Thursday, November 27, 2014

Don't Eat the Sight Word!

Did you ever play "Don't Eat Pete!" as a kid?  My family has the tradition of playing it every New Years Eve.  If you have never played, you should!

I took the game I love and adapted it to help my little firsties practice the Zeno Sight Words. They love this game!  One of my kiddos said, "You have got to make me a copy of this!"  I enjoy making games for anything and everything we are learning. 

Here are my kiddos playing the game :)

Here it is:
Check this out on my TPT Store:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Dont-Eat-the-Sight-Word-1574375
I hope you are having a Happy Thanksgiving!
Brynn :)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Commutative Property

This past week my class has been learning about the Commutative Property.  I love to put anything and everything we are learning into a song.  I know songs help me kiddos remember what I am teaching so much better!  So for you enjoyment, here is my class singing the song and doing the actions.

video

If you would like the words and actions typed up please comment below, and I would be happy to send them to you!



Monday, November 17, 2014

Brain Breaks!

Do you ever find yourself in front of your students looking out, waiting for a response, only to see a dazed look on their faces?  As entertaining as my teaching may be, I find this is a common thing after I have been teaching for long periods of time. 

To help my students combat with this dilemma we take "brain breaks!"  My students love to give their brains a break using the website: https://www.gonoodle.com/home.  We love this website in my class, especially videos with our friend, "Maximo."  We love to dance, do yoga, and move our bodies to give our brains a break from learning. My students ask if we can take brain breaks daily. 

Sometimes (if there aren't any other adults in the room) I take brain breaks with my kiddos and even bust some dance moves.  The looks on their faces when they watch me dance with them is priceless.  They watch me so intently and try to mimic my every move.  I love it!

We love that GoNoOdle updates their videos and continues to make our "brain breaks" more enjoyable!  Check out their website and give your brain a break!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Doubles & Doubles Plus One Bingo Giveaway!

I just finished my Doubles and Doubles Plus One Bingo.  There are thirty different cards included and all you have to do is print, let your students solve the equations, and play! 

You could also print the cards, laminate them, let your students solve the equations with a dry erase marker, and then play.  This way you could reuse the cards numerous days and practice solidifying those doubles facts!

I love helping my students enjoy learning by creating games.

Just a tip, I always have SMARTIES on hand for bingo and many other games!  They work great for everything! 

Write a comment below and I will chose three lucky winners on Sunday at 7 p.m. Mountain Time.

I hope you had a wonderful weekend!

Brynn :)

Doubles & Doubles Plus One Bingo!


Welcome to Brynn's Teacher Bag!

Welcome to my blog! 

Over my past three years of teaching (this being my fourth year) I have worked to create many resources to use in my classroom.  I have had many friends suggest that I share them on TPT and open my own store.  Which I have started to. Check my store our here: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Brynn-Westwood

Now that I have started my own TPT store, I was asked if I had a blog.  I can officially say, YES!

I have been debating over names for my blog for weeks.  I have recruited the help of friends, family, my neighbors, and anyone who was willing to let me bounce ideas off of them. We thought of so many names that were all taken by you fabulous teacher bloggers.  I randomly thought of "Brynn's Teacher Bag" and so here it is!

Hopefully I am not the only one, but every bag I own eventually turns into my "teacher bag."  I am hoping that I can pull ideas and resources out of my "teacher bag" that will help you during your teaching adventure!