Wednesday, February 6, 2013

I'm not 100! and a Freebie for you

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me... So, today is the big 40.  Unfortunately, it fell on the 100th day of school!  Maybe that should make me feel younger. :)  I do love teaching 1st grade and all the love you get from the students.  They love to guess my age and it will be anywhere from 22-45.  I wouldn't be surprised if one of them said 100!  When they ask my age I always tell them it's less than 100. :)  In all honesty, I am thankful for each year.  Sure, they're passing quickly, but each one is full of so many wonderful memories and blessings!

My birthday present to myself (thanks to birthday money) is a new blog!!  I'm so excited.  I'm submitting the order today.  I'm going to keep my design simple, subdued and with a touch of vintage.  Can 1st grade teachers have a blog with a neutral palette?  I hope so!!  Stay tuned to see the finished product.

My birthday present to you is a little freebie.  I've been busy making language arts packs and I made a mistake on one of them which inspired a totally different pack.  :)  I love how it works like that!  This one is for the younger grades.  It is a categorizing activity.  Students identify the word that does not belong.  They write the other words in the category on a recording sheet.  It supports the CCSS for 1st grade: Sort words into categories (e.g., colors, clothing) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.  The categories in this activity are fruits, school supplies and animals.  The picture above is from this pack.  Click here for the free download.

I hope you are having a wonderful 6th of February!  From a older (and wiser?) blogger ~ Melissa


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  2. HI Melissa! I was so pleasantly suprised!! and Yea you are my first sign up to link blogs on my site - so I couldn't just let that pass - I want to send you my Math Activity - Addition Math Addends - A Differentiated Math Activity for your centers. Just send me your email and I will send it on over to you. Thanks again - I hope you enjoy the activity and thanks for linking up. I also added myself to your blog to follow your ideas.

  3. Happy birthday! You are young compared to me!! I'm 10 years ahead of you...but it's just a number! I can't wait to see your new design.
    Owl Things First

  4. I love the freebie! What a clever way to combine writing, problem solving and working with categories. I'll be using this right away. Thanks for sharing, Anne

  5. I love the freebie what a great idea! I love when you have a mindset when you get to creating and then something else inspires you! That often happens to me in the target dollar spot too!

  6. Happy belated birthday! This is a great sorting lesson! I already downloaded and rated it. It's in the printer right now! I love the reasoning skills my kids will be able to do practice using your unit.
    Oh, How Pintearesting!



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