Sunday, December 15, 2013


We wrote our letters to Santa this week.  We will be using the OREO organizer a lot next semester so I thought we should try it out now to help us with our papers.  They had to come up with the ONE thing they wanted MOST for Christmas.  Then they came up with 3 reasons/examples to go with it, and concluded with a closing sentence.  For their first time I think they did fabulous.  We posted them in the hallway for everyone to see.  There were A LOT of Easy-bake Ovens, and XBOX 360s, but the one that got me the most was from a little boy who lost his dog.  All he wants for Christmas is Blaze to come home.  I literally teared up when I read his rough draft!!
Otherwise we have been making snowmen and learning about holidays in different countries around the world.  On Tuesday we are going to trade rooms all morning and do crafts from the places we've "visited".  I think it will be a BLAST and something that they will remember!  I got AUSTRALIA so I'm sure after over 100 kids make SANDmen in my room on Tuesday it will look like we're at the beach too!! BWAHAHAH!!!  Ours will be on paper, but it must be cool to be in Australia for Christmas and make one of these...
I've been sitting here all day today printing out and laminating math and literacy centers for this coming week. I plan to keep them super engaged so that we all stay sane and make it until Friday.  I even wrapped 5 Christmas books so we can "unwrap a read-aloud" every day.  Just a little something to up interest, if you know what I mean.
I'm also planning to use Katie's (Teacher to the Core) Nice/Naughty Freebie to keep the happiness flowing in our room.  Just have to figure out what our extra treat will be for the party.  Have my elf, labels, and cubes laminated and ready to go up in the morning (if I don't get up to school today).  If you want to grab her freebie you can click the picture to go to her site.  There are more pieces to it that might work for you too!
We have our PreK-1st Christmas program for the whole school on Wednesday afternoon, parties on Thursday afternoon, and the program again for parents/guests on Friday afternoon so I'm hoping that the week flies by pretty smoothly.  Since this time of year is so busy I don't know if I will be blogging again before Christmas so in case I don't I want to wish you each a VERY Merry Christmas from my family to yours!


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Messed-Up 120 Charts & Number Puzzles

In the first grade Unit 2 math unit we learned to put number puzzles together from cut apart pieces of a 120 chart.  The kids LOVED doing this.  First I gave them their own 120 chart and let them cut it any way that they wanted.  Then they switched with a neighbor and put them back together.  It was so amazing to watch and they worked so diligently the whole time.  For Thanksgiving I made a math center unit that included some pages to laminate and cut out so that I could put some of these puzzles in a center.  Again, they loved working on these.  Here are some pictures of them working.

So, when I was working on some activities for this holiday season, I decided to offer up some of these pre-made templates for you to print on colored cardstock, laminate, and put in centers for extra practice or early finishers.  To go with this skill we have also been working on filling in missing numbers on pieces of the cut out chart.  I made a little mini-unit with worksheets for practicing this, but I also included one for FREE in the Fred the Elf & The Messed-Up 120 Chart pack.  Just click on the picture to grab your copy!!

Here are a couple of pics of this pack in action.  I gave it B to work on tonight by the Christmas tree and he really enjoyed it!!

If you are looking for extra sheets you can find them here or by clicking the pic below.

Another little mini-unit I've put up in my store works with TRUE/FALSE addition facts (and there are even a couple of <, >, = true/false bonus pages).  There are several different versions of activities to choose from.  I'd love for you to check them out!  I have included a freebie example page for you if you want to check it out.  Click HERE to find it!

Well, I'm off to catch up on some shows on the DVR and just relax for a little bit.  I hope that you are all finding JOY each and every day this holiday season.  I've been working really hard on finding a blessing in my life each day to be celebrate.  As you read this, know that I feel blessed to be able to share the things that I create with YOU and that you are here reading this and sharing your time with me!!


Monday, December 2, 2013

Hope I'm not too late!!

OHHHHH, I have been so busy making my list and checking adding to it over and over (AND we had a County Meeting today for Common Core with the whole 1st grade so I had sub plans to make), that I totally forgot to remind you about the big Cyber Sale at Tpt!!!  I know, I know, who doesn't know about that already???  But, I wanted to let you know my store is on sale for 20% off too, so with the code: cyber, you can get 28% off!!  
OK, I know that's really short, but I'm off to shop!!  Not only at Tpt, but I need to help Santa out over at Toys R Us and Amazon as well!! Hehehe!!!  Plue the kids are in the kitchen making stuff out of marshmallows and toothpicks with our elf Ralphie, so I gotta go grab some more pics and join in the fun too!  Happy Shopping!!!!