Wednesday, October 28, 2015

You HAVE to try Nearpod with your class!

I just did a test run with some awesome tech teachers on Periscope.  Check it out and email me if you have any questions.  You won't regret trying Nearpod!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Feature Teacher Tuesday with the awesome Amber Unger!

Grab your beverage of choice 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!
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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 
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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 


Whole Brain Teaching - Super Improvers Wall

Community Worker Matching Cards

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!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Coding in the classroom! is an awesome site to teach kiddos how to code.  They have a section called:  Hour of Code (usually for older kiddos)
If you go to the student tab, it has lots of options.

Next Code app is Scratch Jr.
Coding is the new literacy! With ScratchJr, young children (ages 5-7) can program their own interactive stories and games. In the process, they learn to solve problems, design projects, and express themselves creatively on the computer.

The newest website for coding is

The easiest way to learn programming

Tynker's online courses provide a complete learning system with interactive exercises, guided tutorials, 
fun creativity tools, puzzles and more to make programming fun.
Please excuse all the extra talk and questions but here is my scope about coding!

Check out my cohost, Ashley's site for extra coding resources.  Check us out our tech talk  We will be on Tuesdays at 9 EST.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Feature Teacher Tuesday with Miss Jenny and Edutunes!

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Do you use songs in your classroom? If not, now’s the time to start! Introducing 

Jenny Kramer, also known as “Miss Jenny.” Her “Edutunes” make singing with 

children as simple as pressing “play”—No musical experience necessary!

(Click on her picture to take you to her TPT store)

Jenny began creating her “Edu-tunes” nineteen years ago, after learning about the 

research. According to study after study, children learn more, remember more, and 

ENJOY learning more with educational songs. Along with teaching full-time for 

almost two decades, “Miss Jenny” has piloted her songs with 80 teachers and 1500 

students South Bay Union School District in San Diego, CA. She has also given 

professional development speeches across the U.S. for the Bureau of Education and 

Research, the Institute for Educational Development, and Staff Development for 

Educators. Her work inside the classroom, along with her work with other 

professionals, has helped her to make the songs truly teacher-friendly, fun for kids, 

and effective as learning tools.
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Jenny just created a NEW “Halloween” song, along with lots of materials to promote 

literacy. Preview her new song here 

or for 

her giant DELUXE “Halloween Literacy Fun” package, including the song and dozens 

of additional materials—currently on sale for 50% off!
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Miss Jenny’s “Edutunes” educational songs help children to learn every aspect of the 

curriculum. Common Core 1st Grade Math teaches EVERY SINGLE first grade 

standard in 38 songs. You can listen to song samples here: 
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Her Phonics Time CD-book set teaches everything from simple letters and sounds to 

advanced phonics concepts through 28 songs.

Ready for some FREEBIES?

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Simply Skilled in Second interview on blab!

We had the honor to interview Anna from Simply Skilled in Second.  She shared her awesome items and I'm telling need to check out her store.  You can also check out the replay of our blab:
Click on her picture to send you to her TPT store...I promise that you wont be disappointed.  She makes flip-flap books, tab-its, and many more awesome items.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Hello Chalk with spelling words

Want to keep your students engaged and wanting to practice their spelling words?  Use this free app:  Hello Crayons to get them excited about their spelling words!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Feature Teacher Tuesday

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Liana Davis from Love Learning with Liana 
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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 (link to­me.html)

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. 
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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 to­fairytale­wedding.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 to­Learning­With­Liana). 

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 (link to­Report­First­Grade­1241531 ).
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Her latest two products are Unit 2: Addition Math Printables (link to­0­Adding­1­Adding­to­10­Writing-
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and Fall Fluency, Phonics, and Writing Activities (link to­Activities­First­Grade­Fluency­Phonics-
Writing­ELA­2141165 ). 
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Teachers Pay Teachers:­Learning­With­Liana

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







Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Feature Teacher Tuesday

Head on over to Droppinknowledge2 for all of the teachers in the linky party!
Samantha Gibby and Lisa Fain are the Primary Sisters.  Just like their name they are two sisters who teach first grade at the same school in small town in NC. They feel so blessed to get to teach with each other every day. 
Their blogging adventure began last summer as they were chosen as Pinnacle leaders for their county. These positions allow them to showcase best teaching practices through the use of technology in their classroom plus it also came with 20 Ipads (now do you see why they wanted to do this). 
Their TPT adventure also 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. 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! Using 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.

Thanks for linking in with us go grab these great freebies and be sure to follow theprimarysisters on FB, Instagram and in their TPT store Enjoy these flash freebies. Students will love these hands on CVC word wheels. AND These awesome literacy and math centers games that require no prep! 
Click on the picture to send you to the link!