Sunday, January 30, 2011

Battleship for Word Practice?

A wonderful teacher in my county created "Battleship" for practicing sight words and sight word phrases.  Andrea Cotner has uploaded these to the firstgradeteachersintn yahoo group if you'd like to download them!  She has a set for Unit 1 sight words as well as for Unit 2 from the Reading Street Series.

I love I created a board for my frogs to use this week as we talk about the R-Controlled words from "I'm a Caterpillar" Unit 3 story 5.

Here's the directions:
Play like battleship.  Each student or team has a board that is hidden from the other team.  Boards should be like boards with words in the same place.  Place 5 flies on 5 different words on your board.  Teams or students take turns calling out words from the board.  If they call out a word with a fly on it, the opposing team must take the fly off the word.
Goal is to take all the flies from your opponents board before they get your flies.

To hide the boards, I have the kids use their “Offices”…which are nothing more than file folders glued together and laminated.

Download the battleship version of the r-controlled words here.

Download the frog fly trap version directions for the r-controlled words here.

Download the frog fly trap version of the r-controlled words here.


Super Why Uno Cards



Isn't it amazing what kids are watching on the telly nowadays?  Super Why seems to be a favorite of some of my friends and some very smart person on another yahoo group sent through the idea for creating Uno cards using the characters from this TV wonder show!

I manipulated the High Frequency Words from Reading Street's Unit Three Stories to create this fun small group game.  I was amazed at how quickly the kids caught onto the play it just like the regular Uno Card Game.

This will probably stay as a small group, adult led game for me...however, if you have a wonderful class, you might be able to put it into a station rotation.

Download the Cards here.  I don't have the word doc format, only the pdf as I lost a lot of files when my computer crashed this fall.  It's an easy game to create however if you want to add your own words.  You could even use a different show or character cards.


Debbie Diller ROCKS!!!

Las Tres Amigas meet Debbie Diller at her Winter Workshop!  
We had such a fantastic time and got some GREAT ideas to boot!

We sat at the "lucky" table...Nancy and 2 other members of the firstgradeteachersintn yahoo group at our table won door prizes!  Whoo Hoo!


Debbie shared a cute idea for a book that would make a wonderful station!  Can you imagine creating these books with your kids and then putting them into the stations to manipulate and work with?  Wouldn't they just love them?





Can't wait to get back to school with a camera and take some hand shots for the different books!!!
I think the kids will be ecstatic about being the hand in the book!

If you haven't had a chance to check out Debbie's new Math Work Stations's still available to look at online.

Debbie also has a great facebook page and on her website you can find a blog by clicking on the megaphone.  



Saturday, January 29, 2011

Coin Combination Stamping Station

My friends and I had a fabulous time at Debbie Diller's Winter Workshop on Friday!  Met some of the firstgradeteachersintn group members too!  We got tons of great math ideas as well as a totally better idea of how to do station rotations and organize.  Now, if we could just talk our principals into a day without kids in the a snow day, but only for the it a clean day???  Guess we'll have to settle for spending some time after school to see what we can do :)

Debbie shared a game for a station that sounded really cool.  She was very upbeat on the concept of less is really more....with that in's the station...
Kids choose money amount cards and use coin stamps to create two different ways of showing the amount on the card.  I made a worksheet to go with it, but they could easily be taught how to do it on scrap paper or journal pages.  Thought I better try to share, before I forgot.

Don't forget that Debbie's new book is coming out very soon!  We got to take a look at one of the very first copies as she had just received it from the publisher :)  You can still view it online if you like.
Of course I ordered mine at the conference :)  Can't wait for it to arrive!

You can download the coin stamping combo station money cards here.

You can download the recording sheet here.


And the winner is....

Ms. Durning is the lucky winner of the "My Little Sister" shares.  Please contact me so I can get you the share codes!  Thanks for following the blog!  I hope you get some useful things!

Stop by Ms. Durning's blog....She's decided to share the share codes for the powerpoint and book templates for "My Little Sister Ate One Hare" might get some really good ideas while you are there!  Thanks Ms. Durning!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Last day to enter for My Little Sister

Hi All,
Just wanted to give a last chance day to anyone who might like to enter the "My Little Sister Ate One Hare" contest.  I'll post the winner tomorrow!
Have a great day!

I know I'm excited....going to a Debbie Diller Math Workshop today!!!
Did you know that her Math Stations book is coming out soon!
You can browse the whole book online!
It looks fabulous and I'm hoping to share some really good ideas in the future!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

100 Day Bottles

Read Write and Think is a fabulous resource of lesson plans and ideas available to teachers.  I found this idea there about two years ago and had a great time completing it with my firsties.
Each child fills a 20 ounce clear soda bottle with 100 items that are all the 100 Cheeries.  They store the bottle in a brown paper bag where no one can peek.  Then they complete a clue sheet with three clues to help their classmates guess what's in their bottles.  
My kiddos made a movie from their projects.  It was made when I was first learning to create movies, so it's not the best.  But you can get the idea of what the kids do.
I thought it was a unique way of celebrating the 100th day.

Here's the link to the Read Write and Think lesson plan that has all the downloads as far as the clue sheet and the directions.  I think there's also a list of suggested things to put into the bottle.

Here's the download for the letter I'm sending home to parents. 


Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Frog and Toad "The Garden"

Two of my very favorite characters are Frog and Toad!  This week our Reading Street story is from "Frog and Toad Together"...we're reading "The Garden".

One of the story skills is words that have "AR".  My wonderful team mate, Nancy Bland, created the 4 in a Row board to help the kids practice words with "AR".  She used Adrian Bruce's website to design the boards.  Download her boards here.

Print as many copies as there are kids in the group.
Use a dice or cards to pick a number of the word to read.
When a child rolls or picks a number, everyone in the group reads the words in that
The child chooses the word to cover, spells the word, and creates a sentence using
the word correctly.

Break the code is a fun way for the kids to practice the words for the story of the week.

Another FABULOUS teacher in my district, Kathy Price, created this Science sheet to go with the story.  Thanks Kathy!

You can find the claymation movies of Frog and Toad on Youtube.  When "Kick Youtube" worked, I was able to download them to my desktop and share with the kids.  I've seen them available on as well as ebay.
The Virtual Vine has some wonderful ideas for Frog and Toad too!


Monday, January 24, 2011

My Little Sister Ate One Hare Contest!

One of my most favorite story books to use with the kids is "My Little Sister Ate One Hare" by Bill Grossman!  It's got it all!  Math, writing, creativity, and most important for the boys...grossness! 
The kids have a blast with this book and it becomes a most popular read over and over!  You can hop on by the Swamp Frog Podcasts to listen to the story being read.

I've created a powerpoint to go along with this amazing book that helps the kids count out the animals as they learn what the little sister is eating.  I've also created a page that the kids can use to tell what yummy things their little sisters...or brothers...might eat!  

Some lucky blog reader will get the share code to download the powerpoint and the book making project papers as well as a file I created to make story telling props for this unique counting excursion!

(well...if they enter the contest that is...)

To enter the contest simply click to follow the Swamp Frog First Graders blog and leave me a comment that you are on board...or leave me a comment that you're already following the blog :)
I'll do a random drawing and announce the winner on Saturday, January 29th!
Good luck and Happy Reading!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Words from a Letter

I found a cool game on Mrs. Wheeler's Tidbits called Scattergories.  She took wooden cubes and added letters with a recording sheet so they could write all the words they knew that started with the letter they rolled. 
I used to love playing a type of Scattergories at baby showers!  So I thought it would be great addition to my word working station!

I made a different version of her recording sheet.  I'll cut it in half to save on paper.  I don't have any wooden cubes at the moment and Hobby Lobby is closed today, so I'll use the foam cubes I got from the Target Dollar Spot....much quieter :)
Download the smaller recording sheet here...

but be sure to visit Mrs. Wheeler's Tidbits!  You won't be sorry!


Capture the Heart

Use candy hearts to fill the grid.  Roll a letter die (A-F) and a number die (1-6) to get a coordinate.  Take the candy heart from the coordinate you roll.  If there are no more hearts on that coordinate, lose the turn.  When the all the candy hearts have been captured from the grid, count the amount of hearts you captured.  The player with the most hearts captured is the winner...but everyone gets to eat the hearts they captured :)


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Candy Heart Math Games

Print out the Candy Hearts and laminate.  Store in a bag or envelope.  Kids choose two hearts and create addition or subtraction sentences with the numbers on the hearts.


Visit to create your own hearts for games and cards.  Simply type your text and choose a heart color.  Then save the newly created heart to your photo or desktop to use in your game.
How fun???
Thanks to Debi Goodman from the makinglearningfun yahoo group for sharing the information with me!


Friday, January 21, 2011

Froggy Makes a Ten

I adapted this game from another idea that was sent through a yahoo group...

Create as many ten fact number sentences as you can before you run out of numbers.  Put a marker on each of the two numbers you want to use to create your ten fact number sentence. You may use a frog and another number to create a ten fact.  Just make the frog whatever number you need to make your ten fact number sentence. Record your ten fact number sentence.  See who can make the most different ten fact number sentences.  
The game is over when you can no longer create a fact that equals ten.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Snowman Measuring Sticks

I have the MOST AWESOMEST TALENTED SELFLESS WONDERFUL Mother on the planet! (Well in my opinion of course!)   She sent snowmen measuring sticks for my class to create.....from OHIO!!!!  Love it!  She's also created them with several classes in her hometown.  
She gathered the paint sticks and painted them white and black for the hats.  Then she coated them with glitter paint to make them sparkle.  The hat is a part of a popsicle stick glued on.  Then she sent buttons (with sticky paper on the back already to go!), snowflakes, cut up ties, and wire to hang them with. 

Whoo Hoo!  We had a blast!
Of course, I had to manipulate some educational skills to go with the art project and I just happened to see the post on Mrs. Wheeler's Tidbits about measuring was really weird in a funky kind of good way!
We used a ruler on the back to measure out 5 inches (cause it's pretty rare that we get more the 5 around our area in TN) and added the numbers.  Now when the snow hits....(maybe tomorrow or Friday???)...the kids can take their snowman measuring sticks outside to measure just how much snow has actually fallen.

Thanks again, MOM!!!

Love you tons!!!!