Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Groovy Joe Dance Party Countdown GIVEAWAY

Hi everyone! Many of you are very familiar with the name Eric Litwin and for those of you who may think they are not, this might help...

Eric Litwin is the # 1 New York Times best-selling author of the original four Pete the Cat books, The Nuts, and Groovy Joe.

Ring a bell?? I bet so!!! His books truly are one of a kind that gets students engaged, excited to read, and are books that they remember for many years! Eric does an absolutely amazing job at bringing literacy and music together in his books and in the classroom! 

Many of you may have read some previous blog posts of mine about his books (Pete the Cat, The Nut Family, and Groovy Joe). These books have been HUGE hits in my classroom and stories that my students LOVE to read over and over! To say that I am a fan of Eric Litwin and his books is an understatement! Not only do I find his books to be so much fun, but seeing the excitement, joy, and learning through my students lets me know that his books are must haves!

Well I am excited to share that... Eric Litwin has done it again!! He and the remarkable artist Tom Lichtenheld are back with their second Groovy Joe story called, 'Groovy Joe Dance Party Countdown'. This groovy story will have students singing, dancing, and learning math to a whole new beat. I must say that I LOVE that this book includes math!!

In this second book, Groovy Joe has a dance party. However, more and more doggies are knocking on his door, asking to come in. However, will there be enough room for everyone? Joe knows just what to do and, soon enough, he has everyone moving and grooving -- the party has only just begun! 

What I love about this story is that there is a very positive message about adapting when faced with adversity. Groovy Joe says, “There’s always room for one more,” providing a wonderfully timely conclusion about inclusivity and diversity.  
Included is Eric Litwin's signature rhyme, repetition, and musical writing style throughout the story while the illustrations really brings to life the practice of addition each time the dog dance party doubles. 

This new and unforgettable Groovy Joe story is all about positivity, creativity, math, and kindness. I have been incredibly fortunate to get this book in my hands which just came out TODAY and I can not be more excited to read it to my students! I just know they are going to fall in love with this book just like they have with ALL of Eric Litwin's books!

GUESS WHAT!?!?! Eric has graciously contacted me and wants to GIVEAWAY his new 'Groovy Joe Dance Party Countdown' book to one of you!!! He has created a very simple entry for you to win a signed copy of his newest book! Trust me, you will want this for your classroom! 

You can enter to win the giveaway HERE or click on the picture of Groovy Joe below:

You can also read even MORE about 'Groovy Joe Dance Party Countdown' HERE where Eric Litwin will teach you and your students Groovy Joe's newest dance called Disco Party Bow WOW!

Eric is also turning up the excitement for books and reading with his fun new song “The Fantastic Scholastic Book Parade.” This fall, schools can host a Fantastic Scholastic Book Parade, make a video of the parade, and post it to Facebook or Twitter.  In January, Scholastic will select a winner to receive a free author visit from Eric Litwin!  

Don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY to receive an autographed book of Groovy Joe Dance Party Countdown!! If you did not see the links above, you can enter HERE. The winner will be chosen on Friday, September 22nd!!

Feel free to email me with any questions about the contest! aspoonfuloflearning@gmail.com

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Back to School Centers - First Grade

Hi everyone! I know school has officially started for a lot of you and for others it is right around the corner! I am so excited to share with you my First Grade Back to School Centers!!

Centers are probably one of my most favorite things to create and to also do in the classroom! This is the time of day that I swear my students do not even know I EXIST! But that is okay with me because it allows me to get in some time for intervention, guided reading, assessments, and more!

One thing that I feel that has really helped with the management of my centers are the 'I Can' kid friendly posters that are included for each activity. These posters allow students to refer to them anytime they have a question on what to do on the center activity. It has helped keep students on track, engaged, and has prevented a lot of interruptions/questions when I am working with other students. Basically... these 'I Can' Posters are my centers LIFESAVER!!

Here is a closer look at one of the 'I Can' Kid Friendly Posters:

After many requests I have been working on First Grade Centers over the past year and am so excited to to have them ready to go!

These centers are great for First Grade and even for some of your Kinders who may need an extra challenge!

There are 20 Center Activities included (10 Math and 10 Literacy Centers). I like to include a lot of different activities to choose from, differentiate with, or to use them ALL!

Here is a closer look at the activities included in my Back to School First Grade Centers:

Beginning Sounds: Students say the picture name and place the correct beginning sound letter on the kid.

Ending Sounds: Students say the picture name and place the correct ending sound letter on the globe.

CVC Words: Students sound out the picture name and build the CVC word on the lunch tray.

Beginning Digraphs (sh, th, ch, wh): Students will sort pictures onto the bookshelves by the beginning digraph.

Syllables: Students will sort pictures onto book bags by the number of syllables the picture name has.

CVC Mystery Picture: Students will match CVC words to the correct picture on the mat. A mystery picture will be revealed once they are all matched correctly.

Rhyming: Students will build a book by matching the two rhyming words together.

Real or Nonsense: Students will read different words and determine if it is a real or nonsense word.

Sight Words: Students will build different sight words. 
**There are blank cards included for you to make words of your choice.**

Sentence Scramble: Students will unscramble words to build a complete sentence.

Numbers: Students will show numbers (1-10) in a variety of ways and build a bus when they are placed on the correct number.

Addition Sort: Students will solve different addition equations (Sums 3-10) and sort the crayon by the correct sum on the crayon box.

Number Order: Students will put the given numbers on the card in the correct order.

Counting (1-20): Students will count the letters on the paper and match it to the correct number.

One More, One Less: Students will look at the given number on the swings and determine the numbers that are one more and one less.

Ten Frames (1-20): Students will match the correct ten frame to the number on the bus.

Subtraction: Students will solve different subtraction equations and match it to the correct answer.

Base Ten Blocks: Students will match the number on the marker to the correct set of base ten blocks.

Patterns: Students will continue different patterns.

Addition and/or Subtraction Game: Students will solve different addition and/or subtraction equations to try to be the first one to build a school!

What is all included?
• ‘I Can’ kid friendly posters for student independence.
• Recording sheets for student accountability.
• Detailed how to use and prep directions.
• Easy to prep activities.
• Answer Keys

You can grab these Back to School First Grade Math and Literacy Centers at my TPT Store HERE or click on the picture below:

I have bundled ALL of my First Grade Monthly Math and Literacy Centers in many different ways below. You can click on the picture to check them out. 

I will be showing you some closer looks at my monthly First Grade Centers as the year goes on. 

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week! :)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Name Activities

Setting up the classroom is very exciting and can be quite overwhelming, but there is always one thing on my mind that seems to take FOREVER to come! I don't know about you, but I literally can't wait for the second I get my hands on my class list! As teachers, we LOVE to label, label, label, label, and did I mention LABEL?!?!

As soon as I look through my class list I officially get into GO mode to get labels created and placed on what seems like 100+ different areas in my classroom. For some reason it makes me feel like my classroom is more ready to go and I feel so much more organized when everything is labeled! I am sure I sound nuts, but maybe there is someone out there that feels the same!

Another thing I absolutely LOVE about getting my class list is that I am able get a head start on creating my different Name Activities for each student.

At the beginning of the school year, I have a HUGE focus on working on names. I have some students that come into my classroom who are able to write their name, some who can almost write their name, and some who do not know how to write their name.

My first year of teaching, I remember thinking 'What in the world do I do with all these different levels of writing names?!', but I have learned that no matter where they are at it is absolutely great and okay! I love to do lots of different name activities that are fun, hands-on, and provide lots of practice. Even if a student already knows how to write their name, the activities include tons of fine motor skill practice as well as many other skills. Everyone benefits!

One of the most requested activities I have had over the years are my name activities that I would post on this blog. I just didn't know how to get them to other teachers since I would enter the names myself. FINALLY... I was able to put together my name activities that you can use in your classroom!

There are 10 different EDITABLE Name Activities that you can type in your own students names! I wanted to make this as easy and user friendly as possible. I have included detailed step-by-step directions with pictures on everything you need to do to add your students names into the activities.
All you need is a computer, PowerPoint, a printer, and you are ready to go!

Here is a look at the name activities included:

Trace, Rainbow Write, Write, and Build

Students trace their name, rainbow write their name, and practice writing their name on their own.

Next, students cut out the scrambled letters of their name at the bottom of the page.

Last, students spell their name correctly and glue the letters in the boxes.

Name Tracing

Trace and Write Names

Draw Self Portrait and Trace and/or Write Names (2 Options)
Option 1: Trace Name Only 

Option 2: Trace and Write Names

Name Puzzle

Students color the bus puzzle with their name on it.

Next, students cut apart the letter puzzle pieces and scramble them.

Last, students put the puzzle back together by spelling their name correctly.

Rainbow Writing

Trace, Write, Rainbow Write

Trace, Rainbow Write, Write, and Find the Letters in Your Name

 How Many Letters in my Name? (2 Options)
This is a great activity to show students how many letters are in their name in a variety of ways. If this is too difficult for the beginning of the year, it is a great activity to use after learning 
numbers 1-10!

Option 1: Students with 10 or less letters in their name. 

Option 2: Students with 11 or less letters in their name. 

**NOTE: If you have a student with more than 11 letters in their name, I would be more than happy to make you an activity for however many letters you need.**

Comparing Names
This is a great ice breaker activity to get your students interacting with each other at the beginning of the year! If this activity is too challenging, it is a great one to use when learning about comparing or length!

I have BUNDLED all of these 10 EDITABLE name activities HERE or you can click on the picture below:

Don't need all of these activities in one bundle? I have separated these EDITABLE Name Activities into 4 different sets. Click below if you are interested in any of these individual sets:

I hope you all are having fun setting up your classroom, enjoying the rest of your summer, or having a great start of the school year!!
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