November 28, 2016

The Holidays are here

We are super excited to be participating in the Cyber2016 sale on TPT. If you are looking for great December resources we have you covered. Our store is 28% off.


 Click Santa to enjoy this Christmas Math Freebie from our Christmas Math Printable Pack



October 17, 2016

How to Manage Math Workshop

How to manage math workshop for 
student success
We all know that in order to really meet students’ needs, we need to roll up our sleeves and get right in there! Sounds easy, right? Well what about the other 20 kids? You know the ones they always show working nice and quiet in those professional development videos. Well those students are never in my room.  So I have to get real creative during my small math group time. 
At the beginning of the year, as I am teaching procedures and I am not ready for my students to be up moving yet…. I have the center come to them. Each of my math stations for the beginning of the year are in tubs. I can put 3-4 baskets at a table. Lucky for us our first math unit is Exploring Math tools. This allows students time to explore and play with all the manipulatives they will be using through out the year.


As first graders are learning the routines and procedures of a new classroom, sometimes it is hard to take it all in. Rotating the tubs allows students to still be able to practice the procedure for stations from their area, which they already know the procedure for. I think this helps them to manage themselves better. Later on, we learn how to rotate from our area and what is expected. By then we have couple of more months of school under our belt and seem to handle it better. I am not a complete control freak, I do have some flexible seating options in my room but I am not there yet to just turn them loose. I am working on it though!!! I am a work in progress, I tell my firsties all the time that I am learning too!!!
What is the teacher doing during guided math

At the beginning of the year, I am monitoring groups and making observations. As I feel students are learning the routines and ready to try it alone,  I call groups. I introduce sheets that students may see during the workshop. This way I know that students understand the directions and later on are able to complete the sheet during workshop time.

FREEBIES
Here are some great freebies that I use and are apart of our math packs. Try these freebies and see how you like them











August 16, 2016

The Primary Sisters: Organizing Word Work

The Primary Sisters: Organizing Word Work: Words  Their Way Since it's almost time for the kids to go back to school. I wanted to update some of our popular post about teaching ...

August 1, 2016

Back 2 School
It's that time again...How can it be?? I am finally getting the hang of lounging in my PJ's all day and you turn around and it's August. SO let's celebrate this awesome month with a site wide TPT sale(a little shopping retail always helps) Use the coded BESTYEAR to receive 28% off  items in our store. 
Check out some of these great resources to help make this your best year ever. 
Hands down this is our best seller. This number sense pack helps students see number arrangements and helps students begin to see numbers without counting on their fingers. Students begin to recognize the dots on the dice and associate that arrangement with the correct number. These math activities are great for beginning of the year. I use them for math workshop to practice procedures for math workshop during those first few weeks. Great addition to your back to school file!
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ANOTHER great resource are our vowel and word work packs. These are great for review at the beginning of the year or they are great to add to your daily word work or literacy center activities. 
We have worked hard all summer updating and adding to each pack. Each pack contains color sheets for each word family or pattern, fluency passage, read it write it stamp it, word search, sorting activities. They provide a variety of activities to support your phonics and word study programs. 

HAPPY SHOPPING

Back 2 School
It's that time again...How can it be?? I am finally getting the hang of lounging in my PJ's all day and you turn around and it's August. SO let's celebrate this awesome month with a site wide TPT sale(a little shopping retail always helps) Use the coded BESTYEAR to receive 28% off  items in our store. 
Check out some of these great resources to help make this your best year ever. 
Hands down this is our best seller. This number sense pack helps students see number arrangements and helps students begin to see numbers without counting on their fingers. Students begin to recognize the dots on the dice and associate that arrangement with the correct number. These math activities are great for beginning of the year. I use them for math workshop to practice procedures for math workshop during those first few weeks. Great addition to your back to school file!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Count-and-Color-activities-for-Number-Sense-1st-grade-Beginning-of-the-year-2026202

ANOTHER great resource are our vowel and word work packs. These are great for review at the beginning of the year or they are great to add to your daily word work or literacy center activities. 
We have worked hard all summer updating and adding to each pack. Each pack contains color sheets for each word family or pattern, fluency passage, read it write it stamp it, word search, sorting activities. They provide a variety of activities to support your phonics and word study programs. 

HAPPY SHOPPING

July 12, 2016

The Primary Sisters: TPT sale

The Primary Sisters: TPT sale: Don’t miss out on some great sales today and every Tuesday this summer. Use the code #2forTuesday to see some awesome products half off....

TPT sale

Don’t miss out on some great sales today and every Tuesday this summer. Use the code #2forTuesday to see some awesome products half off.
Our back to school Count and color is a great review or introduction to subitizing numbers. When students work with dice they begin to associate the way the dots are arranged with the number. This helps students see the number
without counting which is the foundation of number sense. 


These printable count and color math activities are our best seller. They are great for stations and morning warm up. I use them in my math workshop time. Students practice with dice to help them subitize numbers. Seeing how numbers are arranged and associating that with how many is a important number sense skill. This is a growing bundle. I just added 5 more pages and will add more as the year goes! So get it now for half off!!

Need word work activities? Well here they are. WE created these word work activities to be fun and easy for students to use during stations. Long vowel teams can be hard for students because they always want to give that vowel the short sound! These printable activities are a great addition to your word work time.


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July 10, 2016

Best Ipad Apps
 to use in the Elementary Classroom
Last school year, as a pinnacle leader in my county, I had the
 opportunity to have 20 Ipads in my classroom. My students loved
using them daily in stations and to actually create technology
products. Yes 6 year olds can create tech products on their own!
Not only can they create products but they can teach you a thing
or two while they are at it
Best Advice
My best piece of advice is to choose 2 to 3 apps that you can
easily use throughout all curriculum areas and that students,
 can use independently (after modeling of course).
Teachers often ask when and how do I make time for these tech moments. I don’t like to try to cram anything extra into my already jam packed day. So for me it has to be purposeful and meaningful and not anything extra. So when I planned to digitally publish my students writing
by using Chatterpix, I allowed time during my Writer’s Workshop
for students to work on this. Another tech project required students to use Skitch to label and identify plant parts, so during or STEM time students uploaded a picture of a plant and labeled the parts. These technology projects make great assessment pieces also, almost like killing two birds with one stone.

Must have Apps

Chatterpix is a free must have app, that can turn any picture into
a talking picture. Students take a picture and save to camera roll.
Chatterpix will access the camera roll and allow students to upload
their picture. They simply swipe across to make a mouth on their
picture. Next students press the record button to animate their
picture. Students used Chatterpix to digitally publish their writing.
After reading Spookley the Square Pumpkin students created their
own Spookley’s and wrote about how to be a nice friend. To work
on reading fluency, students practiced reading their writing to a
partner so they would be ready to record their writing. Students used
an Ipad to take a picture of their Spookley and save to the camera
Roll. Chatterpix is great to use across all subject areas. Students can
snap a picture of anything you are studying and then record facts,

read their writing, or tell all about themselves.
Click below to check out our Spookleys


Skitch is another free app. Students can label and describe
anything using just one or two words. This is what makes
Skitch such a great app for young learners. During our plant unit
students would take pictures of plants in non fiction books we were
using as read alouds. Students saved the pictures to the camera roll
then opened the Skitch app and uploaded the picture. As an assessment, students labeled the parts of a plant. This app does need
a bit more modeling to show students how to draw the arrows and
bring up the side menu options, such as text boxes and frames. Skitch is also great for math, students can use manipulatives to represent different sums. Take a picture and use Skitch to show the parts or write the number sentence.





Popplet lite is the third must have app. For primary students. Popplet is a mapping and graphic organizing tool. It is great for students who need a visual representation. Students can insert their own words, images and drawings to describe or tell about almost any subject from science to math. I used Popplet in just about all areas. Students can use this app in Guided Reading to retell a story using beginning, middle and end.. In Science students can upload pictures of the phases of the moon and label each phase. During work on words, my students used Popplet to practice their spelling pattern for the week. Students would put the pattern in the middle and then make words with the pattern in the other boxes.  

As I discussed at the beginning, I used lots of other apps during the year and will try to blog about those at a later time., but in order to make it more manageable these are the 3 that I really concentrated on using. These 3 apps are user friendly (and teacher friendly) and can be used across all subject areas. I would love to hear how others have used these apps or any other apps that you think are the best









April 12, 2016

Spring is in the air and I'm tired!

I love spring and how much I can see how my firsties are growing and learning. It's this time of year when we begin to see the fruits of our labor! They can read, they can write and they have so much energy that it wears me out! So somethings about Spring may not be so great.
Another thing I love about Spring is our Plant Needs unit.
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March 14, 2016

NOOO!  It’s come to an end!  This is the last blog post for a while of the Featured Teacher Tuesdays!
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Heidi Neels from Flipping for First is a spunky and organized first grade teacher!  
Years of tumbling, cheerleading and a passion for teaching made her blog name come to life!  She has been teaching for 9 years, 6 of those being in first grade!  She has truly found her teaching niche!
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Heidi has been married for 15 years (yep, he’s tied up in the basement) and has two beautiful girls ages 15 (don’t do the math) and 10!  Faith brings joy in her life each and every day!  God has blessed her family and teaching career!  She is a middle child (typical middle child syndrome) and requires lots of attention from those around her!
Organization fuels Heidi through first grade!  (It may be a disease!)  Check out her blog for some amazing tips on how to organize Words Their Way, Listening Stations, Behavior Management, Erin Condren Planner, Common Core Assessments, Classroom tips and so much more!

Laughing is important to Heidi!  Mo Willems, first grade quotes, and National Lampoon movies can put a smile on her face.  Just like Wimberly, Heidi can worry a lot!  Therefore Heidi clings to
Psalm 46:10  “Be still, and know I am God!

Heidi’s best seller is her Editable Daily Behavior Chart!  This is an amazing product that every teacher who has a student with challenging behavior needs!!  Heidi loves to hear success stories about teachers using this in their classrooms!!
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Fry’s First 100 Sight Words came about when she had 30% of her students struggling with sight words!  Yikes!  To overcome this obstacle, Heidi created a product that focuses on teaching the words in context using pictures, repetition, and motor skills!  She ended that year with 100% of her students knowing all first grade sight words!  Love it!
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Heidi’s First Grade Common Core Math Assessments are a full year’s worth of assessments!  She even has a blog post with a yearly calendar to help you plan!
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Check out one of Heidi’s freebies!
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Don’t forget to join me in following Heidi!
March Madness Freebie!
Go grab this freebie from our store in honor of our UNC Tarheels winning the ACC Tournament.
This pack includes lots of printable activities to help students read, write and learn all about vowel teams. These work well in stations, centers and independent time.

March 2, 2016


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Meet Karen Wasdin from Silly Sam Productions!


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Karen has been teaching 1st Grade for almost 30 years. She is a Baseball Mom from New Jersey and loves to watch her son play for the High School team and travel teams. Her husband is a Videographer/Photographer and she enjoys assisting him in producing sports and educational videos in his business, MoonGate Video Productions.

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Finding ways to help her young learners understand the trickiest concepts has driven her to create multi-sensory approaches and engaging lessons that MAKE LEARNING FUN! These techniques can be found in her products at TpT.


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Color-Coded Fact Families Mental Math uses the color-coding technique to help learners make connections to math strategies.



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is an integrated Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop unit that has students look at the story of the Three Little Pigs through the eyes of different characters. Then they do the same with their own personal narrative about their first day of school. This helps them truly discover and empathize with others and recognize feelings other than their own.


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is an extensive unit covering the heart of the first grade phonics curriculum. Word Houses use patterning chunks and vowel sounds to help students become stronger readers and writers. Creating their own Vowel Books helps students celebrate all that they have learned.


You can find and follow Silly Sam Productions here:
Blog: Laugh and Learn with Silly Sam        Twitter:  @sillysamprod
TpT: Silly Sam Productions                          Pinterest:  Silly Sam Productions
Facebook:   Silly Sam Productions                   Instagram:  sillysamproductions

February 16, 2016

It’s Featured Teacher Tuesday!

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This week I would like to you to meet Christina from Hanging Around In Primary.

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Christina has been teaching for 21 years (gasp!) Most of her teaching has been in Grade 1 but she has also taught Kindergarten through Grade 4.  She also spent 3 ½ years working as a substitute teacher at the beginning of her career.  She has been teaching in a small village just outside of Kingston, Ontario, Canada for most of her career.  

When not teaching Christina is spending time with her family: a busy 12 and 15 year old and a husband who runs his own business.  She loves to travel and spend time time at the cottage.  
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Christina has always had a passion for teaching.  When she was growing up there was no question about what she wanted to do when she grew up.  A first grade teacher was her dream job and she has been fortunate enough to teacher 6 year olds for the majority of her career so far.  

Christina has always had a passion for creating her own classroom materials and sharing ideas with her colleagues.  She stumbled upon Teachers Pay Teachers in 2012 and got the nerve up to post her own products in the winter of 2013.  Since then she has continued to add products and really grow her store.  She has many freebies to help early primary teachers out in Math, Literacy and Classroom Management.  Click on the covers below to check out some of her popular freebies.  

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Christina loves to teach using centers to engage students and keep them practicing crucial skills.  Some of her most popular math centers are

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She also creates products that support directed teaching as well.  These comprehension checks are perfect for whole group teaching as well for small group instruction.  The Word Jail is one of her favourite products.  She uses it to help students learn to read and spell those tricky rule breaker words.  Her students love it.  
   
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Christina has been blogging for about a year and half.  She enjoys sharing what is happening in her classroom and showing off her products in actions.  You can check out a few of her most popular posts below.  If you like what you read be sure to follow her to keep up with her posts!  
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You can also follow Christina on Social media.   Check out her accounts below:

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I hope you enjoyed meeting Christina this week for our weekly Featured Teacher post.  See you again next week when you will meet another first grade teacher!