Monday, November 30, 2015

December Goodies for Under $2

The Teachers Pay Teachers Cyber Monday sale has begun! Make sure to get all the necessary goodies with savings!! What I always do before any sale is look ahead in my curriculum map and see what resources I will need for the concepts I will be teaching! It's so much easier to purchase items during a sale than the day before I am supposed to teach it. Not that any of us so do that, of course! :P

Some favorites of mine for this time are fix it sentences, writing prompts, word problems, and addition/subtraction practice problems. I don't want my students to go on their three week break without that strong foundation. That is why those concepts are taught with urgency. I need my students to know how to write beautiful complete sentences by January because that is when we start our expository and narrative writing units. How can they complete an expository prompt if they cannot write a basic sentence appropriately? 

To check out the resources mentioned above, be sure to click on the following links: Fix it Sentences, Addition Printables, Addition/Subtraction Printables, Picture Prompts

Until next time! 

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Carted up and Wishlist Ready to Go!

We ate the food, we got our rest, and now we have to mentally prepare ourselves to get back in the hustle and bustle of the school flow! This sale couldn't have come at a better time!  We get to save a ton of time purchasing resources right at our fingertips instead of being burdened of scavenging for resources for our lovely kiddos. We love them, but we love our time with family just a little bit more.

For this post, I've linked up with the amazing Jen from Teaching in the Tongass to bring you the top three wish listed items from my store. Along with listing the items, I will leave leave feedback from those who purchased the items so you can get a better sense of what the resources are used for.

My number one wish listed item from my store is the Book Report for Early Readers.  This 7 page product is exactly what my students need for the Common Core Reading Literature Standards. If they can successfully fill this out on their own, then they have come a long way in first grade. Within the resource, the students are also assessed on their language standards such as filling out adjectives to describe the characters.  

This was also one of the first resources I uploaded when I began selling on Teachers Pay Teachers.  I had created this item to use during an observation of a lesson for a teaching award I was nominated for in my first year of teaching.  After I won the award, my observation notes mentioned how amazing the students were doing with the resource.  It includes a writing rubric for the students to complete during the entire process. 

My observer mentioned that my 6 year olds were doing a better job using the rubric that high school students she had observed. 

The 2nd most wishlisted item is surprising because it is so new to my store. I posted my Unit 2: Addition Printables to my store a couple months ago, and it took off. 

I have gotten rave reviews from my parents and students about this resource. Instead of using manipulatives during math centers, some of my students even choose to these printables.  The scaffolding, differentiated nature of this resource results in students starting with adding 0 to writing complete number sentences on their own.  

 It is also completely Common Core aligned! 

My third most wishlisted item is the  Picture Prompts: A Vocabulary and Language Building Writing Activity. 

I'm in a special population where almost 100% of our students are English Language Learners and they need a lot of CELDT practice. If you are not familiar, that is a yearly English Proficiency test for California students.  It's important to keep pushing our students to improve their English Language proficiency, and the two hardest things for them are writing and vocabulary.  This resource makes it that much easier for them to excel. 

Make sure to follow my store for new resources and sales. Most importantly do not forget about the Teachers Pay Teachers sitewide sale! Everything will be 28% off, so scroll through your wishlist and see what your students and you cannot do without! Use the code 'smile' at checkout for automatic discounts. Love you all! Till next time! 

We All Need it, We've All Been Waiting for It! Cyber Sale 2015 Here We Come!

I am happy to say that 55 AMAZING TPT teachers have come together to bring you an amazing cyber sales from November 30th-December 1st! It's an exciting time because our stores will be 20% off, and Teachers Pay Teachers is also offering an extra discount on top of all that!

Download the PDF to access the 55 clickable TPT stores to amazing creators!

When you click my store, make sure to visit the Addition Printables resource! It is becoming a top seller, and my students can't have enough of these no prep math printables.  

This resources is broken up into four parts that develop in a way so that the students are writing complete number sentences by the end.  To start, the students learn to add 0.  There are 4 pages on adding 0. 

After the students add 0, they begin to add 1. The students will have 4 pages of adding 1 to a number less than 10. The goal is for students to be able to know the sums of these number sentences almost immediately as they see it. 

The next step is for the students to add to 10.  Instead of using their fingers, I have the students practice using dice, dominoes, and pictures.  The students also have another 4 pages of adding to 10. 

The last step is to have the students write number sentences.  This section has 5 pages to ensure the students are doing their job creating number sentences by using pictures, dominoes, and dice. 

The last part of this resource is the Writing Number Sentences section.  This is when my students and I start talking about "equations, addends, sums, and everything in between".  This resource has developed in a way so students are perfectly capable of creating these number sentences.  

Well, I hope you have an awesome Cyber Sale! If you enjoyed the Addition Printables, make sure to come back for the Counting & Number Sense Printables.  Until next time!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Featured Teacher Tuesday: Heidi Martin



This week our Featured Teacher is Heidi Martin from Droppin' Knowledge!

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Heidi Martin is a 1st Grade Teacher & Whole Brain Teaching Staff Member!  She is also a mother of a 13 year old daughter (lord help her), a newlywed, and expecting a baby boy in January!

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Heidi has been a teacher for 4 years at a priority school in Racine, WI.  You can read all about her teaching journey HERE!  She was voted 2nd best teacher in her county last year & recently won 3rd Runner up in the Thred-Up – Raise a Hand for Teachers Campaign!  Heidi has a passion for helping under-privileged students & loves to watch her First Graders grow into leaders.  Through Whole Brain Teaching, Heidi teaches her students to become teachers & run a self-managing classroom.  Whole Brain Teachers like to call it “teacher heaven”!  You can read all about Heidi’s WBT Journey here!

If you want to learn more about Whole Brain Teaching, join Heidi for WBT Wednesdays on her blog and Blab.IM show! Just search WBT on Blab to find upcoming & past shows!

Besides running her blog, Heidi is also a TpT Author!  You can find her store at Droppin’ Knowledge with Heidi Martin. Some of her newest products include…

These packs are perfect for working on sentence structure while team-building at the same time!

To see how she uses these in her classroom (and see other versions available), CLICK HERE!

Her **BEST SELLER** is her Editable Newsletter Templates!

This comes in a PowerPoint format so all you have to do is add your own text!

Now, how about some FREEBIES?

For 2 days only (November 17th & 18th), you can get a copy of Heidi’s Add the Room activity ~ November Edition! & the Add the Room DECEMBER edition for FREE!

A favorite forever freebie are Heidi’s “Author Check” cards!
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Get more Freebies HERE!

Thank you for checking out this week’s Featured Teacher!  Have a Happy Thanksgiving and we will see you back on Tuesday, December 1st to meet Elisabeth from Literacy and Lattes!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Featured Teacher Tuesday: Carol Polston (The Chocolate Teacher)

Our next Featured Teacher is Carol Polston over at The Chocolate Teacher

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Carol is in her 23rd year of teaching.  She has taught mostly first grade with a few years of second and kindergarten sprinkled in here and there.  Her love is definitely first grade.  Her favorite part of teaching first grade is seeing the growth in her students from the beginning to the end of the year.  This growth never ceases to amaze her.  She feels blessed to be able to be a part of her students’ growth!
Carol has been married for 38 years.  She and her husband have three grown children and two adorable grandchildren.  An unusual fact about Carol is that she had the privilege to teach all three of children in first grade.  Her older two children she taught as a homeschool teacher and her youngest child was in her 1st grade classroom in public school.  She feels happy that she got to teach all three of them how to read!  Her youngest daughter is now also a teacher (teaching P.E.- a love she did not get from her mom).  
Carol loves teaching just about every subject (ok, maybe not P.E.).  She especially loves to teach phonics and reading!  Grammar is also a subject she enjoys teaching.  Carol started creating phonics and language units to sell on TpT a little over a year ago.  She enjoys creating units to use in her own classroom and to share with others.  The first grade classrooms in her district use her phonics and language units.  You can click the links below to see a few of these.

She also enjoys providing activities to get her students up and moving as they learn.  To encourage this, she has created Write the Room activities.  These activities are a bunch of fun.  Students move around the room looking at cards that are pinned to the wall and they record their answers on an answer sheet.  These are a highly anticipated activity in her class.  She has created quite a few to go along with her weekly phonics skills.  You can check out her short vowel word family bundle here:
Carol also just completed a beginning mapping unit.  She used it in her classroom and the kids loved it.  The culminating activity in this unit is a map skill lap book.  You can see it here:
Carol has quite a few free products in her store.  Here are two that you can try that will introduce you to her phonics units and Write the Rooms:
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Are you wondering why she named her store with the unusual name- The Chocolate Teacher?  You can read all about why she did that here:   
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You can follow Carol at these sites:
Thanks so much for taking the time to read about Carol.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Featured Teacher Tuesday: Misty from Krazy About Teaching!

Our Feature teacher this week is Misty Savario from Krazyaboutteaching
Misty Savario is a 1st Grade teacher in South Louisiana (Cajun Country.)  She is a married mother of 2.  Emily who is 15 and Tyler who is 12.  
Misty has been teaching for 8 years and was honored to be chosen as the 2009-2010 Teacher of the year.  She is an ITEC and Lead tech showcase teacher.  She presents at tech conferences on a local and state level.  She was also a tech guest on the Global Edventures blab.  She is one of the hosts of The Teacher Blab Show on and on Teaching Tech on  
Misty loves to teach others about her tech tips on Periscope.  Follow her on her twitter handle:  emtysmom
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Thank you for joining me for this Feature Teacher Tuesday!  Please check out Misty Savario and don’t forget to join us next week for a new Feature Teacher!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

October Favorites

After scrolling through my Instagram account on Halloween, I noticed how so many of my teacher friends were so tired at the end of October.  Meme after meme, picture after picture, teachers posted about how fun their Fall carnivals were, what costumes their students wore, and how much time they spent preparing for the end of the month.

I totally felt the same way! Boy, was I tired! We had our Jog-a-thon, Halloween parade, and our Fall Carnival all in one week. 

October was a great month! It feels like my students are growing in more ways than one, and I feel like maybe there are a few products that I used that helped them develop their academic skills. I wanted to list out what really worked in October, kind of like an October favorites post. 

My First Grade Team

Here is our first grade team. I love them!! I couldn't have my very first favorites post without mentioning my team.  They are crazy, fun, cool, sweet, and intelligent all put into one.  I couldn't imagine teaching at school without them. :) 

Daily Math Word Problem of the Day

This was easily the best thing I ever did for my students. I decided to create these because I noticed that my students were having a hard time completing the easiest word problems in their Common Core GO MATH books. I wanted them to be confident in their math skills, so I decided to have them practice one every day!

So every day in October, my students and I have been doing a math problem of the day.  They are getting better at reading math problems, identifying if the problem is an addition or subtraction problem,  and so much more! 

I taught my students to highlight or circle the numbers in the word problems.  When they do this, they have an easier time identifying what to do with those numbers instead of constantly thinking about what numbers they will be working with. 

Every week, I also rip out one of the pages of all the books, and I post it on our math word wall. The students feel really proud of their work when I do that. The best part is that the students never complain about Word Problem of the Day time. 

To get this growing bundle, click here.  You can actually get it on sale in the next couple of hours. 

Main Idea Anchor Chart
The next favorite is actually not a product, but an anchor chart!  I use anchor charts all the time, and if you want to check out my post about all of my anchor charts for October in my room, click here for the Chart it, Show it Post.

This was mine and my students favorite anchor chart. It's a very simple graphic organizer, but my students loved that I drew pictures and wrote in the bubbles. They were able to grasp main idea and informational text a little better after this anchor chart. I also constantly go back and refer to it. 

Trader Joe's Plantain Chips

This one is totally unrelated to teaching, but they were totally what got me through 2 weeks of Whole 30 eating! They are such a healthy and delicious snack, that I still ate them after the Whole 30.  

Well, this was my first monthly favorites post.  Let me know what was your favorite part of October in the comments section below! How were your Fall festivities?