Yay for Day 4!
Today, I'd like to introduce you to Reagan Tunstall from Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits! If you haven't heard of her blog, you need to go check it out. Now. She has some of the most creative ideas ever. She can take the tiniest idea and run with it, and the result is just so cute, but the activities are still rigorous!
For example, take a look at her Puppy Love Literacy Centers and whole group activities. These activities are so awesome! There are activities about verb tenses, plurals, adjectives, and other literacy skills. Plus, I love love love the puppy theme! What kid wouldn't want to do these fun activities with puppies on them? I know I would! She has several other pet themed activities in her shop as well. Like the Class Pet Writing Journal, which you can read about here. What a great way to engage your students and their families! I loved the idea of having the pet show up in a crate- HOW CUTE. She also wrote about how she used another teacher's product, Puppy Palooza, in her classroom to increase reading engagement. I realize it wasn't her product, but her post about it made me hightail it down to my parents' basement the last time I visited and pull out every. single. one. of the dog Beanie Babies in the basement and hoarded them away. Yep. Can you tell I love the pet themed stuff? :-)
The Reading and Math Anchor Charts she created are AWESOME. I have to post "I Can" statements in my classroom that are supposed to change daily (which I am sure most of you do too!), and I think something like this would be an awesome way to post the standard we are working on! Plus, they are bright and colorful, which would definitely catch the eye of my students!
The topics Reagan posts about aren't just fun and games, either! She has some great posts about reading, such as this post on how she does book reviews, and writing, such as this post about how to teach first graders how to write a sentence. I love her posts about math as well. Her posts are so informative! I think this product is also awesome. I really HATE all the assessments we have to do with our first graders, and part of the reason is that these poor kiddos have never been exposed to the format of the test. I love that this product allows students to practice what these tests will be like before they actually take the test. I am so bad at test prep, I totally need this! She also has Daily Math activities, the Rise and Shine Binder, and several book studies, among other things in her store. So when I say she's one of my favorite bloggers, I imagine you now know why! She is such a wealth of information and has such creative ideas, and I just love reading her blog. I love it when I see that there is a new post from Reagan, because I know I'm going to get some great ideas!
Reagan has so generously donated her Picnic Pals Centers for Literacy and Math. These are awesome. Adorable centers, a cute theme that can be used all year long, and some great activities that help students practice the Common Core Standards. The person who wins these is so lucky!
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As for my blogging surprise, here's a little extra giveaway for you for today!
I finally broke down and bought some vinyl for my Cricut, and I have been using it to decorate plain tumblers. It's so much fun! So I'd like to offer one of my readers their very own 16oz double walled tumbler, made by me! The one in the pictures is one I made for myself (the E is for Erica). I also made a few for my colleagues at school, except I wasn't smart enough to take a picture of them before I gave them away! If you would like to win, please enter below! I'll pick a winner this weekend!