Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Scholastic Printables

I've always been a fan of everything Scholastic!  Recently I had the opportunity to take a closer look at "Scholastic Printables."  Who knew it was such an excellent resource!?  Scholastic Printables gives you instant and unlimited access to thousands of skill sheets, activities, lesson plans, and more.  I love using it if I need something quick for in-class practice or homework.  I can log on, search for what I need, and print!  It definitely saves me time and money!  The classroom resources are created by teachers and vetted by Scholastic.
Searching the website is super easy.  You can search by all sorts of things...grade level, reading level, holiday, theme, subject, and MORE.  I went exploring "President's Day" and was able to narrow my search to first grade content and first grade reading levels.  There are also many ELL options to choose from!



I came across some fun things to use during President's Day week.  We've been working hard on addition/subtraction fluency in first grade, as we always do, and these printables add some fun to what might normally just be a worksheet!  These are perfect for assessments.  I like the Lincoln page because it involves coloring an answer vs. writing it.  This is good for my little ones who struggle with written expression.  The Washington page is a lot of fun because there is a secret message at the bottom!  Who doesn't love that?  I bet the kids will be super accurate while solving the problems as to reveal the correct message!  If you've been following me for any length of time, you know I am a BIG fan of mini-books!  I found a great George Washington mini-book that will be perfect for our President's Day unit of study.  The kids love searching for sight words and word chunks in these books.  It's also great that they get to keep the books.  They enjoy taking them home and sharing their new learning with their families!







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Have a great week!
xo
Megan

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Friday, February 17, 2017

5 for Friday 2.17.17


Happy Friday!  You made it through another week at work!  I'm still over here at home, bored out of my mind....but making progress with my shoulder surgery recovery.  I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for another "Five for Friday."  Most of these have been boring lately, since I haven't been at school.  I wish I could share school happenings with you, but I obviously don't have any!  Soon, hopefully...


On Monday, I cooked dinner for us.  I made these ham/cheese crescent roll-ups.  They were really good!  There really isn't a "recipe," because it was some little video I saw on Facebook, but basically what you do is separate your crescent rolls into 4 pieces.  Spread some dijon mustard on them.  Add Swiss cheese and deli ham.  Roll up.  Cut each piece into fourths.  Put in greased glass baking dish {square}.  Melt some butter {a few tablespoons} and add some parsley.  Pour onto the rolls.  Sprinkle poppy seeds on.  Bake 350 for 20-25 minutes.  Let cool and enjoy!  I served these with a salad but they would make a great party dish/appetizer in case you don't want to have them as a meal.






I received my Ebates quarterly check this past week.  If you aren't familiar, Ebates is a website/app that hosts hundreds of retailers on it.  You shop through the Ebates app {or on your computer} and earn % back each time you make a purchase.  Literally every store I can think of is on there and they all offer varying amounts of cash back.  You recieve a check in the mail each quarter with your %/$ back!  This is legit and it's awesome.  I have been using Ebates for about a year and a half now and have earned back close to $400!  I use it EVERY time I shop for something online.  If you sign up HERE { it's free}, you get a $10 bonus once you redeem your first rebate {AKA the first time you shop using the Ebates app}.  You will be hooked and never want to shop in-store again!  *But if you do, there are a few stores that offer in-store options!  My husband just got some new shoes at Johnston and Murphy in-store and we got $ back!  For this option, you just link your credit card to the Ebates app before making a purchase.




On Tuesday, Mr. Wheeler took me to lunch for Valentine's Day.  It was really only the third time I've been "out" since I had surgery 5 weeks ago.  It was great to get out, but my arm/shoulder was feeling it and I was EXHAUSTED by the end of the day!  Luckily, he surprised me with my favorite chocolates when we got home!




Speaking of Valentine's Day, if you need a quick and simple literacy center for next week, you can grab this "Valentine Parts of Speech Sort!"  I sent it to my teammates last week and one of them sent me a photo back.  Her kids loved it!  Click the pic below to grab it!




During PT this week, my therapist had me try the lat pull down!!!!!!  She had to hand it to me, but I pulled it down and did the exercise on my own!  It's good to see progress, because I have had several set-backs throughout my therapy journey so far.  I am getting better and am excited!


And speaking of therapy--it's close to a Target, so I usually stop there after therapy.  I finally found the hamburger set!  And it was 50% off, making it just $1.50.  This will be perfect for procedural/how-to writing!!!  *Check out my best-selling pack for that below!



I also found Easter egg mini-erasers, because who doesn't need them?!


And some flash cards for Math that were half-off and just 50 cents!


Have a great weekend!
xo
Megan 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

New Product!

I don't know about you, but it seems like I am always trying to get my first graders to strengthen their sentence-writing skills!  We work on sentence editing a lot, but in addition, I require them to practice writing their own sentences once a week.  I have them practice during our Phonics instruction.  Most days, we play a Phonics game and/or do some sort of word attack activity with the word chunks we're learning, but I always devote one day to sentence writing practice!  My favorite activity to use for this are my "Cut, Glue, and Write" sentence writing packs.  Here's how they work:  Choose a specific word chunk or vowel that you are working on.  Print the page{s} to go with it.  Students will select three words/pictures to cut and glue onto their papers.  They will then use the words to write sentences, with the provided sentence rubric as their guide.  I like these because you're getting two for one: kids are decoding words with chunks we are working on in Phonics AND they are practicing sentence structure.  Win-Win!

So far, I have blends/digraphs, magic e, bossy-r, and vowel teams created.  Each blend/digraph/vowel team has more than one page to go with it, which is nice if you want/need to do this activity more than once with the same blend/digraph/vowel team.

Coming soon is short vowels.  I've created a growing bundle for you if you'd like to save money! Check them out below!  What do you do to help your kids practice sentence writing?








SAVE THAT MONEY!  BUNDLE PRICE WILL INCREASE WITH OTHER TWO PACKS ARE ADDED, WHICH WILL BE SOON!!!


xo
Megan

Sunday, February 12, 2017

5 for Friday 2.10.17

Happy Sunday!  I am a little late on my 5 for Friday, but figured it wouldn't hurt to do a post anyways!  I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching once again!


 I've had a lot of visitors since last Friday's link up...five friends from school came by!  Two brought dinner, one brought lunch and some presents from other co-workers, and one brought her little girl! So much fun seeing my co-workers and friends.  It's weird not seeing them every day since I have been home for 5 weeks.



Every year for the Superbowl, Mr. Wheeler and I have the same meal...we order wings {this year we
added mini-corn dogs} from BW3, veggie/cheese/nut plate, Bagel Bites, and Velveeta/sausage dip and chips.  Very healthy!!!  *Maybe someone at work was trying to tell me something with the "Clean Eating" magazine??  I usually "watch" the game with him AKA read my In Touch magazine and check my phone 10,000 times.






Some of my blogger friends from all over the US sent me a care package!  My friend Nicole, who lives in Hawaii, collected the money and put it together.  She hit the nail on the head with this Hawaiian candy!  Took me right back to our honeymoon in Oahu!  Thank you, ladies, for this nice gift!



Since I've been on leave, I have had 4 different subs in my classroom.  In 5 weeks.  Don't get me started.  I don't even want to know what my room is going to look like when I go back.  My custodian messaged me Friday saying someone peed on my rug {not surprising--my poor babies are probably so off due to all the random teachers being in the room} and she cleaned it.  PTL because this rug was brand new this year and needs to last at least a few years!


One of my favorite resources, my "Vowel Teams" pack, recently got an update.  I added some picture/word matching cards and coordinating worksheets to go with it.  If you own this pack, be sure to head to my TpT store to get the update.  If not, I highly recommend it for your first or second grade classroom!  Check it out below!



xo
Megan