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Teaching Sight Words Part One

I have a confession. I have always taught sight words some what randomly. I teach words from the Dolche sight word lists. I teach sight wor...

Sunday, February 18, 2018

100th Day of School Take 2 with New Freebies

When did you celebrate the 100th Day of School??? We recently celebrated...the 101 day of school!!! I was SICK (like really, really sick) on the 100th Day. I left a few simple activities for the sub, but saved the best for when I returned. Our 100th day was on a Friday, so I returned on Monday, at 60% for the 101 day of school.


A few years ago, I created a 100 Day Unit. This year, I wanted to change it up a little, so I updated this oldie, but goodie. If you previously purchased it, you cam download the new version for FREE. You can buy it here. We ran our 100th day with rotations. We did 4 rotations with a parent or teacher at each rotation.


How cute are these cupcakes? The kids LOVED them!!!!


We used glitter glue from the dollar store. The kids LOVED it...But... It was messy. It took forever to finish (the next day for some). Next year, we will use sparkle stickers instead. We will save the glitter glue for another day.

This is one of the NEW activities. 100 Days Brighter - Counting by 10s. Tip- Cut and glue first so there aren't any loose pieces if they don't finish. Our rotions were 20 minutes and 80% of the kids were able to finish this one.

The Fruit Loop Necklace is a classic...and if you have never done it, it is harder than it looks! Be sure to tape down one side of the necklace so that the kids don't accidently DROP it!!!

In the forth group, they made this adorable crown!!! This is an updated version from a previous FREEBIE. You can get this FREE crown HERE. We used Dollar Store Bingo Dabbers to make 100 dots. We took a class photo with all of the kids wearing their crown. We put it in our end of the year books.
 


We also read 100 Books. No, each kids did not read 100 books, The entire class read 100 books. We did read to self and read with a buddy a few times. Each time a child read a book, they filled out a sheet. When I read a book, each child got to fill out a sheet. By the end of the day, we actually read over 100 books.

We made the classic trail mix. In years past, I have tried to use tiny items (candy, chocolate chips) to fit in the small circle. This year, I had them put one in each circle, add it to the bad, then get the next snack. It worked out so much better. This is also FREE HERE.


At the end of the day, each student got a certificate showing they had completed 100 days.


They also each went home with a glow stick. You can get the star FREE HERE.  Let me knwo if you have any questions. When do you celebrate the 100th Day?


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Winter Crafts


Hello teacher friends! It is a New Year and I am excited to be sharing some new craftivities with you.


How cute are these little kids? I found the blowers at the dollar store. My EA and I hot glued them on. The glitter made it extra special for the kids. I know it can messy (man, I hope my room gets vacuumed tonight!) but the joy it brings the kids is totally worth it.

There is also this adorable Goal Setting page where kids can share four of their goals. You can find get this FREE in my Teachers Pay Teacher Shop HERE.

I also created these three adorable Math crafts for practicing Sums of 5 and Sums of 10.There are three crafts and three matching centers. You can buy these HERE.


For the Mitten Wreath, students add some purple and some blue mittens. There is a circle frame to make it easier for students to line it up. There is a matching ten frame and number sentence to go with this craft.
 The hot chocolate may be my favorite (please ignore the two right mittens, oops!) For the center, they count the marshmallows in the cup and decide  how many more to make ten. For the craft, they start out with ten marshmallows and put some in the blue cup and some in the right cup, then add it up. If you are brave, you could use real marshmallows!!!
The snowglobe is pretty cute. Fr the craft, they have the added fun of coloring the snowman!!!!

I hope your class enjoys these crafts as much as my class does!!!! I hope to make many more crafts soon. 


Monday, July 3, 2017

Hello, Blog, it's time for a GIVEAWAY

Hello Blog,

Remember me? Once upon a time you were one of my favorite creative outlet. But, then life got in the way. I had a third baby. We got new admin and new curriculum. I am happy,  no, Ecstatic, to announce, I am back!!!! Now, I haven't been completely absent. I have been blogging at Kinder Tribe and I have been posting on Facebook. I have also been creating and selling and Teachers Pay Teachers but again, not as much as I would like.

I have so many UNFINISHED products to work on! This week, I should be finished with my August/September Interactive Math Games. The price of the GROWING BUNDLE will go up as soon as I add that. I also created a NEW CVC Unit. It will come in color an black white. Be sure to follow my store to see when it comes out. I plan on finishing Play Dough Growing Bundle this month. This month, I will also launch my Kindergarten Thematic Math Centers, Games and Exit Tickets. There will be 20 themes. Each theme will have 4 Math Centers, 4 Printables, and 4 Exit Tickets. The Exit Tickets will directly align with the Math centers. I am so excited!!!! I did create a single First Grade Scarecrow Math Centers, Printables, and Exit Tickets. You can check it out and get an idea of what it will look like. Would you like to see more of these first grade ones? Let me know!



This past year, I updated some of my favorite Year Round Math Centers. If you have purchased my Year Round Domino Centers, you can download the updated version free. It has new games, new graphics, and new fonts. This is a must have for any Kindergarten or First Grade teacher.


Unfortunately, I had to remove my Unifix Math Centers (unifix is copyrighted) from my store, but you will love my New Snap Cubes Centers. It includes new graphics AND new games. In fact, I added so many games, I created one unit just for Number Sense and one for Addition and Subtraction.

Have you seen my new Eraser Math Centers. These centers can be used with ANY adorable erasers that you have. The centers vary in difficulty and can be used ALL YEAR LONG.


I created Interactive Math Games that can be used on any device that uses Power Point. This past year, my class played them on the Smartboard and on the classroom computers. This is a GROWING BUNDLE. Each month will be completed BEFORE the month it will be used in. Like I said, I will be finished with August/September this week and the price WILL go up.

Okay, that's a lot of math. I also have new literacy activities coming out this summer, but I will save it for another day.....

Now for today's Giveaway.... I have a TEACHER HAPPY PLANNER just for you!!!Yes, this EXACT one....and there may be an additional surprise included!!! I LOVED my Happy Planner this past year. This year, they are even cuter!!!!! The Giveaway runs until Saturday. You can pin a different image from this page every day for an additional entry!


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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Fall Math Warm-Ups and Centers

I cannot believe it is already October! I am still working on balancing being a teacher and a mom three. My poor blog has really taken a backseat this past year! I am excited to share with you how I do math warm ups in my room.

I start every math lesson with a little warm up to get our brains going. I flash a card and ask students how many they see.


You can flash dot cards, ten frames, or dominos and ask students how many they see. This helps with building number sense. Seeing quantities arranged in various patterns is called subitizing. This is essential to teaching math. We have recently started working on one more and one less so after I ask them how many they see, I ask for one more and one less.


The fun part can be in the answer. If you use Eureka or Engage New York, you know there is a special way to count. I have students place their fingers in the correct form next to their head. We call the moose ears.


I also created these stars. Students can hold it with the correct number above their head to indicate how many dots they saw. You can get the stars FREE HERE.


You can also have students build the number on a ten frames. You can get this ten frame FREE in my Math Kit.


I have some great Fall Math Centers that also hit on these same standards. These centers are perfect for September-November.


How cute is this domino scarecrows? This is a class favorite. There is also an addition/subtraction version for differentiation.
If you have any of my math centers, you know I love subitzing. These scarecrows with pumpkins are no different.

We recently started working on one more and one less. This spinner and ten frame activity is a great way to reinforce it.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Christmas in July

Who is thinking about Christmas in July???? I know I am! I may or may not be jumping for joy because Hallmark Channel starts Christmas in July on Friday. I am also linking up with some of my favorite teacher buddies for a little Christmas in July SALE and GIVEAWAY.




This summer, I updated one of my first freebies with some new graphics and clip art. This game is perfect for back to school. You can have kids practice rolling and tracing or rolling and writing their numbers. I printed them off on bright cardstock and laminated for a simple center. You can grab this free update HERE


My ENTIRE store is 20% until July 29th. BUT it gets EVEN BETTER. Follow me on FACEBOOK to get announcements about SPECIAL SUPER SALES.

These are some of my Best Selling Math activities.


Math Exit Tickets Grab these while they are on sale and SAVE over $10!


Ready to win some prizes and pick up some freebies????



Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ten Frame Memory Games


Hello, teacher friends! I hope your summer is off to a great start. Today, I blogged at Kinder Tribe about how use scrapbook paper in my classroom. You can check it out HERE
I made these FREE ten frame and number cards for all seasons and holidays. See how in my post on Kinder Tribe. You can get the FREE CARDS HERE. I wanted to share all the ways I teach my kids to play memory with these cards. To make these games, you'll need to sets of the cards. You'll need 8 sheets of scrapbook paper to make 2 sets.


At the beginning of the year, I start with matching number to quantity. I also like to have kids match quantity to quantity. This is great for number sense.

After winter break, we start to work on sums of 5 and sums of 10. First, I will have students find two ten frames to make five or ten.

Once matching ten frames gets easy, we move on to one ten frame and one number to make five or ten.


By spring, many of my students are ready to work on fluency, so we use 2 numerals to make five and ten. Of course, some kids will not be ready for numerals. You can differentiate by having your lower kids continue to use ten frames. Likewise, your high students may be ready for numerals in January. Remember, you know your kids and their needs better than anyone or any program.


Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Teaching Sight Words Part One


I have a confession. I have always taught sight words some what randomly. I teach words from the Dolche sight word lists. I teach sight words from the guided reading books I choose. I teach sight words from shared reading. Some kids may know less than 10 words, while others know 100. Yes, my kids always progress, but I felt like what I was doing wasn't student focused enough. I wanted something I could use to teach and assess my kids. I wanted all of my centers to align to what I was teaching. I created my Sight Word Mega Bundle to differentiate how I teach and to make sure my students have FUN learning.

I created my Sight Word Teach and Assess to structure my teaching and keep meaningful data.I took 210 sight words and broke them into groups of 6. There are a total of 35 lists.  Everything is labeled with the list number to make it easy to differentiate


Each student gets their own sight word book. For my high kids, I made books with 10 lists. My lower students have groups with 5 lists. I individually assessed students to see what words they know. They got a sticker if they knew the word. Once I determined what list to start on, I sent a copy of the list and  the sight word cards to practice. 


I sounds students in the same guided reading group also needed to work on the same list of words. I use these in my guided reading groups as a quick warm up. On Monday, we introduce the 6 words. On Tuesday, I will call a color, such as red, and the group will read the red line. For my lower groups, I will read it with them. If the group is ready,on Wednesday, I will read one line as a group, then call an individual student to read a line. If the group is not ready, we'll continue to read it as a group. I always want the kids to feel successful. I also included a sheet to track timed fluency and a spelling list.



I also created four sight word centers that align with my Sight Word Teach and Assess.  First up, is the Sight Word Game Board. Each board has a list number on it so students know which board to get. Students work with a partner. They roll a dice, move a counter that number of spaces, and read the word. This game does go fast, but my kids enjoying to playing it multiple times. 


The second center is Sight Word Crossword Puzzles. Again, each sheet has a number that corresponds to the list number.


Sight Word Rainbow Write is another class favorite. For this, students use a paper clip to spin the color wheel. Then, they color the word that color. 


The last one is Roll a Sight Word. Students roll a dice and practice writing that word. 

Do you LOVE it all like me? You can buy it all in a Sight Word Mega Bundle a SAVE BIG.