Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Grab your coffee and settle in for another exciting round of Featured Teacher Tuesday!  

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This week our featured teacher is Amber Unger, a first grade teacher who shares real estate with the Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers, lots of cows, and many beer breweries.  Yep!  You guessed it; Amber is a proud educator in Wisconsin.  She is in her 7th year of teaching: 4 years in Kindergarten, 2 years in ESL, and 1 year in first grade so far.  Amber never thought she would find a grade level that made her happier than Kindergarten, but she quickly learned this school year that first grade is the place to be!


Her “home” away from home looks like this:


And she shares her real home with these men:


Amber has been blogging since 2011.  You will definitely want to stop by her blog, Mrs. Unger's Unbelievable Elementary Experiences, for years worth of great teacher tips, student-centered ideas, and fun photos!

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You will also want to swing by Amber’s Teachers Pay Teachers store, as all of her products are free!  Amber has a dream to find TIME to make products that she feels are worthy of selling, but until then - enjoy the freebies (currently 59) in her newly updated TPT store.  Here are a couple of examples:

You can also follow Amber in these ways, too:

Be sure to stop by our Featured Teacher Tuesday linky party next week to learn about another fabulous first grade teacher: Misty!  (Can you believe next week is November already!?)

Monday, October 19, 2015

Videos we love!

Recess and Center Fun!

Just playing :)


Using our senses to discover what this yummy mystery treat is---
These next two pictures show full engagement with a very new learning tool (ipad) as well as a learning too that you don't see to often anymore (a popup book)

Smoke House

The Wooster Fire Department visited our school on October 9. We learned so much about fire safety as well as what firemen do and the equipment they use to keep us safe. Below are some pictures with Asher's dad. He is a fireman! He is teaching us about the rescue fire truck. It helps people who have had a wreck.

After learning about the rescue truck we got to see the smoke house.  We went inside and learned about what we would do if our houses ever caught on fire.  We practiced what we had learned when a real fire alarm went off inside the smoke house because of some pretend smoke.  We went to our meeting spot and review all we had learned.  Do you have a meeting spot at your home?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Featured Teacher Liana Davis

Liana Davis from Love Learning with Liana http://lovelearningwithliana.blogspot.com/ is

living her dream as a first grade teacher. All her life, she has dreamt of teaching little kids to

dream big and love learning, and her dream has been a reality for 4 years now! She teaches

with the core concept of providing social justice to students that were just like her when she was

a child. An immigrant, a non­native English speaker, and from a family that lived modestly.  She

knows that every student has the capacity to learn, and she harnesses that ability to see her

students shine. To read more about her teaching philosophy, you can read it here

Only two of her 4 years teaching have been in first grade, but she couldn’t imagine teaching

anything else. She loves the unscripted feel of first grade.  Besides first, she has also taught 

Kindergarten, and high school English.
Liana is also a newlywed, and she got married in January 2015 to her college/bible study 

sweetheart.  If you would like to see pictures from her wedding, click here (link to 

http://lovelearningwithliana.blogspot.com/2015/08/my­fairytale­wedding.html).  At that time, she 

was teaching high school English, and she didn’t spend quite as much time cutting, pasting, and 

creating fun activities for a primary classroom.  With so much free time on her hands, March 

2015, she decided to sell on TPT. She was always creating products for her classroom, and she 

thought why not share them with the world! 

If you know Liana, then you know that she never sits still, much like every other teacher who 

takes on the task of teaching full time, blogging about it, and creating products for Teachers Pay 

Teachers. To find Liana’s store, click here  (link to 


Other than teaching, blogging, and TPT, she loves to spend time with her family in Los Angeles, 

and explore her new city with her new husband in San Diego. 

Liana’s most popular product is the Book Report for Grades 1­3 

Her latest two products are Unit 2: Addition Math Printables 

and Fall Fluency, Phonics, and Writing Activities   

Teachers Pay Teachers:https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Love­Learning­With­Liana

Wanna know more and have access to freebies?! Follow her at:



Blog: http://lovelearningwithliana.blogspot.com/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/lovelearnliana/


Tuesday, October 6, 2015

This week’s featured teacher is Samantha Gibby and Lisa Fain they are the Primary Sisters
 Just like their name says, they are two sisters who teach first grade at the same school in a small town in NC. They feel so blessed to get to teach with each other every day.
Their TPT adventure began last summer. As they were sitting in a hot tub at the Outer
Banks, they began to think of resources they needed to best compliment their words their way spelling instruction. You can check out some of the their short vowel word work
packs in their TPT Store

 So since July they have been busy creating products, and they said no one told them how addicting it can be. Especially when colleagues come in and say, okay this is great, thanks for making this! Even though they are far from their first TPT million, the excitement of creating materials that meet their students needs has been the force that keeps them going.
Samantha and Lisa are married and both have 3 children. Their oldest sons are in college at NCSU and Appalachian State, but they are still busy with their other teenagers who cheer and play football for their local high school. They enjoy being active in their churches, traveling, feeding the football team each Friday night and surfing the internet. They feel so blessed to be on this awesome journey and are thankful for the wonderful teacher friends they are making along the way. These sisters are always looking for ways to make learning fun and hands on. One of their newest products is a Halloween themed Boo game working with sight words and math printables working with sums up to 12. Check them out here.

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Enjoy these flash freebies. Students will love these hands on CVC word wheels

AND Sight word Roll Say Keep is a great addition to any literacy station  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Roll-Say-Keep-Game-with-

Be sure to follow these creative sisters on Instagram https://instagram.com/theprimarysisters/ 
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ThePrimarySisters?ref=hl

TPT https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Primary-Sisters

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/theprimarysiste/

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Spirit day, Character kids, and Friends!

Way to go character kids! Allyson, Cole, Asher, and Lilly did an awesome job showing respect in the month of September! 

We have made so many new friends this year! First grade is the best.



We had our very own cheerleader visit our class on homecoming! She read is a story and even danced with us! It was so much fun. Come back and visit anytime Miss Jessica! 

Healthy Me!

IWe have been studying our bodies and how to keep them healthy.  We learned way to stay healthy is lots of hand washing! We experimented with hand shakes and glitter this week.  The glitter represented germs---those little guys are not coming off without soap and water! We will be sure to wash our hands often now, getting sick wouldn't be nearly as much fun as this experiment! 

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Happy October!!!!!  I am so excited for this month!  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and we have so many fun things planned for our classroom.  We will have a field trip, spirit day, celebrate Columbus Day and more!
With my excitement is also a little bit of amazement.  It's already OCTOBER! WHAT?!?!? It feels like we just started school.  So much learning and growing has taking place these last couple months that they just flew by.  One area we have really grown is the are of number sense.  We worked hard learning how to compose and decompose numbers with a cute pet theme.  This whole set can be found here and is part of the #1on1dollardeals link up. 
I am about to head over to the First Grade Roundup to find some more fun things for us to do in October! http://thefirstgraderoundup.blogspot.com/