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I'm delighted that you have taken the time to drop anchor here at my little teaching blog: Sailing Though 1st Grade! Oh, the places we will go! Enjoy the voyage.

Nov 29, 2011

December Spelling Freebie

Wondering what you will do to inspire your students to practice their spelling at home next month? Maybe my FREE December Spelling Tic-Tac-Toe will be just the thing. Download your copy from my TPT Store.

Nov 27, 2011

Open Court Imagine It Unit 5 Support Materials

As usual, I am completing the Open Court support materials "just in time" - as we approach each lesson from week to week.  I just can't seem to get ahead of schedule. In any case, if you are one of my followers that are using this program, I have finished the first grade Unit 5 Big Idea and Focus Questions posters and the other materials will be added below as soon as they are completed. So be on the look out!

Sample pages are shown here. Click on the link below to download your copy.

December Freebies

I can hardly believe we are already a third of the way through this school year. It has been a busy few weeks finishing up assessments and wrapping up our first trimester. Unfortunately, this has meant no posts to my blog... but to thank my followers for being so patient, I have a few seasonal freebies to share. Please click on the links below to grab some goodies for the month of December.

Find more like these in my TPT store

If you like these, you may want to check out my 34 page December-themed super sentence packet
 available in my TPT Store.

Nov 5, 2011

What's for Thanksgiving Dinner?

What is for Thanksgiving Dinner? Will it be Roasted Turkey or Egg Foo Yong?

Inspired by the song "Albuquerque Turkey", I created a cute Thanksgiving Place Value and Greater Than, Less Than, and Equal To math activity .  Students will use my thanksgiving-themed cards with tens and ones blocks to identify numbers and determine which is greater. If Albuquerque Turkey has a number that is greater than or equal to the pilgrims' number, he wins and egg foo yong will be served for dinner. If the Pilgrims have the greater number, Poor Albuquerque Turkey will BECOME Thanksgiving dinner.  
I plan to use this activity for whole group instruction using my elmo and projector and then througout the month as a math center.  Both the lyrics to Albuquerque Turkey and tens and ones blocks are included in this 30 page pdf file available at my TPT store.

Click here for your FREE copy of the Albuquerque Turkey lyrics.

Nov 4, 2011

Veteran's Day Freebie

Next Friday, November 11th, our nation honors all of the men and women who have bravely served our country over the years; those who have risked their lives to make the world a safer and better place for us all.  Although I don't have anything special planned for my students to help honor our veterans this year, we will be remembering them and discussing the important role our military plays as we continue our study on "The jobs people do".   After our discussion, students will be given the following word bank and story paper and will be asked to use it to produce either an informational, reflective, or fictional  piece that centers around our military- past or present. Click on the link below to grab your free copy. It is part of my November writing paper and word bank pack available in my TPT store for just $1.00
Click here to download your FREE copy.

Also... I would love to hear what if anything you have planned to remember and honor our veterans with your students.

Happy Friday!