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

Halloween is over...did you survive??? It's a little too early to think about Turkey's...so 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).