Sunday, July 17, 2016

Christmas in July SALE!

Hey y'all! The Blog Hoppin' girls are having a Christmas in July SALE July 18 - 22nd! Each day, we will have something in our store on sale!

 Here's a layout of what will be 20% off this week! 

Monday is all about Back to School and Sight Words! Here's a few of my favorites that I use every single year! 

Be sure to stop by Blog Hoppin' to see the other great sales! 

Merry Shopping :) 

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Recess Queen!

I wanted to pop in real quick before we head out to the water park, and show you some units I have updated. I am working on getting several of my units that I made years ago updated. If you own The Recess Queen pack, please re-download. 

 I have revised the recess friend/not a recess friend sorting cards and added pictures to them as well. 
I love reading The Recess Queen by Alexis O'Neill during the first few weeks of school. Perfect for discussing bullying and playground rules. 

I also spruced up the covers of these Back to School packs. I did not edit or add any content to the packs below - just gave them a much needed face lift! :) 

I'm off to take my little ones to the water park! 
Happy Friday friends!  

Monday, July 11, 2016

Tying Up Comprehension with Character Traits

Hey y'all! I wanted to show you a quick peek into my newest comprehension pack: Tying Up Comprehension with Character Traits.  It includes a total of 12 engaging activities which includes 4 extension craftivities for specific read alouds. I will show you the read alouds in just a bit, but first let's look at the activities included

Here's a look at the activities:
Last year, I used sticky notes to introduce inside and outside character traits and it was such a great visual for my little learners.  We used 2 different colors of sticky notes- one color for inside traits, and one color for outside traits. 

Another activity is Character Gallery. This is great for the beginning of the year when discussing what makes us unique!

This activity might just be my very favorite one in the pack. Who doesn't love superhero capes? Again, another activity that could be used at the beginning of the year when celebrating differences. 

The next 2 activities can be used as an extension activity for any mentor texts used when teaching character traits. 

Here's a look at a few more activities that are included. I will let the pictures do the talking ;)

Now, let's look at the read aloud activities. 
First up, David Goes to School. Included is a directed drawing as well as inside and outside traits to sort. I shared this activity last year here

Next, is Sloppy Joe. Have you read this book? It is such a wonderful book that could also be used for back to school. 

Also included is The Paper Bag Princess. Students identify and sort her inside and outside traits. 

Last, is Ruby the Copycat. Such a phenomenal book for teaching others to be themselves. Love, love, love this book! 
I didn't realize until after putting this pack together that all the read alouds can be used at the beginning of the year when teaching acceptance, school rules, and celebrating differences. 

You can check out all of the activities above by clicking here. 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Editable notebook paper banner!!

Last year I used this Welcome Back banner outside my classroom for Meet the Teacher and the first few weeks of school.
  Since then, I've had some ask if I could make more banners like it with holidays, subjects, etc. I would definitely make more if I had time, but goodness, y'all know how it is...there is never enough time in the day! SO, I made an editable one for you all that you can download straight to your computer and add any words, fonts, clipart that you would like. You can download it here. 

Included in the download is directions on how to insert a text box and how to create the "layered look". Kimberly Geswein also has a tutorial here on how to create that look if you are more of a visual learner. 

I used the same banner to display my birthdays on last year. I added the months to the bottom and clothespins to write my student's names and the date of their birthday on. 
I laminated the banner so that I could use it year after year. The best part about's FREE!! 

Happy Thursday friends!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Tying Up Comprehension (Main Idea)

Helloooo sweet summertime! I don't know about y'all, but I have been soaking up this whole stay up late and sleeping in thing! Both of my kiddos have been awesome sleepers since day one. They could sleep all day if I'd let them. 

Anywho, I have been spending my late nights marking some things off my to-do list. One thing I have been wanting to get done is comprehension packs for my team and I to use next year. We hit the ground running with main idea and it was the first on my list! I will eventually have a pack for each 1st grade comprehension skill. Character Traits is already in the works! 

I wanted to give you a look at my Tying Up Comprehension: Main Idea pack! Let's get started! There are 7 activities included. Students will get to become surgeons, chefs, and meteorologist with 3 of the activities. These might just be my favorites. 

They will also get up and moving with finding details and main idea with making puzzles, spinners, and ice cream sundaes.

There are also 4 read aloud craftivities with sorts included. 

Let's take a closer look at the 7 activities that I mentioned above. 

I am a huge believer in engaging your students and making learning as hands on as possible. Main Idea can be somewhat of a *not so fun* skill to teach so telling your students that they will become surgeons is sure to get them excited! Throughout this activity, students will read their patient's file (both beginning and advanced reader cards are included). Afterwards, they will look at their patient's x-ray and fix their broken bones. Bring in surgery hats, gloves, etc! The X-ray includes details and 2 main ideas from their patient's file. They will have to decide which main idea is correct. 

Pizza! Yum! Throughout this activity, students will become chefs by reading recipes that include details and main idea. Students will then create a delicious pizza by sorting the details and main idea! 

This activity, Flooded with Details, is about focusing on the important details. Students will become meteorologist by reading their weather map and decided which details are needed for the main idea. Students can then present their forecast to the class as an extension activity. 

For this activity, each student will get a piece of the puzzle. There are different puzzles included. They will walk around the room to find friends that have cards with details that fit their main idea. We did this last year and my kiddos begged to do it more. You can read more about it here

On the Move is fun because it gets your students up and moving as well. Their are several different main ideas included. You can put different cards in a bag or give each child a card. Students have to find the main idea chart in the room that matches their main idea. You can see this activity here

This is perfect for guided reading, stations, or group work. Students simply spin the spinner and write sentences for their details. Afterwards, they write a main idea sentence. 

I must have had food on my mind when I created this pack! #alwaysthinkingaboutfood 
For this activity, each student will get a topping (detail). They have to find partners that have details that goes along with theirs. Afterwards, they build a sundae and write the main idea on the bowl.

Now let's look at the read alouds! There are 4 included. 

I love this story! If you do not own the book, you can listen to it for free on Storyline Online. It always makes the kids laugh! After reading, students will sort the detail and main idea cards, can have your students write the details and main idea. 

This is a tear jerker! You can find it read aloud on You Tube if you do not own the book. Students will sort the details and main idea

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann can be used for so many comprehension skills! I decided it would be a great way to start the year off when learning about main idea and details because we can incorporate learning safety rules into it. 

This activity is an oldie but goodie that we have done for a few years now when learning main idea and details. Students will sort the details and main idea after listening to Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey. You can actually download this activity for free here or get all the activities mentioned above by clicking here or on the picture below!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Suiting up for Summer!!!

Well, I don't know about y'all, but the official countdown has started in our room! I cannot believe summer is right around the corner! We have had lots of conversations about how we are "suited" up and ready for summer AND 2nd grade! 
 Today, we made a list on the board of all the things we have done this year to prepare ourselves for the next grade. Afterwards, each student chose one thing that they really felt like helped them "suit" up for 2nd grade.

After they completed their writing, they decorated their suits! 

They thought these suits were too funny! I always love how they turn out. 
You can find the suit craftivity here.