Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A Funtastic Linky Party

Some nights I struggle to think of what I should write about, but tonight is not that night.  I found a linky party that looks like a blast.  Even though it isn't quite February it is coming up fast!  This linky party is a little different.  I have to post about something I've created or found, post a freebie, and something funny.  Make sure you click below and go join in the fun!  I never thought the word "linky" would be in my vocabulary since it's a little 'fru-fru', but I have to say linky parties are a blast!


Fabulous February Feature:
I'm going to go in a different direction this time - clip art!!!!  There is a ton of great clip art out there, but one of my blogging friends I started following towards the beginning of my blog just started creating clip art.  The first thing she created was Valentine cupcakes.  The minute I saw them I had a million ideas run through my head.  I can't wait to use them!  So, I'm sharing them with you.  Below is a picture of them.  If you like them, then you need to go visit Erica at Blooming in First.


A Fantastic February Freebie:
This is my newest freebie and I have to tell you, I created it just for you and this linky party.  I've been wanting to make a few Valentine items, so I ran with it tonight.  By the way, one of the sheets I had to make twice.  I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing (I'm blaming Abby on Dance Moms) and I accidentally deleted the entire page.  However, I already had it in my mind, so I just couldn't pretend like it didn't exist.  Oh, and I decided to go with Valentine monsters.  I thought our sweet boys would enjoy these.  If you like them, click on the pictures to get them and definitely let me know what you think and if there's anything else you've been wanting.  I'm always looking for some good freebie ideas.


A Funny:
Today was one of the funniest days I've experienced this year.  Do you ever have days where you can't punish your students (Even when they deserve it) because they are so funny you can't help but laugh - today was that day!  Honestly, it wasn't even the whole class.  It was the red table.  First, you have to understand, we are still in the middle of table battles.  Yes, believe it or not, table battles are still working.  Who knew?  I would've started this months ago if I had known how competitive they were.  Well, the red table was a little chatty today, so we commented that they needed to calm down since they were Chatty Cathy's.  One of my students, with a grin, said, "We're special!"  By the way, this is where I wish I could insert tone because it was hilarious.  Later today, our speech teacher came by to pick up a few friends.  One of them hopped up without asking, so she commented that maybe she was taking my T.A. and me.  Without missing a beat, a friend at the red table said, "It's time to get down and party!"  Where do they get these things?  You'd think they had a silly first grade teacher or something.  Last of all, I made a comment this afternoon and apparently my voice went from normal to a high pitched chipmunk voice.  My T.A. couldn't resist pointing it out.  Well, the next thing I knew the red table was "mocking" me by saying things with high pitched chipmunk voices.  I realize that mocking probably isn't a good thing to promote, but I was laughing so hard, I ended up rolling with it.  Not sure what was up with my red table today, but love that teaching is so full of laughter.

Well, that covers everything for the linky party.  Now, if I can figure out how to lengthen a day, I will be in great shape!  Have a great hump day tomorrow!






21 comments:

  1. Love the monster sequencing activity! Thank you for sharing :) I'm not familiar with Table Wars but cannot wait to find out!

    Catherine
    The Brown-Bag Teacher

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    1. Glad you liked it :) Here's a link to my blog post about table wars. It has made ALL the difference with their behavior.

      http://1stgradefantabulous.blogspot.com/2013/01/celebrities-and-walmart.html

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  2. LOL, my red table is usually the talkative table too! But not this year- it's blue this year! I love the freebie- I used the last one you made for homework. I am always looking for good homework stuff, so I love these and the cute little monsters. Thanks for mentioning me on your blog!

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    1. Glad you can use them :) At some point (the list grows longer by the day), I'm hoping to create morning work, homework, and assessments (3 separate packets) for the year.

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  3. You are so right - it is hard not to laugh sometimes! We were doing the daily pattern a few weeks ago and it was supposed to be snowflakes and then raindrops. Well after I drew my first raindrop, the sweetest girly girl in class said "That looks like a booger." I lost it! Another student came up to the board and drew a raindrop for me. :)

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  4. Those cupcakes are just too cute. Thanks for the great freebie also.

    I wanted to reply back to your comment on my blog, but I couldn't find an email address---thanks for stopping by! :)

    ღDeAnne
    First Grade and Fabulous

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    1. Aw! I am still working on that :) Hopefully, I will have that attached at some point this week :) BTW, I love your signature!

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  5. Thanks a lot! Your freebies are great! We are working on adding 3 numbers right now.

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    1. Thanks :) I'm glad that you can use them :) Hope your kids enjoy!

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  6. I saw these and FELL IN LOVE! They are too cute! Thank you so much! I am your newest follower and I just can't wait to see what you come up with next!
    _As far as "mocking" I have a sweet little girl in my room who mimics EVERYTHING I say in a quiet voice... It melts my heart-she says she's going to be a teacher when she grows up and she's practicing! LOVE IT!

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    1. Aw! I just love your compliment :) You don't have to wait for the next thing, because I posted tonight :) Oh, and I love your story about your little girl. How sweet! Kids just always have a way of making you smile :)

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  7. You are so generous and creative! Thank you for the freebies!

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    1. You are welcome :) Hope your kiddos enjoy the activities :)

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  8. I'm going to try out table wars. I love your monster Valentine's freebies. What cute clip art too. Thanks!!
    ☀Rikki
    The Hive

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    1. Table wars have gone great, but my kiddos are definitely starting to give out. We are going to do it through this week and then I'm going to change game plans :) Good luck with them! The kids have LOVED it! Thanks for your sweet compliment :)

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  9. Thank you for the adorable monster Valentine freebies. You asked for more freebie ideas. Well, this isn't a different idea, rather a differentiated idea. Regarding your addition worksheet, how about adding three 2-digit numbers (for example, 23 + 11 + 44). This would allow for a higher level for those students who are ready to add beyond 20. Similarly, your number sequence page could include number sequences in the hundreds. But again, thanks for such delightful freebies!

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    1. That's a great idea! I will try to do that in my next packet or for my next freebie :) Hope your kids enjoy the freebies!

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