Word Families, Number Lines, and Our Elf!

OhMyGoodness! Today felt like Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday all wrapped up into one! I don't know if it's because time passed slowly or if we accomplished a lot! Either way... is it Friday yet??!

My little cuties have been working hard in their word family books! I originally posted about them {here}, but I wanted to update you on how it's going. Each student has their own word family book that they keep in their desk. We pull it out about two times a week and we do a word family together each time. I also put the pages in the order we will be learning about each word family and I added my own page numbers to the bottom of each page. Every time we work on these, I remind my students to do their best writing and coloring, because they get to take these books home at the end of the year and share them with their families! I love how they take me so seriously and these books are turning out so nice! Have I ever told you how much I love manipulating teaching first graders?!?

Click {here} to check it out for yourself!

We have also been reviewing our number line skills {I had a few students who kept counting the number they started on... so I had to correct that ASAP!} by using activities from my Number Line Packet on TpT. My students loved playing the Number Line Race game!

Click {here} to check it out for yourself!

I'll post more about our Elf on the Shelf a little later this week. My students are completely smitten and they love her to pieces!! One of my favorite quotes was from a little boy who walked in the classroom and said, " Hey! Where is the Gnome??!" I seriously died when he said that because he is such a sweet spirit!! Maybe he is onto something... A Gnome on the Shelf! Do you think it'll sell on TpT?

Tomorrow our elf will bring us this Pete the Cat book and I know my students will be thrilled! 
We are all about Pete the Cat and they are definitely the most read books in our classroom!! 
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

Raise your hand if you love Pete!!


  1. Can't wait to see what you do with your elf! I just posted some really funny pictures of things our elf has been up to - check them out :-)

    Mr. First Grade

  2. I was just thinking of getting an elf too. by the way--how do you keep your back counters so clean? LOL! I feel like my counters are being taken over by projects right now. ahh! so jealous of the lack of clutter.

  3. @Jessica: I cannot function if my back counter has stuff on it!! It is sad... my OCD always takes over!

  4. My students love your number line race game! It is a big hit :)

    T.G.I.F. (Thank God it's First Grade!)

  5. Hmmm "Gnome on the Shelf". Got yourself a whole new unit! Love it Lindsey!
    Fluttering Through First Grade

  6. You are so creative and resourceful! THANKS for sharing!

  7. Thank you for the idea of the elf bringing the Pete the Cat book. I purchased your word family set during the last sale, love it. Would love to have you stop by my blog.
    Primary Paradise

  8. I love your number line packet and I wish I had that counter space!!!

    Check your email for a Groovy surprise! =)

    Heather's Heart

  9. I just added your number line packet to my wishlist. It will work perfect with my firsties!

    The Hive

  10. You are super creative AND super clean! Love that word family book! GREAT idea!!! And, we adore Cara's Reading Strategies! Have you seen my Building S.T.A.R. Readers pack? I'm giving it away to two winners...
    Growing Firsties is having a giveaway!

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