Sunday, January 27, 2013

120th Day of School Party!

Call me crazy, but I'm not going to celebrate the 100th day of school this year.  Instead, I will be celebrating the 120th Day of School! Common Core for first grade extends the counting sequence to 120. In an attempt to show my little ones that there are in fact numbers past 100 I am going to embrace the number 120.  Of course we have worked with numbers to 120 all year.  However, I have a few that are still struggling.  This extra focus on numbers to 120 will really be helpful.  The 100th day of school is usually one of my favorite days.  I start the day off by filling the classroom with 100 balloons and the fun learning begins from there.  I have created a unit to compliment our 120th Day of School celebration.  
You can check it out here or click on any picture.  

I needed a little help...I promised my dog Toby some extra treats if he would just work with me a little! 

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Long Vowels - Oh dear!

Long Vowels. **Insert big sigh here**

I'm never going to understand why there have to be so many different spelling patterns. Do we really need so many ways to say "a"???  So many letter combinations so little time.  I don't know about you but I beam when my kiddos spell a word with a long vowel pattern ANY long vowel pattern...even if it's the wrong one.  
Example: wait
In my eyes, these should ALL be acceptable answers,

but since they're not...I've created this Long Vowel Unit to help your kiddos learn the difference. You can check it out here or click on the picture. 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

It's the little things...linky party!

I love everything about being a teacher.  These past few weeks are no exception.  They have been filled with little trinkets from my students.  I have received the most random wonderful little gifts from my kids that no doubt, come straight from the heart. I thought that some of them were just too good and needed to be shared with the rest of the world.  Since I know I'm not the only one who receives these treasures on a regular basis, I thought I would turn it in to a linky party.   

How precious is this? 

This little guy has been hanging out on my desk...the little girl who gave it to me was insistent that I keep it. 

Another love gift.
A note taped to a Dum-Dum and a candy cane with masking tape. Made with love for sure!

Last but not least....

Teach It With Class - The Little Things Linky Party
Want to join my Linky Party? Simply blog about little gifts you have received from students over the years. Link your direct link {not your blog url, but your specific post's url} it to this post by next Sunday night using the graphic below. I will also choose 3 of my favorite/most unique gifts to give away any item from my TPT store. 

Please note...this is my first linky. I am hoping it works.


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