My Truth Monday: Creepy Edition!

I decided to link up with Denise at Sunny Days in Second Grade for My Truth Monday. I've been reading her blog for quite some time now and she's actually one of the reasons I decided to start a blog! I'm still very new and getting used to things :)

This week is all about what creeps you out!

Happy Halloween Week everyone!


Arrrr... Matey!

Whew! What a week! We had parent/teacher conferences on Wednesday and Thursday. I absolutely love parent/teacher conferences. I love discussing how my students are doing, but even more, I like to hear the parents talk about their kids as well. I had a lot of parents asking great questions about how to help their child more at home. It was great! Most of the time, I have already met all the parents at Back to School Night right before school begins, but since I moved schools on the fourth day of school, this time was my first time meeting most of the parents! It was a good time.

We also have the book fair going on in the library during our conferences. One of my firsties bought our classroom this fun little book.
 I'll admit... I totally put this on my wishlist because I absolutely love tacos. Yum. Plus, the book is great. My kiddos loved it!
 This embarrassing picture above is what my dinner snack looked like Thursday. I had all my conferences basically back to back that day and after about 2 1/2 hours went by, I was starving! And, I'm not pretty, polite, or fun to be around when I am hungry. I darted for the lounge and grabbed everything in sight.
And, this fun picture is from our fun weekend! Dear Boyfriend and I roadtripped two hours to our dear friends' wedding. It was beautiful!

Now to the fun stuff I've been working on! I'm sure many people teach their students' the -ar vowel sound by teaching that's what pirates say. I decided that my firsties knew the -ar sound very well, but needed more practice at their word work stations.

So, here it is, the ARRRRRRR Matey pack:

It includes a game with 32 cards containing -ar words, 5 pirate writing prompt pages, Bart the Pirate story with sight words and -ar vowel practice, ABC Order, and fill in the blank pages. I plan on putting these in my Word Work area for Daily 5. The writing prompts will go in my Work on Writing section of Daily 5. I know my firsties will LOVE the game. They love anything as long as it has the word game in it.  Just click on the above pictures and they will take you to my TPT store.

Have a great week!

Hallway Writing Display

It's our parent/teacher conference week and so I have been busy, busy, busy getting everything together to showcase the students' work in the best way possible.

When deciding how to display my students' last personal narratives, I decided I wanted to create cute little folders to staple on our tack strips, but I didn't want it to take a lot of time to make them cutesy. Time is important right now!

So, I came up with a little All About Me page for the students to fill out and color. I stapled them to the front of manila folders and stapled the sides. Then, I stapled them up onto our hallway display. Then, I put their story booklets inside. Now, when parents are waiting to meet with me, they can find their child's folder, take the story out, read, and enjoy!

Here are some examples of what my firsties came up with:

 This little sweetie said his favorite thing about school is, "bubblegum." I give out bubblegum when a student reaches the stop of his/her clip chart. Glad he at least likes the bubblegum :)

And, these little sweeties said I'm their favorite thing about school :) Precious, just precious!

Here's the page! Just click the picture and it will take you to my TPT site. And, it's free :) Enjoy!

Sunday Night... Already?

What a busy week it has been. With conferences coming up, I feel like we are constantly testing our kiddos. Does anyone else feel that way lately?

This week, we busted out our data binders. I was very pleased that so far, the majority of my class has our first two lists of sight words down pact. They have been working so hard! They are all so ready to know them all so then they can do second grade words! They are always so ready for the next step; I love my little learners and their eagerness to learn.

Here's one my firstie's coloring in how many sight words he read from the third sight word list on the first try. I can't wait to show these at conferences. Their will be some proud parents leaving my room that night.

 Now that we've settled into a routine, some are getting a little restless. So, I busted out an old collection of beanie babies I have. I tried to sell these guys at a garage sale, but I think I sold a total of..8... Out of a... gazillion. I'm not kidding, I was obsessed. Anyway, I used these little guys as basket buddies. If the kids are staying on task, they get to pick a basket buddy for their Daily 5 baskets. My class loves stuffed animals and these little basket buddies worked like a charm!

To see my obsession from when I was younger... Here's my pathetic attempt at trying to sell them at a garage sale this summer. My mom even put her marketing strategies to work and set them up all nice and neat... I just had them thrown in a box. 

Oh my, that's a whole other level of crazy.

Anyway, I finally finished our math journal for our next math unit. My kids love math and I'm excited to start using our math journals finally!


Just click on the picture and it will take you to TPT!

Have a great week!

My First Teachers Pay Teachers Product!


I have to admit... I'm kind of technologically challenged. I feel like it's unacceptable in this day and age to be technologically challenged when you're in your 20s, but hey, I'm learning.

So, the first goal was to create a blog. I'm still in the process of making it look user-friendly and inviting, but hey, I'm learning. My next goal was to create an account on Teachers Pay Teachers to actually sell stuff. I already had an account to follow my favorite sellers and buy wonderful products, but I wanted to get my stuff out there as well. So, check that goal off the list because my first product is up on there and it's free! Everyone likes free!

So, here it is!

Math Mountains is a strategy that has been pushed in our curriculum with the new CCSS. My firsties were struggling to remember their partners of total numbers and so therefore, the game was created. To play, students are set in groups of two. Each set of partners has a die or dice and they take turns rolling the dice. For example, if they are working on partners of 4, one student rolls the die and hopefully gets 1, 2, or 3. If so, he/she would write the number in the first circle. If not, it's the other student's turn. They roll until they get two partners of the total number. Easy-peesy-lemon-squeazy. And, the kids love it!


I'm Baaaaackkkk...

Okay, so I tried the whole blog thing before. I failed at it miserably. However, I have stalked read many, many wonderful blogs out there and was inspired to give it another shot. So, I am home sick today, watching How I Met Your Mother Season 8 on Netflix, and decided today was the day to give it a go with the blog business again. I love writing. I love creating. I love sharing. So, here's my next try at it. Also, please ignore my poor attempt at making the blog pretty. I've worked on it for a long time and am giving up for the time being until I can work on it some more.

I'm going to share my classroom with you because I am absolutely in love with it. It's a sweets theme and let me tell you, it is such a fun classroom theme! I actually have had two classrooms this year, so the photos I share will be from two different rooms. You see, this is my fourth year teaching. I've been at the same school since I began my career. The beginning of this year was rough. To make a very long story short, our numbers were low in sixth grade and another school in the district (the one I am teaching at now) had high numbers in first grade. Now, here's the super sad part- it was between my best friend and me (who I had also started my teaching career with- we both started in second grade together at our school) in regards to seniority of who needed to move to the other school. And, to make it even worse (yes, worse than the fact that we had to leave our school family and each other), we signed our contracts on the same day. Eeek! Decisions had to be made and therefore, I moved to the other school to fill the first grade slot. Anyway, I am now at a new school, but I kept my classroom theme the same! I love it regardless! And, I love my new school. I have a great first grade team and the staff and parents are great people.
That's my poor attempt at an iPhone panoramic view. You can see how unsteady my hand is where I broke up that table. 
Here's a picture I uploaded on Instagram right before school started. That's my front door, classroom library, word wall/reading area, and clip chart. 
Here's my sad day of the year. The day I found out I was moving schools, my awesome school friends packed up my boxes. Honestly, I barely packed anything, which was helpful. This is what I came to on the next day at my new school. I had one day to unpack everything. All the boxes aren't even seen here. Crazy town. Thankfully, I had some awesome people to help me get everything set up in ONE day. 
See, my fun word wall/ reading area just came right on over to my new school. Still adorable.
Here's my leader board. My old school was a Leader in Me school, so each classroom job was in Leader speak. That is also my birthday board. This was before I received my math curriculum (I couldn't take my curriculum from my old school), so that bare bookshelf is actually filled with my math manipulatives.

 My guided reading table is in that back corner. Above that is one of my candy lanterns. I (actually friends of mine who are better at making my creative ideas come to live) made that little candy lantern with cellophane and a chinese lantern. I actually have three of them around my room. They are so cute!

Anyway, that's all I'm able to post at the moment. The rest of my photos are too embarrassing to post from how blurry they are. That's what I get for only taking photos with my phone.  Hope you enjoyed! I'm off to enjoy some more HIMYM.

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