Wednesday, October 30, 2013

The Teeny, Tiny Ghost {FREEBIE!}

Yesterday, I was excited when I found my copy of The Teeny Tiny Ghost by Kay Winters. I went home last night and created the cutest lesson to look at characters, setting, problems, and solutions, AND a math word problem. I came to work so excited. I could not wait to teach my fabulous lesson. Then, I realized... I FORGOT the BOOK!!! After talking with three teachers, I found someone with a copy.

My sweeties did amazing with characters. We even added a few details describing the characters. For setting, one honey said, "Clock." I used that as a lead into the problem. I didn't want to make him feel bad. My kids were able to name several problems, but struggled with solutions. I know what I need to work on for November!

In math, I have been writing number problems. I have been letting the kids help me draw pictures. I thought we might be ready to start journals. Umm, I think we made need to practice more. I am showing the *BEST* picture. I knew the equation would be difficult, but I wanted to try. Plus, there were ghost EVERYWHERE!!!! Not just five ghosts. One honey drew 12 GHOSTS. I need to model it more I start journals. I think after modeling it a few more times next week, I will try the journals again. 

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bats, Ghosts, and so Much More

My kids have had so much fun this week! They have been staying highly engaged with all of our great October Centers and Activities. We read There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat. They loved this sequencing activity from Mrs. Plant's Press. It's a great sequencing pack that also includes The Very Busy Spider, and The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything.

Funny story about the pocket chart. One little girl placed her picture in the pocket chart. As she walked away, the entire stand *may* have fallen on another student...or two. Oops. One leg fell off. I think I need to tighten the screws.

Don't you just LOVE this bat? I found it FREE on TPT. I did blow it up on the printer to 125% because I wanted it bigger. We are learning about ~at words, so i decided to make a little book to go with it. I made a six page book out of black construction paper and how the kids write with white crayon or pencil. I placed my book under the document camera and the kids took turns coming up and writing the sounds. They enjoy the document camera. It is my favorite way to do any type of shared writing.  If you would like the picture cards I used, you can find them FREE HERE
This week I introduced story problems with a Halloween theme. Right now, we are doing them together. Next week, I would like to start putting them in their math journals.

These are a few pics from my Spooktober Math and Literacy pack. My kids love adding the ghosts to the haunted house. We have played it with dice and number cards. The kids just love the ghost erasers from Target. I introduced Candy Addition in small group this week. The kids picked a card with orange and green candy, colored the candy, and wrote the addition sentence. I was pleasantly surprised by how much my kiddos liked this activity.

I can't believe we only have one more week left in October. I have a few Halloween books I want to teach and I still haven't taught pumpkins or scarecrows! Oh well. I will just have teach them in November. 

Monday, October 21, 2013


We did fire safety a little late this year. We were lucky to have a group of firefighters do three presentations with grades K-3. During the first presentation, a firefighter talked to kids about when to call 911 and when not to call. He talked about being safe during a fire and stop, drop, and, roll. During the second presentation, the kids got to see a firetruck. The firefighter went over all the parts of a firetruck and what the equipment is used for. The third presentation was the best. The kids got to go in a trailer home, have "smoke" fill the room, have the fire alarm go off, and crawl out. The kid LOVED it and I thought it was great practice for the kids.

In the morning, before the firefighters came, we watched a scholastic video about fire safety. Then, we made this anchor chart talking about what firefighters can, have, and are. I was impressed with how much my little sweeties knew. They did amazing. I love how they said firefighters can work in a team.Then, they filled out their own chart and illustrated it. They are starting to add words to their drawings.You can get the poster words and the student chart FREE HERE. The adorable hat came from A Cupcake For the Teacher. Later this week, I'll put up some posts from our Spooktober  math centers.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

TPT Sale!!!

Have you heard??? TPT reached 100,000 followers on Facebook. To celebrate, they are giving an extra 10% off by entering in FB100K. In addition, EVERYTHING in my store is 20% off. That means, 30% off today and tomorrow.

I was able to complete my Spooktober Math and Literacy Centers this weekend. I am so excited that you will be able to get it on sale this weekend by clicking HERE. Some of the centers include one to one correspondence, number writing, subitizing up to 10, sums of 5, rhyming words, upper and lower case letter match, beginning sounds and so MUCH more. Check out the preview to see all the standards taught,

This is the game that I am most excited about. I found the monster bag and erasers at target dollar spot and I had to create a game to go with it. Actually, there are several games that can utilize target dollar spot. Later this week, I am going to show you a simple activity with a candy corn bag and candy corn erasers that I made.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Hot Air Balloons in Action

My kids loved learning about hot air balloons this week. I wrote an informative text about hot air balloons. I included real pictures from the Albuquerque Balloon International Fiesta.In the book, the students learned that the Albuquerque Balloon International Balloon Fiesta is the largest one, lasting 9 days. Today was day 5. Yesterday, one of the balloons landed next to the school. The kids loved it (and me with no camera!).

This shows one of my color saver centers. We put the balloons in order 0-10 and practiced counting. Then the kids pulled a ten frame from a basket, counted the dots, and placed it in the pocket chart.

I love how the two color balloons came out. I started by flashing the balloons cards. We counted the balloons and talked about more and less.I was really impressed with how quickly they got that concept. In small group, we pulled a balloon card and built it on the ten frame. Many of my sweeties tried to lay the balloon manipulatives the way the card looked. Some kids were ready to start writing their sums of five. The color cards are a great way to introduce that.

In centers, students practiced rolling the dice and building the number. They were allowed to mix and match the pink and blue balloons in any order. 

We also wrote about our favorite balloons. I just LOVE the pig balloon. He forgot to write the word balloon. Oops! So cute.

No day would be complete without a great craft.It was a little harder than I thought. I should NOT have cut the tissue paper for them because they had a hard time filling in the space. They look great in my window.

You can find this great product with many, many more ideas at my shop or by clicking here.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Balloon Fiesta

I am so excited. This is the first weekend of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. It is the largest Balloon Fiesta in the world and lasts 9 days. It always starts on the first Saturday in October and ends the following Sunday. They host over 750 balloons. The Friday before it starts, pilots go to all the different schools. Sadly, this year it was too windy so they didn't do it. I felt inspired to create this amazing Hot Air Balloon packet.

I don't know about your school, but we are trying to conserve color ink.I provided several options that can be printed on colored paper or lightly colored. Read the product description to see what is available in B&W. A few items are only in color and several have both.

My sweet Educational Assistant, Val, colored these for me before she left for knee surgery. Don't they look nice? I will be posting pics of this product in action all week. I also thought it would be fun to offer a few activities from this product for FREE but only for a limited time. 
How do you get them? Follow my blog and you will know when I change out the freebie.

The first freebie is the tens frame you see above. I am offering both the black and white and colored version but remember, it is only for a limited time! You can get you freebie HERE