Monday, November 28, 2011


First a freebie for ya-December Calendar! CLick on the pic. and grab a copy!
And last but NOT least...go on over to my shop and check out the fun stuff I posted!   There is still TIME to get everything at a GREAT price...HURRY before the SALE ENDS! 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Spin, Build, and Write Place Value Game,December Calendar Pieces and a FREEBIE!

Place Value madness continues! Below is another game I just posted at my TPT store. Be sure to go check it out. Here is a little preview:

December Calendar Pieces available at my store:

Now for the FREEBIE...This is a brace map used to break numbers down to the numbers "parts." I will use this as an assessment to see which kiddos understand place value and the ones that still need more help. The whole number is written in the box and the rest of the map is filled out to represent that number. Students will complete this page independently. You could also use this to play the above game with the spinners instead of the record sheet. Just put these pages in page protectors and use with expo markers for  reuse. Happy Place Value Playing :-)
click on the pic to get your copy

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Christmas M&M Place Value and Graphing FREEBIE!!!!!

Happy Saturday friends! I just created this fun little activity for my kiddos. They are going to group by tens and record their number. They will represent the number in a "Number" of ways-Ha! Then they will sort and graph their red and green M&M's. Tons of FUN and ya know they will love it because it is F.O.O.D! Enjoy-and please leave me a little comment if you take a copy...I love reading them!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Reindeer Magic is HERE!!!!!

(Well-I can tell ya it is red cuz I am always in the RED!!!) Ha!
So here is the important information for Today- EVERYTHING at my store is 15% off including my brand new unit on Reindeer. Come a check all my stuff out now because the sale ends Monday. You deserve to treat yourself to a little unit shopping for school! Don't worry I won't tell anyone- I promise!  So...below you can check out a little preview of my unit...

Reindeer Magic is a literacy and math unit that includes MANY graphic organizers/Maps that are highly engaging and require higher level thinking skills. Students will learn all about reindeer and be able to write an informative story from all the activities complete in this unit.
Here is a list of what you will find in this 74 page unit:
ABC order
Label Parts of a reindeer
Adjectives describing a reindeer
Compare/Contrast Rudolf and Caribou
Rhyming with Reindeer
Differentiated Maps for organizing your Writing
Survey your favorite winter activity graphing and more
Non-Fiction fill in the key vocabulary book about Reindeer
Facts and opinions about reindeer
Syllable Sort
ABC Oder #2
Place Value game
Place Value game #2
Sentence Scramble
Long or Short vowel sort
Santa Letter: Learn the parts and write to Santa
Reindeer Cookie GLyph with graphing activity
Go to my store HERE or connect using my button on the top right corner of this blog. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Reindeer Magic Unit! Coming Soon!!!!

Look for Reindeer Magic! Coming soon to the First Grade Fanatic! I can hardly wait to teach and write about reindeer as well as complete the numerous other literacy and math activities included in this unit. It will be finished by the end of this week just in time for the Christmas Holiday season. Be sure to check back - you won't want to miss out on this unit!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thankful for...Linky Party!

1. What are you thankful for in your classroom?
I am HONESTLY going to say I am thankful for my SMART Board and doc camera. I LOVE both of these tools soooooooo much I can't imagine life without them.

2. What person are you most thankful for?
Wow....this is a tuffy because it is hard to narrow it down to just one. I am most thankful for my hubby. He has been super patient with my crazy obsessive compulsive behavior when it comes to my JOB- I spend just a little, ok a LOT of time {he would say way tooooo much} on my computer. My kiddos are right there with him!

3. What 3 blogs are you most thankful for?
I am thankful for these fabulous women behind these amazing blogs and I HOPE my blog becomes as great as they are...
                             The Inspired Apple

4. What guilty pleasure are you most thankful for?
I think y most guilty pleasure is my Mac-I would be in serious trouble without it. It would truly be like loosing my arm! Horrible! It goes just about everywhere with me ...we truly are BFF's! Sick,  know!

5. What are you most thankful for?
I am MOST thankful for my health, my children's health, my families health, the fact that we have a beautiful warm house, stability in such an unstable time, LOVING my job and my kiddos in my class, every day that I drive my one hour commute and get their safely {especially on snowy days}, my parents for helping me shuttle my five kiddos here, there, and everywhere...I could go on and on and on! But I won't!

I hope you link up and play along with us! Click on the link and link up!

Thankful for PLACE VALUE FREEBIE!!!!

I created this fun little game to practice place value. There are three options to play using this game. Students work in partners and build numbers created by spinning the spinner. They record their data on the recording sheet. I haven't tried it yet soooo, PLEASE leave me some feedback if you use it in your classroom. and speaking of being thankful...I am thankful for Cara Carroll at The First Grade Parade for inspiring me to make this activity-Thanks Cara!

In other kiddos will be writing about Turkeys this 3 day week. I'm going to try my hardest to get EVERYTHING fit in. We will see!!!! It's not too late to grab a turkey unit over at my TpT store...check out some examples below! 
Happy Turkey Week! 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Place Value Madness

I know-I have gone MAD with place value!!!! Another activity for you-CHoose a number 1-60 and write it on the line. Count and connect drawing a line from one to the chosen number (we will use 31). Stop at 31. Go back and count your strings of ten and draw a horizontal line labeling it 1, 2, 3 for 10, 20, 30. See above. Now color the towers of ten and "extra" ones to match your number labeling the tens 10 20, 30. Write a number sentence to match: 30 cubes + 1 cube= 31 cubes in all. Now go back and under line the 1 in 10, 2 in 20, 3 in 30 to show 3 towers or strings of ten.
Complete the sentence: 3 tens and 1 one = 31 ....Clear as mud????? leave a question or comment for clarification! Oh -ya...I will laminate so we can use dry erase markers and use over and over.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Place Value Fun! and a Pumpkin Marshmallow Sorting and Graphing FREEBIE!

We are hitting place value hard this quarter so I made a game to teach this standard. Students work in pairs and build the number on the card. They use unifix cubes or base ten blocks. When they have finished building the number they record the number in their data sheet. You can laminate the cards and data sheet for durability as well as saving paper! Check it out at my TPT store!
 Above is the directions with two possible games to play using the cards seen below (38 cards to choose from).
 Below is the data sheet for students to record the number they built. 

Pumpkin Marshmallow Freebie for you my FRIENDS!!! Click on any of the pictures below and grab a copy for your classroom!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Stinkin' Adorable!

I got this adorable idea from Cara at The First Grade Parade. She read the kids The Little Scarecrow Boy and then completed a story map with the kiddos. She turned the story map into scarecrows - C.U.T.E!!! Sooooo...I HAD to do this activity with my kiddos today. Take a look at the pictures below-LOVE them!
  How cute are these???? My kind of art project...finished in 25 minutes!  Lots of Cuteness :-)
So I had to make this great idea into a Thinking Map of course... if you would like a copy of the tree map/story map, CLICK HERE.
I modeled as the kids followed along with me and filled the tree map out. Character and setting are self explanatory, the problem/solution is a little trickier. I write or draw an event or problem in the box. To the left of the box you write the cause of the problem and to the right you write or draw the effect (solution). In this story the event or problem was "The little scarecrow boy isn't fierce." The cause written to the left is "the boy is too small." The effect or solution is "dad taught him 6 ugly faces" and or "dad taught him to be fierce." This story map is copied on the back of their scarecrows. Lot of fun!