Saturday, December 13, 2014

Freebie Math Activities for the Holidays!

It's been a busy few weeks! After being out on maternity leave for 3 months, I returned back to my sweet class. Not going to lie...it was HARD leaving my baby girl, but it's getting easier every day. I've loved getting to see my students, catch up on their progress, and TEACH! I really missed it. Yes, sometimes being in the classroom is just pure craziness, but mostly I love the challenge and excitement of teaching little ones and being a part of public education. 
With the holiday buzz that is currently taking over my classroom, I have been trying to incorporate movement as much as possible into my lesson plans. Since we are learning about solving addition and subtraction equations, I made a couple of holiday themed Scoot games to use during math workshop. My students loved them! They were fun, but also a great formative assessment to see how everyone was doing with addition/subtraction facts, mental math, and applying strategies. 
      
Click here to download your free copy of Santa Scoot!

Click here to download your free copy of Gingerbread Scoot! 
The Dollar Tree is one of my favorite places to shop this time of year! Last week, I found these adorable Santa and Snowmen candy holders that I turned into dice shakers. They made the cutest addition and subtraction math stations! Maybe your Dollar Tree has them, too! If so, you can download the recording sheet I used to go with them here

Hope you enjoy these activities! 
Happy Holidays!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Spelling Practice in a Snap & Cyber Monday SALE!

My students were getting bored using the same activities to practice their spelling words, so I decided to spice them up a bit during my maternity leave. I just finished and posted my Spelling Practice in a Snap packet... just in time to return to my classroom on Tuesday:) It includes 20 print and go activities that are sure to keep students engaged and excited while working with words all year long! 
Here's a little sneak peek of the packet....
video
 You can grab it for 28% off tomorrow and Tuesday during the Cyber Sale! My entire store will be on sale, too! Make sure to use the coupon code TPTCYBER when you are checking out! 
 
Happy Shopping!!!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Five for Friday


Happy Friday!! 
I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for a little Five for Friday fun!


My November Ready, Set, Print packet is on sale for the next 24 hours or so! It's full of fun no-prep activities to get you through the rest of this month! They're great to use for morning work, homework, sub plans, centers, small groups, etc. You can check them out here!

I just posted my December Ready, Set, Print packet! It's on sale, too:) You can check it out here!
 Excited that this packet completes the bundle!! Yippee!
 I'm giving away this bundle to 3 lucky people on my Facebook page this weekend. Make sure to follow/like my page! 
Baby Ella turned 2 months old today! I can't believe it. 
Time needs to slow down. 
Ella and I visited my sweet first graders yesterday. It was their first time getting to see Ella face to face. It melted my heart seeing how excited they got when they saw her. I just love them! 
With only 3 weeks of my maternity leave left, I'm doing a lot of this right now. 
Snuggles and naps make everything better!

Hope you have a blessed weekend!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Meet Ella

Hey Friends! Crazy that the last time I posted here was on Ella's due date! I remember hoping that Currently post would somehow magically induce labor. It didn't. She stayed put until her grand entrance into the world on September 7th at 12:55 am. We're so in love with our sweet baby girl and excited for y'all to finally get a proper introduction!
So Blessed.
As many of you know, mommyhood with a new baby is very, very  busy. If you don't see me posting much, please know that I'm most likely snuggling/playing with my two babies, changing diapers, nursing, taking a much needed nap, etc. and that I WILL be back when things settle down a bit. For now, I just want to savor these precious moments..even the dirty diapers, 3am feedings, sibling rivalry, spit up ones. Life just goes by too fast, you know?!?  

With that said, I wouldn't be telling the truth if I said that I didn't miss being in the classroom. What can I say?? Teaching is just in my blood. To get my teacher fix while on maternity leave, I plan to create a few new things to add to my TpT shop that I'm excited about! More on that later...Baby Ella is calling for her mama:) Before I go, I want to thank y'all so much for all of your love and support!! You're the best!!
XOXO 

Monday, September 1, 2014

Currently!

I'm linking up with Farley today for some Currently fun!
 

Listening: While I'm blogging, my sweet hubs is usually sitting right next to me watching television. Right now, he's as happy as can be getting his ESPN fix.

Loving: Who doesn't love a long 3 day weekend with family?!? We haven't done much, but it's been nice to just slow down. We've enjoyed soccer practice, church, a yummy hibachi lunch, coloring, sleeping in, and just relaxing as a family of 3!
 It won't be long before we're a family of 4:)

Thinking: When will Baby Ella arrive? Today's her due date and we're still waiting for her debut! I guess she wants to choose her own birthday. One thing I know for sure is that we'll be meeting our new addition SOON! 

Wanting: To meet my DAUGHTER!!! I'm so excited!!! 

Needing: A long massage. Like right now. Please and thank you. 

3 Trips..
1. Turks & Caicos
2. Hawaii
3. Cayman Islands
All three look so beautiful and relaxing- must haves for vacation spots!



Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TpT Back to School BOOST Sale!!!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Anna-Brantley
A big thank you to Amy Lemons for the cute graphic! 
 
Have you heard the BIG news?? TpT is having another back to school sale tomorrow! My ENTIRE store will be 20% off AND you can save an additional 10% using the TpT code BOOST at checkout. 

Here are some of my favorite products!  

Over the summer, I gave my H.O.T.S {Higher Order Thinking Skills} reading response sheets a major update! You can purchase the editions individually or as a bundle.     

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/HOTS-Higher-Order-Thinking-Skills-Reading-Response-Sheets-131182
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/HOTS-Reading-Response-Sheets-THE-COMPLETE-PACKAGE-224244

My NO-PREP Ready, Set, Print packets are available to purchase by the month or bundle! 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Ready-Set-Print-Back-to-School-Math-and-Literacy-Printables-1289650

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Ready-Set-Print-BUNDLE-Math-and-Literacy-Printables-1237742

My math journal prompts can be purchased by the month or a bundle! 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Math-Journal-Prompts-The-Complete-Set-243016

Plus, SO much more!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-Numbers-to-120-Activities-and-More-834499

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Just-Graph-It-Common-Core-Aligned-999369

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Kindergarten-Common-Core-More-Content-Word-Wall-261852


http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/First-Grade-Common-Core-More-Content-Word-Wall-243038

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-Writing-All-Year-Long-narrative-informational-opinion-506926



http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Keep-Calm-and-Chevron-Classroom-Decor-Bundle-Primary-Colors-Editable-734690
 Happy Back to School Shopping!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Meet the Teacher Linky

Stephanie over at Falling into First is hosting a "Meet the Teacher" linky party! 
I've decided to join in so you can get to know me a little bit more:)
 My name is Anna Brantley. 
In case you are new to my blog, here are a few facts about me before the Q&A fun!

I'm a 32 year old wife, mom of two {Parker, 5 years old & Ella, coming soon..}, first grade teacher, blogger, and Georgia gal. I just started my 8th year of teaching a little over a week ago! I've taught 6 years in first and 2 years in second. Every year has been a blessing! 
Here's my sweet family!
We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our little Ella! 
She will be here in 2 weeks or less! 
Can't wait!! 


THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS 
Jesus. Family. My Babies. My Church. Friends. Coffee. Being Outside. Teaching. Pugs. My Laptop. Teacher Pay Teachers. The Beach. Fall. Naps. Holidays. Gummy Bears. Fro-Yo. Pedicures. Movies. Sweet Tea. Mr. Sketch markers. Target. Online Shopping. Instagram. Facebook. Pinterest. Popcorn. 

 IF YOU WEREN'T A TEACHER, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO BE?
I have NO idea. Being a teacher is all that I've ever wanted to be!

THREE LITTLE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU.
Loyal. Stubborn. Fun.

FINISH THE SENTENCE, "________,  SAID NO TEACHER EVER!!"
"I'd really love to work in my classroom this weekend...said no teacher EVER!!

Q: IT'S YOUR BIRTHDAY AND YOU CAN INVITE ANYONE {DEAD OR ALIVE} TO THE PARTY. WHO ARE YOU INVITING? 
My sweet grandparents. I miss them so much!

Q: IF SOMEONE WROTE A BOOK ABOUT YOUR LIFE, WHAT WOULD BE THE TITLE?
Love Is All You Need

 Q:YOU GET TO PICK ONE SUPERPOWER. WHAT IS IT?
  To be able to eat anything I want and not gain a pound!!

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR SAYING?
“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”


Q: IF YOU HAD TO SING ONE SONG ON AMERICAN IDOL, WHAT WOULD IT BE?  
Pharrell Williams - Happy   

 Q: ARE YOU A MORNING PERSON OR A NIGHT OWL?
Definitely a morning person. Being rested and having a cup of coffee to sip on makes me a very happy girl! 

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESOURCE THAT YOU'VE CREATED IN YOUR TPT SHOP? 
I love my Higher Order Thinking Reading Response Sheets! They are so easy to use and a great resource to differentiate your reading instruction. Check them out here!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/HOTS-Reading-Response-Sheets-THE-COMPLETE-PACKAGE-224244 

Q: SHARE SOMETHING WE MIGHT NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU!  
I have a MAJOR fear of public speaking. 


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It's your turn!! Go join the party over at Falling in First!!


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