Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"All About Vowels" Anchor/Flip Charts

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During guided reading groups and while working with individual students, I have often wished for a way to bring our class anchor charts right to the students.  So, this summer I told my husband and sons what I wanted, and they had a "friendly" little contest to see who could come up with the best design.  This little stand was the hands down winner and designed by my handsome 13 year old son.  
The chart stand has been a fabulous help to teach and reinforce students about a particular concept during small group instruction.   I can put it right in front of them.  I have been thrilled with the response from my little firsties.  The plans for this stand are included in my "All About Vowels" packet available in my TpT store.


This packet also includes 40 darling anchor charts including:
 Short Vowel Sounds
 Long Vowel Sounds
 Silent "e"
 R-controlled vowels
 "Y" as a vowel
 Vowel Teams (Vowel Digraphs and Dipthongs)






Sunday, September 15, 2013

Hats Off to Heroes

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We will never forget the tragic events or the precious lives lost on September 11, 2001.   We will also never forget the brave men and women who risked their own safety that day, and every other day, to keep our homes, cities, and country safe.  This week I wanted my littles to learn about real heroes.  When I asked them to tell me about heroes, I wasn't surprised when the talk turned to Batman, Spiderman, and other super heroes from comic books and movies. 
I wanted my students to understand that while those make-believe heroes are fun, there a real heroes who serve and protect us everyday.  We spent our week learning about and honoring police officers, firefighters, and soldiers.  These are real the life heroes who deserve our gratitude and respect.


We ended the week with this little writing craftivity!




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Click here to download hat patterns.

Have a wonderful week!!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Allergy Aware Classroom

Pin It One of my littles had a reaction to peanuts today during lunch.  Scared me to death!  I am so grateful she is all right!  It was a huge reminder of how serious food allergies are, and how aware we need to be with these little people.  She was sitting at the peanut-free table but one of her friends (who was not sitting at the peanut free table) gave her a peanut butter cracker and she thought it was cheese.  Not good:(   

I came home and made up a new allergy aware sign for my classroom.  You can download it here.  


I also found this great Arthur video clip about food allergies.  I was thinking about sharing it with my students.   Obviously I won't be talking about specific students, I just want them to be aware of the importance of not bringing nuts into our classroom and not sitting at the peanut-free table unless you have an allergy.

I would love any tips on how you deal with food allergies in your classroom!!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Lining them Up

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It has been a crazy week helping my little class learn procedures.  I have always said the first week of first grade is a bit like having a baby.  It is painful, and in that moment, I am  pretty sure I won't ever do it again.  But, as the year goes on they are really cute...and I get to see so much growth...so by the time the next year comes around I have practically forgotten the painful parts, and I can't wait to do it again:)

I was determined to simplify one of the "painful" procedures. When we line up for lunch the kiddos need to be in alphabetical order by last name.  It never fails that the minute I get them in line one of them has to get out of line to get something...or do something...or they just forget they are supposed to be standing in a line...you know how it goes the first week of first grade;)

In the past I have written their names on a piece of tape stuck to the carpet. This year tape on the carpet has been outlawed, so I had to get a little more creative.  I whipped up these cute little name tags and applied the hook side of Velcro to the back.

Then I laid them on the carpet (the carpet acts as the loop side of the Velcro) in alphabetical order.

Now my little sweeties can line up lickety-split.  Even if they get out of line they can find their way back!  Yay!!!  Next we tackled walking in the hall:)

I used these adorable graphics from Melonheadz to create signs to remind them of the behaviors I expect when we are walking in the hall.  

One and two are pretty self explanatory, but three simply refers to the third floor tile from the wall.  If they are walking in the third tile, they are in a nice straight line, they aren't touching any of the artwork hanging in the halls, and it keeps them on one side of the hall.  We have seven (yup seven) first grade classes.  Keeping the third tile rule allows us to move a lot of little kidlets down the hall with minimum noise and  disruption to other classrooms.  When we are out in the hall I simply hold up one, two, or three fingers to remind them of the rules.  


Sunday, August 18, 2013

TpT Back to School Sale

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It's T minus two days until my new school year begins.... 
and I am going shopping!!! 



Don't forget to "hop" by my store and pick up one of these darling word walls

!