Spring Giveaway & Notepad Tutorial

Day One is Done...Poof...
We think we might have a problem settling into Spring Break.
Do you ever feel like the second you get some time off from school you kick into high gear doing other things? 
No, you don't...
You're lounging on the beach in Hawaii for Spring Break...
Eh, Hem...Sorry...Never mind...
That may just be the first grade teachers on crack thing again.
If you don't know what we're referring to, please scroll down to yesterday's post. We certainly do not need any vicious rumors circulating around here.

We've been busy little bees so far...
We figured just pretend we're at school for one or two days and get it all done, so we prepped all of our Spring Centers, which we'll fly into next week when we return from Spring Break. 
 We've just introduced Fact Families, so this activity will give them some interactive, and much needed practice with those addition facts!  
Like our Fall into First and Frosty in First Grade Units, their sister unit has Spring Words, a "Spring is Here!" mini book and Fluency Building Bookmarks to practice reading, reading and reading some more! 

 Caterpillar Addition will give them continued practice with the Common Core Standard of adding three numbers. Many of our kids still need manipulative support with this skill, so we found some little plastic flowers called, "Table Scatter" at the Dollar Tree. We renamed them, "Caterpillar Crap"...Not really, but the C's go together and that is important to us firstie freaks fanatics when naming things. If you're a first grade teacher, you completely understand the need to rhyme all the time. See? Told you...

 The digraphs just won't die. 
They keep showing up in everything we read. Everything we write. Everything. 
If we hear one more of our little cherubs pronounce "th" "tuh-huh", we're going to fly far, far away. 
Seriously, we're butterflies. 
We can fly away...Don't say it.
For this activity, they will match missing digraph sounds to word cards and record on one of two differentiated worksheets. We realize some of our kids will blaze through this, so we will have those speed demons record the entire word, while some of our kids will only be able to handle writing the digraph itself. 
We like choice and feel like at this time of year we have to meet lots of different needs while still exposing them to the same standards.  
 We're giving away 3 of our Spring into First Grade Units to 3 Lucky Winners! 
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You've asked and asked, and we've procrastinated long enough finally delivered. 
Here's how to make those fabulous notepads you're seeing from our Blogger Meet Up.

These are the easiest thing ever and always pack the perfect present punch...
Not really a punch, like you would punch someone with them. Don't do that, please. 
And, don't throw Kool-Aid either. That stuff stains. 

With just a few easy and inexpensive supplies, you can transform notepads from drab to fab in no time! They are perfect for Teacher Appreciation, Mother's Day, or just because you're tired of writing on ugly notepads. :) 
You can use any kind of scrapbook paper for any occasion and there are tons of embellishments out there, so get creative!  
If you do, send us some pics. We'd love to see! 

Just because we're in a happy Spring Break mood, we're giving 3  notepads like the ones you see in the pics above to our 3 winners too. You can keep them all for yourself or share with a friend. We'll snail mail them to you...Maybe with a card...That rhymes of course.
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We're also throwing in our April Sharing Pages just because we know lots of you are going to need them, plus just to kick us out of our procrastination pile, we're giving away our newest product, Fluency Building Bookmarks & Comprehension Cards too! You're going to have to trust us that these are fabulous. We'll tell you that we've used them for years and our kids adore them! They're perfect for this time of year. They aren't up in our shop yet, but will be today...or tomorrow...Because you've just kicked us into gear to get them done today...or tomorrow!

Enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win
Fluency Building Bookmarks & Comprehension Cards


3 Handmade Notepads from Fluttering Through First Grade.

3 winners will win all of the above and be announced here on Friday. 
We're making it as easy as 1-2-3
Enter the Rafflecopter below.
Good luck! 

Now, back to Spring Break... 

Fluttering Through First Grade


  1. I love your Centers!
    Thanks for all your the hard work.

  2. Wow! Amazing goodies showcased in your blog post! Thanks for giving us all a chance to win them! Enjoy your spring break doing exactly what you want to do. I know I am!
    ΡΌ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter

  3. You girls never cease to amaze me! How do you do it????? We're on Spring Break now and I'm just trying to get caught up on all my dvr'd shows... my house..... it's a summer break project! :) Keeping my fingers crosed I'm a winner!!! :)


  4. Caterpillar crap....hahaha! I just got a strange look from the hubs for laughing out loud :)

    Teachery Tidbits

  5. Thank you so much for the giveaway. I hope you are having a great spring break!

    A Basket Full of Apples

  6. HOLY MOLY girls! This post is jam-packed with GOODNESS galore!!! WooHoo! I am printing the entire thing out so I can have the directions on the notepads! LOVE THEM! And the Spring materials are absolutely awesome! Your creativity is endless! Can't wait for the raffle results!!!
    Happy Spring Break!

  7. Oh I love these notepads! These might be good to go along with our Mother's Day gifts! Thanks for sharing!


  8. I'm not really talking you to you right now due to the whole you are on spring break and I'm not thing.... BUT if I were talking to you I would say that I love your HUMONGOUS Spring into First unit so much. My printer doesn't love it as much as I do, but it will just have to get over it!

    Enjoy your P.J.'s. ... pfft!

    LOVE YA!


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