Friday, November 30, 2012

When I Was in 1st Grade....

Second Grade Sparkle is having a fun linky party and I've decided to join up.  To join the party I'm sharing a picture of myself when I was in the grade I teach now and a current picture of myself.  
Here I am in my 1st grade school picture.  My 1st grade teacher still teaches first at the same elementary school :)
Here I am last summer on vacation.  Now you know my hair isn't naturally this light! hehe

Want to join in on the fun? Here are the rules:
1. Post a picture (or two!) of you from when you were in the grade you teach (or around there).
2. Post a picture of you now! :)
3. Be nice and visit others to comment.
Have fun!!
Click on the picture below to head over to Second Grade Sparkle and get started!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

#Giving Tuesday

Hi everyone!  I wanted to let you know about #Giving Tuesday.  Today is the first "Giving Tuesday" and it's all about giving back.  It's to encourage individuals to participate in the spirit of giving.  I feel it is always important to give back to others, and there are SO MANY ways you can do it!  This weekend I posted a Gingerbread Houses unit and all sales from this unit will be donated to the Salvation Army.  All I am asking for is a donation of $1 and in return you get my unit to help you launch a gingerbread house project in your classroom.  How easy is that? And you get something in return!  Click on the picture below to find it on my Tpt store.

Want to find out more about how you can help with Giving Tuesday? Click HERE

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Long A a_e & SALES!!!

With a few extra days off I had a chance to finish up my Long A unit.  It focuses on the a_e pattern for Long A.  I may do another unit with other spelling patterns for Long A in the future, but next week we are just teaching a_e so I focused on that.  I went with a baking theme and looking at all those graphics gave me a sweet tooth!  It has more activities than the other recent units I've done - I was feeling extra inspired :)  Here is what looks like:
For more info on what's included head over to my Tpt store or TN shop!
While you're there download my latest Christmas FREEBIE ~ Elf Hat!

Thank you Ashley for the ADORABLE button!!!

As you've probably heard, many Tpt stores are participating in a Cyber Monday + Tuesday sale.  I am too! So if you are interested in the above unit, or any others, you can grab it at a discounted price Monday and Tuesday.  Don't forget to enter the code: cmt12 at checkout to receive 28% off products in my store. 

Tpt isn't the only one having a sale.  Teachers Notebook is having a sale RIGHT NOW, no waiting until Monday!  Their sale started Saturday and ends Monday at midnight.  Many shops are participating, me too!

Click on the links below to grab the deals!
My store on TPT
My shop on TN
Happy Shopping :)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Elf Hat ~ FREEBIE!

I hope everyone has had a nice Thanksgiving holiday and you are enjoying a few extra days off.  I had Thanksgiving dinner at my parents' house and it was great to see the family.  My pecan pies were a hit and I have been voted the official pecan pie maker in the family.  Taking over pecan pies are BIG shoes to fill.  My grandma has always made them, but at 95 she was happy to pass on the recipe and just enjoy them.

Now it's time to start thinking about Christmas!  I was looking through my Christmas files on Tuesday and came across the elf hat template I made when I was teaching kindergarten.  I really don't think the picture does it justice, the students look SO CUTE in these hats!  So, I had to share with you.  Click on the links below to get your FREEBIE!

On TPT click HERE
On TN click HERE

*UPDATE- I have linked up this post with Fabulicious Freebies on the First.  Click on the link below to head over to Freebielicious and grab more fun freebies!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Mr. Turkey

We have been having a lot of fun with all of our November activities.  It's amazing to me how many times students will sing a song and not get tired of it :).  One of the songs I enjoy teaching them in November is called "Mr. Turkey". It's simple and fun, check the poster I made below.
 Hand Movements:
"Big and fat" - hold arms out in a circle in front of you
"I am going to eat you" - pretend to be putting food in your mouth
"Just like that" - "Just" right hand out palm up, "like" left hand out palm up, "that" clap hands together

Along with some fun turkey songs, we made some fact family turkeys.  These fact family turkeys came from Erica Bohrer's unit Thanksgiving Art, Literacy, and Math Activities.  This is a great unit with many fun activities for November. 

 For the turkey eyes I used some self adhesive googly eyes I found at the Target Dollar Spot in August.  Now I'm asking myself 'WHY did I not buy more of these?!?!'  You know how students can't resist touching a googly eye that has not completely dried....well you don't have to worry about that with the self adhesive!  The eyes won't move once put on, so now I'm on the look out for more!  

This week is a two day work week for us and then a few days off for Thanksgiving vacation - yay!!!  I wish everyone a wonderful time with family and friends this Thanksgiving.