Friday, March 30, 2012

"Check In" With Your Students

I love what this teacher does to effectively connect to her students at the start of the day! 

Do You Symbaloo?

Access your bookmarks anywhere with Symbaloo because it is free in the US.  You can log in to your personal Symbaloo pages.  If you don't have any idea what Symbaloo is (which I didn't) go to youtube and watch some of the video demonstrations on it.  The Symbaloo website has videos as well to get you started.  It is very user friendly and it can easily be a homepage and you can have different "webmixes".  Webmixes are where you add links to one tab of nothing but say your news sources, your teacher blogs you follow, the stores you shop at and the opportunities are endless. 

I use it in my classroom and one tab is math websites my kids are allowed to go to during Math Daily 5.  The other tab is for Literacy/Reading websites they are allowed to visit during Reading Daily 5.  Give it a try and see what you think and let me know what some of your ideas are for using it.  CLICK ON THE IMAGE ABOVE TO TAKE YOU TO THE SYMBALOO WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION.  

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Peeps Place Value

This 21 page PDF unit contains yummy treats in jars that get matched to jar labels that have a number on them. The jars contain the place value blocks and the yummy treats inside. Match the jars to the labels and write the correct answer on the answer sheet. A common core state standard poster is included for posting when the unit is being used for your convenience. ENJOY!
To see this product at Teachers Pay Teachers CLICK HERE.  
To see this product on Teachers Notebook CLICK HERE.  

Sunday, March 25, 2012


Dropbox is a free service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, music and videos anywhere. After you install Dropbox on your computer, any file you save to your Dropbox will automatically save to all your computers, your iPhone and iPad and even the Dropbox website! With the Dropbox app, you can take everything that matters to you on the go.  I use Dropbox with my first grade team and we share resources this way and drop materials in it that we want to resource at home.  It is a good way to share photos with friends and family too having separate folders and permissions.  The more people you get to join Dropbox the more space you have given to you.  Take a look at it and I think you will like it just as much as my family and teachers do!  Click the image above and it will take you to the website to get more information.  

Saturday, March 24, 2012

"No Yolks About It"

New Item Just Posted to Teachers Pay Teachers and Teachers Notebook.  It is based on the Common Core State Standards for Math.  If you want to preview the product on Teachers Pay Teachers click the picture above.  If you want to view it on Teachers Notebook CLICK HERE.

Mrs. Lirette's Linky Party

Mrs. Lirette's Learning Detectives: Linky Party: I am thrilled to be hosting my first ever linky party! Here is my latest Roll and Cover to get us started:  {Click the image to dow...

Friday, March 23, 2012

Resizing Buttons???

Have you ever grabbed a blog button and it was TOO big for your side bar?  There is a way to fix that!  When you add the html code in a gadget just click on the "rich text" and you will see a picture of the button and you can make it the size you want.  


Thursday, March 22, 2012

Scrabble and Chickens???

OK, today I was teaching my wonderful First graders how to play scrabble and we got off to a pretty good start.  I left them alone for only a minute I promise and this is what happens when you do that.  You come back to a bunch of words all scrunched together and attached in places where they don't belong.  OK, so we got the word "zombie" on there and I'm not quite sure that is allowed in a first graders brain?

This evening I went to run errands and I was in Walgreens and I found these cute plastic chickens and my first thought was, "Hey, I know I can come up with something really cool for these little cuties".  Well, I have thought of ONE idea.  OK, so if YOU had these cute yellow chickens to put in a center what would you do with them???

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"One Lovely Blog" Award Goes To............

Thank You Jessica at "A Turn To Learn" Blog for this wonderful award!!!

The rules for this award are:
1. Link back to the blogger who gave you the award.
2. Pass the award on to 15 other bloggers.
3. Follow the person who sent it to you.

So now it's time to pay it forward!  My 15 favorite blogs are:

Rainbows Within Reach 
Klinger Cafe 
Mrs. Reynolds First Grade Adventures
Confessions of a Homeschooler  
Going Nutty in Miss Squirrel's First Grade 
Krazy About Kiddos 
Teach Beside Me
I Love First Grade 
Tattling to the Teacher 
First Grade a la Carte 
First Grade with Miss Snowden 
Ms. M's Blog 
Little LIteracy Learners 
Hopping Into First Grade

Monday, March 19, 2012

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Add CCSS To Your Blog Easily

If you want to add the Common Core State Standards to your blog like I did over there on the right, just click the above image.  It will take you to the site and give you the HTML to insert it with an instructional video on how.

Friday, March 9, 2012

You Were In First Grade?

Yes, I really was a first grader once many years ago.  My first graders wanted to know what I looked like when I was in first grade so I took this picture and put it in dropbox and headed off to school.  I also had to take in my trusted and faithful friend and "Huggy" so that they could see my raggedy old doggie named Hippie that I carried around when I was little.  They were fascinated with the fact that I had a "Huggy" and still had it.  So I think where this is leading is that they are each going to want to bring in their "Huggy" now to show me what they use to sleep with at night to make the world safer.

Monday, March 5, 2012

A to the B and Sneaky E

I have been wanting to create something for Sneaky E and here it is!  I can't wait to try it out in the classroom with my Fabulous Firsties and see what they think.  If you want to see this item on my TpT Store or on Teachers Notebook CLICK HERE.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Bird Watching Hobby

What most people don't know about me is I am an avid bird watcher and I love to watch them right outside my window where my computer is.  My son was taking pictures and using the iPad with the iBird Pro App to call birds into the yard and this beautiful creature landed right on the tree next to my Koi pond and he snapped this picture.  It looks as if he landed right there just so Ben could take his picture.  The really cool thing is last summer we rescued a cedar waxwing baby that had flown into my bedroom window.  When he was alright enough to fly again we let him go.  Don't you wonder if life comes full circle in different ways?  This could have been the very little baby that we helped to rescue dropping back in to say "thank you".  Isn't that cool?  He received over TEN THOUSAND hits yesterday when it was entered. 
CLICK HERE if you would like to see more of Ben's Photography. 

Saturday, March 3, 2012