Back to School Math and Literacy Packet Posted to TpT!

This summer I’m working on all sorts of fun projects, but this week I finished one of my projects from my TpT t0-d0-list!  It is a back to school math and literacy activity pack perfect for the beginning of the school year.  Here are some sample pictures:

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If you are interested in purchasing this activity pack click here to be taken to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store.  Thanks for looking and for all of your support!


President’s Day Ideas and Fun!

Monday is a holiday in honor of President’s Day, and I’m excited for my students to spend a  little time completing a patriotic mini-unit!

Check out this cute idea that a colleague completed with her kindergarten students last year:

Here is another picture of a bulletin board my students completed a few years ago:

We made presidential placemats (idea from The Mailbox magazine) and completed TLC's Statue of Liberty project

Check out the adorable hand-print flags my students made last year:

Here is a link to a free download of the Statue of Liberty lesson from TLC Art:  Statue of Liberty Art Lesson.  Here is another great sample lesson from TLC art for a Barack Obama project:  Barack Obama TLC lesson.

Check out this cute George Washington project that April Larremore’s class completed below.  She also has some great ideas for President’s day, click the picture below to be taken to her post:


The First Grade Sweet Life also has some wonderful ideas, check out this adorable Venn Diagram that her students made:


Click on this picture to be taken to this blog for more President's Day ideas

Here is a penny estimation worksheet that I made for my students:  Penny Estimation.  I also made this penny rubbing worksheet to reinforce counting and penny recognition:  penny rubbings.

I also just purchased Deanna Jump’s America Unit.  Check out these adorable bald eagles, the instructions are part of the unit.  Click the picture below to be taken to Teachers Pay Teachers to purchase her unit:

Deanna has also posted some other great pictures from her unit here if you would like more information.

Here are some other must see links for wonderful ideas:

President’s Day Theme Ideas from Little Giraffes

President’s Day Ideas from Kindergarten Hoppenings (there are some great printables here that I most definitely will be using in my class next week :)).

I hope that you enjoy these!  Leave a link if you blogged about what you did to celebrate President’s day with your kiddos :).


Can you feel the Love?

I’m sure feeling the love from all of you!  Whoot-whoot!  I can’t believe that my little ol’ teaching blog has had over 2 million hits and over 100 subscriptions!  Awe….I love you guys too!  Thank you so much for all of your support, and I am so happy that all of you have found resources here that you can use with your little kiddos too!

And….I’m SUPER excited to say that my blog has been chosen as one of Teaching Heart’s Site of the Month winners!  🙂 🙂 🙂

So all of these lovey dovey feelings just make me think of Valentine’s day, which is just around the corner!  Check out this super cute math idea from Kinder by Kim, just click the picture to be taken to her February page, which is full of wonderful ideas!

I love this subtraction idea form Kim Jordano! She always has the best ideas!

Donna Glynn shares this adorable writing activity with a download. Click this picture to be taken to her site.

Here is another adorable math idea from Overall Success.

Last year a colleague of mine shared this adorable poem with me for making giant wearable Valentine’s with students.  We made them in my preschool class last year and the kids had so much fun decorating them with stamps, stickers and die-cuts.  Here is a picture:

We also completed some candy heart sorting, click the picture to be taken to ABC Schoolhouse’s website:

Click here to receive their free sample of February Ideas, this is where you can download the sorting page from ABC Schoolhouse:  February Ideas from ABC Schoolhouse.

I also sent home this take home project with my students to complete with their families:

I send home a copy of  a construction paper heart with the note from above.  Here is a picture of the finished projects from last year’s class:

This was the "Things We Love" take home project that my students completed with their families last year.

We are planning on making these “Love Bugs” again at our party on Monday:

My class also made this handprint heart for their February page last year:

I’ll try to post some other things later, but this is all that I have for now.  I hope that all of you have a great day!



Ground Hog Day Fun!

So I kind of love this cheesy holiday and think that it is fun!  I also think that the movie is simply hilarious too! Anyway, on to the important stuff right!  Did he see his shadow this year?

This day is perfect to talk not only about weather, but shadows too!  Here is a picture of an art project that a colleague of mine completed with her kids last year:

Here is a picture of the completed project. You leave a space or make a 'pocket' with the brown paper so students can tuck their groundhogs into the dirt.

This is a close-up of the groundhog puppet. I don't know what the technical term is, but it's basically a 'furry' fabric rectangle glued to a tongue depresser. Googly eyes and construction paper 'teeth' are glued on as well. I think that you can buy this fabric at any fabric store, like JoAnn's.

This is a picture of the poem that was glued to the back.

Check out this adorable you-tube video featuring a fun little song to sing:

We made this cute little graph, which I got from Primary Perspective’s Groundhog Unit, you can download this here.

I used groundhog die-cuts to graph our results.

We also read this cute book from First Grade Teaching Blog:

You can download part of her Groundhog Day unit here:   here.  I also completely LOVE ❤ ❤ ❤ Kinder Hoppenings Groundhog printables!  You can check them out here.

The photos below are of some of the activities that we completed from Kinder Hoppening’s Groundhog Unit:

This was an emergent reader book that reviewed color words.

This was a fun puzzle/matching activity that we completed. I copied the pattern onto contsruction paper and used a copy of the pattern on bond paper for the students to 'match' the parts.

We also made this cute Groundhog Activity, and I think that I got the idea from the Mailbox years ago.  Students cut out a construction paper groundhog and placed him in the bag.  They also glued a little song about a groundhog, which you can download here:  groundhog poem.  We discussed shadows and positional words while students acted out positional words with their groundhogs.  Here is a picture of the project:

We also read a few fun groundhog books:

So that’s all I have for now, but I hope that all of you had a fun Groundhog Day!  Here’s too an Early Spring (for those of you that didn’t already know that Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow this morning :)).



Classroom Superbowl Party Ideas!

It’s almost time for the Superbowl, and that means that it’s almost party time!  Well in my classroom at least!  I’ve been busy collecting some ideas to bring football to my classroom, so we can learn and have fun in a SUPER big way!  I must say that I’m a little disappointed that the Chicago Bears didn’t make it this year :(.  My hubby and I are big fans, and I was hoping to teach my little kiddos the Bears Fight song…lol!  Well anyway, here is a compilation of some ideas :).

At last year’s classroom superbowl party, students graphed what team that they thought that would win:

Students graphing and making their 'predictions' about who will win the superbowl.

We also made a color themed football book with die-cuts, but you could also have students draw different colored footballs. You can download a copy of the book here:  Superbowl of Colors Book.

Check out this adorable art idea from Teaching Heart’s Superbowl Page:

This football player activity is too cute!

Pre-k Fun’s Blog posted a bunch of super cute Superbowl classroom party ideas.  I really like these stuffed footballs:

I’m also super duper excited to say that I found a Football Theme page from Making Learning Fun! Check out this adorable Cheerleader writing activity:

Speaking of cheerleaders, I think that now would be a great time to complete the name cheers that Mrs. Lee blogged about here in September.  What a cute idea!

A new blog that I found called 2Teaching Mommies was full of a ton of printables and wonderful football themed ideas.  Click the picture to be taken to their blog:

Here is a picture of a counting activity that is available to download from their blog.

So, I’ve been working a few new football activities for us to complete too!  Click below to download the worksheets:

football theme addition worksheet

Color I See Football Theme

And, of course you can’t have a Superbowl Party without food!

Did you know that they make football shaped Oreo cookies? Pretty cute!

This would be a cute and healthy snack.  The idea is from Food Chics;  click the picture below to be taken to their site:


Have fun teaching your little ones about the Superbowl, and feel free to share any ideas that you may have!





Penguins, Polar Animals and some other fun activities!

We’ve been learning about penguins and polar animals the last couple of weeks at school. First, we talked about penguins and I introduced some new vocabulary.  I’ve really been trying to focus upon increasing the overall vocabulary of my students, so I made some of these cards here:

January vocabulary

Each day I introduced a fact about penguins to my students.  By the end of the week, they helped me fill out a cloze activity about the facts that we learned.  Students also helped me to make a large penguin that we used to write our facts on.  Here is a picture:

My students also did a cut and paste penguin activity, then they measured their penguins with unifix cubes when they were all done.  They recorded their responses on a sheet of paper.  Just in case you are wondering, I often use highlighter for my students to trace the words.  Most of my kiddos are not able to independently write, and this was suggested at a handwriting workshop that I attended earlier in the fall.

I got the penguin measurement idea from Mrs. Larremore’s Chalk Talk blog and changed it to fit this project.  If you would like a copy, then you can download it here:  penguin measurement.

By the way, Mrs. Larremore also posted a compilation of  penguin ideas here.  The top picture on page 13 of her unit features a picture from the handprint poem page for the month of January!  Whoop!  I was sooooo happy to see that!  So, I’m posting the January poem page for you to print if you want to make this project too:  January hand print poem page.

I know that I’m starting to sound like a Chalk Talk groupie, but April Larremore seriously posts some great ideas!  She also posted about the book, Mama Do You Love Me? here.

We made some construction paper Eskimos too, that turned out adorable!

Then we added writing similar to April Larremore’s post.  You can get a copy of the papers that we used for writing and review the sight words here:

Mama Do you Love Me project part 1

Mama Do you Love Me project part 2

We also finished the Eskimo sight word page from Heidi Songs.  My students had so much fun singing the songs as they colored!  By the way–have I mentioned how much I LOVE Heidi Songs!  If you don’t own any of her sight word CD’s or DVD’s, then buy some!  They are fantastic!  I can’t wait to buy more to use with my students!  Any way, if you want to download the Eskimo sight word page, then you can find it at the bottom of her blog post here.

Well, that’s all that I have for now, but I hope that you found some useful ideas for use with your little kiddos!  Also, don’t forget to check out the Penguin page here for lots of links and ideas to use with your winter units:  Penguin Thematic Unit.



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!


Snowmen, Snowflakes and More!

Hello everyone!  I know that I haven’t been posting very much lately :(.  I’ve been very busy with lots of things going on!  I thought that I would post some pictures of things that we’ve been working on and some wonderful ideas that teachers have been posting on their teaching blogs.

So, first of all, we started out the month reading a few fun snowman themed books.  I really love the book, “Snowmen at Night”.  My previous post featured a short You Tube video on how to sign the word snowman.  This has been fun to learn!  We also made some paper snowmen and students dictated sentences to me using the sentence frame, “My snowman is  ____.”  You can download a copy of some writing paper here with this prompt:  my snowman writing.  Most of my students aren’t able to independently write, so I have modified the activity with the picture that you see below:

I used the font “Frosty” to type students’ responses that are next to their snowmen.  You can download this font here if you are interested.

We also finished some snowflakes that we made with various die-cut shapes.  We talked about symmetry and how each side should look the ‘same’.  Here is a picture:

We also finished our January math journal page.  This idea came from Overall Success and you can see this idea here.

Here are some other great ideas that wonderful teachers have shared with others on their blogs.  Click on the pictures below to be taken to their blogs.

Brooke Perry shares some excellent winter math ideas and even has related downloads on her blog. Check it out!

Mrs. Larremore shares some great ideas and printables for completing a snowman glyph with your students. What a great idea!

I hope that you find these ideas useful!  Have fun teaching your winter themes in your classrooms!

Oops!  I almost forgot–there are more ideas here.  If you are looking for other ideas and/or printables for the Winter Themes that you are teaching in your classrooms.


New Apple Ideas…

Hello everyone!  We just finished doing an apple unit in my class (which was so much fun :)).  So I’d thought that I would share some of the activities that we completed with all of you.  By the way–don’t you just love fall?  I just love this season!  It’s so much fun to teach my little ones about apples and pumpkins.

Okay, I guess that is enough of a tangent, so on to the apple ideas!

  • We sequenced the numbers 1-10 that were written on small apple die-cuts and learned the poem 10 Red Apples.  Here is a copy of the poem:  Ten Red Apples Poem

This is a picture of the Ten Red Apples Poem project that we completed.

  • We’ve also been learning a lot about sorting.  We completed this apple tree project where students sorted their mini apple die-cuts by color:

This is a picture of the apple sorting activity we completed. I used a large tree die-cut for the top and cut brown construction paper into long rectangles to make the trunk of the tree.

You can get the paper we used for sorting here:  september jazzy journal for apple tree project

  • Of course we had to do apple stamping and tasting!  We had a lot of fun with this.  Here is a picture of our apple stamping project:

This is the apple stamping prints we did in class. We added clear glitter to the tops so the paint would really stand out. The yarn represents what color apple the student liked the best.

  • We also completed a glyph project with the apples.  Here are the pictures:

Students water colored the color of the apple that they liked the best.

This is the poster we completed to analyze our data.

Here is the glyph if you are interested:  Apple Glyph

  • We didn’t have time to make this snack this year, but I did make it last year and I loved it! I got the recipe from Making Learning Fun:  Apple Tree Snack.

Here is a picture:

This is a picture of the apple tree snack, which is yummy goodness!

  • We’ve also been playing Where’s the Worm Number ID game that I printed from Kindergarten Kindergarten’s blog.  You can see her post here.

Here is a picture of the # ID game from Kindergarten Kindergarten

I’ve also found some great new ideas on the internet.  I’ll post these links later in the week.  Have fun teaching your apple units with your little ones!


Ocean Theme Ideas and Links

I thought that I would share some of the activities that we completed this summer in my special education preschool classroom.  This summer the theme was Ocean.  The students had a blast learning about various ocean animals, and I also integrated basic skills such as letters, counting, shape recognition and color recognition into this theme.  Below is a compilation of activities, ideas and links to share with you.  Enjoy!

C is for Crab:

  • We made paper plate crabs (see picture below) and reviewed the color red.

  • We completed the Letter C worksheet from First-School.  Students used crayons to practice rainbow writing the upper and lower case letters, then they colored, cut and glued the objects that started with the letter c their papers.  You can find the worksheet here.
  • We also read the Crab poem from the poem book “Commotion in the Ocean”

  • We also later read Eric Carle’s book, “A House for Hermit Crab” and discussed how our crabs and the Hermit crab were the same (they both have claws, etc).

J is for Jellyfish:

  • Students traced the letter J and talked about things that begin with the letter J.  We used this worksheet, that you can find here for the letter J.
  • Students water colored paper plates and then we later added tissue paper strips to make the tentacles for our jellyfish.

S is for Seahorse:

  • We watercolored sea horse clip-art that I found from The Mailbox’s Ocean Themed book.

This book retails for $7.00 from The Mailbox and is full of great ideas.

  • Students colored seahorses and rainbow traced the letter s.  We used this worksheet from Lee Hansen.
  • We also read Eric Carle’s book Mr. Seahorse. We talked about how daddy seahorses are special.

T is for Turtle:

  • We painted paper plates green and had green construction paper shapes for students to glue to make the body parts.  We used the following shapes–large circle for the head, large triangle for the tail and 4 small rectangles for the legs.  After students painted their plates their were asked to identify shapes and glue them to their plates (i.e. “find the circle and glue this to the top of your plate”).  We also used a lot of positional words during this activity (i.e. on top of, bottom, side, etc).
  • We completed this letter T tracing activity.
  • We also completed a variety of activities that day related to the color green.

Here are some other great ocean theme pages to check out:

The Virtual Vine’s Ocean Theme

Pre-Kinder’s Ocean Unit

I’ll keep posting ideas as I load the pictures to my computer from summer school.  Thanks for looking!