Monday Made It 7.29.13

At the end of last school year we decided to do a fish theme for our classrooms for back to school.  We love the theme O'fish'ally in First Grade!  After heading to the teacher supply store and finding no good fish decor, we searched Pinterest looking for "fishy" ideas to use in our classrooms.  We found these super cute fish:


We love how colorful they are and thought they would look great "swimming" on the wall outside of our classrooms.  We found the colored party plates at Walmart for only $1 a pack!  We were able to get lots of great, bright colors.  Here are our fish so far:



We LOVE them!  We're sure you will see the whole school of them once we get them hanging up outside of our classrooms!

Last week we also made a Facebook page for our blog!  Come follow us over there!

Junie B. Reading Response Journal Freebie

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We've been busy working on another project from our to-do list!  Our kiddos LOVE our Junie B. read alouds!  We've tried other books, but they just don't enjoy them as much.  They just make special connections to Junie B.!  So...after our first year with common core we thought these reading response journals would be a great addition to our literacy work.  We've created the journals to have tasks that are just right for our 1st graders.  We are super excited to use them for the upcoming school year and want to share one with anyone else who is a Junie B. fan!  They are super easy to use in the classroom and don't need tons of paper...just cut down the middle to make 2 at a time!

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10 Things We've Learned from Teaching





Ten Pin Linky: Writing Ideas

We're linking up with Ashley to share our favorite writing idea pins!

LOVE this How-To idea!!  We tried how-to blow a bubble with gum this past year, but discovered lots of our kiddos couldn't blow a bubble (didn't think about that)!  This idea is fun and something our kiddos should be able to do...

This idea from Kelly at Teacher Idea Factory is darling!  I bet the kiddos LOVE to see themselves doing this!

Love this organizer to help kiddos start to sequence events for personal narratives and add details.

Another GREAT How-To kiddos would love!!

This is an interesting perspective on an emergent learner's spelling for parents.

This could be turned into a great lesson to show kiddos how important details are to their writing.

This is great for back to school!  Give kiddos a small container of playdoh, let them play and make, then write about what they made.

Great book to start writer's workshop at the beginning of the year!

This is a cute way to organize sharing time for writing.

Love this anchor chart!

Ten Pin Linky: Science and Social Studies Pins



Time for Ashley's Ten Pin Linky!  We're ready to share some pins we've found and gather some more!  We love that we have been finding some easy and fun science activities to try out.  We could use a bit more exploration and observation in the classroom and an easy setup is great!


Ten Pins Linky, July Freebilicous, Fourth of July Sale and Fourth of July FREE PRODUCT!!!


We are linking up with Just Reed for her Ten Pin Linky.  This week the topic is Reading Ideas;  that's an easy one for sure!  We love teaching reading and we are constantly talking about ways to make our reading program better.  Here are our 10 finds:

2 neat ways to handle Daily 5 that are new to us:

Using the SMART Board

A Punch Card System (Brilliant!)

A great Anchor Chart for Read to Someone

A "Reading Fair," which is like a Science Fair but with books (love this!!!)

Love  how they use actual examples of Non Fiction Text Features (such an important lesson)

This Anchor Chart showcases all the Reading Strategies in one place; great!

Synthesizing is difficult to teach...this just may do the trick!!!

Author's Message is a favorite lesson to teach; love how this Anchor Chart has the covers of the 
books on it!  Great visual.

Our kiddos would LOVE this; Inference Investigators!
I think our kiddos would enjoy reading from our Big Books, need to give it a try this year!


We are also linking up with Freebielicious for their Fabulicious Freebies on the First! Click below to get your free set of FOUR Back to School activities!  

Next up, we are linking up with Flying into First Grade! July 3rd and 4th our WHOLE TpT store will be 20% off!  If you have items wish listed; this would be the time to shop!!! Click on the sign below to head over to our store!

And, last, but not least...we have 1 more announcement!  One of our products, Question of the Day, will be FREE July 3rd through July 7th!  Question of the Day includes 200 question prompts to use with your class.  We use this each morning to start our day off on the right foot!  The kiddos love learning more about one another and we love that you can tie data and all sorts of other skills into it, very quickly and easily!



Have a GREAT FOURTH OF JULY!!!