October 30, 2017

No Tricks Just Treats SALE

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Jump over to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store and enjoy a special Halloween sale today and tomorrow!

Store Link: Doodle Bugs Teaching

October 8, 2017

Early Finisher Option: Small Puzzles

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This year I am trying something new in my first grade classroom. More hands on early finisher activities. But, I want these hands on activities to be self checking and/or totally independent. So, one option I found are these small puzzles from Amazon.

These puzzles are around a 6 inch square. I LOVE this size because they fit perfect at their seats and they have plenty of room to complete the puzzle in a small space. We use a lot of floor puzzles but they take up a lot of floor space AND you have step over groups of kiddos. My room is super small.. I have to utilize my space wisely!

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These are good quality – thin wood and they have held up beautifully the first 9 weeks of this school year. They have 16 pieces each which means most of my students can put them together in a few minutes and don’t get stuck and need help completing them.

I do need to mention the pieces are a little hard to get out. They do get easier with use. But, you pretty much have to pull the pieces out. But, on the positive side- if the puzzles get turned over the pieces don’t fall out! YEA!

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I first ordered this five pack. They were such a big hit- I ordered this 12 pack last week!

Quick Amazon Links:

5 pack of puzzles

12 pack of puzzles

October 6, 2017

Oriental Trading: Candy Headquarters

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It is ALWAYS a good day when you get a flamingo box in the mail! Nobody delivers more fun! That is the truth!

Oriental Trading sent me a box of yummy goodies to check out and to let you know what I thought about their candy selection

And what is not to love!?? Quality? Price? Easy to Order? Selection? Fast Shipping? It is ALL GOOD!

Whether you need Trick or Treat candy, yummy treats for your classroom or maybe even prize box fillers.. This is the time to stock up! And, I promise Oriental Trading makes it so simple and easy!

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They carry all the fun {and yummy} brands! And the cost is comparative to local stores! Why not shop from home and just get it delivered. I am all about easy!

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Our school does a big Harvest Festival each year and before it starts we have a Trunk or Treat outside. This is my box of candy to be donated. It is ready to go and just waiting for the little ones.

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You can check out their candy selection HERE!

And, my first graders LOVE the jack-o-lantern gumballs! So cute and a special little treat! {and I see they are on sale now!}

Quick Link: Oriental Trading Halloween Candy

September 4, 2017

Back to School Clip Cards

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Clip cards are one of my very favorite early finisher activities. They are easy to prep, store and use. And, my first graders love using the clothes pins.

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I made these to use for the first few weeks back in school- but they can easily be used year round as extra practice and review.

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Some of the skills included are: alphabet, beginning sounds, ending sounds, numbers, color words and number words.

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I like to keep them in these crayon boxes for easy storage. They fit perfect and a student can just grab a box and find a quiet spot to work.

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You can find these in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store..

Quick Link: Back to School Clip Cards


I have several other sets of clip cards in my store if you are interested..

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September 3, 2017

Story / Word Problems

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Do you call them story or word problems? I am guilty of both.. so I teach my kids both terms. Because, one day I call them story problem the next day word problems. So, it’s best they just know both terms!

But one thing is for sure… my kiddos can solve them like champs!

Because, we do one together and I model it almost everyday!

I use these handy little cards shown below…

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These story/word problem cards are not a new product. I have actually had them since 2013. (I went and looked up the date I listed them on teachers pay teachers just to see how many years I have been using them). They have been a life saver during our math block.

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I mostly use them during our whole group math time. I place one under my document camera so everyone can see it on the white board. And, I have my students complete it independently first. Then, we do it together to check to see if they got it correctly.

There are colored and black and white versions included. I have had a lot of teachers tell me they use these in their students’ interactive notebooks. The black and white ones are perfect for notebooks or math journals.

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But, you could also use them as task cards or in math centers. They are really versatile and there is 72 different cards included- so enough to use all through the year!

And, the best part is that you seriously can just print and use! No extra prepping! That is my favorite kind of resource!

You can find these in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store..

Math Story/Word Problems

August 22, 2017

Teachers Pay Teachers One day SALE!

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Did you miss the TpT Back to School Sale earlier this month? Or do you just need a few  more things? Well, today is your lucky day! Teachers Pay Teachers is having a one day boost sale! My whole store is on sale AND if you enter the promo code: btsbonus you get even more savings!

Shop: Doodle Bugs Teaching

August 20, 2017

Weekly Recap (Week 2)

I’m back with a few pictures from our second week of school. Time is flying by! We start week 3 tomorrow. And, I seriously believe this has been the easiest back to school ever! That doesn’t mean I have a perfect class.. BUT, my new little school babies have transitioned so well and have just picked up on our class procedures like champs!

I do wish I would remember to pick up my phone more and take pictures. But, here are a few things we did this past week.

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These missing letter cards were a huge hit. With me and my students. They liked them BUT I loved them! They were so easy to just pass out and put to use. We did some as practice during our whole group mat time. Then, through out the week when I needed an early finisher activity I had them ready to go. I split them into 5 baskets so I could jut hand over a basket when I needed it.

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They were perfect hands on alphabet ordering practice. You can find them in my store with the link below.

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Quick Link: Missing Letter Cards


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Our Meet the Teacher/Open House was this week and this was one of the things I had hanging up to show parents. These FIVE THINGS make us great first graders and we repeat them a lot the first weeks of school. I made this into a free download if you can use them.

Free Download: I am a good first grader! Cut and Paste printable.

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We needed a little fun art project to fill up an empty wall and these Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees were fun! I don’t have the patterns but seriously it is just a tree shape and alphabet stickers. I got the stickers from Dollar General. There are 6 sheets in the pack for $1.00- so that was a win!


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We also used my Chicka Chicka centers this week.

Quick Link: Chicka Chicka Centers


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And, here is proof that sometimes you have to throw it back to the old school days. I wish that I could tell you that I had these cards tucked away from the “old days”!! But, nope! I made these handwritten unscrambling sentences before school one day this past week. I also tuck these into one of my student’s take home binders to keep when we are done. It is perfect practice for them to do at home and I am not given away one of my resources that took time and effort to prep.


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I also cannot tell you how much I use and adore these cat counting cards. We are mainly using them as number identification right now. But, some of my littles that needed some brain stretching were asked to put them in order from least to greatest.

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Quick Link: Cat Counting Cards


Happy Teaching Friends!

♥ kacey