write it! focusing on our story words for the week which can be found {HERE}  If you'd like to check out the Dolch Set you can go {HERE}, and Word Whiz that are from Learning Resources.  You can check them out {HERE}.

*Sand Writing: My kiddos use craft sticks and write their weekly words in sand.  I bought my sand from Lakeshore, a local teacher store.  It can be found {HERE}.  I put the sand in plastic supply boxes which make it easy for clean up.  I also put a plastic table cloth on the table :)

*Dice Drive: Five in a Row Dolch Phrases from First Grade Factory which can be found {HERE} and roll a word which can be found {HERE}.

*White Boards:
 Kids write spelling words from weekly word list, then write their own words.

*Read and Write the Room: Winter Words from this set {HERE}

*Word Way: Nonsense Word 4 in a Row that can be found {HERE} and word blocks for making sentences.

*Write the Room:  Christmas Write-the-Room which can be found {HERE} and Read and Write the Room: North Pole & Gingerbread words that can be found {HERE}

*Syllable Station: January syllable set that can be found {HERE}.

*Artist's Alley:  Snowman freebie from Funky Fresh Firsties.  The freebie can be found {HERE}.

Click {HERE} if you'd like to see the first week and some info about my station work!
Click {HERE}for other station ideas!
Click {HERE} for other station ideas!
Click {HERE} for other station ideas!
Click {HERE} for other station ideas!

Have a wonderful week!

Some Freebies and Station Ideas!


Happy December!  Hope you're all doing well and your December is off to a good start!  I've been busy, busy, busy with my first graders!  This last week we've already had 2 snow days and 1 two hour delay due to snow and ice and it's not even winter yet!  Yikes!!  Here's to hoping we can get their Christmas gifts made and wrapped in a week!

If you're looking for some last minute read alouds this holiday season, here is a list of some favorites that our followers enjoy reading!

Next week will be filled with lots and lots of gingerbread activities.  Many can be found {HERE}.  In our Gingerbread Galore Unit!  Since last week was a long a_e focus I made a little freebie as a review for this upcoming week.  If you'd like a copy, just click the pics below There's a worksheet as well if you'd like to have your students write the words after sorting.



 I also will be putting this worksheet out at my intervention time.  During our intervention time, I meet with reading groups and my kiddos choose a variety of literacy activities to complete.  I usually put out a few worksheets that relate to our current reading focus.  Here's a worksheet that I made and put out last week when our focus was the long a sound (a_e).  Click the picture below to grab yourself a copy!

Lastly, here's a Christmas themed word search that I plan on using at some point next week.  If you'd like this as well, just click below!

If you're following my stations that I incorporate into my reading block,
here's what we're starting next week:

*Listening Station: iPod shuffles- If You Take a Mouse to the Movies & Merry Christmas, Splat

*Stamp Station: *Stamp a Word- Write it Stamp it can be found {HERE}

*Publishing Place: Rudolph!, Rudolph! Rhyming Book which can be found  {HERE} 

*Puzzle Place: Large floor puzzle and environmental print puzzles.  {HERE} is an example of what the environmental print puzzles look like.  I cut them up myself and place them in baggies.

*Pocket Place:  Large pocket chart with short vowel pictures and words can be found {HERE}.  Also at this station are Christmas words that can be found {HERE}.  I cut these cards and my students match the picture to the word.  Also at this station are christmas themed ABC order

*ABC Station: ABC order Christmas words from this pack that can be found {HERE} and ABC order color and number words that can be found in this pack {HERE}.

*Word Wall Wizard: Sight Word Ornaments.  The activity can be found {HERE}.  I make sure to place this station near my word wall so my kiddos can write word wall words :)

*Write the Room:  Christmas Write-the-Room which can be found {HERE} and Read and Write the Room: North Pole & Gingerbread words that can be found {HERE}

*Artist's Alley:  Snowy Evergreens.  Here's where I got the idea! I made several tree templates that my first graders can trace if needed :)


Click {HERE} if you'd like to see the first week and some info about my station work!
Click {HERE}for other station ideas!
Click {HERE} for other station ideas!
Click {HERE} for other station ideas!

Have a wonderful week!

We Have a Winner!


Congratulations Christine!  You will receive an email from me shortly!  Thank you to all who participated.  I will make a list of all of your book recommendations and post them later this week!
Have a great Monday!

Giveaway and a Sale!



Happy Sunday!  Teachers Pay Teachers is having a Cyber Sale that begins November 28th  and runs through November 29th, and we've got a $10 gift card that we'd LOVE to give to one of our followers!  
Our giveaway runs from 12:00 am Sunday, November 27th,
until 12:00 am Monday, November 28th PST.

 Since it's the holiday season, we though it'd be great if we had our followers share their favorite seasonal/holiday read aloud!  We'd love to hear your favorites!  That's all you have to do to enter the giveaway below, just comment with your favorite holiday read aloud.  
To be sure you're entered, please comment in the Raffllecopter box below.

Check back here Monday, November 28th and we will announce our winner!  

Now more about the sale!  The big Cyber Sale begins on November 28! We're discounting our products at 20% off our regular prices and Teachers Pay Teachers is offering an additional 10% off your total order price.  All you have to do is enter their promo code CYBER2016 during checkout!  You can check out our store {HERE}! 


Have a wonderful day!  
We'll be back Tuesday with our winner announced!