Saturday, April 28, 2012

Throwback Thursday...Sight Words!

I am joining The First Grade Parade's Throwback Thursday Linky!

Here is an old post I wrote about sight words...

I love to show off my word wall because it took me an entire  summer to create. I teach kindergarten, first grade, and second grade, so I had to come up with a way to differentiate my words and have room enough to fit them all in. My word wall consists of all the Dolch words for each grade, plus words that my students frequently use in their writing. It has really helped them become independent spellers. They are always referring to the word wall and using it to help them with their writing. Here are two pictures:

My word wall spans one and a half walls in my room. All kindergarten words are in red, first grade words are in yellow, second grade words are in green, and words frequently used in writing are in orange. My younger students love to boast that they can spell words from higher grades correctly and I sometimes point out to my second graders that they are misspelling words that they learned in kindergarten.

My students and I love to play word wall games and I have a plethora of word wall activity sheets that the children use when they are finished with their station work. My students' favorite word wall games to play are definitely Sparkle and Hangman. Of course there are many more games that we play, but these two are the most requested games.

Another popular game is my Sight Word Memory Game. My students play this all the time and love it!

They also love sight word scrambled sentences...

And, sentence puzzles!

Between word wall games, word wall activity sheets, sentence puzzles, scrambled sentences, etc., I think I've pretty much got it covered! LOL! 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Words that describe me...

Kind, sincere, funny, giving...oh, wait, that's not what this post is about! Silly me! 

I just love the "Words that describe me" adjective activity that I've been doing for years and see that many of you do it, too. I always look forward to seeing the portraits and reading the words that the children write to describe themselves. I also have them fill out labels to describe the color of their shirt, pants, hair, etc. I promised Krista, over at Stellar Students that I would share the labels with her, so I figured I would share them here in case anyone else was interested. You'll notice that the labels I'm sharing with you today are much cuter than the ones I used in my activity. I made mine years ago, before I got all cutsie and such! I didn't want to share my plain, boring labels, so I quickly cutsied them up! I hope you find them useful. Just click on the image below to get a copy. 

Here are some pictures from my class:

I just wanted to share with you some of the comments I received on this post. Susie Q, from Learning With Susie Q. mentioned that this would be a good beginning of the year activity. I agree and thought it could also be used at the end of the year and the children can draw a friend and label him/her with describing words. I think it would make a cute keepsake. It can even lead into a writing activity. (Example: Billy is funny because he is always making jokes.) Then, Kristy, from Teachin' First, said that she's going to have the children draw their moms and label them with adjectives. That is a super idea and I will probably do the same. I think all the moms would love this activity! Thanks for the great ideas Susie and Kristy!

This post was written in response to the 5-Star Blogger Challenge posted on The Organized Classroom Blog. Make sure to click on over to see more great 5-Star Blogs!

Thanks for looking! If you download my labels, please leave me a comment. I just love reading all my comments! Thanks so much!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Manic Monday at Classroom Freebies!

It's just another Manic Monday...wish it were I don't have to run day. I just LOVE this song and I LOVE Manic Monday at Classroom Freebies! Thanks, Charity! 

I'm linking up and sharing a freebie I posted last week. My first and second graders write on notebook paper a lot and have a difficult time figuring out how to properly use this type of paper. To help them be successful without having to ask me, "Is this the right way?" I keep a laminated model showing the proper way to use notebook paper at each table. They find it very helpful and I love to watch them comparing their paper to the model. If you would like a copy, please click the image below.

You can link up, too! Come and join the fun!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

TpT Banner Contest...please vote for me! Thanks!

Have you heard that Teachers Pay Teachers is having a banner contest? They want to replace their old banner with a new one, made by anyone who is interested. I (almost) never turn away an opportunity to spend quality time creating, so I entered the contest. Here is my contribution:

If you like my banner, I would love it if you would click on it and vote for me. If you don't like it, I would still love your vote! LOL! Thanks so much!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Last Chance to Enter Samson's Giveaway! And some pictures from my week.

Okay, folks, we're coming down to the wire! My Samson's Classroom Giveaway contest ends at the stroke of midnight. Well, not ends when I wake up tomorrow morning! Good news for all you night owls! My students have really been enjoying my free account. It's now officially their favorite computer activity. If you would like to take advantage of this giveaway, please click below for more information.

Do you all play scoot in your classroom? Whenever I tell my students that we're going to play scoot, they literally stand up and cheer. There is something about this game that really excites them. Is it the movement? Is it the fact that I move all my tables into one long line? Is it that every word I say while they are playing begins with an S? Stand, Scoot, Sit, Start, Stop! Do they realize that they're doing work? I don't think so! Scoot really came in handy last week while we were cooped up in our classroom during FCAT testing. Here are some pictures I took of my first graders playing plural nouns scoot.

My version of scoot is not as cute as the one I have at my store.  Today's weather was REALLY bad, so I took advantage of a stay at home day, and cutsied up all my scoot games. I liked them before, but now, wow! I also bundled them to make it a better value. If you are interested in checking them out, please click on the link below to see my bundled game. Once you get to my store, you can find all the games sold separately, too.

In addition to scoot, my first graders were also learning about Earth Day. They wrote expository essays about why Earth Day is important to them. First, we planned our essays on a web and then, after I conferenced with each student to edit and revise, they copied their essays onto publishing paper.

The web and publishing paper are part of my Earth Day Activity Packet. You can check it out here.

The last thing I want to share with you today is a lesson we did on sentence fragments. My first graders needed a little reminder about how to write complete sentences, so I did a group activity where I gave each table a sentence fragment and they worked together to turn it into a complete sentence. They love to write on sentence strips. I don't think this activity would have excited them as much if they had to write it on plain old paper!

Well, that's it for today. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Notebook Paper Freebie

My first and second graders write on notebook paper a lot and have a difficult time figuring out how to properly use this type of paper. To help them be successful without having to ask me, "Is this the right way?" I keep a laminated model showing the proper way to use notebook paper at each table. They find it very helpful and I love to watch them comparing their paper to the model.

Please let me know if you like it! Thanks!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Furry Friends Linky Party!

Sandy, at Soaring Through Second, is having a Furry Friends Linky Party and Giveaway. I love my furry friends (and everyone else's, too) so I am definitely going to take advantage of this party! If you would like to link up, too, please click on the image below.

I am proudly owned by two of the cutest yorkies. This is Max:

I rescued him when he was 11 months old. He just turned 9 last month. Sadly, he was neglected and abused by his first family. They paid a lot of money for him at a puppy mill store and then they just left him outside, tied up, in the hot Florida sun. A neighbor witnessed this neglect and abuse and told me about it because she knew I loved animals and would do something about it. She stole got the dog for me and I've been owned my him ever since. He had double sets of teeth, a tape worm, fleas, and only weighed 3 pounds. After a week with me, he doubled his body weight. He is one of the cutest little yorkies I have ever seen. Unfortunately, I was never able to housebreak him (and I am really good at it!) He thinks my entire house is his toilet. He is also shy around strangers and very protective of me. I can't really trust him all the time with other people. But, they understand that it is because all he went through in the first 11 months of his life. He has some medical issues and had to have bladder stones removed. That was a tough surgery and he had to stay at the hospital for 3 nights. His recovery was a little longer than most. Everyone loved him and I think he was held the whole time! Here are a few more pics of my little Maxie:





Then, there's Buddy. He's my big boned yorkie, weighing it at 9 pounds. Poor guy tore his ACL last summer and had to have surgery. His recovery was really long, but he is doing very well now. I don't allow him to jump anymore and, at almost 10 years old, he is a bit stiff. But he is a LOVE! Check him out:


Yup, he loves to hide from the camera. He is a little stinker.


He also loves to put his paws on your face and plant big, wet, juicy kisses! 


But, his favorite thing to do is sleep in Max's little bed. 

I think the next picture sums them up really well:


So, what have I learned from Buddy and Max. A lot! I have learned to..

Live simply.

Love generously.

Care deeply.

Speak kindly.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

When you're happy, dance around and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough.

Be loyal.

Never pretend to be something you're not.
*Quoted from The Daily Puppy

Thanks for looking and for listening. I look forward to seeing pictures of all your furry friends and reading about their little antics!

Cute plant book and a freebie

In kindergarten, we finished up our plant unit this past week. Have you ever heard of the book, A Plant Called Spot, by Nancy J. Peteraf. I can't get over how cute it is.

The children and I thoroughly enjoyed the story and the adorable illustrations. After I read the book, we talked about our favorite part. I model wrote my favorite part and then the children did the same.

 My favorite part in the book was when Teddy treated the plant nice.

We also wrote some facts about plants.

Click on the picture above to download the plant fact sheet I used.

Next up...

If you are not done planning your Earth Day activities, please check out my Earth Day Unit by clicking on the picture below. I am excited to get started using the activities next week. Have a great weekend!

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