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Penguin Pals!! Balancing Addition Facts

Heeeellllllooooooo!! Man, It's already December?? What happened??? I have been having some technical issues with my computers at home and at school so I've been a little long in posting updates but I'm back with a new activity on balancing facts!

As I'm sure you are aware, I LOVE Penguins!!!!!!!!!!! They are so stinkin' adorable!! Can't get enough. So I made Penguin Pals!

The kiddos LOVED this activity. I made a giant penguin for use on the floor as a whole group lesson: 
I then made numbers and plus signs on construction paper.
Each child received a recording page:

and we began!

Everyone got a chance to choose a fact and try to balance it. We kept track on our recording pages and used our personal workmats later on to reinforce the whole group activity. 

They had a blast. 

I also placed a smaller version in the centers. 

Like this activity? Think your class would benefit? Then check it out in my TpT store {HERE} and happy balancing!!

Lesson 11, Journeys for First Grade INB!!

Wow!! The Journeys Interactive Notebook for first grade has been unbelievably popular!!! Not only on my TpT store but also in my classroom! We have been working hard on creating our notebooks. The students are doing wonderful. I wanted to share a bit how I do them in the classroom.

I mostly use the activities as an exit ticket after teaching the mini lesson, before the students move into Daily 5. I've also added an extra center to the Daily 5 as the Interactive Notebook Center. This is used as an early finisher activity - for when they finish their work.

We are currently finishing up Lesson 10 in Unit 2 and planning on doing a review week next week along with From Seed to Pumpkin! I've been super busy at school so I've not been able to work as much on the INBs for Unit 3 as I would have liked but they are on their way!

So that being said, here is Lesson 11 for Unit 3!!

So many fun activities to work on! 
Lesson 11 focuses on: 

High frequency words (8 this unit)
Digraph th and spelling words with th
Base words and –s, -es, -ed, -ing endings
Proper nouns
Classify and categorize words
Author’s purpose
Informative writing

You can grab your copy of Lesson 11 {HERE} on sale for $1!! 


What Does the Shape Say?

Geometry is fun!!! We've go so many good activities that go along with learning about shapes! Normally we wait until the spring to teach about geometry, but our new math series has it as Chapter 5. No worries! We just go with the flow - next yeaar we are designing our own Math curriculum, so stay tuned!!!

I found this{{totes adorbs activity}} from Around the Kampfire and totally immediately purchased it from TpT. It was amazingly easy to teach and the kids loved it.

Here are our finished projects:

Just in time for our Magnet Open House tours. How do you feel about Geometry? Anything special you teach?


120 Board Pumpkin Activities!!

I am so excited to share this one with you!!! My kiddos love when I pull out the 120 board because they know that we are about to get up and moving and having fun, all while learning!!

Recently, I found some adorable fall leaves and miniature fall squash at the Dollar Tree. I immediately started thinking about what we could do with these things. I already created and posted my Spin and Subtract game that you can grab for FREE for a limited time and the kids loved it!! 

Now, I've come up with some different activities to do wiht my giant 120 board. 
I bought a Dollar Tree white shower curtain and cut it in half and divided it up into 12 rows of ten. I wrote the numbers 1-120 in black sharpie marker. I first used it last year during Easter time with some wind up chicks and we did Greater Than and Less Than. 


But now that it's Fall and I found all that cute stuff at Dollar Tree, I've created a new packet: 

With lots of ready made ideas for you to use: 

I've got you covered with some generic recording pages for accountability: 

And some Fun Fall themed manipulatives in case your Dollar Tree is sold out: 

I just know my firsties are gonna love playing with these math games. Grab your free packet right {{HERE}}!!


Happy Fall Y'all!!! Spin and Subtract fun!!

How's y'alls Fall coming around?? Ours is quite slow if I do say so myself. High temperatures are still keeping in check but the pumpkin flavored everything is everywhere!!

I just wanted to share with you a quick little math game we played this week - Fall themed of course!!

Spin and Subtract!!

The kids loved it!! We used our giant tens frame board (made from a Dollar Tree shower curtain and some duct tape) and some large construction paper leaves to make some subtraction problems. 

First, we spin a spinner two times to get two numbers. 
Then we model the greatest number on the board

We subtract the smaller number and write a number sentence. Take away the eaves and we have our answer!! Everyone kept track of their number sentences on our white boards. 

I also found some fake leaves at the Dollar Tree and placed them in a center with a spinner and a smaller tens frame board. Made a little recording page as well for accountability.

I love seeing the kiddos up and moving and having fun with math! They love the hands on activities and I've got many more to come! 

If you'd like your own copy, you can download it for FREE right {HERE} for a limited time!

Thanks and happy teaching!!

Word Work Centers Freebie!!!

I just love freebies!!!!!!!! They really do help my classroom go 'round. That's why I try to make a lot of the products in my store free for many teachers to use. And here's my newest freebie: 

I love centers!! And even more, I love coming up with ideas for centers!!!!!
I have drawers for all my Word Work supplies. I print out these posters and laminate them. Then I print out the recording pages I use and make class copies. I put the pages along with the original in a large brown envelope with the Word Work Poster. Students can then take the envelope and supplies with them to an appropriate work space. 

The posters are as follows: 
Magnetic Letters - 2 recording pages
Wikki Stix
White Board - 
Playdough - 4 recording pages, also included is editable PowerPoint file to create workmats
Rainbow Write - 4 recording pages
Word Wall - 1 recording page
ABC Order - 2 recording pages
Markerpalooza - 2 recording pages

Parents - this is a great way to reinforce what we are doing in school, at home! 

I hope you can use and enjoy this little freebie for a limited time!!

These are all pretty simple centers featuring a variety of recording pages from which to choose. Most of my centers are self contained with minimal prep time. We may however create a themed Word Work center focusing on words in our content area or we may put a phonics game in the games drawer every once in a while. The children like to see things changed up, so I try to keep it updated. 

If you want your own FREE copy, click on the picture below and make sure to leave feedback!! Thanks so much, and Happy Teaching!!