Friday, December 18, 2015

Featured Teacher Tuesday ~ Melinda King!

Hey everyone! Welcome back for another week of Featured Teacher Tuesday. This week we are showcasing Melinda King from Tales of the Sassy Teacher!
Melinda is married with 2 children who are 10 months apart. She has started her 15th year of teaching. She has been at the same school for her entire career. She has taught 1/2 split classes for 2 years, 2/3 split for 1 year, 2nd grade for 2 years, K-2 reading teacher for 5 years, K-2 writing for 4 years, and this year she is teaching 1st grade math. Melinda’s dream is to teach Kindergarten or her 1st graders all day with all subjects.
Melinda has been on TPT since 2011 but hasn’t really started selling until a year ago. She loves to create products that are not just for sales. She creates to get her students excited about learning.

Some of the products in her store that her kids love using are…..




Thank you for joining us! We will be back next year with more amazing teachers & FREEBIES!! Have a blessed holiday season!!

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Featured Teacher Tuesday ~ Sarah from Learning is for Superstars!

Welcome back for another Featured Teacher Tuesday! 

This week, meet Sarah Hankinson from Learning is for Superstars!

Sarah and her husband, Josh, just had the adoption of their daughters finalized! They were foster parents for these girls for 414 days before they became a forever family.
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Sarah is in her fifteenth year of  teaching in central Virginia and is a Liberty University graduate. She taught 8 years in fourth grade before moving six years ago to first grade. She has an interesting group this year - a combination of first and second graders! All of these years have been at the same school.

Even with the busyness of life and teaching a combo class, she loves to create whenever possible!  The most popular item in her Teachers Pay Teachers store is her money pack for first graders. It is full of counting pennies, nickels, and dimes individually and in mixed groups. There are picture cards with money amounts to sort and match, along with printables for each coin. Since Sarah teaches in VA, which doesn’t have Common Core standards, this is designed to meet Standards of Learning for Virginia.

Another popular unit is her Benjamin Franklin pack, one of the famous Americans taught to first graders in Virginia, although the social studies standards change for next year! Included is an informational booklet, along with word/picture matching cards, word search, and comprehension questions.
Who doesn’t need a quick print and go, especially at this time of the year?! Look no further! Sarah’s Christmas print and go is perfect for your first graders! Full of 20 black and white printables, including labeling, beginning sounds, syllables, CVC words, writing prompts, alphabetical order, addition fact fluency, and word problems!

And for a winter freebie, which will last you past Christmas and into January! My children LOVE I Spy activities and this reviews distinguishing between long and short vowel sounds.

Want to follow Sarah? Use the links below!

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Featured Teacher Tuesday ~ Elisabeth from Literacy & Lattes!

Featured Teacher Tuesday is back from our Thanksgiving break!  

This week we are featuring Elisabeth from Literacy and Lattes!

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Elisabeth has been teaching kindergarten and first grade for 11 years and is a National Board Certified Teacher.  For the past 4 years she has taught a literacy, science and social studies in a first grade classroom and provided one-on-one reading intervention in Reading Recovery.  Elisabeth is passionate about helping her students find a love of reading and making sure that each student feels loved and valued when they come to school each day.  

When she’s not in the classroom or creating products for her students, Elisabeth spends time with her husband and two crazy kiddos.  She loves to hike, read, watch Grey’s Anatomy, put monograms on basically everything and drink way too much coffee!

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Elisabeth is also a Teacher-Author on TpT.  You can find her store at Literacy and Lattes and she specializes in products for Reading Recovery/reading intervention and science in the primary classroom.  

Her newest product - Learning Letters with QR codes - is a perfect no prep literacy center.    
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Her best selling product - Reading Recovery and Small Group Data Collection and Planning -  includes everything you need to track data in reading intervention or guided reading groups.

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Elisabeth also loves teaching science in the classroom and making materials for simple science lab investigations.  

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Keep your literacy centers fun and engaging with the Super Fun Centers packs!
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And how about some freebies?!?

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You can also follow Elisabeth by clicking the links below.


See you next week, when we feature Sarah from Learning is for Superstars!

Be sure to check out what these other great teacher bloggers have in store for you this week!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

WBT Wednesdays ~ Super Speed Games!

Welcome back to WBT Wednesdays!  I missed my WBT community last week but had a great night observing Veteran's Day with my veteran hubby!

My students also loved learning about Veteran's Day and getting to try on some real Army clothes!

Okay anyways, on to this week's WBT topic... Super Speed Games!

These are one of my favorite WBT games because they work miracles!  I am not kidding you!  My students LOVE to play Super Speed so much that I can even use it as a reward for winning scoreboard! *TEACHER HEAVEN*

In 1st Grade we start out with Super Speed 100 for reading.  I make up the folders for the students that they can keep in their desks and I introduce this whole class.  Everyone starts at Level 1 and I put an online stopwatch on the board.  I let them read for 1 minute.  Then I show them what to do if they mess up (go back to the beginning of the line).  Then we start back at Level 1 and play for another minute!

Then I have them work with a partner.  One person reads while the other person watches and makes sure that student goes back to the beginning of the line if they mess up!

We time again for 1 minute then switch roles.

I do this several times whole class before I let them play on their own.  I make a HUGE deal about their goal... which is to break their own record each time!  

Remember: EVERYTHING IN WHOLE BRAIN TEACHING IS A GAME! (The key to 100% student engagement and your teacher heaven!)

They keep one copy in their desk that they can play during independent work time, morning work time, or as reward time when I choose to.  Then I keep another copy in their student data folders that I play with them every Friday during guided reading!

When students are leveling up quickly and get closer to Level 100, I will let them try the 100 word challenge on the back.  They have to read all 100 words perfectly in 1 minute!  Then, guess what they get?

(To get the FREE ebooks, just create a FREE account, click on FREE EBOOKS, and search for Super Speed!)

It's all about leveling up & learning more!  WIN WIN!

Here is a short short clip on my students practicing Super Speed 100!  You can also learn more about Super Speed reading games HERE!

There are also Super Speed math games that our students LOVE!  This is also something that we send home to play at home.  What parent wouldn't love a quick, fun, one-minute game to play with their child instead of hours of worksheets?!

Farrah Shipley has a great video on Super Speed Math games!

Download your FREE Super Speed games today and watch your students grow leaps and bounds in their reading and math fact fluency!

Thank you for sharing this WBT Wednesday with me!  Don't forget to catch our BLAB SHOW tonight at 6pm CST!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Featured Teacher Tuesday! ....wait, that's me!

It's Featured Teacher Tuesday but this week, I get to be the Featured Teacher!  Since you can already read all about me here, check out these FREEBIES & these other awesome 1st Grade Teacher Bloggers!

Featured Teacher Tuesdays is off next week for the holidays but we will back December 1st so stay tuned!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Blog Hop & Swap Meet

Hey everyone!  I am super excited to part of this Swap Meet Blog Hop & Giveaway!  This is my first time doing one of these and it has been so much fun!  I got to meet new teachers and try new products in my classroom!

Read all about the Subitizing Product I got from Cecilia Magro & then enter to win an amazing prize pack!

You get all the prizes pictured which include the Subitizing Unit AND one of my Morning Meeting sentence building games just in time for December!

Okay so I teach 1st Grade, however, my students this year really need more practice with subitizing.  I have to also admit that this was a relatively new term for me so for those of you on the same page as me...

"Subitizing is the ability to quickly identify the number of items in a small set without counting. Researchers have demonstrated a strong relationship between subitizing skill and math achievement including a recent study with over 500 kindergarten students."

In this pack from Cecilia, there are tons of different ideas and games to play to practice this skill!  Since my firsties are currently working on addition and subtraction to 10, I had them start with the Shake your Counters game!

These go from 4 through 10.  I printed them 2 sided and started with 4's and 5's then we worked our way up.  I let my students work with a partner to shake their counters, make an addition problem, write it down, and then (of course) use Whole Brain Teaching to teach with each other!

They loved this activity and it is really helping to strengthen their counting & addition skills!

Students took turns shaking the counters and writing the problems!

They were working so hard at coming up with different combinations for 4 & 5!!  And as I said they also had to use our WBT Brainies to teach each other each problem before moving on!

They did such a good job that we moved right to 6's and 7's!  

I really think this is one of the easiest and best ways to practice addition... not to mention, it's fun!

In this next video, my girls are being little over-achievers and teaching each other using WBT strategies Class/Yes, and Mirror Words.  They took turns being the teacher!

So this is just one of 48 pages of games and ideas for practicing subitizing in this pack!  Each game and idea is thoroughly explained & the concept behind subitizing is laid out for you as well!  Cecilia also included Common Core Standards for grades K-2 in here so you can align your lessons!

I cannot wait to use the other games with my students and I will also be sending some of these activities home with students as games to practice (rather than worksheets as homework)!

Thank you for checking out my blog today!  Don't forget to enter the giveaway for some fantastic products below!