November Packet & Giveaway

Here's my November Packet. Click on the picture or {here} to purchase it from my store. 

Included are:
 - November calendar cards in an AAB pattern (including month heading, Thanksgiving, Veteran's Day, Election Day, and No School cards)
- 9 picture cards
- November Word Wall (heading card, 10 word cards with a picture, and 2 blank cards)
- 7 word work activity pages to print and use in your classroom
- 3 game boards for Roll, Add, & Cover
- 2 activity pages for roll and add seatwork
- syllable activity with a recording page
- 16 compound word cards

   And now ... I'm giving this packet away in Miss V's Busy Bees 500 follower giveaway!  Click on the picture below to get to Miss V's website to enter!


Spiders and Bats!

In science this week we are learning about animals and understanding different life needs and physical characteristics.  We teach this unit several times throughout the year, focusing on animals for that specific season.  So, we are learning about bats, owls, and spiders this week!  The children are all reading a nonfiction selection in their reading groups to continue to build on their understanding.

Here's a look at our week ... well, actually, just today!  With the anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, I tried to cram as much as possible into today in case we miss school!

the information we knew before we read Stellaluna this morning
Our poem for the week; check out Can Teach's website!
the tree made after reading Spinning Spiders; we'll use this as we write about spiders
two of the nonfiction books we read today
the beginning of our spider pop craft
the finished product
Tomorrow we will be reading and putting together our own spider booklets.  I just love Teacher's Helper books!
And as a thank you for reading this very long post, a freebie!  Please check out the spiders and bats activity.  The bats section includes a section using Stellaluna.  If you download, would you please leave a comment?  I'd love to know how you could use this in your classroom!

TPT Sale and a Math Freebie

It is time for a sale!  Click on the picture to go to my TPT store.

DiceMy firsties have been working very hard on learning addition facts.  There are only so many ways to teach these, so I have to be creative so I don't lose their attention!  We love using number cubes and they have become very responsible in the recent weeks.  Granted, I have my number cubes inside of various containers, but they still have done a great job!  So they are ready to step it up with a new activity.  These activity pages are great for a math center or part of Friday Fun - one of my favorite times of the week: math games are being played all over the room.

As you can see, the activity pages are all the same, except for the images at the bottom.  Click {here}to get your free copy!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
Freebie Fridays


Next week we will be learning about owls, spiders, and bats.  Our science standards state the children will understand animals have different life needs and physical characteristics.  Since it is fall, we are focusing on these specific animals.  We will cover different animals throughout the year.

WP Clipart - the great horned owl
I have been using our science and social studies units to drive the books I choose for reading groups.  I had great difficulty finding a reader on owls to use, so I created a unit for one of my groups.  Here is a selection of pages from the unit that I have in my TPT store.  
- 8 page reader
- 3 pages of word work activities (word boxes, fill-in-the-blank, and a word search)
- owl themed handwriting paper for a writing assignment
- comprehension check  

Click {here} to purchase it. 

The first three to comment and leave an email address will receive the owl packet for free.

Happy Friday!

A Shout-Out and Math Center Day

What a busy week!  Between parent/teacher conferences on Monday, grading papers, lesson planing, grading more papers, Bible Study on Wednesday night, and grading more papers!

Today I'm giving a shout-out to my friend, Andrea, at Reading Toward the Stars! She has a sight word game using words from the 2nd and 3rd grade lists.  This game is different because it has phrases instead of just words.  One of my reading groups played today after they finished their required work and loved it!  Click {here} to get this game from Andrea's TPT store.

This afternoon my friend Cindy, who is our school math lead teacher, visited our classroom while we played math addition games.  We were loud, but had a lot of fun!

add one more

scarecrow roll, add, and cover

this picture shows the addition games that you can get from my TPT store
Click {here} for the Addition: Cover It! freebie.
Click {here} to purchase the scarecrow roll, add, and cover activities.  This packet also includes 2 roll and add activities for assessment purposes.


I've been BOO'ed!

If you've been booed, copy and paste the above pic and these "rules" into your post.
1.  Give a shout out to the blogger who booed you and link back to their site!
2. Share 3-5 October activities, books, products (yours or someone else),
or freebie(s) that you love!
3.  Share the Boo love with 5 bloggers- make sure you check this link to make sure you don't boo someone again:
And don't forget to tell them that they have been BOOED!
4.  Link up {here} so that others can find you and read about your October ideas!  And while you are there... check out the other great blogs!
I've been BOO'ed by my friend, Andrea, at Reading Toward the Stars!  She and I have worked closely the last two years since she became the reading specialist at our school, but have taught in the same school for 11 years.

These are some of my favorite fall/October activities to do with my firsties.

We LOVE to read!  Here are some of our favorite Halloween stories.  They include ~ Spookley, It's the Great Pumpkin, Stellaluna, Scaredy-Cat Splat!, The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat, and The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.

We have been working on writing and solving addition sentences in math.  Here are a few activities that we are doing next week.  Click {here} to get these from my TPT store.

My firsties love puzzles and have enjoyed playing with these.  Some of the puzzles in this pack have numbers on the side; we have been working on counting to 100.  Click {here} to get these!

And now I'm going to BOO these people:
- Kristin at A Day in First Grade 
- Katie & Lisen at Second Grade Smartypants 
- Jessica at Apples and Papers 
- Mrs. Carroll at The First Grade Parade 
And now, my friend Andrea at Reading Toward the Stars! is celebrating 300 followers with an enormous giveaway!  Head over to her blog to check it out!
Enjoy the beautiful fall day!
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