Thursday, July 30, 2015

Sight Words!

As Jack is starting to teethe, he got up screaming in the middle of the night and I couldn't get back to sleep.  So, what's better to do than work on some sight word activities?

I think one of my favorite games to play in class is SCOOT! because it is so much fun for everyone to play.  It is a great activity to get students moving around as well and I love using it as a type of assessment, especially during math.

I created (so far) two sight word scoot games.  These use the first 25 and second 25 dolch sight words.  Students have to unscramble the tiles at each of the desks and write down the sight word that they made.

Click on the images above to get them from TPT.  


Monday, July 27, 2015

Finally Back at it!

This has been a very exciting year and I'm sorry that I've been away from the blog for so long!  I gave birth to my wonderful baby boy on April 13, 2015!! Happiest day of my life!! 
My boys!!

Now that my maternity leave is coming to an end in a month (I hate saying that...I have a lot of anxiety about leaving this little man!) I am starting to think about the upcoming school year!  I am excited to be in first grade again!  

This past year I had the honor of receiving Governor's Educator of the Year Award at our school.  I am excited to get back into my classroom to set up for the next school year and to meet my students! 

Check back here for updates on my classroom setup and beginning of the year activities!

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Snow Day Fun and February Linky Party

We had a snow day on Monday...delayed opening on Tuesday...and now another snow day today...which means I am busy working on plans and materials for the classroom!  I just linked up with Primary Inspiration who is having a linky party for February resources for first graders.  Go on over and check out all of the other great resources by clicking the button above. 

I just made an Olympic Opinion Writing packet (including rough draft and final draft papers and clip art images) to use for my February bulletin board.  We are going to read G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet by Brad Herzog.  
Amazon book link

Then the students will pick a sport that they would want to play in if they were in the Olympics and tell why they like that sport the best and why they would be good at it.

Click here to pick it up from my TPT store!

I also just uploaded a How-To Build a Snowman writing packet and a 4 Seasons Poetry Packet.

If you are the first to comment with your e-mail address, I will send you all three resources for free!

Happy Snow Day!!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Hello 2014!

There has been so much going on over the past few months!  I've had a great year so far with my firsties (I have a wonderful group of kids again this year) and my first year of marriage has been wonderful (everyone said the first year is rough...I don't know what they experienced??!)  I had emergency surgery last week and I'm hoping to finally return to my classroom on Monday after three full weeks out.

I have a lot of new items on my TPT page...please go check them out!! (most are on sale right now, too!)  

Looking forward to the winter Olympics starting next week, I created a Winter Olympics Data Journal to correlate with first and second grade math standards for measurement and data.  I'm looking forward to checking in on the medal count every day, discussing different countries and events, and recording using tallies and a bar graph the countries that have the highest medal count.  

You can purchase the journal by clicking here -- pssst it's on sale! (And...if you are the first one to comment with your e-mail address, I will send it to you for free).  

Hope 2014 is treating you all well! Cheers!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Disney Theme

Now that I know that I will be staying in my grade level and classroom for next year, I'm so excited to start planning a new theme for next year...


I'm Disney obsessed and I can't wait to use all of my pictures, stuffed animals, etc. in the classroom. 

Some ideas that I have that I will be creating resources for this summer:

Job Board: "Whistle While We Work"  -- Snow White pictures

Behavior Chart: "INCREDIBLE behavior"  -- clip chart with pictures of the Incredibles

Sign outside classroom: "Where Magic Happens..." (with pictures of Disney world maybe)

Reading Corner: "Racing into Reading" -- Cars themed pictures

I'm trying to come up with ideas for the Word Wall, BUILD Centers, Writing area, etc.  If anyone has any ideas, please feel free to share!!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

What better way to get back into blogging than linking up with an end-of-the-year linky party??  Go on over to Primary Inspiration by clicking the picture below and check out all of the great activities posted on the linky party and also on her awesome site! Lots of great ideas over there!

I'm posting over there my end-of-the-year writing project for my firsties that they did for the Kindergarten classes.  They started this writing project last week, called "How To Be a First Grader".  We got to review our "how-to" writing using transitional words and we brainstormed lots of different things that make first grade so much different than kindergarten.  Then, the first graders wrote a "how-to" for being a first grader so that they can either read to some K classes or we are going to copy all the pages and give one packet to each class when we are done.  The kids came up with some great things...such as "First, you need to be a bucket filler.  You can be a bucket filler by being nice."  "Next, you need to move your clip up to the top by being good because if you move it down by being bad then Ms. Schifano will call your parents and you don't want that."  And other good advice that the K's need to know before their year in first grade!  We can't wait to share them with the K classes this week!
ANOTHER end-of-the-year activity that I have is an end-of-the-year election!
Students get to vote for who they think would be the perfect fit for different categories, such as best listener, most organized, etc. (like year-book superlatives).  I use these for handing out awards at our graduation party. 

Enjoy and have a great end of the year!!

End of the Year has been forever since I have posted!  It was a very hectic year because I got married in April!!!
But school wise...this was an awesome year! I had the best and most respectful class...I am really going to miss them next year.  Only 11 days left of the school year!  I have a lot of new things posted on TPT that I will post soon.