Monday, October 29, 2012

Lots of Randomness and Updates...

Well first off my little bloggy venture with Ffion from The First Grade Jungle is up! Please go check it out and enter in our giveaway! We are super excited about it! 

Second, since I have been absent for sometime now I figured I would catch you up and unload everything I have been storing on my camera. This means picture overload! Sorry. 

 Generating Questions before reading (inspired by The Inspired Apple)

Character Glove thanks to inspiration from Debbie Diller. I use this during small group as well.  

New workstation I added this year: Overhead. So far my students can write their words, make their words with magnets or letter tiles.  I will be added sentence strips I made which I will print on transparencies and students can fill in the blanks. (Hopefully I will add this to TpT soon!)
I just purchased the clear tiles and then wrote letters onto the tiles. Very simple and the kids LOVE this work station. 


 Writing/ Handwriting Workstation. This will be transitioning into only writing next week. 

Another new workstation I added was the Non-Fiction Reading Station. I really wanted to promote my students to read to find out new information about a topic. I added a variety of books on various levels. I discussed with the students that they would still need to use the "good fit book" strategy to find books to read during this time. 

This year my kids REALLY love the Poetry Work Station. They get upset if they do not have time to finish and illustrate their poem. Love it. 

ABC/ Word Study Workstation

Library Work Station

Anchor Charts: 

Behavior Chart

And a little reminder…

Happy Monday :)
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  1. I LOVE all of your anchor charts! Thanks for posting! :)
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  2. I enjoyed all your pics this morning! I love seeing other teacher's rooms and the tools they use. You have quite the knack for making cool anchor charts! Thanks for sharing everything!

    Peacocks & Penguins

  3. Your classroom looks very busy and fun for your students. Thanks for posting the photos.


  4. Such great things are going on in your classroom. I love all the anchor charts especially! Happy Halloween!
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  5. Hi!
    My name is Joana, I am 24 years old and I am from Portugal (next to Spain).
    I am a primary school teacher in a private college and this is my third year of teaching. Since last year I discovered many blogs like yours through “Pinterest”.
    I implemented some of your ideas and I am fascinated by your creativity, cooperation in classroom, independence and autonomy that you give to the children.
    I’d tried to do many things similar to yours but they were not always well accepted by my director and coordinator, because innovation makes a difference, and in making a difference insecurity is more than often created!
    I wonder if there’s any possibility to do an internship in your school, to learn and see, in practice, what I visualize in your blogs.
    I’d love to get an international experience for about one or two years in your country.
    My partner, Tiago, is also a teacher. He teaches English to Kindergarten and primary school children. He wanted to go to China but for me, it’s too far, and then there is the difference in the culture and language which would cause other types of adaption, which I feel would impede my spontaneity. He would love to learn new approaches and different strategies in his field.
    My e-mail is:, and I trust that you will be able to assist me in improving my educational skills. If it is necessary to give my contact to another person, please feel free to do so.
    With my best regards,
    Joana Fernandes

  6. Love love LOVE your blog, and think your new joint blog is a fantastic idea!! I just got married in October and will also be in the process of looking for a new job this spring! I would LOVE to become email buddies and share wedding/new marriage stories and pick your brain about the whole job hunting process! I think you have such great ideas and I would absolutely love and appreciate any advice you had to offer!! Please feel free to email me at if you would like to do the same! Feel free to check out my blog! It's a work in progress but with my life slowly calming down, it will be coming along soon!! :)
    Hope to chat with you soon!

  7. Just found your blog & am in LOVE! Your anchor charts are fantastic & I can't wait to implement some of your ideas. Thanks so much for sharing! I'm your newest follower & would love for you to stop by sometime :)

    First Grade Fairytales

  8. Newest follower! Yay. What great stuff :)

    Teach on a Limb

  9. I am lovin' your I can... posters!! I am going to use this in my classroom this year. One thing i saw, maybe it is on purpose, I can write my words with an overhead pin - should this say pen? If not, disregard!! I have begun to follow you!

  10. I love your poetry center. Where can I get the posters and everything u used. I would love to creat this in my room.

  11. Could you please let me know where I can print all the cute posters and signs you have in your poetry center. I would like to create mine. I love yours

    1. Thanks Mara, I downloaded this to create my poetry center:

  12. Really looking for some help. I am willing to pay for the materials of the writing center. Please let me know when I can get them

  13. I saw your post and thank you. I am really trying to replicate this bloggers center. It is exactly what I am looking for. First grade jungle I am willing to buy the materials if u can proved me with the things that are in that center

  14. Mara, this is my blog. The Teachers Pay Teachers link I sent above is where the posters came from. Other posters are free on The First Grade Parades blog. Hope this helps.

  15. Okay I am sorry I thought it was a different last name. Thank u for your help. I love you stuff and seeing what u do. This is my first year in first grade so I am open to lots of help in what I should have and do. This is great. Thank you

  16. Hi Mara again. Sorry to bother you. I looked at the starter kit. It is good but I love yours. Did u save everything? Is there any way to pay u for that specific stuff?

  17. hi, I was just wondering if you have an achor chart made for subtraction? I loved your addition chart and would love to see your subtraction chart. Thanks!

  18. Your blog is wonderful by the way!

  19. Hey. I am loving your blog. U had sent me a link and the writes starter kit is not what I am looking for. I really would love to make my board like yours and use the posters u used. Would u be willing to send them to me. I would be happy to pay for it. Please let me know as soon as possible. Thank u

  20. I am wondering if you'd be willing to share the poems you use in your poetry center. Thanks so much.

  21. Do you have a link for your non fiction graphic organizer? It's adorable!

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  23. I like your "I CAN..." page at the top. The only problem is that you are teaching writing (so I am assuming spelling also), and you spelled 'pens' wrong. You put: I can write with overhead "pins" instead of 'pens.' Big difference, and such an easy mistake with little ones in the first place. I hope you fix this, because you have an awesome page of creative ideas!