Saturday, May 26, 2012

Rockin' Resources and FREEBIE!!!

Happy Saturday Friends,
I hope your weekend is off to a good start. I enjoyed a relaxing pedicure this morning with some shopping afterwards, so I can't complain! I came home with the intent to clean the house, but I'm blogging instead...oh well. Story of my life!! :) Hang in there...this is another long post...FREEBIE at the bottom!
Just one last reminder... my giveaway ends tonight around midnight!! 2- $25 gift certificates to TPT are up for grabs, so make sure you enter. It could be your lucky day! I will announce the winner tomorrow morning.
*I just found a new blog! Every New Beginning is a new blogger on the block & to celebrate, she is giving away a $25 gift card to Target. Who doesn't love Target?!? So head on over & check it out!
Today I'm linking up with Kelley from Teacher Idea Factory on her Rockin' Resources Linky Party. It's her first linky party so show her some love! If you haven't seen Kelley's blog, you should stop by. She has some awesome resources and her blog design is just precious!
1. Brain Pop Jr.: My students cannot get enough of Brain Pop Jr. Have you used it before at your school? It is a very kid friendly website with short educational cartoon videos featuring the characters Annie and Moby, who is a robot. It is extremely humorous and the kids are TOTALLY into it. There are videos on several topics for Reading, Language Arts, Writing, Science, Social Studies, and Math. 
If you haven't seen these videos before, go and check them out. They do charge a subscription fee for it, but it is totally worth it. They usually have a free one that you can view if you would like to see what it's all about.
2. Whiteboards: I love my whiteboards! My kids use them in whole group for answering questions, small group to practice spelling words, and in my reading group for writing & blending words together. I would be lost without them!
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3. Fountas & Pinnell Leveled Literacy Instruction Program & Take Home Books: I have written about this program in a previous post
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Oh my gosh, it's all kinds of wonderful. I had students who started off first grade at DRA level 2s and 3s and they shot up to a level 18. All the lessons are scripted for you. No longer are you looking for something to do for intervention- it is all right there! There are take home books for each lesson to give the kids, which are the stories they read in their intervention lesson. The stories are very appealing to the students. I was amazed at how excited they were to read them. If your school gets an opportunity to jump on it, do not hesitate! 
4. My MOBI- Everyone in our school got a MOBI last year. This is my lifesaver. I can walk anywhere in the classroom and use my MOBI.
It's a wireless mouse, acts as an interwrite workspace where you can annotate over already made worksheets, and interacts with whiteboards. I always pass around my MOBI for my students to use with Activinspire flipcharts & they love it! I find them to be so much more engaged in lessons, because they want to have the chance to use the MOBI.
5. HeidiSongs: Have you heard of  HeidiSongs? They are educational songs for students. They are very catchy and fun. My kids adore them and really pay attention when I play them. Even when we are working on individual seatwork in class, you can hear some of my sweeties singing them.
Be sure to link up with Kelley at Teacher Idea Factory to talk about your Rockin' Resources.
As promised, here is another freebie for you! It is a word sort for r-controlled vowels (specifically -ar).
Click HERE to get this from my TPT store. 
Enjoy the rest of your day!!


  1. I can't thank you enough Lisa!!! Thanks for the awesome freebie too ;)

    Kelley "Feeling the Love" Dolling
    Teacher Idea Factory

  2. Thank you for the great resource ideas!! I have never heard of a Mobi until today. I don't have a whiteboard, but I do have a document camera. I was hoping to get Brain Pop this year, I wonder if I could write a Donor's Choose project to get it funded? I'll have to check into it:)

    Surfin' Through Second

    1. The cool thing about a MOBI is that you don't need a whiteboard to use one. My school doesn't have whiteboards either, but we use it as a wireless mouse & to annotate on worksheets that we project on the screen. They really aren't too expensive either for technology(around $300).

  3. Love heidisongs and! They are must haves.

  4. Thank you for sharing these great resources! Love Brain Pop. I have been drooling over their site for weeks now...
    Michelle :)
    Smitten With First

  5. A Mobi would have been great while I was in the classroom....there is so much technology out there!

  6. Hi Lisa,

    I also teach first grade and I'm so excited about these ideas! I have many of Fountas and Pinnell's wonderful resources, but I hadn't heard about the Leveled Literacy Instruction Intervention Program. It sounds GREAT! I can't wait to tell my fellow teachers about it. Thank you!

    First Grade Schoolhouse

  7. Thanks for giving a shout out to my blog :)

    My kids LOVE brainpop. Moby always cracks up up! Our subscription expired suddenly this year and we all freaked out. After weeks of begging, we thankfully got it back!

  8. My goal this year is to use my Promethean Board more. Our principal is a big technology supporter. I will have to show her the MoBi.


  9. Wow! I always love learning about what people use for interventions. I use SIPPS, which is also scripted and has books that support each levell. I love having a program where everything is right there for us to use. Your Mobi looks awesome! I've never heard of one before. Off to research about this stuff:)