November Arrival Bins…Part Two!

I posted these arrival bins earlier this week and I’m so excited for you to see them! They are the perfect addition to your morning tubs!

Here is a closer look at the reading and language arts items. You can check out the math items in this blog post: November Arrival Bins Math.

I loved all of your suggestions last month. These letter/sound/sign match-up cards are perfect for your students!

I’m excited for my intervention students to use these acorn onset and rime puzzles. Picture clues are included to assist your emergent readers. Twelve different puzzle cards are included.

We have been busy clapping our syllables in our classroom. These fall syllable clip cards will be perfect for my students. Twelve different cards are included.

Now that many of my students have learned their letter sounds, we are planning on moving on to digraphs. These digraph punch cards can be used all year.

There are two different levels of the November word cards. Twelve different words are included. The picture below features the cards where students fill in the missing beginning letter. The other version simply features the word that students can practice building on their own with magnet letters.

And last, but not least, are the letter tracing cards! There is also an editable version. This would be great activity for practicing sight words as well!

I forgot to tell you that there are color and black and white versions of all of the activities, AND editable student direction cards.

You can purchase this ELA arrival bin separately here: November Arrival Bins ELA Version or you can purchase the bundle with all of the math and literacy activities here: November Arrival Bins–the bundle.

Thanks for checking out this post! I’m excited to start working on the December Bins this month!

November Arrival Bins

Thank you so much for all of your feedback earlier this month–I’m so excited to say that the November arrival bins are DONE and posted!!!! They will be on sale for a special introductory price of $4 through Wednesday, November 1st. That’s 50% off of the regular price! You can check out the bins here: November Arrival Bins

Here is a closer look at what’s inside…

Let’s start with the math goods!

I’m so excited about this non-standard measurement activity! You could use unifix cubes, like the picture below OR Pom-poms or erasers, really it can be whatever you want! Ooh, and think of the great conversations you could have with your kids if you measure with different types of objects!

Next up is 3-D shape puzzles!

These fall ten frame mats are perfect for practicing number recognition and creating sets! You can have students use play dough or erasers.

Fall comparing sets clip cards. There are three different kinds. Students can clip to identify more, then less & use symbols (< = >) to complete the number sentence.

Fall addition mats–students count the leaves and match according to their sums.

Number puzzles for the numbers 1-10 and 1-20.

And there are skip counting puzzles too! Students can practice counting by 5’s and 10’s to 100.

Students will be able to practice their counting skills and number recognition with these punch cards.

The last activity includes an editable version of number writing cards.

Both color and black and white versions are available for each activity. Simply print which version you prefer! There are also editable student direction cards.

Come back tomorrow to check out what’s inside of the ELA Arrival Bins!!!

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.

Every Cowboy Needs a Horse Song

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!

Bull Riding Clip

Barrel Racing

Roping

Steer Wrestling

Saddle Bronc Riding

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.

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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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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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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Spelling for Little Learners…Part 1

 

 

 

It’s finished…its FINALLY finished!!!!  This product has been like a year in the making!  When I taught special education I made my own spelling lists for my kiddos.  Most of my kiddos were functioning at a kindergarten reading level and needed pictures to match the words that they were learning so they could put it in context (many of my babies also struggled with their vocabulary development).  The picture below is a sample of what one week’s worth of materials consists of.  Twelve different spelling lists are included–most focusing upon short vowel sounds.  
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The following contents are included:

  1. Big teacher version spelling list for each week–you could also post these in your room as a reference :).
  2. Big spelling word cards.
  3. Sound spelling focus anchor charts–great for small group instruction.
  4. Student version of weekly spelling lists–great for homework!
  5. Student test sheets.
  6. Over six different worksheets for each week–great for either homework or independent class work.
  7. Read/Write the Room center activity with student recording sheet–great for a center!
  8. Bee a Good Speller Word Building Center–another great center activity!
  9. Mini-version of word cards and pictures–great for a pocket chart center!

This unit is gigantic!!! Over three-hundred pages long and for the next 24-hours as an introductory offer you can purchase it for 50% off!  Hurry because it will only be $6.00 through September 9 :).