Sunday, December 30, 2018

New Year, New Ideas

Coming back in January, I like to think about new ideas to add to my classroom. I think about both academics and behavior management.

Morning Work Buckets have been a GAME CHANGER for me. When I first started using them, back in 2015, I had about 10 bags! You can read all about when I first started using Morning Work Tubs HERE (Hint: There is a FREEBIE for you in that post!) Now, I have about 75 different bags that I can rotate through, thanks to my Morning Work Buckets Bundles. there is a bundle for Kindergarten and a bundle for 1st Grade.

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I have started selling some of the activities individually, for those who do not want to invest that much money. You can find them here.

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Not sure if Morning Work Buckets are right for you? Check out this  FREE sight word for Morning Work.

Year Round Domino Math Centers are a great resource. The centers are differentiated an can be used all year long. There are activities for building number sense all the way to addition/subtraction. There are also several printables that are perfect for subs.

CVC Words are essential in Kindergarten and First Grade. This unit has 8 different activities that are in color and in black and white, to meet you printing needs. You can get these HERE.

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If you are looking for something simple, check out these print and teach CVC Worksheets.
Positive Behavior Management system. Includes a calm down kit and ideas, zones of regulation, cue cards, token board, first then schedule. #kindergarten #specialeducation #autism #socialemotionallearning #sel

Do you need to revisit you Positive Behavior Management this January? Then you NEED my Positive Behavior Management System.  It has everything you needs to teach, support, and reinforce positive behaviors.

Brag Tag Bracelets

Brag Tags may be the easiest way to support Positive Behavior Management in your classroom. I print out a few sheets of these, cut them and clip them, and hand them out...A LOT! I try to make sure everyone gets one every week. There is such a variety, I believe you will even be able to give them out to "that" kid. My class LOVE these and they take so much pride in going home to tell their parents why they earned it (I also write it down on the back). You can buy these here.

Looking for January specific centers? These are a few of my favorite.

Penguin Math Centers, Printables and Exit Tickets

These include 4 centers in color and black and white, 4 printables, and 4 Exit tickets. The worksheets are great for when you have a sub, you need homework, or independent activities. I use them for one of my centers. Exit tickets are a great way to assess how your students are doing and determine what you need to teach them next. I like them to help with report cards and to collect data on students who are struggling.

Winter Math Centers, Printables, and Exit Tickets

Just like my Penguin Math Centers, Printables, and Exit Tickets, these come with 4 centers in color and black and white, 4 worksheets, and 4 Exit tickets, that match the centers. Since the Exit Tickets match the centers, students can use them on Friday and you can asses if they understood what they were independently working on all week.

Students can practice building numbers, decomposing 5, and decomposing 10s. The Target Eraser's make them extra fun.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Happy New Year! Math, Literacy, and Crafts

2019 is almost here! Are you so excited??? When i was talking to my Kinders about this before Winter Break, I was surprised how many didn't know what New Years was!!! It will be interesting to see how many know what New Years is when they come back in January. I plan on spending the first week back talking about New Years. We will read books, write resolutions, do crafts, and, of course, all of math and literacy centers will be have a New Years theme. Hopefully, after this year, they will REMEMBER what New Years is all about.

I just gave my New Years Math and Literacy Centers a little makeover. New Clip Art and New Fonts. If you previously purchased this, it you can download the updated version FREE!!! If not, I do have it ON SALE right now.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE sentence frames to help Kindergarten students with their writing. There are 18 different picture cards that students may choose from. There is a writing sheet that goes with this or you can download my FREE New Years Craft and Goal Writing sheet.

 We have been working hard at 1 more and 1 less. This activity is a great review after New Years.

There are so many things you can do with these 36 sight words. You can have students pull them out of a bucket and read them. You can have them build them with letter tiles or magnets. A fun differentiated activity is to have students write the word (lower learners) or write the word in sentence (higher students).

Sums of 5 and 10 can be tricky for all students. I always start with the ten frame. Pick a number, build it, then determine how many more to make 5 or 10.

There are 9 different Math and Literacy Centers in all. You can look at the preview to see all the is included. Purchase you New Years Math and Literacy centers HERE.

How cute are these New Year Kids? I originally created this FREE resource last year. I added the blower this year. It is updated for the next several years. You can get this Free Craft HERE. After reading several books on New Years, and doing the Build it Sentences from my New Years Math and Literacy Centers, we wrote about what we wanted to do in 2019. Then, we created this cute craft. I hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Needs and Wants

Are you all ready for the holiday season? I am so excited for Thanksgiving with my family...and for BLACK FRIDAY!!! I want to buy a million things, but I need to stick to a budget!!! Do you like how I worked a little needs and wants into there????

I cannot wait to start teaching my Needs and Wants unit!!!! I think the Christmas is the perfect time to talk about needs and wants. I know I can be just as bad as the kids thinking about everything that i WANT! I know that social studies tends to fall to the side these days, but I worry that if we don't teach it to the kids, who will??? Lets face it, a lot of adults struggle to differentiate between needs and wants!!!

This Christmas stocking is a GREAT way to decorate your room this time of year all while teaching important skills- following directions, cutting, sorting (hello, Math!), and they very important social studies lesson of needs and wants.

THIS writing prompt may be my absolute FAVORITE! I included a few different versions, including one wear students can draw their needs and/or wants on the presents or on the trees. There is a blank tree for Kindergartners who may still be drawing and not yet writing (I know, we all have 1 or 2). For the first graders, they can write more. There is even an option to have a separate needs tree and wants tree.

This shopping cart sort is perfect for talking about what you are going to buy at the store. Is it a need or is it a want? You may want a candy cane, but you need fruit.

Of course you need a pocket chart picture sort, complete with definitions.

I love interactive books. For this one, kids read the words, trace need or want, and glue the matching picture. You will also get different writing prompts, and get student's thinking cards. Check out the video preview to see more.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Pumpkin Fun with Free Resources

We had a busy week full of pumpkins! It is fun to mix pumpkins is with the Turkeys and the Scarecrows. In October, we read Spookley the Square Pumpkin. This month, We read Spookley, A Family to Be Thankful For. In Eureka, we have been talking about shapes so this has been a great supplement to the curriculum.

At the end of this post, I have a fun FREE Resource for you all.
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 This Pumpkin Shapes Unit got a recent update. If you previously purchased it, you get the update for FREE!

This is a cute new addition where students take a card, find the shape, and color it.

My kids had so much fun with this Pumpkin Shape book. We did it in small group and I easily assessed who knew the names of their shapes.

This craft...could it be any cuter???? There are 8 different shapes students can choose from to make their pumpkin. Again, a fun way to asses if students can describe their shape. 

Clip cards make for a simple center, but did you know squeezing clothespins is a GREAT fine motor activity for students? Be sure to check out my Pumpkin Shapes Unit to find more activities.

Have you seen my Math Centers, Exit Tickets, and Printables? You get 4 Centers, 4 Printables, and 16 Exit Tickets. These will make you Math planning so much easier. You can find the Pumpkin Math Centers, Exit tickets and Printables HERE. Save Money, Buy the Bundle HERE.

 I have Hp InstaInk, so I print in color all the time, but I know a lot of teachers do not have that luxury. All of these centers are in color and black and white.

All the centers come with 4 different Exit Tickets. I have students complete the Exit Ticket at the end of centers on Fridays. I have 4 different ones so I know kids are not cheating. I love how Exit tickets let me know if a student has mastered a skill or is still working on. Plus, it is a great way to communicate student progress to parents.

All the centers come with printables. These are great for independent practice, homework, sub tubs, or morning work. I love hands on centers in Kindergarten. I think they are essential, but I also think ti is important for students to get used to paper pencil.

Ready for your FREE Math resource??? This game works on number sense to 10. Students can roll or spin, and cover numbers up to 10. You can get this FREE Resource HERE.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Scarecrow Activities

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Halloween is over...did you survive??? It's a little too early to think about Turkey' I am teaching Scarecrows!!!

These Scarecrow Math Centers, Exit Tickets, and Printables will keep your class engaged in their learning. I bought these adorable pumpkins at Hobby Lobby. They makes for a fun math manipulative.

Each center comes with 4 different Exit Tickets. This is a quick and easy way to assess students. I use them once a week, but you could even do it daily. It takes about 2 minutes at the end of the center.

I love these centers because they come in color and in black in white to meet your printing needs.

There are days I don't have time to prep enough centers. My Scarecrow Math Centers, Exit Tickets, and Printables includes 4 different printables that can be used as a quick center, homework, sub tub, morning work, and more. 

Fall Harvest Word Work will last you all season long. Students will match letters, beginning sounds, CVC word work, and sight words. There are scarecrows, leaves, pumpkins and more. Perfect for the Fall.

This is my FAVORITE activity. Kids match the pumpkin letters to the scarecrow with the correct beginning sound pumpkin. It is absolutely adorable!!! You can buy it here.

 Do you like to do crafts with your class, but feel pressure to ensure they are academic based? You are going to love my Fall Math Crafts. There are three different crafts, including this adorable scarecrow craft. They are differentiated to work on Sums of 10, Sums of 5, or any quantity you want to teach. Plus, each craft has a matching center. This is sure to become a class favorite. You can buy the Seasonal Bundle HERE.

Finally, I have this FREE Roll a Scarecrow for you. It comes in both color and black and white. Students roll the dice, and build a piece of the scarecrow. With the black and white version, you can have students color it. Teacher Tip- having students color it may make this independent activity take LONGER. This can be very helpful if you need to work on report cards.

I hope you all have enjoyed these scarecrow activities. Tomorrow, come back for some Pumpkin Activities (including another FREE activity).