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I've Been BOO-ed!


I am SO EXCITED!  I am like that...  Little things make me happy:)


So here are the rules:

1. If you've been booed, copy and paste the above pic and these "rules" into your post.

2. Give a shout out to the blogger who booed you and link back to their site!

3. Share 3-5 October activities, books, products (yours or someone else), or Freebie(s) that you love!

4. Share the Boo love with 5 bloggers- make sure you check this link to make sure you don't boo someone again: I've Been Booed


I was BOO-ed by this amazing and generous blogger!

The Hands-On Teacher In First!
 
Here are a few  October favorites!
 
1.  Pumpkin Crunch Cake- Did I say it is to DIE for!!
 

2.  Favorite Book- The Very Best Pumpkin
      The illustrations are AMAZING!!

The Very Best Pumpkin

 3.  Favorite Halloween Candy
      My friend Anna LOVES them and I bought her a few packs and decided to try ONE...
      Needless to say, had to go back to Target...2 more times as I am not the only one in my family  
      who loves them:) They are also on Amazon, but they go fast!

Caramel Apple Pops, 9.4oz Bag
4. Finally, I have been using my very own BOO! game.  I use it in my intervention group as a small group activity and in my class as a pocket chart activity at the word work center.  Just click on it to check it out:)  There are also a few freebies in my Teachers Pay Teachers store so head on over and check them out!



 
And now onto some wonderful blogs that I am boo-ing!
 
 
Add My Button
 
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FGF
 
Mandy's Tips for Teachers
 
 


If you are still reading, thanks for staying with me:)  Have a BOO-tiful night:)

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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!


 
Just a quick hello as I am off to grade papers and start my lesson plans for tomorrow.  Another four day week as the first quarter ends Thursday and we have a teacher work day on Friday for report cards:)

Thursday night is Fall Festival at school where teachers and PTO sponsor booths to raise money for the school.  The best part is teachers are able to use the money earned for classroom supplies!  I am joining with another first grade teacher to make "Witches Brew" found in Mrs VanMeter's packet .  She can be found over at Primary Possibilities..  Super fun and yummy! I will post pictured later this week. Its a fabulous packet filled with academics and fun! Head on over and check it out!
  
Witches Brew and More- Witch Unit  
   

So, without further ado, I have a winner for the Marianne Berkes' Animology giveaway!

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Congratulations to Michelle over at Run! Miss Nelson's Got the Camera! This is a blog that is a must have on my follow list.  I am so excited to be able to give her a little something for all the fabulous ideas she has shared on her blog:)

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Ink and Laminant Snob!


OK, really!  I am on my third set of ink cartridges since July!  Every trip to the office supply store is over $60.00 for ink!  Dear hubby says nothing, but I can see it on his face:(  I remember reading a post over the summer about a blogger who buys really cheap ink on Amazon.  So, I headed over to check it out today and ordered the "Compatible Cartridge ink" for only $9.99 for the 3 colored and 1 black.  (insert GASP!) 
Am I crazy, am I going to ruin my beloved printer?  I read the reviews and heard many good and some bad.  Hmmm....  Any thoughts, comments, suggestions from blogland?

Then while at Amazon, I ordered Laminating Pouches for my home laminator.  I actually bought it last year and never used it (OK, maybe once!).  SO-as I am often a Sunday planner (don't judge) I have started printing my TpT purchased and made (yes, by me!) centers.  Now, I want to laminate everything with this as it is so thick! The Amazon price was $4.00 less than a certain office supply store and was 100 pouches instead of 20! SCORE!

 I do still put lots of things through at school...but its not the same.  I store my centers in large  envelopes and they don't fit through my laminator.   Here's a sneak peek at what's laminated and ready to go for this week. 
Stellaluna Book Study     BOO! A Primer and Pre-Primer Sight Word Game     Pumpkin Noun Sort

Ok, maybe now I don't feel so bad! 

Now, don't forget to enter my Marianne Berkes giveaway for a free, autographed book called Animalology!  Check it out HERE! You will love her books if you haven't read them and they work perfectly with first grade Science curriculum.  You have until midnight tonight.




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Children's Author Visit & Book Giveaway


 
Children's author, Marianne Berkes is coming to our school next week!! The students are so excited to meet a REAL author!  Her books are always centered on nature and the text is often repetitious and catchy!  Additional information is at the back of her books for further exploration in the classroom. I love that she takes the time to autograph books for the children and teachers (of course)!
 

 Ms. Berkes will be sharing her three newest books with first, second and third grade classes.  Her stories are engaging and the illustrations are always fabulous!  In her newest book, The Tree That Bear Climbed , she makes a dedication to our school's very own Media Specialist, Trish Purdham!

    

 I will be giving away a copy Animalogy on Sunday night.  I am hoping I will be able to have it autographed for the winner.  No promises though as we have to order books by tomorrow!


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BOO! to You


With all the Boo! going around, I whipped up a ghostly game for the kids to practice reading the digraph th in context.  The game includes th at the beginning and end of the words.  There are some challenging words mixed in for those firsties  who are ready:)  If you get Boo!- your cards go back in the pile.  You know the drill!


  

 
 
 
Our spelling  this week also includes the digraph th.  This is such a hard week for firsties with spelling and reading this digraph.  We need lots of practice and ghostly games are always a hit! Did I mention all this needs to get done in 4 days because Friday is a workday?  YIKES!

                    LINKY

Now head on over and checkout Marie's now linky at the Hands-On Teacher in First!  She will be sharing new things every other Sunday.  Lots of fun to be had!

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Poetry Notebooks


I love poetry notebooks and did them years ago and matched the poem to a super cute craft.  However, with the change in standards, it has been difficult to fit in into our schedule and justify the time spent on it... until now!

I have purchased The Fall Fluency Packet along with October Songs and Poems from Jodi Southard at Fun-in First.   On Monday mornings, I have taken the poem and the illustration page and reduced them to the fit side by side on a page.  The kids cut it in half and glue each half side by side in their comprehension notebook so they can read and illustrate the poem.

      
Then, we share the fluency pack page during reading groups going over the poem and the skills that follow.  This week's poem was finding the rhyming words, identifying a question and recalling details from the poem.  The kids then take the fluency page home to be practiced for three nights at home and returned on Thursdays as part of their homework.

The poetry notebook is part of the read to partner literacy center.  They can practice the weekly poem as well as any previous poem with their partner.  The kids love rereading their favorites and sharing their illustrations with their partner.

We have used the poetry notebooks for a month and I have finally made a cover for the notebooks.  The kids will be so excited on Monday:) You can grab the poetry notebook cover for FREE and then head over to Jodi's blog and TpT store to check out these fabulous packets that connect the poetry notebooks anf fluency to the common core stands and who can argue with that?



 The poetry notebook covers are available for kindergarten, first and second grades.  Let me know if you would like it for another grade.  Head on over to TpT to pick it up!  (I tried to upload it with google docs, but can't figure it out yet!  Imagine that!)


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Class Journals


We {heart} class journals!  There is something enticing to a six year old about a little inspiration on the front of the journal! Super cute pictures to give them a jumping off point for their writing. My firsties also love checking out what their classmates have added to the journal prior to their entry.



I added the October covers to my TpT store earlier this week for a super bargain price of $1.00 and have been too exhausted to post!  I can't believe it is October already.  I feel like a hamster on a wheel that never stops!  Any Who!!  I would love you to check it out for your  writing center or a class book perhaps!  You can even download the August and September journal covers for FREE!  So grab them as we celebrate Columbus day this week:)

 


The kids are loving reading centers and I am glad they are up and running smoothly (or at least not so bumpy!)  I will be giving away two copies for the first 2 people who comment!  Don't forget to leave your email:)

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Intervention Groups


Intervention groups started last Monday with first grade.  The kids love switching classes for 30 minutes.  My little bunch of firsties are adorable.  I am working with the decoding group with CVC words.  We are using  Short Vowel Fun by Made in First Grade as well as lots of short vowel games by Doodlebugs Teaching along with our decodable readers. 

Today I ran across a post on Tales from Outside the Classroom.  Tessa shared an activity she used call Teaching Tiles Early Learning Reading Readiness Center by from Educational Insights.

 
The best news is that she is giving one away over on her blog!  Fingers crossed I win!  HA:) It is great for one on one with RTI, intervention groups, reading groups and as independent practice during centers. 
 
Another great giveaway I am sure you already know about is Make No Bones About It with Kelley at Teacher Idea Factory.  Halloween and fall units by super bloggers are up for grabs.  I already purchased Kelley's Good Morning Work for Reading and Language Arts-October.  The kids love it and I love the review it gives them. 
 
Lots of great resources out there.   I am just weeding through them to see what my little intervention group needs!  Have a great weekend:)
 
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Friendly Ghosts Linky


Boo!  Contractions can be a little spooky and scary to firsties, so I made a Ghostly Contraction game that helps practice not and is contractions.  You can download this FREEBIE over at my TpT store.  I would love for you to leave feedback and follow my store:)


These Ghostly Contraction cards can be used as a matching game, a pocket chart activity or a "Quiz-Quiz-Trade" Kagan strategy.  They provide the extra practice that is needed to master those scary contractions! 



I also linked up with Melanie from Graphics From the Pond for a Little Friendly Ghost Linky!  I actually read about it from Mona at First Grade Schoolhouse who has a fantastic telling time packet with these darling little ghosts that is also FREE!



To see more friendly ghost resources, head over to Graphics From the Pond!  You should check out the graphics in Mel's TpT store when you are done there:) 
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Ribbit!


Have you been on the lookout for complex texts to read to our firsties?  As I was thrown jumped into the common core standards, I have made a conscious effort to read more nonfiction complex texts.  Last week we read Frogs by Gail Gibbons.  She is such a great author who challenges the children to learn and me to be a better teacher.


We delved in new vocabulary, compared text and illustrations and wrote about what we learned.  The kids made flow maps showing the life cycle of a frog.  We read fiction and nonfiction books about frogs and compared them. We even made a cute craft with frog facts inside his mouth.  The frog was found on Pinterest by a fabulous new teacher to our team!  I love how new teachers always come with such super cute ideas!  Thanks Amy:)  Of course, I took a picture of the writing, but it only uploads sideways:(  WHY???



So now we are moving onto bats and spiders this week in our quest for nonfiction texts.  I have decided to do an author study on Gail Gibbons.  She has so many fabulous books for our October units: Bats, Spiders, Fire, Fire!, Halloween and Pumpkins all for the month of October!  They will be great additions to the month which is filled with so many engaging fictional stories.  Who knows, maybe we will learn a thing or two about Halloween:). 
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