Wednesday, February 28, 2018

I lost my "GODDESS" Title this week. Make your lesson plans!

When my son became a teacher.
He told me...

I had the IMMUNE system
of a GODDESS!

I must admit.
After 26 years teaching 
first grade,
I had the "occasional" sniffles..
but I could 
KNOCK OUT THE GERMS!

This week..

I LOST MY TITLE!

The GODDESS was taken out!
Goddess Immune System
Not only did the GODDESS fall...
BUT SHE FELL HARD!

This blog post is NOT
about how my immune system
"SUCKED" onto the @#$%^ flu bug.
It is NOT about the 5 days 
I spent in bed!
And...it's NOT about the 3 days
of work I had to miss, due to a FEVER!
WHAT?  A  FEVER????

No. It's about something we 
ALL
should be doing monthly.

Substitute Lesson PLANS!

I can not tell you HOW happy I was 
that I had JUST finished
putting together my

SUB  TUB!

As I was lying in bed,
fever, coughing my guts out...
the LAST thing 
I wanted to do
was to make substitute lesson plans.

I am not here to tell you which lesson plans to use.

Binder, Files, baskets, whatever!
JUST DO IT!

Now...
THE MOST IMPORTANT PART.

DO IT TODAY!

I sat down at my trusty laptop,
got out my teacher lesson planbook,
and made daily templates for Mon.- Friday.

I doesn't matter the date.

DO THIS ON MONDAY.
DO THIS ON TUESDAY.
ETC. ETC. ETC.

They do NOT have to be congruent
to what you did yesterday!

Word sorts, book reports, writing prompts, etc.
NOT BUSY WORK!
 Spiraling  concepts month to month.

Start setting up your lesson plan tub today!

Here are a few pictures of mine.


teacher lesson plans
Cute TUB! HAHA 
Put it in a place and NEVER move it!
Mine is in my window sill.
My teaching partner knows where it is.


 substitute lesson plans

substitute teacher lesson plans
Daily Schedules for MON-FRI.
Minute by minute. Right out of my teacher lesson plan book.
Specials all included.
Don't forget a yearly yard duty schedule.
Subs know how to read it.

word sort papers
Run class sets of papers.
File them for  each day.

story maps
BOOK REPORTS!
AWESOME!

substitute teacher plans
I use evergreen Social Studies & Science newsletters
 as mini lessons.
Great for SUBS.
I can expand when I get back!
Add this to your teacher planner.

Math papers
Math review.
THEY ALWAYS NEED REVIEW!

Substitute lesson plans
I use ORANGE papers to separate the days.

substitute teacher lesson plans
LOVE MY TUB!

Now, between my Theraflu,
Tylenol, and Cough syrup

I will break this $%#@ flu bug!

I WANT MY THRONE BACK!

Me and my new BFF...LYSOL!

lysol spray the germs away


Put your SUB TUB together..TODAY!
Get those lesson plans done.
For when you are NOT there!

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

How to Make CHUNKY CRAYONS for your classroom.

Have YOU ever made

CHUNKY CRAYONS?


ALL kids LOVE to draw.
They LOVE big, chunky crayons!

MAKE THEM!

Use the broken crayons from your classroom...
AND
BEG OTHER TEACHERS FOR THEIRS!

Teachers LOVE to get rid of broken crayons.

Then ...start searching stores ( including thrift stores, Goodwill, etc )
for silicone shaped candy molds!

If not... my BFF...AMAZON PRIME!

You are NOT making food...
They can be "recycled" ...wink , wink!



I found some snowmen, trees, and gingerbreadmen 
at Goodwill for $1.00 !!

Now what?

Have the kids...
YES THE KIDS
...take off ALL the paper wrappers!

DON'T  TELL  THEM  WHY!  :)




Paper wrappers ...I did them MYSELF!

Should have had kids do them...
they would have ENJOYED IT! :)



Gingerbreadman

Christmas Trees


Lots DONE... FAST...EASY


If you don't have a LOT (it takes a LOT) of broken crayons,
ask for donations from other teachers.

Bring the unwrapped, broken crayons home.

Break up the crayons into LITTLE  chucks!

Put them into the molds...press them down a little.

Place molds onto a cookie sheet.

 Bake 60 minutes (1 hour) at 200 degrees.

Take them out & let them cool.
If rushed...PUT THEM IN THE FREEZER!

(Don't POP them out...until they are SOLID.)

POP them out...

and   VOILA!



I also made them in the SUMMER.

Check out this blog post.

More fun making CHUNKY  CRAYONS!

Have fun! 

Let me know if YOURS work or not.


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Thursday, February 15, 2018

HI HO.. HI HO It's OFF to High Frequency Work..WE GO!

High Frequency Words...or  Sight Words
(depending on your generation..) :)
Back in the "OLDEN DAYS" when I became a teacher...
( um...Let's just say in the late 80's..)
I was taught to work on HFW (High Frequency Words) DAILY!
These are the words my student's would see in their daily reading.
Some can be "sounded out" and some JUST HAVE TO BE MEMORIZED!
In order to memorize a word...a student MUST work with it at least
30 times!
WHAT???!!!!
Each word???   YEP!
So we do...DAILY!
Now the list of grade level words is ever changing.
You can see FRY WORD LISTS, DOLCH word lists, CURRICULUM word lists...
BUT the main focus is NOT on the LIST,
BUT WHAT YOU DO WITH IT!
Again...to embed a word into a first grader's BRAIN..
they must work with it at least 30 times!
(Some kids more..some kids less)
HOW??
READ.....WRITE....SPEAK
Say it with me, "READ..WRITE..SPEAK"
OK. Now the work begins.
High Frequency Words
High Frequency Words
High Frequency Words
High Frequency Words
High Frequency Words
These samples came from Pinterest..
MANY,MANY,MANY boards to help YOU
create a class list &
MANY, MANY, MANY
different activities to help your kids
WORK WITH HFW!
They need to practice DAILY!
I myself, am a KINESTHETIC learner...HANDS ON!
NOT a SUPER fan of worksheets.
( Yes..we do some..I AM ONLY HUMAN!)
Thank You PINTEREST!
High Frequency Words
High Frequency Words
High Frequency Words
Sight Words
And so you see...Practice..practice..practice..
This year my class is a One-to-one classroom with ipads!
(THANK YOU TO WHOMEVER DREAMED OF THIS!)
My newest LOVE is an app called
"SHOW ME!"
Ipad app Show Me
It's an individual interactive whiteboard!
We play word games, I SPY, word ladders, etc.  each on their own tablet..
and then SWISH!
CLEAR ALL...and we start again!
We do daily practice for about 10 minutes.
That's about ALL they need in a "chunk" of time 10-15 minutes.
Later in the day...they each have individual word rings.
I have sets available in my store or you can search TPT for others.
Here's a sampling...
High Frequency Word BUNDLE TPT
TPT 1stgradefireworks
High Frequency Words Tpt 1stgradefireworks

High Frequency Words Tpt 1stgradefireworks

High Frequency Words Tpt 1stgradefireworks

High Frequency Words Tpt 1stgradefireworks

Available at:
And so...
HI  HO 
HI  HO
It's OFF to HFW
WE GO!
Enjoy! :)

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