Monday, October 29, 2012

FREEBIE: How to Carve a Pumpkin Writing

Did this fun little writing activity before we actually cut open our pumpkin today.  The kids did a GREAT job!  Using our Mimio projector to display the sheet and write on it, we talked through the pictures and wrote as a class how to carve a pumpkin.  I closed the Mimio and then had the kids do it in their own words!  What a blast!  The visuals truly helped those kids think step by step.  Hoping this is a good preparation for our Holiday Cookbook writing activity that we will do in about a month, where they have to write a step by step recipe of their favorite food.  Here is a FREEBIE of the sheet that I put together:

Either click on the JPG and print the JPG image from the blog or go to our TPT store HERE to pick up this freebie!  We would appreciate your feedback.  Hope you can squeeze this in before Halloween!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Snowtime Doodles and FREEBIE Button

Would you consider it an obsession when you dream about drawing clip art and wake up thinking of one more thing to add to a clip art set?  I can't seem to turn my brain off when I'm sleeping.  Too bad I wasn't actually drawing as I am sleeping...I'd get a lot more done in a shorter amount of time.  Pretty excited and giddy about getting two sets done this week:  Christmas Doodles and now the Snowtime Doodles set.  Excited about making some new things for our classrooms.

My Snowtime Doodles digital clip art set includes:  mittens, snowflake, ice skates, scarf, stocking hat, snowboots, sled, buttons, snowball, top hat, winter girl, winter boy, carrot nose, snowman with scarf, snowman with scarf and ear muffs, shovel, snow drift, medium snowball, snowboard, stick arms, corn cob pipe.

You can find this clip art set:
Carrie's Teacher's Notebook clip art shop HERE
C&C Teach First TPT HERE

Here's a freebie of the button:
All my clip art is for personal and commerical use, as well as using in freebies. No license necessary. All you have to do is give me credit (Clip Art by Carrie and a link back to our blog:
Thanks for all that stop by and follow our blog. 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Christmas & Holiday Riddles

Whoa!  I know its only October, but November is just around the corner, and before you know it, here comes Christmas!  October, November, and December are my three favorite months of the school year:  Farm, Pumpkins, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and North Pole themes.  My brain kinda goes 100 miles a minute and can't plan or create/make fast enough.  Since I just finished my Christmas Doodles clip art, I thought I better get to doing more of our theme related riddles card sets.  The kids are attentive listeners and its so much fun!

Riddles included for: Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, Christmas tree, pine tree, sleigh, stocking, toy bag, star, hot chocolate, candy cane, elf, holly, present, ornament, letter, scissors, kid, gingerbread man, snowflake, snowman, polar bear, North Pole

Check out our Christmas & Holiday Riddles set HERE at our TPT store:

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Christmas Doodles and FREEBIE Candy Cane

Just finished my Christmas Doodles digital clip art collection.  This a personal and commercial use digital clip art collection which includes all the images shown in the preview file in BW and full-color PNG format:

Santa, Mrs. Claus, elf, boy with present, girl with present, gingerbread man, reindeer, Rudolph, snow plop, snowflake, holly, cup, Christmas tree cup, candy cane, stocking, toy bag, Christmas tree, pine tree, sleigh, Santa head, star, ornament

If you are interested in purchasing this set you can find it:
Carrie's Teacher's Notebook clip art galary HERE
C&C Teach First TPT store HERE

Here's your freebie candy cane:
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Friday, October 19, 2012

FREEBIE Mayflower Cut-Apart Sentence

Here is a cut-apart sentence we created to use during our Thanksgiving theme.  Our first graders LOVE putting the sentences in order.  We have a few more that we have created that are included in our Thanksgiving Mini-Unit that we have for sale at our TPT store.  You can either click on the pictures below to get this freebie or find it HERE in PDF form at our TPT store. 

Option 1:  The pilgrims came to America on the Mayflower.
Option 2:  The pilgrims left England on the Mayflower.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Shape Boxes Fonts Bundle

If you teach Kindergarten or first grade these fonts are for you!  They are so handy when making and creating things for your Working With Words block.  Included in this font bundle are four fonts:

Shape Boxes Font
Shape Boxes No Spaces Font (no spaces between letters in word)
Shape Box Letters Font
Shape Box Letters No Spaces Font (no spaces between letters in word)

Where You can buy the Shape Boxes Font Bundle:
Clip Art by Carrie on Teacher's Notebook HERE
C&C Teach First TPT store HERE.

Links to the individual fonts at Carrie's Teacher's Notebook clip art gallery:
Shape Boxes Font
Shape Boxes No Spaces Font (no spaces between letters in word)
Shape Box Letters Font
Shape Box Letters No Spaces Font (no spaces between letters in word)

We switched from D'Nealian handwriting in our school to Zaner Bloser.  How many of you would be interested in a D'Nealian Shape Box Letters Font?

Thanks for stopping into our blog.  I would love your feedback.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

"The Thanksgiving Story" mini-book and FREEBIES

HERE is mini-book we just put together using a pocket chart poem that we wrote a few years back:

The pilgrims took a trip
across the big blue sea.
Riding on the Mayflower
America they did see.
The winter was so cold.
Then spring time warmed them up.
They listened as Squanto told
how to plant corn, fish, and hunt.
And when the crops were gathered
a Thanksgiving party did begin
with Pilgrims and Indians
giving thanks for all brought in!

We added to the poem to do a whole class retelling, but this is the original poem.  We thought it would be fun to put it into mini-book format as another way to help our first graders retell the Thanksgiving story.  The more they hear it, the better they will remember it. 

You can find it HERE at our TPT store.

If you like doing pocket chart poems with your students, here are a couple FREEBIES of the pocket chart poem and the matching file-folder retell that we created last year for a free-time center.  Clip aft included in this pocket chart poem is from DJ Inkers and other sources.  We laminated the cards and a file folder and used velcro on the inside for students to put the poem back in order.

The Thanksgiving Story Pocket Chart Poem: HERE through Google Drive
(Created with DJ Inkers clip art and other images)

The Thanksgiving Story File Folder Retell:  HERE through Google Drive
(Created with DJ Inkers clip art and other images)

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pumpkin Skip Counting by 2s, 5s, 10s

One of the hardest things to teach first graders is skip counting.  I started making this activity just for counting by 2s, but Christine gave me the idea to make it include counting by 5s and 10s as well.  It seems like we always have students on an intervention for skip counting and they need all the practice they can get.  We have done the skip counting cut apart cards for a few years where they cut apart the pumpkin cards with counts by 2 on them and then scramble them up and put them back in order.  I thought it would be a good idea to make some 100 grids to go along with this so they would have to write the counts by 2 and see the number grid pattern.  As a final activity I included the writing the skip counting through the pumpkin patch to use as an assessment.
You can find this activity at our TPT store HERE.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Pumpkins & Halloween Riddles

Just finished our Pumpkins and Halloween Riddles that we will use at the end of our Pumpkin theme, which is the week of Halloween. All the stages of the life cycle of the pumpkin are included, as well as what you can do with the pumpkin after it is picked (jack-o-lantern, pumpkin muffin, pumpkin pie).

You can find this at our TPT store HERE.

We would love your feedback!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Sports Doodles and FREEBIE Megaphone

Well, school is back in session and my focus has been back on "school" stuff and I haven't really been drawing lately.  I've been working on this Sports Doodles collection for a while now and finally decided its finished.  It includes images for these sports:  basketball, baseball, football, volleyball, and cheerleading. 

Images included (BW and full-color with transparent background):
basketball hoop, basketball, bouncing basket ball, girl basketball player, football, football player, field goal post, volleyball girl, volleyball, cheer girl, megaphone, pom pom, baseball, baseball bat, baseball glove, baseball bat, baseball boy

Where you can purchase Sports Doodles:
Carrie's Teacher's Notebook clip art gallery HERE
Our TPT store HERE

Here is a freebie of the megaphone:

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Pattern Block Pumpkins

Today after school Christine, Sara, and I planned our first week of our Pumpkins theme, which starts next week.  One of our favorite activities to do the very first week of the theme is one called Pattern Block Pumpkins.  We usually hang these finished projects on our doors or outside our classroom doors to decorate for the theme. 
We've found that over the years, students need more and more visuals to help them complete tasks, so last year we put together some step by step directions for the pocket chart so that students can follow the pictures and simple directions to complete each step of the project.  We also made a one-pager to post as the "learning target".
HERE is the Pattern Block Pumpkins activity that you can find at our TPT store:
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"Little Farmer on the Farm" Color Read Aloud Book

We are well into our farm theme and this week we are having the kids read about farm safety, as well as (hopefully) going on a trip to a local farmer's farm to learn about safety on the farm.  A few weeks ago I wrote a mini-book called "Little Farmer on the Farm".  Last night I put together the color 8.5 x 11 version to laminate and bind into a book to read aloud to the class.  You can find it HERE at our TPT store.

If you would like the printable BW mini-book of "Little Farmer on the Farm" click HERE.

Thanks for stopping into our blog!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Pumpkins and Halloween Cut Apart Sentences

One of the things that we do for writing each week is a theme related cut apart sentence.  This year we decided to revamp our cut-apart sentences to include a place for the students to glue the words and provide handwriting lines to write the sentence on.  This has helped our first graders so much in organizing and ordering their sentence. 

Here is a thumb of the four sentences pack that you can purchase at our TPT store HERE:

We have also started creating Mimio interactive lessons using these cut apart sentences...and today they thought it was SOOOOO much fun.  When I get my pictures downloaded from my camera, I will try to blog about how we've created an interactive Mimio (smartboard) lesson to go along with our theme cut-apart sentences.
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