January 25, 2016

Who's Dabbin this morning?

Excuse the grammer!! But we are super excited about our Carolina Panthers making it to the Super Bowl! Nothing motivates students like football and rooting for your hometown team. We have had a blast representing our Panthers at school over the last several weeks. I even started letting my students "dab" when our timer goes off anytime during the day. They know they must stand in the "dabbin" position until they hear further instructions from me. It's the little things like that, that motivates my little learners.
So in honor of our panthers we have a FREEBIE

January 19, 2016

Featured Teacher

I hope you have started to love Tuesdays as much as we have! It’s another week of Featured Teacher Tuesday!
Our Featured Teacher this week is Melanie Ebersole from Momma with a Teaching Mission!

Melanie Ebersole is a 1st Grade departmentalized Literacy Teacher. She is also the Mom to 4 young children, 2 boys (ages 10 and 6) and 2 girls (ages 7 and 1).

Melanie is currently in her 3rd year of teaching. She teaches at a school with approximately 700 students in Maryland. She worked in Human Resources for 5 years before finishing her teaching degree and pursuing her dream of teaching. Melanie always wanted to be a teacher, but with life happening, wasn’t able to pursue completing her degree until after having 3 children. You can read more about her journey HERE.
Melanie has a passion for departmentalization. She did a guest blog on Rachel Lynette’s Minds in Bloom, you can read HERE! She also wrote another guest blog post on a blog she collaborates on Who’s Who and New, you can read about Why Teaching in a Departmentalized Classroom Rocks HERE. You can also read more about departmentalization within the primary classroom on her own blog HERE.

Besides running her blog, Melanie is also a TpT author! You can find her store at Momma with a Teaching Mission.

Some of her newest products include…
Miss Independent CVC No Prep Printables. These are perfect for building your students independence stamina when working with CVC words.


This bundle pack is perfect if you are teaching the common core. So many different options for games, homework, formative assessments, or warm-ups.

This is the 2nd edition in homework packs’ that Melanie has created for her own classroom, that turned into a TpT project! You can find the 1st edition here! Her students love this daily homework pack, and it is simply a review of 1st grade material. Homework can be a hot topic, but these no prep pages take students only a few minutes a night!

You can follow check out Melanie’s social media accounts here--

Thank you for joining me for this Featured Teacher Tuesday! Please check out Melanie Ebersole & don’t forget to join us next week for a new featured teacher!

January 12, 2016

Featured Teacher

This week's featured teacher is Ashley, 1st grade teacher and blogger over at The Blessed OCDiva. The name pretty much speaks for itself! She has a passion for sharing God’s word, sharing goodies for teachers, and providing a fix for anyone else just a tad OCD!
She is married to her other half and they are doggy parents to Groot (yes like Guardians of the Galaxy Groot) and Maximus(yes like Gladiator Maximus Aurelius).

Ashley has been teaching for 7 ½ years and 6 of those have been in first grade. Along with teaching she also is the lead mentor for her campus and has been a team leader for 5 years. She loves being able to help lead other teachers and ignite their passion for learning and teaching; ultimately hoping to be able to turn that into a path for her career.

In 2014, she was Teacher of the year for her campus. What an honor and blessing this was!! All possible through God’s never ending love and direction.

Since starting her blog, The Blessed OCDiva, she also opened up her TPT store as well and has worked at building it to offer resources for other teachers that span across the curriculum.      Some of her products include: (click to check them out)

This little packet is an integration of social studies, writing, reading, and math!!!
It focuses on 6 main landforms: hills, mountains, valley, canyon, cliff, and island.
I have included the following types of activities to help you teach:
-anchor charts
-writing definitions/characteristics of each
-matching the name to picture
-identifying the type of landform and labeling
-Count, Tally and graph
-Writing response with question stems
-landforms book with fill in the blanks (answer key included)
-Guessing game

I have also included a page of suggestions to help with understanding how it is intended to be used. However, feel free to use it according to your kids needs!
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Do you like to challenge your kids during reading workshop? Do you want them to be able to have accountable talk and written response with their text? If you do, these cards are for you!!

These can be used very easily within the workshop time frame of read to self, read with a buddy and even small groups. The teacher will want to model A LOT! But it is intended for slow release until independence!!

-2 formats for teacher’s preference of printing
-mini anchor charts for reference or can also be easily inserted into the kids card bundle
-color coded for ease of use
- table of contents for teacher and student use

Click here to see how I use them!


Here is a bundle pack of all things geometry! 108 pages of fun! I made it as versatile as possible so it can reach anyone with many objectives!
I have included the following items in each section.

2-D shapes:
-anchor charts for each shape (square,circle, rectangle, triangle, rhombus,trapezoid, pentagon, hexagon,octagon)
-Memory match
-Book of shapes (this also integrates some fractions)
-Matching shapes
-Identifying sides/vertices
-Assessment/independent practice
-Roll and Cover
-Connect 4 spin and cover

3-D shapes:
-anchor charts for each shape (sphere, cube, triangular prism, rectangular prism, pyramid,cone,cylinder)
-Memory Match
-Find, Tally, Graph
-Name match
-Assessment/independent practice
-Sorting 3-D
-Attributes charts
-Roll, Slide, Stack chart
-Connect 4 spin and cover

-anchor charts (whole,half, thirds, fourths)
-Memory Match
- Bingo
-Equal/Unequal activities
-Spin and Cover
-Roll and Cover
-Assessment/independent practice
-Color fractions
-Spin and Color
-Find, Tally, Graph

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Snag some freebies while you are checking out the resources above!

This one has had over 17,000 downloads!

Be sure to keep up to date with all of the OCDiva action!
Facebook ( I update this weekly)
Twitter: The Blessed OCDiva

Have a BLESSED week!
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Hebrews 4:16

January 7, 2016

Guided Reading and Literacy Centers

Guided Reading & Literacy Centers
Back to work after spending endless hours watching Downton Abbey over the break, Hey don’t judge I had to get caught up before the last season premiered!

Before the break we assessed our students on their dibels progress and reading levels. So over the break, I regrouped my students based on their scores and their needs. I thought  I would share how I run my guided reading/Literacy centers. I have 5 reading groups. During my guided reading time,  I touch my reds(students with greatest needs)  5 days a week. 3 days we are reading a text on their instructional level and the other two days we work on intervention strategies. My yellows come to me 3 days a week and we read a text and work on retell and comprehension.. I will also work on strategies as needed . I find these kiddos just need the extra practice with reading fluency. My greens and blues (on and above level) I touch at the beginning of the week and I assign them a Scholastic Short read. 
I love using Scholastic short reads with these guys. These are great for working on text features.  

WE also use these for research for our All About Unit in Writer’s workshop. I love that they are laminated double sided and very colorful to keep student's attention.

What are the other students doing?
So what are the other students doing while I am working away at my reading table? They are rotating through 5 stations that allow students to work collaboratively to practice previously taught skills.

Word Work

This is the time when students word on their words their way sort or other activities that support their spelling instruction. Activities through out the week are color the correct pattern.. This week we have been reviewing our long vowel sounds with silent e.  

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Reading center is a favorite in my class. During this time students are reading to themselves or with a partner. For January we are right in the middle of our All About units in Writer’s workshop. So  I have lots of non fiction books available for students to research about their topics. Polar animals is always a favorite topic!


In the writing center students work on different things throughout the week. We practice good sentence formation, reading our sentences with a partner, journal and free writing. This week students are making silly sentences and choosing two sentences to write and illustrate.

Students use my symbaloo page to choose between Starfall, ABCYA, tumble books or bookflix

Students use listen to stories on the app Speakaboos. I love Speakaboos because students can choose the stories that interest them. As the story is read to the student, the words are highlighted. Students can add stories to their personal bookshelf to read again and again

Practice makes perfect
This is not the case but almost perfect. Lots of practice with procedures and expectations always makes centers and stations more effective and allows students practice with skills they need while letting me work with my readers!
Would love to hear how you run your guided reading groups and center

Check out some of out latest products to use during literacy centers or small math groups