Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Grab your beverage of choice and settle in for another exciting round of Featured Teacher Tuesday!  

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This week our featured teacher is Amber Unger, a first grade teacher who shares real estate with the Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers, lots of cows, and many beer breweries.  Yep!  You guessed it; Amber is a proud educator in Wisconsin.  She is in her 7th year of teaching: 4 years in Kindergarten, 2 years in ESL, and 1 year in first grade so far.  Amber never thought she would find a grade level that made her happier than Kindergarten, but she quickly learned this school year that first grade is the place to be!


Her “home” away from home looks like this:


And she shares her real home with these men:


Amber has been blogging since 2011.  You will definitely want to stop by her blog, Mrs. Unger's Unbelievable Elementary Experiences, for years worth of great teacher tips, student-centered ideas, and fun photos!

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You will also want to swing by Amber’s Teachers Pay Teachers store, as all of her products are free!  Amber has a dream to find TIME to make products that she feels are worthy of selling, but until then - enjoy the freebies (currently 59) in her newly updated TPT store.  Here are a couple of examples:

You can also follow Amber in these ways, too:

Be sure to stop by our Featured Teacher Tuesday linky party next week to learn about another fabulous first grade teacher: Misty!  (Can you believe next week is November already!?)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Do you use songs in your classroom? If not, now’s the time to start! Introducing

Jenny Kramer, also known as “Miss Jenny.” Her “Edutunes” make singing with

children as simple as pressing “play”—No musical experience necessary!

Jenny began creating her “Edu-tunes” nineteen years ago, after learning about the

research. According to study after study, children learn more, remember more, and

ENJOY learning more with educational songs. Along with teaching full-time for

almost two decades, “Miss Jenny” has piloted her songs with 80 teachers and 1500

students South Bay Union School District in San Diego, CA. She has also given

professional development speeches across the U.S. for the Bureau of Education and

Research, the Institute for Educational Development, and Staff Development for

Educators. Her work inside the classroom, along with her work with other

professionals, has helped her to make the songs truly teacher-friendly, fun for kids,

and effective as learning tools.

Jenny just created a NEW “Halloween” song, along with lots of materials to promote

literacy. Preview her new song here 

 or click here for her giant DELUXE “Halloween Literacy Fun” package, including the song and dozens

of additional materials—currently on sale for 50% off!

Miss Jenny’s “Edutunes” educational songs help children to learn every aspect of the

curriculum. Common Core 1st Grade Math teaches EVERY SINGLE first grade

standard in 38 songs. You can listen to song samples here:

Her Phonics Time CD-book set teaches everything from simple letters and sounds to

advanced phonics concepts through 28 songs.

Ready for some FREEBIES?

Miss Jenny has posted the “Magic E” song from Phonics Time for FREE here:

She is also giving away her “Butterfly” song and packet for a limited time here:

This fun song—complete with motions—makes high-level concepts

comprehensible to young children.

***Miss Jenny has started giving MONTHLY $25 TpT Give-Aways. You can enter to

win in 5 ways:

1. Follow her on TpT:

2. “Like” Edutunes.com, Inc. on Facebook:

3. Follow her boards on Pinterest:

4. Follow her on YouTube, where she has over 1,000,000 views!!!

5. Check out her Blog here:

Finally, send a note in response to her blog, or to missjenny@edutunes.com, to let

her know you want to enter 5 times.

Happy Singing!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Liana Davis from Love Learning with Liana lovelearningwithliana.blogspot.com

is living her dream as a first grade teacher. All her life, she has dreamt of teaching little kids to

dream big and love learning, and her dream has been a reality for 4 years now! She teaches

with the core concept of providing social justice to students that were just like her when she was

a child. An immigrant, a non­native English speaker, and from a family that lived modestly.  She

knows that every student has the capacity to learn, and she harnesses that ability to see her

students shine. To read more about her teaching philosophy, you can read it here http://lovelearningwithliana.blogspot.com/p/about­me.html

Only two of her 4 years teaching have been in first grade, but she couldn’t imagine teaching

anything else. She loves the unscripted feel of first grade.  Besides first, she has also taught

Kindergarten, and high school English.

Liana is also a newlywed, and she got married in January 2015 to her college/bible study

sweetheart.  If you would like to see pictures from her wedding, click here http://lovelearningwithliana.blogspot.com/2015/08/my­fairytale­wedding.html.  At that time, she

was teaching high school English, and she didn’t spend quite as much time cutting, pasting, and

creating fun activities for a primary classroom.  With so much free time on her hands, March

2015, she decided to sell on TPT. She was always creating products for her classroom, and she

thought why not share them with the world!

If you know Liana, then you know that she never sits still, much like every other teacher who

takes on the task of teaching full time, blogging about it, and creating products for Teachers Pay

Teachers. To find Liana’s store, click here  Love­Learning­With­Liana.

Other than teaching, blogging, and TPT, she loves to spend time with her family in Los Angeles,

and explore her new city with her new husband in San Diego.

Liana’s most popular product is the Book Report for Grades 1­3

Her latest two products are Unit 2: Addition Math Printables

and Fall Fluency, Phonics, and Writing Activities

Teachers Pay Teachers: Love­Learning­With­Liana

Wanna know more and have access to freebies?! Follow her at:


Facebook: lovelearningwithliana

Blog: lovelearningwithliana.blogspot.com/

Pinterest: lovelearnliana

Bloglovin: love­learning­with­liana­

Email: lnazaret@gmail.com

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Featured Teacher

This week’s featured teacher is Samantha Gibby and Lisa Fain they are the Primary Sisters.

 Just like their name says, they are two sisters who teach first grade at the same school in a small town in NC. They feel so blessed to get to teach with each other every day.

Their TPT adventure began last summer. As they were sitting in a hot tub at the Outer Banks, they began to think of resources they needed to best compliment their words their way spelling instruction. You can check out some of the their short vowel word work packs in their TPT Store

 So since July they have been busy creating products, and they said no one told them how addicting it can be. Especially when colleagues come in and say, okay this is great, thanks for making this! Even though they are far from their first TPT million, the excitement of creating materials that meet their students needs has been the force that keeps them going.

Samantha and Lisa are married and both have 3 children. Their oldest sons are in college at NCSU and Appalachian State, but they are still busy with their other teenagers who cheer and play football for their local high school. They enjoy being active in their churches, traveling, feeding the football team each Friday night and surfing the internet. They feel so blessed to be on this awesome journey and are thankful for the wonderful teacher friends they are making along the way.

These sisters are always looking for ways to make learning fun and hands on.

One of their newest products is a Halloween themed Boo game working with sight words and math printables working with sums up to 12. Check them out here.

 Enjoy these freebies. Students will love these hands on CVC word wheels

AND Sight word Roll Say Keep is a great addition to any literacy station

Be sure to follow these creative sisters on
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