Saturday, July 4, 2015

4th of July Sale!

Just a little note to let you know I'm having a sale over at my {TpT} store! The sale will last through the weekend! Hope you have a happy and safe 4th of July!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Writing with Rubrics - and More

Something I worked really hard on all year last year was writing. Writing in first grade was a whole different ball game for me. But by the end of the year,  I had a system down!   Granted, the beginning of year is whole different world than the end of the year... first grade really is the year of serious growth! 

So this is what I've created to work with my kiddos.

 First there are prompts for each type of writing... narrative, expository, opinion, and friendly letter. You could totally do different prompts, but if you're like me and don't want to take the time to think about what to write, I've done the work for you.

Our district tells us there are certain types that we have to work on  but I still like to do different kinds of writing throughout the year. So I've included all the different kinds of writing from start to finish (of the year). You can choose which type you need to do based on your district's pacing guide, or if you have free reign, then you can do whichever style floats your boat. :)

Rubrics are great for grading writing... because writing is not black and white... it is such a subjective "subject."  I don't "grade" their writing every time we write... Lordy Bee, that would be way too much! I will pick a writing once every few weeks to grade.

 Here's a better view of the rubrics for you.  There is a teacher version, 2 on a page that you can staple to the writing or just sent that home and hang up the writing (I personally, never write on their writing!)  There is also a student friendly version that you can use as a self evaluation or a peer evaluation....although I wouldn't do that in 1st grade until later in the year...but you could use the student version "grade" them with the student in the beginning of the year.

Writing papers...siggggghhhhh

This is something that I am SO TIRED of searching through endless files for!  So I decided midway last year that I was just going to make EVERY kind of paper there was for EVERY occasion and need. lol. Solved all my problems!  Well, not really... but you get what I mean.

So there are 3 different line choices - Kinder lines, handwriting lines, and primary lines in both horizontal and vertical designs. There is every possible combination of layouts - and every version comes in full page lines and half page with a spot for pictures. There is also a "quick write" option and friendly letter versions.  First graders really do change a lot with their writing, so they really do need every kind of line out there!

In this Back to School edition, there are 3 different "picture" versions to choose from - school friends, crayons, and a school. These can fit into pretty much any "back to school" writing that you want to do.

I have also included planning pages for all the different kinds of writing you will be doing.

I don't know about you, but I really do try to make sure that certain words are spelled correctly...specifically sight words and past spelling rule words.  I have made Word Bank Folders to keep at each group or center for them to refer to. I have Fry Sight words as well as thematic word folders for each "theme."  

In this pack there is a School Words folder and a Transportation folder in addition to the Fry Words folders.  Each season, there will be file folders to match which ever themes fall during that time frame.

Click {HERE} to check it out!

Stay tuned for other seasons!
Any Time Themes!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wish List Wednesday - Phonics Notebook

It's Wish List Wednesday!!

This week is my {Hands On Phonics Notebook}!

Here's what's included:

Here are a few pictures of it when I taught 2nd grade a few years ago. You can check out {this} post to see more.

It has titles for all kinds of phonics rules...

In the dictionary section, we would write all kinds of words; spelling, sight, and "how do you spell" words. I wouldn't let them ask me how to spell a word unless they had their notebook open and ready for me to write it down.

There is also a category section, for months, holidays, and other categories.

And {here} is how we put it together.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Win a Chance to Capture Summer!

Happy First Day of Summer!!!

Woohoo!!!  I mean, it's been summer, here in FL, for a while now, but it is officially the first day of summer!  And to celebrate, I have gotten together with some fabulous bloggers to bring your an awesome giveaway!!

Did you see all the goodies included in this giveaway!? I mean, HOLY CANNOLI, people!  You can win a Canon Rebel, a 50mm lens, AND a Jo Totes?! 

Seriously. This camera bag is SO cute!! I don't have a camera bag like this. I think I need one now!

I actually don't have a Canon. I have a Nikon, but I used to have a Canon (it got destroyed in a car accident...because I always have my camera wherever I go!).

These are the kinds of shots you can do with the 50 mm lens... you can do those "blur" shots without even trying! (I did not edit these photos at all! I just uploaded them as they were!)

My baby girl is 7 months old now!!

It captures such details... you can see the water dripping off Autumn's arm so crystal clear!

So if you want to enter for a chance to win... and let's face it... why wouldn't you!?  Enter below!

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Wish List Wednesday - Math with a Deck of Cards!

For this Wish List Wednesday, it's one of my favorite packs (well, actually TWO of my favorite packs!); 
Math with a Deck of Cards

I seriously use cards for EVERYTHING math related. I don't think a math concept that goes by without us busting out the math cards.

Here are some activities that we've used them for...

I had more pictures, but with the great computer crash of October 2014, I lost them :( boo! But as you can see, I use them in centers, small group teaching, partner activities, and fast finishers!

If you want to see how I keep them all organized, check out {THIS} post. I'm normally not a binder girl, but for certain things, I am... and this is one of those things!

I have one for 1st Grade and one for 2nd grade and up!

Click {HERE} to see the original Math with a Deck of Cards and {HERE} for the 1st grade edition!

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