Thankfulness Lapbook Writing and Craftivity

November is a time where we stop to think about what we are thankful for. Every time I open social media I am inundated with thankfulness campaigns. I wanted to create a writing craftivity for my students that we can work on each week in November so that we too can reflect on what we are thankful for. I created this Thankfulness Lapbook to do ju... Read more

My Bat Cave Classroom Transformation

Halloween is one of the craziest school days of the entire year. My students dress up in their Halloween costumes, we enjoy a costume parade, and students always bring treats to share. Rather than fight the chaos, I decided to take the advice from Jodi Southard at Fun in First and transform my classroom into a bat cave! We just finished learning... Read more

Using Bookmarks to Master Fry Words

Learning sight words is HARD for some of my littles. I love finding fun and engaging ways to work on memorization. In my classroom we use the Fry Word sight word system. I created a set of Fry Word Bookmarks for First Grade to help break down the words into manageable sets. Each bookmark includes 20 fry words. In my first grade class, there ar... Read more

How to Survive Halloween as a Teacher

Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year which means that we not only have to survive Halloween day, but also the THREE school days that follow. Here are a few quick teacher tips to help you not only survive, but enjoy one of our student’s favorite days of the year. Click here to save this post to your favorite Pinterest board to read again! 1. C... Read more

Tracking Student Data in my First Grade Classroom

Displaying data is a requirement at my school site. Since I have a superhero theme in my classroom this year, I created a cityscape where students fly up buildings as they meet their goals. This is all the rage among my students this year because they have their own superhero that will soar as they meet their goals! I currently have buildings ... Read more