Friday, April 12, 2013

Five for Friday Link Up

Today I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday Link-Up. I love her blog and first grade ideas. And, she sells personalized stationery. Visit Doodle Bugs Paper to see her store.
I have been on spring break this week and loving every moment of it. With the extra time, I've created a couple of spring writing packets that are filled with FUN writing activities that can be used throughout the spring season. 

A spring writing first grade packet . . .

A spring writing kindergarten packet . . .

We have the most wonderful school garden at our school. Maddie, one of our first grade teachers, has a passion for all things gardening. We even have a master gardener who volunteers at our school and helps to keep our garden growing and educates our children about the garden. 

We also have a school orchard, but more about that in another post. 

Some garden pictures . . .

The children love digging, planting, and tasting some of the vegetables that are growing.

It's especially fun for the children this time of the year to see all the wildlife creeping and crawling throughout the garden. I wish you could see the excitement on their faces when they spot a butterfly or bug.

You might not be able to see the sign, but it says worm composting. The children especially love learning about composting. I was excited to find out that many of the children have experience composting at home.

Would you like to find other bloggers from your state? Diane from Fifth in the Middle has created blog buttons for each state in the United States. She has lists on her blog of bloggers who have linked up from each state. It's a great way to see and meet other bloggers from your state. 

I'm a California blogger . . .

Click on the picture to link up and get your own state blog button.

Have you seen these crayons at Target®? Not only do I love the assortment of colors, but the titles are so much fun. They can tie into so many themes. They're perfect for center activities. A special box of crayons is such a great motivator.

dandy candy . . .

I thought I would use these at holiday centers like Valentine's Day, Christmas, or Halloween with candy-themed worksheets. {a great substitute for real candy}

cupcake my day . . .

Now wouldn't someone with a birthday love to use these crayons? Or how about using them with If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff?

glitterati . . .

 Any ideas for these?

Some of the crayons in each box are glitter crayons. Extra special! These are the ones I purchased, but I saw an assortment of boxes with catchy titles. I saw a pirate box and mermaid box, too. You can find them HERE.

As I've said before, our district is in the process of implementing the Common Core Standards. First grade will fully implement the standards this coming year. Throughout the year, our staff has been attending workshops to help prepare us for the change.

Our most recent workshop was a Common Core Standards English Language Arts workshop. One of the web resources given to us was Common Core Conversation.

Free resources at . . .

Click on the picture to go to the site. Click on the tab at the top that says "Free Common Core Resources" to find free resources for the Common Core Standards.

This was the first time I've linked up with Five for Friday at Doodle Bugs Teaching. It was fun. Check out her blog to link up and see more Five for Friday link ups.


  1. Are those crayons in the regular school supply section? I. Must. Have. Them. lol

    You Might Be a First Grader….

    1. Hi Brenda,

      Yes. I found them in the regular crayon area. I'm going back for more.


  2. Oh, I want to try out those crayons especially the glittery ones. Oh, I love sparkles of all kinds!!! Also,I am going to head over to the Common Core Conversation website. Thank you for sharing this resource!
    Christina’s Kinder Blossoms

  3. Mona, so glad to have found your blog through Doodle Bugs! Those crayons are awesome. Guess that's one more thing to add to my growing Target list!

    Lucky to Be in First

  4. Thanks for commenting on my blog. I hopped over here - and I'm so glad I did! Your blog is so cheery and colorful! And oh, you might have sold me on the crayons - hoping they aren't too expensive. And your school garden - I bet that is a lot of fun. Even as a grownup, I like to check my garden out every day. (It isn't doing much because it's just been too cold here.)


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