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Candy Heart Measurement

This week in 1st grade we are exploring the world on nonstandard measurement. Today just also happened to be Valentine's Day so I wanted to tie in some hands on fun with candy hearts. This activity was perfect for whole group instruction. It took us roughly 25 minutes to complete before we moved onto math stations for the day.

This candy heart measurement activity is perfect for keeping your kids activity engaged during math for the month of February. Grab this FREE printable too!

I gave each child their own individual box of candy hearts and they pulled various school supplies from their desk to practice measuring. We talked about the different lengths and then wrote our answers on recording sheet.

This candy heart measurement activity is perfect for keeping your kids activity engaged during math for the month of February. Grab this FREE printable too!


This candy heart measurement activity is perfect for keeping your kids activity engaged during math for the month of February. Grab this FREE printable too!

We also made estimates before measuring each object and then took turns sharing our results once they finished. 

This candy heart measurement activity is perfect for keeping your kids activity engaged during math for the month of February. Grab this FREE printable too!

This candy heart measurement activity is perfect for keeping your kids activity engaged during math for the month of February. Grab this FREE printable too!

Once finished, they compared their results with their neighbor to see if anyone came up with a different result. 

This candy heart measurement activity is perfect for keeping your kids activity engaged during math for the month of February. Grab this FREE printable too!

This was the perfect activity to keep them engaged on such a crazy day.  You can click here to download this resource. There are 2 different recording sheets available. 

If you want to save this idea for later or to use next year, pin the image below! 
This candy heart measurement activity is perfect for keeping your kids activity engaged during math for the month of February. Grab this FREE printable too!

You can also find related resources on my February in the Classroom Pinterest Board



Introducing Vocabulary

Vocabulary is the knowledge of words and their meanings. Teaching vocabulary consists of 
several things. 
1. Expressing words through multiple meanings. Ex: fly (insect, something a bird can do, a way to travel in a airplane)
2. Giving students the tools they need to effectively communicate orally and in writing. 
3. Kids need to be able to explain what words mean as well as understand what they mean. 

Research shows that students need to be exposed to words in multiple contexts in order for them to stick. Today I'll be sharing how I introduce new vocabulary words in my classroom. 


Vocabulary instruction is a critical part of your literacy block. Come read how I introducing new words to my students using the research based strategy My Turn, Your Turn.
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When introducing vocabulary I like to use the My Turn, Your Turn strategy. This comes from the book Word Nerds:Teaching All Students to Love Vocabulary. 


This model focuses on 6 things when introducing new vocabulary to students. 
1. making predictions about the meaning
2. teaching parts of speech 
3. give a kid friendly definition
4. discuss what they already know
5. use it in a sentence

Here is an example of how it works. Teacher holds up a vocabulary card with the word bursting.

Teacher chants, “My turn, bursting. Your turn, _______.”
Students fill in the word bursting as they chant together.
Teacher claps the syllables as she slowly and carefully pronounces the word.
“My turn, BUR-STING, 2. Your turn, _________.”

They hold up the number of syllables with their fingers and say the number.
• Teacher gives part of speech.
• Discuss what you already know about the word. Turn and talk. 
• Use it in a sentence. Turn and talk. 

Example 2
Teacher: All right, the next word for this week is My Turn, breathe, Your Turn, 
breathe.
•Teacher: The word breathe has one syllable. Students clap and show with their fingers.
•Teacher: The word breathe is a verb, so it is something that you can do.
•Teacher: Ok boys and girls, what do we know about the word breathe? Turn and talk. 
• Teacher: Breathe is how air moves in and out of your mouth and nose-like an air tank. Model and have students do. 
Let’s try it in a sentence, “I want to breathe some fresh air.” Can you try? Turn
and talk. 

We repeat this process with each new word introduced and refer back to this method 
throughout the week. Once the kids have it down, I'll call on students to lead
My Turn, Your Turn to review. 

I hope you can use this strategy in your classroom. If you are looking for more ways to 
to implement vocabulary into your classroom, you can check out this post about 
implementing vocabulary games into your classroom. 

You can also check out my vocabulary Pinterest board for more ideas. 









Hands On Skip Counting

Over the past few weeks my firsties have been working hard on their skip counting skills. This is such  a tricky concept for them to grasp. We started our week off by counting by 10s and making this anchor chart. I believe that anchor charts should be student made so at the start of our day, each child got a pair of feet to represent 10. After coloring them, we glued them on our chart and them labeled them together as a class. 

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

After labeling our chart together, each child got a blank copy of a 120 chart. We quickly skip counted and colored the tens along the way. Once everyone had their chart complete, they cut it into strips of 10 and made skip counting chains. You can grab a blank copy of this 120 chart here.


Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!


Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Once we mastered 10s, we started practicing counting by 5s. We made another anchor chart. This time, I traced each child's hand and we labeled them together.

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

For extra practice, we made these fun skip counting hats using this printable from Smitten with First. You can grab the hand printable on her blog. The kids counted by 5s and wrote the number on each hand and then glued them around a sentence strip to make a hat. We kept them at school all week to wear and use as a reference.
Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Up next was counting by 2s and we all know that this is the hardest for them to get. We started out by making another anchor chart. I gave each of them a pair of eyes and we labeled them together as we added them to our chart.

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

I wanted to do something really fun that the kids could relate to when counting by 2s. I came across this idea from my sweet friend Lindsay over at For the Love of First Grade and just knew I had to do it. Each child brought in a pair of socks. After discussing things that come in pairs of 2, we labeled them and hung them from our ceiling. I still have these hanging and we practice counting when we line up. This line may or may not have fallen on my head while I was trying to hang these! LOL! 

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!


I'm all about hands on practice so we made these skip counting bracelets by counting numbers up to 20. First, they sorted each set of beads by color. Then, I let them string them onto their pipe cleaner. They wore these all week. I would ask them at random times to count by 2s. It was perfect practice.  

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

For stations, I wanted them to have some sort of activity that they could easily do to reinforce the skills that we have been working on. I grabbed a set of colored craft sticks and wrote random number patterns for counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s and they put the sticks in the correct order. I also made a few sets for my higher kids that start at various numbers between 1-120. 

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

I always want a way for students to be able to check their work. I drew a random line on the back of the sticks. Once they've put the sticks in order, they can flip them over to check and see if they are right. If the lines match up they got it correct. 

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

All three anchor charts are displayed in our classroom and we reference them each day. They are perfect for a quick math warm up. You can grab the images used to make these anchor charts by clicking here

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

If you'd like to save these ideas for later, pin the image below. 

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

For more math ideas, check out my math Pinterest board that is full of great ideas.    


Celebrating Classroom Birthdays

Celebrating classroom birthdays is a great way to let your students know that they are special and that you care about them. Today I'm sharing how I celebrate birthdays in my classroom!

Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!


First let's talk about displays! My birthday board is one of my favorite displays in my classroom. At the beginning of the year, I have my kiddos write their birthday on a whiteboard. Then, they hold them up and I take their picture by each month and place them on the these monthly posters. You can grab these burlap themed posters in my TPT store.

Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!

Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!


My favorite birthday celebration is our birthday chair! On their birthday, they get to sit in the special chair! You can read all about how I made it here. I originally got this idea from my sweet friend Amanda over at Mrs.Richardson's Class. She used fun stickers to make her chair and it turned out so cute.

Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!

Student gifts are totally not necessary but always fun, especially for the kids. This year, I choose these fun neon pens from Oriental Trading. These mini ink pens include 10 different colors and the kids absolutely go nuts over them. I also have a few of these in my writing center. The great thing about ordering these from Oriental Trading, is that you can add them to your classroom wish list to share with parents. You can read all about how to do that here

Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!


I used some twine and added this cute birthday tag. These are so diverse and can be used with any gift. You can grab them for FREE here

Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!


Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!

If you like this idea and want to save it for later, pin the image below! 

Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!
How do you celebrate classroom birthdays? Feel free to share in the comments below. 

Disclosure: I was provided items to review by Oriental Trading, but all opinions expressed are my own. 


Setting Up a Classroom Wish List with Oriental Trading

Shopping for school supplies and things for my classroom is probable one of my favorite things. I am not ashamed to admit that I get excited about a fresh box of crayons or a brand new pack of dry erase pockets.

I often get asked by parents to let them know if there is anything we need for our classroom. The simplest way to share these items with parents is to show them a classroom wish list. I'm so excited that Oriental Trading has a new feature that makes it easy to keep my parents informed on what is needed in my classroom.

I often get asked by parents to let them know if there is anything we need for our classroom. The simplest way to share these items with parents is to show them a classroom wish list. I'm so excited that Oriental Trading has a new feature that makes it easy to keep my parents informed on what is needed in my classroom.


Setting up a wish list with Oriental Trading is simple. Here is what you need to do:

1. Log into your account. 
2. Click on wishlist from the top menu (there is heart beside it).
3. Start adding those items. 


I often get asked by parents to let them know if there is anything we need for our classroom. The simplest way to share these items with parents is to show them a classroom wish list. I'm so excited that Oriental Trading has a new feature that makes it easy to keep my parents informed on what is needed in my classroom.


I like to add items that are always need in my classroom such as pencils, stamps, manipulative such as dice, and holiday items for classroom parties.  Once you have your wish list set up, you can share the link with parents via e-mail, classroom newsletter, through Facebook, etc.  It's also a good idea to change our your items based on each season and then share your list with parents every few months.

Here is a sneak peak of my own Oriental Trading wish list that I'll be sharing with my classroom parents.

I often get asked by parents to let them know if there is anything we need for our classroom. The simplest way to share these items with parents is to show them a classroom wish list. I'm so excited that Oriental Trading has a new feature that makes it easy to keep my parents informed on what is needed in my classroom.

Disclosure: I was provided items to review by Oriental Trading, but all opinions expressed are my own. 


Comprehension Pinwheels

I'm always looking for fun ways to incorporate comprehension into my small group time. This week, I've been setting up my new classroom came across these pinwheels that I bought from the dollar store. Today, I'll be sharing how I use these little gems during my small group time. 
Comprehension Pinwheels are a fun and unique way to check for understanding during your small group time. Come check out these fun tools that you can use for all subject areas.

A few years ago, I came across these fun pinwheels at the dollar store. I bought a few to use during my small group time. All I did was write comprehension questions on index cards and tape them onto each pedal of the pinwheel. This example has story element cards. 

Comprehension Pinwheels are a fun and unique way to check for understanding during your small group time. Come check out these fun tools that you can use for all subject areas.

Have your students spin the wheel and answer the question that is at the top. It's that simple! I love these because they can be used for so many different topics across all subject areas. I have sets for math and vocabulary too. The possibilities are endless. So the next time you see these little gems in the dollar store, grab a few! The kids love them. 

Have a great day! 



How to Score Discounts on Teachers Pay Teachers

Hi friends! It is no surprise that I am a huge fan of Teachers Pay Teachers. It has changed my teaching style in so many positive ways. It is also probably no surprise, that teachers spend A LOT of their OWN MONEY on resources for their classroom. I recently learned that most people do not know that you can get discounts on the products you purchase. Today I'll be sharing how you can get some of your favorite goodies at a discounted price. 

Did you know that you can get discounts on your favorite Teachers Pay Teachers purchases? This post shows you exactly how to do that with a video tutorial. Come see how you can save money towards those classroom purchase!

When you purchase an item on TPT, make sure to leave feedback on those products. This allows you to earn credits towards future purchases. For every dollar you spend, you earn one credit after you provide feedback. If you buy a product for $3, you'll earn 3 TPT credits. They will round up for you, too! If you provide feedback on an item that is $4.75, you'll earn 5 TPT credits. Every 100 credits is worth $5 that you can apply towards future purchases, but there is no need to wait until you have 100 to redeem them. 50 credits is worth $2.50

Check out this video tutorial to see exactly how to leave feedback. I'll walk you through the entire process, how to see which products you need to leave feedback on, how to check your credit balance, and how to apply credits towards your purchases. 





Now here are some tips from a seller on leaving feedback. First, if you have any sort of concern about the product that you purchased (spelling error, font choice, etc...) please contact the seller via e-mail or leave them a Q&A on TPT. Please don't leave bad feedback for this. Sellers are more than happy to  fix anything that may be wrong. You can also leave feedback on free downloads too. Although you will not earn credit for these downloads, sellers appreciate your kindness. Freebies are hard work to create. All products are time consuming, even if it is something simple. Take the time to say thank you for all their hard work.

Now go leave some feedback and redeem those credits for some awesome goodies!!!!




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