Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Keeping Students on Task-Agenda Board

Hi friends! I wanted to share an idea that has worked REALLY well in my classroom this semester. It has made staying on task (for both me and my kids!) a whole lot easier. 
When you go to certain types of events like workshops, trainings, banquets, etc, you are sometimes given a program that has a list of what will take place. If you're like me, you constantly refer back to that list and mentally prepare for what's next and check off each thing. Or am I the only one who does that? ;) 

I put myself in my kids' shoes one day and thought, "I bet they are wondering what all we are going to do today." In fact, that was usually the first thing the kids asked me when they got to my room.

Over and over I would say, "You'll find out!" I noticed this was quickly becoming a problem and I set out to come up with a way to solve it. I noticed that I would make lists of things we had to do each day. Since we start out by emailing the Status of the Class, followed by a quick Book Share, I would jot down on a sticky note what we were doing after that. This helped make sure I didn't try and cram in too much or not have enough to stay busy. I realized by sharing this info with the kids, it would allow them to be in the know and I could map out our day! It has worked extremely well! The kids immediately look at it when they arrive in my class and get busy. I don't have to say anything!

Usually we check off each task as we complete them!

Happy Tuesday, y'all! 

Friday, February 27, 2015

Five for Friday: Snow Edition!


We finally had snow this week! Snow days for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday! I was one happy camper. I love my job, but there is nothing like a snow day! 

In the spirit of a good snow day, Reese and I have been catching up on our movies. I downloaded The Last Five Years from itunes (have y'all ever done this? It was insanely easy and convenient!). I adore all things Anna Kendrick and this movie was the best. I love musicals so it was perfection for me. Except the ending. Has anyone ever seen this movie or musical? Please email me and discuss the ending. Seriously lifeinfirstgrade@gmail.com


When I'm not engrossed in a movie, I've been reading these new additions for our classroom library so I can tell the kids about them. I love children's books, but I may or may not be in need of a grown up book. Recommendations? 


My favorite part of a snow day is hands down the mornings. Time to sip coffee and read/blog


For those of you who have asked, I am turning the Comp Files into a monthly resource. I'm currently working on March (slowly working, but working nonetheless!)

Link up with Doodle Bugs and share your Five for Friday!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Teaching Onomatopoeia with Batman (And TCR!)

Hi friends! Today I'm excited to showcase a new collection from Teacher Created Resources. Their new superheroes theme has some great pieces in it and I'm especially loving the speech bubble accent pieces. There's SO much you can do with these and when I first saw them, I knew exactly how I would use them.

We just finished up our novel study on Tuck Everlasting and what I love about that novel is how rich it is in figurative language. We discussed onomatopoeia last week and I used the superhero collection from TCR as a mini lesson. 

To introduce this element of figurative language, I used this amazing poem from Oscar Learn, Oscar Teach that I found via Pinterest

Then we watched a clip from the old Batman tv show and we wrote down the onomatopoeias we found in the video clip. 

I used the superhero accent pieces to create some examples.

I wrote the onomatopoeia on the accent pieces and covered them with sticky notes. We read each sentence and determined the onomatopoeia. Then we pulled off the sticky notes.

We then tested our knowledge using this fabulous little figurative language resource from Erin Cobb.

I'll be back soon to show y'all how I'm using TCR's other new collection: Chalkboard! Stayed Tuned! 

Monday, February 16, 2015

#instateachinginspiration: A new link up!

Hands down, my favorite form of social media is Instagram. I LOVE using this app and finding inspiration from it. Whenever I'm stuck on something or not in a school mood, I turn to Instagram and find my favorite teaching "instagrammers" to see what they are up to in their classrooms. I decided to start a weekly series on the blog called "Insta Inspiration". In this weekly series, I'll share a teaching Instagram account that I've been loving during the week. I'll post on Monday each week. Join in! This way we can find new teaching accounts to keep us motivated in our own classrooms!

To participate, simply head over to my Instagram and take a screenshot of this image:

Use a photo editing app (such as A Beautiful Mess) to write in the white space your teaching inspiration for the week. Post the picture using the hashtag #instateachinginspiration 

You can link up on Instagram only or create a blog post as well. Here's my weekly inspiration:

If y'all aren't following Catherine on Instagram, you are missing out! She's a former fifth grade teacher who is now teaching first...the exact opposite of me! While a lot of her ideas are for lower elementary, I still gain a ton of ideas from her account. My favorite? Her tips for getting the most out of your Scholastic book order! You can follow her account here

What are you waiting for?! Come join in on the fun over on Instagram and find your new favorite Instagrammer! :)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Currently Reading

I'm currently making my way through the award winning YA Fiction genre and I've reviewed my latest read, I'll Give You the Sun, over at my life+style blog Southern Belle Inspired. Come read my thoughts on this book here. :)


Thursday, January 1, 2015


Today I'm kicking off 2015 by linking up with Farley over at Oh Boy 4th Grade for the very first time! I love reading everyone's Currently and thought it was time I join in the fun! 

I'm currently listening to the Into the Woods soundtrack. Yes, I'm one of those people who loves listening to broadway and musical soundtracks. I actually didn't realize that this movie was a musical until we were in the theaters and it started. Such a happy surprise! I *LOVED* this movie and the songs! 
I'm loving my Emily Ley planner. I bought it back in September and it's been patiently sitting on my desk just waiting for January 1st to arrive. I've always used Lilly Pulitzer planners in the past but I've heard such wonderful things about this one so I decided to try it out. The gorgeous cover, complete with a pineapple (!), doesn't hurt. :)
I'm thinking about continuing my picture a day hashtag on Instagram. I did #laeveryday2014 all last year and it was such fun to look back throughout the photos but it was a bit of a headache at times. I can't decide if I want to keep it up in 2015. 
I'm wanting the University of Alabama to win the Sugar Bowl tonight against Ohio State in order to play for the National Championship. Roll Tide!
I'm needing to find inspiration to finish my newest creation for TpT. I've been sitting at my computer for over an hour hoping I'll find the motivation to get it done.
Yes to making this year MY year! The year I eat better, finally exercise, and learn to not get so wrapped up in my job! 
Maybe I'll tackle deep cleaning the classroom. Y'all, it certainly needs it! We need a fresh start when we go back next week so I definitely need to make this happen!
I wish I could become a stay at home blogger. I love teaching, but my dream job has always involved working from home. I love my house and am a major homebody so having the opportunity to work from it would be amazing!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

It's a New Year's SALE!

To celebrate the new year, everything in my TpT shop is 20% off! Click here to shop :)