long last!

What a week!
The week we introduce silent e to first graders is something else!
Or as we like to call him...Super E!
I feel like that is a major hurdle to exploding the reading code to kids.
But now they want to make every "a" a long sound.
Oy- first grade teacher problems.
Without further adieu...

To combat this new, strange and exciting silent e I whipped up a mini bit of
what will soon be a full new Phonics Printables.
Here is the LONG A FREEBIE!
Hopefully the full version will be coming at you next week!

Head here to check it out!

Of course I'm linking this up with my BBFF Molly for
her Fabulous Freebie on the Fifteenth.
Be sure to head to Lucky to be in First for more fabulous freebies!

I was so excited to make these adorable pumpkins this week.
Most kids did an awesome job. They are really starting to "get it"!
I have a few friends that need a lot of support though.
In the spirit of this craft I am extra thankful for my amazing assistant this year!
She happily assembled all of them.
Our class sizes are larger than usual so for the first time ever assistants were hired.
It's amazing to have an extra set of hands!
Mine even has the best British accent...everything is just "lovely".

We did this super cute activity about making 10 this week!
I saw this adorable freebie by A Cupcake for the Teacher and of course
pinned it to my math board right away!
Can I get a high 5 for this chart?
Probably one of my best ever!

Then I popped this up on the old ELMO.

Then the kids made their own to put in their 
math folders to keep forever more.

We are really getting into our Math Workshop November activities. 
I like to introduce these whole class or in small groups over the course of a week. 
Then the kids are ready to do them independently in our Math Workshop.
You can read more about how we do Math Workshop here.
I love these activities because there is no cutting involved!
Just add some dice and cards and you are ready to rock.
I like to laminate the pages or place in protective sleeves 
for repeated use.

Here's a little taste of what's inside.

 The kids are loving Thanksgiving Bump.

 Who doesn't need place value practice all the time?
Place Value Pie is a fun was to practice.
And every time you are making new numbers!

 It's Turkey Talk time.
A little greater than/ less than anyone?
This is awesome skill practice with the ole' hundred chart.

My class loves Pilgrim Polka!
Even and odd practice is always in order!

Head over to my tpt shop to check it out.
You'll have math centers, stations or tubs for the rest of this month in no time flat!
And Math Workshop December is in Santa's Workshop right now!
Should be here within a week.
Yay for early Christmas presents!

My blog friend Heather is having a fun giveaway over at her blog

I've hear these pencil sharpeners are the bomb!
Heather is giving one away!
Be sure to enter Heather's giveaway

Head on over to Doodlebugs Teaching for more
Five for Friday goodness!


  1. Oh my goodness! I just posted about long vowels yesterday too! I love when we finally get to that point because it opens up hundreds of new words for them. If you would like, check out my post. I also made a long vowel unit to use.

    Karen Rowland
    Adventures With Firsties

  2. Too much good stuff! November Math Workshop is fabulous! And the pencil sharpener is so nice & quiet :) Love your poster - that anchor chart is better than I could have made for sure!
    Hope you're having a fabulous weekend - thanks for the long vowel goody!

    Lucky to Be in First


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