Wednesday, May 30, 2012


I don't Link Up much but I just couldn't resist joining in with Living a Wonderful Life and confessing my obsessions!

#1 My GREATEST obsession is with Sweet Tea! Just ask my students, I would say about 170 of my 180 days begin with Chick-Fil-A sweet tea, only because it's the BEST!

#2 My FAVORITE reality TV show...SURVIVOR. I can't help it, the tribe has spoken!

#3 Tim Tebow...What a GOOD guy! I don't care what team he plays for, I'm a fan! I recently got to hear him speak and just loved him. He had nothing bad to say about anyone or anything. The poor guy just wants to be a NFL quarterback. Give him a break!

#4 My blog and blogging! Go figure!

#5 Last but most certainly not the least, all things Star Trek! A Star Trek marathon on the weekend beats out any Lifetime marathon. It doesn't matter what Enterprise they are on, I LOVE them all!

And with that...

Live Long and Prosper!

Antonyms, Synonyms, and Homophones

Today I finished up three NEW Candyland Express games.

There's one to practice antonyms...


and homophones.

Click on each game above to check them out in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Each includes printables to assess learning.

Click on each printable above to grab your own copies. ENJOY!

The first 3 people to leave a comment and email address below will get a FREE copy of each game!

Monday, May 28, 2012

JUNE is here..

No, not the month...

It's my NEWEST set of Color by Codes for June!

Skills included are subtraction, even/odd numbers, solid shapes (by request), identify coins, vowel sounds, consonant digraphs, and consonant blends.

Here's a sample to practice short and long vowel words.

It says Dad just in time for Father's Day.

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

*You can get the whole set in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. It and everything else in my store is currently on sale through midnight tonight for 20% off in honor of everyone who has given of themselves for our freedom!!

THANK YOU for serving for my freedom!!

**The first 3 people to leave a comment and email address below will get my June Math & Literacy Color by Codes for FREE!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Memorial Day SALE

I am joining up with some other TOP Teachers to have a ...

at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Stop by Kindergrarten Lifestyle to see who else has joined in on the shopping fun!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Moving Sale

While I'm busy making a BIG move at school,

I'm having a MOVING SALE at my Teachers Pay Teachers store!

It's a Buy One Get One FREE sale!

Just stop by the store, do a little shopping, and then email me at

to tell me what you bought and what you'd like of equal or lesser value to go with it for FREE!

I will email your items directly to you.

YES... it's that EASY!

SALE expires when my moving is complete on Friday, May 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm EST.

*PLEASE be sure to email me by that time also.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Paper Sculpture

I don't know about you but I keep all the odds and ends of construction paper that I have when I cut paper for projects. I keep it in a bucket of scrap paper. Students go get paper when they don't have what they need for something or mess up on something they were working on.

On Friday, we had ART with Miss Law!

They created paper sculptures out of the scraps we have been saving all year.

Check out some of their paper sculptures.

Tomorrow is the LAST cahnce to vote for The FASCINATION AWARDS. I would appreciate it if you would click over to cast a vote for my blog! THANKS!

Monday, May 14, 2012

It's Time to Talk...

First of all I want to thank anyone and everyone who has stopped by my little part of the this huge world we call the internet. I am so honored that you have taken the time to stop by and hear what I have to say, see what I have created, and tried out some of my ideas in your own classroom.

I have known for a couple of weeks and now it's time to tell you. It has taken me that long to get use to the idea myself because it was not exactly what I wanted to do. I will be changing jobs next year. I will be leaving the classroom to teach transition. What is ask.

It is 5th graders who need some work on 4th grade skills in order to pass a test.

I have taught Fourth Grade before and usually tutor them. As a matter of fact, I did this past year after school for a couple of months. Also, my administrators were very complimentary of me, what I do and gave me exact reasons at to why I was the right person for this job. My friends also agreed. THANKS friends!

I will definitely miss my little first grade friends and this will be a very sad end of the year for me. I plan to cherish every minute of it.

So, what about my blog???

I'm not changing it! My heart still belongs to First Grade!

Many years ago, long before blogs and TPT, when I thought about publishing my activities is when I first came up with the name First Grade...a la Carte. So when I contemplated creating a blog it was a natural fit. The name came from the way I teach. I pick and choose from many resources in the way that one picks and chooses from a buffet or salad bar. It will just become a little more diverse. I plan to broaden the scope of my games and activities to include more grade levels like say 4th grade.

I hope that you will continue to stop by and check to see what I'm up to.

So in the spirit of my blog, I have to have some cute graphic because my posts are usually full of them.
I will sign off tonight with this...

Sunday, May 13, 2012


We are working with magnets this week.

I created this game for us to review what objects are magnetic.

I just posted it on Teachers Pay Teachers. You can check it out by clicking the picture above.

Here's the sort that I included in the game.

Click the picture above to grab your own copy of the sort. Enjoy!

The first 3 people to leave a comment below with their email address will get a FREE copy of the game.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Gift

I use to make these for my son's teachers and put them in a frame.

This year I updated the clip art and gave them to a few friends.

It makes a GREAT gift for your child's teacher or a colleague whom you REALLY appreciate!

Just print, add the desired name, an 8 1/2 by 11 frame and you are good to go!

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

*If you'd like me to make a personalized one for you, your child's teacher, or a favorite colleague, just email me with the name by May 14, 2012. I will reply with it to your email.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

I Appreciate YOU!

It's that time of the year to say THANKS to a special teacher!

Click on the picture above to check it out!


Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Let's Go to the Movies...

That's what we're doing in Miss Law's Class this week!

No it's not a field trip...

it's economics!

Since we are at our first job, school, we need to learn about earning, spending, and saving.

We are working and earning money to be able to go to the movies on Friday.

This how we earn money.

This is how we can lose money.

This is a chart for reference.

This is how it works in our classroom. Each morning after students unpack and go to the bathroom, I greet them at the door with $1. 

Our day goes pretty much as usual except that I am banking through out the day.

Every time I catch someone doing a good job following the rules I pay them a penny. When I catch someone not following the rules, they pay me a penny.

At the end of the day, I collect work and pay them a dime for everything that they turn in. Whatever is not turned in, they pay me a dime. We do the same thing for homework.

If their name is under the happy face at the end of the day, I pay them a quarter. If their name is under the sad face, they pay me a quarter.

At the end of each day, we go around the room and they tell how much money they have.

They are learning that they need to earn and save their money in order to be able to buy what they want.

We are also trading money all day. It's GREAT money practice also!

Each day I also tempt them by selling an item. On Monday, I sold stickers for 25 cents.  I only had 1 purchase. On Tuesday, I sold a piece of candy for 50 cents. I had more buyers. Some refused to be tempted!  Today I sold very large stickers for 75 cents. We LOVE stickers in my class! I had no buyers. They were too busy counting their money.

This has been lots of fun for everyone, including me! They have no idea how much they are learning!

Click on any of the pictures above to download my charts. ENJOY!

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