Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Amazing Giveaway!!!

Many of you probably know that Erica Bohrer of Erica Bohrer's Teaching Resources hit 4,000 followers on her Facebook fan page!!!  That is amazing, isn't it?  To celebrate, she is hosting a huge giveaway from many of your favorite bloggers.  You have a chance to win over 36 different prizes!!  Head on over to her blog to enter by clicking on the link!!!  Good Luck! Contest runs until March 31st!!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Easter Freebie!

I'm in Sadsville!!  My Spring Break is officially over and it ended with a snow storm!!!  On a positive note, we only have a four day week this week because it's Easter next weekend.  So in honor of that, I created a little Easter Math Freebie for you to use this week.  I will be using this as morning work for my firsties.  They always need practicing counting on by any random number!!  And I just counted after these next four days, we only have 34 more days of school until SUMMER!!!!!  Can you believe that!!  How many days do you have left???
Click on any of the pictures if you would like to download the freebie for this week!!!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Winners and a Sale!!!

Sorry it has taken me a bit longer to get this posted.  My little man who turned four months yesterday, let me sleep in until 10 this morning.  Granted, I was up four times throughout the night, but hey we take what we can get right??? 

I had so many wonderful comments, so I went ahead and picked three winners!  I used a random number generator to choose them.  Don't worry, if you didn't win, I put all my Easter packets plus a few others on sale until Saturday.  Go check those out {here}.
Debbie, I need your email address so I can send you the packet, if I don't hear from you I will have to choose another person!!  In the meantime, have a blessed Easter with family and friends!!!  Off to finish my Spring cleaning!!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Mini Easter Pack plus a flash giveaway!!

What started out as being one simple little activity for my firsties turned into being a mini unit for Easter.  This packet comes with three activities, one math, one writing, and one Language Arts.  The best part is you actually will have your kiddos dye Easter eggs.  I love dying eggs and can't wait to do it.  For a more detailed description on this packet, click {here}.
I would like to give this away to a lucky winner, but you don't have long to enter.  I will choose a winner tomorrow morning after I have had my coffee.  All you have to do is leave me comment below with what you like best about Easter and follow my blog.  Leave your email address and if you win I will send it your way tomorrow.  You can also click on the picture below to check out the packet!!
Good Luck!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Making Text-to-Text Connections

Today is my first day of Spring Break!  It was so nice last night, knowing that I still had Monday to continue my laundry.  I tell you, adding one more child into the mix, I have more loads of laundry than I know what to do with. 
Anyways, I wanted to share something that my firsties did last week.  You know that moment usually second semester when you just absolutely fall in love with your class.  I mean, you always love your class, but that moment when so many ah-hahs happen, you can't help but become giddy.  That happened to me on Friday.  Last week we read lots of St.Patrick's Day books with leprechauns and how sneaky they are.
On Wednesday we read Fluffy's Lucky Day.  It was about a guinea pig that was tricked by a leprechaun when he tied red scarves to all the trees so his pot of gold wouldn't be found.
Then on Friday we read this book.  Sorry, can't get it rotated.
This was about Clever Tom, he thought he had found a pot of gold too, but when he left to get a shovel, that silly leprechaun tricked him and tied red scarves to all the trees also.  When I read that book, my smart kiddos, said, hey that's what happened in Fluffy's Lucky Day.  I said, "You're right, that's a text to text connection."  They are finally understanding and seeing all these connections and know when to make them.
Then if that wasn't good enough, one of my kiddos that has reading recovery said, "Hey, Mrs. G and I read a book where that same thing happened, the leprechaun tied scarves to trick the person."  And then another student said, "Hey, it's like we are making a tri-text-to-text connection." Get it, like three connections because we had been discussing the meanings of the prefixes uni, bi, and tri the week before. 
I love it when things just happen like that, no planning involved and how smart they have become.  So to extend the connections, I had them create this cute little craftivity from Babbling Abby's "Spelling for all Seasons," check that out here!
Students wrote: "Fluffy's Lucky Day reminds me of Clever Tom and the Leprechaun, because in both texts, the leprechaun tricked the characters by tying a red scarf to all the trees to protect his gold."
Originally, we were going to do our spelling words with it, but since this discussion came up, I couldn't resist putting our connections on paper.

Saturday, March 9, 2013


Congratulations to Elizabeth Polston!! You are the winner of the Ginormous Giveaway.  Michelle and I will contact you through e-mail.  Thanks for all who donated through the linky, please be sure to send Elizabeth your freebie!! 

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