Candy Heart Graph

I love using Sweetheart Candy Hearts around Valentine's Day. Here is a graph you can have your students use for their hearts.


Fluency, Comprehension, and Vocabulary

I work in a high poverty school and the majority of our students come to us with little prior knowledge.  We struggle every year trying to enhance their vocabulary.  In first grade, we really try to put a huge emphasis on phonics, fluency, comprehension and vocabulary development.  I have created a weeklong packet to use as a supplement to my language arts curriculum.  Each day has some type of fluency passage with "Power Words" (just a fancy name for vocabulary words), comprehension questions, a parent check off, and some type of other language arts activity.  I can think of numerous ways to use this weekly packet, but I am planning on using it as a supplement to my daily reading interventions.  It could even be used as a weekly homework packet as long as you had good parent support.  My hope is to create one each week.  Let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions on making it more teacher and student friendly.  Thanks.


More Dental Health Activities

This is a project that I had found in a Mailbox book a couple of years ago.  It's an easy project and they always turn out really cute.  Cut out 5 white 2 inch x 12 inch strips and one 4 inch x 18 inch strip from any other color.  Students will write a fact about dental health on each of the white strips.  They will write their name on the colored strip.  You can have them decorate it if you wish.  Then students will glue the white strips on to make it look like a toothbrush.

This is another easy dental heath review project.  Fold an 18 inch x 12 inch piece of construction paper in half and cut out a curve along the top so when you open it, you have a mouth shape.  Each student will get a mouth shape and a set of teeth.  Review the sentences on the teeth and decide which ones are facts and which ones are fiction.  Have students cut out the facts and glue them onto the mouths.

(I'm not sure how to turn the picture...sorry!)

Here are some of my favorite Dental Health books to read (fiction & non-fiction).
This one has a lot of really interesting facts.


Dental Health

Here are some Dental Health activities.  I hope to get some more posted soon.

Here is a song with some literacy activities to go along with it.

Here are some Math problems to go along with the Dental Health Theme.

Write a letter to the Tooth Fairy.

How-to Writing

Hopefully, you find something useful.

100 Days

Our 100th day of school will be this Friday.  I always think it's such a fun day.  The students love it because it's a break from the "normal" daily routine.  Here are a couple of things we will be doing on Friday for you to download. 


Groundhog Day

Here is a Groundhog Day poem and a couple of activities to go along with it.


Winter Behavior Motivator

I posted my Christmas Tree Behavior Motivator in December, so now I have my Snowman.  When the class is all working together and doing what they should be doing, they earn a part of their snowman.  If they are making poor choices, a part can be taken away.  When they complete the snowman, they earn some type of reward.  They love this and by changing it up every month or two, it keeps the idea fresh.


Tacky the Penguin

Last week, we began our unit on penguins and have read many nonfiction penguin books.  This week, we will read about my favorite fiction penguin, TACKY.  I have five Tacky the Penguin books and I love them all.

After reading the original book, Tacky the Penguin, we will fill out a character chart using adjectives to describe Tacky.

Next we will fill out a report card for Tacky.  We will discuss the words, uniqueness, braveness, and seriousness. We will complete this activity together and talk about why we think Tacky deserves the grades we give him.

After reading all of the Tacky books and discussing the similarities and differences, we will fill out this book comparison chart.

We will also work on this Reader's Theater throughout the week. 
(I did NOT create this...I just retyped it).

After reading about "Brown Bag Book Clubs" on I knew I had to try it.  I decided I will call it "Snack and Share" and this week, I am going to have the students meet and discuss Tacky, of course.  Here are my discussion questions.

If you are interested, here are some general forms that I will be using to staple on the bags for "Snack and Share."

I would enjoy hearing what you found useful.  If you have any other ideas for Tacky the Penguin, I would love for you to share.  "Tacky was an odd bird, but a nice bird to have around."

Winter worksheets

Here are two winter worksheets that I created this evening, while "watching" football. (Make sure you click on the name of the worksheet to download.)


Touch Math Coin Poster

I have used Touch Math for addition and subtraction, but was just recently introduced to touch math for counting coins.  I LOVE it.  I think it is a wonderful way to introduce 1st graders to counting coins.  I created this resource poster for my students.
Download Poster Here


 We began a unit on penguins yesterday.  I love teaching about penguins because I find them so fascinating.  I began by putting the letters P-E-N-G-U-I-N-S all mixed up in a pocket chart.  I called students up to make words using these letters (sun, pin, sip, sing, ...) then I had them try and figure out the "mystery" word using all the letters.

Next, I posted the chart "What Do You Think?" and had students come up and write yes or no to the questions, "Can penguins swim?" "Do penguins live at the North Pole?" and "Do penguins have feathers?" 
I read the book, Penguins by Gail Gibbons.  I always love the reaction I get from the students when it talks about how baby penguins are fed by their mother.  This is definitely something they remember though.  After reading, we went back and discussed the correct answers to the questions from before. 
Today, we read Penguin Chick by Betty Tatham.  Then we filled out a tree map about penguins.  I had found the idea for a tree map at when she did one about reindeer. 
Then the students wrote some things they have learned about penguins and colored a penguin to go with their writing.  The penguin came from The Mailbox January reproducibles for 1st grade. 
We will continue learning about penguins the rest of the week into next week.  I would love to hear your penguin ideas!


More Winter Centers

I posted two January centers a couple of days ago.  Here are two more that I have been working on. 
Snowflake Money
Students will match the snowflakes with the correct money amount to the snowman to make a winter picture.
Download HERE

Penguin Word Families
Students will match the fish to the correct penguins.
Download HERE

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