Thursday, April 5, 2012

What I'm Doing and What I Got For YOU Today!

Thanks for the tips on the teacher bag!  It looks like the 31 bag is a must have for me!  I actually have one of the utility totes that I got from a parent for Christmas last year... I never thought of using that for my teaching stuff, but I'm going to give it a try.  The one I really want is the "Cindy".

Now... what I'm doing...

I've been using spelling "boxes" as the format for my spelling tests this year.  You know- the boxes where there are tall boxes for letters like d and b and long boxes for things like g and y.  It has greatly helped my visual learners and has helped my kiddos so much.

Well, I've been re-vamping my spelling stuff for TpT and it has been a HUGE undertaking.  That's what I was asking for feedback on yesterday.  Well, it turns out that Adobe wasn't embedding my fonts into the documents so now I have to do Word Art to bypass that... which means sizing each piece of Word Art.  But wait!  If I print it with PrimoPDF, it appears to accept the font!

So far, I have Unit 5 and 6 completed for first grade.

So... now (four hours later) I am done with first grade!  I'll be putting it up on TpT and Teacher's Notebook later tonight... I would be so thankful if a 1st grade Treasures user would agree to look at every single one of these packets... it's 252 pages in all... just to make sure everything is correct as, after about 10 hours total of working on this, my brain is totally FRIED!  Which would also mean you're getting it for free!  Drop me a comment with your e-mail if you would do that.  And, I hate to be pushy, but the sooner the better!

It looks something like this:
Each week has word cards (for a word wall or focus wall or sorting activity center or whatever!), two different word lists (vertical and horizontal), spelling handwriting practice, a practice page for writing words in frames, and then the spelling test form.  I have my kiddos write a sentence each week on their test.  Sometimes I dictate it, but most of the time they can write whatever they want.  They have to use at least one spelling word and I check the sentence for caps and ends and spelling.

You could use the lines for whatever- have them write more words that follow the spelling pattern, do a grammar check for the week, have them correct a sentence, etc...

So... I'll be working on Units 1-4 today for 1st grade and *hopefully* I can get them done!

Now... what I got for YOU today...!

Learning Resources sent me a package... here's what is inside:

A "Luna" document camera (which Rachel is having a giveaway for on her blog RIGHT NOW!!!), an Easi-Speak USB recorder, and a "HearAll" voice recorder!  Over the next few weeks, I'll be testing each of them out in my classroom and then offering you one for free as part of a giveaway!

I am so excited!  I'll also be getting another item in the mail to do a test and giveaway with... more on that later but I think you'll love it!

Alright- off to work on the spelling stuff!  Have a good Thursday!


  1. I have both the Cindy Tote and the Utility Tote and LOVE LOVE LOVE them both. Honestly, I find myself using the utility tote more than I do my Cindy. I also bought one of the large zipper pouches to hold my markers, stickers, stamps - so when I'm grading papers it's all right there.

    I'm also emailing you a question...

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  2. Can't wait to read about what all those goodies can do :)
    My Second Sense

  3. I hate PDF issues! Those boxes are called elkonin boxes. I thinks tats how it's spelled. They are one strategy we use with ELL kids at school. Good luck choosing a pattern. That's the hardest for me!!

  4. I'd LOVE to help you out by proof-reading your First Grade Treasures work. I'm ready to start tonight! Let me know if you still need someone.

  5. How do you go about doing giveaways like these? I'm assuming you have to contact people and you end up getting the items for free, right? Because some of these items are super expensive.

  6. I am also willing to help! I'm a first grade teacher who uses treasures! It looks great!

  7. oh, my email is

  8. I just started Spring Break and I am a First Grade Treasures user. I would love to look over your things and help out!

  9. I am happy to help as well! I am a First Grade Treasures user. My email is

  10. I'm not in first grade, but those spelling packs look great! :)

    ♥ Jen
    The Teacher's Cauldron

  11. You have been tagged! Head to my blog to know what you have to do next!

    My Second Sense

  12. i would like to proof read for you, if you need someone to do it still. here is my address
    BTW- I love your blog and I look forward to reading more.

  13. Let me know if you need a reader - I'd be happy to help. :) Lisa

  14. I'm going to be doing this too! Someone emailed me and has mailed the package! I can't wait to test them out!


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