FREAKY FRIDAY is Baaaaccckkkkk!

Picture of baby with pumpkin advertising $1 deals
FREAKY FRIDAY $1 DEALS

Now for the 5th year, FREAKY FRIDAY is in full swing! If you missed it last week, you want to be sure to check it out the next 3 weeks!

Each October, The Fun Factory joins a group of sellers to offer $1 Deals each Friday in the month and this year is no exception! Each Friday in October, there are incredible $1 deals on over 40 products each week!

Here is how it works:
Each Friday the participating sellers will select one resource from their store (normally priced $3-$5) to mark down to just $1 for the day!

Worksheet done by a student
First Grade Morning Work/Daily Writing

The Fun Factory’s resource for this week is Daily Writing and Morning Work for First Grade.

This NO PREP,  First Grade Morning Work/Daily Writing resource has been very popular.  All you have to do is print. NO PREP time for you! There are so many ways to practice the skills first graders are learning! The skills build as each month progresses and they cover many Common Core (and TEKS) objectives! Some days are easy and some days are a little more of a challenge.

I developed this resource to help me with my intervention classes. They can be used for your morning work, small group instruction, intervention, assessment, homework or center workDaily Oral Language, “Fix-ItSentences, Writing and Language Skills, Sight Word Practice (High-Frequency Words) are all a part of this resource.


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Community Materials vs. Individual Supply Boxes

Back-to-School Supply Dilemma 


Over the years I have been asked dozens of times: “Should I require my students to have individual supply boxes where they keep their own supplies or should I place community supplies where each group or table can share?” I have used these two systems and many in-between. By far, I recommend using community supplies for students in prekindergarten through second grade. Here’s why:

Top 5 Reasons to Use Community Supplies vs Individual Supply Boxes


1. Productive: Having community supplies cuts down on waste. If a child does not have a notebook to draw on, rip up, stuff in his desk, make paper airplanes with, etc., then it isn’t wasted. Tools turn into toys when left in that desk cubby. (More on management techniques in the next post.)

2. Sanity: Community supplies keep students from arguing. No more, “That’s MY pencil!” “She took MY crayon!” “That’s MINE give it back!” “Ms. Paul he’s using MY scissors!” Etc. etc. etc. The supplies are OURS.

3. Money: Community supplies save money. It will save you, the teacher, from having to go out and buy more supplies and it will save parents from having to replace lost pencils, crayons, scissors, paper, and dried up glue. At one point in my career, I had a standard form that I would send home at the end of the week for each child who needed more supplies. I had parents write their child’s name on every single pencil and marker. There had to be a better way, right?

4. Time: Lost time is time lost learning. If everything is right at their fingertips, students don’t waste time digging in their desks, crawling around on the floor looking for lost items, or accusing their neighbor of stealing.

5. Community: Sharing supplies teaches and reinforces the classroom as a community, family, tribe, or whatever you teach your class. The supplies are not “mine,” they are “ours.”

In conclusion: Use community supplies! You will never want to go back to kids digging in their desks for their pencil boxes. You will have less stress, I promise! Anywhere we can cut out a bit of stress, we should. Right?

Next: How to manage community supplies, what to say to parents, and ways to teach students how to share. Feel free to leave comments or questions below. I will address any questions in my next post. You can always email me at thefunfactoryontpt@gmail.com.

If you need labels for your supplies, click the picture to check these out.

 Organize Your Classroom

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Digraph Fun and a Freebie

We have been learning about digraphs.  Of course we started with the big four – sh, th, wh, and ch.  Having games and hands-on manipulatives have made this so much more fun.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Digraphs-sh-th-ch-wh-987648
(Click on the picture to see this unit in our TpT store.)
After we have taught the lessons in small group, we put these activities in our literacy centers.
The top picture shows a flip book where the children cut out digraph pictures and paste the under the correct flaps. 
The next two pictures show the students building words with magnetic letters and recording them.

One of the activities our kids really liked was Spin a Digraph, shown in the next picture.
The last activity pictured is my favorite!  The ever popular clip-it cards.
There are several more center and worksheet activities included in this unit!  Click the picture below to get your freebie!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_nq0ur64u8CRHB2MjRMcFVHOFk/view?usp=sharing


#kindnessnation #weholdthesetruths

Dear Fun Followers,

 #Kindnessnation  #weholdthesetruths

On this Inauguration Day we are joining with many other TpT authors to provide FREE resources to help reinforce values that are so important during this transition time in our history. This will not be a one day event. These resources will be “Forever Freebies” which means you will have plenty of time to find and download them!

Our “Forever Freebie” is a sampler of our Character Education/Social Emotional/Anti-Bullying resource. Click on the picture below to download.

 FREEBIE, Social Emotional, Character Education, Anti-Bullying
Starting on January 20th you may find some of the following on TpT by searching #kindnessnation or #weholdthesetruths on TPT.
– Let’s work together to help build kindness, empathy and compassion!
-Understanding our Branches of US Government and the US Constitution
-Democracy
-History of civil rights movements, including suffrage
-Environmental issues including climate change
-Critical thinking and examining media bias
-Kindness, empathy, compassion
-Anti-bullying
-Equality and inclusion for all people
-Understanding and respecting of cultural differences

Goldilocks and the Three Bears Literacy and Math, Oh MY!

Do you use fairy tales to teach (review) math and literacy skills in your classroom too?   Fairy tales are so easy to incorporate into our lessons because most kids already know the characters and the plot.  Here is a preview of our Goldilocks and the Three Bears unit.

Literacy
 What happened at the beginning, middle and end?
 Color, build and write a vocabulary word.
Build a vocabulary word with magnetic letters.
Finding 1, 2 and 3 syllable words.
A student sight word reader.
AND MORE!!!
MATH

 Puzzles
Graphing
Counting
AND MORE!!
You can see our unit by clicking on the picture below.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Literacy-and-Math-Centers-The-Three-Bears-Bundle-PKK-632625
Enjoy this free rhyming activity to go with your fairy tale unit. (click on the picture)
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fairy-Tale-and-Nursery-Rhyme-Rhyming-Dominoes-338974


FREEBIE! Hanukkah begins December 24th!

Hello Fun Followers!

   I was without internet for a few days so I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get back with the December Daily Deals. However, I did want to bring the dreidle game back for now.
   We will bring the January FREEBIE back after the holidays. Until then….Hanukkah begins the evening of Saturday, December 24th and ends the evening of Sunday, January 1st. Here is a FREEBIE for you. Teach your students to play a dreidel game and use it in your Math Center! Great way to practice math. OR… send it home for students to play over the holidays. They will be practicing math on their vacation! A WIN-WIN for everyone in my book. Just click on the picture, download and enjoy. (It would be nice if you would leave feedback if you like it.) Thanks in advance.

 While you are there, you might want to check this out.


Dreidel FREEBIE, Hanukkah is Dec. 24th-Jan.1st

Hello Fun Followers!

   We will bring the January FREEBIE back but for now….Hanukkah begins the evening of Saturday, December 24th and ends the evening of Sunday, January 1st. Here is a FREEBIE for you today. Teach your students to play a dreidel game and use it in your Math Center! Great way to practice math. OR send it home for students to play over the holidays. They will be practicing math on their vacation! A WIN-WIN for everyone in my book. Just click on the picture, download and enjoy. (It would be nice if you would leave feedback if you like it.) Thanks in advance.

 Enjoy! Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas!
Take a look at some of our Christmas resources while you are there.

 

Morning Work and a January Freebie!

We needed something to get our kids started off in the right direction everyday.  Something they could do independently but still practice all those math and literacy skills we have been working on.  My kids love to cut and paste, but the administration at my school wants those activities to be purposeful – not just enjoyable or FUN. With that in mind we tried our best to come up with “purposeful fun“.

The thing I like best about this monthly morning work is the organization.  We made five days worth of each of five different skills for a total of 25 pages a month – more than enough.  By organizing them this way, they become familiar with the directions and procedures quickly. If we don’t get to one of the pages, I put them in a workstation (center) or send them home for “homework”.

I also like the flexibility these pages offer me as the teacher.  We can work on the same skill everyday for a week or work on a different skill each day – however I decide to do it.
Day 1
 Day 2
Day 3
 Day 4
Day 5
Since these packets are monthly we tried to include various holiday and special days too.
You can get 1 week of the January packet free by clicking the picture below.
here

To see the other monthly packets click here.
Thanks for visiting The Fun Factory where we have “purposeful FUN”!!

Thanksgiving FUN FREEBIE

     We all love Thanksgiving! Our students are having so much fun with pumpkins, turkeys, Pilgrims, etc. It’s so nice to see them have FUN while learning. That’s what it’s all about, friends! Here are some pictures to show some of the activities they are begging to do!!

Here, they read sight words and color.
 Next, the cut the puzzle pieces out.
 Then they assemble the puzzle! 
 Multiple skills worked on!
Clip-It Cards for Counting

 Word Work Center
Color the word.
 Make the word.
Write the word.

And THANKfully, here is your FREEBIE!! Just click on the picture below.


Veterans Day Hero, Thank a Veteran November 11th is Veterans Day!

My HERO, my DAD!

My dad, brother, father-in-law, brother-in-law and son-in-law are all veterans. Everyone is touched by a veteran in some way. This is a time when we should reach out and thank them.

No matter what your political views are, these men and women have sacrificed something to help protect ME (us). All have stories to tell but most won’t share those stories.

Growing up I did not understand nor appreciate what all my dad sacrificed. I didn’t understand (and still don’t) what he buried deep inside (psychologically) or the physical pain he endured but never complained about.

Let’s teach our children. Reach out and thank a veteran this week, this month, this year. So……..to all the veterans in my life, thank-you! But my biggest thank-you goes to my HERO, my DAD! Thank-you. I love and miss you!

Do you have a special veteran in your life? Tell us about them! We will give one lucky person your choice of one of our American History resources! Meanwhile, click on the picture below for a simple, FREE coloring page for your students

While there, check out our Veterans Day resource.