Friday, September 30, 2011

Huge Give Away and Science Sale!

Science Week

 Wow! What a fun Science Week this has been! I found a ton of new teaching blogs that I am now following, AND I found so many new books and ideas to use in my classroom!

 As send off for the end of Science Week,  I am having a weekend only 50% off Sale at my TpT Store on my Moon Unit and Apple and Seasons Unit!! WOW! That's quite a mark down! Go check them out and grab your copy before the clock strikes midnight this Sunday!    

One lucky person will also WIN a Science Take Home Bag of your choice from Teachers Bags, Books, and Beyond! Science Bags. There are 25 bags to choose from.) I've used their take home bags for years and I just love them. They come with a book and a folder full of student activities, coupons and stickers. That's a $30 value, yours free if you win! (Random Generator will be used on Monday.) The rules are SUPER quick and easy:

1. Become a follower of my blog, 
2. Go to my Teaching First TpT Store and become a follower. 
3. Leave a comment with your email and let me know which Science Bag you would like, let me know you are following my blog (or have joined by email)  and that you are following my TpT store. 

That's it! Way easy!! I hope you are all feelin' the Love this Friday! Happy weekend everyone!


Thursday, September 29, 2011

Little Bit o' Lovin' Thursday!

As I mentioned on an earlier post, I had a life-changing "ah-ha" moment when my friend told me one day that her mantra that she lives by is "There is Only Love". There is nothing else. Nothing else matters. In each moment of our lives we have a choice, a simple one really. Do we choose Love, or do we not. 

We all need love in the cyber world. There's nothing like a shout out for a job well done, or a nice comment left on your wall. For us that are new to the blogging world, there's nothing like someone choosing to click that "Follow" button! 

So here's a shout out to some wonderful blogs that I found this week. It's my little way of spreading a little bit of love your way. ;)
Thanks for all you do!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Moon Unit


I have been participating in The Science Week linky party going on at Teaching Blog Addict's website (Teaching Blog Addict ). Today we are sharing some freebies from some of our Science units. I love teaching about the moon! October is the perfect month to get the kids outside observing the moon before the moon gets low in the southern sky. There are so many wonderful web sites that provide observation of the moon. One such website is Earth and Moon Viewer (Earth and Moon Viewer).

Here is a free handout from my "All About the Moon" Unit on TpT. Be sure to stop in on Friday when both my "All About the Moon" Unit and my Apple and Seasons Unit will be on sale 50% off!
There is only Love,

All About the Moon Sample

And in celebration of NASA finding water on the moon ( see this link Water on Moon- NASA), here are a couple of free water downloads. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Science Week at Teaching Blog Addict

I love this linky party going on at Teaching Blog Addict's website (Teaching Blog Addict )! Yesterday, we were to share books that we turn to for teaching our Science Units and today we are to share our favorite websites. Since I'm a day behind, I thought I'd share a few of both.

Books I Love For Teaching Science:

My absolute favorite books to teach science with are by Thomas Locker! I own all of his books and wish I could just frame some of his beautiful illustrations! Any of his books are a must have in your collection. My favorite is Sky Tree. It teaches about the how a tree changes throughout the seasons.

Gail Gibbons Books:
Her books are full of information!

Let's-Read-And- Find-Out  books:
These books come in different levels for different grades. I love how the gear the language to a particular age!

My Favorite Science Links:

This has a wonderful search engine within the site that allows you to search on many topics. And the great thing is, it is free!! =)

And of course, I love The Magic School Bus episodes! I usually download them onto iTunes and play them from there. =)

Monday, September 26, 2011

AR Freebie

My awesome and very creative co-worker, Caitlyn Hynst, created this AR reading student tracking sheet. I just love using it with my First Graders and Caitlyn uses it in her 2nd Grade classroom.  She has graciously agreed to let me share it with you! Here's a big shout out to Caitlyn!
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Here is a copy of one already filled out. The blank one is at the link below. =)
 AR Student Tracker

Apple and Seasons Unit

In celebration of Johnny Appleseed Day, I revamped and amped up my Apple and Seasons Unit on TpT. It has increased in size from 16 to 28 pages with all new graphics and new activities! I hope you will take time to check it out!
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So I Can't Sleep

It's a good thing we don't have school tomorrow morning (comp day) because I cannot sleep tonight. I wish there was an app you can put on your phone that tells your friends you aren't sleeping just in case one of them is awake, too! ha ha! I suppose that is what Facebook is for! Well, since I couldn't sleep, I sat here and created some Ladybug Tally Mark matching cards. It includes numbers to 50 and tally mark cards to match. (I have a thing for making number flash cards lately!!) I hope you enjoy!
There is Only Love....and Sleep!

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Treasures Spelling Pretests Unit 1 Weeks 1-5

I finally sat down and put all of Unit 1 spelling pretests together in one document. Click on the link below for the free downloads.
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1st Grade Essential Elements

These are the Provo School District Term One 1st Grade Essential Elements. Feel free to download them! I just finished making the signs for all four terms! Enjoy! (Graphics by
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Entire Year Download:

Get the first term free at the following link:

Rhyming Time

The past few weeks I have been working with my little ones with rhyming. I created the following flash cards and activities to help them along. Right now they are on sale at my TpT store. Here is a free download for you to sample! Enjoy!


Free Sample Here
Rhyming Time Sample

TpT Complete Download Here
Rhyming Time Activities

Thursday, September 22, 2011

New "Heart Your Blog" Award

A friend of mine taught me a profound lesson several years ago when she shared her personal mantra, "There Is Only Love". Since then, I have realized that by adopting this mantra in my own life, I have changed my whole approach to everything I experience. That being said, as a total newbie to the teacher's blogging world,  I discovered this gold mine of amazingly creative and talented teachers out here in cyber space. There are so many of you spreading the teaching Love around the globe by sharing your ideas and experiences. I just had to create a blog award to celebrate those of you who have touched my heart and inspired me, increasing my LOVE of teaching. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world! (OK, I keep finding soooo many of you to love!!!)

1. Give the  "I Heart Your Blog "Award to your favorite Top 10 Blogs that have touched your heart and inspired your teaching by listing them on your blog.
2. Contact that person and let them know of their heartfelt award.
3. When you receive the award, copy and paste the graphic onto your blog and give a shout out to the person who nominated you.
4. Spread the LOVE by passing the "Heart Your Blog" Award on to your Top 10.

There is Only Love,

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