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Can YOU use $250? REALLY?

I just want to give you a HEADS up on HOW you can WIN a $250 Giftcard to TpT!!!

Who can’t use a $250 giftcard?  I can!  It sure would help me get ready for Back to School.  ( Shhhh…  I BET there will be a Back to School SALE on TpT  coming up! 

 AND

MY WHOLE TPT STORE is ON SALE JULY 2-5. YOU can STOCK UP!  

1stgradefireworks Back to School TpT SALE in JULY

It’s a STOCK UP BEFORE Back to School SALE! Happy INDEPENDENCE DAY Sale. July 2-5 20% OFF EVERYTHING. And THEN YOU can RELAX!

AND….. a HUGE GIVEAWAY!

I need this. YOU need this!  So HOW DO I ENTER???

Independence Day GIVEAWAY $250 TpT Giftcard June 28-July 6

Independence Day GIVEAWAY $250 TpT Giftcard June 28-July 6

HERE is HOW!

To help with the purchasing of Independence Day resources for your classroom, a team of amazing teachers and I have grouped together to gift ONE awesome, lucky teacher with a TPT gift card!


PRIZES INCLUDE 
1 x $250 TPT Giftcard
 

 ENTER HERE: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/b4951b8567/?

 
 

Raffle CLOSES: Saturday 6th July 2019 12am


GOOD LUCK!!!

Wendy     1stgradefireworks

 
 

 

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..27 years in First Grade, I know we are NEVER OFF!

My teacher 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.

I am having a SALE! An INDEPENDENCE DAY sale.

1stgradefireworks SALE July2-5 20% OFF EVERYTHING

Stock up for Back to School. Get ready for literacy, math, reading, centers, etc.

EVERYTHING in my TpT store will be 20% OFF from July 2-5.

Get your WISH LIST ready TODAY!

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.

How Calendar Time Starts MY Day!

My favorite CALENDAR,,,Krista @ Creative Clips Paper
My favorite CALENDAR,,,Krista @ Creative Clips Paper

Calendar Time. I’m NOT sure WHO needs it more..

ME?   or my students?  

Coffee?

Restroom Time?

RECESS????

NO!

CALENDAR  TIME!

I Love Calendar Time.

I Love reading through the MONTH.

What’s happening THIS week

Next Week.

All month!

It keeps my “getting older” brain…

FOCUSED!

It helps my kiddos stay on top of events for this week and this month.

This week we are discussing:

CALENDAR TIME

and

MORNING  MEETINGS!

classroom calendar
My classroom calendar wall

My calendar is next to my focus board.

This is where we begin our morning meeting.

After vocabulary discussions, calendar,

 days of the week ,months of the year, HFW cards..

I get to do a READ  ALOUD!

Working on reading strategies!

All of this in about 15-20 minutes!

Whew!

Classroom calendar
first grade calendar…How to start the day!

My calendar is in PLACE VALUE numbers!

I got it HERE.

I also have MELONHEADZ Holiday cards.

LOVE THEM TOO!

I try to “release” the CALENDAR instruction to my students as the year progresses.

By the end of the yer, THEY lead the calendar time.

But , I still get to do the READ ALOUD!

I LOVE IT!

Just a quick shout out to

Krista@Creative Clips Papers Collection

Creative Clips Paper Products
teacher paper calendar

This is MY Calendar!

I use it every DAY!

My Preps, meetings, Notes, appointments, etc.

AND  I  GET  TO  USE  MY  FLAIR  PENS!  🙂

One PAD lasts 2 years!  

I LOVE MINE! 

I do MATH Calendar after lunch.

Math wall, focus wall, math calendar wall

We go back to number of days in school, place value, etc.

This begins my REVIEW of math concepts BEFORE we begin anything new!

We count to 120 by 5’s & 10’s ..2’s to 50 at the end of the year.

This is my FAVORITE!

monkey math, first grade math

It ALL begins with Calendar TIME.

Check it out on PINTEREST and TPT!

What are YOU Packing? https://1stgradefireworks.net

It’s Time to Get Ready for…The END OF THE YEAR!

A FREEBIE to Help you get PACKING! 🙂

What are YOU Packing?

WHAT ARE YOU

 PACKING IN BOXES

 FOR THE END 

OF THE SCHOOL YEAR??

Here is my list:

It’s ALL about ME!

What will I need the first week?

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

What MATERIALS will I need to accomplish this?

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!

Before the end of the year, get ready for the BEGINNING of the Year!

Don’t forget…hide a few

 water bottles, mints, chocolate, and Tylenol

 for the first week back…FOR YOU! 

Never know how that FIRST WEEK will go! 

BE Prepared!

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

RUN THEM NOW!

( Nothing feels better than pulling out MUCH NEEDED

things…ALREADY DONE!)

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

I ran off ALL papers I would need for the first two weeks, before the end of the year.

Beginning of the year..all prepped!

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

THEY WILL NOT BE INDEPENDENT!

Have a few things ready so they can have “down time”…

while YOU are doing ONE-TO-ONE assessing!

You know you will HAVE TO…prepare for IT!

Last….MANY BOXES for centers, games, things you need to go through

LATER!

I know you NEED these..

BUT

You will “SURVIVE” looking at them LATER!

NO STRESS!

( YEAH, right!)

Prepare today…

after a RELAXING Summer…

the thought of coming back

and redoing everything in a day or two is

 EXCRUTIATING!

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

The payoff is HUGE!

Now…where did I pack that STAPLER?

Here are some HELPERS to get your year started!

EVERYTHING?

Time to PURGE!

I think I need a LOT MORE BOXES!

Hi HO..HI HO…It’s off to pack I go!

Here is a little FREEBIE to help you get ready!

Back to School FREEBIE!Word Work Preview.
Back to School FREEBIE!Word Work Preview.

Who wants to WIN a $150 TPT GIFT CARD? ME! ME! ME!

*** EASTER GIVEAWAY ***

To help with the purchasing of Easter resources for your classroom, a team of amazing teachers and I have grouped together to gift ONE awesome, lucky teacher with a TPT gift card!

The giveaway Starts: Friday 19th April 2019 12 am and
Ends: Saturday 27th April 2019 12 am

One lucky winner will receive:
Prizes: 1 x $150 TPT Gift card

EASTER GIVEAWAY!

Here is the RAFFLECOPTER:

ENTER HERE.

I hope YOU win!

Share with your friends!

I want one of MY followers to WIN! 🙂 🙂 🙂

You can enter on my INSTAGRAM PAGE also!

The more you ENTER the better your ODDS!

Happy EASTER!

How to Survive the 4th Quarter DASH!

AKA… What to use to keep some working, while reteaching to others! 🙂

SPRING BREAK is Finally HERE!

Assessments, report cards, cleaning, paperwork,etc…

Third quarter done! YIPPEE!!

Though I really DO love this time of the year.

Kiddos are making TREMENDOUS progress!

Sniff…sniff…PROUD TEACHER!

So NOW we WORK!

When we go back we have the

4th Quarter DASH!

Catch everyone up to grade level standards

before they go to second grade!

And to HELP…I need it!

Some of my kiddos will work on YOU QUACK ME UP!

While I am WORKING with small groups, reteaching concepts they DIDN’T quite get.

DATA tells me that.

Right?

Say this with a SMILE..

“YOU QUACK ME UP!” 

to be taken to my TPT store!

You Quack Me up
You Quack Me Up! ELA & MATH Centers for first grade 4th quarter!
You Quack Me Up ELA & Math for First grade table of contents

ELA: rhymes, Read the Room, Sight Word Games,Grammar

MATH:  3 digit addition, Place Value, Guess My Number

You Quack Me Up ELA & Math for First grade rhyme game
You Quack Me Up ELA & Math for First grade
You Quack Me Up ELA & Math for First grade Grammar
You Quack Me Up ELA & Math for First grade word work
You Quack Me Up ELA & Math for First grade story vocabulary
You Quack Me Up ELA & Math for First grade
You Quack Me Up ELA & Math for First grade prefixes
You Quack Me Up ELA & Math for First grade prefixes
You Quack Me Up ELA & Math for First grade prefixes
You Quack Me Up ELA & Math for First grade task cards
You Quack Me Up ELA & Math for First grade
You Quack Me Up ELA & Math for First grade Sight Word Game
You Quack Me Up ELA & Math for First grade
You Quack Me Up ELA & Math for First grade 3 digit addition
You Quack Me Up ELA & Math for First grade 3 digit addition
You Quack Me Up ELA & Math for First grade
You Quack Me Up ELA & Math for First grade Place Value
You Quack Me Up ELA & Math for First grade
You Quack Me Up ELA & Math for First grade number game
You Quack Me Up ELA & Math for First grade number game

My kiddos LOVE LOVE LOVE this!

So much fun going on in Room 3!

And NOW for the FREEBIE!

Click HERE

FREEBIE HFW GAME

This GMA wants some

GIGGLE  TIME! 

baby laughing
cowgirl sisters
smiling boy in John Deere Tshirt
little girl princess

 And so…

HERE  WE  GO! 🙂

Check out my TPT Store for MORE goodies!

SPRING Word Trees with EXTENSIONS

Spring Word Trees for Reading Fluency UPDATED with Easy-prep extensions.
Spring Word Trees for Reading Fluency UPDATED with Easy-prep extensions
.https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Spring-Word-TreesFluency-Practice-3646980

Spring is a time for renewal. A time for growth!

In our classroom, the “seeds” we have planted ALL year long, are NOW GROWING!

And they are GROWING FAST!

All of the letter sounds, phonics lessons, sight words, guided reading, etc, etc ,etc are NOW

taking root!

So NOW WHAT? How to make it STICK?

First and foremost, Practice. Practice. Practice!

There is NO MAGIC! ( SORRY to tell you that!)

For student’s to internalize learning and to become independent readers.

They must read. And read A LOT!

These sight word fluency pages will help YOUR students practice the reading skills and strategies YOU have taught, with fun and engaging content.

Easy Prep Spring Word Trees help students with sight words, fluency, and grammar.

Students show their greatest growth patterns in the SPRING!

And TEACHERS…REJOICE!

Teachers doing HAPPY DANCE
Teachers doing HAPPY DANCE

Student’s have the “AH HA” moments…

Students also cheer! The

“LIGHBULB” goes on!

The student "lightbulb" goes on!
The student “lightbulb” goes on!

To help with the SPRING FLING…

I have added a new component to MY Guided Reading for Spring.

Spring Word Trees UPDATED with EXTENSIONS!

Spring word Trees for Fluency Practice. Now with Extensions
Spring word Trees for Fluency Practice. Now with Extensions
Spring Word Trees for reading fluency. Updated with extensions.
Spring Word Trees for reading fluency. Updated with extensions.
Spring Word Trees for reading fluency.  Whole page or booklet style.Updated with extensions.
Spring Word Trees for reading fluency. Whole page or booklet style.Updated with extensions.
Spring Word Trees for reading fluency.  Whole page or booklet style.New Scrambled sentences extensions.
Spring Word Trees for reading fluency. Whole page or booklet style.New Scrambled sentences extensions.
Spring Word Trees for reading fluency.  Whole page or booklet style.UPDATED with new Scrambled sentences extensions.
Spring Word Trees for reading fluency. Whole page or booklet style.UPDATED with new Scrambled sentences extensions.

Now my students can read, practice sentence structure with words, AND WRITE!

ALL in one easy-prep page!

HAPPY DANCE! 🙂

Spring Word Trees for Reading Fluency UPDATED with Easy-prep extensions.
Spring Word Trees for Reading Fluency UPDATED with Easy-prep extensions.

Happy Spring!

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1stgradefireworks logo

Who wants to win some $$$ ????

HANDS UP!

TpT is having a SALE!

25% OFF

Tips for SUCCESS:

  1. Leave Feedback on ALL of your past purchases.
  2. Use these points for FREE $$$$.
  3. Add to your WISHLIST NOW!
  4. During the SALE ( Tues. 2/26 & Wed. 2/27 ) FILL YOUR CART!
  5. Don’t FORGET the PROMO CODE!
  6. After Purchase…
  7. GO BACK & DO IT AGAIN!

THINK END OF THE YEAR, BEGINNING of the Year, & HOLIDAYS!

Baby It's Cold Outside
Baby It’s Cold Outside
Robby Rabbit's Garden. Complete Plant unit for SPRING!
Robby Rabbit’s Garden. Complete Plant unit for SPRING!

AND a GIVEAWAY…ACTUALLY 2 (WHAT? 2 GIVEAWAYS????) YES!

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It's a VALENTINE GIVEAWAY! Who wants to win a $150 TPT Gift Card?
It’s a VALENTINE GIVEAWAY! Who wants to win a $150 TPT Gift Card?

*** VALENTINE’S DAY GIVEAWAY ***

To help with the purchasing of Valentine’s Day and Spring resources for your classroom, a team of amazing teachers and I have grouped together to gift ONE awesome, lucky teacher with a TPT gift card!


Giveaway PRIZES INCLUDE 
1 x $150 TPT Gift card

#3 ENTER the Giveaway HERE:

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REMEMBER: each entry counts as ONE entry, the more links you complete, the higher your chances of winning!

Raffle CLOSES: Saturday 16th February 2019 12 am


GOOD LUCK!!!

Do You teach NONSENSE words? YOU SHOULD!

I’ll admit it! ( Head hanging down).

I DID NOT TEACH NONSENSE WORDS!

UGH! BAD TEACHER!

WAIT! Let me tell you why!

I teach first grade. My students speak 6 different languages this year. They are JUST learning to read!

I thought NONSENSE Words were…NONSENSE!

I THOUGHT I was helping them by NOT CONFUSING THEM!

I admit it.

I WAS WRONG!

They need to experience PHONICS all around them!

They need to understand the phonemic sounds of ENGLISH!

Thank YOu, Della Larsen.

It’s NOT CRAZY! It’s good. It’s HELPFUL!

As I am re-thinking my BALANCED LITERACY instruction, I will NOW be adding phonics fluency using real and nonsense words to my lessons.

A short “BURST” of phonics, multiple times during my day, will help my students become

PHONICS MASTERS!

My newest change of “TEACHER MINDSET” is …NONSENSE WORDS!

OK… I’m IN!

Here is my newest product to HELP my kiddos with NONSENSE WORDS!

EARLY PREVIEW for YOU! 🙂

Real or Nonsense Words? How to help your students with phonics fluency.
Real or Nonsense Words? How to help your students with phonics fluency.

Tpt Link HERE!

Real or Nonsense Words? How to help your students with phonics fluency. Great for EL's and EO's.
Real or Nonsense Words? How to help your students with phonics fluency. Great for EL’s and EO’s.
Real or Nonsense Words? How to help your students with phonics fluency. Fluency Practice and Sorting .
Real or Nonsense Words? How to help your students with phonics fluency. Fluency Practice and Sorting .
Real or Nonsense Words? How to help your students with phonics fluency. Fluency Practice and Sorting .
Real or Nonsense Words? How to help your students with phonics fluency. Fluency Practice and Sorting .
Real or NONSENSE? Helping your readers with BOTH!
Real or NONSENSE? Helping your readers with BOTH!

Finally…helping Readers is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING WE DO!

So, I will add READING REAL & NONSENSE WORDS to my literacy repertoire!

How about YOU?

Let me know how it goes!

Wendy