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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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.

Dear Leprechaun sample

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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Hippity Hoppity…Spring Break is on its Way!

Whoa…it’s officially Spring Break!  I’m so excited, in fact, I just spent the last hour crafting some super cute chunky necklaces to match my little princesses Easter dresses and I’m watching Hart of Dixie on Netflix.  Life is good.  If you are interested in seeing my little crafty adventures, I’ll post some pics on my Instagram page later :).  Anywho, I guess that’s enough of my random ramblings, I did mean to post some pictures of some of the fun activities we finished in class last week.

We just finished a week of learning about oviparous animals and rabbits.  It was so fun!  We read one of my favorite Easter books, Max’s Chocolate Chicken by Rosemary Wells.  We made some bunnies, and I let students choose if they wanted it to look like a bunny, Max or Ruby.  I’ve also used this template in the past to make Peter Rabbits.  Here is a sample picture:

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I didn’t get a picture, but one of my colleagues had her students do opinion writing with their Max and Ruby bunnies and there were absolutely adorable!  What a good idea for using this book to teach opinion writing :)!

I also found these adorable bunny shaped eggs at Dollar Tree and made a fun sight word review activity for my kids.  They loved it!

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I actually made a couple of different versions, so if you are interested you can pick up the recording sheet and a few other things as a freebie from my TpT shop.  You can all get them here.

We also made this fun Bunny Peep snack from Pinterest:


We made this writing poster to sequence the steps for make the snack:

bunnies in a garden snack writing poster

And after we taste tested, we made this simple graph:

bunnies in a garden graph

This snack was easy peasie and super fun too!  My class really enjoyed it.  If you would like some fun sequencing activities I included them in my Hippity Hoppity Spring pack.  Just click the picture below to download a copy for yourself.

hippity hoppity Spring freebies

Happy Spring everyone!

 

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Teaching Major Events and Creature Reports…

The last month of school we worked on identifying major events in text and how they effect the characters (Common core standard RL 2.3). We reviewed what a character is and how we could identify what a major story event is. This standard is important because it helps to make connections to the text and understand the plot. We read Verdi by Janell Cannon and narrowed down the story to three major events. Students discussed with their partners what they felt was one major event from the story. We then worked on completing this worksheet together and created this poster about the story. 20140526-135509-50109406.jpgHe Here are some pictures of the graphic organizers that we used.  If you would like a FREE copy of this simply click one of the pictures below :).   RL 2.3 graphic organizer       RL 2.3 graphic organizer 2   Students also researched an animal and created reports. I made a little Amazon Creature Reports form for them to use to guide the process. I totally meant to take pictures of this to show you guys, but ran out of time at the end of the year. If you are interested, you can pick up a copy of my creature report organizer and writing papers by clicking any of  the pictures below. Creature report graphic organizer   Slide2   Ok, I’ll admit that I may be been a tad inspired by the Octonauts when I created the creature reports :).  My kids love that show!   blog signature

We are Thankful Unit and More FREE Printables for You!

Don’t you just love this time of the year!  The holidays are almost here and I just can’t wait!  I posted my new Thankgiving unit to Teachers Pay Teachers last week and it is full of fun activities for your students.  This activity pack would be ideal for a kindergarten or first grade classroom.  Here are some sample pictures of the contents of the unit:

Now on to the FREE printables!  I hope that you will find these useful in the next couple of weeks as you work on your Thanksgiving themes within your classrooms :).  Click the pictures below to download.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

~Barb

Let’s Celebrate! Mrs. Kilburn’s Kiddos is turning 3…

I am super duper excited this afternoon, because today I clicked on my site stats and found out that within the last three years my site has had over 3,000,000  hits!  Oh my goodness!  I never would have dreamed that my little ol’ teaching blog would have so many people looking at it!  I first started this blog in July of 2008 and look how much it has grown!

So, let’s celebrate!  That means FREEBIES for you!  Click the pictures below to download:

And this freebie is from my A to Z Letter Recognition activity pack that I just uploaded to Teachers Pay Teachers.  I think that I’m planning on gluing this chart to my student folders or it would also be handy to have for writing activities :).

Thanks for all of your support everyone!  I hope that you enjoy these printables :).

~Barb

As promised….

I’m posting a copy of the Superbowl emergent reader that I blogged about earlier in the week.  I’m sorry that it took so long for me to post a copy :(, but hopefully you will still have enough time to use it with your kiddos :).  This book is not my original creation, I actually got it from my kindergarten colleagues last year.  The last page has a few traced football die-cuts that you could also use for the pages, if you didn’t want your kiddos to draw the footballs.  Anyway, here is the book if you are interested:

Superbowl of Colors Book

I’ve also been working on making vocabulary cards for my students.  Here is the February version, which includes vocabulary terms for football, Groundhog Day, Valentines Day, President’s Day, and Dental Health themes.  Here is a copy of these vocabulary cards to download:

February vocabulary

 

Happy February everyone!  I’m looking forward to teaching lots of fun concepts to my kiddos this month :)!

 

~Barbara

Great Resource!

A few months ago I found out about the Orange County Public Schools early childhood resource page.  This page is chocked full of wonderful resources.  Here are some of my favorites that we have been using lately:

This is the "Can You Find My Mitten" color word activity. My students love this song! I love it because it reviews colors and teaches my students to spell the color words too!

This activity is really fun too. It's actually just a laminated snowman picture and I placed magnet tape on the back. I use large magnet letters to place on the snowman's 'tummy' and we sing the Mr. Snowman song (tune of This Old Man) to practice letter sounds.

There are also a ton of printables to make books and flannel board pieces.  Thank you, thank you so much to the people that created this page, you are an invaluable resource!

So, if YOU want to check out this site click here.   Enjoy!

~Barbara

Hip Hip Hooray! It’s almost the 100th day!

Yippee!  We are quickly approaching the 100th day of school!  This is such a fun day for my students :).  I thought that I would post some ideas of things that we’ve done in the past and some wonderful ideas that other teachers have been sharing on their blogs.

I send home the note below with a ziploc bag.

Here is a copy of a paper that I have sent home in the past to help students with creating groups of 10:  make sets of 10.  I have to tell you, it’s very interesting what kids bring in to school!  In years past I’ve ordered products from the Really Good Stuff Catalog with my colleagues.  They sell these great stickers that you can place on the bags.  Just click on the picture below to be taken to their site.

We’ve also made 100th day crowns from The Virtual Vine.  Here is a picture of one of my students wearing the crown (I altered the picture to protect the identity of my former student):

You can download a copy of the crown here.

Here are some other wonderful ideas:

Fun in First Grade has some fantastic ideas like this on their blog. Click the picture to be taken there.

Mrs. Larremore posted a wonderful unit full of pictures and printables on her blog.  Check out her version of the 100th day ladybug, I think that my students just might have to make these this year!  Too cute!

Chalk Talk’s 100th Day Unit Ideas

Kinderblogger also as some fantastic ideas and printables for the 100th day of school on her blog.  Check out her 100th Day Book, what a great addition this will be to our station activities next week :).

I’m also re-posting some 100th day printables  from this posting here.

I’ll try to post some pictures later of what we ended up doing for the 100th day of school.  Have fun celebrating everyone!

~Barbara

DJ Inker’s Back 2 School Contest…

So I entered a few things in DJ Inker’s Back 2 School contest earlier in the month of August.  I didn’t end up winning, but SIX of my projects made it to the featured top 30 projects!  Whoo hoo!  This really made my day!

Here is a link where you can view all of the top 30 contest entries on their Idea and Sample page:

And for all of you…I’m posting my top two most viewed entries from this page.  Both of these song books were made to go with Jack Hartmann’s music CD’s.  If you are interested in the CD’s click on the album art to be taken to Jack Hartmann’s website for purchasing information at the bottom of the page.

vowel sounds samba big book

All Together Big Book

I hope that all of you enjoy both of these!

~Barbara