Giveaway and a Sale!

Happy Sunday!  Teachers Pay Teachers is having a back to school sale that begins August 1st and runs through August 2nd, 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, July 31st until 12:00 am Monday, August 1st PST.

 Since several of us are heading back to school soon, we though it'd be great if we had our followers share their favorite back to school read aloud!  We LOVE reading Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes and many of the other Pete the Cat books!  We'd love to hear your favorites!  That's all you have to do to enter the giveaway below, just comment with your favorite back to school read aloud.  
To be sure you're entered, please comment in the Raffllecopter box below.

Check back here at 7:00 am Monday, August 1st PST and we will announce our winner!  

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now more about the sale!  The big back to school site wide sale begins on Monday, August 1st! 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 BESTYEAR during checkout!  You can check out our store {HERE}!  

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

Looking for syllable activities?

Hope you are all having a fantastic July!  We sure have been enjoying our summer around here!  We’ve got several new products in the works and have just added a few to our store. 
Last year with my first graders I incorporated literacy centers in a whole new way and I absolutely LOVE it!  You can read about that {HERE}.  I often incorporate syllable activities and decided to create some monthly themed activities that my kiddos could easily complete while in their groups.   

Each set includes:       

*Picture/word cards

*Syllable sorting mats/headers  

*Syllable count worksheet

*Cut & glue picture cards & sorting mat worksheet

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.   Typically my syllable sorts contain words with 1-3 syllables, so I place three poly spots at the station.  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!

If you’d like to check out our monthly sets you can go {HERE}, or click on the pictures above. September and October are currently in our store.  November and December are in the works and should be added soon! 

If you’d like a peek at what’s inside these syllable sets, we’ve added an animal set as a freebie!  This pack contains a few of the items that are in our monthly syllable sets. 
Just click the picture below! 

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

We're back with a few freebies!

Hi everyone!  It's been a while since we've blogged!  We've both been SUPER busy!  New home projects have definitely taken up the majority of our free time.  Summer is just around the corner for both of us and we're hoping to add lots of new products to our store, so be on the lookout and follow us for updates!  
Thought we’d share with you a few lessons that could easily be added into any math curriculum or as a math lesson for a sub day!
I was in search of some measuring activities to use with my first graders during our measuring unit.  I came across THIS ACTIVITY using the book Measuring Penny from Frogs, Fairies, and Lesson Plans.  My kiddos just loved the story Measuring Penny.  I read the pages that related to length and height.  Next, I handed each of my students a large piece of construction paper.  They could draw any pet that they might have, or a pet that they would like to have.  After their drawing was complete, I attached this ½ sheet to their drawing. Then my students measured their pet with connecting links, paper clips, square tiles, and connecting cubes.  These nonstandard units of measurement were placed on tables throughout our classroom so my kiddos could move around while completing this lesson.    
You can get this freebie HERE!

At the  end of our measuring unit we did an independent measuring activity.  My first graders each had a copy of the worksheet below.  I placed four different nonstandard units of measurement at 4 large tables.  My kids could then choose which table they would go to based on what unit of measurement they chose.  Next, they needed to locate one object at a time and measure it with their chosen unit.  They had lots of fun and enjoyed choosing which unit to measure with. 

You can grab this freebie HERE!

And here’s our shape freebie.  I was in need of a math activity for my first graders and searched and searched for a fun shape lesson that my substitute could do with my kiddos.  After several minutes of searching, I decided to create one of my own!  You could use this lesson during a shapes unit, or save it for a day when you have a substitute.  Simply scoop some pattern blocks into a cup for each of your students.  I had these pre-scooped  for my substitute, and made sure there were no more than 10 of each shape.  After the cups were handed out, my kids simply sorted, counted, filled out the data table, and then graphed their results.

This freebie can be found HERE!

Hope you all have wonderful week!

Happy Spring

 Happy Spring!  Hope you're all having a great start to spring!  We wanted to share a few new products that we just added to our store and a new little freebie perfect for spring!

These flash card sets are perfect for addition and subtraction fact practice and go nicely with our
Ice Cream Timed Test Packs  which can be found {HERE}! 
We have a post about using our timed test packs {HERE}, stop on by and check it out if you'd like!


Here are some ideas on how we use these cards in our classrooms!

If you'd like to check out these flash card sets, just click below!

Here's our newest welcome sign added to our store!  
Just in time for spring!
There are 3 versions and the text is editable!  
You can find this sign {HERE}.

Wishing you all a wonderful spring & enjoy your weekend!

Number Comparison Activities

Hi it's Leslie here!  Hope you're all having a great weekend!  Our weather here has been a little crazy!  One day it's sunny and close to 70, and then the next few days it's raining and we're down to almost freezing at night!  I guess that's Oregon though!  I am sooooo looking forward to spring!  It can't get here fast enough! 
I wanted to share some resources that I LOVE and have been using with my first graders!  
This little gator game is our newest addition to our store.  
My first graders just love it! 
 Here's some info about what's included in this game:

Here's two examples of the four ways to play this game 
(all four ideas are included in this pack).

Here's a little preview of a few of the items in this pack :) 
You can check this game out {HERE}!

Below is an app my first graders enjoy using during math stations.  
Topi-It Addition is an addition game, but also a number comparison game!  A  > or < symbol is shown between the two numbers once the players decide who has the number that is greater.  The =  symbol is shown between the two numbers if the players decide it is a tie. 
I love that they're practicing BOTH skills at once!
You can find this app {HERE}!

This little video is one we enjoy watching!  
My first graders just love the little alligators!

If you're looking for some number comparison review or extra practice worksheets, this worksheet (plus 4 more), have just been added to our store!  This five page set is our newest freebie.
 You can check them out {HERE} 

 If you have some great resources for comparing numbers let us know! 
 Just comment below! 
Thanks so much for stopping by!  
We hope you have a great week!

Kindergarten Listening Centers

Hello friends! It's Erin, making a rare appearance on the blog today! Since changing schools, and moving to kindergarten, along with raising my 4 crazy kiddos, I don't have time to blog as often as I'd like. The pile of posts and freebies, products to upload, and things to create grows rather quickly in my little world. Luckily I had a few minutes to share with you have I changed my listening center since moving to Kindergarten.

My new school is lucky enough to have all the technology that we can ask for. I was offered to go 1:1 iPads this year, but after some thought I decided to just go 1:2, and see how that goes first. It definitely changed how I run my listening center, since my kids don't have to use my iPod Shuffles as much. I didn't abandon them completely, but i have definitely organized them a bit differently that I did in first grade. Last year I used 5 iPod shuffles (which I still LOVE), and had them organized into colored bins, which included the books that were on those iPods. I only put about 15-20 minutes worth of stories, and they usually went with the theme of what we were learning.

To make this a little bit easier for my kinders to keep organized, I added this poster at my listening station. This really helped keep the kinders more independent when cleaning up the station. Books always seem to get stuck into the wrong box, which can create a mess. Now they know exactly where the books belong. This only takes a few minutes to create, and is super helpful for my kids.

While this is a fabulous way to run my listening, I am having to change the books weekly now. I was afraid that I wouldn't have enough books on cd to last the whole year. Plus I have many stories I want my kinders to listen to, that I don't have on cd. That's when I found QR codes. BEST. THING. EVER. My school really tries to save paper, so we used QR codes for a TON of stuff at the beginning of the year. So easy to make! So now, I rotate my listening center between my shuffles, and their iPads. At the listening center, I include a sheet like this.

It took me introducing the procedure to run this once, and they've got it. Our story this week is Snowmen at Night, so we are listening to snowmen books. This was the first Listening center that I created, and my goal is to create at least 1 a month. I will share them you as I create them!

To use these with your iPads, all you need is a QR reader app. I use this one, just because that's what our tech guy put on our iPads. It works great for the littles.

They just scan the qr code, and it takes them strait to the SafeSearch version of whatever youtube video I've found for the story.  For instance, if you scan the QR code for There Was A Cold Lady... it will send you {HERE}.

Would you like to make these yourself? Follow these 3 steps!
1. Find the link for the story you want them to listen to on youtube.
2. Go to the SAFESHARE website ({HERE} and make the link safe for kids, with no adds. 
3. Copy that link into the QR Code Generator {HERE}
Then just take a screenshot of the code and you are good to go!

And if you've made it to the end of this post, you can get a copy of Our Snowman Stories QR Code Freebie. Enjoy!

And on a sidenote, how stinking cute are these ABC bean bags one of my student's grandma made me over Christmas Break?!?! LOVE!

Long and Short Vowel Review

Happy New Year!  Hope you all had a wonderful holiday.  We sure did!  
We enjoyed spending lots of time with family and friends and not having to set our alarms at night!
I go back next week and our sound focus for the week in our first grade Treasures reading program is long i.  We will be focusing on long i words with a silent e.  A few weeks before our winter break our focus was long a words with a silent e.  So this week I plan on doing A LOT of review with silent e!  I also plan on reviewing short vowel sounds as well,  mostly focusing on a & i.  
We are currently working on a few new silent e products for our store and they should be up by next weekend!  
Below we've got a few bingo freebies, as well as some great links to other sites for vowel practice ideas/activities.

I plan on using these bingo freebies below during my reading stations next week and the following week.  
My first graders just love bingo!  

Here's how we play this partner game!

1.  Each pair of kids needs one spinner (place a clear spinner over the top, or use a pencil and a paperclip). 
2.  Each pair will need one or two worksheets (your pair could could share a worksheet each using a different color, or have their own).  
3.  Player one spins first.  If the spinner lands on a long or short section, player one finds, reads, and colors in a long or short vowel word word on the bingo worksheet. 
4.  If the spinner lands on the "free choice" section, the player gets to choose a word of his/her choice to read and color.  
5.  This continues until one of the players gets five in a row!

If you'd like a copy of these bingo games, just click the picture below, or {HERE}!

If you have a SMART Board, this is a fun activity that I have used. 
 It includes both long and short vowel practice. 

We found this AWESOME anchor chart on Pinterest! I'll definitely be creating this with my first graders next week!  It's from Teaching With Style  and you can find this anchor chart and several others {HERE} on her site! 

 Love this cute video!  Great for long/short vowel practice!

Here's a little freebie from Mrs. Pollard!  My first graders used this last year at a literacy station and they LOVED it!  I plan on using it again after we learn all of the long vowel sounds.  You can find this freebie on our Pinterest board HERE or in her TPT store HERE 

Have other ideas/activities to help your kiddos with long vowel practice? 
 Comment below!  
We'd love to here your ideas!
We hope you all have a wonderful week!