Sunday, September 3, 2017

Labor Day Sale!

Hi everyone! I'm throwing a Labor Day Sale! Visit my store today and tomorrow and save 20% on all products! I wish everyone a happy and successful school year! Check back soon for some new content...

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Easter Fun & Freebies!

Happy spring everyone! Things have been majorly busy around here, but I wanted to "hop" in and share some of the spring fun we've been having! The kids have been having a blast with our Easter centers, crafts, writing activities, and bunny math! Check them out in action! I've also got a new product and lots of freebies for you! 

Spring Math Centers 

Addition Egg-Spert - We pick two eggs, add the jellybeans inside, and write the equations.

Bunny Munch Subtraction - We choose a card and model the subtraction problem using carrots.

Bunny Bowling - We practice decomposing 10 by playing a game of bunny bowling. We roll the ball and then record how many pins fell and how many are standing. Scroll to the bottom for this freebie! The set also includes a template for bunny bowling subtraction and sight words. I found this mini bunny bowling set at CVS a few years ago. You could also use the pink bunny eggs from Dollar Tree (see Springtime Sentences center). Or you could add some bunny ears to a regular old bowling set!

Add & Cover - To play this game, we roll two dice, add the dots, and cover the sum. I found these cute egg foam shapes at the Target Dollar Spot.

Springtime Sums - We practice decomposing 10 by choosing an egg, counting the jelly beans, and writing the equation. I usually use real jelly beans, but we have some allergies this year so no food allowed!

Count the Room - We wear bunny ears and hop around the room counting pictures. Bunny ears were purchased at Dollar Tree.

More or Less - We stack the cards in the middle and play this game like 'War.' We compare numerals, objects, and ten frames.

Bunny Money - We crack open the eggs and count the pennies inside.

Egg-Cellent Patterns - We use plastic eggs to create patterns and then color our patterns on the recording sheet.

Jelly Bean Graphing - We sort and graph jellybeans. This activity is included in the free preview of my Easter Centers Pack. Click the link or scroll to the bottom to download my jellybean freebie!

Spring Literacy Centers

Bunny Sight Word Hunt - We hop around the room like bunnies and hunt for sight words!

**New Product Alert! I just added my Bunny Sight Word Hunt to my TpT store! Click the image below to check it out.**

Syllable Stamp - We sort pictures into baskets based on the number of syllables. Then we use do-a-dot markers to stamp the syllables on our recording sheets.

Bunny Hop - We wind up the bunny and watch him hop around. When the bunny stops, we read and record the word he landed on. The bunny was found at Dollar Tree. If you can't find one, you could always use a beanbag or stuffed bunny and have the kids play bunny toss!

Middle Sound Egg-Spert - We sort eggs into baskets based on the middle sound in the word, then we write the words.

CVC Bunny Stamp - We pick a bunny, hop the sounds in the word, and stamp the letters. 

Springtime Sentences - We pick a bunny, unscramble the sentence, and write it on our sheet.

Bunny Munch Mix-Up - We pick a carrot, unscramble the sight word, and write the word. This freebie can be found at the end of this post.

CVC Word Egg-Spert - We match the eggs and write the words.

Bunny Bowling - We knock down the bunny pins and write the words on the pins that fell.

Easter Egg Hunt - We pick an egg from the basket and sound out the word inside the egg.

You can find all of these activities in my Easter Math & Literacy Centers Pack. The Bunny Munch Mix-Up and Bunny Bowling are not part of the pack, but you can download them for free by scrolling to the end of this post!

Bunny Math

This cute idea came from A Spoonful of Learning. We are currently working on our subtraction unit, so this was perfect! The students used props to act out subtraction word problems. One student got to be the bunny and wear the bunny ears, and the others were the carrots. The children on the rug used their own carrots to model the problem and write the equation on their white boards. I prefer to use the SmartBoard for math, so I also created a SmartBoard activity to go along with this lesson. Scroll to the bottom of this post to download my SmartBoard Bunny Math Freebie!

Spring Crafts

We read the book If I Were The Easter Bunny and then the kids wrote about what they would do if they were a bunny. This adorable bunny craft came from Jennifer Bates. You can find it in her TpT store. I modified it slightly to make it "If I Were a Bunny" instead of "If I Were The Easter Bunny." I think they came out pretty cute!


Wishing a Happy Easter and Happy Passover to all! Enjoy your Freebies!

*For the jellybean graphing, click the image above to go to my store. Then download the Preview File. This activity is included in the free preview. 

Friday, December 23, 2016

Holiday Fun & Freebie!

I know it's been a million years since I last posted, but I haven't forgotten about this poor little blog! Between teaching and being a mommy, I just don't have much time to spare for anything else! But I really do love blogging and I do want to post updates whenever I can. We have been having so much fun in the classroom, so I thought I'd share some of what we've been doing. 

Gingerbread Celebration

This was my favorite activity and I plan on doing it every year! The parents joined us in the classroom for a gingerbread house activity, and we had a blast! To make the houses, we used milk cartons, icing, graham crackers, and candy (all donated by our awesome parents).

First we read the book The Gingerbread Man. 

Next, I had an assistant model how to create the gingerbread house as we wrote down the steps through interactive writing. 

At last they got to work on their houses! They had so much fun decorating the houses with their families!

During writing workshop, I had the kids write their own how-to using this simple sheet to guide them. This will prepare them for our upcoming how-to writing unit after the break. Click the image below to download the freebie.

Snow Globe Craft

We made snow globes for our parent gifts this year. I got this adorable idea from my co-worker, Debbie. I used Powerpoint to place the kids' faces into the clipart. Then the kids colored their picture and finger painted the snow. Finally, I glued them, laminated them, and put magnets on the back. I love how they turned out! 

Math & Literacy Centers

Here are some of the fun holiday centers the kids have been enjoying...

Tasty Ten Frames - We roll a die to determine how many red counters to place in our ten frame. Then we figure out how many green ones we need to make ten. Finally, we color the ten frame and record the equation. 

Sums for Santa - We roll two dice to determine how many ornaments to place on each tree. Then we add them together and write the equation.   

Add & Cover - I brought in some peppermint candies to spice up this old game! The kids roll two dice, add the dots, and cover the numeral with a candy. 

Count & Color - We choose a card, place it on the mat, and count the candies. Then we write the number and color the ten frame on the recording sheet.

More or Less - This game is played like War. Each partner chooses a card and places it on the mat. They figure out whose number is greater and whose is less. The player who has more keeps both cards. 

Christmas Count - We pick a tree, count the ornaments, and record the number on the recording sheet. 

Count the Room - Students hunt for pictures around the room and count the items in each picture. Then they record the number on their recording sheet.

This cute Shake & Spill Gingerbread Center came from Teaching in Progress. 

Christmas Tree Play Dough Counting - This freebie came from A Dab of Glue.

Gingerbread Lane - We pick objects out of a gingerbread house and identify the ending sound. Then we write the letter inside a gumdrop on our recording sheet.  

Stocking Stuffers - We pull small objects out of a stocking, figure out the beginning sound, and color in the correct letter on our recording sheet. 

Syllable Express - We choose a picture and clap the syllables. Then we sort the pictures into the correct train car and stamp the syllables on our sheet. 

Gingerbread Families - We segment each word, sort pictures by the middle sound, and then write the words under the correct vowel on the recording sheet.  

Elf Hunt - We hunt for hidden elves around the room. We read each sight word and write it on the recording sheet. 

Roll a Word - I modified this game slightly. Instead of using dice, I used a wind-up Santa toy and a grid of words. The kids wound up Santa and read the word he landed on. Then they wrote that word on their graph. 

All of the centers above can be found in my Christmas Math & Literacy Centers on TpT.


I wish you all a wonderful Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year!