Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Bright Idea: Student Mailboxes Made Easy

Hello readers! I am so excited today to be linking up for my first ever Bright Ideas Blog Hop.
I am here today to tell you all about how I made over my student mailboxes. I used to have this monstrosity:
I always struggled with where in my classroom to put it! The sections at the top were too tall for my first graders and they would end up standing on the shelves to see into their mailbox. It also made me crazy to lose a student or gain a student and then the names not be in their number order.

So this year, I decided to change it up. I got rid of the huge mailboxes I had and got a basket and some file folders. Now my students can easily see into their mailbox AND the names are always in order!! :)  Plus, takes up less room so I have a matching basket that my kids put their take home binders into every morning. This system is perfect for me and my kiddos and I'll never go back to my old mailboxes!
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For more bright ideas from other bloggers, please browse through the link-up below and choose a topic/grade level that interests you. Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Firstie Friends Spring Product Bundle Giveaway

Hello friends! My Firstie Friends and I decided to pull together our best Spring products just for you! Please click on the image below to go to a Google Doc with clickable links for each product.

Enter to win this amazing 14 item bundle using the Rafflecopter.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
Here are the blogs of all the fabulous ladies that have contributed. Click away to visit their pages! :)
Now I'll show you a closer look at the product that I have in this giveaway- Spring Print & Practice: A Math and Literacy Unit.
In this unit, there are 14 math pages and 14 literacy pages- all ready to just print and use. Here are the skills that are in this unit:
ABC Order
Making Words
Color by Sight Word
Adjective Identification
Color by Noun/Verb/Adjective
Cinquain Poem
Spring Writing
Compound Words
Long A Identification
Singular/Plural Identification
Digital/Analog Time
Coin Matching
Tens/Ones Place Value
Fair Share
3D Shapes/Tallying
Greater Than/Less Than/Equal To
Adding 10
Addition to 20
Adding 3 Addends/Odd/Even
1 Less/1 More/10 Less/10 More
Word Problems
Count and Graph
Reading a Bar Graph
Thanks for reading! Don't forget to enter to win! :)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Deep in the Heart of Texas Blog Hop

Welcome to the "Deep in the Heart of Texas" blog hop! Over 40 Texas teacher bloggers have joined together to share what we love about our state as well as ideas and freebies that we love. You will also have the opportunity to enter to win TpT products and/or TpT gift certificates by entering using the rafflecopters included in each post. Down at the bottom, you will see all of the blogs participating in the hop. Just click and you will be taken to their posts. We hope you love what you find.  Happy Valentine's Day!

Howdy! I'm Cassie. I'm a 27 year old 1st grade teacher. I've been married to my hunky hubby for 5 years and we have 3 fur-babies. I've only taught 1st grade and I wouldn't have it any other way! :)

Well, I live in Cowtown and I love it! The Fort Worth Stockyards are 10 minutes from my house. We also live close to wonderful museums and tasty restaurants. It is the quiet of the suburbs with an amazing night life all rolled into one! There is always a lot to do here in Fort Worth, Texas.
One of my favorite things in my classroom are my BUILD math stations. It is a very flexible way to run stations and it has been rocking in my classroom for years! My students have 5 choices and all the choices are things that we are working on or have been working on. I have found that these fun (and easy to prepare!!) choices for my students are a key factor in keeping them interested. A lot of the choices I have in there are simple and easily changed out.

Buddy Games, Using Manipulatives, Independent Reading, Learning About Numbers, Doing Math

My students don't go with a specific group to their station (although you certainly could do it that way- my teammate has her students go by table group to each bucket). I call whoever I need to my table first, and then I call the other students to make their choice. The kids at my table might be up there for word problems in one rotation and then coin recognition in the next rotation. This setup makes it very easy to fit the needs of my class at any given time. I'm a very structured teacher in all other areas, but with SO many concepts being taught in math, I wanted to allow a lot of leeway when seeing groups. I use a blank chart and I just write down what letter they go to. I can look back on my spreadsheet and see that Sam went to the U bucket yesterday, so today he should do L or B instead.
Head over to the 'BUILD' section of my blog using the tabs at the top and you can find a lot more info! :)  
Here is a FREEBIE to get you started with organizing and planning BUILD in your classroom!
Click the image to download.
Click on the buttons below to visit some other awesome Texas bloggers!