Sunday, July 28, 2013

First Grade Treasures Reading PowerPoints FREEBIE {Units 3-6}

Do you use Treasures for your reading series?  We just adopted Reading Street but we used to use Treasures.  I have a bunch of PowerPoints that I made and used with our first grade Treasures series the past few years.  I know different states may have different spelling words or stories in their Treasures series, but if you can use any of these - feel free!

A few things though....I had to upload these as PDF files since the fonts wouldn't work if they were uploaded as PowerPoints.  Since they are in PDF, the animations won't work, but it didn't seem to be a problem when I looked back at them after uploading them.  Also, the links won't work either :(  I had links to BrainPop and some online games, etc.  You can google to find the games, if you have a BrainPop account, you can find the videos, if not....just skip that slide! You just won't know what you were missing :)  Also, some of the PowerPoints have the spelling words, some don't.  One year we used the spelling words from Treasures, one year we didn't...so some I changed, some not.  

I started with Unit 3 Week 4 and went to the end of the series.  I may have some earlier ones on my school computer, I will check later.  The title of the PowerPoint is the THEME of that week.  The name of the story is in small letters on the front of most of the PowerPoints.  

Click on the pictures below to download:
Hope you can find something useful :)



















Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Welcome Back Bags For Open House, Mega Smarties and other stuff :)

I started making some"Welcome Back" bags for open house.  We still have a month before school starts, but I am crossing some things off my to-do list early :)

I found these cute chevron bags at Michaels yesterday.  There are 5"x 8" and have 24 in a pack.  They were originally $2 but they were 40% off plus I had a coupon for an extra 25% off my total purchase so I got them for 90 cents a pack.  Yay!  I also got some in red and white chevron, black and white chevron and blue and white stripes.  



I made some labels to go on them.  I have a robot theme in my class :)


This is what I put in the bags (for now, I'm sure I will add more before open house!!!):

A postcard (front and back shown):


A personalized pencil (it says "Mrs. Gilchrist's Class") with a robot topper:


And the Pop Rocks goodies I made earlier in this post:


I also found some other fun things on my shopping trip yesterday, one thing was.....

I found this awesome rolling tote at Home Goods for $19.99.  It's BIG!  I got the blue one (its really an aqua color).  It has straps so you can carry it like a large tote bag or pull the handle up when you want to wheel it around.  I will get a lot of use out of this between school stuff and all of my daughter's volleyball tournaments out of town!  Here's a better photo off the internet:

Olympia Polka Dots Rolling Shopper Tote


I also received something pretty exciting in the mail today from Amazon....not a book, MEGA SMARTIES!





  Oh my goodness, have you seen these????  I saw them the other day at AC Moore, they were $1.69 for a roll.  I knew I had to have them for school so I found them on Amazon - a case of 24 rolls.  They were about a dollar a piece.  More than I wanted to spend, but they really are awesome and I HAD to get them.  I thought I could give them out when the kids get all 220 sight words or at report card time or open a roll and give them each one piece of candy right before a test, to make them "smart".  Lots of possibilities!  

It's hard to see how big they are, here's a photo I took compared to a pack of gum:


and holding them:

They are giant!!  :)  And FUN!  Sure to make my class Super Smarties!
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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Classroom Decorating - Crafts and New Finds :)


I've been having fun with my Silhouette making some school crafts this morning.  Thought I'd post a few :)  I used vinyl on all of these (cut the vinyl on my Silhouette).  I found these buckets at Walmart the other day in their school supply section (yes, the stores are getting ready now!).    Loved the chevron pattern and colors. 


I got two buckets and designed and cut the labels below to fancy them up for pencils.  I've always had two buckets for sharp and broken pencils, but these are much cuter :)



 This tub was a Target find.  I have a red one just like it in my classroom by my desk to hold my read-aloud books. It was  a plain aqua tub that matched the color scheme in my classroom library (aqua, lime green and navy).  (I also got a set of chairs and little table to match - see below).  My class theme is robots so I cut a robot and the word "read" in vinyl to put on it and will put this on the floor in the class library to put books in.



This is the little table and I got two of the chairs below (from Target) to go in my class library area.
Bistro Table Stars Color TBD

Sling Stack Sneaky Blue

and last of all, I found this sign at Hobby Lobby that I HAD to get from my class:



Yep, DFTBA!!!!


Sunday, July 7, 2013

First Grade Rocks! {A Pop Rocks Treat for Open House}

I decided to make a little treat for open house - just to let my new students know how much FIRST GRADE ROCKS!!!


I made little slip on wrappers to go around packs of Pop Rocks.  You can get Pop Rocks at The Dollar Tree.  They come in a pack of 3 for $1.  I used scrapbook paper for the wrap around band (see bad phone picture below) and designed the label below to stick on top.  


 I've included a copy of the label below if you'd like to use it (I left my name off for you :)  Click on the photo below to go to Google Docs to get it.  It is a JPEG that you can size to the size you want.  I made mine pretty small to fit the band.


I found an easy science experiment to do the first week of school with Pop Rocks too.  I am going to tell the students that eating the Pop Rocks are "homework" because we will use them in a science experiment the first week of school (to introduce the Scientific Method).  They are "homework" because I want them to be familiar with Pop Rocks before we do the experiment!  Here's the experiment: