5 for Fraturday

We're linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching a little late because we've been flying in and out of town, trying to soak up our last rays of summer sunshine. But, we're back and gearing up for a great school year! 
Christy spent some of her last days of summer in Ohio for a huge family reunion. 
They had a great time catching up with family and taking in the sights.
Here's some highlights from their trip...

Tammy's family ventures to San Diego for a week each summer. Growing up by the beach usually takes them on vacation somewhere near water, so from swimming until their fingers were pruned to admiring yachts and sailboats at Seaport Village, they had a sweet family trip.
Who doesn't love Pinterest?
Who doesn't love winning free things?
Well, we're combining those 2 loves with something fun!


We're putting our own spin on the Pin It to Win It craze.

All you have to do is visit our TpT shop between now and Sunday night.
Find your 2 favorite items that you'd love to win.
Then, pin.
The two products, that is. 
Onto Pinterest...
Okay, just making sure we're making sense. :)
Leave a comment below with
1. Your Pinterest url (We love following teachers!)
2. The names of the 2 products you pinned and would love to win

That's It!

We'll pick 2 winners to win the 2 items of their choosing on Sunday night!
PLUS, each winner will receive a copy of our latest Booktivities for the Common Core Classroom before it is released in our TpT store next week!
So, if you're in a pinning and winning mood, leave us a comment and check back tomorrow night.
We are looking forward to getting back into our classroom finally this week!
Carpets and summer cleaning have run a little behind schedule at school, 
so what's a teacher to do?
Answer ~ See #1 Above
Once we get in, the first thing we're planning to do is to update our class decor.
We're looking to take our walls to the next level, and continue to tie in our under the sea classroom theme again this year.
So, we came up with our Class Decor & More packs.
For as much time as we spend in our classrooms as teachers, we should LOVE it! 
Engaging our class in a theme not only makes for an eye catching classroom, but it also sets the stage for building a community of learners. 
Our Class Decor & More! sets provide student centered, teacher friendly decor to fit the themed classroom.
Here's What's Included:
-3 Styles of Name Plates
-Name Tags
-Table Signs
-Word Wall with over 200+ words
-Welcome Banner
-64 Class Supply Labels
-Blank Supply Labels to make your own
-Person of the Day Poster
-Months of the Year Cards and Poster
-Days of the Week Cards and Poster
-Calendar Cards
-Birthday Month Cards and Name Labels
-Monthly Memories Poster
-Incredible Equations Poster
-Individual 100 and 120 Number Grids
-Class 100 and 120 Number Grids
-15 Classroom Schedule Cards + Blank
-36 Classroom Job Cards + Blank
-Number Words Poster
-0-10 Class Number Posters
-7 Money Posters
-26 Alphabet Sound Cards
-4 Digraph Sound Cards
-5 Long Vowel Spelling Cards
-11 Class Color Posters
-18 Class Shape Posters

Along with Under the Sea (above), we have 3 other themes up in our TpT Shop just in time for the Back to School Sale.
Click any of the pics to take a closer look. 
Plus, download any of our Class Decor & More previews in our TpT shop to find a freebie for your own classroom. 


We've had tons of requests to package our monthly Sharing Pages together and since we aren't packing for summer vacations anymore, we've packed them up for you!
all of our Sharing Pages have been bundled at a discounted price in our TpT Store. 
One of our absolute favorite programs that we run in our classroom each school year is our Sharing Pages Program.
Here's a quick snippet on how it works... 

Each week, our students are assigned a sharing page as part of their weekly homework.
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We also print and laminate a cover  for the week's sharing book.
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Each student is assigned a sharing day, which stays the same for the entire school year.
On their assigned day, they return their sharing page to be read and shared it in front of the class. 
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 With only a few students sharing each day, this takes about 10 minutes of time Tuesday through Friday (Sharing Pages are assigned on Mondays in our class), but the development in reading, writing and speaking skills lasts them a lifetime. 

Once the class has shared, we gather all of the pages together, print and laminate the book cover and bind all of the pages together to create a class book.
We add to our collection of books all year and leave them accessible in our classroom library for reading.
The kids love reading them!
On the last day of school, we raffle each of our sharing books off, sending each student home with 2 to keep forever and ever. 

Our Sharing Page Bundle will only be available for a limited time.
If you are really looking for a deal, it will be on super sale through the TpT Sale on Sunday and Monday if you use coupon code BTS13 at checkout.

Ending the school day on the right foot is just as important as beginning it on the right one.
We also have learned over the years, that the end of the school day can be a little nutty.
Kids, backpacks, mail, loose papers, trash, chairs...The list really could go on and on.
So, we bribe them.
With a rap.
We use The Classroom Rap at the end of our day.
Think Army Sound Off.
You know?
Sound Off...
Sound Off...
We put our best drill sergeant voices on and make them repeat after us.
Stomping feet and marching like soldiers is completely optional, but some days we they need it. 
It's fun and it's great fluency practice. Enjoy!


Fluttering Through First Grade


  1. What a great giveaway!! Love Pin 2 Win 2 :)

    My Pinterest URL is: http://pinterest.com/kristi3620/

    Here are my two pins:
    Fall into First Grade-CC Math and Literacy Activities for the Season

    Frosty in First Grade- CC Math and Literacy Activities for the Season

    Thank you for the opportunity! I love all of your ideas and blog. As a fellow Ohio girl I spent many of my childhood days visiting Cedar Point! What fun!!

    1. Congrats Kristi! You are one of our winners. Please email us at flutteringthroughfirstgrade@gmail.com so we can send you your goodies!
      ~Christy & Tammy

  2. Love your end of the day army chant! Thinking I'm going to have to include this at the end of our day. :) Christy.... did you get a Vanilla Coke at Big Boy???? Nothing better than a vanilla coke with your big boy and fries. :)
    Hope you enjoyed the Buckeye State!!!
    ps.. Tammy, San Diego looks AMAZING!!! I must get out west again sometime. :)

  3. Here are my two pins classroom ocean theme

    Multiplication bubble gum math

  4. http://pinterest.com/pin/316096467566920456/

    Great giveaway!


  5. Thanks for sharing all the great ideas and freebies. I love everything I have from you two! I would love to add the "Fall into First Grade" and "Spring into First Grade" station packets. I've pinned them here: http://pinterest.com/jancat/common-core-resources/

  6. You certainly have some great stuff on TpT -- it was hard to decide which are my 2 favourite.
    Here is what I picked "Sharing Pages Through the Year" Bundle (pinned to my writing board) and "100th Day Hoopla" (pinned to my 100th Day board.

  7. Thanks so much for this chance! My pinterest URL is http://pinterest.com/mollynw/boards/ I pinned two of your habitat units: Savannah http://pinterest.com/pin/195062227583736426/ and Polar http://pinterest.com/pin/195062227583736432/


  8. Wonderful ideas and love the Pin 2 Win 2 Giveaway!!!

    My Pinterest link/URL - http://pinterest.com/roxmelster1/

    My two pins URL:

    Spring into First Grade ~ Common Core Math and Literacy for the Season

    Writing Pages for Class Share Time ~ Sharing Pages Through the Year {BUNDLED}

    Thanks for the opportunity to be a winner.


  9. I love to Pin things!

    My URL - http://pinterest.com/jjn2/boards/

    Fluency Building Bookmarks & Comprehension Cards

    Sight Word Spook!

  10. I just found this post on Pinterest. I live so close to Cedar Point! Most of my family have worked there and I met my husband when we both were working there!

  11. My class absolutely loves writing class books. Your books have been a blast to write and to read.

    Thank you,
    Carrie Sanders AZ


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