Wednesday, December 14, 2016

CHRISTMAS FREEBIE

   Here is another FREEBIE just in time for Christmas!!  We have this type activity in our Wonders packets. It's an all time favorite during Workshop!!  All they have to do is cut out the scrabble letters, arrange to spell the words and add up the points!!  The kids love this!!  For those that need it, you can write the words on the board to help with spelling. (elf, tree Santa, bell, holly, toys)


Santa's Spell & Add FREEBIE

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas FREEBIE



It's cold.  It's raining.  There are 4-1/2 days until Christmas break. Need a quick FREEBIE?  We did too!  Enjoy!  And Merry Christmas!
Santa's Word Find FREEBIE
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For more Christmas FUN, check out our December book extensions! We picked some of our all time favorite books! They will certainly help get your students excited about reading!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Pumpkin Pickin' FREEBIE

It's FINALLY FRIDAY!!!!  I'm looking forward to an action packed weekend full of FOOTBALL, FESTIVALS, and RESTING up for Monday!!  Can you believe Halloween is on a MONDAY?!?!  That's so wrong!!

Here is a FREEBIE to add to you Fall collection! (or to help you get through Monday!) It can be used during Halloween, Thanksgiving or anytime this Fall! The kids love it!! HAPPY FALL Y'ALL!

Pumpkin Pickin'
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Thursday, October 27, 2016

Noun FREEBIE!

Here's a quick and east FREEBIE to use during Halloween. We have been learning about NOUNS. We needed this is a simple review on determining if the word is a person, place or thing. Just a little something to add to your Halloween collection, or your sub tub. 
Trick-or-Treat! Nouns Are Sweet!
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Be sure to check out SPOOKTACULAR NOUNS if you need more practice with singular/plural and common/proper nouns!  You will get 5 different activities that will keep your students engaged during this crazy Halloween season!

Spooktacular Nouns
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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Let's Vote

Is everyone ready for the big event coming this November?!?!? Get your class excited about the election by letting them join in the fun. We have always let our children vote in a mock election so that they can voice their opinions like us adults. We created this fun voting pack to share some of the things we do with our children to help them understand the process of voting.

We start the theme off with a special election...Which animal would make the best family pet?  They get to campaign, make posters, make buttons, etc. Finally, they get to vote!  They absolutely love this!

And since it's ELECTION YEAR, so we had to include a section on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. We have them talk with their parents about the candidates so they can make an informed decision. We try to make the voting as realistic as possible. 
Let's Vote 2016!
You can get it HERE!

I Voted! FREEBIE labels to print for your class if you do a 
classroom election this year. They will print on Avery 5160 label sheets.  
You can get this FREEBIE here!!
I Voted! Avery 5160 Labels

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Number Word Practice

We needed more practice with number words, so we created a little extra practice to go along with our apple theme for September.  We included 3 different activities for practice. (Ordering Apples, A Number Word Booklet, and a center game called Gathering Apples.)  We also included a page to use for assessment because if you're like us, you need a grade.  This goes perfectly with our HUGE Apples! Apples! Apples! unit.  Be sure to check them both out at our TPT store.
Number Word Practice with Apples
You can get it here!

Friday, September 16, 2016

APPLES! APPLES! APPLES!

We are summer girls at heart!! But, there is something about the falling leaves, football games, cooler air and bonfires that get us excited about Fall. You can't do Fall without doing APPLES! We created this thematic teaching pack for those of us who love using apples to teach all kinds of things in September. It's full of activities and ideas that we have used for years! The apple theme will go right along with all the back to school things you do at this time of year. We included many fun language arts, science, and math activities and tools to make your classroom APPLEITIOUS for your students. ENJOY!
Apples, Apples, Apples!
 Check it out here!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Classroom Newsletter (editable)

We needed an EASY TO USE newsletter to send home to our parents each week (or so)!  This one is basic, easy to use, and consistent.  It has worked perfectly for communication with our parents. We wanted to share it with you! You can use the same one all year or change it up monthly.  The format stays the same.  Only the graphic in the top right corner changes.  Choose the one that fits your style, personality, or season, and because it is editable, you can add your own info and fonts. Our favorite fonts by far are CCfonts and Kevin and Amanda free fonts. Check them out!
Editable Class Newsletters
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Wemberly Worried - Book Extension

Wemberly is a real worrier. She especially worries about the first day of school and what will happen there. This story is perfect for the first days of school. It lets the children see that their worries are shared by others around them. We all have worries, don't we?!?!
We put together some of our favorite fun and engaging activities to get your students thinking. We included writing activities, comprehension activities, and some just for fun activities too.
Wemberly Worried Book Extension 1-2
Check it out here!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Super Spellers Editable Pack

We have been providing spelling packets to be used with the Wonders Reading Series that our school system adopted.  We had so many requests from teachers to make our packs editable so that they could use their own spelling lists.  Here it is!!  With this pack you can put in the words you want each week.  If you use theme words, add a million dollar word for a bonus point, differentiate the words or use words from the books you are reading, you will find this a great tool.  We hope it you find it helpful! It includes fun things to do with spelling words, some reward certificates for positive reinforcement, and most importantly, editable spelling lists!  

Super Spellers Editable Spelling Pack Grades K-5
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Chrysanthemum - Book Extension

Are you looking for a quick, engaging activity to celebrate back to school and all those wonderful new names in your class? This book extension is short and sweet and gets the job done. We have loved this book for years!!! (You can get it from Amazon in two days with PRIME, maybe even one day if you time it right.) We had to do a book extension to go with it. We knew the kids would love it. There is a graphic organizer to do whole group, with a partner or individually, writing activities, comprehension activities, vocabulary words, a sheet for home and a craftivity to make Chrysanthemum.We also included some graphing for math that makes counting letters in your name fun.
Chrysanthemum - Book Extension  for Grade 1-2
Check it out here!

Monday, August 8, 2016

"I Can" Statement Posters

We created these "I Can" statements for first grade language and math common core standards with reference numbers to make it easy for teachers to display the standards they are teaching in kid friendly (and teacher friendly) language. It keeps you and your students focused on the skills being taught and provides evidence to visitors that you are standards conscious. They have a task card design and each standard is offered in 1/2 page and whole page.  We also included a full page that you can use to divide each strand for easily organizing them into a notebook or file folder.

We made them with a pencil on each page for a basic school theme. 
 I Can Statements For First Grade- Pencil Theme


We had two teachers request special themes, so we also have them in a red and black ladybug theme and a 70's peace theme as well. 

I Can Statements For First Grade- Black and Red Ladybug Theme                   I Can Statements For First Grade- Peace 70's Theme


If you would like a custom color to match your classroom, please email us at iheartbeingfirst@gmail.com with your color request. We will do our best to accommodate!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Wonders First Grade - UPDATED and BUNDLED

Many of you have asked for BUNDLES and we've been unable to do this in the past. GREAT NEWS! BUNDLES are now available!!!! Unit 1 and Unit 2 have added!  We are in the process of updating all of our first grade units for the Wonders Reading Series, and we will have them ready by the time you need each one.  We now have cuter and clearer fonts and a bunch of new graphics that gave it a cleaner look. We also added a couple of new things too.  If you already own these, go to your previous purchases and download the update for FREE, then just print the pages you want or need.  If you are new to Wonders, you will want these!!! 

Unit 1

Click here for Unit 1, Week 1. (UPDATED)
1st Grade Wonders - Unit 1 Week 1 - At School

Click here for Unit 1, Week 2. (UPDATED)
 1st grade Wonders - Unit 1 Week 2 - Where I Live


Click here for Unit 1, Week 3. (UPDATED)
1st Grade Wonders - Unit 1 Week 3 - Our Pets

Click here for Unit 1, Week 4.(UPDATED)
1st Grade Wonders - Unit 1 Week 4 - Let's Be Friends


Click here for Unit 1, Week 5.(UPDATED)
1st Grade Wonders - Unit 1 Week 5 - Let's Move!


Click here for Unit 1, Week 6. (UPDATED)
1st Grade Wonders - Unit 1 Week 6 - Review and Assess

Click here for the UNIT 1 BUNDLE!!!
1st Grade Wonders Reading ~  Unit 1 Bundle

Unit 2

Click here for Unit 2, Week 1. (UPDATED)
1st Grade Wonders - Unit 2 Week 1 - Jobs Around Town

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1st Grade Wonders - Unit 2 Week 2 - Buildings All Around Us


Click here for Unit 2, Week 3. (UPDATED)
1st Grade Wonders - Unit 2 Week 3 - A Community In Nature


Click here for Unit 2, Week 4. (UPDATED)
1st Grade Wonders - Unit 2 Week 4 - Let's Help


Click here for Unit 2, Week 5. (UPDATED)
1st Grade Wonders - Unit 2 Week 5 - Follow The Map


Click here for Unit 2, Week 6. (UPDATED)
1st Grade Wonders - Unit 2 Week 6 - Review and Assess


Click here for the UNIT 2 BUNDLE!!!
1st Grade Wonders - Unit 2 Bundle



Unit 3

Click here for Unit 3, Week 1 (UPDATED)
1st Grade Wonders - Unit 3 Week 1 - What Time Is It?

Click here for Unit 3, Week 2 (UPDATED)
1st Grade Wonders - Unit 3  Week 2 - Watch It Grow!

Click here for Unit 3, Week 3 (UPDATED)
1st Grade Wonders - Unit 3 Week 3 - Tales Over Time


Click here for Unit 3, Week 4 (UPDATED)
1st Grade Wonders - Unit 3 Week 4 - Now and Then


Click here for Unit 3, Week 5 (UPDATED)
1st Grade Wonders - Unit 3  Week 5 - From Farm to Table



Click here for Unit 3, Week 6 (UPDATED)
1st Grade Wonders - Unit 3 Week 6 - Review, Extend, Assess


Click here for the UNIT 3 BUNDLE!!!
1st Grade Wonders - Unit 3 Bundle




Unit 4

Click here for Unit 4, Week 1 (UPDATED)
1st Grade Wonders  Unit 4 Week 1 Animal Features


Click here for Unit 4, Week 2 (UPDATED)
 1st Grade Wonders  Unit 4  Week 2  Animals Together


Click here for Unit 4, Week 3 (UPDATED)
  1st Grade Wonders  Unit 4 Week 3 In the Wild

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1st Grade Wonders  Unit 4  Week 4  Insects


Click here for Unit 4, Week 5 (UPDATED)
1st Grade Wonders  Unit 4  Week 5 Working With Animals


Click here for Unit 4, Week 6 (UPDATED)
1st Grade Wonders - Unit 4 Week 6 - Review, Extend, Assess


Click here for the UNIT 4 BUNDLE!!!
1st Grade Wonders - Unit 4 Bundle











Wednesday, June 22, 2016

1st Grade Wonders Fluency Sentences Assessment & HFW Practice



If you have purchased our packets, you will already have the sentences, but not the last page,so only download the last page. If you are new to the Wonders Reading Program, you will find that week six is a bit different in each unit compared to the previous weeks. During week six the program says to review and assess what has been taught the previous weeks, and celebrate with some cool projects that fit in with the theme of the unit. This has 4-MAT written all over it.  Do I see some older hands raising out there? For you younger folks, that was a program that, when used correctly, met all the learning styles of your students.  (You know, that thing we do all the time because it's our job.) I must admit the program was informative.  I learned why my MOTHER is always saying "What if??"  Anyway, at the end of a teaching unit, it recommended celebrating your learning.  I think most of us do this in some form anyway.  This section is just that, sharing what you know and being able to explain or exhibit what you learned.  It is up to the teacher to decided which kinds of projects you want your students to do.  This particular week may be different for each teacher depending on how your children are progressing, and student's level of skills, so we created just a few things to assist you with your assessment week. Not much is in here really, but it's FREE so you know you have to have it. And for those like me, you like having all your ducks in a row, together in a notebook, file, or folder.  So with one printing you have the set. 
1st Grade Wonders Fluency Sentences Assessment & HFW Practice
 Click here.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

2016 JHES Graduates

Thursday our graduating seniors came back for a walk down the halls of their elementary school one last time.  We wanted to do this as an inspiration to our littles.  We want them to see these BIG kids are so excited to graduate and to return to JHES in their caps and gowns. We want them to return to the same spot they took their first day of kindergarten picture. Not a dry eye. We are so proud of our kids!
              



Congratulations to our 2016 JHES graduates!