SDE Texas Conference for 1st Grade Teachers

26 January 2015
First, let me say that I had the best time ever presenting for SDE in Texas on Sunday.  I had never been to Texas before.   The teachers who came to my conferences were the most enthusiastic and attentive attendees.  You all made my job easier and I LOVED meeting all of you.  

As promised, here are links to the products I shared during my presentations and a few slides from the presentations.   Just luck below the images for the links. 

PS - My whole store is on sale, just for you! 


*Some of the free file links are through GoogleDrive.  If you are unfamiliar with how to download from there, read this post.  You don't need to request access, just the little arrow that points down.

Click the image below for more free guided reading planning sheets.

These are freebie in my friend, Janine Every's store:

Other resources and ideas shared:
The reading strategy posters above were made by sending a png image to Costco photo department.  The png's are included in this packet.

These are not finished yet, but when they are done, I will add them to my Bear Snores On Close Reading Packet

I found this idea on Pinterest, I am not sure where the original pin is...but whoever thought of this...genius!  You tape a ribbon in the back of the book and then flip it over and the kids use it as a bookmark.  No more, opening their notebooks to the middle of the book or searching for the right page.


My book baggies are from

Here is a slide from my presentation about center set up. 

I talked about managing behavior using Classroom Dojo.  You can read more about it in this post!

Here some packets that I mentioned in my post.  You can click on the covers to check them out in my TpT store. 




Here are the freebies I mentioned:



My plan book

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.

Some more resources I shared:
(The water bottle tag is a freebie in the post.)


Units I use throughout the year:



Another Freebie:


Here are two Freebies:

These packets are on sale in my TpT store:






A 101st Day of School Freebie:

Some spring themed packets from my store:



Click below to find my favorite YouTube videos:

For my weekly visual plans, click here!


As I said in my session, the Scholastic Teacher Express Store, sometimes sell my books at discounted rates.  Sometimes if you hit it right, they are just a dollar each.  You can search for them here

The sand center is a freebie, that can be found in another post by clicking the image below:


Here is a unit by Abby Mullins:

I did not get to share this in my session, but how cute is this idea from Elizabeth Hall? Click the image to head over to her blog to check it out. 

These are the word wall cards I am currently using on my word wall. 

My spelling words are from this Words of the Week Packet.  

For more info on the Super Slipper Spellers' club I was talking about, check out Rachelle Smith's post on What the Teacher Wants by clicking here.

More Freebies:
If you can think of more acronyms for spelling tricky words, I would love for you to leave them in the comments.

This freebie covers science, Reader's Workshop, and Writer's Workshop:
These labels are available here. 

Some of the books/resources I mentioned or had on display:

For a post about my classroom decor, click the image below:

A few of you also asked about making worksheets.  I have a post about getting started on TpT and in that post, I have links for tutorials.

Thanks so much for being a pleasure to present to!  If I am missing a link, leave a comment on this post and I will add it to the post. 


  1. I really enjoyed your session today!! It was such a pleasure to meet you. :) Thanks so much for all of the great ideas!

    1. You are welcome Nicole. I am so happy that you enjoyed the session.

  2. Wow thank you for such an informative post! I'm very appreciative to have the resources that you used for your presentation right at my fingertips. I already put the Scholastic reading response sheets on my Amazon wish-list! Do you use these solely in small groups or with whole group too?

    Teach Talk Inspire

    1. Thank you Jayme! You can use the Scholastic Reading Response sheets either way. They can even be used as homework for reading logs.

  3. I attended two of your workshops in Vegas this summer and you were wonderful! Those Texas gals were lucky to have you!
    First Grade Bangs

    1. Thanks Stephanie! That is so sweet of you to say.

  4. I am sure you did a fabulous job presenting! Those teachers were lucky to get to see you!



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