Teaching in High Heels

Monday, January 31, 2011

And the winner is...

Bethany McClure
from {Polka Dot Parlor}


You are the winner of Cara's Giveaway!

Please email me at teachinginhighheels@gmail.com and let me know what your choice (of prize) is and I will get you in contact with Cara.

Thanks to all of you who participated in the giveaway and to Cara Carrol from The First Grade Parade for providing the FABULOUS prize!

Stay tuned...for another fantastic giveaway...soon.

Toodles! ♥


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Penguin Love

I just wanted to post a few pictures of our favorite Penguin activities this week.
My Firsties had a blast! 

Thank you Deanna and Brooke for your fantastic ideas! My kiddos and I ♥ your activities!

Don't forget today is the last day for Cara's Giveaway, it ends at midnight.
Have an awesome Sunday!

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Giveaway Time!

Okay...so I know that you all know the lovely Cara Carrol from The First Grade Parade, she is the creator of these super cute activities...like these Penguin Digraphs and Snowman Blends centers...

Aren't these adorable!?

Well, Cara has recently opened her TpT store and she has some super cute activities up for sale...but the best thing is that one LUCKY reader will get to win their choice of ALL her TpT creations, a blog design especially made by Cara, or a hand painted sign...
and oh. my. word....
let me show you what she can do!

Aren't these blog designs lovely?

I ADORE the colors in the Keeping Up with Cooper Blog...
And what about these signs?

I really want a Princess sign...for my own little princess.

Okay...so Cara is teacher extraordinaire...blog designer, and artist! And let's not forget mommy to two adorable little boys! Is there anything that this girl can't do?! Really?!

So now that you know what you can possibly win...here is what you have to do:

1. Follow Cara's blog The First Grade Parade.
2. Follow Cara's TpT Store.
3. Follow my little blog.

Easy peasy, lemon squeezy!

This giveaway will end Sunday, January 30th at Midnight CST. The winner will be announced on Monday, January 31st.

I can't wait to see what the winner will choose...they will have a difficult decision to make...considering everything she is offering is super cute!!

Good luck everyone and be sure to check out Cara's other items for sale when you visit her Teachers Pay Teachers page. You will absolutely LOVE everything she has to offer!


Sunday, January 23, 2011

Beautiful Weather!

My students have been learning about the weather in Science these past couple of weeks...and it has been so much fun! We watched some videos on Brain Pop Jr. (you HAVE to try this terrific site!) and learned some awesome things with Annie and Moby! We also read lots of weather books:

And used this AWESOME book for some very cool experiments...(that I forgot to take pictures of...ughh!)

 We also created these weather bubble maps...to activate prior knowledge.

I LOVED the way they came out!!

You can also find some super cute things Mrs. Carroll from The First Grade Parade has done with her class here.
How cute is this water cycle diagram?!

And look at this adorable cloud!

Her activities are so stinkin' cute!

I can honestly say that we had a blast learning about weather...now onto objects in the sky! We will be learning about the sun, the moon, and the stars...this next week. Let me know if you have any cute activities you do with your class...or that you have found on the web.


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Another Winner!

And the winner is....



Congratulations, girl!

Shoot me an email (teachinginhighheels@gmail.com)...so that I can send you the terrific packs from
Deanna Jump and Kim Adsit...I'm sure you're going to LOVE them!

Thanks to all of you who participated in the giveaway and to Deanna and Kim for providing the fantabulous units...they are a.dor.able!

Stay tuned...for another fantastic giveaway...soon.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Penguin Unit Winners!

Congratulations Mandy from The Collins' Family and Danielle from Learning and Laughing in Kindergarten!! You are the winners of the Penguin Unit! Please email me (teachinginhighheels@gmail.com) and I will get you in touch with Brooke from Primary Perspective. Thanks to all of you who participated in the giveaway and to Brooke for providing the fabulous Penguin Unit...it's totally cute!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Fantabulous Giveaway! ♥

Aawww! I'm ecstatic to be teaming up with Deanna Jump and Kim Adsit...in this fabulous giveaway! These wonderfully creative (and very generous!) ladies have agreed to an extravagant giveaway!

Here is what you can win:
1. Kim's Playful Penguins Math Game Pack...this pack is full of super cute games!
2. Kim's Valentine Math Game Pack...adorable!
3. Deanna's Penguins Math and Literacy Fun...awesome resource pack!
4. Deanna's Valentine's Day Math and Literacy Fun...another must have for your classroom!

Isn't this FANTASTIC?! All of these resource packs could be yours to use with your little munchkins!

Here is what you have to do to enter:
1. Follow Kim on her TpT Store and The Picnic Pals FB Page.
2. Follow Deanna's Blog  and her TpT Store.
3. Follow my little blog.

So...my dear readers you get 3 chances to win these FANTABULOUS (don't you love making up words?!) resource packs.

This giveaway will end on Friday, January 21, 2011 at midnight (CST). I will announce the winner on Saturday, January 22.

Good Luck! ♥♥♥♥♥


Sunday, January 16, 2011

My First Giveaway!

I'm so excited! I love everything that Brooke Perry from Primary Perspective creates...she is soooo sweet and generous! And the cutest gal...if you haven't visited her blog...Primary Perspective...it's a must...she has the most AMAZING ideas!
She just created the cutest Penguin Unit and it's up for sale in her TpT store...it is 50 pages of awesome Penguin cuteness! But that's not all...she has agreed to give this adorable unit away to not only 1 but 2 of my blog readers! Awww! Isn't that great?!
Love ya, Brooke!

To enter the giveaway, complete the following steps:

1. Go to Brooke's Primary Perspective Blog and become a "follower."
2. Go to Brooke's Teachers Pay Teachers Store and become a "follower".
3. Follow my little blog.
4. Comment to this post on a penguin lesson or activity you have used in your classroom.

That's it! The giveaway ends Wednesday, January 19th at Midnight. The winner will be announced Thursday, January 20th. Good luck everyone and be sure to check out Brooke's other items for sale when you visit her Teachers Pay Teachers page. You will absolutely LOVE everything she has to offer! Toodles! ♥♥♥


Saturday, January 15, 2011

Math Work Stations

When I first started teaching I read Debbie Diller's Literacy Work Stations...as a matter of fact I still read it when I find myself needing a refresher course on literacy centers. I liked her book so much that I created my literacy centers based on her work...I am so excited that she has now come up with a Math Work Stations...you can now preview the entire book on Stenhouse Publisher's website...here. I can't wait to read the book in it's entirety. I'm sure it's awesome!


Friday, January 14, 2011

Cupcake Contractions

My class will be reviewing contractions next week...this is a little something I created and wanted to share. My firsties will have to match the cupcakes with the words to the correct contraction.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

She Hiccupped a Snowman!

Don't you love these cute little snowmen?

My Firsties created these adorable little fellows after reading this book:
I read the book to them, then as a class we created a tree map of the different items the Cold Lady swallowed...
(forgot to take a picture of it...ughhh!!! Don't you hate when that happens?!)
Anyway, after we finished with the tree map my firsties, then had to write a reader's response to the story...and draw the "hiccuped" snowman. They loved it!
Here are some examples of their writing:

I'm so proud of them! I think they're writing is fantastic!
I love the fact that by doing this activity we are addressing a multitude of skills...we are reading, writing, and creating art...all at the same time!

Well...that was fun!
We are also working on some penguin and MLK activities...so I'll be blogging about that later this week.
Until then....toodles!

And for those lucky people enjoying snowdays...I really envy you! ♥
Have fun and enjoy!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Playing with Google Docs

Okay bloggie friends...I've been playing with Google Docs...and finally have posted a Penguin Bubble Map...here it is...I hope some of you can use it.

I do have a question...which is easier to use: Scribd, Google Docs, or Doc Stoc? I am interested in creating activities and sharing them here on my blog...
Which is your favorite to use?


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Penguin Poem

I'm getting ready to create a Penguin Mini-Unit for my firsties...we will start learning about Arctic animals next week...here is a cute poem they'll definitely have fun learning.

I Know a Little Penguin

I know a little penguin

Who sat on some ice blocks.

He lived in the Antarctica

And he climbed on some rocks!

He snapped at a walrus,

And he slid on the ice.

Then he snapped at a whale,

That wasn't very nice.

The penguin was hungry

He didn't need a dish.

He jumped into the ocean

To catch him some fish.

Isn't this little guy the cutest penguin you've ever seen?! You can find him in Brooke Perry's Penguin Sense Activity.
Chalk Talk has a fabulous Penguin Unit...you must check it out!
Really Roper shares some Penguin Songs found on You Tube...that are too cute!
Oceans of First Grade Fun has a Penguin Fact book...
Sarah at First Grader at Last...made the cutest penguin counters!


Sunday, January 2, 2011

Wonderful Resources

So the New Year has come...and I am absolutely ready for the 2nd semester of the school year. I can't wait to do many of the winter activities I have found here in blogland. Blogging teachers are awesome!
Anywho, I wanted to post these terrific websites I came across while browsing the web.
Here you can find many literacy games...with skills ranging from sight words, long vowels, compound words and contractions. All the games are printable and readily available to use in your classroom. Meltdown is an example of one of their games.
Examples of literacy stations can be found here. This site has pictures galore! For all you visual people out there...this is for you!

Aren't these pictures fabulous?!
 This last website is a 1st Grade Wiki...they have great resources and links to other awesome blogs. Click here to go to their site...you won't be disappointed, I promise!

Examples of work found on this wiki...fabulous!

I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year with their students...have a great week! ♥