First Day of First Grade Student Gifts

As I was setting up my classroom this week, I looked at the other done classrooms and noticed they had little bags on the students' desk for first day gifts.  Ahh, I totally forgot to get first day gifts.  Back when I started teaching, no one even thought of giving gifts.  Now, it seems to be the trend.  I figure giving the kiddos a gift might ease some of their first day anxiety and it is not going to be much effort on my part.  I ran to Target and Michaels and snagged these clearance items.  I am only going to give out the balls for my first day gift, but I thought I would give you some options.  I know that I cannot pass up a deal!  I will save the dog erasers for Valentine's Day or the prize box. 

Shopping List:
Michaels - Chevron Bags: clearance for  $0.39
Michaels - Buckets: clearance for $0.39
Target - Dog Erasers clearance 2 for $1
Target - Flashing Ball: clearance for $.70
Target - Clear Bags $2

Click to download the gift tags for free!

I hope you can use these tags!  If you already had your first day of first grade, pin for next year.  Follow my Back to School Pinterest board here!

Teacher Week: When & What (Free Phonics Scope & Sequence)

I am linking up with Blog Hoppin' for "When" of teacher week. 

Here is my plan book. I am still working figuring out what my schedule will be for next school year.  We have a changed lunch and prep.  I will still be teaching the same things, I just need to work out the timing. 

My plan book

Here are some units I use throughout the year. 
You can click on the slides to check out the products in my store and my fellow TpT sellers:

 I don't have this file to share.  A colleague created it for the Smartboard and then I made the students' names out of "alphabets" from Lettering Delights.

Everyday we do literacy centers and the students love them!

To supplement Social Studies, I will be using these weekly packets.  

Here are some of the "What" that I use during the year.

Units I use throughout the year:









Here is the phonics scope and sequence and activities my team will be using this year. 

It is a huge, comprehensive packet.

After years of an outdated phonics scope and sequence, my colleague, Janine, and I decided to create a new scope and sequence.  Our old one was based on an outdated Harcourt series we no longer used.  We came up with this first grade phonics scope and sequence.  You can download the scope and sequence here for free!  You can read on to see what is included in the packet and hopefully purchase it.  I am telling you, this packet is easy to implement and will save you tons of time.

 You can click any of the images to download our preview file.

We have included activities to go with the words for each week.  The activities can be used for morning job, homework, centers, or seat work. 

What we do for fun:

To check out my weekly plans, click here!

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