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Monday, August 27, 2012


Everyone likes to be first!  First one in line for the sales, first one to the bathroom, first one to get their driver's license, first one to be seated at a restaurant, and so on, and so on.  How does it work when you have a classroom full of students who all want to be first.  What do you do?

Read the fabulous book:
Me First
by Helen Lester

Pinkerton (a pig) would do anything to be first, even if it meant to be rude to others. He was the first one down the slide, first one at story time, first one in the trough-a-teria (cafeteria), and first one on the bus.

One day the Pig Scouts went to the beach. Pinkerton was the first Pig Scout to jump in the water and of course, the first Pig Scout to dive into the picnic basket.

As the Pig Scouts marched across the sand Pinkerton heard a voice say, "Who would care for a sandwich?"  "Oh yes, me first!" said Pinkerton. At a full gallop Pinkerton was the first one to find a Sandwitch not a sandwich. Since he agreed to care for a Sandwitch, she put him to work doing crazy, funny things. Pinkerton learned a valuable lesson: First was not always the best!

Click on the blackline master below. It will link you to teachers pay teachers where you can download a free copy from Picture Book Reviews With Writing Connections. Make enough copies for your students.  After reading the book to your students have a class discussion about what Pinkerton learned from the Sandwitch.

Then have a class discussion about how to solve any "Me First" problems that might arise or have begun in your classroom.  Write the students' responses on chart paper.  Then hand out a Me First paper to each student to complete using the responses from the class discussions.
There are two types of writing lines.

Take Care,

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Laugh Out Loud #8

Here's a little back to school humor.

Are the kids back in school yet, Mrs. Comsly?

You mean you haven't been following me on twitter all summer?

Pssst. How do you turn this thing on?

Keep on smiling!

Click on the picture below for more laughs!
Learning 4 Keeps

Friday, August 17, 2012

Fantastic Blog Giveaways!

Two of my blogging friends are celebrating their followers by having fantastic giveaways.  One lucky winner at 123 Teach With Me will win 20 items from TPT Stores!  Wow!

And one lucky winner from A Series of Third Grade Events will win products valued up to $131 from TPT Stores! Fabulous!
Please click on the pictures below and have a look.

Let the fun begin!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I Lost a Tooth!

When you least expect it a child will lose one of his/her baby teeth at school.  What does the teacher do with the tooth?
First, the teacher praises the child because he/she has lost a baby tooth and now a permanent tooth will grow in its place.  The teacher reassures the child they are growing up and this is normal.  Next, the teacher has the child rinse out his/her mouth with water to clean the tooth area.

The teacher encouragingly looks at the child that is holding the tooth in his/her hand and says,
"Let's put your tooth in the I Lost a Tooth! keepsake envelope."
On the backside of the envelope the teacher and the child write how the tooth was lost.  Carefully the teacher puts the tooth into the envelope and seals it shut.

The child stands in front of the class and shares how the tooth came out, how it feels to lose a tooth, and what he/she is going to do with the tooth when he/she gets home.  Everyone claps!

The teacher smiles, hugs the child and says, "You did a great job.  Now you get to wear this really cool I Lost a Tooth! wristband.  Pick out your favorite color and I will put it around your wrist."

The child picks out purple.  Yay!  Everyone knows that child loves purple.  Everyone claps and cheers!  The child smiles.  It has been a wonderful day!

If you would like a copy of I Lost a Tooth! Keepsake Envelopes for Teeth Plus Wristbands, please click on the pictures below.

Have a wonderful school year!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

TPT Fantastic Back To School SALE!

Don't miss this fantastic sale!  
Teachers pay Teachers is 
offering an additional 10% off for your purchases at check out. 
Simply use this promo code during check out:  BTS12

But that's not all!  
My store and 62 other TPT stores are adding to this sale by offering an additional 
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Click on the picture below to visit my store.
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Please visit these 62 fantastic TPT stores for more fantastic savings!
Click on the picture below and visit "I Love First Grade" blog for a complete list of theses TPT stores.
Thank you Cecelia!

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