Tuesday, February 28, 2012

March-Themed Random Acts of Kindness! 
Help your school celebrate Dr. Seuss Day by Using these special Random Acts of Kindness cards to spread the cheer during March this year!  Each card features a short message and colorful clip art perfect for March or any month!   Best of all......Totally Free!!!Photobucket

Monday, February 27, 2012

Spelling Blocks

I don't know about y'all, but "Rainy Days and Mondays always get me down"......especially when they occur at the same time!  Unfortunately that was the case in the Tangled Up Teaching classroom today.  But, alas, Pinterest had the creative juices flowing, and luckily I had the materials to try making my own Spelling Blocks.

My niece and nephew have outgrown the Duplo blocks we bought at the flea market ages ago, and rather than letting my mom throw them out, I rescued them and gave them a new home!

I have singles, doubles, triples, and quads in primary colors.  I wish I had equal amounts of each type of block, but when you get the whole lot of them from the flea market for less than 2 bucks, you can't complain.

I decided to lead with the singles since my 1st graders need help creating words.  Each block has one letter on each side, but I didn't use any particular method for choosing letters or letter placement, other than using blue blocks for vowels.  I'm hoping this helps with their understanding of consonants and vowels as well.

My first grade girls loved making words with these blocks!  We used our weekly list of sight words to help us build words.  I love this method  of building words because it is so hands on!  The girls were able to spin the blocks to find new words and play with making nonsense words.  We used to use letter cards to make words, but this will be our new go-to for practicing spelling and reading!

The other thing the girls liked was being able to pick up the word and show it off to my classroom assistant and the older student I have in my classroom.
Now is where I need your help, readers!  I am using the singles for single letter word building, and I'm considering using these for words to make sentences.  Now, I don't know what to do with the doubles, triples and quads.  I thought about writing nouns, verbs, etc on the doubles to use as a word sorting station for older students.  On the blocks I've already made, I used a permanent marker (I didn't have time to print our letters and affix them to the blocks....teachers are busy!)  Do you have any ideas so that I could interchange what I have on the bigger blocks?  Any suggestions at all?  Thanks readers!  I know you'll help me think of something fun and fabulous!!

Happy Monday everyone!

Monday, February 20, 2012

Dr. Seuss Emergent Reader

This has been, by far, one of my most productive holidays!  I revamped my class schedule, helped the plumber with getting a massive clog out of my pipes, went to the gym, planned all my lessons for the week, and created a Dr. Seuss Emergent Reader for Read Across America Day!  I must toot my own horn a bit, and tell you that this Reader is super cute and serves many purposes!  Celebrate Dr, Seuss, practice handwriting, and have fun coloring all in one!  It's up in my TpT store now for only $1.50!!  Wow, what a bargain!! :)  Go check it out now by clicking on any of the preview pictures!


$25 gift card giveaway!

WOW!  The Dual Kinder Teacher blog is giving away a $25 gift card to Target!  She reached 100 fans and was feeling super generous!  Just think.....$25 gift card could mean 25 great new items for your classroom from the dollar bins (or more if you hit a color dot sale like I did Saturday!  A mini microscope for $0.30!!!  That's obscene!!!), or you could stock up on coffee or Diet Coke to keep your energy levels up as we chug along to Spring Break!  Go check out her giveaway!!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sunday Funday Freebie!

Read Across America is only 2 weeks away!  I'm sure many of you are looking to get Pinspired, as I am, for activities and freebies.  Add to your collection with this FREE Dr. Seuss Bookmarks download!

While you're there grabbing this freebie, make sure you check out all the other items I have to offer!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Spacemen Writing

If your students are anything like my first graders, they can't quite seem to remember where spaces go when they are writing.  So, I've started telling them to look out for Spacemen in their words.  Here's a FREE printable to help remind them as well!  Hope you find it out of this world!
Get it HERE!


Sunday, February 12, 2012

You Know You're a Teacher When...Linky Party

I LOVE reading the "You Know You're a Teacher When..." posts on Pinterest!  It's nice to know you're not alone in the crazy things you say and do, especially when family members give you that look...So, when I stumbled upon this Linky Party at Kindergarten Lifestyle, I immediately started thinking about those things I say and do that make me stop and think, "Oh, I am SUCH a teacher!"   Here's what I came up with:

What do you think?  Anyone else in my boats?

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Bravo! Great Decisions!

Let's celebrate good decisions and FREEBIES!!!  Here's a super cute (duh, it's super cute, I made it!) positive behavior reward that's easy to complete, and will make your students feel good about the decisions they have made during the day!  Hope it works well for you, and be sure to check out all of my other items, both free and pay, while you're there!!

Bravo! Celebration Cards!