This is NOT a Back to School Post! I AM NOT READY!

I AM NOT READY to go Back to School!

My summer has JUST begun!

Yes…this is my view.

Princess Cruise to ALASKA

As a “veteran” teacher..30  years in First Grade, I know we are NEVER OFF!

My teacher’s brain is ALWAYS on. On our recent trip to ALASKA, I brought back “trinkets” that I can share with my First Graders. Always thinking AHEAD!

As I am a PLANNER… I LOVE ORGANIZATION, I am thinking ahead.

To help YOU with your Back to School SUMMER PLANNING.. I KNOW you are.

 

The one thing I can do for YOU..is to help you get ready for Back to School.

THEN…you can Recharge. And please do.

You can’t pour from an empty cup.

Check out my TPT store to HELP YOU!

Plan. Organize what you can, and LET IT GO!

Rest , Relax, and enjoy your time off.

Back to School will be here before we know it.

I think I will have a fruity adult beverage, please! ENJOY! 

Updates and New for You

I have been BUSY updating some older products, refining them, and creating some new goodies!

It’s TOO HOT (106 degrees) in Nor Cal to go outside.

We even turned OFF the heater in our SPA, so we could have a COLD spa to go in.

Nice and cool in the hot afternoons. 

But, I am always trying to get ahead.

Updating, refining, and Creating.

My Teacher BRAIN will not shut off!

And after 30 years, I just go with it.  

I remember the summer vacation to Mexico, where I brought back a brand new suitcase FULL of Large SEA SHELLS I purchased.  I needed them for my  OCEAN UNIT!   Silly me!

And so, it goes.

This year, I am trying to learn the Science of Reading, Secret Stories, and Orthographic Mapping.

LOTS OF NEW PD!

To help MYSELF, I have been updating products, refining some older ones, and creating some NEW ones.

Here is a PREVIEW for YOU!

These are NEW!

81 SIPPS Beginning Sight Words for phonics, orthographic mapping, and letter formations for reading and writing. 324-word cards for SIPPS beginning sight words. Check these out! You will LOVE them!

These I have Updated. Again… 

Updating, refining, and creating! 

Scoot CVC Games

CVC ShortVowel  SCOOT Games  5 Short Vowel Games | 188 Cards  

CVC SCOOT Games

CVC ShortVowel SCOOT Game
5 Short Vowel Games
188 Cards 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CVC Word Ladders for Phonics Activity Pages

You have been so good! You have hung in there all the way to the bottom!

How about a FREEBIE?  A NEW FREEBIE? 

Morning Word Work

FREE Download to help students practice rhymes, orthographic mapping, phonics, letter sounds, handwriting practice, letter formations, and sentence writing. It includes capitalization, word spacing, grammar, and punctuation as a teacher-led lesson.

CLICK HERE

And so, my summer goes on. All of this work has made me tired.

I think I need to jump into the nice, COOL spa.

And then a nap. Yes!  A Nap. 

Enjoy your Summer. It’s moving fast!

Rest, relax, and recharge.

I think I will keep updating, refining, and creating.

Keep your eyes open! FOLLOW ME! 

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Wendy

YOU want to…P.P.Paint ????

Just hearing the 

“P A I N T”

word.

Sends shivers down my back!

I have nightmares of 

spilled water, ruined paintings,

our janitor YELLING ,

“NO!  STOP! NOT ON THE NEW CARPET!”

 Ok…NOT yelling…but  you know…”NO!”

So, I guess

24 …   6-year-olds

sitting at desks, 

painting beautiful pictures

was NOT was I thinking about!

AND

I SHOULD HAVE BEEN!

I admit…it was ALL about ME!

WHAT WILL  I  HAVE  TO “Deal With”?

And you know what?

NOTHING.

Every time we paint

(and I try to do it once a month)

THEY AMAZE  ME!

Clean, quiet, detailed, HAPPY!

They worked for about 45 minutes…

TOTALLY  ENGAGED!

(I wish some of MY lessons were SO ENGAGING!)

I start with my BFF…

PINTEREST!

I have some GREAT pins on my boards.

Check them out!

This months “painting inspiration”came from

Elyse 

@

PROUD to BE PRIMARY

And now we are…
ALL ready for JANUARY!

Here’s a few of ours!

They are sooooo cute!

AND

NO   SPILLS!

I think they are getting the HANG OF IT!

Duh…   you mean with

PRACTICE

we get BETTER!?

I wonder what wonderful teacher gave them that ADVICE???

Anyways…

we will PAINT!

And we will PAINT..a  LOT!

Next month… 

I’m thinking SNOW, and Penguins, and Nature Scenes.

Maybe some “still life”…    Hmmmm.

MONET!     DEGAS! 

Watch out WORLD OF ART…

HERE  WE  COME!

Check out pinterest for more ideas!

WHAT TIME IS IT?

WHAT TIME IS IT???

How many “times” today have you been asked…

WHAT TIME  IS  IT???

 
Clock, time, happy clock
For me…
WAY  TOO  MANY!
 
And so…
WE  TEACH!
 
Hour hand.
Minute hand.
O’clock.
Thirty.
 
And OVER…And OVER…And OVER!
 
Judy clock for asking What Time Is IT?
Big ones for WHOLE Group. 
Little Ones for Small / Independent Practice.
 
(Practice  MAKES   Perfect!)
 

To help out…

 

                                        I have created a much-NEEDED Packet…

 for ME AND  For YOU!

 

WHAT TIME IS IT? 1stgradefireworks

Snowmen TIME

Snowman clocks for What Time Is It?

 

Time cards for WHAT TIME IS IT?

 

Snowman time header cards

 

snowman, time , black & white cards

 

Clocks for WHAT TIME IS IT?

 

WHAT  TIME  IS  IT  SNOWMAN?

 

These games will help my kiddos practice

Hour & Half-Hour

in 

MULTIPLE GAME  Formats!

 
 
Those who like SORTING…SORT!
Those who like a MATCHING GAME…MATCH!
Those who like to write…WRITE!
 
And so we work..we play…we practice!
 
And then…
 
WHAT  TIME  IS  IT??
 
RECESS!  LUNCH!  TIME TO GO HOME!
 

I also have a MARCH goodie to practice telling TIME!

 
Time to the hour and half hour
 
  
Check out my WINTER Pinterest board!
LOTS  of Winter GOODIES!
Writing a Complete Sentence - 3 Steps to Success

How to Write a Complete Sentence – 3 Steps to Success

I have a BRAND NEW writing product to add to my TPT Store!

My problem was my students were writing…

BUT, they were not writing complete sentences.

They had a great idea, but could not get the right sequence of words to

make a complete sentence

Their stories just did not FLOW! They didn’t make sense.

So WHAT is a teacher to do?

WRITE! And so I did.

I did some research, read some materials, and 

I created a  WRITING CENTER where my students can be successful!

I teach in a high-poverty, low-socioeconomic, Title 1 school. 

I have had up to 50% of my class as EL students.

I have decided to help my students,

we need  Writing a Complete Sentence – 3 STEPS TO SUCCESS!

  1. Visuals for Vocabulary. 
  2. Structured Graphic Organizers for independent thoughts.
  3. Practice, practice, practice!

Product Description:

Writing a Complete Sentence – 3 Steps to Success

How to help your students to write complete sentences? How about 3 steps to SUCCESS? This packet of picture visual cards is sorted into NOUNS, VERBS, and NOUN places for students to select cards and create their own sentences. 40 NOUN cards (80 pictures total), 40 VERB cards ( 80 pictures ), and 30 NOUN PLACES cards are included. Teacher suggestions for implementing the product. I suggest using them at a writing center for the scaffolding of writers and nonwriters.

And so, it begins.

                                     Check out the VIDEO! 

 

    Writing a Complete Sentence – 3 Steps to Success

  Writing Paper for Scaffolding Writers

 

    NOUN  Cards for  Vocabulary  Support

 

                VERB Cards for action

 

 Noun Cards for “PLACES” to complete sentences.

 

       Sample  Writing  Page included.

      Teacher SUGGESTIONS for implementing.

                           THINK  WRITING  CENTER!  🙂 

                                I hope this helps with your planning for 

                                             Back to School.  I know.

   Teachers NEVER stop thinking about SCHOOL!

                                       

                                               Rest and Relax! 

                                    You can’t pour from an empty cup.

                                                 Check it out!

                                          Other posts that can help!

  Balanced Literacy

Literacy Do-Over:  Shared  Writing

 Literacy Do-Over:  Interactive Writing

Helping My EL’s with Writing

Leave me some LOVE and let me know what you think! 

Happy Summer!

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First Grade Writing – NONFICTION

First Grade Writing

So…we have taken the step  jump  LEAP into writing

NON-FICTION.

As a Title 1 teacher

with half of my class CELDT Levels 1&2 ( low English),

I am ALWAYS trying to give my kids more vocabulary, visual clues, and

FRONTLOAD information

…before we WRITE!

So this week…was

REINDEER  WEEK!

I was going for REAL REINDEER.

We read books, watched VIDEOS, did real research ( yes, ONLINE!)

We even attempted to watch the

REINDEER.CAM

Can’t show kiddos in my district…

TOO MUCH SANTA!

I know…don’t go there!

So …I kept it real!

ONLY REAL REINDEER!

I was going for NON-FICTION!

They did great!

As an adult, I felt they had mastered

 a LOT

of information!

What do reindeer LOOK like?

Where do they LIVE?

What do they EAT?

( One of our movies mentioned MUSHROOMS…

BOY did they pick up on that!)

And then…

what makes them different

 (special )

from

other ANIMALS?

Here are some of our writings…

(Don’t judge….we have NOT edited for CONVENTIONS..

Just  CONTENT!!  🙂

Sorry pics are turned…

Can’t get them to TURN! UGH!

No where…no how…

did I   MENTION

SANTA  or   RUDOLPH!

99%  of my students wrote

that the important thing about REINDEER is…

THEY PULL SANTA’S  SLEIGH

AND

THE LEADER IS…RUDOLPH!

And THAT is NON FICTION!

HAHAHAHA

But that is their

 PRIOR  KNOWLEDGE!

SO CUTE!

They brought it into their writing!

Let their VOICES be heard!

And so…

ADULTS  BE  AWARE!

The little ones WILL be HEARD!

I LOVE TEACHING FIRST GRADE!

They make me GIGGLE!

If you need some writing help…

WRITE  ON!

ENJOY!

Write On! Journal Pages with Support!

 

Toby Keith and his Red Solo Cup...what does that have to do with PAINTING?

Toby Keith, Red Solo Cups, and Watercolors

Red Solo Cups…
Oh, How I LOVE my RED SOLO CUPS!

Um…I’m talking about in my classroom LADIES & GENTS!
What DID YOU THINK…Hmmmm??? 🙂
My kiddos had a problem with markers.
No lids, mixing up colors, etc…
I needed a 12 step intervention. 

  QUICK!

Enter…RED SOLO CUPS! 
Toby Keith and Red solo Cups?
What does that have to do with markers & painting
in our first grade classroom?
Check it out!

( I hear the Toby Keith song in my head!)

What does that have to do with Markers?

Toby Keith and his Red Solo Cup…what does that have to do with Markers?

But… I need those Cups!

 

Here is our before… in a tub . 
ALL mixed up. YUCK!

 Enter my HERO!
RED SOLO CUP!
 RED SOLO CUP!
My firsties have become OCD about it!
ALL lids on! check
Colors separated! check
Markers standing tall! check
 
( RED SOLO CUP! RED SOLO CUP!
…sorry song stuck in my head!)
Thought I’d add some FIRSTIE LOVE TOO…
 
 
We never paint!
 Well, we haven’t until now.
So here is our gift to you!
 
EYE CANDY FOR GRADE 1 TEACHERS!
 
(Doesn’t take much to make us happy!) 
Enjoy!
The seven Dwarfs from Walt Disney.

Do You Have a PLAN for Packing up YOUR Classroom?

It’s THAT time.

Time to pack up my classroom!

Are YOU packing up YOUR classroom?

via GIPHY

WAHOO!  Summer vacation. The Beach. Family BBQ’s. R&R.

BUT, WAIT!  NOT YET!  First I need to pack up my classroom so I can find the things I need when we come back. Back to School is crazy enough without me NOT being able to find my MOST needed items! ( Where is MY stapler???)

Are YOU packing up your classroom?

download

What am I packing?

What is on my classroom packing list?

Here is my list:

Number one is first.

Number One

It’s ALL about ME!  What will I need the first week?

TE's and Lesson plan book

Teacher Editions and Lesson Plan Book

My Teacher Editions  & Lesson Plan Book. I need them to plan for the first weeks.

Mostly Routines and Daily schedules. (Work on THIS before VACATION!)

Multi Colored Sticky Notes

Sticky Notes

Sticky notes inside to remind my “aging” brain…what I INTEND to do!

What MATERIALS will I need to accomplish this? What lesson to focus on those first weeks? What went well? What didn’t?

USE THOSE STICKY NOTES INSIDE YOUR TE!

You will NOT remember months from now… what you are thinking about TODAY!

Use the next few weeks to make your NOTES!

How to Prepare for a Successful Reading Workshop in First Grade

Teacher's Desk

Teacher’s Desk

Don’t forget, in your TEACHER DESK…

hide a few water bottles, mints, chocolate, and Tylenol, sanitizer, throat lozenges,

for the first week back…FOR YOU!

Never know how that FIRST WEEK will go!

BE Prepared!

* “SUGGESTED” teacher MUST HAVES for the first weeks:

Number 2 is second

Number 2

Student materials ( packets, papers, journals, etc ).

Before packing up your classroom,  RUN THEM NOW!

( Nothing feels better than pulling out MUCH NEEDED things…ALREADY DONE!)

Stacks of copied papers, sorted and ready to go!

Papers copied, sorted, and filed!

Whew! SO glad I prepped these BEFORE school was out!!

Get some puzzles, games, blocks, etc. out.

It’s National PUZZLE Day! Do YOU play GAMES??

Classroom card games

classroom card games

THEY WILL NOT BE INDEPENDENT!

Have a few things ready so they can have “downtime”

while YOU are doing ONE-TO-ONE assessing!

You know you will HAVE TO…prepare for IT!

How do YOU FIT IT ALL IN? Balanced Literacy

Number three is third.

Number three is third.

As you are packing up your classroom with those MANY, MANY BOXES (for centers, games, things you need to go through) … DO THOSE LATER!

I know you NEED these,  BUT

You will “SURVIVE” looking at them LATER!

NO STRESS!

( YEAH, right!)

Read to SELF..LET THEM READ!

Prepare today… after a RELAXING Summer… the thought of coming back

and redoing everything in a day or two is

EXCRUTIATING!

Screaming child

Screaming Child

Breathe…relax…make your lists…stick to them…and PREP AWAY!

The payoff is HUGE!

Now…where did I pack that STAPLER?

black stapler

stapler

These posts might help “ease” the transition Back to School…

Polka Dots please flexible seating blog post.

Polka Dots Please blog post on flexible seating.

Polka Dots Please

Teacher packing up a classroom .

Teacher Stacking chairs

Packing Up Your Classroom

* PS…I just found out I have three weeks to pack up

MY ENTIRE CLASSROOM! I am getting NEW Carpet! I am happy…I think!

PACK UP 30 years of stuff? In 3 weeks? EVERYTHING?

Time to PURGE! Who needs the PD resource from 1999???

I think I need a LOT MORE BOXES!

boxes in warehouse

I may need ALL of these boxes to pack up my classroom.

Hi HO…HI HO…It’s off to pack I go!

                        

via GIPHY

 WENDY  – 1stgradefireworks

How to Teach GRAMMAR in the SPRING

Do YOU teach prefixes and suffixes? WE DO!

I teach at Title 1 school. My first graders are learning English, trying to learn to read, and for some, WE are their biggest supporters!

When I introduce grammar…. it can be a struggle.

The BusyTeacher Library
The BusyTeacher Library

The Busy Teacher has a great post on 5 Fun Ways to Teach Grammar to ESL students.

4 resources for teaching grammar to ESL students
4 resources for teaching grammar to ESL students

Fluentu.com also has a great post on teaching grammar to ESL students.

First, one of my grammar lessons this week was teaching first graders ( EL’s & EO’s) how to add prefixes to base words AND how to define them for reading and writing!

A very HIGH LEVEL CONCEPT for seven-year-olds!

Then, I started with LOTS of vocabulary. We started with BASE WORDS. Then we added prefixes. LOTS of classroom discussions. We moved around the room working with different partners. We played games, And… we worked HARD!

My newest product helped us A LOT!

SPRING PREFIXES!

Match the FLOWER and the FLOWER POT to make new vocabulary words!

Spring Prefixes for creating and defining higher level vocabulary words.
Spring Prefixes for creating and defining higher level vocabulary words.
Spring Prefixes for teaching grammar and vocabulary.
Spring Prefixes for teaching grammar and vocabulary.

Finally with practice, chants, dances, movement, discussions, partners, and lots of practice… ALL students can learn to add prefixes to their repertoire of skills and strategies for reading, writing, and word work.

NEXT? SUFFIXES! Here we go! 🙂

Spring is HERE my friends!

Here are some SPRING RESOURCES to help YOU out!

Robby Rabbit's Garden... a complete plant unit reading, writing, math for SPRING!
Robby Rabbit’s Garden… a complete plant unit reading, writing, math for SPRING!
Spring Math Task Cards Addition and subtraction
Spring Math Task Cards Addition and subtraction
SPRING Word Trees updated with EXTENSIONS
SPRING Word Trees updated with EXTENSIONS
SPRING PREFIX VIDEO
SPRING PREFIX VIDEO CLICK HERE TO PREVIEW VIDEO

Guided Reading

How to help students EDIT THEIR WRITING

Have fun my friends! Leave me a comment and tell me…

HOW DO YOU TEACH PREFIXES TO YOUR STUDENTS?

Teacher appreciation at graduation.

What is Teacher Appreciation? It might SURPRISE you!

What is TEACHER APPRECIATION?

I am a VETERAN teacher.

NO.

 I have NOT fought in a WAR.

I have taught in GRADE 1

 ( exclusively )

for over 25 years!

WOW!

( Never “graduated” to second grade..as my students tell me!) 🙂

Do kids appreciate their teacher?

Kids graduating from elementary class

I have changed my “VIEW” on teacher appreciation.

 We ALL want to be appreciated.

We want to be recognized for SOMETHING “GOOD”  we have done!

But…

things can get a little … OUT OF HAND!

I believe…

YES…

I believe,  there are

those who are

APPRECIATED

and those who

WISH THEY WERE!

Super Teacher

Super Teacher

I will say this ONE TIME…

IT  IS  NOT  ABOUT  TEST SCORES!

The teacher’s with the SUPER highest test scores

are NOT, always,

the teachers who are

APPRECIATED the MOST!

Now…disclaimer…teachers work WAY TOO hard!

I got that!

Some are SOOOOOO  focused on the “data”…

they forget, or can’t “document” the traits of the child the “data” came from!

Nowhere is there a box to check that says:

                                   ___  Didn’t have breakfast ( or dinner the night before ).

                                         ___ Couldn’t sleep because parents were arguing LOUDLY!

                      ___ No one would help with homework/reading

                            ( for the past two weeks!)

___  not in a good “mind set”  today.

REMEMBER –   these are kids!

This is life!

To attach a “number” to a student based on “today’s testing module”

is NOT

 what teaching is all about!

( Ok sorry…OFF my soapbox!)

So,

Teacher Appreciation.

Where? How? When?

Admin's appreciate teachers.

Administrator’s appreciate a teacher’s work.

Admin’s…

Please… I don’t need a new pen with my school name on it.

If YOU really want to show me your appreciation…

HAVE MY BACK during an IEP

when ‘the team” says

I NEED TO DO MORE!

By the time I have gotten to his stage…

I HAVE DONE ALL I CAN DO!

Take the stand that I AM DONE!

SEND ME SOME HELP!

Now I have great admin’s…

I know they have my back!

THAT’s  APPRECIATION!

If you want to “give” me something…

…TAKE MY RECESS DUTY!

…Take my class for an hour at the end of the day, if MY child is at home sick!

… Come in and do reading groups once in a while

( an extra adult doing centers is ALWAYS appreciated).

You see…it’s NOT about the “things”

it’s about WHAT you DO!

How do you know if your “team” appreciates YOU?

Do your working peers appreciate YOU?

Teacher groups working together.

Do you “share”?

Do you “follow through?”

Do you “care” about each other?

My “teaching partner”…

and I have taught next to each other

( rooms 3 & 4)

for 26  years!

We are going to retire together

the same year…in 3-4 years.

( We “pinky swore”…

..as long as nothing catastrophic happens before then).

Her mom worked in her room. (Before COVID)

I call her MOM!

Our student’s think we are

SISTERS!

Teacher friends appreciate each other!

Teacher friends

See the family “resemblance”?

In my heart…SOUL SISTERS!

We run homework for each other.

We share our students.

We laugh, we cry, we CARE about each other!

We are NOT the ONLY grade 1 teachers.

We have 1-2 others who teach with us.

( Depending on the year and student numbers).

We ALWAYS include them!

This is NOT a

CLOSE YOUR DOOR & DO YOUR THING!

NOPE!

WE DO!

Together.

Feel appreciated? YEP! Daily.

( I could have transferred to another school in MY district..many times!)

NOT LEAVING!

LOVE MY

CRAZY TITLE 1 school!

and then…

Your students…

Students appreciate the work their teacher does.

First Grade students celebrating with an appreciated teacher!

Finally, When do they make YOU feel appreciated?

When you are passing out report cards?

Is it when they forgot their homework?

Or better,  when they have interrupted you for the 1000th time that day?

Probably NOT!

It’s when that SAME little girl walks in EVERY morning

and says…

“Can I have a HUG?”

or

When the little boy who STUTTERS ( severely )…

asks if he can READ his newest story

TO THE CLASS!

( And EVERYONE cheers  for him!)

or

The “behavior problem” child

who knows ( his MAMA tells him a lot )

that he is a PROBLEM…

and he hands me a heart he made with a picture of me & him!

( Melts my heart..right before he hits another student!)

and last…

the “older students” who come back…

just to say HI!

Graduation Caps to tell teachers the are appreciated.

Graduation Caps

or…

“I got my driver’s license & I promise to be safe..just like you said!”

“I got a full-ride scholarship…to HARVARD!”.. yes it did happen!

“I want to be back in first grade so I can PAINT!”

“Thank you, Mrs. McCarty, for listening to me!”

Giggles, Grins, Hugs, & High Fives to 

ALL of YOU!

YOU make a difference!