Monday, October 31, 2011

ORANGE Day...Big Success!

We had a GREAT day in First Grade with lots of ORANGE goings on! We spent the day reading with friends.  We took a break to play ORANGE Bingo in the morning and eat Orange snacks in the afternoon.

 How did you get your ORANGE on?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Birthday Shout Out!

Please stop by ...

and wish her a Happy Birthday! Also, Delena has just set up her store on Teachers pay Teachers. How exciting for her! I wish her much luck in her new venture!

After that come back and grab an ORANGE word search for "ORANGE" You Glad You Can Read Day.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

New Thanksgiving Games..

I just posted a NEW set of Math and Literacy games created just for the Thanksgiving season on Teachers Pay Teachers!

Included are:

Turkey on the Run--Short Vowels
TOUCHDOWN--Ending Punctuation
Hoppy Thanksgiving--Syllables
It's Turkey Time--Time to the Hour
Race to Thanksgiving Dinner--Addition Basic Facts
Race to Thanksgiving Dinner--Subtraction Basic Facts

There are also some extra activities included to assess learning.  Be sure to check them out!

Games are also posted individually.

My BOGO SALE runs through October 31st!

I am also giving away the Thanksgiving Math and Literacy Games set he first 2 people to leave a comment on this post!

Friday, October 28, 2011


As ORANGE WEEK comes to an end, I am throwing a BOGO SALE at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store as a special Halloween treat for all my friends. 

For every item you purchase between now and October 31st at midnight, you can get an item of equal or lesser value FREE.

Just make your purchase and email me directly at and tell me what you purchased and what you would like your FREE item to be. I will reply to your email with your FREE item.  It's just that easy.

Happy Halloween and Shopping!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Orange Week...Pumpkin Glyph

Click the pictures below to grab the fall pumpkin glyph that we are doing tomorrow...

and patterns too. ENJOY!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

What Are We Reading Wednesday

This week's post is on a book that I've been sharing with my First Graders for the last couple of years at this time of year.

The Little Green Witch by Barbara Barbieri McGrath is a Halloween version of The Little Red Hen. In this story, the little green witch is looking for some help planting, watering, picking, carving, and making pumpkin pie.  However, the bat, ghost, and gremlin are not willing to help.  Of course at the end of the story, everyone wants to eat. The little green witch eats the pie all by herself after she turns her friends into...guess what...little red hens!

This is a great book that can easily be paired with The Little Red Hen to make text to text connections.

We also compare and contrast.

Click on the pictures above to grab your own copies. ENJOY!

Also, here's some orange for today...

a math activity to practice addition and subtraction.

Click the picture below to grab your own copy. ENJOY!

(Just in case you don't see it, it's a jack-o-lantern!)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"Orange" You Glad You Can Play BINGO

Here's ORANGE BINGO just for this time of year. Calling cards are included.

When we play we use candy corn as BINGO markers. In the end, everyone wins as we eat our game markers.

Click on the picture below to grab your own copy of ORANGE BINGO. ENJOY!

Monday, October 24, 2011

"ORANGE" You Glad You Can Read

It's ORANGE week at First Grade a la Carte!  I will be posting all things ORANGE this week.

When I taught Second Grade a couple of years ago, my friends and I had "ORANGE" You Glad You Can Read Day on October 31st. as a fun "unHalloween" thing to do.

Now we do it annually in my classroom.

Here's my note that went home today. Click on the note below to grab a sample note.

We spend the day reading and doing some other ORANGE activities.

Sunday, October 23, 2011


I took a little Fall break and didn't get a chance to post these activities to go with Spookley, the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano.

Click on each picture to grab your own copy. ENJOY!!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What Are We Reading Wednesday

I have decided to start a regular weekly post to share with you some of my favorite literature that I share with my students.

Every Wednesday I will be posting

What Are We Reading Wednesday.

So here goes the first edition...

In The Legend of Spookley, the Square Pumpkin by Jim Troiano, we learn that it is okay to be different, even if you are a pumpkin.

Spookley is a square pumpkin in the middle of a pumpkin patch full of round pumpkins. He begins being sad that he can't do what all the other round pumpkins can do because he has straight sides. Until one day there is a terrible storm. All the round pumpkins are rolling all over the place except Spookley. Spookley comes to the rescue and saves the other pumpkins. Be sure to check out the story to see how the pumpkin patch is never the same again. It's a sweet story full of rhymes that your students are sure to love.

You can get this book from the Scholastic Firefly October order for $1.00! Be sure to get more than 1 copy because you will want to share.

Here's a game I created to go with the book!  It is a GREAT way to integrate literature into you math time. In this game the students review plane and solid shapes as they move around the game board.  Just print, laminate, cut, add a die, and friends to get some geometry practice in this Halloween season.

Click on the picture to grab your own copy. ENJOY!

Stop by tomorrow to check out some other activities I have created to go with this book.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Pumpkin Math

We are always working on mastering those basic facts.

I put a pumpkin twist on the math cover up games.  Pumpkin Math was just posted on Teachers Pay Teachers.

It's a partner game using the game board, a 10 sided die, and two-sided counters. Students take turns rolling a die, to that number, and cover one of the answers on the game board. If the answer is already covered, the student loses a turn. Play until all spaces are covered. The winner has the most spaces covered.

Click the picture below to grab your own copy of the doubles and doubles +1 game boards to try them out. (These games just use a 6 sided die.) ENJOY!

I am giving away three sets of Pumpkin Math to the first three people to leave a comment on this post.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Orange Pumpkin, Orange Pumpkin

Here's an oldie but a goodie from my classroom.

It's a Halloween innovation of Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle.

We read it over and over again at this time of year. I have revamped it many, many times. Here's my latest version....

Click the picture to grab your own copy. ENJOY!

My students always enjoy making their own to read. Here's one for your students to make. They create their own little version of the book by sequencing the story. Then match the pictures or draw their own illustrations to go with the words.

Stop by Wednesday to read my first edition of What Are We Reading Wednesday.  I will be posting a literature selection we are reading in my classroom with activities to go with the story.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

How Exciting!

How exciting for my blog!  

I received an email with this attached.

Of course I had to check it out. I must say I am in excellent company with Ladybug Teacher's Files, The Teacher Wife, Primary Graffiti, 3rd Grade Gridiron, and Oceans of First Grade Fun to name a few.

Congrats to you guys too!!
Be sure to check them out!

The Teacher Wife


Sunday, October 09, 2011

Ten Timid Ghosts

This is a GREAT read aloud for Halloween and subtraction!

I got a couple bags of 60 mini ghost erasers for $1.00 at Target to act out the subtraction in the book. I also got pumpkins and bats for more math fun!

I created a game to practice subtraction number sentences to go with the book.  It is posted in my Teachers Pay Teachers store and on sale through tomorrow for 20% off.

Take a peek...

Click the picture to grab a copy of my subtraction activity to go with the book.

The first two people to leave a comment will get a free copy of the game!

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