Monday, March 17, 2014

Fabulous March Box Giveaway

It's that time of the month again...Christy and Tammy, along with some other really fabulous bloggers, are teaming up to offer a spectacular March Box Giveaway. This month, the Grand Prize Winner will win a one-year subscription to RAZ-Kids or Reading A-Z!!! How exciting is this! These ladies are beyond amazing for throwing these giveaways month after month. To find out how you can enter this giveaway, just click on the link below to go to Fluttering Through First Grade.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

New Name Giveaway

Well, it's time for a change. I've spent the last month contemplating a name change for this little blog, and I finally decided on one. The reason for this change, you ask? Well, there's a fabulous blog out there named A Day in First Grade, which used to be the name of my blog. Kristen, the author of the blog, has done some fabulously amazing work, and I wanted to make sure that her blog gets the traffic it deserves. What's more confusing than two blogs with the same name? Hence, the blog name change. I've been using the name "Phillips Firsties" at school for as long as I can remember, so I decided to make that name official. I'm going to be creating a Facebook page soon, so this name change couldn't come at a better time! Anyways, to kick off my new name launch, I'm giving away two new products for FREE. I will be uploading these products on Monday, so grab them for free while you can! Just click on the picture below to download. Please leave me some feedback in the comments section if you download. I appreciate any and all feedback.

Monday, January 20, 2014

100th Day Fun

Our 100th Day of school is on January 31st, and I've been scouring the blogging and Pinterest communities for new ideas. Of course, I found some amazing things out there! Here are just a few. Click on any of the pictures to download.

Visit Ashley's blog.

Visit Michele's blog.

Visit Mrs. Jones' blog.

Visit Angela's blog.
Visit Mrs. Miner's blog.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Patricia Polacco and a Giveaway Winner

I just LOVE author studies, don't you? We have been reading some of Patricia Polacco's great books this week, and the kids have really enjoyed them. I've been using this week's author study to review how to answer questions with multiple parts in a complete sentence, and the kiddos have been journaling a lot! I typed up the questions on labels and gave everybody one label per book. It has worked like a charm, because the kids are using words from the book title and question to answer in their writing. Success!!
Anyway, in the midst of our author study this week we read Thunder Cake, and of course had to make Thunder Cake ourselves. We followed a slightly different recipe from the one in the book because I used a crockpot, but it turned out amazingly. The kids loved it...even my one student who "doesn't like anything." The other great thing about this is that we have been learning how to write how-to paragraphs and this fit into our writing curriculum so easily. I also used this opportunity to get another sample of opinion writing from my little authors, as they wrote about whether or not they liked our Thunder Cake. All in all, the author study has been a huge hit! Here are some pics from the week...

One of my amazing coworkers made a cute flip chart. This is the recipe we used.
I wanted to congratulate Elaine M. on winning my first Rafflecopter giveaway! Elaine, I've already emailed you about your gift card. Thanks to everyone who stopped by my little blog and said hello. 

Monday, January 6, 2014

Back from Break Giveaway

Well, today was my first day back from break...and tomorrow we have a 3 hour delay. Technically it's only a 3 hour delay for bus riders which means I still have to be there on time, lunch gets pushed back an hour, and I can't teach anything important until everyone gets there. How awesome is that! I guess it's better than living in a SNOWPOCALYPSE like some people out there, so I'm trying not to complain. 

Anyways, to celebrate going back to school I'm hosting a giveaway! You'll have a chance to win a $15 gift card to Teachers pay Teachers or Amazon, your choice! The giveaway starts today and ends January 16. Just enter the Rafflecopter below. Happy back to school!

Sunday, January 5, 2014

New Year, New Look, New Goals

Happy New Year, blogging world! I'm sure all of you are winding down from the holidays and getting ready to go back to school (if you're not back already). I've put off school work for my entire winter break which means I will be working all day tomorrow to get myself back in gear. 
Along with the New Year comes lots of new goals. One of my goals this year is to keep my student portfolio notebook as current as possible. I'm using lots of checklists for the Common Core, and I thought I would share one with you today. Click on any of the preview pictures to download. Make sure to check back tomorrow for a Back from Break Giveaway!!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Back to School Sale

It's one of my favorite times of the year...the TpT Back to School sale! My wish list is full of great products that I've been waiting to buy. You can get up to 28% off today and tomorrow only! Use the code BTS13 at checkout to receive your extra discount.

Thanks to Ink n Little Things for the cute banner!

I just finished a new product and it's now ON SALE in my TPT store. I used some super cute clipart by Melonheadz. Go check it out!