Wednesday, March 30, 2011

You know you're a first grade teacher when...Linky Party

Babbling Abby at The Inspired Apple is hosting a Linky Party.  "You know you're a teacher when..."  I love this! Check out The Inspired Apple.

1.  You get excited when the "lack of shoe tying skill" kids finally figure out how to position the "bunny ears" of their laces into a bow that actually stays tied!
2.  You can read and understand this sentence: Mi bruvr is mene.
3.  You can name every single David Shannon, Dr. Seuss, or Laura Numeroff book.
4.  You can easily list every word in the -at, -in, -it, -and, etc. word families.
5.  You use the word "tattle" more than five times a day.
6.  You get between 15 and 25 notes and pictures a day that say "I love you", and they're not even from someone who's related to you.
7.  You find yourself making up rhymes for just about everything.  (Hey if it helps them remember...)
8.  You are not surprised when pencils vanish into thin air.  (Seriously, they just disappear!)
9.  You get almost as excited to go to the Dollar Tree as you do to go shoe shopping.
10. You know about five different versions of the "Days of the Week"/"Months of the Year" songs!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Dollar Tree $25.00 Give-Away

Dollar Tree

Who doesn't love the Dollar Tree?  Well, I suppose if you don't have a Dollar Tree near you...You might not love the Dollar Tree...Anyway, I spend way too much money at the Dollar Tree, as I am sure many of you do too. 

I started my blog one week ago, and thought I'd do a $25.00 gift card give-away when I reached 25 followers.  Well, I'm currently at 27 followers, so I'd better get on it. 

To enter:
 1.  Become a follower of my blog and leave me a comment to let me know you follow me.  Or, if you already follow my blog, leave a comment stating that.  Good for 1 chance.

2.  If you have a blog of your own, post about my give-away on your blog, and leave me a comment that you did.  Good for an additional entry.

Comments will be accepted until Sunday, April 3rd.  The winner will be announced on Monday, April 4th.

Good luck!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

A "Read the Room" activity pack

I've been busy creating a "Read the Room" activity pack to support our Open Court phonics lesson for the sound of /aw/ spelled -augh and -ough.  I have created a pack of "Read the Room" sentences for the sound of /aw/, and a book called The Knight Who Fought the Dragon, which also supports the /aw/ sound spelled -augh and -ough.  I hope you can use these.  If you do, please leave me a note and let me know of any issues you encountered using the activity pack.  Here is the "Read the Room" activity pack:

Read the room -augh and -ough

and here is the book: The Knight Who Fought the Dragon.  I printed out the book pages, and then cut them in half and stapled them to form a book.

The Knight Who Fought the Dragon

Friday, March 25, 2011

Check out Oceans of First Grade Fun!

Survivor--Teacher Edition
With, in my opinion, competitors who are highly unlikely to survive!  This is funny, you have to read it.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Ten Things I've Learned from Teaching

Jennifer over at Rowdy in First is hosting a "Ten Things I've Learned from Teaching" linky party.  

Here are ten things I have learned from teaching.  Although I probably could have easily written twenty things I have learned! LOL

1. I get just as excited to look at the Scholastic book order as my students (maybe more!).
2. Someone needs to tell the shoe lace makers to stop making slippery laces that won’t stay tied (even when they are double-knotted!).

3. A copy machine can be your best friend, or your worst enemy (There is always a paper jam when you are in a hurry).

4. After a bunch of years teaching, I still get nervous before the first day of school.

5. NO ONE (except a teacher’s closest friends and family) knows just how many hours teachers really devote to planning, setting up, creating, volunteering for after school activities, etc...every day and every week.

6. A teacher always knows when it’s going to snow (Here in upstate NY we used all of our allotted snow days this year, plus one to be made up)!

7. Someone in my school eats pencils (Unless you have another explanation for the constantly dwindling pencil population in my classroom).

8. After a child has had a bathroom accident in your classroom, you become acutely aware of any possible signs of a potty dance.

9. You can never have enough crayons, glue sticks, markers, or colored pencils.

10. Parents don’t keep their best kids at home, and only send us the challenging ones—they send us their “baby”.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring Synonym Match

Here's a spring synonym match.  Students match a bug to its matching flower by finding matching synonyms. Clipart from

synonym flower bug match
For accountability purposes, I like to have students use a recording sheet to show what they've accomplished.  Here is a copy of the sheet I will use for this activity. 

synonym flower bug match recording sheet

Giveaway at The First Grade Sweet Life

Mrs. Thiessen at The First Grade Sweet Life is giving away a $20 gift certificate to I love, LOVE!  Check out her blog and giveaway!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Easter contraction match

You could have students play this a few different ways.  I usually print these on cardstock.  Then I cut them out and place them in a pocket chart for students to match.  I like to have students record what they have matched for accountability purposes, so I included a recording sheet as well.  Clipart is from

Easter contraction match

Easter contraction match recording sheet

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Desk Fairy

Here's a great "clean desk" motivator, the Desk Fairy.  I place these notes in my student's desks when they've kept them neat and tidy without reminding.  These notes are always a hit!

Desk Fairy

Springtime making words

Here's another making words activity :
Alphabet from

Springtime making words letters

And the recording sheet:

springtime making words recording sheet

Saturday, March 19, 2011

St. Patricks' Day making words

Although St. Pat's is passed, you can save this for next year.  My students love making words activities! Graphics from one of my favorite sites:

St Patricks Day making words

My New Blog!

I've been a blogstalking addict for some time now.  I just can't get enough of these amazing blogs.  So I am ready to come out and say, "Hello, my name is Tanya, and I am a blogstalking addict."  "Hello Tanya." The support group says in unison. LOL

I can't say with any certainty that I am nearly as creative as the amazing teachers I have been following.  But I do have some interesting ideas, and I do create a lot of my own lessons, worksheets, and literacy stations.  I hope you enjoy reading my first grade teacher ramblings.