Thursday, 31 July 2014

Show Me Your Teacher Bag!

I'm linking up with Jen over at Teacher by the Beach for her linky "Show Me Your Teacher Bag!". I love seeing all the different bags and hearing everyone's take on the pros and cons of each type of bag.

I'm going to show you two of my bags! First up is just a thin canvas bag that I got from Zazzle with my personalized Melonheadz on it! (You may have seen it on Instagram already... if not, follow me @1stgradegarden). I love the way it turned out. I'm just going to use it for bringing important papers to and from school.

Next up is my everyday bag. I've traded in my purse and teacher tote for a diaper bag for the next year. Seeing as I carry this bag with my everywhere, I decided I needed to get a super cute one. And that I did. This is my Stella Diaper Bag from Maranda Lee on etsy. I just love the grey chevron with teal accents. It even has a matching change pad!

Look at how much room there is inside! There is a pocket for everything! I think I might even continue to use it as a purse/teacher tote when I go back to school. I love that it zips up as well.

It's got an awesome key ring on the side, so I never lose my keys!! Unless I forget to clip them on. Ooopsie!

And I've got a pocket on the back for my cell phone. Love, love, love this bag!

That's it for me today! What's in your bag? 

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Back to School Sale

For today and tomorrow, everything in my store is 20% off!! Go check it out {here}.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

A BUMP for Every Season

One of my students’ favourite math games to play is BUMP. I have a few different versions I have blogged about before… the most popular ones are Super Mario and Princess BUMP. I made a freebie summer version {here} and a freebie hockey version {here} as well.

It’s a pretty simple game. Here are the rules:

With my math centres and word work centres, I love to have games or centres that just change slightly each month… that way, you only have to teach it once and the students can do it all year long. So I thought to myself… wouldn’t it be fun to have a BUMP game for every holiday?? So I took a break from the million other TpT projects I am working on and made some new versions. These will be perfect for Math With Someone rotations during guided math! You just have to teach the game once in September, then each month you can change the gameboard and it becomes a new centre! Voila! Easy peasy! Click the picture below to check it out on TpT.

I made games for 11 different holidays/seasons: Back to School, Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day/Veteran’s Day, Christmas, New Year’s Day, Winter, Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Spring, Camping, and Summer.

For each holiday, there are four options: full colour addition, full colour subtraction, black & white addition, or black & white subtraction. If you want to save on coloured ink, just print the black & white versions onto coloured cardstock!

Another great thing about BUMP is that it is very easy to differentiate for students. Just change up the type of dice you give them. Easiest: two dotted dice, medium: one dotted die and one number die, and harder: two number dice!

If you want to try out BUMP with your class, check out the pack on TpT. If you download the preview, you will find the list of holidays, the official rules, and the Back to School addition gameboard for you to try out.

Oh, and if you don’t follow me on Facebook… look what I did this weekend! You are looking at the new Mrs. Ross! :) It was the most beautiful, perfect day I could have asked for. Beautiful weather, awesome family & friends, my darling baby girl, and saying I do to my best friend. It doesn't get better than that! :) Have a great weekend!


Monday, 30 June 2014

July Currently

Is it really the first of July already? Can you believe it? I just popped in for a quick minute to show you what I am currently up to. What are you up to? Go link up with Farley here and leave her some love!

Friday, 27 June 2014

Five for Friday!

It's been a while since I linked up with Doodle Bugs for her Five for Friday, so I thought I would give it a whirl this week. I even managed to get it up before midnight! And it has been a busy, busy Friday! My fiancé just left for a camping/fishing bachelor party weekend, so I've got the baby, dogs, and cats all to myself for three days. I took Zoe and my mom to my final wedding dress fitting this afternoon. Then had a lovely visit with my parents and brother. What have you been up to this week? Click the picture below to link up or check out the other blogs who have linked up their five!

If you follow me on instagram or Facebook, you might have already seen this, but I finally got my own personalized Melonheadz! Nikki over at Melonheadz Illustrating did such a cute job. I just love my doodle!

I figured out the first job for my new Amanda Melonheadz. I'm going to make little business cards/magnets with my contact information to give to parents at the beginning of the year! It has my name, our school's name, the school's phone number, my email, and our classroom wiki address. So cute!

Ok, seeing as the first three numbers of my Five for Friday are all about Melonheadz, it's probably official. I'm an addict. I have the badge to prove it.

I can never just work on one thing at a time. I've got about a million different wedding projects on the go and about two million school-related projects on the go as well. Here are a few TpT projects I'm in the middle of... Hope to have them up soon!

I never thought I would give up the feeling of reading with an actual book in my hand, but since I've started using the Kindle app on my iPad, I love it! Don't get me wrong, I will never stop buying actual books for my classroom. But for personal use, it is sooooo much easier to carry around one iPad (or even use my iPhone when I'm waiting in line somewhere) than a backpack full of books. Here are the school books I've got waiting for me to crack into. 

I have two actual books I want to read as well...


Has anybody read any of these books? What did you think of them?

I haven't joined in on the book studies, but I am loving reading the posts on the new Daily 5 book. Check out these awesome blogs for some great insight into the Daily 5: First Grade Blue Skies,  A Day in First Grade, and A Differentiated Kindergarten


Wednesday, 11 June 2014


Woo! Three days in a row! I made it! I'm back for a third day to link up with The Teaching Tribune for their weekly summer linky. Today is Worksheet Wednesday. I'm going to highlight a post from the past with a math worksheet freebie in it!

Here is a throw back post from two years ago, featuring everyone's favourite pigeon and some free cookie subtraction worksheets!

 Late Breaking News from PNN!!

I started this morning off by telling the kids there was the really important news report that I had to show them! It was breaking news!

I have had the release date for this book scheduled into my phone for months now! I was so excited when I finally walked into the book store and saw it sitting there... Oh that Mo Willems cracks me up! I love the little ducking. He's such a cutie-pa-tootie!!

I knew this would get my kids a little excited and goofy first thing on a Monday morning... after a long weekend... with bellies full of chocolate and jelly beans... and I wanted to start some lessons on subtraction because we haven't done much work on it. So I decided that the pigeon, duckling, and cookies would help me get the kids excited about subtraction!

I created this little chart to help us do some subtraction problems together. I just used my name cookies that I made for our "Who Stole the Cookie?" game way back in September... I came up with some subtraction questions for use to practice together. While I was working at the front, students were using unifix cubes in front of them to practice subtraction. They had a lot of fun!

Then I whipped up a few cookie subtraction worksheets to go with our lesson! They seemed to get it quickly when we talked about cookies... Because if you have some cookies and you eat some... you can't have more than you started with! That just doesn't make sense!

If you would like some subtraction practice worksheets (you don't even need to read the book... who doesn't love cookies??) just click the picture below to download!

I'm glad we got Monday out of the way now... Onto Tuesday! :)

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Two for TUESDAY! {sale}

I'm back! {I may have written this post right after my MONDAY Meet Me post, but since it is now after midnight, it is Tuesday, so I can post this one!} The bloggers over at The Teaching Tribune are having a weekly summer linky party. Today is Two for TUESDAY where we put two of our items on sale for 50% off!!! Holy smokes!! Time to check out the linky to find some good deals and new products!

Since it is a summer linky, I'm going to share two summery products! For today only, my Summer Word Work Stations and Fun in the Sun Math Centres will be on sale for 50% off! Click any of the pictures to check out these two items on TpT.

Summer Word Work Centres - $2.00 today only!

Fun in the Sun Math Centres - $3.00 today only!!

I hope you find some good deals today!
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