Tuesday, May 10, 2011


One of my sweet TpT customers pointed out an "OOPS" in my Pirate Center Packet today!!! I tried to send an e-mail out to everyone who bought it, but I am only allowed one TpT message each month....I just wanted you to know that there should have been 5 boxes instead of 6 on the Pirate Problem Solving recording sheet!! I corrected this mistake and the new recording sheet is available for you to reprint!! I'M SO SO SO SORRY!!!  I will be making a free downloadable center this weekend so be on the lookout for it!!!!

Have a wonderful evening!!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Under the Sea Center FUN!

I love having an ocean theme during the last couple weeks of school! What's perfect is that we are performing our ocean themed 1st grade play on Thursday called "Sounds a Little Fishy to Me"!! My sweet peas are having a blast working on this week's Under the Sea Math and Literacy Centers. Here are descriptions of the centers we're enjoying together!!!

 Read the Room- My sweeties read and sorted the /ace/ and /ice/ mermaid cards. They love reading our classroom!!

Fishy Facts and Opinions- In this literacy center, the students read the ocean themed sentences and sorted them by facts and opinions.

Making Words with "Under the Sea"- WOW! My students are masters at making words at this point in the year....I was amazed at the words they were making today!!! They love this center!!

Deep Sea Graphing- In this math center, students reviewed addition, making a tally chart, and making a bar graph. They sorted and counted all the adorable ocean creatures, solved addition problems, & represented them in a tally chart and a bar graph! It was a great review and oh so much fun!!

Fishy Fact Families- In this math center, my little love babies created fact families with the fishy fact family cards! This is one of those skills where I think repetition is important so we are constantly reviewing how addition & subtraction are related!

Under the Sea Sums- In this matching sums game, my sweeties sorted the addition and subtraction cards by sums of 10, 12, 18, & 20! Then they completed a cut/paste recording sheet to show their work!
 A Sea Full of Sentences- Another class fav! My kiddos made ocean themed complete sentences with each set of cards. This center never gets old in my room!!

 Deep Sea Skip Counting- In this skip counting center, the students had to unscramble each number pattern. It reviewed skip counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's.

Under the Sea Story Problems- Students read each ocean themed story problem and showed how they solved it on their recording sheet. My loves have had a center like this one every week for a good 3-4 months and BOY have they got the problem solving process down...I'm so proud!!! This was a hard skill for them this year!!!

 Crabby Contractions- These crabby contractions helped reinforce the word pairs that make contractions. It was a great review!!

All of these centers are in my Under the Sea Math & Literacy Center Packet. Click {HERE} to check it out at my TpT store!! 

Time for bed, sweet friends!!! I'm all blogged out for the day!!
Sweet Dreams....

HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills) Reading Response Sheets

They're here! I couldn't wait until summer to get these to y'all!! I just posted my HOTS Reading Response Sheets on TpT! The download includes 25 higher order thinking reading response sheets. They encourage creating, evaluating, and analyzing text. I use them in my weekly HOTS center, but you could also use them as homework or for a small group activity. You can get all the sheets for just $6.00!! Click on the picture below to swing by my TpT store to pick up your copy!! Thank you for all of your support!!

Here are some of my favorites.....

I'll post pictures of my students working on these tomorrow!!

Have a GREAT evening!