Saturday, August 25, 2012

Welcome to Room 108...Mrs. Tackitt's First Grade Class

Hi there my friends...I have been SUPER busy, I am sure all of you have been too! This last year we had been under MAJOR construction. We had two additional wings added to our building and all but four teachers (I think) were moved including me. Our school looks AMAZING! After a week of training and unpacking I finally have my room put together. Now it is just a matter of putting my lesson plans together and I am ready for my new class of Firsties on Monday. I finally got it together and took pictures of my classroom to share with you...

Here is my cute little rug that my kiddos sit on while playing on the SMART board with me. I have my themed books on display under the SMART board. 

Here you see my cupboards where I display student work. I use a clothes pin and hot glue a cute little sign with their names on them. I hot glue the clothes pins right onto the cupboards (don't worry, they pop right is GREAT!). Displaying student work with these babies has never been easier!

Here you see my First Grade Rocks! sign displayed above my calendar. I LOVE my much learning goes on here-I am a little OCD about my calendar!

"Blast into First Grade" is my outside bulletin board this year. I got this C.U.T.E. idea from First Grade Parade-The amazing Cara Carroll.

This is how I display my Birthday graph. I found a similar idea on Pinterest. I haven't put up the kids birsthdays yet but all I do is put their name on circles (blank circles like the ones you see on the ruler) and birth date in a line under the appropriate month. I'll post another pic when I am finished. 

Another picture of my calendar. 

Another idea from Cara Carroll, The First Grade Parade. She uses jumbo size book covers to put over her chairs to act as an extra storage space for folders, books, etc. Turn one side of the book cover inside out and it is PERFECT!

Here are a few more pictures...a door sign I made, my themed books, and my room set up. I am super excited about my windows this year. Last year they were high so I didn't get a lot of natural light which I am NOT crazy about-I think I will LOVE this room! 
Ok folks, I am off to watch a football game - my oldest kiddo is a freshman so we are all about Blue and Gold... GO Coleville High!!! WOOOO HOOO!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Last Chance SALE TPT and Calendar Cuties!

Today is the last day my friends to get some incredible deals at the TpT store so don't miss out. If you haven't checked it out yet be sure you the bottom of my post you can click on the picture and it will take you right over to my store.

In other news, I have posted two new sets of calendar pieces for August and September...and thanks to Mealonheadz clip art...boy are they cute!!!! So hop on over and grab a copy of each for your calendar. They are guaranteed to make your calendar look FABULOUS! Check out a preview below:

Also, don't forget about my Surfin' back to school unit and my Common Core Writing: First Grade unit which are new additions  to my store!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Common Core Writing Unit: First Grade Style!

Hi there friends...I hope you are having a wonderful weekend so far. I am happy to say that I have finished my Common Core Writing Unit: First GradeThis unit includes seven weeks worth of thematic writing activities. There are maps geared towards each topic for your students to organize their writing ideas with, cute writing paper, vocabulary enrichment activities, as well as craftivities. The writing mini units included are: All About Me, My Friend, A Scientist, The Flag, Apples, Fall, and Bats.  Each writing mini unit includes differentiated maps to meet each or your students’ needs. Each unit also includes a step by step "suggested use" guide to help you teach the writing process which can be so challenging especially for our little first grade friends. The units increase in expectations as you progress through each one ensuring all students will be grade level writers by the end of the first quarter.  Have a look below:


and don't forget the HUGE BACK TO SCHOOL happening right now! So click on my TpT button or on the sign below and check out this unit as well as many others that are ON SALE! 

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Back To School TPT Sale...DOn't Miss This One!!!

You won't want to miss this fabulous have the opportunity to get 20% off at my store PLUS another 10&% off from TPT by using this code: BTS12 when you purchase your items. There will not be another sale like this one for a long time so be sure to check it out and stock up on MANY units offered by LOTS of seller!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

September Calendar Freebie! and a Rainbow Fish Game

Hi again friends..I'm starting to get back into the swing of things and I updated my September calendar.  It is FREE so grab a copy by clicking on the picture. Next week is "Hit the Classroom Hard" week..UGH! We have been under construction for just about a year now and we were NOT allowed to go into school over the summer {which actually was really nice...forced us all to have a true vacation-at least we couldn't work at school but it didn't stop some of us from working at home!} So next week it is pedal to metal and WORK WORK WORK! So my friends-I am enjoying my last FEW days of relaxation!
Click on the pic to grab a copy or HERE!
I found this cute little Rainbow FIsh Game in my files. I made it last year and the kiddos LOVED it! Grab a copy below!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Surfin' Back To School! Is R.E.A.D.Y!!!

Hi there friends...I am finished with Surfin' Back To School!

Surfin' Back To School is the perfect unit to start your year with. It is a Common Core ELA and Math based unit packed full of hands-on and minds-on activities. This unit will engage your students and excite them about learning. There is over 100 pages of games and activities in this unit that promote high level thinking as well as cooperative learning skills. In this unit you will find each game or activity labeled with the Common Core standard it covers making your life that much easier to plan your lessons. Activities included in this unit are:

ABC Uppercase and Lowercase Match Up and Sequence
Sentence Scramble
Spin and Color a Short Vowel Word
Blending Short Vowel Words with Initial/Medial/Ending Sound game
Catch the 1st Sound
Blending Slides
Surfin' For The Partner Letter
Parts of...Setting and Story Retell Maps
Sand Castles and Sun Uppercase and Lowercase Match-up Game
B stands for Beach: Initial Sound Game
3 Sorting Maps: Initial sounds, Medial Sounds, and Ending Sounds
Let's Go Surfin' Now addition dice game
Hundred Chart Madness
Surf On By Counting to practice counting on to 120
Time To Learn Time: Time to the hour
Equal or not Equal: True or False addition sentences
Surf The Earth With Two 10 Frame Games
Got Waves?: a counting on game
Roll a Trapezoid Castle: an addition dice game with trapezoids
Ride the Waves Number Order game

Have a look for yourself:
 Sentence Scramble
 Reading Short Vowel Word Practice

 Initial Sound Identification
 Counting On...Practice Counting from a random number
 Listening for Ending Sounds
 Basic Addition Dice Game

Be sure to grab this will love it!