Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Earth Day Mini Book

I decided to create an Earth Day Mini-Book to use with my first graders.  They really enjoy being able to read the books that I've written and LOVE to reread and color the pictures during their free time.  I wrote the words to this story during school one day as I was listening to my student teacher teach a lesson.  I knew she'd be taking over full-time the Earth Day week, and we didn't have a lot of "good" materials for the kids to "read".  Not that I'm saying this is "good" material, but I tailored it to what I know that my students should be able to read independently.  I guess by "good", I mean letting my students feel successful in reading!

The clip art illustrations I used in this book include text labels to help direct the readers to the words they may need help with.

Here are the words to the story, "How Can I Help Earth":
  • We should help keep planet Earth clean.
  • Don't litter on the ground.  Put garbage in the trash or recycle bin.
  • Recycle instead of sending so much to the landfill.
  • Turn the water off when you are done.
  • Take a quick shower instead of a bath.
  • Turn the lights off when you don't need them on.
  • Walk or take the bus instead of driving.
  • Plant a tree to help our Earth.
  • We hold the world in our hands.

You can find this mini-book HERE at my TPT store.


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Monday, April 7, 2014

New Habitats Vocabulary Book

Got busy this afternoon after school and decided to create a new version of  the Habitats Vocabulary book we use during our Habitats study.  I wanted this vocabulary book to look similar to the mini books, "what I learned" journals, and cut-apart sentences that I use during this unit.  There is a page for each of the habitats we learn about in first grade: desert, forest, mountain, grassland, arctic, antarctic, wetlands, ocean and rain forest.  I have really liked having the vocabulary words within the text using my "Shape Box Spelling Patterns" font.  This gives my firsties a clue as to which word belongs in the sentence.  I also included the habitat name as a label on the picture of each habitat.

If you are interested in this vocabulary/coloring book click HERE.  You can purchase it at my TPT store.



Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Oceans Mini Book Set (5 Emergent/Early Readers)

This mini book set consists of 5 different books:  1 book for each of the oceans.  Each page has picture labels and pictures that help early readers figure out unknown words.  These work great for your study of the continents and oceans and gives facts that students can write about later!  Check out the text below so you know exactly what is in each of the books.

You can find this Oceans Mini Book set HERE at my TPT store.
As a great companion to this set, check out my Continents and Oceans Mini Book set of 7 books HERE.





Atlantic Ocean:
The 5 oceans are between the continents.
It is the 2nd biggest ocean.
The Atlantic Ocean is between North American and Europe.
The equator divides the North Atlantic and the South Atlantic.
It was the first ocean to be crossed by ship.
The Gulf Stream carries warm water from the Gulf of Mexico to Europe.
Icebergs from the Arctic Ocean float into the North Atlantic.

Pacific Ocean:
The 5 oceans are between the 7 continents.
The Pacific Ocean is the biggest ocean.
It covers almost one-third of the Earth.
It is bigger than all of the continents put together.
It is between Asia and Australia and North America and South America.
The Pacific Ocean is the deepest ocean.
The islands of Hawaii are in the Pacific.  They are in the middle of the Ring of Fire.
The Great Barrier Reef is in the Pacific.  It is off the coast of Australia.

Southern Ocean
The 5 oceans are between the 7 continents.
The Southern Ocean goes around Antarctica.
It is about two times the size of the United States.
It is very cold in the Southern Ocean.
Penguins live on Antarctica and swim in the Southern Ocean.
In the winter over half of the Southern Ocean is covered in ice and icebergs.
The Southern Ocean used to be called the Antarctic Ocean.

Arctic Ocean:
The 5 oceans are between the 7 continents.
The Arctic Ocean is by the North Pole at the top of the Earth.
It is the smallest ocean in the world.
In the winter almost all of it is covered in ice and icebergs.
Polar bears live and swim in the Arctic Ocean..
The walrus swims in the Arctic Ocean.
The ice is melting all the time.  The walrus will not have a place to rest.

Indian Ocean:
The 5 oceans are between the 7 continents.
The Indian Ocean is the third biggest ocean.
The Indian Ocean is the warmest ocean.
The Indian Ocean is by the equator.
It is between Africa and Australia.
The Indian Ocean is "land locked" because it has land along three sides.
Ships carry oil through the Indian Ocean from the Middle East to all parts of the world.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Space and Planets Review Packet

We will be finishing up our Space and Planets theme this week after taking time to learn many different facts about each planet.  Friday of this week, students will be making their own solar system mural.  They have to put the planets in order and place the fact next to each planet on the mural.  They have lots of fun with it.
To help get ready for this, I created this Space and Planets Review Packet:

You can find this HERE at my TPT store.



Space and Planets Writing Retell Sheets, 3 options available:

  • Students write sentences to match the pictures
  • Students write the missing planet name in the shape box font.--Student traces the planet name within the sentence.

Planets Fact Cards: BW and Color Options

  • Print, laminate, and cut out to use as pocket chart cards or review for learning 1 fact about each planet.
  • Use the black and white version to create a mini-book.

Label the Vocabulary Word:

  • Students match the picture with the word from the word wall.



Sunday, March 2, 2014

Dr Seuss Cut-Aparts Complete Set FREEBIE

I had an earlier post about some of the Dr. Seuss things that I did in my classroom and posted some JPGs of a few of the cut-apart sentences I had made for the two week Dr. Seuss theme that we do.  Decided to just upload the whole set and share with everyone.  There are 9 scrambled sentences to choose from:


  • March 2nd is the day we celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  (This one was kind of hard for my class, but after a few times saying it in "silly" voices, which I called my silly Dr. Seuss voices, they were able to put it back together no problem!)
  • March 2nd is Dr. Seuss day.
  • The silly cat wore a red and white hat. (Cat in the Hat)
  • Plant a seed to show you care about the earth. (The Lorax)
  • You should treat everyone the same. (The Sneetches)
  • Some are red and some are blue. (One Fish, Two Fish)
  • Daisy Head Mayzie had a flower grow out of her hair.  (Daisy Head Mayzie)--2 options for pictures
  • Do you like green eggs and ham?  (Green Eggs and Ham)
Click HERE to download the whole set from Google Drive.  All clip art used to create these sentences were drawn by me.




Saturday, March 1, 2014

Shape Box Letters: DNealian Type

Well, I've had this font created for some time, but I kind of forgot about it since we don't use DNealian anymore.  Thought I'd at least put it out there for those that still do use DNealian.

You can purchase this font:
Clip Art by Carrie TPT store HERE
Clip Art by Carrie TN store HERE


Continents and Oceans Review Packet

Our Continents and Oceans theme is coming up and I decided to get creative again.  I thought we had enough stuff to go along with our theme, but when you LOVE to create...its hard to stop making!  And there are so many people that have purchased my continents/oceans stuff, so I know there's a demand for them...the ideas just keep blooming!  It's also nice to pick and choose each year what to use and what not to use.  I hate it when things get redundant.

I wanted something to use as an end of unit assessment. 1 fact from each continent and ocean is highlighted upon, giving your young learners something to remember for each continent and ocean.  The retelling sheets have three options available to make it developmentally appropriate for the ages and abilities of your students.

Continents and Oceans Writing Retell Sheets
3 options available:
--Students write sentences to match the pictures
--Students write the missing continent or ocean name in the shape box font.
--Student traces the continent or ocean name within the sentence.

Continents and Oceans Fact Cards: BW and Color Options
--Print, laminate, and cut out to use as pocket chart cards or review for learning 1 facts about each continent or ocean.
-Use the black and white version to create a mini-book.

Check out these other activities I have created that go along with the Continents and Oceans theme in my TPT store:  Click HERE to take you to all my Continents and Oceans themed activities I have at my TPT store.

  • Continents and Oceans I Have Who Has
  • Continents and Oceans Vocabulary Book
  • Continents and Oceans: What I Learned
  • Continents and Oceans Cut Apart Sentences
  • Continents and Oceans Journal Pages
  • Continents and Oceans Mini-Book Set
  • Continents and Oceans Mini Book
  • My World Word Wall Cards
  • My World Doodles Digital Clip Art (Clip art by Carrie)


You can find this Continents and Oceans Review Packet HERE at my TPT store.


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