Thursday, January 31, 2013

Super Sale LINKY

How incredibly sweet is Khrys from Keepin' It Cool in Kinderland to stop by my little 'ol blog and invite me to her linky?!?!?!?  I just love finding blogging buddies!!!!!  :)

So anyway, she has set up an awesome linky on her site where other bloggers are doing a blog post to spotlight some items that will be on sale this weekend on Teachers Pay Teachers and Teachers Notebook.  What a great idea!  I have 4 items I am going to highlight right now.  They are some of my best sellers and I'm excited to be putting them on sale so more people can check them out.  Here they are - just click on the images to go to the blog post about them OR click on the links above to go to my stores and add them to your wishlist.

1.  Valentine's Day Math and Literacy Activities for K-2         

2. Penguin Unit {Nonfiction and Fiction Literacy Activities} for K-3

3. Common Core Math Centers for K-2 - can be differentiated and reused throughout the year

4. Biography Pack for Grades 2-5 - Can be used with any biography study

I hope you'll check out my blog posts and items and most definitely this linky to see all the great products for sale this weekend!  Don't miss it!!!  (Thank you Khrys :-)

Sunday SUPER Sale!


Not 1 but 2 sales to check out this weekend!

Be sure to set aside some time on Super Bowl Sunday to treat yourself to a little cyber shopping on Teachers Pay Teachers and Teacher's Notebook.    Remember Cyber Monday......well this is like Cyber SUNDAY!!!!  Head on over right now and start putting some things on your wishlist.  You will find items in my store on sale and then you can also get an extra 10% off  on Teachers Pay Teachers when you enter the promo code: SUPER and even more of a discount on Teachers Notebook.

So whether you check it out while drinking your morning coffee, hanging in front of the TV, doing your lesson plans, or even during the Super Bowl (we all have smart phones, right?) ---- you have to check it out!!

I hope I was convincing enough!  I know I'm about to go there right now and add some more to my wishlist too!  

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Another Fantastic Giveaway to Enter

Here is another fantastic giveaway going on right now....

Jump on over to Liv to Teach where Olivia is celebrating 1000 followers on TpT.  Congratulations Olivia!!!  She has over 68 products that you could win spanning K-5.  There are activities for Valentine's Day, Winter, Polar animals, spelling, sight words, writing process, and tons of other math and literacy ideas, as well as clip art!!!  What more could you ask for???

Liv to Teach

I am also giving away my Valentine's Day center activities in this giveaway - so if you really want to win them, then you should go check it out.

Don't forget to keep scrolling down to enter another giveaway......

Wishing you luck!!!   


Friday, January 25, 2013

A SWEET Giveaway

I am honored to be teaming up with some fabulous bloggers for a fun Valentine's Day themed giveaway!  Three lucky winners will win everything in this giveaway!  Yes THREE!!  Check out all the fabulous products!

Learning with Mrs. Leeby's Love Bug Pack

Fashion Craze Learning Days'  Valentine's Day Short Vowel Bingo Pack

Keepin It Kool in Kinderland's Candy Conversation Heart Estimate and Graph Activity

Lovely Literacy & More's Heart Ten Frame, Valentine Long Vowel Sort, Valentine Addition and Subtraction Word Problems, and Valentine's Day Decor

Mrs. Pauley's Kindergarten's  Valentine's Day Literacy & Craft Activities

First Grade Smiles' Valentine's Day Math and Literacy Activities Pack

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Valentine's Day Fun for Sale

Apparently I just can't get enough of snowmen......and penguins!!!  These adorable Penguins from Scrappin' Doodles inspired me to make some cute math and literacy centers.  I tried to pick skills that my little ones need more practice with, so hopefully other people will also find these useful.  Here is a quick sneak peek into what is included in this pack.  

If you can't really tell from the pictures, here is the table of contents:

My lower readers are really struggling with getting past CVC words, so I made a Make-a-Word center using digraphs onsets.  I also made a Rhyming Go Fish center that includes CVC words and words with blends and digraphs.  I'm hoping these will help them continue to work on stretching out these sounds.  Although we continue to work on complete sentences, this is a great area to review and an easy center to implement.  I chose to do this with the Mixed-Up Valentines scrambled sentences.  Finally, I added just a couple generic pages for a free writing center because my kiddies love this!

For math I knew I needed to do some more work with ten frames and addition so I included two centers  - Combinations of 10 and Sweet Sums using a twenty frame.  They always need help with ordering numbers so I put one of those in there.  And last but not least, I made some number puzzles where they will need to find one less, one more, ten less, and ten more of certain numbers.  This one will be TRICKY, but it's SOOOO common core!  It's definitely a tough thing for them to do this early in the year, but by the end of the year they need to master it, so why not get started.  

I decided to place this unit on sale for the first 3 days (until Friday 1/25).  Just click on the picture below.  I'm hoping others will find it useful at this point in the year as well.  

If you're reading this, I'd love to know what skills your kids are working on and/or struggling with at this point in the year?  Compared to the other first grades at my school, my kids are a little lower, but I wasn't sure where other kids are at.  Leave me a comment.  After the sale is over I will pick one lucky comment to get this unit for free.  

Thanks for stopping by!  :-)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Snowman Clocks

 A long time ago I saw this paper plate clock (minus the snowman head) on Pinterest.  I didn't pin it at the time, but I remember seeing it.  There were two paper plates and under the numbers on the clock were the minutes.  I loved that you could just lift the flap to check.  Very hands-on for my kiddos!

So as I'm trying to teach my firsties about telling time I remembered this little project and thought it was a great way to help kids tell time.  Of course, I've already mentioned how much I love snowmen, so I decided to make it WAY cuter than just a clock.  

I copied the clock templates (the face of the clock on white paper, but the minutes on colored paper just for fun).  Keep reading to download these templates for free!

Once they were all put together they turned out SOOOO cute and I love them!  However, they were definitely a little harder to put together than I would've liked.  I had to put the fasteners on for them of course, but I also had to staple on the head and the hat.  The construction paper strips were glued on after I stapled on the foam hat to somewhat cover up the staples.  

So if you are willing to try this idea out (with or without the snowman part of it) click HERE to get the clock templates  and a telling time center in this Telling Time with Snowmen Freebie

Hope you like it!  If you do, I'd love if you left a comment :)

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Snowmen at Night

I love snowmen!!!  I just think they are so cute and come in so many varieties, which is what makes them interesting.  So of course when I saw this adorable little activity on Pinterest from The First Grade Parade  I was all about it!  These snowmen are by no means perfect, but they are all different and unique, just my like my little firsties and that is what I love the most about them.  

First I read the book Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner to the class.  Then we brainstormed as a class all the things we would like to do if we were snowmen at night.  The kids wrote about what they would do if they were snowmen at night.  

I showed the kids my model picture, which it turned out was harder for me to do than the kiddos.  The kids drew a semi-circle peeking out from the side of the black paper and then tore up a white piece of paper into many different pieces.  After these pieces were glued on, the kids made a nose, eyes, and mouth.  This was where it got interesting.  Turns out some of my kids weren't quite sure if that the nose went in the middle of the eyes and mouth.  I guess this craft was a little too abstract for my concrete thinkers.  Most of them came out adorable, but there were a couple that needed some intervention.

So here are a couple of the finished products.   

If you think you would like to try this cute little activity out in your classroom, you can download the writing paper we used by clicking HERE.  

By the way --- don't forget to check out the product swap and enter the giveaway going on until Friday!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Product Swap and Giveaway


I had the EXTREME privilege to work with Heather aka HoJo of HoJo's Teaching Adventures for this product swap and I am SOOOOO happy I did!  First of all, I have to send a HUGE thank you to her for walking me through my first product swap.  I'm still so new at all of this and so greatly appreciate  other bloggers who are willing to lend a helping hand --- so Thank you Heather!!!!  

HoJo's Teaching Adventures

How great is it that I got to review TWO products of hers for the swap.  She is really too generous!  My kiddos had a great time using both of these products.  I'm a huge fan of useful math activities that are hands-on and don't require extensive directions.  I like it when an activity just runs smoothly with little to no preparation.  I'm not saying I always do things this way in my classroom, but it is nice to have those kind of activities that you can use time and time again once students are used to the format.  

K-2 Estimation Activities  is one of those items that you can use for an entire year.  

Estimating is such a difficult concept for children of all ages, so why not start out early with a fun activity.  Students can practice this skill all year long with fun seasonally themed pages (in both color and black and white).  Here are just a couple examples of what I used with my students since we are doing penguins and I love owls.   You can use your own manipulatives or use the pages supplied in her product that can be cut out.

The next item I was able to review and use with kids is her Addition 0-12 Magic Squares

This is such a great way to practice addition facts and also work on problem solving.  There a variety of different pages - here is just one example.  
You can use this as a center by laminating and cutting out the squares.  I photocopied it (black and white) on papers for the kids to cut out and glue on another page.  I could easily check this when they were done with the pictures and not have to look through the numbers.  What a time saver!  

Heather has 83 different products in her STORE and lots of other products that are just as great as these two.  You will be sorry if you don't check it out.......right now :-)

Now don't forget the best part.................THE GIVEAWAY!!!!  You can get the two items I mentioned above from HoJo and here are the two items I added as well:

If you want to see her review of these products, here is her link again:  HoJo's Teaching Adventures

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Thanks for checking out our product swap!  Good luck in the giveaway :-)