Monday, January 30, 2012

Tag....You're It!

Dontcha just love a good game of tag?  Thanks to these three fabulous bloggers for including me in the game....let the fun begin!

1st Grade Rocks!!!

Now onto the rules of the game: follow the guidelines and pass it on to 12 other lucky bloggers! 
1.      You must post the rules.
2. Post 12 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create 12 new questions for the people you tagged.
4. Tag 12 people and link them on your post.
5. Let them know you've tagged them! 

12 fun facts about me!

1.  I LOVE Shih Tzus.  
We're on our third little love in 23 years of marriage :)

2.  Our first Shih Tzu was named Scooby Doo.  
Our second was named Shaggy.  
Our current princess is Daphne….see the theme here?  
Yep…I'm a "Scooby Doo" fan!

3.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE reading mysteries!  
My favorite authors:  Kathy Reich, Lisa Jackson, Sandra Brown, and Brandilyn Collins!

4.  I'm addicted to my Kindle Touch!  
I don't miss holding a book a bit :)

5.  My husband is an Ultra Running Addict and has recruited myself and son to crew his "Run Across America on Trails"….yep …80 days on the road/trails!

6.  I'm now a co-owner of a 1997 Road Trek with a VERY blue velvet interior.

7.  The reason we bought the Road Trek is for the …. toilet of course…who wants to run/crew across America and not have access to a toilet??!!

8.  I LOVE the ocean!  I don't swim, surf, or sail!  I LOVE to watch the waves and listen to the surf!

9.  I used to be a Creative Memories consultant ages ago….and I still have tons of photos to put into albums!  Now, I use Smilebox and put my digital photos into albums ready to send and share right away!

10.  I started teaching in the little town of Brunswick, MD….living over a garage in the middle of nowhere close to a laundry mat…

11.  So….I used to wash my clothes in the bathtub and hang them to dry outside in the forrest that was the middle of nowhere!

12.  What about winter you ask…..well…you hang the clothes over anything that stands in your very tiny apartment over the garage and turn up the heat as high as it will go :)  Gotta love utilities included :)

Now to answer the questions:
First Grade Rocks:
Were you excited to be tagged?  Absolutely!
What are you doing right now while trying to write this post???  Watching NCIS reruns.
What subject do you feel like you ROCK at teaching and why???  I love's great to see the minds click on and the world open up before them!
What grades have you taught? pre-K, 1,2,3,7
Who is the person that you go to for help when you need support at school? teammates
Do you have a lot of after school meetings? no
What do you do for reading interventions?  iStation
What is your favorite blog post? any and all!
Do you like comments on your blog posts? absolutely!
Are you a coffee person?  double absolutely with an addiction on the side!
What is your favorite show to watch on television?  NCIS
What great book have your read lately?  "Spider Bones"

Questions from Fun for First:
1. What is your favorite magazine?   Mailbox Magazine 
2. What is your favorite dinner that you cook?  Spaghetti
3. What is your favorite dinner when you go out?  Qdoba's Grilled Chicken Burrito!
4. What is your least favorite household cleaning chore?  Cleaning the bathroom
5. What household cleaning chore do you find the most rewarding?  Uhmmm....none!
6. What is one beauty item that you could not live without?  lotion
7. What is your favorite song?  right now?....."Good Feeling"
8. What is your favorite dessert?  Cheesecake
9. Do you like to exercise? Nooooo!!!!
10. Do you like to shop in store or online?  Online
11. Do you have any pets? yep...
12. Are you a neat freak or free spirit?  definitely a free spirit!

Questions from First Grade at Klinger Cafe

How long have you been teaching?  Since 1986 with three years off to be with my son!

What was your first teaching job?  Second grade teacher in a little town of Brunswick, MD.

What made you decide to become a teacher?  Mrs. Schneider!

Do you have a teaching “idol?”  Many….Heidi Butkus, Donna Whyte, Mr. Smith, and…the best team ever!!! 

What is your favorite thing to do in the summer?  Go to the beach and read! walk! and listen!

Do you get a spring break if so when?  Yes!  March

Do you have extra duties besides teaching that are nonpaid? NOPE :)

Who is the “go to” person at your school? I think that means who do I go to when I need help….that would be my team members!

What is your greatest dream in the world of teaching?  To be able to share and help others not just in my school, but all over!

What snack gets you through “those days?” Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Mint Squares!

What would you be doing if you didn’t teach?  a coffee barrista, a receptionist, or a secretary.

Would we be friends if we taught together, why or why not? Sure…we both love to create and share!

Now my questions for the 12 bloggers below:

1.  Who's your favorite author?
2.  What's your favorite TV show?
3.  Do you watch real time TV or do you Tivo?
4.  Do you exercise?  Where?  When?  How long?
5.  What's your favorite thing to do on vacation?
6.  Are you a coffee a holic?
7.  What's your favorite time of day?
8.  Do you have a favorite Bible Verse that get's you through the rough spots?  Share?
9.  Are you a real book holder...or a Kindle holder?
10.  Want to come join me in my adventures in crewing as my husband runs across america??
11.  Do you have stability balls in your school?
12.  Do you use guided reading groups, daily five, or something altogether different?

And the 12 lucky players are....

That's more exercise than I've done in a long to go tag these friends in their blog posts....

Friday, January 27, 2012

Place Value Scoot Assessment

Here's the latests Scoot for Place Value!  The kids did a FABULOUS job on this activity and it's perfect for my assessment of this concept.

Each desk set up their "offices" with the card figure out the place value!

They had 1 minute to count and write the number for the model shown on their card. 

They moved from seat to seat when the "timer" went off.  I put the iPod with the timer under the flex cam so the kids could watch the minutes count down. 

They were fabulous about keeping their answers in the right box! 

Download the FILE HERE!


Thursday, January 26, 2012

My Favorite Follower Award

Thanks to Deb over at "Oh My Little Classity Class" was kind enough to pass along the "Favorite Follower Award"...If you haven't hopped over to her blog yet, take a peek and check it out.
She's got some great shares...

Rules of the award are to pass along to two of my followers...well...that's a tough one!  I always enjoy the comments I receive and am happy to share...

Let me pass on some "love" to  "Oceans of First Grade Fun"
Mrs. A's got some of the cutest snowmen going on right now!  She's always so kind to share her ideas and leave a "happy note" when she downloads something from the swamp :)  Glad to hear she made it through the tornado alley last week too!  It was a fun time for all!

Kathy from "First Grade A La Carte" is another blog friend with a heart of gold...and a brain that creates some awesome games and shares!  She's always so complimentary and thoughtful in her comments!
If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing her adorable penguin clip art, hop over now and check it out!  Too cute!  She's also in the running for "Most Fascinating Blog of 2011"...go vote for her!  and good luck!

Enjoy your day, friends!

Monday, January 23, 2012

iPad/iPod AR Book App Cards

What do you get when you combine two really awesome ideas...something I hope works really well!

Colleen Patton created some really cool I Can cards to use with her iTouches.
and Sue at "The Very Busy Kindergarten" posted information that "Little Critter" Apps are on sale for 99 cents right now...

So....I took the two ideas/information and came up with some cards to use with my iPods and iPad for reading apps and AR testing....gotta love the Recorded Voice option on some AR tests!  It allows the kids to take higher level tests and stretch their wings a little!  They love reading the books on the iPods and iPad...they're interactive and interesting.

The plan is to put the AR cards on a ring so that those that are on the iPods and iPad for the day can choose the app they need to do and take the tests independently (or close to independently :)

I was able to get some Arthur Books awhile back for 99 cents...

Last year, I snagged some Dr. Seuss... 

So, I was super excited when Little Critter went on sale this week! 
Check out all the book apps for Little Critter on your iTunes account!  Or go to Sue's blog...she's got them posted there along with a lot of other great ideas!

Download the cards I created with the AR test numbers HERE!


Monday, January 16, 2012

New Blog in Blog World!

Take a moment to hop over and check out the cool things at
You'll be glad you stopped by!


Friday, January 13, 2012

Love to Joplin

Join the Linky party at Mrs. Wills' Kindergarten Blog to send some love to Joplin, MO
Click on the link below to see how to help!
I bet even the first grade teachers would enjoy a smile :)


Sunday, January 8, 2012

Numerical Order with a Twist

I need my kiddos to work on counting on from any number to 120....and ordering a set of numbers.
My plan during station time in Math this week is to have the kids take a group of numbers and put them in numerical order...counting by 1s, 2s, 5s, or 10s.

After they've got them in the correct order, they'll record what they see...
How many even numbers?
How many odd numbers?
How many numbers are on a red apple, orange apple, yellow apple?
How many numerals are written in yellow?  red?
How many apples do you have in all?
What is the greatest number?  least?

Then comes the twist...on the back of each apple are some of the first 100 Fry's Phrases.
Students will turn over the apples and begin reading the phrases.  
They can sort the phrases into know it without help and needed help to read.
You could have them sort them into phrases with more than 3 words and phrases with 3 words or less.
You could also sort into phrases that are complete sentences and phrases that are not complete sentences.

You could use any set of cards you have with numbers already on them, I just happened to have this set from a pack I bought at the beginning of the year.
You could even write the numbers on index cards and the phrases on the back.

I'll store the different groups in Altoid tins so that they are leveled...SI, OL, and ADV.

Hope it goes well....I just thought if I could integrate reading into the math stations, I might do some extra double duty for my friends that need some extra practice :)


Friday, January 6, 2012

Melt a Snowflake with Dice

Here's a twist to the snowflake game for the high frequency words.  

For the first board, you could have kids use 3 dice to add together and color the sum.  You could also use 2 - 10 sided dice added together to color the sum.

For the second and third boards, you could use 2 six - sided dice to add together and color the sum.

Download your copies HERE

I linked up with Pitner's Potpourri post on Snow Related Ideas and Downloads...check it out HERE!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Year's Resolution #1--Organization

52 Week Organized Home Challenge

Happy New Year to one and all!  One of my biggest goals this year is to get more organized!
So I've hopped over to this cool little blog and will try to use some of the suggestions each week to become a little more organized!  Hope it works!

Want to try too...just click on the picture above and you can check it out!

Have a blessed day!