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The First Weeks of School - Procedures and a Freebie

We are 17 days into school and I finally feel as if I can catch my breath!  There are so many procedures to teach, model, practice, give feedback,  re-teach, model, practice . . .  WHEW!  I feel like we are finally getting it. 



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Back to School 2016 Classroom Reveal and a Freebie!

Why is summer break the fastest time of year?  Ten weeks flew by and we are back into the swing of things. 

What better time to share my classroom?  I rearranged the room and am loving the new floor plan.


This is right outside my classroom.  It is in the main hall of our pod and the cubbies on the left lead to the door. 


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You can get this sign, which is editable, here.

Top 10 Math Tools for Your Primary Classroom

Getting ready for a new school year?  Well, I am here to help you decide what are some of your MUSTS for math. 


Must have math tools; primary math


There are so many resources for math that it is hard to decide what you really need.  Let me help you!

Chapter Books for 1st Grade

I always schedule reading right after lunch.  I love this time of the day.  The students settle in from recess and lunch and just enjoy a book.  What a great way to set the tone for the afternoon.








I read all kinds of books during read aloud.

I read favorites, like Mo Willems or Pete the Cat. 

Writing Mid-Year and a Freebie

Writing in first grade is ever changing.  When students first enter our classrooms, the range of abilities is diverse.  We have students who cannot write their names, those who don't know all their letter sounds, to those who are really writing. 
Common Core standards are written for the end of the year so it is hard to tell if students are progressing and will meet those standards.  Over the past couple of years I have been documenting student growth so I may successfully predict whether a child will meet or exceed end of year expectations.
My colleagues and I spiral writing instruction so students will remember the three major types of writing.  We enjoy teaching how-to writing mid-year in our second round of informative writing.  Students know how to write so we can focus on introduction and closing sentences as well as transition words.
I had been using various TPT products to teach how-to writing but they did not include room for topic sentences (which in first grade is just introducing the topic) nor did they include room for a closing.  First graders need to provide some sense of closure by the end of the year.
This year we focused on engaging, hands-on activities to teach writing.
First, I modeled how to make something.  Then, I broke down each part of the writing step by step.  For the introduction, I showed students what we were making and what is needed to make it.  Students told the introduction to their elbow partner and then switched.  They show me they are done like this:

oral rehearsal

5 Tips for a Happy Classroom

Let's face it: We spend a lot of time at school.  

Some days I feel like I spend more time at school than at home. 

Many of us bring school home as well.  

When you think about school, our students, our job, do you smile? 

Are you happy with what you've created in your classroom?  

Do you look forward to going to work?  

When you talk to friends and family about your classroom, is it positive?



I can honestly say that I would answer yes to all of the above.  It hasn't always been like this.  I'd like to share with you some effective, easy tips that I employ to ensure a happy classroom.





SWAP MEET - A PRODUCT SWAP BLOG HOP AND GIVEAWAY





Hi!  I am so excited to tell you about this Swap Meet.  Heidi Martin of Droppin' Knowledge and I chose a product to trade and review. 
I chose Heidi's Speed Read (All Year Long!) because I have a bunch of young learners who need active, fun ways to learn their sight words. 

Trick or Treat Blog Hop



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Happy October!  To celebrate this beautiful month, I am taking part in a Trick or Treat Blog Hop.  On this blog hop, you will gather tricks to help you survive this time of year as well as giveaways and freebies!  What could be better?