Monday, April 7, 2014

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

And we have a WINNER!

Breanne, please check your email for your gift certifcate! Email me and let me know which item you would like out of my TPT store.
A BIG THANKS to everyone who participated!!!!  If you were not the lucky one this time, please keep watch because there will be MORE giveaways coming soon!


Friday, April 4, 2014

Preparations, Updates, and Giveaways! Oh my!

I have been working like a crazy person this week trying to get everything ready for the remainder of the year and my maternity leave, which begins Monday! This is getting real! Ten days or less and my baby boy will be here. :) I can't wait! I will post pictures to share just as soon as he gets here and I am able. :)
We have been working on adding and subtracting this week, which has my wheels turning for a couple of addition and subtraction packs (with at least one with a cutesy craft that I can't wait to share!) that *hopefully* will make their appearance soon! I was so inspired by my kinders enthusiasm one night that I put together a quick Easter-themed freebie pack to use with my kinders and to share with you. :)
You can grab a copy for yourself in my TPT store by clicking here.

I have also been working to update my Frogs Pack and I finally finished it TODAY! Yay! It now has TWO craftivities, along with labeling activities, a Venn diagram, and so much more! Grab it this weekend for 20% off! To top it off, I will be giving away two copies this weekend too. All you have   to do is follow my TPT store and leave me a comment on this blog post saying that you did and I will pick TWO winners Sunday night. Easy Peasy, right? If you already own it, just go and redownload to all the extras. :)
Click here to grab a copy!

Oh and don't forget about my giveaway! Only two days left to enter to win your chance at a $10 TPT gift certificate and your choice of any item from my store. Click on the link below! :)
Hope everyone has a great weekend! I'll be back Sunday to pick winners for my Frogs Pack.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Printer Woes, Numbers Stories, and a FREEBIE too!

This week I have had trouble with my printer at school (as in IT WILL NOT PRINT!). I have turned it in to our technical maintenance team and am "patiently" waiting for them to fix the problem. :)  Meanwhile, it has put a kink in my lesson plans (especially math), so today I decided to try something a little different. Since I couldn't print the activity pages for my original lesson, I decide to give my kinders a little more practice with number stories (aka word problems). 

First, we did several practice stories on the SMART Board together. I would make up the stories, the kiddos would read the stories out loud (great reading practice, by the way), and then I would call volunteers to the board to help solve the number stories. The first thing that we would do after reading the story is illustrate what the story told us. In order to do this, students had to determine whether it was a "putting together" (addition) story or a "taking away" (subtraction) story. I was VERY proud of how well my kinders were able to do this, especially my EL students. After the picture had been drawn, another volunteer would come up and write the equation to match the picture and story. Like I said before, I am VERY proud of how well my kiddos were able to do this. :) 
After we did several examples like this , I decided to let them try and create their own number stories. 
Here is one example:

(I just love her cats, don't you?)

I was so inspired by my kiddos excitement over number stories that I came home and made an Easter-themed number stories pack to share with you! Just follow the link below to my TPT store to grab a copy! All I ask is that you follow my store if you don't already and leave me some feedback. :) 

Click HERE to grab your copy
Hope y'all have a FANTASTIC rest of the week! Only three more days until my maternity leave begins! WHOOP! WHOOP!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Giveaway Time!

Wouldn't you love to have $10 to spend at your favorite TPT store? Do you have items on your wishlist that you are just dying to purchase? Now is your chance! In honor of my NEW FACEBOOK PAGE, I am hosting my very first Rafflecopter Giveaway! You can win a $10 TPT Gift Certificate AND any item of your choice from my TPT store! Enter below for your chance to win. Good luck! :)

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Spring Break, A Look at What We've Been Up To, & a SALE!

So this week is Spring Break...FINALLY! That means that I only have FIVE (that's right 5!) days left to work until my maternity leave starts! :) Spring Break also means that it is time to play blogging catch-up. Here is a few (and by few I really mean several) pictures of some of the things that we have been working on over the last month or so. Enjoy!
Journal Writing

This past picture is one that one of my EL students did. When she came to me she was almost completely non-English speaking and now she is able to sound out words and write them all by herself!
Reading and Writing Celebration Week!

The Imagination Place came to our school. It was so much fun! The kids made their own Oobleck and were able to try green eggs and ham!

    Since our school is a K-12, high school students came to read to our class! 

We did a small study about teeth for Dental Health Month. (Sorry these were the only pictures that I remembered to take.) 

Reality and Fantasy

 I found this CUTE Olivia pattern on Pinterest. It came from The First Grade Jungle. You can see the post about it here.
 We made shapes out of marshmallows and toothpicks! Fun, engaging, and yummy!

I got this cute idea from Mrs. Payton's Precious Kindergarteners and guess what? It was FREE! 

The shape monsters came from Kindergarten Smorgasboard and again it was FREE!


These little darlings were an activity in our math series. The kiddos were given a shape and had to make it into something else by adding to it.

 For our shape hunt, we looked around the classroom and outside to find real-life objects that were shapes. Fun, Fun!
St. Patrick's Day

This craft is included in my new St. Patty's Day Pack that didn't quite make it to my TPT store before the big green day this year, but I hope to finish it and it added to my store while I am on maternity leave this summer for next year.
Frogs, frogs, and more frogs!

 We have been working on my frog unit the past couple of weeks. I forgot to take my camera to school before Spring Break, this is the only picture that I have. We have done several activities from my Frog Pack and I also added some more activities (including this cute fly craftivity!) that I will be updating my pack with while I am on maternity leave.
My Frog Pack, along with my other Spring packs are on sale today through Friday in honor of Spring Break! Grab you a copy while it is on sale and then you can re-download once  the updates are made!
I also finished my ELA Homework Pack and it is also on sale along with my Math All Year Pack and my BUNDLE Pack of Math and ELA All Year!

Please if you grab any of these items LIKE my store and leave me some feedback!
Hope you all have a GREAT rest of the week!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

President's Day and a FREEBIE!

This past week we spent three exciting days talking about President's Day. George Washington was the focus for Day 1. Check out some of the activities that we did!
We made hats to look like George Washington!
We made and read Fran Kramer's "Our First President" book. (You can pick up a copy for yourself here.) Then, we did a guided art drawing of Mr. Washington. :) This is a picture of one of my kinders drawings.
We read books and talked about George Washington all day! At the end of the day, we made a facts chart of everything we learned about George Washington. I sat at the computer and typed up what the kids had to say and then printed the facts out and added them to our chart.
Day 2 was all about Abraham Lincoln. I had copier issues with running off the book on Abe for everyone, but we still read the one copy that I did have and did our guided art drawing on a separate page.

I thought that they turned out SUPER cute!
Of course, we HAD to make hats! ;)
Again, we read books all day and then made a facts chart at the end.
Day 3 was our big wrap-up!
We filled in a Venn Diagram with facts about both George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. I wrote in the facts on a large anchor chart and my kinders had the facts that they had to glue into the correct spot on the diagram. The student version was part of Erica Bohrer's President's Day Printables Pack. I was happily surprised at the information that my kinders recalled. :)
We made our own Washingtons and Lincolns. I had my kinders tell me which president was their favorite BEFORE I told them what we were doing. Sometimes they tend to base their decisions on what their friends are doing and what the looks like. :)

"He was the first president."

"He stopped slavery."
The last thing that we did was write about why we the president we chose was our favorite. The kids really seemed to enjoy talking about the presidents and doing all our activities.
I made the Lincoln/Washington writing page a FREEBIE in my TPT store. You can pick you a copy to use next year here. All I ask is that you leave me some feedback and if you like what you see, please consider following my store. :)
Hope you enjoyed seeing what we did for President's Day! What are some of the things that you do in your classroom?