Dental Health Literacy Ideas…

Hi everyone!  It’s been a LONG time, and I’ve missed you!  I know around this time every year it seems like I start to blog on this poor little neglected blog.  Life as a mom of four littles gets pretty crazy sometimes!  Well I’ve been working on updating some of my old units and I’m excited to say that I recently updated my Dental Health unit!

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This unit is full of activities to keep your kiddos engaged.  I always love to introduce a theme/topic to my students with a book.  The emergent reader included in this pack focuses upon the sight words will and get.  The repetitive text is perfect for beginning readers!

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My students also absolutely love the read the room/vocabulary activities.  The words can also be used at the writing center–I just love seeing the look on my kiddos faces when they are writing words and sentences independently!

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Another thing we have been focusing upon in my class is ending sounds.  The activities in this unit are perfect for small group instruction as well as independent literacy centers.

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Sequencing is an important activity that we work on all school year and we are beginning to transition to story comprehension and our writing.

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We are always working on syllabication and these clip cards are the perfect thing for reviewing this skill.  I also love how my kiddos are using clothespins to strengthen their fine motor skills :).

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That is all for now, but I will post more math activities this week and I guarantee–you are going to love them!  If you would like to check out my unit on TpT you can check it out here.

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Freebie Friday…

Hellooooo everyone!  It has been a wonderful week for my family and I.  We spent most of the week at Disneyland (our family happy place).

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I’m having a blast this summer so far and I’ll be honest with ya–its been really difficult to think about the beginning of the school year right now.  Don’t get me wrong–I’m super excited about meeting my new bunch of kiddos in the fall, but I’m loving all of my family time right now too.

This week’s freebie is a revised version of an oldie but goodie!  It’s my numbers 1-10 practice pages!


Each page has the opportunity for students to practice number formation, identification AND they are able to practice creating sets.  Oh I also forgot the number word is written on each page as well.


Just click the pictures to be taken to my TpT store to download your own copy.  If you love this free activity–I would appreciate it if you could leave feedback!  Thank you so much!

I hope all of you enjoy the weekend and soak up all the family time and relaxation you can get!

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Rodeo week fun!  

Our local city has a spring rodeo every year at the end of April and my class joined in the fun last week as we learned about cowboys  and cowgirls.  Here are just a few of the fun activities we completed. 

I started out the week asking my students what they knew about the rodeo.  Their answers were hysterical!  😂😂😂. A few students thought the rodeo was about singing and dancing.  I recorded their answers on chart paper.

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Then I told them what a rodeo really is and explained that it is actually a sport with many events.  We watched quite a few short clips of rodeo events from YouTube.  Here were some of our favorites.

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Rodeo Event clips–we just watched a few minutes of each event so students would get a general idea of what it was.  I don’t even think I played the sound for them!

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Barrel Racing

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The boys of course loved watching bull riding!

We read a few fun “Wild West” themed books.  My class especially enjoyed reading Little Red Hot by Eric Kimmel.  This is a different version of Little Red Riding Hood and it is adorable!  We also read Pecos Bill by Steven Kellogg.  This tall tale is so fun to read because it talks about Pecos Bill invented the first rodeo. Here is a picture of our books we read.  We are also getting ready for farm week so those books are displayed as well. 

My class absolutely loved playing this sight word game called, “Yee-Haw!”  It’s very similar to bang.  You place the sight word cards in a basket, shuffled face down and students take turns pulling cards.  If they can read the word then they can keep the card, if they cannot read the card the. They have to put it back.  If they choose a, “Yee-Haw” card then they have to put all their cards back in the basket. The person with the most cards is the winner.    

We also sorted pictures by vowel sounds in a pocket chart.  This is a great activity to prepare us for our end of year testing that is just around the corner!


We brainstormed about things a cowboy and cowgirl may need and wrote about it. We used our Western themed vocabulary words to help us with writing.

 We practiced our addition skills with this fun wagon wheel activity.  I substituted wagon wheels for dice to make it a little easier for little hands. 

And we of course practiced counting and writing tally marks.  My class needs all the practice they can get with this!   You can pick up this tally mark activity for free here in my store:  Western FREEBIE

 The last activity we completed was a little Mustang shape art/craftivity.  These turned out adorable!   

If you are interested, all of the activities and more are included in my Giddy-Up Wild West Math and Literacy Pack.  Here are some more photos from this unit:

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I hope y’all have a rootin’ hootin’ hollering week!

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Some shamrockin’ fun!

It’s March!  Hurray!!!!  One of my favorite holidays is just around the corner.  I thought I’d share some of the fun things we’ve done in the past to celebrate.

We always read Jamie O’Rourke and the Big Potato.  I always try to read out loud with my best Irish accent (which I’m sure is ridiculous…😂).  Last year my class made these adorable potato people.    My class also completed these leprechaun directed drawings from First Grade Blue Skies.  They turned out SO adorable!!!

 We also worked on writing questions.  First we brainstormed some question words whole class and made a poster.  Then during our stations we worked on writing down the questions to ask a leprechaun.  I had this large leprechaun cut-out that I purchased from Dollar Tree.  I taped it to the door and had students ask the leprechaun a question.  Oh my goodness–this was SUCH a cute activity and I absolutely loved the questions that my students wrote in their leprechaun letters.  ask a leprechaun photo

I uploaded this fun activity as a FREE item to my TpT store!  Just click here to download.

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We also had a little visitor at our house!  My kiddos were SO EXCITED!!!  He left little green footprints and shamrocks everywhere!  Here is a photo:

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The visiting leprechaun also left green milk in the fridge!  Ha!

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I’m looking forward to this silly little leprechaun visiting again (and I’m looking forward to Shamrock Shakes)!  We also have a little tradition of making green dinner that night.  I usually just tint some pasta and alfredo sauce and serve with broccoli–yum!  What do you have planned for St. Patrick’s day?  I’d love to hear all about it in the comments below!

 

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Pacific Coast Teacher Meet-up!

This past weekend I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Pacific Coast meet-up hosted by the amazing bloggers (AKA CA Fab Four) from Hooo-ray for TeachingVery Perry ClassroomTales of Teaching with Tech, and Teaching from Beyond the Desk.  I had an absolute blast!  Here are some of the photo highlights:

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We arrived!  My SIL Amy was my partner in crime for the event!

First stop–the steps of the Capital building where we all met.

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We went on a scavenger hunt in Old Town Sacramento–so much fun!  Some other wonderful bloggers invited us to join in with their group!  I SO loved meeting everyone and making new friends!

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After the scavenger hunt we headed to the Old Spaghetti Factory for dinner.  Everything was so beautiful and I’m telling you guys–EVERY detail was thought of.  There were a TON of prizes to be given away and the Swag Bags were AMAZING!!!  This was just a few of the amazing sponsors.

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Kate at Sprout Classrooms made these beautiful sparkly wine glasses for everyone to take home!  So pretty!  And…I actually won stuff from the giveaways!

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These amazing bracelets are from Trashy Crafter and they are made from recycled books!  So cool!  My bracelet is from one of my all time favorite books Make Way for Ducklings!

IMG_1454 editedI also won these beautiful earrings from Nickel & Suede.  They are absolutely gorgeous and they are so light!  It doesn’t feel like you have anything on your ears at all.  If you have never heard of Nickel & Suede you need to check out their stuff–it is amazing and so reasonably priced!

Oh and the swag bag was all kind of amazing!  I actually think that it deserves an ENTIRE post on its own.  My kids have been eyeing everything for the last 24-hours, so I will try my best to keep them away and take some pics to show you all of the awesomeness that was inside.

In all seriousness though, the free  stuff and the giveaways were amazing, but my absolute favorite part was just meeting other people.  Everyone was so nice and positive, I’m telling you it was contagious!  I am truly honored to be a part of this amazing educational community.  Teachers are an amazing group of people–we are a rare breed of kind individuals who are willing to go above and beyond for others.  It was a wonderful experience to be a part of something that celebrated teachers–I literally can’t wait for another meet-up!

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Apple Picking Time!

Hi everyone!  Fall is just around the corner and I can’t wait!  Seriously this 100 degree plus whether in central California needs to go!  Like now!  Any how, fall officially begins this week, right–and all things fall related are on my brain.

Last week my class learned about apples and the color red.  We had a great time and learned lots of new things.  I also updated my apple unit and added a couple of new things.

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There is now a black and white student version of the apple picking book.  This emergent reader is ideal for emergent readers.  It contains sight word based sentences in an easy and predictable format.

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I also added this fun ten frame number match for numbers 1-10.  There are three different versions of student worksheets to accompany this center. BOTH color and black and white versions of this activity is available.  Simply choose which version would better fit your needs :).

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I also added an upper and lower case letter match center activity.  Perfect for activity for your beginning of the year kinders :).  It also includes both color and black and white versions of the activity.  Two different versions of student worksheets is included for this activity.

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These are just a few of the items included in my apple activity pack–it is full of some great activities!

Here is a list of the included contents:

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If you would like to check out this product click any of the photos above.  Happy fall everyone and I hope that you have a great week!

 

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A Peek into my class…

I never did get around to posting a classroom tour at the beginning of the year (oopsie). Here are a few pictures:

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View from the door. It was open house the night that I took this picture.

 

Culture dolls and culture reports.  They turned out SO cute!

Culture dolls and culture reports. They turned out SO cute!

 

I love, love, LOVE the way my writing board turned out this past year.  I cut black poster board in 1/2 to make it look like a clip board.  I super glued tacks to clothespins and then covered them with washi tape.

I love, love, LOVE the way my writing board turned out this past year. I cut black poster board in 1/2 to make it look like a clip board. I super glued tacks to clothespins and then covered them with washi tape.

I ended up making quite a few decor items for my class.  Here are some pictures of some of the things:

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I’m very happy to say that I have now finished and added these decor items to my TpT store.  Click any of the pictures below to be taken to my store to check it out :).

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Here are some sample photos of just a few of the many items included in this decor pack.

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As a special introductory price this item will be 50% off for the first 48 hours!  Thanks for looking and I hope that you liked taking a little peek into my classroom!

 

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Newly revised…

I recently updated and revised my A-Z letter recognition pack and let me tell ya–it’s FULL of great resources!  Check it out for yourself!

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I revised the letter recognition pages.  This pack includes 26 different practice sheets with an ASL image for each letter.  I have always found that pairing the letters with sign language  really helps your struggling students.  Check out the picture below to see what the worksheets look like.

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I also added a few things to this pack.  I included 26 different letter sound puzzles with both color and black and white versions.  Choose which version would better fit your needs!

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Another new added item is ABC-flip books.  There is also one for each letter.  This activity takes very little prep, but is wonderful for teaching beginning sounds and vocabulary.

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This is only a few of the included items.  Below is a list of the included contents and if you would like to download a FREE sample of the letter A flip-book, letter worksheet and sound puzzle, then click the link below to be taken to my store.

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Thanks for checking this out!  I’m pretty excited about my own upcoming kindergartner working on these activities :)!

 

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Mini-books anyone?

Hi everyone!    I’ve been busy working on a few things to get ready for next year and guess what everyone?  I’M GOING BACK TO KINDER!!!!!  I’m so very excited!  Here are some new things I have posted to my store if you are interested 🙂

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I was brainstorming some ideas for teaching sight words to my littles and I was thinking you know I just wanted something simple that is easy to prep!  This pack is perfect for that–all images are black and white.  Simply print, have students stamp or write the words and then cut and assemble!  Easy peasie!

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Here’s a little collage of the product, and if you would like to download a FREE sample click the book below to see my TpT store.  Click the “preview” button and download a preview of the file.

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The other thing I’ve been working on was updating my color word flip-books.  I also wanted to create something that was easy to prep and would be ideal as a center activity.  Eleven color books are included in this product.

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Simply print the pages, students trace the words of the colored items and color the pictures to match.  Then they simply cut on the dotted lines and assemble.

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I have also included a FREE sample of the color blue flip book.  Click the picture below to be taken to my store and simple click the “preview” button to download the sample.

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I have lots of other products I hope to post in the next couple of  weeks.  So stay tuned!

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