Monday, November 12, 2012

Election & Veteran's Day!

Last week was so FUN with Election Day on Tuesday and learning about Veteran's Day on Friday!
I'm usually never excited to teach about holidays that are "Social Studies" related... Yes, you know how some teachers HATE teaching math??? Well, that's how I feel with Social Studies! It's just not my strong suit!
I was soooo excited to use the following units:
From the amazing, Gladys from Teaching in High Heels!
This pack was great! It had a bunch of graphic organizers, class posters, and a student book! It was a BREEZE teaching my kiddos about Election Day... Thanks to Gladys!! 
Here are some pics of the "action"
Bubble map and an election book!
Oh, how I love little kid writing!!! 
We also VOTED!
You can tell who won!!! :)
For Veteran's Day I used this pack from Kelley from Teacher Idea Factory!
Sour Apple Studio
There are some great posters in this pack!!! Again, super easy to talk about Veteran's Day with my kiddos!
To finish off our Friday and our new knowledge of Veteran's Day we wrote thank you notes to Veterans and made a super cute craft from Hadar {Miss Kindergarten}
This is the kiddos favorite craft soooo far! They LOVED it!! :)
The last one was made by one of my kiddos that struggles and he was sooo happy to make his soldier! He ROCKED it! :)
Other bloggers and Teachers Pay Teachers has changed my teaching for the better! If I ever have a doubt on HOW to teach something... I have everything I need at my fingertips! It is amazing!
This week we will be finishing up lesson 8 from StoryTown... the digraph TH!
Then on Friday we will start our Thanksgiving STUFF!! I am sooo excited! I will share soon what I will be using!
I also want to say THANK YOU to our nation's Veterans for serving our country and protecting our freedom {as one of my kiddos said!}
I don't know if anyone noticed but one of my freebies was featured in the TpT newsletter!!!
Yeap, that's it!!! On the left! I was super super excited! Click on the image above to take you to my freebie and feel free to leave some feedback, friends! It already has over 18,000 downloads! While you're over at TpT, make sure to sign up for their newsletter {if you aren't receiving it yet}.
Another thing... 
I updated my Word Family Volume 1 Word Wall Cards and Activities to include the word family -am! I also added another activity to each of the word families! If you've already purchased, go download it again!!
Alright, I'm done! Talk to you soon!
Have a sweet Tuesday, tomorrow!


  1. That TpT newsletter freebie is how I found you!!! Congrats!! Your feature was well deserved!
    Growing Firsties is having a Pete the Cat giveaway that benefits Hurricane Sandy Relief!

  2. Your freebie was featured because you are awesome my friend! :)

    First Grade and Fabulous

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  4. I love the Veterans that your kiddos made. I'm your newest follower.
    Mrs. Christy’s Leaping Loopers

  5. Hi Sandra,
    You would never know you hated teaching social studies, it looks like your kids had a great time! I was just stopping by to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

    The Picture Book Teacher's Edition

  6. Great Feature!! I love your Veteran's Day pics! I too made the Vet Soldiers with my little firsties for the first time this year and the kids loved it!
    I am a new follower! Happy Thanksgiving!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  7. I love what you did with your kids for the election! Don't you love teaching ELD students? Mine write like that too and it amazes me how they connect sounds to the words that they know or have heard.

    Learning In Wonderland