Thursday, November 28, 2019

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Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all are enjoying some much needed time with your family. If you are like me, you will be doing some shopping tonight and tomorrow. I am so thankful for each of you, I wanted to offer you all some special savings. These deals are good on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, 2019. I have 50% off deals, $1 deals, and a FLASH FREEBIE.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Christmas Math Ideas

With Thanksgiving Break just around the corner, it is time to start planning for CHRISTMAS!!!! I really do love Christmas. I know, I know, some people don't believe in talking about Christmas before Thanksgiving BUT...I know you all want to have plans in place before you go on break. Hopefully, you can spend most of your Thanksgiving Break thinking about your family instead of work. I have some fun and free ideas that you can use.

Subitizing is the ability to look at a group and know how many there are. When  you look at a dice showing four dots, kids should know that without counting. Dice patterns are usually the first kids learn, especially if they play board games

 (I know, I know, some kids don't even know what Candyland is)

Eventually, they should be able to recognize various dot/shape patterns without counting. Maybe they will see the full pattern or maybe they will see two and three and know that is five.

I LOVE these FREE Ornament cards. Not only are they perfect for practicing subitizing, you can also introduce decomposing.

How many ornaments are there? How many are red? How many are green? So____ and ____ make ___.

I found both trees, the pompoms, and the bells at the Dollar Tree. I am all about the hands on learning. Plus, this is a really low prep center (so you don't have spend you entire break cutting). The cards should be laminated if you want to use them every year, but the can easily be cut on a cutting board. The Dollar Tree trees and "ornaments" don't involve any prep (WINNING).

Aren't the Christmas Math Crafts adorable? There is also a Christmas tree, not shown. You can hit on so many skills and standards with these. Obviously, math skills. You can work on decomposing 5 or ten. Plus, each craft has a matching math center for additional independent practice on decomposing 5 and ten.  Also, your working on fine motor skills, and listening to and following directions, which are so important. When I do these crafts, I have a completed one to show kids. Then, I build one with the kids (id you have a document camera, that's even better). By model, I cut out Santa's head, then have the kids cut out Santa's head. Then, I cut out the hat, and they cut out the hat. I won't wait for of my kids to be done to model the second step. I wait for about 2/3 to be done (we all have that one or two children that take longer).  I only give them one or two pieces at a time so they don't lose them. I do let them pick out the five or the ten pieces, so every student does not end up with the same number sentence. For kids who really struggle with fine motor, I may help with SOME of the cutting, but never all of it. If students don't practice cutting, they will never get better. Do they all look perfect? No, but that is half the fun. Follow me on Instagram @myfabulousclass and you can see some that my students have made. They may not be Pinterest perfect, but the kids love them. You can buy these crafts here. (I also have a seasonal bundle here, but it does not include Christmas).

I originally shared the addition version of this a few years ago, but I added one with numbers and a blank one. (trying to help my preschool, Kindergarten, and First grade friends out). You can usually find stamps at the Dollar Tree or Target Dollar Spot. They have them for every season. I like to buddy kids up. One student stamps, and one writes the number. You can get the template free here.

If you have been following me for awhile, you know I love Sensory Bins. The kids love sensory bins. Now, I do have sensory bins that all play, but I also use these smaller ones for my math and literacy centers. This one includes chickpeas colored red and green (food coloring), and various Dollar Tree items. The Reindeer numbers come from a FREE File Folder game that I have.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter for lots of useful teaching tips, free resources, and to know when I have special sales (I may have something special planned next week for Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday).

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Turkey Teaching Ideas

Gobble, Gobble, it's almost time for turkey. I love Thanksgiving. I enjoy spending time with my family, focusing gratitude, and of course, yummy food!

I love turkey crafts. Okay, I LOVE all crafts. Crafts are great for fine motor skills, listening and speaking skills, and they provide a keepsake for parents. As a mother of 4, I cherish keepsakes, but I have noticed a lot of classes no longer make crafts. Breaks my heart.

Hand print crafts are the BEST! If you follow me on Instagram @myfabulousclass you saw that I made this adorable turkey with my son Jonas. I hot glued popsicle sticks into a triangle. Then, he colored them brown. I traced the triangle on brown paper for the face and I traced his hand three times for the feather tail. Then, he glued on the eyes, the beak, and the waddle onto the triangle. He glued the triangle to the popsicle sticks (just with a glue stick) and he glued on the feathers. Super simple, super cute.
Big sister came home and made hers all  by herself.

Do you ever write down what you a grateful for? I always say i am going to do it everyday. I usually do it for a few days and then stop for a few weeks. It always makes me feel better when i do it and I think it is important that we teach children to be grateful. Thanksgiving naturally lend itself to a nice time to write about what you are grateful for.I shared this FREE Turkey Writing Craft a few years ago on Kinder Tribe. It's a simple craft. Cut a standard size (8.5x11) paper in half. Then, fold that in half, like a card. On the outside, add eyes, a beak, and a waddle. Did you know you can get google eyes at Dollar Tree? On the back glue the feathers. Inside, have students write or draw about their favorite part of Thanksgiving or what they are thankful for. You can get the writing template and feathers free here.

My Making Ten Turkey was one of the FIRST crafts I ever made and sold. It got a face lift a few years ago. Not only does it make for a great bulletin board, it teaches Math Skills!!! Put that in your lesson plans! There is not only a craft, but there is a shake and spill game, too. You can practice sums of 5 or sums of 10. You can get this craft and the game here.

If you have been following me for awhile, you know I love sensory bins. I made this on with leaves and a mini hay bale from the Dollar Tree. I also added mini pine cones and acorns from Hobby Lobby. The turkeys are actually a File Folder Game that you can get for a dollar here. Students can match lower case letters to lower case letters, upper case to upper case, or upper case to lower case. Students can also find the letters to build their name or build sight words. 

Do you want some more Thanksgiving ideas? Check out these posts.