August 15, 2017

Missing Letter Cards


Keeping with my current theme.. here is another SIMPLE hands on activity for back to school. I am all about keeping things low key: easy to prep, easy to store and easy to use!

I like to have activities that we can do whole group during our mat time each morning but also available to use with partners or in small group times. But, can also be used independently as an early finisher or just as a time filler throughout the day. These missing letter cards are perfect!


Included are:

Uppercase & Lowercase

Letters Before

Letters After

Letters Between

.. and the missing letter “answer cards”


These are designed completely in black and white.

Print on colored paper to save on ink.

I printed my “answer cards” all on one color for easy identification.


Other ways to use these cards..

  • Write the answer on the back and let students use them as flashcards with a partner.
  • Pick the cards you want to use and number them. Pair them with a recording sheet and have students write the missing letter.
  • Use magnetic letters or letter tiles you might have instead of the answer cards included.

These also fit great in a pocket chart! But, we also use them on the floor or at our tables.

Quick Link: Missing Letter Cards

August 12, 2017

First Week Fun


This past Monday was my first day back to school. (year #18 for me). Don’t hate me too much that I am lucky or extremely blessed to only have 11 little first grade friends this year. (I got one more since I put this board up!). I have had 16-18 the last few years so this seems like a teeny tiny class to me!

This is my hallway bulletin board that is beside my door. My mom made my curtain for me and I bought the little honeycomb garland online. But, I am really not happy at the quality of it. So, I am not sharing where I purchased it from! HA!


I had my kids color this first grade coloring sheet while we were taking care of some first day business- it kept them busy and then I took pictures of each one holding up the signs. You can download these free in this blog post.


I like to have my students do some of our pocket chart activities as they get up to leave the mat – it teaches them how to do the activity so they can do it independently later on.


This color word matching activity is in my new Color Words Matching Set.


We also did these “I see..” printables each day! I have done these for the last few years and they are a PERFECT fit for my first week of school. They go along with Brown Bear but they also help with introduction to how to write sentences. I just really love these!


These are in my store- I see Animal Sentences. There are 30 different printables in the pack to choose from. I like the ones that go along with Brown Bear- but there are lots of options!


Another activity we did this week was I had them cut and spell their names. These always turn out cute and we definitely need the practice of spelling names!


The letter cards are included in my Back To School Pack.

We did so much more this week that I just simply forgot to document! Overall week #1 was a success. I am dead tired (as expected) but it was a great start.

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Here are links to some of my other back to school products.


Next week is all about that fun blue cat we all love!

August 7, 2017

Color Word Matching


A few days ago I shared a color and number word sorting center that I created to use for the first weeks of school. Here is another center that I will be putting to use at the beginning of school.


It’s all about matching color words.


Included are 10 sets of picture cards that you match with the correct color word.


These fit great in a pocket chart but I also plan to use them with my students on the table or floor. They are just a simple matching activity that doesn’t take up much space!


I stored mine in these little mini boxes that you get 2/$1.00 at Dollar Tree.


Also included are these printables that are perfect if you need a little extra something… for early finishers, morning work or even as a quick little assessment.


These sheets fit perfect in my dry erase pockets (from Amazon)


I also love my little erasers too. I saw these at Walmart or you can get them on Amazon too.


So, you get all 10 sets of cards + 10 printables in this set.

Quick Link: Color Word Matching

August 1, 2017

Two Day Sale (Tuesday and Wednesday)


This is seriously my FAVORITE Sale of the year!! My cart is overflowing with back to school goodies – and I am ready to shop!

My whole store is on sale- and enter promo code BTS2017 for MORE savings!

Here are a few of my very, very favorite resources in my store… the cover pictures below are linked to the products- so just click on anyone that you are interested in!


Shop: Doodle Bugs Teaching

July 29, 2017

Color and Number Word Sort


One of my summer goals was to make a few low prep but easy to use centers for the first few weeks of school. That time when you need something easy for your new kiddos to do independently.

This color and number word sort is PERFECT! Mine are prepped and in a little plastic box from the Dollar Tree ready for my new batch of first graders that come in just a few days.


These fit perfect in a pocket chart but also will work great on the floor/mat area or even on a table. Easy peasy!


The purpose of these word sorts is to identify the words (color or number) using different fonts. I know this is one thing my first graders struggle with each year. They get really good at recognizing these words in a basic primary font- but they need extra practice with the cutesy/fun fonts that we see in the real world.

However.. I did still keep it kind friendly and did not go overboard with fonts that had unique looking letters.


So, there are 10 cards for each color/number and they just sort them under the correct header card.


Print, cut, laminate and store in a little sandwich box (or any container or even ziploack bag!) and you are ready to go!


I also wanted to mention that I *accidently* printed this entire product 1/2 the size it should be.. (the 2 per page option when printing.)

But, after I saw it printed that size it worked perfect! So, I left it normal size in the product because you can easily choose to print it smaller when you download.

And, it saves on ink and paper!


I plan to use these as a small group activity with 1-2 kids partnered up or even as an early finisher activity.


But, one thing I LOVE to do with my pocket chart activities is to use them as “exit slips” when we leave my mat time each morning. I just pass out cards and as they get up to go back to their desk- they drop their cards in the correct place in the pocket chart.

This also demonstrates how to use the product so when I give it to them later in small group or independently they can do it without instruction.



I just listed this in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store if you are interested!

Quick Link: Color and Number Word Sort