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!!!

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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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:

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

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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.

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Happy Spring everyone!

 

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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:

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

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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1…2…3 Million Teacher SALE!

Most of you have probably heard the news by now–TpT is having a site wide sale on February 27-28 to celebrate 3 million teacher users!!!  All items in my store and many others will be up to 28% off during this sale.

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Don’t forget to check out some of these great products to stock-up on for next year (click on the pictures for purchasing information):

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Or maybe if you are looking for more seasonal products:

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Great for 2nd grade literacy center!

Great for a 2nd grade literacy center!

Spring gardens math and literacy

Well, that’s about all I have time for today.  I’m trying to multi-task while making dinner and chasing my 2-year old!  Yikes!

 

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Cyber Monday…TpT Style!

Tomorrow is the big day and I can hardly wait!  My own TpT wishlist is bursting at the seams and I can’t wait!  It’s that time of year again for the Cyber Monday and Tuesday sale!  Whoo-whoot!  

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Image courtesy of Jennifer Jones. Check out her blog Hello Literacy for great ideas!

In case you are looking for some fun seasonal items, check out these things from my store:

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This is the perfect gift to make parents if you are looking to make a fun and memorable gift with your students and only costs $3.50!

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This emergent reader book set is perfect for early readers and goes along great with any gingerbread man unit!

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If you are looking for some fun Christmas themed activities to complete in your classroom then check out this pack!

These are just a few fun activities that you can readily implement into your classroom for the month of December.  Have fun shopping everyone!  

 

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 :).