Welcome to this week's Sunday 6, where I share 6 random things from my week. You are welcome to link up at the bottom of this post with your own blog post. Just be sure to use my "Sunday 6" images! Have a great week!
On Tuesday I had to attend a work day to get materials ready for our upcoming unit in Reading. It was pretty boring but I was able to get Starbucks AND go out for lunch so....
We began non-standard measurement last week. The kids had fun working through some activities in Miss Giraffe's Measurement Unit. They also LOVED measuring one another (and me) with Unifix cubes!
I created my own Amazon Store! This is where I will slowly be adding all of my favorite resources for first grade and teaching! You can check out my store by clicking HERE. When you shop from it, a small percentage goes to me which helps me get materials for my classroom. Sadly, I have to use my own money for everything I buy for my room. We do not have a PTO or get any money from our principal or district. I am excited to be earning little extra from this new Amazon shop!
We've been working on -nk and -ng glued sounds in Phonics. Below are a few activities/centers that we did last week! Click the cover picture to check this new resource out for yourself!!
We did some fun St. Patrick's Day activities throughout the week. The class loved playing "I Have, Who Has: St. Patty's Day Edition!" Check it out HERE. I have a bundle of all of these games in my store! Click below to check it out. It's a fun and quick game to incorporate into your Morning Meeting!
We made Shamrock Floats on Friday! This is always a lot of fun! Check them out HERE.
Mr. Wheeler and I went to see Alan Jackson on Friday! He is so good and has SO many hit songs! On Saturday, we went out with friends for St. Patrick's Day. We went to the shooting range and to dinner. We had to have a green beer while out!
Hi! Happy Sunday! I hope everyone's weekend has been fantastic so far! I am back for another "Sunday 6." Remember that you can link up your post as long as you use my provided images and link back to me. Just share 6 random things about your week!
Last week for centers I added Roll and Trace as one activity. This was the first time this year we've done it. The kids LOVED IT! "Best center ever, " they said! I love that I can switch out the words and have a matching recording sheet every time. Click below to grab it. It's the Fry's First 100 sight words.
I put together some fun Skittles bags for my kids this weekend. I will be giving them out on Friday for a little St. Patty's day treat! Click HERE for the free tag!!!
Last night we went out with my bestie from school and her hubby! We went to the same brewery Mr. Wheeler and I visited last weekend! We really like it.
On Friday, we always do art. This past Friday we made one of my favorite projects: tissue paper rainbows! I get the tissue off Amazon (link below). I just discovered you could buy pre-cut tissue last year after years of cutting my own squares!!!! Hello, time saver! I really enjoy keeping these up all spring. They are so cheerful! Make or find a rainbow template, have your kids color it accordingly first, and add tissue! Great fine motor practice.
I got this sweet note on Friday. It made my day!
After going back and forth 4 times and some unforeseen circumstance, Mr. Wheeler and I are going to Florida for spring break! We finalized it Friday! Woo Hoo! We've been going down there for the past 13 spring breaks! I was sad when I thought we wouldn't get to go! Just a few weeks until we go!! When is your break?
These Fluency Strips have been a big hit in my Guided Reading Bundle. I have many requests to break these apart from the bundle and sell them on their own. Here you go! Use them for guided reading, early finishers, RTI, parent volunteers, home for extra practice, you name it! The possibilities are limitless. I am adding digraphs and long vowels for these soon...I have had several requests! Stay tuned!!!
Hi and welcome to this week of "Sunday 6!" This is a post where I share 6 random happenings about my week! Feel free to create your own Sunday 6 blog post. Just use my images below and link back to me. Have a great week!!
How is this possible? March already! We are ending our quarter this week. We'll be in the final quarter of the year. Crazy! I love March because I love celebrating St. Patrick's Day in the classroom. Specifically making "Shamrock Floats." My kids always ooohh and ahhhh about them, and that makes me so happy! Check out some pictures of years past below! Click the cover image below to check this fun little pack out!
Each Friday, I choose a Super Star for the week. This person has modeled exemplar behavior all week long. They get to wear a special t-shirt and get a sticker. They also have their picture hung up on the board. The other students make a page which gets assembled into a book for the Super Star. We brainstorm good sentences on the board and the kids can use them OR they can come up with their own! The Super Star LOVES taking this little book home! Click the cover below to snag the printable pages.
Our rugs at school only get cleaned once...in the summer. I think it's disgusting that they don't clean them more. Last week, I decided to take matters into my own hands and get the scrubber out and clean my rug. Needless to say, the water was black. YUCK. How often does your rug get cleaned?
The first Friday of the month is always Donut Day. However, this past Friday, the team in charge forgot! Of course everyone gave them crap so someone went out and got them. A donut cart came around with drinks and donuts! I always choose a sprinkle donut! Been going strong since I was a toddler!
A few weeks ago, we went recliner shopping for Mr. Wheeler because his chair broke (after being sat in every day for 12 years). He decided on this giant leather recliner. He is 6'6" and a BIG GUY! He needed a giant chair. Last week, they "delivered his chair" and it was a small, baby blue recliner! LOL! Pretty sure we didn't order grandma's recliner! He had to wait a whole week longer, but yesterday the chair we ordered arrived! He is in heaven to say the least! *I had to try it out, too, and I must say that it's amazing!!!
We've been killing it with place value the past few weeks! My students are doing very well and I think it's because they had such a solid foundation of addition and subtraction prior to starting this. We've used manipulatives, games, and done several number talks. I am pleased with their progress for sure!
I LOVE my Giant Magnetic Base 10 Blocks that I got many years ago. I've linked them below for you so you can get yourself a set! *affiliate link*
Hi and welcome to the last Sunday 6 in February! What a quick month it's been! I'll be sharing 6 random things from my week here. Feel free to create your own blog post and link up sometime this week! Just be sure to use my graphics. Thanks and have a great week!
Monday we did not have school, so we did a few fun activities for President's Day Tuesday! The kids loved coloring and hunting for sight words in this mini-book. The book is in my "Mini Book Bundle," which is a wonderful resource to have. It includes mini-books for all the holidays. Click below to snag it.
Mr. Wheeler and I went out of town shopping last weekend and I got myself some Hunter boots. I've been wanting a pair for at least 10 years now and finally bit the bullet! I went with the short ones in red. Red is one of my favorite colors. The winters and spring in Ohio have tons of snow, ice, and rain, so I know I will get my money's worth!
My kids are working on non-fiction (specifically animals) and we've been using my graphic organizers. We wrote letters last week! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these organizers! They are non-themed, differentiated, and great for any book. Click below to take a look.
The kids also did some research of their own and got to type a fact or two that they learned on the computer! We only have 2 computers in our classroom and don't have other technology available, so this was a real treat for them! They were in awe that I could print out their pages after they typed! Hahaha! A generation of phone and table users for sure!
I ordered some new noise-cancelling/shooting headphones for my classroom last week. I had some previously, but they got broken. These headphones are phenomenal for those with sensory needs as well as those with ADHD. They truly work wonders. They eliminate all the white, background noise and allow students to focus on their work. The new ones I got are very nice quality. I've linked them below if you want to snag a pair or two for you room. I definitely recommend getting at least 2 pair because your kids will want to use them constantly. If ordering, be sure to clip the 7% off coupon to save more money!
Here's a quick and simple word work/literacy center: Cut up some black construction paper and add some metallic markers. Kids can practice writing words from the word wall as well as any other words you're studying. I put name cards in the center bin and they loved writing one another's names! Link to the markers is below!
I've been an avid outdoor cyclist for a few years now, but this past Fall I started cycling indoors at my gym. I take a class 2x a week in the evenings. Recently, I added on a Saturday morning class and I am in LOVE! I love getting up early and getting a good 25-30 mile ride in before 9:00. It's a great way to start the weekend and makes me feel less guilty about eating out!
Have a great week! Remember you can link up below! xo Megan
Looking to make a simple birthday gift or "just because" gift for a loved one? Go with a mess free craft with Kwik Stix and Michael’s!
Kwik Stix are the mess free alternative to traditional paints. These tempera paint sticks are gluten, egg, nut, soy, and dairy free and need no prep nor cleanup. Kwik Stix applies wet and dries in 90 seconds or less with a paint like finish, working on paper, canvas, wood and more!
Create a great fun gift in minutes with Kwik Stix and a wooden picture frame (with a dowel for standing), all available at Michael’s! We chose red, white, pink, neon pink and metallic pink Kwik Stix for this project.
After you’ve gathered your materials, get to decorating! We went with a striped pattern, and used the white space to add polka dots.
Now all that’s missing is the perfect photo! Pick up both Kwik Stix and a wooden frame at Michael’s in store or online at www.michaels.com.
*I was sent the above Kwik Stix paint sticks in exchange for a blog post. I have used these sticks for many years and really enjoy them. All opinions in this post are my own.*
Last week my student teacher taught a Math lesson reviewing addition and subtraction and she incorporated this bowling game. She decided to leave it for the kids to play during indoor recess and they loved bowling with the cups as well as making towers! I like it because it's a quiet alternative to those traditional plastic bowling sets!
I was just getting over the stomach bug in time for Valentine's Day, so Mr. Wheeler and I didn't do much. He did surprise me with my favorite chocolates (which is all I ever want for Valentine's Day) AND some Sephora gift cards! Bonus this year! I got him a puzzle, a Chipotle gift card, and some candy.
I finally uploaded just my "Sentence Rubric" by itself. It's part of my "Cut, Glue, Write" Sentence Bundle, but many were asking for a separate listing for it. Click below to get it and be amazed with the sentences your little ones start writing. Enjoy!
After years fighting with anchor charts everywhere, I finally came up with a solution. This is a magnetic curtain rod and curtain ring clips. I love it so much! I can clip many charts on here and add/remove them as needed. No more magnets or tape! No more anchor chart wallpaper in my classroom! Links to both items are below! *affiliate links*
Last week, Mr. Wheeler's chair broke...the spring in the bottom popped. It was just an overstuffed chair that we bought to match our basement sectional when we bought our house 12 years ago. He's sat in it every night (and many days since he works from home often) for all of those years. We decided it was time for an upgrade! We are officially old. We got him this Lazy Boy recliner yesterday! Needless to say, he is SUPER PUMPED! It should be arriving this week!
We hit up PF Changs for dinner last night and treated ourselves to drinks because...no school today! I had a really good organic margarita. They were celebrating Chinese New Year, so their fortune cookies were red! So fun. We haven't been on a date night in a long time!
Hi! Happy Hump Day (and Valentine's Day!). I am sorry this post is late, but if you follow me on Instagram (@mrswheeler44), then you know I was down for the count over the weekend with THE STOMACH FLU. Yep. Just had Influenza A two weeks ago. Then the stomach flu. Not fair! Anyhow, here's my post! Short and sweet. Not much explanation for each photo, but I am sleepy! Please link up below and share 6 things from your week! Just be sure to use my linky pictures and link back to my blog!
Mr. Wheeler built a shelf above our stove! It's always been an awkward space...our house is 80 years old. We have no outdoor vent. We have no mounted microwave. I love the shelf! Right now it has my spice basket on it, but I'm going to get a little lamp to put up there soon!
I just love catching my first graders "playing school!" Isn't it so sweet!?
This.Is.Amazing. And you need one in your life asap. It works SO well. I got it last week. I am still amazed by it. Link below (*affiliate)
I treated myself to a mani after school Friday before the flu hit...I feel sorry for my manicurist. Hope she didn't get it because you know it's close quarters when you're getting your nails done!
A glimpse from our Valentine party! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Valentine Party Pack! If you haven't checked it out yet, I have linked it below!
Here we are in 2018 and the Winter Games have started! Last Friday, I planned some fun activities for my first graders to kick off the games! Check out what we did below!
I had to make their morning message patriotic, of course! It was a little introduction into our learning about the Winter Games!
As part of my Morning Meeting time, I always incorporate a picture book/read aloud. Mostly because we don't have much time for read-alouds during the day and I think it's an integral part of k-2. I found two awesome books and read them both on Friday. Grab a copy for yourself below! *affiliate link*
Literacy centers were obviously themed out, as well! The activities below are from my "Winter Games Literacy Center Pack," which you can check out below.
I found an awesome Jr. BINGO game from Sara J Creations on TpT! We used Fruit Loops as our game pieces, because they reminded me of the Olympic rings! Click the cover to grab the BINGO set.
The kids made these fun Winter Sports Kids! They made a cute display in the hall! I got this from Crafty Bee Creations. Click the cover to grab a set for your class!
I shared this last week on my Sunday 6 post, but thought I'd share it again today! Our school does a school-wide home art project each quarter and this quarter had the Olympics as a theme! The directions were open-ended...kids could make anything they wanted that reminded them of the Olympics! I think they have done a great job so far!
February is home to many holidays...too many to name them all, in fact. Because of this, I like taking the guesswork out of my Valentine party. Two years ago, I decided to run my Valentine party in centers, with parent volunteers. I do the same thing for Christmas. It's a glorious thing! It takes a little prep work but saves you so much headache the day of the party!
The first thing I do to organize this is send home a volunteer letter. This includes volunteering to 1. come in and/or 2. donate a party item. Once I get my list of volunteers/donations, I go through and highlight on my master list what I'd like each person to bring. This is an extremely important step, as having missed items brought in can mean a disaster for our stations/centers. I also send the volunteers an individual copy with their name and item highlighted. On the day of the party, I assign volunteers to stations. They will run the station as many times as you need, depending on class size and size of groups. After all stations have been completed, we will pass out our cards and watch the Charlie Brown Valentine movie!
1. Valentine BINGO--The kids make their boards before the party. I have them color their pieces and glue them on their boards randomly....usually for a morning activity. This ensures we are ready to play in the afternoon! I use Valentine candy or mini erasers as markers.
2. Valentine Pudding Cup or Cookie--Both treats are included choices in my party pack...have your kids make a festive pudding cup or decorate a festive cookie. But before they eat the treat, they must write out the steps! Hello, Writing Standards! PS-don't forget the milk if you're doing the cookie decorating!
3. Candy Heart Graphing--Add in a little Math fun with candy heart graphing! Using the provided worksheet and add mini boxes or muffin cups of conversation hearts.
4. Valentine Friendship Notes--You can have kids write these to friends, family members, or other teachers in the building! Add some festive markers, envelopes, and stickers for added flair! Printable sentence stems included. Editable names list included!
5. Valentine Trail Mix & Peruse Valentine Books--This is a fun trail mix that's perfect for Valentine's Day! You can be creative with your snacks included in the bag. I am going to try cereal and mini pretzels along with M & M's and mini marshmallows this year. Just put out bowls and scoops with each ingredient...be sure you have a good volunteer run this station! Don't want to run out of supplies! As kids are finished making their snack, they can enjoy it with a good Valentine book! *I hit up the local library and get a box of Valentine books ahead of time.*
Hope you'll check out this great pack! It's loads of fun!
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