Ok...I will admit, I am being a bit overdramatic! Can you blame me? I seriously wanted to throw the classroom pencils out the window. I sharpened that pencil down to a nub and still no useable point! I must have sharpened 10 pencils in a row that ended up like this! It was so frustrating, no wonder the kids never have pencils! It held us up from taking a spelling test, the kids started chatting away, and half of them still did not have pencils to write with!
If there is a pencil company out there, that wants to send me some pencils that sharpen the way they are supposed to, please leave me a comment below. As of right now, I am very tempted to let first graders write in pen!
I have been so busy working on long vowel phonics packets, that I have not had time to post my visual plans. I apologize, but these packets take me a long time. Even with following the same template. I know have Long a, Long e, and Long o in my store. Next up is Long i. Just click on the images to check out the packets on TpT!
Did you all have fun celebrating St. Patrick's Day with your students? Every year, my Wanted Posters and Leprechaun Fact Family craft are a hit with the kids. I love turning a Common Core aligned math activity into a fun project and the kids do too!
If you are looking for a similar Easter Math Craft, check out this packet:
A few weeks ago we received some "turn-key" training from a staff member on ways to attack word problems. The goal was for all of the students in the school to utilize the same methods for attacking word problems. I made this little worksheet to help. You can click the image to download it for yourself. I have been doing with my first graders and they are really getting the hang of it!
I am super excited about presenting in Vegas this summer. I attended last year and had a blast, now this year I am presenting for SDE and TPT! Click below to sign-up and receive my 10% discount code for SDE.
To sign up for the TpT conference, click here.
My mother's book is out and she created a FREE Common Core Aligned Close Reading Lesson for it. My mother is a reading teacher in the same district I teach in. Click the image below to check it out and pass along the link to your third grade and up friends!
That's all for now! In my next post, I plan to tell you about author Beth Finke's visit. I always enjoy her visits and of course her dog!