Monday, May 13, 2013

Border Freebie

Well, yesterday was Mother's Day, and I had been anticipating spending the day with my kids and with my mom and mother-in-law at two gatherings.  Unfortunately, things don't always go according to plan.  Instead of celebrating, I ended up at the clinic with a throat infection!  I was not feeling well at all.  I didn't even check my e-mail until the mid-afternoon.  But----when I did, I was in for a great surprise!  I found out that one of my freebies was selected to be highlighted in the Teachers Pay Teachers 10 Free Downloads newsletter!  

I would love if you would hop on over and download my scallop borders.  They are free for you to use both personally and commercially!  Enjoy!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Freebie~Punch Cards

As we're winding down the year of grade one, we're in need of some behavior management boosts!  I don't know about you, but I don't do very well with tangible rewards.  However, I figure I might as well give something new a try!  So, I created some punch cards that I can start to use to reward students for following procedures and routines and for being kind and respectful.

Simply print out a copy for each student and use your hole puncher to note each time a student does the specified behavior or task. 

Ideas for behaviors/routines to reward:
-returning books
-bringing back homework
-completing stages of an assignment or project
-having a clean desk or cubby
-helping a friend
-focusing during class

Once the student has all of the stars punched, they can either trade the card in for a tangible reward or a privilege, such as:
-extra play time
-read with a buddy
-eat with the teacher
-work without shoes

I would love to share these with you!  You can grab them here:

Here's a closer look at a few of the cards I've included.  

There are also seasonal cards for fall and winter in the download.  


Crab Mini-Unit

I can't wait to share my latest creation!

I have completed my first ocean animals mini-unit.  Your little learners will have so much fun learning about crabs and they will record their learning in a variety of entertaining ways!

My personal favorite is the little flip book that they can complete.

In order to make the flip book, you simply need to print the pages back to back, ensuring that each reverse page is printing "upside-down."

Then, you slide the inner pages inside of the outer pages, staple, and the book is ready to be filled in with a student's research! 

You can find this unit at my TpT store: 

Also included in the unit are graphic organizers, a mini book to read, and more!

New Blog Name and TpT store name

In an effort to get more into blogging, I have revamped my blog design and my TpT store name!  I decided to merge two of my loves: teaching and photography!  So instead of "Grade One Fun," I am now "Grade One Snapshots".

My goal is to fill my blog with photographs that inspire and ideas to help you along your way!

Here a student is completing a page about the 3 ways to read a book.  This fantastic freebie can be found here at Crazy For First Grade's blog: