Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Bulletin Boards and a Freebie!!

 My  school system has 3 more days of school left!! WooHoo!!
 Almost time for some summer fun!!
As I have stated in many of my posts, some teachers are already planning for the beginning of next year. I have been sharing some pictures of my different classrooms through the years and some bulletin boards that I have used.
 Of course by the name of my blog, you should know by now that I am known as the Pig Lady at my school. Students always know which classroom has the teacher that "LOVES" pigs!
 Here is another picture of a bulletin board that I have used and of course it features a pig!!

 Now I bet you can make a tree a lot better than I can!! Looks sort of sad!! These Little Piggies Are in First Grade! In the right corner is a little school house and on the hill in front of the bigger pig(which was actually me, the teacher) I had little pigs with all my student names on them.

 Here is a closer look at the sign.

Hope you like the pics! There will be more later!

Now I want to share a freebie with you!! Are you looking for something fun for your students to do while you try to finish up some last minute paper work, individual testing, or packing?  This Summer Fun word making sheet will do the trick. They can work on this by themselves or with a partner!
 Just click on the picture to get a free copy!!
Hope you enjoy!!


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Do You Like Word Sorts?


 Are you counting down the days until summer break? I think most of us are! This time of year goes by quickly. If you are like most teachers you are already beginning to think about school for next year. What will my classroom theme be, what type of literacy and math stations do I want to have, what do I want to change about my classroom for next year? So many ideas are running through your head! Maybe I can help with an idea for a literacy station.

                                            Word Sorts
I always have some type of word sort as a literacy station. Sorting is a very valuable activity. A word sort requires children to group words into different categories. Through word sorts, children will learn how to decode by analogy, differentiate spelling patterns, and recognize the relationship between written language and individual sounds. With these skills children can decode new words and identify familiar words quickly which will lead to proficient reading. 
Keeping this in mind, I have created a new packet of word sorts that I have now uploaded into my TpT store. Here are a few pictures of the one of the sorts:
  This is the homophone sort that is in the packet.
 When sorting the words you can use the sorting mats or the category headers. The category headers can be used on a table or desk top or can be used in a pocket chart.

 This is the response sheet for students to record the sort.

This is a picture of the sorting mats that can be used.
This is my new packet, you can click on the picture and go to my TpT store and check it out!!
Hooray!! Tomorrow is Friday!!

Monday, May 13, 2013

We have A Winner And Bulletin Board Pictures!

   If you entered the big Teacher Appreciation Blog Hop we have our winners!

And here they are!!

 Congratulations Linda K.!

Congrats Emma!

Congrats Kayrn W.!
 Wow, I am so excited for all of you, there are some great prizes!! Enjoy!

Summer is upon us and time for some fun in the sun! Believe it or not some teachers (like myself) are already thinking about the beginning of school next year. I wanted to share a picture of one of the bulletin boards I used to welcome my new class. My grade level had a movie theme, and as you know I am the pig lady, so I had to find some way to incorporate movies with a pig. Now I could have used actual movies like Charlotte's Web, or Babe, Pig in the City, but I wanted something a little more unusual. I came up with the idea of using a pig for each student and the pig is walking the Red Carpet. Here are a few of the pics. Instead of Welcome to Hollywood, I called it Welcome to Hoggywood!


 More classroom pictures coming later!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Sale and a Summer Safety Packet!!

Have you been to TpT to check out the awesome Teacher Appreciation Sale?!!

 Click on the picture and go to my store! I have just finished a great end of the year lesson plan with some great activities for summer safety!

 Just click on the picture to check it out!

Here is a little preview of what is in the packet!
It comes with lesson plans, crafts, writing activities, worksheets, and an end of unit test.
 You can get it on sale now at my TpT store!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Week Blog Hop With Freebies and Big TpT Sale!!

Teacher Appreciation Extravaganza!!
Sunday, May 5th -Sunday, May 12th

  Well it is finally here!!

I am teaming up with some of my teacher bloggy friends and we are having a Teacher Appreciation Blog Hop!! 
 I am stop #2

Take a look at some of the prizes!!
Can you say WOW!!
Rejuvenate and pamper yourself with $230 of fabulous gift cards, plus Tunes For Teachers- a wonderful book by Susan Paul!
Get ready for back to school with a "custom made" room theme of your choice, plus some great beginning of the year activities from our TpT stores!
New ideas for your classroom!! Choose one item from each TpT store!

Here is my freebie to you!!
This is a fun craft and writing activity for your students to make and then write about what a "Toadally Great Year" they have had!!


 NOW be sure and hop on over to my good friend Mel's blog and see what freebie she has for you!

And guess what!! TpT is having a Teacher Appreciation sale on May 7th and 8th!!
You get 20% off items plus an extra % if you use the code!!

 Just click on the picture to go to my store!!

 Hope you will look through my store and see what you might need!!


Thursday, May 2, 2013

Take It and Make It Thursday and A Freebie!

It is Thursday and time for me to link up with my good friend Cynthia over at 2nd Grade Pad for her Take It and Make It Linky!!
If you haven't linked up yet, hop on over and get to it!

 Today I have a take it and make it that is a little preview of a packet I am working on for my TpT store. It is beginning multiplication and has the 1's for students to use at a math station or individually. They can also be used as a small group lesson or as a needs based lesson. Students that finish work early could also use these as extra practice.

The packet that I am working on will go higher in number, but right now I thought I would offer this part as a freebie!

Just print the game out on card stock, cut out, and laminate! I usually keep my games in some kind of fun tin or plastic container. In this case I am using a tin with apples!

 Just click on the picture and grab this freebie in Google Docs!