Friday's Giveaway AND 5 for Friday!


Yea!  It's Friday!  We are excited to get some sweet treats from our kiddos today for the theme Bring Your Teacher a Sweet Treat!   We're sure we'll need those sweets stocked up for later this month as we get closer to the last day!

Giveaway time...

Our last giveaway today is our BIG Word Work Packet!  Click the pic to check it out in our TpT store!

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We sent our Mother's Day gifts home today.  A friend at my previous school introduced me to this craft and I've done it ever since.  They are easy and turn out pretty cute.  I think all moms like pictures of their little ones!
We worked hard on Connections this week. We tried to help the kiddos understand that we make connections to help us understand the text better.  After discussing the types of connections, we talked about the difference between a strong connection (one that helps you understand the story) and a weak connection (one that doesn't necasarily help you understand the story).  This is quite a difficult concept for firsties.  When we use the anchor chart below, we try to ask different kiddos to each do the different types of connections so that we don't get all Text to Self examples; which as you know is the easiest for them to make.  We also emphasize that they need evidence from the text; "when I saw the picture reminded me of..." or "when I reminded me of..."

(Anchor chart connection cards from The Teacher Wife - this packet is GREAT!!!)

We also used this helpful graphic organizer freebie that we found through the Collaboration Cutie's Mentor Text Linky on Sunday.  If you haven't visited their site on Sunday's, make sure to start.  We have found some wonderful books for each subject area and often there are freebies to go along with them.  We liked how this G.O. gave students a choice in how they explained their thinking / connections after reading.  

We have a fun new product in our store.  It's a great game to review sight words.  There is a card game and a game you can play very quickly and easily by projecting the document onto your SMART Board, whiteboard, etc included.  The projector game requires no teacher prep!  Basically, students read the words as fast as they can.  If they get the word, "Bounce," they are out.  It's fast paced and keeps the students motivated to practice.  Our good friend Aylin at Learning to the Core just won this in our giveaway yesterday along with our Nonsense Fluency Game!  

We are so fortunate to have a Teacher Assistant that works with both of us.  She splits her time between our two classrooms.  She is AMAZING.  She does SO MUCH for us and our students; it would take an entire blog post to explain all she does!  We are truly spoiled and dread the day when budget cuts take her away.  This week for Teacher Appreciation we had our students write her letters, they were p.r.e.c.i.o.u.s!!!   Do you have a TA in your classroom?

Have a GREAT weekend!


  1. You girls are just the sweetest- I was SO excited when I saw that I won your awesome packs and cannot wait to start using them with my little friends! Those mother's day gifts are too cute- I'm sure you will have lots of happy moms on Sunday!
    Happy almost weekend!
    Aylin :)
    Learning to the Core

  2. How awesome you have a TA! Love your Mother's Day gifts! Hope you girls have a fabulously relaxing weekend!

    Lucky to Be in First

    1. I know, we are so scared to loose her! She does so much for us and is the reason we can do so many neat things with our kiddos. You have a nice weekend too!

  3. Loving your Mother's Day gifts...they are precious!

    For the Love of First Grade

  4. I'm sure you TA loved getting the letters from the students. Thanks for the idea. I think mine would appreciate that gesture as well. She'll be out on Monday. I think I'll scrap my original plans and go with letter writing.
    Have a great weekend.

    School Is a Happy Place

    1. She loved them and I know your TA will as well! The things first graders write are priceless!

  5. I have an ESL para who is in my classroom for two hours a day and I love having her as well. As do the kids! Having the kids do something for her would be a great idea.

    Literacy Spark

  6. I love your Mother's Day gifts! The green fork was a cute idea! :)
    First Grade Funtastic

    1. Thank you, Sara. Have a nice rest of the weekend!

  7. I am lovin' those flowers you all made! Too cute!
    Ms. Shope's Class