May 3rd and 4th !!
Monday, April 4, 2016
I am so excited to share with you 2 characters from The Joy Cowley Collection
Mr. Tang and Smarty Pants.
Mr. Tang has a taxi cab in which he goes on a variety of adventures. The taxi cab has a variety of special features and can do some pretty incredible things. In each different story the cab introduces the children to different phonics skills as well as different vocabulary. It can add skis when it snows, jumping legs at the zoo, or become a submarine in the ocean.
Smarty Pants is a silly clown that can teach children about a variety of emotions in Smarty Pants at the Circus. In Smarty No Pants, the silly clown loses his pants in the wind, but never gives up. Lastly in Smarty Pants at the Talent Show, Smarty pants shows the listener to just be your self.
My favorite part of all of these books is it comes with a page full of information about what you can do with each book. Here are a couple of examples in the back of the book.
Each description includes:
Features of the text
Before Reading (making meaning and analyzing the text)
During Reading and
After Reading (Using the Text, making meaning, and cracking the code)
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Learn more about her new characters by clicking the links below.
Joy Cowley Books by Character
JCC New Character Set
JCC New Character Set Guided Reading
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
NOOO! It’s come to an end! This is the last blog post for a while of the Featured Teacher Tuesdays!
Heidi Neels from Flipping for First is a spunky and organized first grade teacher!
Years of tumbling, cheerleading and a passion for teaching made her blog name come to life! She has been teaching for 9 years, 6 of those being in first grade! She has truly found her teaching niche!
Heidi has been married for 15 years (yep, he’s tied up in the basement) and has two beautiful girls ages 15 (don’t do the math) and 10! Faith brings joy in her life each and every day! God has blessed her family and teaching career! She is a middle child (typical middle child syndrome) and requires lots of attention from those around her!
Organization fuels Heidi through first grade! (It may be a disease!) Check out her blog for some amazing tips on how to organize Words Their Way, Listening Stations, Behavior Management, Erin Condren Planner, Common Core Assessments, Classroom tips and so much more!
Laughing is important to Heidi! Mo Willems, first grade quotes, and National Lampoon movies can put a smile on her face. Just like Wimberly, Heidi can worry a lot! Therefore Heidi clings to
Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know I am God!
Heidi’s best seller is her Editable Daily Behavior Chart! This is an amazing product that every teacher who has a student with challenging behavior needs!! Heidi loves to hear success stories about teachers using this in their classrooms!!
Fry’s First 100 Sight Words came about when she had 30% of her students struggling with sight words! Yikes! To overcome this obstacle, Heidi created a product that focuses on teaching the words in context using pictures, repetition, and motor skills! She ended that year with 100% of her students knowing all first grade sight words! Love it!
Heidi’s First Grade Common Core Math Assessments are a full year’s worth of assessments! She even has a blog post with a yearly calendar to help you plan!
Check out one of Heidi’s freebies!
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Meet Karen Wasdin from Silly Sam Productions!
Karen has been teaching 1st Grade for almost 30 years. She is a Baseball Mom from New Jersey and loves to watch her son play for the High School team and travel teams. Her husband is a Videographer/Photographer and she enjoys assisting him in producing sports and educational videos in his business, MoonGate Video Productions.
Finding ways to help her young learners understand the trickiest concepts has driven her to create multi-sensory approaches and engaging lessons that MAKE LEARNING FUN! These techniques can be found in her products at TpT.
Color-Coded Fact Families Mental Math uses the color-coding technique to help learners make connections to math strategies.
is an integrated Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop unit that has students look at the story of the Three Little Pigs through the eyes of different characters. Then they do the same with their own personal narrative about their first day of school. This helps them truly discover and empathize with others and recognize feelings other than their own.
is an extensive unit covering the heart of the first grade phonics curriculum. Word Houses use patterning chunks and vowel sounds to help students become stronger readers and writers. Creating their own Vowel Books helps students celebrate all that they have learned.
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