Sunday, August 31, 2014

Five for Friday--A Little Late

8 days of school under my belt. I am so happy Labor Day swooped in an saved the day.  I am so thankful for a 3 day weekend.  Y'all have to agree that the first few weeks are exhausting.  It was such a crazy couple of weeks that I forgot to take pictures. I'm also a little distracted because this adorable boy started Pre-k across the hall.
On the first day we did the Kissing Hand Hunt.  Here are the cute little cookies Chester made us.
And here are just a few of the thousand activities we fit in, these first few days. 
We learned a big about characters this week. What characters are and character traits. On our first day, the students made a list of characters from the story as well as completed this sort.
The next day we brainstormed Chrysanthemum's character traits and gave reasons from the book to support our ideas. The students filled out their own character traits chart.
(Chrysanthemum is brave. I know this because she still went to school even though that the kids weren't kind.)
We also discussed setting and played setting match. Students matched the character with their proper setting.

There are a few products that I'm so excited about using this year! 

I absolutely love Abby's 20 day check-up for reading. It's perfect for intervention.
I am so excited about Cheryl's new product. Amazing!!! 
No kidding, this is one of the best products I've seen in forever!
It makes me look forward to Social Studies this year.
I got a sneak peek, but be on the lookout for this.

I am so happy I found Stephanie's Fluency activities. I love how she also has a matching printable, so I can keep track of that data. ;)
I've also finished laminating all the cards for my Focus Wall.  All of my phonics cards, grammar cards and math talk cards are laminated and ready to teach.  These cards are a great way to introduce these concepts. 

How cute is this lanyard my friend Cyndi sent me. Is it not precious? 

Behavior Bucks are extremely popular in my classroom right now. Excellent work, a certain number of centers completed, the quietest tables all get behavior bucks to buy privileges and prizes. If you didn't grab this freebie earlier, you can grab them on my Facebook page. 

And what would my Five for Friday be without a little fashion. 
Here are a few things on my wish list.
 I really want this dress! 
I am obsessed with J. Crew phone cases

 Pretty Top 
 Fun Placemats

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Chrysanthemum: A great back to school book!

Well friends,
    I failed you with the visual plans but I do have a great unit for y'all to start the year.  I just finished my unit for the book Chrysanthemum.  This unit focuses on questioning, characters and character traits, setting and problem and solution.  The activities are an introduction to many of these concepts.  I also included a vocabulary lesson and a cute little craft and graphing activity.   Here are some pictures of what is included.

You can grab this by clicking the picture below.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Back to School with BiC: Fight For Your Write

Little writers are my favorite! The progress they make in one short year and the adorable ideas that pop out of their head and onto the paper make my job that much more enjoyable.  Now, Bic is making writing even more fun and manageable with a new line of writing tools for kids. I was lucky enough to get a box full of goodies to try and I'm so excited to share!

In addition, BIC has launched the “Fight for Your Write” campaign, which reinforces how fun and empowering writing can be. The campaign can be found at, and offers information about writing and tips from literacy expert Pam Allyn.

So let's check out some of these fun new items:
This is the Kids Pencil. I love the guiding line to direct proper finger placement. 

I am also loving their pens. These tools also come with labels for writing the student's name. I love this idea for Writer's Workshop. Each student could have their own pen in their writer's toolbox.  They also twist to expose the ink, instead of hearing clicking all through writing time.  

Even their new student stylus comes with a guiding line and comfort grip. Landon loved using this stylus, and I must say, his writing looked amazing! I think I might have to steal this from my students to use for myself. 

 I am also extremely particular about my dry erase markers. Some smear off easily and others don't wipe off at all.  These dry erase are perfect! The writing stayed put and when it was time to erase, one swipe and it was erased. Love these!!! 

 These pretty pencils make my teacher heart happy! 
Now it's time to enter to win your own set of BiC Writing tools! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Fun in Room P-1 (Classroom Tour)

Hey Y'all,
   My room hasn't changed much from last year, which is really new for me. I usually completely change my room each year. This year, I decided to enjoy more of summer and stress less. I still have a few things to finish up, so my room is not complete, but I wanted to link up with Blog Hoppin' so here it is!