Tricks & Tips for teachers 4.30.15 For the LOVE of READING

Hi everyone!
It's THURSDAY!
TGIF..almost..Hang in there..
I am linking up with 
Becca @ Foxwell Forest



My trick this week is...

READ  TO  SELF!
Anyone do DAILY 5 ?


I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!

My kiddos come in after lunch, grab their book boxes, and
READ!
They can go anywhere ( away from others ) and they read.
 We increase our reading STAMINA as the year progresses.
We started at about 3-5 minutes.
We are now at about 18-20 minutes of independent reading DAILY!





When the timer goes off...they say 
NO!
More...PLEASE!
 I have to say...
MY KIDDOS LOVE TO READ!
Is it QUIET?
NO...
But reading to yourself, 
whether out loud or whisper quiet
is VITAL to literacy!
And we are LITERATE!
HURRAY!
Thanks for sharing our LOVE of READING!





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Wordless Wednesday..and a $5 FREEBIE! 4.29.15

I am linking up with my friend
Christine @ Second Grade Sugar & Spice


for...


OK ..... followers...



What are THESE????

The first person to leave a comment & guess correctly...
wins   a   $5  product  from my store!


Happy Wednesday!






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Do YOU feel...APPRECIATED??? I DO!

I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR!
(Shhh...NO..I KNOW there is only 24 days of school..YES!)
But what I 
REALLY meant is...
TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!
I hope you get warm fuzzies when you think about the job you do!
I hope you WANT to go to work each day!

Someone once asked me 
WHY?? WHY??? 
WHY, do you WANT to teach FIRST GRADE?????
My GO TO answer.....

EVERY DAY I get...
Giggles, Grins, Hugs, & High Fives!

Can YOU say that about YOUR work?
HA HA HA???
I can!

So..TEACHERS....HERE'S TO YOU!

My friends and I at...
     iTeachFirst
are having a giveaway ...
for  YOU!


So...


WOWZA!

Who doesn't want...
TARGET?
STARBUCKS?
AMAZON?
TPT?

OMG! I want them ALL!!!  :)
So my friends...

HURRY!
GO HERE TO ENTER...
(Click on Picture)



 PS.....From ME  to YOU...Thanks for ALL you do!
YOU make the world a better place! :)

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Teacher Appreciation Giveaway!

Isn't it nice to feel appreciated?
To feel LOVED for what you do?
Well..there are times when teachers feel loved & cared for
AND
times when we feel OVERWORKED & UNDERPAID!

WAIT!
We LOVE YOU!
The bloggers at iTeachFirst know 
YOU WORK HARD!
We want to do a little something special  so we are
throwing a super awesome giveaway
to show how much we care!


You can win a $25 giftcard from 
Target
Starbuck's
Amazon
or
TPT

We got to thinking..Hmmmm...what if I won a card?
What would I want?
Thank You Laura Numeroff...


WOW! $25 from  Target???  Hmmm..

I am working on my classroom libraries...so...


$25  at Starbucks ?


Who doesn't LOVE a DESIGN YOUR TUMBLER?
(Of course...filled with COFFEE!!!)

Amazon...MY LOVE!

I already have 2 laminators & a wonderful printer...
so I always (always) need

Laminator pouches ( on sale of course )
AND
TONER!!!
With all the printing I do...always need black & color toner!


and / or  $25 at TPT
Hmmmm...let me check my WISHLIST ( there are LOTS of goodies on it)




and I am a clip art addict...ANY clip art would make ME feel APPRECIATED!

OK..so there it is!
MY wish list for Teacher's Appreciation Week!
How about YOU?
All you have to do is click the LOGO and go to
iTeachFirst.com and enter!
Good Luck!

and..
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO!












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Do YOU ever just need...A KICK IN THE PANTS?????

I can tell it's SPRING...
I'm getting
LAZY!
Now ..I work 3 jobs..I get up at 5:00AM and go to bed at 9:00PM.
I think I deserve some DOWN time!
BUT...
Then...I..get...really....complacient...procrastinate...LAZY!
So every once in a while..
I need someone to give me a little
PUSH    SHOVE    KICK IN THE  PANTS!

Time to  git'er DONE!


This has been one of those weeks!
So...
I have a packet I made that I use in my classroom 
A  LOT!

If any of you already have this...
DO NOT FEAR!
Help is on it's way!
Now, 
MY KIDS LOVE THIS!
The packet is full of idependent activites, comprehension questions, word work,etc
ALL related to the BOOK OF THEIR CHOICE!
I can use it with ANY book..
AND
My independent readers can read a book
 and as a GROUP
( can we say COLLABORATE )
they can DISCUSS & complete the pack TOGETHER!
Now I don't use it daily...maybe once every two weeks or so. 
It takes them awhile & I really want them to "get into it".
Lots of rewards, positive notes, specials when completed.
It's a GOOD THING!
BUT..
It's OLD. Really OLD. 
It was in need of "A LIFT" ( in all the right places ).
Sounds like me!
SO..I DID IT!
I GOT 'ER DONE!
And here she is..
ALL gussied up and purdy!











She has grown from 14 pages to 44!
She is ALL GROWED UP NOW!
I added a booklet style because
PAPER & INK ARE AT A PREMIUM!
So now...less paper...less  ink...more  productive teacher & students!

My Little LOVE...
Book Club
 is available
at my TPT store
(click picture)
AND
my EDUCENTS store...
(Click picture)


You will  LOVE this!









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Tricks & Tips for Teachers 4.23.15

Hi everyone!
It's THURSDAY!
TGIF..almost..Hang in there..
I am linking up with 
Becca @ Foxwell Forest





Today's Tip is about 

GUIDED READING BOOKS!

I have been BUSY cleaning out our Literacy Closet.
I mean SORTING, LABELING, Bagging, & Re-tubbing
5,000 BOOKS!






So what I HAVE FOUND...is the most efficient way to 
SHARE books as a staff..
Tub them, bag them, insert a sign out card, & USE THEM!
The books were put by six-packs into Gallon sized zip-lock bags.
No Fuss...
We used these sign out cards inside the baggies.

FREEBIE...click HERE

So....when we are DONE (Soon I hope )
I will share pictures with YOU.
Until then..I have to get back to my sorting..
NOW WHERE DID I SEE THAT BOOK???
:)

What does your site use for GUIDED READING & how do you use them?





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