Monday, November 25, 2013

Gingerbread Man Plans Plus a Giveaway!

One more day until Thanksgiving Break for me friends!  Woo-hoo!  I'm so excited to spend some extra time with this little munchkin. Doesn't she just put a smile on your face?! :)

While I'm not in any hurry for Thanksgiving week to pass, I am looking ahead to next week...the first week in December!  We're kicking off the month of December with a fun-filled week dedicated to the Gingerbread Man.  We'll be reading the original story and throwing in some other versions along the way.  Our plans include Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett, Gingerbread Girl by Lisa Campbell Ernst, and Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett.  We'll be comparing and contrasting the stories and making a class pictograph of our favorite book at the end of the week.

We'll also be using the Gingerbread Man Math Mini-Unit
during our Math block.

We'll be getting hands-on while working in pairs to complete Gingerbread Man Measurement to kick things off.

We'll also be completing some Gingerbread Man-themed Math Centers this week.

Additionally, I have planned to use some no-prep Math materials, which are also included in this mini-unit.  I don't know about you, but I don't want to spend my whole break preparing for the upcoming week! ;)

I just can't think of anything better to kick-off Thanksgiving Break than a giveaway for my teacher friends!  Would you like to win my Gingerbread Man Math Mini-Unit?  If so, click on the link to my Facebook page, follow me (if you're not already a follower), and leave a comment including your email address under the Gingerbread Man Math Mini Unit Giveaway post.  That's it!  I'll be picking five lucky winners on Monday, December 2nd!  Good luck and have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break with your families!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

No Prep Christmas Math and Literacy Printables Giveaway

This is such a busy time of the year!  You know what I'm talking teachers it seems like we're frequently low on time, ink, sleep (you get it)!  Add in all of the holiday hustle and bustle, and whoo-wee! 

Here's where I'm at...
While I love using bright, full-color hands-on materials in my classroom, sometimes I just need something quick and easy.  The answer?!  No Prep Christmas Math and Literacy Printables

These Christmas-themed activities will save you time because they require no prep! Just print, copy, and use. This product will work great for morning work, in a math or literacy center, or as an enrichment or extra practice resource. 20 Kindergarten and First Grade Math and Literacy activities are included, with duplicated dabber options of 5 activities. Scroll down for a sampling of what's included.

Here's the best part... I'm giving these units away for FREE to five people who follow my Facebook page, and let me know that they'd like to have it!  Click the link to my page and comment below the post for a chance to win!

Happy Holidays Everyone!


Friday, November 15, 2013

Community Helpers Unit Plus a FREEBIE!

The past few weeks in my classroom, my students learned about Community Helpers and they loved it!  We were fortunate enough to have several visitors, including a police officer, fire fighters, a nurse, and a baker.
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Aren't those reindeer cupcakes adorable?!  Thank you to Rhonda Jones at Main Sweets for making this experience so much fun for our kiddos!
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In addition to our wonderful visitors, who all did a fantastic job, we also read books about Community Helpers and made bubble maps of each kind of helper that we studied.  I began by making a Bubble Map Anchor Chart, and then let my kiddos head back to their seats and fill in their own version to take home and share with their families. 
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The Bubble Map Pieces that you see here can be downloaded for FREE from my TpT store here:
Community Helpers Bubble Map and Graphing FREEBIE

In addition to our whole group learning, we also completed Community Helper themed math and literacy centers. 
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Student versions of the Community Helper Bubble Maps and these literacy centers plus a lot more can be purchased at my TpT store here:  Community Helper Math and Literacy Centers plus More!
This unit includes 150 pages of Math and Literacy fun that can be used over a 2-3 week period in your classroom. 

Today, during Math, my students completed a graphing activity to wrap up the unit.  As you can see, they were most excited about the possibility of becoming a police officer!
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I hope that you'll head on over to my TpT store and grab this graph and the bubble map anchor chart pieces!  If you do, please remember to leave feedback--it really means a lot to me!
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Monday, November 11, 2013

Ho Ho Holiday Math and Literacy Centers Plus More!

There are only 44 days until Christmas!!!  I'm so excited!  If you're like me, you've already been thinking about Christmas for weeks.  Each year, I plan lots of fun engaging activities with my Kindergarteners, but after lots of years of the same stuff, I needed something new.  Here it is... Ho Ho Holiday Math and Literacy Centers Plus More! 
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 This unit includes over 100 pages of Christmas fun that will keep your kiddos busy the entire month of December!  In addition to nine full-color math and literacy centers with response sheets, this unit also includes graphing activities, bubble maps, have, can, are charts, Polar Express donation letters, party notes, tickets, and a week's worth of literature and special snack ideas to bring a little Ho! Ho! Ho! into your classroom.  I know that your going to love it!
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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Letter-Sound Recognition and a FREEBIE!

Wow!  My Kindergarteners have learned sooo much since my first data cycle!  I cannot believe the amount of growth that they've made!  That's kind of the magic of Kindergarten, isn't it?!  If you teach K, you know what I mean. :)

Well, I have to admit, a few of my kiddos aren't quite getting it yet...  After some assessment this week, I came up with a packet to send home with those that are still having difficulty with letter-sound correspondence.

You can download the following pages for FREE from my TpT store here A Little Extra Help, Please! {Letter-Sound Correspondence}
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I also attached letter-sound flashcards from my Teaching and Managing Small Groups {A Primary Teacher's Guide to Literacy Centers, Guided Reading, and RTI} unit, but any flashcards will work with your kiddos.

In the past, I've had great success when sending home practice notes similar to these, so I am hoping for some great results.  (I'll be hoping for you as well!)  Enjoy! :)


Monday, November 4, 2013

I'm Throwing an Anniversary Sale!

November 6th marks my one-year anniversary on Teachers Pay Teachers!  It has been a very busy and exciting year for me.  I've spent thousands of hours developing new products for my store, and I'm so excited to share them with you!

In honor of my anniversary, I'm throwing a sale!  Everything in my store will be 20% off from Monday, November 4th through Thursday, November 7th.  Click on my TpT button to hop on over there and check it out! 

Additionally, I will also be having a HUGE giveaway on my Facebook page!  Click on my Facebook button to enter to win! 

Thank you all for your support.  Without all of you, my success would not be possible! :)