Monday, May 30, 2011

Summer Vacation

My students love "Making Words" activities. I created this to get us through the last 19 school days. I've already got my flip flops and beach chair ready!
Summer Vacation Making Words

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Butterfly Glyph Freebie

I just uploaded a new glyph to my TPT store,
and it's FREE!
I love using glyphs with my students, and this makes a nice bulletin board display for the remainder of the school year too!
Here's a quick preview,
but click on over and download the real deal for free.  Also, please leave feedback when you get a chance. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

School Budget Voting Day

Here in New York State, today is school budget voting day.  In most school districts, even if budgets pass, there will be cuts to important programs.  In my school district, a small inner-city, full day kindergarten is being cut.  Which will mean half-day kindergarten for next year's kindergarteners.  This is like taking 10 giant steps backward.  I know there are other districts facing unfavorable changes next year as well.  But kindergarten?  This is just sad!

Hand Washing

I'm sure quite a few of you have already seen this video on other blogs, but I have to share it.  Love this!  I'm going to play it for my firsties tomorrow on the Smart board.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Blogs, and DIBELs, and Worms, OH MY!

So, if you're a blogger, or a blog follower, you know that Blogger was down yesterday, and like a crazy person, I sat at my computer for at least 2 hours hitting the reload button every few minutes in hopes that Blogger had magically been fixed.  I finally went to bed last night--almost an hour earlier than normal because I didn't have any blogs to stalk. :(  So, now that Blogger is back up today, I have to make up for lost time.  It's a Friday evening, and what am I doing?  BLOGGING!  LOL
We don't finish school until the end of June, so we haven't done our final end of the year DIBELs yet.  So as I look back over my student's scores from beginning and mid-year, I feel so proud of my students.  In NWF (nonsense word fluency), one of my little guys was reading a 1, that's right a ONE, in September; his mid-year score was 66 in NWF...and his ORF score has just continued to climb since February.  I'm so proud of his hard work.
Onto the worm portion of my post...Earlier this spring, I was inspired to create a "worm unit".  The inspiration may seem a little odd; an incident took place during recess that involved one of my students, and a worm being intentionally stomped stepped on.  In an effort to teach my students about the importance of worms, I began compiling worm literature, and creating age-appropriate activities.  I had no idea what a hit this unit would be with my students.  I will be placing my unit on TPT very soon.  I already placed a related measurement activity which uses "inchworms", and supports the Common Core Math Standard of Measurement and Data for grade 1.  Here are a couple of examples:

 Check it out:

Also, congratulations to the first 4 commenters on my previous post, as they received the measurement file via email.  Congrats: kinderpond, Steph, Brenda, and Liz.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Ladybug Teacher Files

Kristen over at Ladybug Teacher Files is amazing.  She designs amazing blogs, and she posts video tutorials for bloggers on her blog, and well, she is just amazing...I follow her like a stalker!  LOL 

You MUST check out her blog.  She's giving away a blog design that is absolutely precious: "Reading Dreams"!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Give-Away Winner Announcement!

Congratulations to Alicia M. entry number 109.  You have 48 hours to email me to claim your prize of a $25.00 TPT gift certificate.  You can email me at

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Scavenger Hunt

How much fun is solving a good mystery, puzzle, or participating in a scavenger hunt?  Well, for me, it's tons of fun!  If you like a good scavenger hunt as much as I do, then you have to head over to Primary Graffiti, and participate in her super fun scavenger hunt.