Thursday, June 1, 2017

Father's Day Craft: Tie-rific Dad

Father's Day is right around the corner and our class loves showing appreciation for all the special men in their lives. Since they had such a blast creating Spa Mom  for Mother's Day, we couldn't leave the Dads out! So, we created Tie-rific Dad for all the TOP guys in our students' lives.Father's Day craft for the classroom
Father's Day craft for the classroom
Father's Day craft for the classroom
Putting Tie-rific Dad together is pretty simple. The templates are easy to copy directly onto colored construction paper, then just cut and glue. We have them use markers for the nose and mouth too.
Father's Day craft for the classroomFather's Day craft for the classroom
We love seeing all of their unique creations...Some of them totally resemble their own dads! Our class creates the coupon book option, but this resource also includes a storybook option where students reflect and write about their dads.
Father's Day craft for the classroom
Father's Day craft for the classroom
Father's Day craft for the classroom
Father's Day craft for the classroom
 Like Mother's Day in our classroom, we realize Father's Day can be sensitive for some of our students as their family lives don't always include a dad. But, we do know that every one of our students has someone special in their lives they can recognize at this time of year. So, we've made sure our Father's Day craft, Tie-rific Dad, includes a ton of templates for all your students' family needs.
Father's Day craft for the classroom
 What's Included:
-191 PAGES with tons of options for ALL the special men in your students' lives! You won't use all of them, but we've got most of your families covered!
-Print and Go TIE-rific Dad Craftivity Templates
-Print and Go TIE-rific Dad Coupon Book templates 
*5 ready made
*2 blank
-Print and Go My TOP Dad Story Book templates
*5 ready made
*2 blank
Templates Included - Dad, Daddy, Papa, Grandpa, Grandad, Abuelo, Uncle, Tío and generic Someone Special 


Here's some Tie-rific Dad Feedback...

We would absolutely love to see your Tie-rific Dad creations when you make them with your class! Just snap a pic and tag us on Facebook (Fluttering Through First Grade) or Instagram (@fluttering1st).
Father's Day craft for the classroom
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Mother's and Father's Day crafts for the classroom
Mother's and Father's Day crafts for the classroom

Sunday, May 7, 2017

EXPO Dry Erase Markers with Ink Indicator: A Teacher Win!

EXPO Ink Indicator Markers...A Teacher Win!
It's no secret that dry erase markers are a must have classroom tool. From whole group lessons, guided reading and math groups, partner work, and independent recording, our students use dry erase markers all day long. As teachers, we are constantly begging asking families to send in dry erase markers or stocking up during back to school sales. 
Dry erase markers in the classroom...A MUST have!But, one of our biggest challenges is teaching our students how to determine when they need a new dry erase marker. We've learned over the years that the expression, "Teacher, my marker ran out!" could really be secret student language for, "I don't like this color." or "I want the same color as my friend, but I know you'll say no so I'll just blame the ink!" So, our reply to "Teacher, my marker ran out." is always, "Prove it!" which leads to a scribble certification where they are asked to prove their ink expiration.  
"Teacher my pen ran out." Managing dry erase markers in the classroom. Until now! 
Recently, EXPO markers contacted us and asked if we'd be interested in trying out their new EXPO Ink Indicator Dry Erase Markers. We knew instantly that this could be a #teacherwin for us.
EXPO Ink Indicator dry erase markers...A Teacher Win! #EXPOteacherwinWe got to try their 4-pack of low odor EXPO dry erase ink indicator markers. 
EXPO Ink Indicator dry erase markers...A Teacher Win! #EXPOteacherwinThe end of the pens are clear with the liquid dry erase ink visible. I love the level indicators showing full, 1/2, and empty indicator lines. I see a fraction lesson coming on with the kids! #EXPOteacherwin
EXPO Ink Indicator dry erase markers...A Teacher Win! #EXPOteacherwinI have been a huge fan of the chisel tip marker since my very first year of teaching because it has always made my teacher printing look way neater than it actually is. I know I'm not alone here, teachers...Right? 😁The EXPO chisel tip marks broad, medium and fine lines all in one sooo...Chisel tip all the way!

EXPO Ink Indicator dry erase markers...A Teacher Win! #EXPOteacherwinThese pens have made class management a little easier too.  I think they are so in love with the 'ink indicator pens' they don't want to give them up! They love sharing and comparing their ink levels with their neighbors too which has provided some great compare and contrast conversations. #EXPOstudentwin

You can learn more about the EXPO Ink Indicator Markers here

EXPO Ink Indicator dry erase markers...A Teacher Win! #EXPOteacherwin
I was so excited about this new tool that I wanted to share it with a few of my favorite teachers for Teacher Appreciation week. I made a variety of 'marker' themed teacher gift tags to go with each set of EXPO Ink Indicator markers.
Teacher Appreciation Week marker themed gift tags for the reMARKable teachers in your life.My own kids will take these to their teachers this week.
Teacher Appreciation Week marker themed gift tags for the reMARKable teachers in your life.I'm giving these to my grade level team and school colleagues for Teacher Appreciation too. 
Teacher Appreciation Week marker themed gift tags for the reMARKable teachers in your life.Want to appreciate a teacher whose made their mark? Grab these Teacher Appreciation gift tags for the remarkable teachers in your life. 
Teacher Appreciation Week marker themed gift tags for the reMARKable teachers in your life.
*Please Note: This post was written in exchange for free product and/or compensation, but all opinions, ideas, and beliefs expressed in this post are my own.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Summer Reading Logs

Summer is right around the corner, and parents everywhere are starting to ask teachers can you PLEASE keep them longer?! what they can have their students do over the summer to keep their school skills solid?
We're so glad they ask!
One of easiest answers we give is, have them read.
One of the easiest things we give them to encourage reading is a Summer Reading Log. 
Summer Reading Logs for Students
There's just something about copying and folding activities into booklets that bait our students time and again...Case in point - Spelling Dictionaries and Summer Skills BookletsHook, line and sinker! Plus, they're super easy for us to just copy, fold, staple and send. 

We've provided Summer Reading log templates for younger and older readers that you can choose from. 
Summer Reading Logs for Students
Our Summer Reading Logs are parent friendly, with tips for "Helping Your Child Learn to Read" for younger readers, or "Tips for Building Fluency and Comprehension" for older readers, parents have summer tips at their fingertips for fostering readers long past Labor Day.Summer Reading Logs for Students
Our main goal for summer reading is for parents to keep it fun and easy and for students to build motivation, independence and stamina for self-sustained reading on their own. We want them to build accountability by recording either the titles and authors they read or the date, title and amount of time they read each day. We find providing a fool proof procedure for summer reading helps our parents out tremendously. It's easy to follow and kids are motivated to record in their reading books! Summer Reading Logs for Students
Along the way, we've given them a place to record some of their favorite summer stories. Consider it a 'best of' list for them to forever remember their favorite summer book titles. 

Sometimes, we bribe encourage our class to bring their Summer Reading Logs back to us at the start of the new school year. We don't care if they've moved onto a new class, we are happy to reward their reading!
Summer Reading Logs for Students
Looking for a Summer Reading Log that will encourage your students to read, read, read and then, read some more this summer? You can grab our Summer Reading Log for FREE from our TpT Shop. 
Summer Reading Logs for Students
Can you see the light at the end of the school year tunnel yet? Check out these end of school activities that will help wrap up your school year STAT!
End of school year activities for primary classrooms

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Read Across America Activities for the Primary Classroom

Read Across America activities for the primary classroom
Many primary classrooms love celebrating Read Across America week. Although our class celebrates Literacy each and every day, we like to get extra wild and wacky during Reading Week each year. Here are a few of our favorite activities to celebrate literacy and Read Across America in the primary classroom.
Read Across America activities for the primary classroom
Got Books? 
From Costco to Target. Garage sales to dumpster diving (True story, not proud.)...We've got a ridiculous amount of Dr. S books for Read Across America Week! Before we gathered our collection, we gutted the local library shelves and borrowed all the Dr. S books they'd allow. We leave them out and available all week long. 

Students use these books in our literacy centers to rhyme, read and review.
Read Across America activities for the primary classroom
It seems only fitting that we would focus on reading vocabulary words during Read Across America week. We keep 16 reading words in our class pocket chart all week long.Read Across America activities for the primary classroomWe are firm believers in providing rich vocabulary activities for our students consistently throughout the year. One of the best ways kids learn is through play! So, what better way to practice our reading week vocabulary than with a friendly game of Reading Bingo? It's such a great opportunity for us to review reading concepts and foster vocabulary development through play. We make the kids yell, "READ-O" if they get a Bingo...They love it! 
Read Across America activities for the primary classroom

Reading fluency is at the top of our to do list at this time of year. Out are the robot voices...In are the fluent readers! One of our favorite ways to get students practicing their reading fluency is...By reading! That sounds so easy...It is! We use Fluency Building Bookmarks weekly in our classroom, so creating a special bookmark for Read Across America week was a no brainer. Our kids eat these up! They roam and read around the room for a set period of time. Each time they listen to a reader, they give a compliment and sign their initials or name on a line. When their bookmark is filled up, we give them a pat on their back and tell them to grab another one...And they do! 
Read Across America activities for the primary classroom
We always teach our kids that great readers also make great writers. Reading week writing activities include creating a class book to add to our Sharing Pages collection. Our class loves these writing prompts and we love letting them practice their writing, reading and public speaking skills as often as we can.
Read Across America activities for the primary classroom
We've created everything you need for a successful Reading Week in your classroom! These print and go activities keep us going for one day or one week anytime we want to celebrate reading in our classroom.
Read Across America activities for the primary classroom
Read Across America activities for the primary classroom
One of our absolute favorite Dr. S. stories is Ten Apples Up on Top. Really for only one reason...This Ten Apples Up on Top Sing Along we found on YouTube a few years back. You will be belting it out by Friday...Trust us. :)
Read Across America activities for the primary classroom
So of course, we can't just sing to sing in classrooms anymore, so we created this excuse activity to go along with Ten Apples Up on Top. It was actually Wacky Wednesday at school that day too, hence the mustaches...Call it a Dr. S story fusion activity. :) 

Here's What We Do:
-Cut white construction paper for the tall hat. Cut a bottom white brim too.
-Cut 4 red strips per student to glue to the hat, spacing them apart to make red and white stripes. 
-Draw a self portrait (mustaches optional) of your face and cut it out. 
-Glue face and top hat to one another.
-Cut out 10 apples. 

Some Ideas for the Ten Apples Up on Top:
-Students can write spelling, high frequency, or phonics words on each apple, then glue them in alphabetical order to the hat. 
-Students can write and solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division problems on each apple, then glue them in number order by their answers.
-Or, come up with your own creative idea! If you do, be sure to post a photo of your class projects and tag us on Facebook or Instagram (@fluttering1st). We'd love to see your ten apples up on top! 
Read Across America activities for the primary classroom
Most of the pieces are cut and created with construction paper, but here's our template for the ten apples if you'd like to make it with your class. We copy them on green and yellow and let our students pick. Just click to download below. 
Read Across America activities for the primary classroom
Read Across America activities for the primary classroom
Read Across America activities for the primary classroom
Dr. Seuss dress up days can be so much fun! At home, we go head to toe for our Things...At school we make hats. :) 
Read Across America activities for the primary classroom
We just printed this Thing 1 and Thing 2 sign we created on our computer (There are a lot out there if you Google.), cut red construction paper for the headband and turquoise blue strips for the hair.
Read Across America activities for the primary classroom
We teach them how to curl the strips around their pencils and attach them to the Thing 1 or Thing 2 headband.
Read Across America activities for the primary classroom
We've collected a few other goodies (Thanks Target!) along the way that we love sharing with our class during Read Across America week. 
Read Across America activities for the primary classroom
How do you celebrate reading with your class?
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