Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spring Fun and Free Facebook Hop

Come visit the Facebook pages of some great teacher authors!! I've joined some fabulous friends and we have created a Facebook Hop!  You'll find lots of fantastic freebies!!  

My freebie is 2 of my Reading Anchor Charts.  They can only be downloaded through the Facebook Hop. When you go to the Learning With Firsties Facebook page you will need to click the Spring Fun and Free Hop Tab at the top of the page.  
If you haven't liked my FB page then a picture like this will appear.  You have a choice to like the Learning With Firsties page or you can skip and continue on to the next picture.

When you see the picture below make sure you click on the picture under "Grab my Freebie!"  It will take you to the google doc link or it may automatically download for you... my settings allow the document to download from here. Once you've downloaded the freebie click on "Click Here to Find More!"  A new Facebook page will open and you will find more freebies!!! So much fun!!!

Here is a map of the entire hop.  You can click on the pictures to go to each FB page!

Image Map

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Book Study

Started reading Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites by Marcia L. Tate!!! My favorite quote from Chapter 1: Brainstorming and Discussion

"They can't talk in c
lass. They can't talk in the hall. They can't talk in the cafeteria. They can't talk at all!"
Mmmmm....WOW! We have to let our kiddos talk, collaborate, brainstorm, discuss, etc. This made me stop and think about my own work. How many times do we "bounce" ideas off of one another? Some of my greatest ideas have come from discussions with colleagues. I learn so much from those around me! Our students are wired the same way!! They learn from one another. If they can't spend time talking with peers then they are missing out! I would love to hear your ideas, thoughts, examples, etc. Please comment below.

Challenge this week: Incorporate brainstorming/discussion in just one lesson. A suggested strategy from the book: "Prior to reading a story or starting a unit of study have them peruse pictures, captions, graphs, etc, and brainstorm questions to be answered as they read." Such a simple task to implement but so engaging for the kiddos. Let me know how it goes!!!
Lots of great strategies in this first chapter! Order the book today and read along with me!!! I would love your input!! Email me at if you would like to write a guest post!!!

Keep Teaching,

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Steal of a Deal Sunday

This week I am offering Become a Research Tourist for 1/2 off! That means you can get this engaging Social Studies unit for just a $1.50.  It truly was one of my firsties' favorite units! They work cooperatively to research tourist attractions in a city of their choice. Then the students complete the graphic organizer included with the craftivity. Once the research and graphic organizer is finished they move on to the fun stuff...the tourist!

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