I love using sight word printables for morning work, or independent station work.  I have a year's worth of sight word printables, but sometimes it's nice to edit the template to use different words...or change the words for certain kids.


That's why I created these editable sight word printable templates.  Buuuut, it can take a while to edit all the words... until now!


Do ya'll use Find & Replace?  It's the fastest way to edit templates EVER! Watch the video to see how I edited the template in under 2 minutes! #winning


Find the editable resource here!


 I don't know about you, but the weeks before Christmas are cRaZy in the classroom!  I always enjoy doing something meaningful and fun with my kiddos to celebrate the holidays, but I also have real life things to do like assessments and report cards! :) #reallife


That's why I absolutely LOVE this simple Christmas Around the World project.  It can be as simple as learning about a few countries as time in your schedule allows.  Or it can be as elaborate as rotating with teammates for a few days to travel around the world.  This year, I modified my typical classroom Christmas Around the World routines to work with our homeschooling situation.


Read about our simple routines for Christmas Around the World and our fun country ornament Christmas tree project!


Introduce the Country

The first thing we do is talk about the country and find it on our map.  We started with the United States because I think it's important to review our own traditions before we start comparing them to countries around the world!


We color in the country we will learn about and add it and its color code to our map legend!


Learn About the Country's Traditions

Next, we watch a YouTube video telling about the country's Christmas traditions.  Why a video and not a book?  I LOVE a good book, but most of the videos I have found have someone from the country telling about the traditions.  I like that we can hear the accent and see an actual person from that country! (You can find the list of all of the videos for FREE in the preview here.)


After we watch the video, we write about the information we learned on the country's Christmas ornament.  Each ornament has a flag that tells kids how to color it, a place to write how to say, "Merry Christmas," a list of Christmas foods, the name of the Christmas "gift giver," and the Christmas traditions for the country.



Country Ornament Christmas Tree

In the classroom, I would choose one ornament to hang on our classroom Christmas Traditions Tree.  But since we are doing the homeschool gig this year, my 2nd grader gets to put all of his ornaments on our tree!

**NOTE: The sad thing about homeschooling is there's not a good way to get butcher paper.  So I got some green wrapping paper to use.  It's not as wide as butcher paper, so the ornaments are a little crowded.  (And I didn't have room for a bigger version anyway!)  If you are lucky enough to have access to butcher paper, you will be able to make a bigger tree to fit all 9 ornaments on! :)

Read a Story

After we finish the ornaments, we read a fiction story from the country we learned about.  We talk about the elements of the stories since many of them are folktales.  But we also listen for and discuss connections to the traditions from that country that we already learned about.

For the United States, we read Christmas in the Big Woods.  I loved having the chance to talk about how traditions can also change over time, even in the same country with this story!  

After we read the story, we wrote about the characters, setting, traditions we heard about and the lesson learned about Christmas from the story using this gift graphic organizer!

You can find all of these activities (plus digital versions coming SOON) in this resource!


I absolutely love reading Tomie dePaola's Legend of the Indian Paintbrush story around Thanksgiving!  It's a beautiful story and sets the stage for an awesome art project.  Let's chat more about this book and how we made a beautiful piece of art based on the book!


Why Read The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush?

Aside from the art project we did, we got a lot out of this book last week!  


We used this book for learning about legends and their characteristics.  We looked for evidence in the text to show each of the characteristics of legends.


We also learned 6 new tier 2 vocabulary words using our Tier 2 slideshow and response sheet!  Cooper loves learning new words and I love that we are learning them in a meaningful way!


Sunset Art Project

At the end of the week, we were reading to create our sunset pieces just like Little Gopher.  Here are the materials we used:

You could definitely use watercolors to paint like Little Gopher did in the book, but I chose pastels because it was a different medium we hadn't used before and it went with my goals for learning about medium and technique!

We learned about the art terms, "medium" and "technique."  Our medium was pastels and our technique we learned was blending.

First, we chose the colors of our sunset from the pastels.  Then, we made stripes of each color with the pastels.

(I would suggest leaving LESS white space between the stripes.  I ended up adding more color all the way to the edges.)


Then, we blended the colors together using a kleenex.


Here's a video of the blending in action...


After everything was blended like we wanted, we were ready to add the silhouettes!  First, we cut out a black hill landscape and glued it to the bottom.  Then we added the tipis and details.

(Note: my cardstock was wider than my black paper so I trimmed it after I was completely finished to clean up the look!)

Cooper wanted to add Little Gopher in his piece.  I think it turned out so great and it was SUPER easy!

Do your kids love jokes?  My first graders LOVED telling me jokes.  First grade seems to be the time kids begin to understand jokes and what makes them funny.  


My own 2nd grader really has a good handle on jokes now and even makes up his own.  But many of the more complicated jokes we have to explain.  About a year ago, when he was in first grade, I remember his reading us jokes from a joke book he had gotten for Christmas.  Several of them we were explaining to him, because he didn't quite understand what was so funny.


It was then that I had an idea for a group of lessons!  We could use jokes to learn different language and grammar skills in the classroom!  Now that I am homeschooling him for 2nd grade, we have started doing "Funny Fridays" and learning some jokes.  Here are the routines we use for learning language and grammar skill through jokes and puns.


What Skills Can Be Taught Through Jokes?

Comedians are extremely high in linguistic intelligence and it's easy to know why when you think about the language skills you have to know to understand and tell jokes.  Jokes are packed FULL of so many language skills like...

  • homonyms
  • homophones
  • similar sounding words (helping with phonemic awareness and phoneme differentiation)
  • metaphors
  • idioms
  • academic vocabulary
... and much more!

Whole Group Joke Telling

The first thing we do is go through the joke slides together.  I show the first slide.

We use think-pair-share to quietly think of what the answer might be, then whisper share with our carpet partners.  Then I have a few kids share their answers and tell if they agree.

Then, we show the answer slide.

We check to see if anyone got the correct answer.  Then, we talk about what might be so funny about this joke.  I ask, "Do you get it??" and have some kids explain why they think it's funny.  Most of the time someone will get it, but I've had a few they didn't get.  


If no one gets it, we go on to the last slide. (And we still go over this slide together even when someone explains it.)


The last slide reinforces the language skill we're working on, like homophones, over and over so that kids get better at figuring out the jokes as we go along.

Each set has 10 jokes that we go over as a whole group.

Optional Small Group Joke Telling

These digital slides are also available in small printable cards.  We used this for my son this year as we are homeschooling (thanks, Covid).  He was going on a road trip with Dad and I sent him this ring of joke cards to practice and go through with Dad in the car!

The card ring is also great to take on the go... bathroom breaks, outside learning, stations and more!

Independent Practice

After we introduce the jokes whole group with the slides or in a small group with the ring of cards, I have the kids practice finding the language skill in the jokes independently.

The work page has three jokes.  Usually one is a repeat from our whole group and at least 2 are new ones for them to read, locate the skill word(s) that make the joke funny and then illustrate the multiple meanings or implied meanings that make the joke funny.

My 2nd grader absolutely LOVES our funny fridays now!

You can find the slides, small joke cards, and printables in each joke resource.  Here's a free sample to try first and the bundle!




One of my most popular resources in my store is especially popular right now during distance learning:   Digital lesson plan templates.  I often get asked lots of the same questions about these templates and how I use them.  So, today, I'm going to give you the answers to my most frequently asked questions about using these digital lesson plan templates!


What are Digital Lesson Plan Templates?

Digital lesson plan templates are the templates I used in the classroom to plan out my week and what I currently use for homeschooling my 2nd grader.  They are hosted on Google Drive so I could access them easily at home or anywhere with internet!  Because they are hosted on Google, it's also super easy to add in links to articles, games, digital resources, or whatever right there in my plans.  That way, when I'm teaching, and we are ready to do our digital phonics lessons, I can just click from my lesson plans and go straight there.


Can the fields inside of the boxes be edited?

Yes!  Every single part of this template is editable, including the contents inside of the boxes.  I have put those there because that is the format that I use, and if that works for you great!  But if it doesn't, feel free to edit as you need to!


Can I Share The Lesson Plans With My Teammates?

Yes... BUT!  In order to follow the DMCA laws and copyright laws, you must purchase an additional license for each teacher that will be using the document.  You do NOT have to purchase a license for your admin who you turn your plans in to for viewing/record keeping.


You can purchase additional licenses for 10% off the original price here!


If you are an administrator and looking to buy a license for all of the teachers in your school, you can email me at whitney@thefirstgraderoundup.com for heavily discounted pricing options!


I Need Bigger Boxes.  Can I Make the Boxes Bigger?

Yes!  Just like in Word, the boxes will grow as big as you need them to.  That means, you may end up with more than one page of plans.  I like to keep my plans to one page just because that works best for me... that's why the boxes are sized the way they are.  BUT, if you need more details in those boxes or information on your plans so you remember what you are teaching, you can type a novel in the box with no problems!


How Do I Make a New Template Each Week?

With Google docs, you can make a copy of the template and use it for each week.  At the end of the year, I have 36 files of lesson plan templates on my drive!  And then the next year, I can start with the same templates for each week and just change what I want to from the previous year.  Yay!


To make a new template, you simply choose File > Make A Copy.  You will name the new copy of plans and then make sure it will save into the correct folder and then click ok.  That's it!  Now your own template is saved and ready to edit for the next week!


Since This is a Google File, Will This Work With Word?

Yes... Mostly!  You can download the Google file to Word by choosing File > Download > Microsoft Word.


WARNING: It will not save all of the fonts... it will most likely change the fonts to Times New Roman.  But the formatting will stay basically the same.   


Also, by downloading to Word, you will lose the benefit of being able to view your plans from home, but it is definitely an option if you need it!


I Prefer the Days at the Top and the Subject Areas on the Side.  Is that Possible?

Yes!  Just simply type over the headers and rename them however you choose!


Can I Add More Columns and Rows?

Yes!  Just click where you would like to add another column or row.  Then right click and choose Insert Row above/below or Insert column above/below.  


You can also delete a column or row if you need to!


I Need to See More of this In Action First!

I have a youtube video that walks through the plans for you to see up close and personal here.


And several years ago, I did a facebook live on these plans as well!


Where Can I Find These Lesson Plan Templates?

You can get a license for these templates for a single classroom teacher use only HERE!  And if you are interested in more digital Google templates to keep you organized, you can check out the bundle here.

Lesson Plan Templates EDITABLE compatible with Google Drive      Planning And Assessment Tools Compatible With Google Drive BUNDLE

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