Monday, October 29, 2012

Witch "craft"

Ok, I've been working on this cute little witch "craft" for the past week and we finally finished it today.  I'm so excited to show the final product because I LOVE the bulletin board display.   Maybe next year I will have a Halloween pack that will include this whole thing, but I'd have to start working on that :)

Maybe I'll just keep it up all year long ---- the witch could always wear a Santa hat or a green top hat for St. Patrick's Day!!!!

Wishing everyone a Happy Halloween!!!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Biography Pack

I just uploaded a new product - a Biography Pack for intermediate grades.  It is free for a limited time.  If you like it, I'd love to hear what you think.  Also, message me if you have any questions about it so I can improve my products for you!

Click Here to get it

I will be working on a Biography Pack for primary grades as well.  If anyone has suggestions, I'd love to hear them!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Last minute Halloween Crafts

Since I've switched grade levels this year to first grade (after the last 9 years in 3rd) I feel like I am only able to plan minute by minute.  I guess I didn't realize it was almost Halloween and I should probably change my bulletin boards.  Especially since I look down my hallway at school and see all of my fellow teachers with such amazing bulletin boards - I have to step it up!  :)

So I thought of a couple cute projects to do in the next few days and put up outside.  The first one is these cute word spiders on a glitter web.  It ties in with this week's spelling words in Treasures - consonant blends with "l".  This is a whole lot better than the T-charts or foldables that we've been doing.  Here it is:

L Blend Spooky Spiders

(I realized after doing this that I REALLY like glitter.)

Candy Corn Counting Craft

Here's to Pinterest for this quick math craft:
(if you know where the idea originated from, please send me a message so I can credit them)

And for more Halloween ideas to do in the classroom, check out my new 

Halloween Literacy Pack

It includes this adorable original book called Three Little Witches with some fun comprehension activities.

There's also some activities to go along with the books: Room on the Broom and The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything.

Finally, it includes a Witches' Brew Recipe and craft, What's Inside my Haunted House student book, and a noun and adjective sort. 

 We have so much fun with this pack in October!  

Saturday, October 20, 2012


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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Best Part of Teaching

What could be better than the little gifts we get from our students.  This one was even more important than just a drawing or quick note.  One of my little first graders wrote this "book" for me and brought it in with a HUGE smile on her face.  This is by far, the BEST part of teaching.  Now I have a book written about me :-)  Here it is (I wrote underneath what it is supposed to say):

The book about Mrs. Machan  By Caitlyn  You are the best teacher in the world.
You are really nice.  I love the things you teach us.  

When I play on the playground I like to think about school.

When I'm on the bus I think about school.

AND HERE'S THE BEST ONE......I miss you when I'm at home.
Awwww - how sweet - right?  

So, I'm wondering from those of you out there ---- what is the best thing you've ever gotten from a student?

Love those little First Grade Smiles!!! <3

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Math About Me

Now that the school year has settled in, I am finally able to sit down and blog a bit about some fun ideas for Back to School.  This post is dedicated to all things MATH!!  

I'll start with the title of this post and show you this new FREE item I posted on TpT.  This is a super fun activity for students to complete those first weeks of school and to hang up for Open House.  It's a twist on All About Me and instead uses numbers to tell about themselves.  

Math About Me

Here is what it looks like hanging up right now outside my classroom.  Although I used it as a Back to School activity to hang up for Open House, you could really use it at any time of the year.

Since writing this post I've updated this FREE product with an adorable poem to introduce how numbers are all around us.  

Number Collages

The beginning of the year in 1st grade is dedicated to lots of review and assessing where students are after a long summer break.  This booklet that I have students create is a great way to see what children know about numbers 1-20.  It includes collage pieces for number words, tallies, dominoes, tens frames, dice, and base ten blocks.  I do a quick review of each one as we add them to our books and I also direct students to where they can find some resources around the room for help.

Number of the Day / Daily Math

Building number sense is all about making math meaningful and interactive.  Here are some math activities that will help you improve your students' number sense each and every day.  I start out the routine of Daily Math right from the beginning.  I make a different packet for each month and we do a new number everyday.  There are a variety of pages included to keep it interesting all year long including: 100 charts, tens frames, base ten blocks, money, and so much more.  There's even pages to document the weather and TONS of reference pages to keep in a folder or binder for them to use throughout the year. 

Number Bond Books

Making these Number books is another great ways for students to see a number for all the ways you compose and decompose it.  We take a lot of time creating these and tie them in to our Number of the Day too.  The kids love making the number bracelets and using them to find ways to make each number.  These books can be used with or without making the bracelets.  

Math Centers

And of course, I needed some common core aligned Math Centers to use during my math time.  These can help your students practice Common Core with some fun centers and activities.  This first set of "SWEET" centers are perfect for those first weeks of school.  They are basic centers that require minimal direction, but the skills are perfect for the beginning of the year.

These Common Core Math Centers are my go-to throughout the whole year!  There is a ton of variety so you can use and reuse these all year long to keep practicing these crucial skills.


I hope you found some fun ideas you could use in your own classroom.  If you liked ALL of these products, then you should definitely check out this BUNDLE that includes almost everything you see here but at a discounted price.

(The bundle does not include the Sweet Centers and the Math About Me freebie which are available in my store separately by clicking on the pictures above) 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope your school year is going well so far :)

Saturday, October 13, 2012

I've been BOO-ed!

I've been BOO-ed by Learning with Mrs. Leeby (who was nice enough to add me by request).  This is my first Linky Party and I am honored to be a part of it.  So check out her site (because it's GREAT!) and then check out some Halloween ideas below!

#1  I used this quick, fun, Halloween activity when I taught 3rd grade.  It is on sale right now in my TpT store until Tuesday.  I always loved how the students writing turned out and it was a great way to review parts of speech.

Here is a 3rd grader's example of their poem:
So cute and fun!!!

#2 The Day After Halloween --- this is something I will be using with my 1st graders this year.   We all know the students are tired and hyped up on sugar, so here are some hands-on, fun activities for the day after Halloween.  This is also ON SALE right now until Tuesday.

#3 A FREEBIE from Games 4 Learning.  Who doesn't love freebies AND games!!!!

#4 The Candy Corn Bandit by Babbling Abby is SO CUTE!  I can't wait to use it with my first graders this year!  If I were you, I'd check it out! 

Here are the people I BOO-ed.  Check out their blogs too because they have some awesome ideas!!

Lori Smith at The Reinspired Teacher