Sample It Saturday: Common Core Math Edition

Hey folks! So, I was planning on doing Sample It Saturday once a month when I started it in November, and this is my 2nd installment… Hmmm… Maybe I need to get on this! Ha!


So, if you’ve been following me on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, you know that I’ve recently been working on my Activities by the Standards Growing Bundle!


I’ve currently added packs for all of the Geometry and Measurement and Data Standards, and will be working on the Operations and Algebraic Thinking and Number and Operations In Base Ten next.

Each pack specifically addresses that one particular standard, which is great for schools who use standards based report cards.

Each pack also features interactive notebook resources, posters, and printable and activities with answer keys included. It’s honestly a 1st grade teacher’s dream! It will take SO much of the work out of your prep!

Here’s one pack in use by a sweet little homeschooler. :)

(Click on each pack and then click on the preview to see the entire pack)


And here’s the interactive notebooks for every other pack- so fun!







Each pack is $3 separately, BUT if you purchase the growing bundle right now, you’ll get all 24 packs for $30 when they’re finished which is a STEAL!

So, here’s the part you’ve been waiting for. Click the picture below to try out this sample from my recently uploaded pack in the series- 1.MD.C.4!


I’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment below! :)

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Motivating Your Students to Make Good Choices

Hi Folks! Long time, no blog! I’ve been crazy busy with everything else in my life, and then realized this morning “Hey, I haven’t blogged in… weeks and weeks! Oops!” So, today I have a quick little post on this Friday. I’d like to share a way to motivate your students to make good choices.

My classroom has been a tropical theme for the past 2 years, so I can up with this bulletin board.


This is my “Get Caught Doing Good” board! Each fish has a student’s name on it and when I see them making smart choices our helping out a friend, I put a sticker on their fish! When they’re fish is full ,they get to take it home and I put up a new fish for them. Easy, peasy and a great motivator.

Some other ideas for catchy titles:

Bees- Bee Kind in the Hive

Sunglasses- It’s Cool to Make good Choices

Super Heroes- Be a Super Friend

Aaaand, that’s all I’ve got this morning. ;)

How do you motivate your students to be kind and helpful? Comment and let me know!

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First Grade Common Core Math: Let’s Make Your Life a Little Easier!

Hi Everyone! Sometimes I get SO excited about an idea or a project, that it just takes off on it’s own and kind of consumes my creative brain space! Well, today I’m going to share my latest, exciting project that has done just that! I’ve seriously been thinking and working on this every second I can in the past couple weeks. :)

If you’re a first grade teacher who teaches math, I hope to make your life a little easier!


I recently posted on my Instagram about my idea to create one pack for each common core math standard for first grade, and I got a bunch of positive comments and people who were excited about the idea.

See, I can find plenty of resources that address multiple standards at once, but sometimes you just want to focus on one individual standard.

Especially if you’re expected to address each standard individually on your standards based report card. That’s where my Activities by the Standards series was born.

Each pack contains posters, interactive notebook parts, and at least 5 practice activities/pages with answer keys for that specific standard!

Here’s an example of what’s included in each pack:

Interactive Notebook



Printable ActivitiesAnswer Keys

Now, here’s the exciting part! I’m going to be working hard to complete the packs in the next few months, but you don’t have to wait to buy the bundle!

Instead of posting each individual pack and THEN bundling it, this will be my first growing bundle!

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Okay, so if you’re not familiar with growing bundles, here’s a little explanation.

What is a growing bundle?

Basically, you can buy the bundle now and when you download it, you’ll get the three packs I’ve already completed.

PSST: Click on each picture below and then click on “PREVIEW” to see each entire pack!




As I complete each new pack, I’ll update the file and you’ll be able to download the new pack with no extra cost to you.

Okay, friends. Math time:

Each pack on it’s own is $3.

There are 24 standards, so there will be 24 packs.

24×3=$72 if you bought each pack individually.

When I’ve uploaded all of the packs, this completed bundle will cost $60 for over 500 pages of resources for every. single. First Grade common core math standard.

BUT, right now, it’s only $30!

The bundle will stay that price until I upload all of the next strand I’m working on which is the Measurement and Data standards.

My goal is to have them uploaded by the end of January or beginning of February, so you have about 2 weeks to grab resources for each common core standard for 1/2 price!

I’m so excited about this, and I hope it makes your life a lot easier so you don’t have to hunt for resources each week. You’ll have them all in one place!

If you have any questions about this growing bundle, please feel free to comment below or email me at and, I’d be glad to answer them.

My goal is always to make teaching a breeze!

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The Jolly Postman: Book Talk Tuesday

Hey all! I’m linking up with Mrs. Jump’s Class for Book Talk Tuesday!

I’m so excited to share one of my favorite books with you!

Not only was this literally my favorite book as a kid, but one of my favorites to read to my class after teaching fairy tales and folk tales.


This book is about a postman who is delivering letters to some of our favorite folk and fairy tale characters including Baby Bear, the Big Bad Wolf, the Wicked Witch, and even Cinderella!

(The FAI sticker is part of my library organization system. {Click here} to read about that.)

Let’s take a look inside.


I love the fun rhyming format of this book, but that’s not the best part…


This book includes actual letters that you can pull out and read! HOW fun is that! The oohhs and ahhhs from my students always give me chills. They love, love, love it!


The letters are cute, funny, and even witty! Every page turn is a new adventure, and elicits a lot of discussion.


The letter for Cinderella even includes a mini-story book of Cinderella. It’s actually pretty long, so I normally read a page or two, but not the whole thing.


The book starts with an invitation for Baby Beat to attend Goldilocks’ birthday party (complete with apology from Goldilocks) and ends at her party complete with birthday card!


If you’re looking for a great book to end your fairy tale or folk tale unit, or just want a book to show how FUN reading can be, this is your book!

Click the link below to grab it on Amazon.

There’s also a Christmas version which is equally as adorable and fun.

I hope you enjoyed hearing about one of my favorite books!

Click the button below to check out some more Book Talk Tuesday posts!

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Wordless Wednesday: Getting Interactive

Happy Wednesday! I’m linking up with Miss DeCarbo for Wordless Wednesday!



Do you use interactive notebooks? I’ve always been a big fan, especially for math. I’ve been hard at work this week on my new series of math packs- Activities by the Standards. Each pack focuses on activities for each common core math standard for first grade, and this is the interactive notebook for the first pack that covers 1.G.A.3- partitioning shapes. (Click on the picture and then click on PREVIEW to check out the whole pack.)

How do you like to use interactive notebooks?

Comment below, and make sure to check out the rest of the Wordless Wednesday posts!

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