Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Leap On Over {SALE}

I think we should all start a petition to have February 29th be a national holiday. Who do I need to talk to to get that started :)

I also got to thinking today...I really feel sorry for anyone born on February 29! Is there anyone out there with that birthday???

Tomorrow is the big day! LEAP YEAR SALE! My items will be 20% off and with the TPT promo code L2P9Y  you will receive an additional 10% off.  30% off ~ SCORE! Don't miss out...it's a great chance to stock up! 

For your convenience I am listing pictures with links to some popular items ~ Just click the picture or click HERE to go straight to my little corner of the world! 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

What I'm Reading and a Little Writing

 This sweet little book is absolutely perfect for introducing the purpose of a comma.  The entire book only has 5 words. The words are rearranged with and without commas to show their purpose.  The book is simple, yet I think it could be entertaining and useful across the ages.

The orange doesn't show up very well in this picture, but it is an orange bear. 

This pictures show the words separated by a comma.

The Neat Line - Scribbling Through Mother Goose

This is one of my all time favorite books.  It could be because it’s related to Mother Goose nursery rhymes and I have soft spot for those.

Don’t be fooled though, there is an entirely different meaning to this book. There are 2 story lines going on, one having to do with popular nursery rhymes and the other having to do with the life of the “neat line”.  This line starts out as nothing on the first page and progresses through the story. 

The line is on every page and it turns and shapes itself into useful/helpful things. Each nursery rhyme gives new purpose and shape to the line.  It’s a supercute book that sparks children’s imagination.  

I used it as an introduction a writing lesson.  I gave my students a piece of yarn to glue to their writing paper. They were allowed to turn their yarn into anything that they wanted and then write about it. They LOVED this activity.  We had snakes, princesses, trees and starfish families. It was so much fun to do and they were so engaged! 

Now for an adult book...
I recently read this book (I read all of his books)  and I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The story line was different for him and it was not predictable like some of his can be. If you like Nicholas Sparks or love stories you will enjoy this one. 
I would love to know what you're reading right now...in class and out!

  P.S. - I have sent invites to everyone who expressed interest in the NC Blog Meet Up.  If you are interested, please make sure to e-mail me at teachitwithclass@gmail.com

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Getting ready for March and a FREEBIE!

I am adoring this fun bright clip art. It makes me want to break out my spring dresses and spring shoes.   If you're getting ready for March you must check these out! 
I have posted my newest items to TPT and TN. Items are  available in both stores but my links will take you to Teachers Pay Teachers.  

This unit includes 4 weeks worth of March themed ABC order activities.  

These booklets are great for morning work or as a warm up for literacy lessons.  My students love predictable activities like this.  They also love having the printed booklets to take home at the end of the week! 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

North Carolina Get Together!

Thank you for your response to my post about getting together.  I would love to meet all of you wonderful inspiring teachers, bloggers and educators. Everyone is welcome. You do not need to have a blog to attend.  

Please e-mail me at  teachitwithclass@gmail.com saying that you would like the details of the event and I will send you an electronic invite.  This will be an easier way for  me to keep up with everyone.  I am thinking of doing an early dinner instead of lunch.  Let me know if that's a huge problem for you.  

I want to give a big thanks to Ms. T at  Second Grade Math Maniacs for helping me with this! 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Friendly Letters to Cereal Box Characters

I just finished my friendly letter writing unit...  
What happens when you add me  (pictured  below in my favorite chair)  and a whole bunch of cereal (pictured below that) together???


Think outside the box (Ha!) for Friendly Letter Writing.
Teach friendly letter writing to primary students by writing to cereal box characters.  You remember your Saturday morning cartoon watching with Snap, Crackle & Pop, Lucky the Leprechaun, Tony the Tiger and many more!  When you combine eating cereal with writing to the characters on the box, students won’t put their pencils down. 

This unit includes additional cereal and writing activities as I just couldn’t help myself! 

My inspiration??? An entire box of Rise Krispies Treats while I worked. Yikes! 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love is...

Happy Valentine's Day
Love is
...when my dog licks my face.
...when my dad cooks dinner.
...a need.
...when you treat others with respect.
...when someone wants to marry you.

I should have just put a sign outside my door that said “Danger Zone”
Valentine’s Day in 1st grade is dangerous.  All 26 of them showed up today armed and ready.  It’s like they all stood at the door as allies loaded with bags of candy.  It’s not your typical day. Usually, one student has a birthday or they’ve earned one small treat.  The excitement from that is usually enough to throw off an entire day.  Valentine’s Day though is not comparable.  They all have a bag of candy and they all know that there’s more on its way.  Most of them have even had a few pieces before 8:00AM on the bus! 

So I decided quickly if I couldn’t beat themjoin them.  I couldn’t even tell you how many Rice Krispies treats and pieces of candy I had today! Not to mention the hugs! There really isn’t anything like seeing love through the eyes of 1st graders.  I have one little boy who really loves the whole world and everything in it.  Literally.  Everything makes him happy and he is very dramatic.  First thing this morning I said “Brandon today is your day! It’s the day the whole world celebrates love.” He responded with a hug and a squeal.   To make matters worse he is about the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. 

Daily, he sighs, throws himself at me in a dramatic hug and says “Ms. Fleming you’re the best teacher ever! I love you so much!”  We do this at least once a day if not more.  This little nugget though just couldn’t take all the love today.  He was so overwhelmed.  He squealed, he jumped for joy, he was a ball of happy energy.  He read every Valentine, hugged every person and made just as big of a deal about the first Valentine that he received as he did the 26th one he received.  Brandon loves love!
In watching him, I realized not only how special he felt, but how his reactions made his other classmates feel special too.

  In conclusion, it was a wonderful sugar love filled day of fun learning!

Don't forget to check out my giveaway HERE!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Friends Sharing w/ Friends - GIVEAWAY

I am learning quickly how much fun blog world can be! There are some truly talented, kind and amazing women out there.  I am thankful for all of my followers and for each and every comment that has been left either on my blog or TPT store. Ya’ll are AWESOME!

Since ya’ll are so awesome, let me make sure you don’t miss out on these 2 awesome ladies over at Made in the Shade in Second Grade.  We’ve teamed up and we’re having a giveaway.  

It’s super easy but ALL comments need to be left on Made in the Shade in 2nd Grade’s blog post.  
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There will be 4 WINNERS!
(we want you to feel like you have a chance) :)

Leave one comment for each of the things that you do (even if you are not a new follower).

1)Follow (this blog) Randi's Blog - Teach It With Class
2)Follow (my store) Randi's Teachers Pay Teachers Store
3)Follow Made in the Shade in Second Grade's Blog
4)Follow Lisa on TPT (there are so many freebies there it’s unreal)
5)Show us some love by blogging about this giveaway on your blog.

What can you win???

The first 2 winners randomly chosen can choose an educational CD from Have Fun Teaching (see more below) and will get to choose one item from Randi’s TPT store :)

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The next 2 winners randomly chosen will win ……..

A $10 gift card to Amazon and our new Out of This World Math and Literacy Activities!

Have Fun Teaching
Have you heard of Have Fun Teaching? If you haven’t, head over there now and check it out. Mark is the brains behind this operation and there are so many wonderful resources on his site. He creates some awe-inspiring  educational songs that are available on the site and get this – he creates them himself! As if that’s not enough, there are countless free resources that can be downloaded.  This dude is talented. Go check him out! 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Number Order

First graders and ordering numbers.  Did I just hear a collective sigh? I think so...

I found this amazing online game for practicing number order.  The kiddos thinking it's a fun game and really it's my way of seeing if they even have a clue.  You can play this on any computer but I like putting it on my classroom Promethean Board so I can see how much of an understanding a student has.  The best part is that you can change the levels,  numbers and set the timer yourself! You can check it out here-

Monday, February 6, 2012

A Very Thirty-One Giveaway

Have you heard of Thirty-One bags?  They are awesome, especially for teachers!  If you are like me, you are probably somewhat of a bag lady...
I am so excited to say that I have teamed up with my friend Rachelle from What the Teacher Wants to bring you a Thirty-One bag giveaway. It's really easy to enter but you have to place your entry on  HER page.  

So what are you  waiting for? Click the picture below and go enter to win! 
2 Lucky winners will receive one of the Thirty-One bags pictured  below.  The best part? You will get to customize your bag with your name and even pick your design! 
I don't want anyone to miss out so  make sure you ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY at What the Teacher Wants.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Let's get together North Carolina

I don't know about you but I am super duper jealous of the blogger meet up that Abby from The Inspired Apple and Michelle from Fabulous in First are having this weekend. 

I just know all of these ladies are going to have a fabulous time....so as I sit here and contemplate hopping in my car and driving 10 hours north tonight and realizing that that is a little extreme even given how much I love blog world, I decided to host my own!  Now, that I've made this decision, I'm now contemplating whether anyone would even be interested...

So... would any of you lovely ladies be interested in meeting in the Raleigh area let's say in early March? 

If you are interested leave a comment below and we can go from there...please don't leave my post hanging out in scary blog land without comments! Yikes...as I hit "publish post" my fingers are crossed...I think this could be so much fun! 


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