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3 New Things!

In between baking cookies, trying to figure out how to use this thing, and enjoying megatons of coffee in a real cup for a change, I've been busy creating things in my little teacher resource workshop! That whole Santa thing must be rubbing off on me.

After I made my Weekly Word Wizard packs which are mostly aimed at second graders, I started to get lots of requests for other grade levels, especially first grade. These packs take a ton of time to create, partly because I'm a freaky perfectionist and partly because they are completely common core aligned. Some of the first grade skills are tough! Like teaching shades of meaning among verbs and adjectives, for example. I started off in the first packet by having them eliminate a choice that wouldn't fit the group and I'll start to work on understanding intensity through the other packets. I have set one finished and uploaded on tpt, but I'm sharing a sample with you all here that I'm not sharing anywhere else. Just click on the picture to download week one to see if you like it and if it's something you'd like to use with your kids. If you do, you can see the whole set here on tpt. I have the other 3 nine-week sets all sketched out, I just have to type them up so I'm hoping to have them all listed in a week or so.

I also created this fun bingo game. I often find that my kids don't know some things that seem to be common sense, like how many things come in a standard set, like 12 cookies in a dozen or 52 weeks in a year. So to help them learn some of these important numbers, I created a bingo game. It has 32 calling cards, 30 printable bingo cards and some ideas for play. After you play it a couple of times as a group, you can even leave this as a math center. We do partner activities with older classes, this could be fun for that too.  I'm thinking I might tuck it into my emergency sub tub. This would be perfect for that! Click {HERE} to see it on tpt.
And finally, my calendar center task cards for January are ready. The set comes with calendars from 2013-2015 so you're set for 3 years. I'll update them in 2016 :) My kids dig this center and they are getting so much better at understanding a calendar. I was shocked at how much they didn't know abou the calendar, even after having calendar activities every stinking morning since pre-k! Now with these cards, they're really using the calendar more than just repeating rote facts that they've memorized.
Click {HERE} to see them on tpt.

I've been getting questions about if I have a product for this or that, or when certain things like Word Wizard or my calendar cards would be ready, so I figured I'd share them with you this way for a change. See you soon, friends!


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13 comments:

  1. The Weekly Word Wizard Pack looks great! How do you use them? It appears that you use one 2-sided sheet once a week and I'm trying to figure out exactly how/when I would do that.

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    1. Hi Dominique,
      I usually complete the first week with my students just a few boxes at a time over the course of a week. Then the next week, we preview the page together and discuss the skills that are particularly new. Then I allow the kids to work with partners to compete the activity. Then of course, we check it together. By the third week, I can usually start to give it to them as independent work to finish, maybe over the course of a couple of days. By this point of the year, I usually put it out as a word work center activity. Some teachers have also told me that they give them as homework, sending it home on Monday and giving them a few days to finish. They're pretty versatile activities! Hope that helps :)

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    2. Thank you! I figured out exactly when and how I can use them and I can't wait to incorporate this activity into my week.

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  2. Love these! So glad they will all be made for first grade! Yippppeeee! And thanks for all your hard work!
    Jana
    Jprowell11@gmail.com

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  3. Thanks Jana! Your user name Jay Pea cracks me up for some reason - it's cute! :)

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    1. Thanks friend. You are so good for my self esteem :)

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  5. Hi Denise. I bought your word wizard for second grade last year and loved it. This year I have a straight first and am thrilled that you created one for firsties too. Thanks for the hard work and time you have put into it. You are an awesome, creative teacher! I have the WW on my wish list at TPT. Julie

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    1. Hi Julie,
      Thanks so much for the kind words, really it means so much to me to hear that. This one for firsties has been in the works forever! I made the original set before CCSS...so I've been thinking of going back to refine those a bit as well to make them more grade specific.Have a great Sunday!

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  6. I am loving your ideas!! You are totally an idol ;) And I really love your January calendar :)
    Jen
    The Teacher’s Cauldron

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  7. I am new to primary this year (formerly middle school math) so I find your materials life saving!! I certainly appreciate the time you out into creating them. Does not even bother me that I bought your January Printables yesterday and you gave it away today! Oh well - you deserve it! Keep up the great work. Happy New Year!

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  8. Hi Linda!
    Can I tell you a little secret? That link in the newsletter went to the wrong pack!! It was just supposed to be a small sample of 3 pages, not the whole thing. But, in the end it just means that a bunch of teachers got some free stuff, so it's all good. Please email me though at ShopSunnyDays@me.com I've got something I'd like to share with you! :)

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  9. Love your calendar task cards and your weekly word wizards!

    ~Traci
    The Bender Bunch

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