Thursday, May 15, 2014

Summer Freebies!

Today is the 15th of the month, which means it is time for Lucky to Be in First's Fabulous Freebies on the 15th Linky!!! 

www.luckytobeinfirst.com

I have a few summer-themed freebies this month!  The first is this missing addend/minuend worksheet.  I love these because they challenge students' thinking. 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6ikvzpCwf6SUUNKbzV1ZnpLWkk/edit?usp=sharing
 
 
Another freebie is this Days Left of School Countdown.  It's hard to believe we only have six days of school left! Next Friday is our last day.  It seems like August was only a few months ago!  I, for one, can't wait!  I'm ready for some lazy days, time spent in the sun, and vacation fun!
 
Anyhow, here is a photo of our countdown from last year:
 
I give each student a blank beach ball to decorate.  After they decorate it, I write a number on it.  The number stands for how many days of school are left.  I place the beach balls behind a die-cut sun that says 'Days Left Until Summer'.  At the end of each school day, we pull down a beach ball.  Whoever decorated the beach ball gets to take it home!  It's an easy way to add some summer fun and decoration to your classroom. 
 
I've put together a template you can download here!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6ikvzpCwf6SQlowQ1ZwaklyS1E/edit?usp=sharing
 
Enjoy and make sure to stop by Lucky to Be in First!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

TPT Sale!!!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Primary-Junction
 
It's finally here!  The BIG TeachersPayTeachers' Teacher Appreciation Sale!  It kicks off today, May 6, and runs through tomorrow, May 7.  EVERYTHING in my store is on sale for 20%, and you can use the TPT Code TPTXO to get an additional 8% off.  This is a great time to stock up on products for the rest of the school year as well as the beginning of the school year!
 
Here are some products in my store that might be of interest:
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Celebrating-Parents-A-Mothers-Day-Fathers-Day-Packet-1172674
This fun packet covers both Mother's Day and Father's Day!  It includes two book crafts, a fill-in-the-blank activity, and some fun graphic organizers.  Templates for parents, grandparents, and aunts/uncles, as well as a blank are included.  Read my blog post about this packet here.
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fluency-Strips-An-activity-to-practice-reading-fluently-and-with-expression-1172747
This is one of my favorite reading activities that I use year after year.  It helps students grasp the concept of reading fluently and with expression.  Students receive a story strip and must practice reading it several times before "performing" it in front of the class.  A fun award is included for the most fluent reader!  Read my blog post about it here.
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/2nd-Grade-Common-Core-Measurement-Unit-635928
I just LOVE using this unit.  Measurement is so fun to teach because it is very hands-on.  This unit covers all of the Second Grade Common Core Standards and comes with step-by-step lesson plans, daily review checks, pre and post tests, activities, centers, and much, more!  Read my blog post about it here.
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Counting-and-Segmenting-Syllables-644653
This is another packet that I'm really proud of and love using.  If you are a First Grade teacher or have students who struggle with reading, this packet contains a lot of activities that cover segmenting words and how this can help readers.  It would be perfect for reading groups, intervention or remediation groups, or even whole-class lessons.  Read my blog post about it here.
 
You can check out other items in my TpT store here! 
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Primary-Junction
 
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Mother's Day Gift Ideas


With Mother's Day next weekend, here are some ideas that I always use.

Every year I have my students create these Mother's Day books.  They are quick and easy to assemble!  What I love most about them is that they are long-lasting.  When I was a kid, we would often make something for our moms out of construction paper, and time always took its toll on them.  These books are laminated, so they will last!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Celebrating-Parents-A-Mothers-Day-Fathers-Day-Packet-1172674

I especially like how they look once we wrap them.  I think they look so adorable!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Celebrating-Parents-A-Mothers-Day-Fathers-Day-Packet-1172674

Another of my favorite activities is this fill-in-the-blank keepsake.  Students write such funny answers.  Their parents always get a laugh out of them!


I included the instructions and templates on how to make these and another booklet in a Celebrating Parents packet, which covers both Mother's Day and Father's Day! The packet also includes templates for grandparents and aunts and uncles, as well as a blank one, so it should cover all the needs in your classroom.
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Celebrating-Parents-A-Mothers-Day-Fathers-Day-Packet-1172674



Father's Day Portion:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Celebrating-Parents-A-Mothers-Day-Fathers-Day-Packet-1172674
 
Included:
*Mother's Day Book Instructions and Photos (for book to make by hand)
*Moms Bubble Map
*Mother's Day Book Planning Graphic Organizer for Moms
*Mother's Day Book Planning Graphic Organizer for Aunts
*Aunts Bubble Map
*Mother's Day Book Planning Graphic Organizer for Grandmas
*Grandmas Bubble Map
*Blank Mother's Day Book Planning Graphic Organizer
*Blank Bubble Map
*Mother's Day Book Planning Sheet (includes sheet for moms, grandmas, and aunts, as well as a blank template)
*Copy and Assemble Book (Sheets that can make the following books: My Mom, My Aunt, My Grandma, and A Special Person In My Life)
*Fill-in-the-Blank Keepsake - (Sheets for My Mom, My Grandma, and My Aunt, as well as a blank template)

Father's Day Section is the same as the Mother's Day section!
Included:
*Father's Day Book Instructions and Photos (for book to make by hand)
*Dads Bubble Map
*Father's Day Book Planning Graphic Organizer for Dads
*Father's Day Book Planning Graphic Organizer for Uncles
*Uncles Bubble Map
*Father's Day Book Planning Graphic Organizer for Grandpas
*Grandpas Bubble Map
*Blank Father's Day Book Planning Graphic Organizer
*Blank Bubble Map
*Father's Day Book Planning Sheet (includes sheet for dads, grandpas, and uncles, as well as a blank template)
*Copy and Assemble Book (Sheets that can make the following books: My Dad, My Uncle, My Grandpa, and A Special Person In My Life)
*Fill-in-the-Blank Keepsake - (Sheets for My Dad, My Grandpa, and My Uncle, as well as a blank template)
*Family Tree Keepsake Activity
 Mother's Day Portion:
 
 
Have a great week!