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First Grade Gallery- Lessons for Little Learners

Saying Goodbye~End of the Year Poem for Parents Freebie!

Ending the school year is bittersweet, especially when it means saying goodbye to the children and families we have grown so close to. Parents trust us to care for, nuture, inspire and protect their precious little ones. During the year, we help them to grow in every way. This sweet little poem is something I like to print on colored paper to send home on the last day inside my student's keepsake boxes!

Isn't it so precious?
There are a few different font options too!
It is sure to bring tears to your parents' eyes when they read it!

For my teacher friends who start in a month other than September, or don't end in June, leave me a comment and I'll post a revision for you!
You'll want to check back again for the link!
:)

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Fan Freebies

Today is officially Dr. Suess' Birthday and so to celebrate and kick off our March reading month festivities and Read Across America, I made this cute poster to display in our classroom window!

graphics by creative clips

It's a Fan Freebie on my Creative Lesson Cafe Facebook page.
Click on the picture to grab a copy if you like!
From there find the Fan Freebie tab.
Hope you can use it!

I do miss the grins and groans serving up green eggs and ham to my kinders and getting gooey making Oobleck with my firsties!
Those were some great times!

You can download this freebie Oobleck recipe from my Dropbox if you feel like rolling up your sleeves for a little gooey green fun! Click on the image below!

What are your plans to celebrate Dr. Seuss Day in the classroom?

Math Activities with Numbers 0-10

What can you do with a card set of numbers 0-10? Maybe more than you can possibly imagine for good, simple math fun! They can be used for addition, subtraction, comparing numbers, even/odd practice, place value and more!

I made a set of number cards for each of my students to use for various math activities and partner games. I like them better than a deck of playing cards because we don't have as many face to cards to take out and sometimes you just need a ZERO!

If you like, you can download this FREEBIE set from my dropbox for your kiddos to use by clicking on the image!

The file includes a list of some easy peasy activities to use in the classroom. Read below to see how I used them!

Cards in Action

For a cute and colorful set, I printed mine on colored cardstock and laminated them. I store them in library pockets from Creative Teaching Press and keep them in this cute box from the Target Dollar Spot.

Some activities start with a shuffled deck turned upside down in a draw pile.

We lined them up in order from greatest to least and then turned over some to show only odd numbers.

Next, the students had to show a two-digit number that was even.

The cards went back into a pile and then they were asked to flip up three cards. The task was to show the greatest number with those cards. It got tricky when those zeros turned up. Zero is not nothing! Zero is something!

Elbow partners had to work together and compare numbers to see who made the largest.

When a ten was turned up, it lead to some great discussion regarding place value to the thousands place.

Hmmm...what to do with that zero?
The rule was set that it can't be taken away.

Yes, that works!

Next, four cards had to be turned up. The students could create a double digit addition problem of their choice and record it and solve it in their math notebook. Next, they were asked to rearrange some or all of the cards to create a different problem in which the sum remained the same (most saw that it could be the turn-around), and again in a way that would result in a different sum

The next challenge was just that, but it was such a great one for getting the kiddos really thinking.

I called out a direction to create a two-digit subtraction problem where regrouping would be necessary. This is a new concept that was only recently introduced.

One student showed this problem. They were on the right track with the digits in the ones place but failed to look at the entire problem. This was a great opportunity for questioning.

This student got it right away!

Another student made a model using his pencils to help himself to better see tens and ones in columns as he had seen on many practice papers. Because he had trouble with the concept of regrouping, I was able to pull out another card from my teaching set of extras to use as an overlay to demonstrate what we had done days prior when we decomposed cubes stacked in towers of ten.

I cannot wait to get the cards out again!
My students love all card and dice games, basically, any opportunity to get away from a worksheet and so do I!

In just 15 minutes, we had a wonderful math review and I learned so much about my each of my students and where they each were in their mathematical thinking and skill

Enjoy the freebie! Hope you can find some great ways to use the cards with your class!

Remember the Giveaway Friends!

There are a few more hours to enter the TPT gift certificate GIVEAWAY
The winner will be announced on Tuesday (possibly my fifth snow/cold day this season with -25 degree wind chills this year... brrrr...)
Hope you are reading from somewhere toasty warm! :)

Freebie Winter Math Center Activity

Set out some mini marshmallows, a cute game mat and a recording sheet and you have a fun and easy winter math activity! I named it Penguin Snowball Toss!

I made this fun center to help my kiddos who struggle with addition combinations to twenty. There is also a recording sheet for combinations to ten for little learners.

Have the children help you count out ten or twenty marshmallows in small festive cups or a little plastic bowl. At the center, they take turns, shake the snowballs and spill them across the mat. Then, they count how many landed on the mat and how many were tossed off the mat and record the combinations on the chart included.

If you think this looks like a fun thing to add to your penguin or winter thematic unit, you can download this freebie at my store. Click on the picture to take you there!

I'm having a TPT gift certificate giveaway at Creative Lesson Cafe to celebrate a big milestone at my store! Won't you join me in celebrating and hop on over to enter?

A Thanksgiving Freebie for My Friends

Hello first grade friends! It's been a while! I've been posting at my other blog, Creative Lesson Cafe, lately and this one is so sadly neglected! Good grief, I need a new template! Now, that's an idea for my Christmas wish list! Hopefully you are following one or the other blog via Bloglovin by now!

I have been reminiscing about Thanksgiving plays, feasts and all of the fun times spent teaching first grade lately! You might want to look back at a few of my previous posts here to see photos and read more about our November festivities!

My second graders are learning about life long ago in our new unit. I made these anchor chart printables to add some pizzazz to them.

It's a freebie at my Kidsrcute TPT store! Just click on the image above to download a copy for your classroom! I hope you like it!

Why printables for anchor charts? You can read about my time-saving tip here:

I also made this game of I Have... Who Has? for the holidays for little ones to practice reading seasonal words. I thought that this would be a fun thing to do for those few extra minutes on feast day or for a November center!

If this is something you think would be a fun reading activity for your class, click on the picture to see more!

What fun do you have in the works for Thanksgiving? I've been busy Pinning loads of fun stuff! You might want to check out my Thanksgiving Pinterest board for some cute crafts, party treats, printables and freebies!

Thrifty Thursday Deals and Steals and a Freebie for One Lucky Winner!!

I just had to have this chair!
I've been on a shopping spree lately! The costs can really add up when setting up a new room! I've recently found some great deals I wanted to share with you on this thrifty Thursday!

Walmart offers free home delivery with a minimum purchase of 45 dollars on certain items. I found this zebra task chair and ordered it this morning! It was more than I wanted to spend at 59 dollars, but justified it with the free shipping and the convenience of having it delivered. Love, love, love this chair! I want one for home too!

Also at Walmart and quite a steal at 15 dollars each, hot pink bean bag chairs!

These plastic stacking trays and paper bins are in the Target dollar aisle. The stackers are the perfect size for task cards. I will keep my book club question cards in one of them, partner pairing cards in the second and my math word problem task cards in another.

I bought these baskets at the local dollar store for a dollar each. They are the perfect size for forward facing chapter books. I stocked up on these!

Poms are all the fashion right now, so I was happy to find these at Party Adventure. They are 16 inches and you get three for 10 dollars. Another wonderful blogger, sorry, I can't recall who it was...shared a tip for rounding the edges, which I plan to do. Everything you need like ribbon and wire is in here and the tissue already folded! I recently saw a site selling single poms for an outrageous amount per pom and charging shipping to boot. I had purchased a much more expensive kit from Martha Stewart and promptly marched it back to the store! There are lots of online tutorials out there to make your own in the event that you have a hard time finding the perfect colors. Party Adventure also had tissue flowers and matching banners.

Next on my list is to find a good deal on fabric for my enormous bulletin board wall and to locate some cheap but durable magazine bins for Ipick book boxes for Daily Five. If you know of any good places to get them, please let me know! I signed up for the Jo-Ann and Michael's coupon apps. They will come in handy!

I made a set of sight word shaker bottles with candies and sprinkles I had laying around the house that no one was about to eat. I only put in a few words for demonstration purposes because I can't get into the building to laminate them right now.

My plan is to put only ten words at a time in there for a Word Work activity during Daily Five. With 220 words and 95 nouns, this center will last a long time! They're cuter and more colorful in person! The kids will love this! I'll have to tell them the candies are old or they fell on the floor! There's always one kiddo who will want to taste-test whenever we use candy manips!

You can get the set at my shop for only two dollars! I made the mini-slips for all Dolch words and a recording sheet. You get to do the fun part~ assemble the bottles!:) These are little Tropicana raspberry lemonade containers filled with Nerds, sprinkles and Skittles. Click on the first picture to see it at my TPT shop!

Since my last guessing game was so much fun, we'll have another go at it!

Once upon a time... a long, long time ago.... (hint, hint), I received a whole case of Nerds, which had just come out, as a birthday gift from a friend who knew how I used to love them so...
If you can be the first to guess how old I was, the shaker sight word center download is yours! I got this image off My Favorite Retro Candy Site! At the time, these were the only two flavors.

Off to visit another dollar store!

Buckyballs Decorating Tip and a New Font

This was quite a find and I wanted to share it with you! These small and mighty rare earth magnets are my solution to hanging posters and things on my whiteboards. Nothing stays up for long on the cinder block walls, so I have to make the most of the space available. Four of these tiny magnets will easily hold up a poster! A box goes a long way!

As you return to your classrooms to set up and decorate, consider getting a set. Amazon has the best price. They really come in handy and they're a fun fidget too!

Another thing I can't live without- cute fonts!I've added a new commercial use font to my collection. It's called Bold Dots! I like it because it's easy to read and fun! Hope you like it too!

The first to guess which letter gets deleted and drawn again countless times, gets it for free! Just remember to leave your email! I'm off for a weekend at the lake getaway, but I'll get it to you early next week!

Jeannine

Thing-a-ma-bobs, whatchamacallits, doodads..Yes! I'll call them Doodle Doodads and here they are!

It really bugs me to have empty, boring spaces in my documents. Sometimes a space is just too small for clipart, or the graphic clashes or distracts from the content or I can't seem to find the perfect image, or I don't have what I need in line art... so I made these little doodles for filler-uppers!

You can go get a closer look at my brand new Creative Clipart Cafe!Click on the image to see it! I've got 2 wonderful followers there and sure would love to have more!

Here's a freebie doodle! Right click to save the image!

My new blog design is close to being finished! Yippee!
I've got a fantastic giveaway promotion in the works for its premier! Check back soon! I know you'll want in!

Have a wonderful day!

Jeannine

Friday Freebie and a Newsflash!

Just popping in here writing with a Newsflash and a Friday Freebie for ya!
I opened up a new clipart shop today at Teachers Notebook! I've got a lot of creating to do to post more items to my new and very empty-looking shop!

I sure would love to have you stop by to follow my new shop! I have no ratings, purchases or followers there and it's pretty lonely right now!

Here's a little friday freebie and preview for you all from my new Happy Shapes Graphics for Commercial Use! I think he would make a fine tissue box or graphic for a shapes poster! Just right click on the image and save to your computer! Credit is appreciated but not necessary for my blogger friends!

Do you like him? The graphics in the set and larger and high-resolution (colored shapes have transparent backgrounds) for clear printing.

Here's a preview of the other happy shapes:

They all come in black and white too!

I also just added this fancy fun font:

Have a happy weekend!

Jeannine

Graphs Graphics Flash Freebie

Hello Friends!

I've been working on some Common Core math activities and had a hard time finding kid-friendly graphics to use for charts and graphs so I made my own!

You can grab a graph freebie at my Teachers Pay Teachers Shop. It will be free today only for my fabulous followers and visitors!

Let me know what you think. I'm not professional by any means, but I think they will work just fine for most of your documents!

Have a super day!
Jeannine

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