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!

Happy Tuesday!

 Hope your week is off to a great start!  I've been super been super busy getting ready for conferences, but wanted to share a few ideas and freebies with you all :)
Short e was our sound focus a few weeks ago and I made a little freebie that I thought you all might enjoy as well.  Just click the word search below to download!

This week is consonant digraphs sh th and -ng so I made a thanksgiving themed ABC order and word search :) Just click below if you'd like a copy!


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

*Listening station: iPod shuffles- Party Time! (SpongeBob Squarepants)Duck at the Door,  & SmileyShark

*Blend Bop: Roll a Blend {HERE} or click the picture below.  The mini book mentioned below is also in this link.

*Publishing Place- Blend mini books{HERE} or click on the pictures below



*Fine Motor: My students have two choices at this station this week.  They can either feed the cup letters with tweezers (using their spelling list) or feed the tennis ball using their hands and inserting small letter beads.  Below are pictures :)


*Artist's Alley: Create a turkey with wings made from paper shapes.  See picture below :)


*Word Way:  Word search that can be found {HERE} and secret sight word worksheet that can be found {HERE}

*Social Studies:  I made a basic map of our classroom and my students color the labels in the map key and on the map.

*Pocket Place:  Large pocket chart with short a pictures and words can be found {HERE}.  Also at this station are student photos and name cards,{HERE}, short o cards that can be found {HERE}, and short e words that can be found {HERE}.

*Wikki Stix:  My kiddos use Wikki Stix with the short vowel play dough mats that 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!

Have a wonderful week!

Lots and Lots of Literacy Freebies!


Happy Monday!  Hope your week is off to a great start!  A few weeks ago my reading theme was pets.  We read several books about pets, made lists of how to care for a pet and our favorite pets.  We also did a pet picture/name sort and a writing piece about our favorite pets.  I made a pet word search that was incorporated into our second reading block.  My kiddos need to work independently during this time and this word search along with a pet mini book were two of the five paper activities that they could choose from. 
 You can grab this {HERE} or click below!


If you'd like to check out some of the other pet activities my first graders completed, 
you can check out this set HERE, or click below!

Weekly word sorts are completed during my small reading groups and also during literacy stations (see below).  Last week we focused on the short i sound.  If you'd like this freebie, just click one of the pictures below!





If you're following my stations that I incorporate into my reading block,
here's what we finished up with last week:

*Listening Station: iPod shuffles- Llama Llama and the Bully GoatThe Biggest Pumpkin Ever,  Spooky Hour & Skeletons

*Sorting Street: Short i word sort can be found {HERE} or click on the pics above

*Publishing Place: Transportation Book from our transportation set that can be found {HERE}

*Artist's Alley: Learn to draw a cat, dog, fish, and a rat (we had a pet theme last week in our reading program).  {HERE} is where I got my step by step instructions.  They were pretty easy for my first graders to follow.  {HERE} is the entire Learn to Draw section.  

*Fine Motor: Letter pick up.  My kiddos use tweezers that I bought from Lakeshore Learning, they can be found {HERE}.  I found this letter mat somewhere, but can't find it anywhere to add a link! If you know where it came from I would be glad to add the link :)  My kiddos simply look for the letter in a container filled with Lace-A-Word Beads, pick it up with tweezers, and match it.

I also created a few Make-a-Word worksheets that relate to familiar sounds we've worked on during reading.  You can grab these {HERE}, or click the picture below!

*Word Way:  Spin a Word Bingo.  I'll have the link up tomorrow :)

*Beginning Sound Boogie:   I found out about this fun activity while searching on Pinterest.  Pre-write consonants on spoons. Students choose a spoon and try and make a word.  If it makes sense (it's a word and not a nonsense word) they write it down.  I made two worksheets that focus on the sounds that we have previously learned in reading.  If you'd like them just click  {HERE} or the picture below!
*Pocket Place:  Large pocket chart with short vowel pictures and words can be found {HERE}.  Also at this station are student photos and name cards, frog life cycle cards (reading theme this week), and transportation sorting cards that can be found {HERE}

*Word Family:  I used this freebie:  Word Builders {-at family freebie} from Miss Kindergarten Love.  I LOVED it so much that I bought both her long and short vowel set!

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


Have a fabulous week!