Friday, December 30, 2011

Frames and Arrows and a SALE!

I've been flipping through my planning from last year and identifying areas that my kiddos had trouble with. One of those was completing frames and arrows diagrams. To help with this next year, I've done up this mini-pack. 
It comes with 2 centers. The first center focusing on counting forwards and backwards from 2, 3, 5 and 10 with frames and arrows diagrams.
The second center focuses on frames and arrows with 2 rules. This one requires students to use their mental computation strategies to add 6, subtract 4 for example.
Both centers come with a recording sheet like the one below and a student direction card.
You can grab it from Teachers Notebook and TpT. The first 3 people to comment with their email address will also get a FREE copy!

Remember to enter the giveaway that I and 11 other sellers have contributed to!

Also, both my TpT and Teachers Notebook stores are on sale until January 1st! Both shops have everything 20% off!

 Graphics by Scrappin Doodles

Ringing in the New Year with a Ring of Bloggy Giveaways

Are you looking for new ideas to revitalize you and your students for your return to the classroom? Look no further- inspiration is straight ahead!  The New Year has arrived and to celebrate its arrival we are celebrating with a HUGE giveaway from a Ring of Elementary blogs!

Twelve blogs have joined together for a MEGA New Year Giveaway!  The winners of the giveaway will be able to choose any item (winter themed or not) from any of the Teacher Pay Teachers stores listed below.  Nearly 100 items will be given away in this HUGE event!

Each blog will have 6 winners.
Each blog will select and post 6 winners for that blog.

Third Place: There will be THREE third prize winners that will be able to choose any (of the winner’s choice) ONE item total from any of the blogger’s Teacher Pay Teachers store listed below. 

   Second Place: There will be TWO second prize winners that will be able to choose any (of the winner's choice) TWO items (total)  from any of the blogger's Teachers Pay Teachers stores below. 

First Prize: ONE grand prize winner from EACH blog that will win any (of the winner's choice) ONE ITEM from EACH blogger's Teachers Pay Teachers stores listed below!

 Here are the participating blogs/ stores: 



How do you enter?  There are several possible ways to enter:
1. Follow my blog and leave a comment and leave a comment on this blog post saying you follow  (or note that you are already a follower). 

2. Follow my Teacher Pay Teachers store and leave a comment on this blog post saying you follow. 

3.Blog about this contest  and leave a comment here.

However, there are still MORE ways to enter! You can also follow the blogs and stores of ALL the blogs participating in the list above to increase your chances of winning!  There are at least 24 chances to win even if you DON'T blog!!!! Remember to comment that you follow their blog and TpT store on their blog!

All winners will be chosen on January 6th, 2012 by 8:00pm Eastern time.
Good luck!  Maybe YOU will be one of the big winners!

Thursday, December 29, 2011


I've just found a blog called Kindergarten Smiles. Caitlin is having a giveaway for all the items in her TpT store! She is trying to get 300 followers - she's almost there, so be sure to go and follow!
Made for First Grade is giving away their 3 Winter Units! These units look really good and set you up for January!
Courtney over at Swimming into Second is having a $25 TpT gift card giveaway! If I win this, I won't feel so guilty for buying so much lately!! Argghh, one of the downsides of being on holidays is having so much time to browse TpT!
The wonderful Hope King from Second Grade Shenanigans is having a giveaway of her entire TpT store! The products I've bought off her have been awesome!

And my favorite giveaway: The LOVELY Kristen of Ladybug's Teacher Files and Ladybug Teaching Resources is having a blog design giveaway. Please DO NOT enter, because I really want to win myself! 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Teachers Notebook Sale

I forgot to mention that because one of my products was mentioned in the latest Teachers Notebook newsletter, I am having  a sale at my shop. You can save up to 20% on all my products. Click here to visit.


Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Top 3 Posts of 2011!

Well, the top 3 posts of the second half of 2011 since I only started my blog in June! Here they are: 

Link up with Fern Smith with your Top 3!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

20 Literacy Centers, craftivities, booklets

I finally got this pack finished and uploaded to TpT. It's amazing how little gets done in a week when you sleep in every day!

This pack has 20 Winter themed literacy centers, activities, craftivities and foldable books for your kiddos. Click on the pics to check it out at TpT.

I couldn't get it to load to Teachers Notebook, so I'll work on getting it on there later (may not be until after Christmas). It's 20% off for the next few days. It includes templates for these little cuties:
 This is my rushed version of the Fact and Opinion Penguin - I'm sure your kiddos could do better and make it more colourful.
 Descriptive writing Penguin.

Well, it's Christmas Eve. I've got lots to do so probably won't be back on until after Christmas. We'll be having breakie at home (always so big I feel like a nap afterwards), late lunch at mum's and then all my nephews are coming over for a swim in the afternoon. Should be a lovely day spent with family. I hope you have a wonderful day, filled with love, laughter and lots of food (surely that's one of the best things about Christmas!!). 


Friday, December 23, 2011

Is 12 too young for a phone + craftivity

I can't believe tomorrow is Christmas Eve! I'm glad to say I've gotten all my Christmas shopping done (I only started on Tuesday!). I'm a little nervous though... I got my son a mobile phone. He is 12 and in January will start high school. He'll be catching the bus and might be late some days because he is interested in going to the school's Homework Club so he doesn't have to bring homework home. Soooo... I thought he should have one so I know where he is and so he can contact me if he needs to. Is he too young to have one? I'd love to know what you think.

I'm also just about to list a new pack I have made on TpT. It has 20 Winter themed literacy centers and activities. It also comes with 2 craftivities and 2 student foldable booklets

Here's a sneak peek:
Penguin descriptive writing

So, is 12 too young for a mobile phone?  Have you experienced any problems with your kids and their phones? Bills, bullying or anything else??

Monday, December 19, 2011

Flip the Sound Accuracy CAFE strategy + FREEBIE

I felt really bad about 'wasting' a whole week camping so I decided to do up a pack on the Flip the Sound strategy. I found this was a strategy that many of my students this year had to work on.
So, seeing as though I did not want to brave the shops on a weekend this close to Christmas, I made up this pack! It's too late for them since I start with a new bunch next year, but my students next year will benefit!
I thought having the sounds on display would help them with remember the sounds so I made up a display wall header and cards. These are some of the cards showing two sounds these letters can make:
I also made 2 charts/posters to have at the guided reading table. This is the second one. The other covers the vowels and y.
I also made up a flip book for students to record words that have the spelling/sound.
Here's one I put together for the instruction page:
I have the writing down the bottom so students can flick through easily to find the page they need and so it doesn't get cut off when they staple the book together.
It also includes 2 blank templates.
It covers 12 letters/letter combinations (short and long a, e, i, o, u, the sounds of y, c, g, ch, oo, ea, and ow. 
If you're interested, you can grab it on TpT and Teachers Notebook on sale for the next couple of days. TpT also has a preview.
 Now, the freebie. I found this song on ProTeacher. 
Please note that I DID NOT write this song. The song was posted on Proteacher at this link by sn02py. Thanks for sharing it - I'm not creative enough to come up with one!

Fonts: CK Handprint

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Pinterest Christmas Craft

Well I'm back from my week of camping! We had a GREAT time, but I can't help but feel like I've wasted a week of my holidays! I ALWAYS feel like that! We've only got a month before we start to go back in! EEKK! Then the new kids! I totally don't feel ready to tackle a new bunch of kids! 

Before the end of the school year, we had a 'step-up day' so the Grade 1's came up to Grade 2 for an hour in the afternoon. Now, my school was not that organised so I didn't even have MY kids for next year... 1A simply went up to 2A, 1B to 2B etc. (I know, why  have a day like this if the the kids don't even meet their new teacher, know what room they're in etc, for teachers to see their kids, perhaps get a writing sample, see how they follow instructions etc). OH. MY. LORD. Talk about not being able to sit still, follow simple instructions, stay focused for even 1 minute, calling out, the constant asking to go to the bathroom - they were only with me for 1 hour and boy was that enough!! They weren't THAT bad, though it might sound like it, but I forget how young they are at the start of the year, and how much time we spent on routines, procedures and behavioural expectations to get them to the way they are at the end of the year. It didn't just magically happen and they were this great bunch of kids who knew that we aren't allowed to HUM, TAP or WHISTLE! GGRRRR! I think teachers need the break before a new school year returns just to get the energy back to go through it ALL OVER AGAIN!!

Now, to my post heading.. during the last week we made these great reindeer Christmas decorations - EASY PEASY to  make! Because it was a HOT day, the paint took hardly any time to dry so it was a very quick activity. I know you've seen it - it's alllll over Pinterest!

Don't you LOVE the red and green eyes-  CRAZY RUDOLF!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

I'm free at last, I'm free at last, thank God almighty, I'm free at last!

School is finally over! I loved my kiddos this year (though some were quite trying at times....) but I am really glad the year is over. I have felt S.T.R.E.S.S.E.D. out big time. I didn't get to sit down or eat yesterday (clean up day). I had 16 of my 25 kids show up even though I begged suggested that they might want to stay home and start the holidays early. So I had to try and keep them occupied while cleaning out and packing away the class (I'm also moving to the class next door... so I mean PACK!). 

I was fortunate enough to have a mum volunteer to help with the clean up! Turned out great since while we were outside scrubbing tidy trays, the teacher who is moving into my room, was moving all his stuff in. Now, this wasn't a problem, but I didn't want it dumped in the room since we have to move EVERYTHING (besides desks) out of the classroom and into the small kitchen between the classroom. I didn't want to have to move it later. So, thankfully, I was there to oversee that. 

So after a day of scrubbing tidy trays, chairs and desks, pulling down the remaining posters, wiping dust of bookshelves, packing up my office (man, was that a HUGE task), stacking desks, cleaning walls, moving shelves and every other bit of furniture into the kitchen (not to mention keeping 16 friends occupied and cleaning), I was one tired gal!

Tomorrow I head off camping for a week and I have absolutely nothing planned for my blog even though I know there is the scheduled post thingy. Hopefully, after a bit of R and R, I'll be back blogging with a vengeance! Thanks for sticking with me!

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Reading Goals

5 days to go until the end of the year! I absolutely can't wait! Sure I'll miss my kids, but boy am I exhausted! Sorry for the lack of posting in recent weeks but I've been coming home and collapsing!

Here is something I've been doing the last term with my class. At my school, we are required to set individual reading goals for each of our students every five weeks. Thank you CAFE and conferencing for making this easy to do! (The time consuming part is having the beginning data and ending data in order to show growth, or lack thereof, every five weeks to show the powers that be before amending the goals/setting new ones). This is how I've displayed my goals for each student (another requirement).
It's on a window so you can see the blu-tac sticking the construction paper to the window! I don't have that much wall space - two sides of my room are completely covered in windows and one more has one of those concertina doors across the whole length of it so it can't be used for anything :( It's actually a shame to cover them up because when you look out my windows you see our local forest less than 20m away! It's a great view!

So anyway, each of my kiddos have a leaf with their reading goal on it (e.g. summarising texts without retelling, using a particular decoding strategy, finding the main idea etc).

I then end up grouping kids together that have similiar goals and meeting with them (even though they might be at different reading levels) during the time I usually do guided reading. I LOVE it! I end up planning a series of lessons that focus on the goal  and meeting with just the kids that have that goal. I set aside two days a week to meet with Goal Groups rather than levelled groups. I've found this really beneficial and the kids have come a long way.

I'm looking at changing it for next year... perhaps a Pot of Goals! and each of the goals are written on a gold coin... not feeling it. Does anyone have any other ideas??

Also, are you looking for some great Christmas activities? Amy at The Land of Second Grade is having a giveaway of two of her Christmas products. Be sure to head on over! It's being drawn Sunday.

Monday, November 28, 2011

30% off Sale!

Well, it's Monday afternoon here in Oz, so I'm just about to hop on TpT and see if they are accepting the Cyber Monday code yet! Fingers crossed! 

In case you are looking for some bargains, here are some of my best sellers which are all 20% off. Combine with the Cyber Monday code for an additional 10% off!
Just click on the pics to go to their TpT page!
Don't forget to check out my new Christmas themed sight word phrases games! I hope TpT doesn't crash on you when you get on!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas Fry's Sight Words games

I've finished uploading the second and third game in my Christmas themed Fry's sight word phrases board games! They use Fry's sight word phrases Level 1, 2 and 3 (the first 300).

Each game has 4 sets of cards, with 25 cards in each set (100 cards, using 100 sight word phrases). You only need one set per game, so just swap over the cards and you have a new game or print out a game board and a different set of cards for different groups of kids! You can use the cards in their sets or mix and match according to the needs of your students. Easy to differentiate! I like keeping the same board, and just change the cards, so that it looks like everyone is playing the same game, even if they are at a different level. 
The first game, Pack the Sleigh, I've already written about here. In this game, students are trying to be the first player to get from Santa's Workshop to the Sleigh - the first to get there (pack the sleigh) wins! This game uses Fry's 1s 100 sight word phrases.
For the second game, Here Comes Santa, Santa is trying to find his way to the home, filling stockings along the way! This game uses the 2nd 100 phrases.
The third game, Night Before Christmas, has Santa making his way from the chimney to the Christmas tree. It uses the 3rd 100 sight word phrases.
With the 3 games, there are 12 sets of 25 sight word phrases for your kiddos to practise!

BONUS: Each game also comes with cards to use for BANG! type games.

I'm having a 20% off sale running for a couple of days so there's no better time to pick up these games. Don't forget you can also save an extra 10% using code CMS28 on Cyber Monday! If you're like me, you'll be stacking up your shopping cart so it's ready to be put through on Monday!

The games use the awesome graphics from Scrappin Doodles
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