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!  

February 13, 2016

TPT Sale

Our 1st grade TPT tribe is sharing the love this Valentine's Day Weekend with a #BEOURVALENTINE sale.

Visit our store and use the hashtag to find 3 of our best sellers 20% off


Looking for no prep math printable activities to help students practice math facts and gives practice with writing numbers 1-100.... Check out our No Prep Winter Math. It is 20% of during our sale.

Also on sale are our long vowel phonic sets. These are great for word work stations or independent work. These no prep printable vowel packs help students practice with sneaky e/silent e and vowel teams.



Be sure to follow our store so you will get updates on our latest products



February 9, 2016

Welcome back for another week of Feature Teacher Tuesdays!
This week’s Feature Teacher is Lauren, over at Curriculum and Coffee!

Lauren is a wife, aunt, daughter, sister, and a dog mom to her Brittany Spaniel, Ace
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Lauren is in her third year of teaching first grade in Southwest Ohio. She loves to create, blog {when she can! The school year is SO busy}, and spend time outdoors with The Hubs and Ace. With a knack for tech, Lauren has taken those skills and applied them to the blogosphere, serving as her school’s Technology Learning Consultant, and to her TpT store.

One of Lauren’s Best Sellers in her TpT store is her Fact Family Activities!

These activities are interactive, and encourage student engagement with cutting, pasting & putting together fact family puzzles

Another one of Lauren’s favorite things to teach is grammar and writing conventions. She saw a need for a product that was engaging, and fun, but still served the need for her students to practice those capitals, punctuation marks, proper nouns, commas in a series, dates, and all of the other CCSS convention standards! The best thing? You can grab all THREE of her DOLs in one big bundle!
Lauren’s students LOVE taking a red pen to these pages and becoming the grader. Students gets to find all of the mistakes, and then rewrite the sentence. After, Lauren has her students complete a dictation sentence where she tells them how many points the sentence would be out of (capital, period, name title {Mr.}, commas, etc), and students get to grade each other’s dictation sentence.

Check out these other awesome products that you can find in Lauren’s TpT store that are 20% off this week, February 9-12!

Don’t forget to follow Lauren!



February 3, 2016

Featured Teacher


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This week’s featured teacher is Jessica Berggren from Tales of a First Grade Teacher
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Jessica is a wife, mother of 2 and First Grade Teacher. She has been teaching for 18 years and has a Master’s Degree in Math, Science and Technology for Elementary Education.  Her teaching journey began in 1998, New York City in Queens, NY. She moved out to Long Island 2 years later, where she was a 4th grade teacher. In 2004, she moved to Florida with her husband and 1 month old baby girl. She taught 3rd grade for several years, before an opening popped up in 1st grade. She was looking for a change and decided to let her principal know she wanted to move to 1st grade. That was 9 years ago. And she’s never looked back!
This year she was voted Teacher of the Year at her K-8 School by the Faculty and Staff. What a tremendous honor!!
In 2012, Jessica heard of a website where you can share, buy and sell lessons plans. She began to create things for others that she had been using for years. You can see her store here:  Store/Tales-Of-A-First-Grade-Teacher-Jessica-Berggren. One of her favorite products is her Chevron Chic Blends and Digraphs pack.
It combines her love of creating decor and sound pedagogy in 1 product. This beautiful set includes posters for your classroom as well as practice for all of the blends and digraphs. The chevron colors are turquoise, orange, lime green, red and light blue. Each blend is accompanied by a bright and beautiful graphic.
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Jessica’s favorite subject to teach is Math. Her Common Core Geometry Unit is creative, and fun! It includes a fun character named Miss Polygon. She will help you introduce your unit, and get your students engaged and excited to learn shapes! Common-Core-Geometry-Unit-starring-Miss-Poly-Gon-641360

If you are looking for an engaging unit to get your students interested in shapes, and to get your own creative wheels spinning, then this unit is for you!
       
Of course, Jessica loves to share Freebies as well….
Here are 2 freebies she uses every year in her first grade classroom.       
Daily 5 Pacing Guide:
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Geometry Lesson Introduction Freebie:

Be sure to follow Jessica on:
Periscope: Talesof1stGrade