Sunday, April 28, 2013

Giveaway Winner & My Sweet Baby Boy!

Hey friends!
I wanted to update you on the winner of the giveaway I was hosting with Laureen from Teach with Laughter.  The lucky winner was Michelle J.  Thanks to everyone who participated!  Michelle was the lucky winner of these three fabulous math products.  
 
 
More good news to share!  TheHappyBaby aka Reed Campbell Pledger was born on Monday, April 22nd at 9:29pm.  (Earth Day baby!)  He was 6 pounds 5 ounces and 20 inches long!  He's perfect in every which way, and I'm the happiest Mom alive!  We've been home for four days now, and we are slowly but surely figuring out how to take care of a newborn!  We are loving every minute of it...even the hard parts!  Here's a few pics of my sweetheart!
{On the way to the hospital...}
 {Sweet Baby Boy!}
 {Home sweet home}
 {Our first outing...trip to the doctor's office!}

Monday, April 22, 2013

Baby Baby!!


Well friends...today is the day!!  I'm having a BABY!!  I'm writing this blog post as I sit in the baby's nursery.  I'm going into the hospital at 7:30am to be induced!  I SHOULD meet my little man sometime TODAY.  (Earth Day is a cool birthday to have, right?)  Anyhow, I wanted to post this little update for you and let you know I may be missing in action for a little while until I get a handle on being a Mommy!  :)  I promise I'll stop in and post a baby picture or two though!  Here are a few nursery pics...



 For more nursery pictures, projects, and BABY stuff, check out my personal blog: The Pledger Family.
 Wish me luck!!!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Magical Product Swap!

MrsStanfordsClass
I'm super excited to be participating in my third Magical Product Swap, hosted by Mrs. Stanford!  I was lucky enough to be paired up with Laureen from Teach with Laughter!

Teach With Laughter
Laureen has 114 products in her TPT store!  Wowzers!  
I chose to review a product called "Tens and Ones Mystery Picture Bundle."
This product is AMAZING for several reasons:
1.  Students are working on PLACE VALUE/Tens & Ones!  This is one of the hardest concepts for students to master, so a product that effectively reviews this concept is awesome.  
2.  The bundle includes 17 different mystery pictures, and Laureen is always adding more to the bundle!  After you've purchased it, you can redownload it when she adds new mystery pictures.   Yay!
3.  There are a variety of themes, holidays, and occasions represented in the bundle, such as 100th Day, Christmas, Earth Day, Easter, Groundhog Day, Halloween, St. Patrick's Day, Thanksgiving, and Valentine's Day.  There are also non-holiday printables included in the bundle, such as penguins, lady bugs, gumballs, snowmen, apples, ice cream, and flowers!  I love that I will be able to incorporate this product throughout the school year because of the variety of themes.
4.  The product comes with an "I Can" instruction card so students know what to do at centers!
5.  An answer key is included for each activity so students can check their own work!  

Here is an example from the bundle: 
These are the student work pages:
 You could copy them front/back to save paper!  =)
Students can check their work using two different answer keys:
 
I LOVE these printables because students are working on place value in a fun, bright, and colorful way!  It's not a boring old worksheet!  My kids LOVE them already!  =)  

Here are the ways I plan to use them in my classroom throughout the year:
1.  The holiday themed mystery pictures are PERFECT for actual holidays!  It's a go-to activity on the day before Thanksgiving or Christmas break.
2.  These printables are ideal for math centers/stations.
3.  Awesome for morning work/bell ringer...
4.  Easy and fun activity to leave with a substitute.  
5.  Great activity to send home with kiddos who need a little extra practice!  

The Tens and Ones Place Value Bundle from Teach with Laughter is an awesome deal!  You get 17+ products for only $9.00.  Can't beat that!  You can also purchase individual mystery pictures from Laureen's store if you just want a particular holiday or themed picture (i.e. Earth Day mystery picture for Monday, April 22nd!)  

If you'd like a chance to win this awesome product, you can enter using the Rafflecopter below!  
Don't forget to check out the Teach with Laughter blog to see which product Laureen reviewed from my store!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
In honor of the Magical Product Swap, I'm having a sale!  All of the products in TheHappyTeacher's TPT store are 10% off from April 20-23!  Happy Shopping!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Earth Day Freebie!

Earth Day is April 22nd, and I have a little freebie just for you!  There are two printables: a making words activity and a word search (with answer key).  I think they will be perfect for morning work or for fast finishers!  Hope you like 'em.  =)


Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Heads Up, Seven Up Sight Words!

One of my students' favorite games is Heads Up, Seven Up!  Heck, it was one of my favorite games to play at school when I was little too!  :)  It's easy to add an educational spin to the game.  Read on to find out more!
The only materials you need for this activity are your students and sight word flashcards.  You can use cutesy ones like the ones above, or just write the word on a piece of construction paper!  =)  

How to Play:
1.  Choose the seven students who will be "it."  Give each of these students a flashcard with a sight word on it.  Read aloud each word and have the class repeat.  Tell the class to use their imagination because you have changed these kiddos' names to the sight words they are holding.  {First graders think it's hilarious when you "change" Taylor's name to THIS or Ben's name to THAT.}

2.  The rest of the class puts their heads down and covers their eyes.  Then, the students who are "it" walk around the room and secretly choose ONE person.  When a child is selected, he puts his thumb up.  

3.  Announce "Heads Up, Seven up!"  

4.  Have the students with their thumbs up guess who selected them.  They MUST call out the SIGHT WORD that the person is holding, not the person's name.  Make sense?  

After a few rounds, I change out the sight words that the students are holding.  I think this game is genius because it doesn't take any prep time.  Students are engaged because it's fun, and they are reading and rereading their sight words dozens of times throughout the game!  It's a great transition activity or game to play when you have 10 extra minutes before lunch.  It's also a lot more fun that traditional flashcard practice!  Try it out with your kiddos, and let me know how it goes!  


Sunday, April 7, 2013

Mother's Day Linky Party!

As many of you know, I'm expecting my first child at the end of April!  My little man, Reed Campbell Pledger, could arrive any day now, and I'll celebrate my first Mother's Day as a new mommy on May 12th!  What better way to celebrate this special day then with a blog post and Linky Party dedicated to MOMS!  

I created a sweet and simple acrostic poem FREEBIE to share with y'all.  Click on any of the images below to download:
 
 
 
Happy Mother's Day to all that Mamas out there!  =)


Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Summer Countdown & Currently April!

Believe it or not, SUMMER VACATION is just around the corner!  Y'all know I LOVE countdowns.  I make a countdown for everything...Countdown to my birthday, countdown to Christmas, countdown to vacation, COUNTDOWN TIL BABY IS BORN!  {The count for that is currently 18 DAYS!  Eek!  I get to meet my little man in just 18 days! Yipeee!}  Anyhow, to help you survive the next two months of school, download this Summer Vacation Countdown Poster.  It's free, of course!  
 
I made three different styles, so pick the one you like the best.  Then put it in an 8x10 frame (or laminate it), and use a dry erase marker to count down the days!  Perfect for morning meeting, calendar time, or simply for your own sanity!!  

A little late on Farley's Currently Linky Party, but better late than never!  

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Skip Counting Posters


One of my sweet followers said she loved my Skip Counting Posters, but her first graders were getting confused with the "6" and the "9" because of the fancy font I used!  :)  She asked me if I could update the document with a primary-friendly font.  I happily made the changes, and I wanted to share the new file with y'all as well.  You can download it for free here:

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