Sunday, March 31, 2013

Sweet Treat Sale

This week my student teacher, Millie, and I decided to do some How-To books for our leveled readers and take a break in math and do some fun learning centers every day.  We are reading The Lemonade War and doing the task in the frameworks about producers/consumers and making ice cream so we will be reading How to Make Ice Cream (Reading A-Z), How to Make a Pie (Saxon Phonics Reader), and Let's Make Lemonade (Reading A-Z).  I think I'm probably going to be STARVING all week long with all these sweet treats.  I bought some great centers to use this week along with the ones that I made.

OH!! On behalf of Easter and my SPRING FEVER, I'm having a FOUR DAY SALE at my Tpt store where EVERYTHING is 20% off!

Here is an awesome lemons/lemonade packets full of AMAZING math centers from Cara Carroll.  I printed and laminated and cut forever, but it will be worth it this week when the kids get to do these activities.

My good friend Stacy created a SPECTACULAR set of math centers as well that I can't wait to use!  You really should check it out!  She also made Popsicle Compound Words and Popsicle Contractions centers that I've got ready to go during ELA.  Click on the link below each picture to get to her products!

Here are MY creations that we get to test out this week!!  I'm super excited!!

What's The Scoop? is a missing addend activity sheet.  Click  HERE to grab it for FREE!!


Another FREEBIE that I created is called Graphing Sweet Treats.  It has cards with pie, cookies, cake, ice cream, etc. for students to graph and then answer questions about the data they collected.  
Grab your copy HERE at my Tpt store!  I hope that your little ones enjoy it!

Since I get super obsessed with ideas when I get started, I also made Fact Family A La Mode, where students can practice putting fact family pie pieces with the pie that uses the numbers in that fact family.  There is a recording sheet here as well where students write the fact families that they find, as well as a blank page for them to create their own fact families!  I can't wait to use these and see how they do!

One more sweet treat....Sweet Measurements.  I put together 15 Popsicle, cake, pie, cookie, ice cream, etc. pictures with lines to measure with JELLYBEANS (non-standard measurement)  and a recording sheet for writing the answers.  I was really happy with how they turned out!  I love bright and colorful!
Click here is you want to get your Sweet Measurements!

 Well, I think that is quite enough for now!  I need to go grab a bowl of ice cream!  I hope that you found some sweet treats here for yourself and I would LOVE to hear from you!  Don't forget my SALE over at Tpt!

Hope this week is fabulous for you all!!


Saturday, March 23, 2013

MATH Easter Egg Hunt & Answer!!

The bronchitis bug hit me like a truck this week and I've been in bed for the last 6 days!!  I have not been so unproductive in a really long, long time.  My friends figured while I was laying here I would at least be making activities, but NO.  I felt REALLY, REALLY bad and did NOTHING!!  Well, on Thursday the Dr. finally gave me some good meds that got me up and going and now I'm obsessed with getting out this little project I've been thinking about all day long.  My mom gave this the idea many years ago and I never really put it together well until tonight.  I sat here and created the whole activity, 112 math problems in all, and then ran out to Walmart at 11:30, in the rain, to get plastic eggs, grass, treats, and a basket just so I could take pictures to put on here for all of you!  I know, CRAZY!  I should have waited until tomorrow, but since I'm still up and a little more than OCD at times, I woke my husband, told him I was running to Walmart, and hit the road.  Now that I'm back I can post these pics and the activity for you to see in case you were looking for a little something extra this week before Easter gets here!  I can't wait to do it with my class!  YAY!  Anyways, I also wanted to give it away to the first 3 people who leave me a comment.  If you will just leave your email address I will email it to you as fast as I can!!  I appreciate you stopping by and checking out my blog and hope you will visit again soon!  ENJOY!!  and HAPPY EASTER!!

Click HERE to visit my Tpt store to purchase the activity or hope over to the sidebar and visit my Teacher's Notebook store - it's there too!! :)

7 pages like this with 112 math problems in all.  They cover: 
basic adding and subtraction, word problems, telling time, counting tally marks, base ten blocks, tens and ones, counting coins, greater/less numbers, 10 more/10 less, before, after, between numbers, positional words, taller, shorter, biggest, smallest, days of the week, months of the year, and coin identification

There is a two page answer guide for quick reference 
when checking the eggs quickly.

I'll be looking for those comments!!  But first, it's time to head to bed!!

Night, Night!


Sunday, March 17, 2013

Spaghetti & Meatballs to Ten!

I must say that I LOVE me some Scrappin Doodles!!  This month when you purchase a set of clip art you get the Spaghetti and Meatballs clip art for FREE!  I was so excited, but not sure how I could use it.  I thought and thought, and last night I came up with a plan.  One of the tasks for Common Core is to make 10 in different ways.  So......I made this little activity where students cut out 20 blocks showing numbers in various ways (addition, subtraction, pictures, rod/cubes, coins, tally marks, word problems, etc.) and made  a sheet to show 10 ways to make 10!  Students can use the "leftovers" to complete the meatball page and write the number that it makes.  I had fun making it and have now squelched my OCD tendencies of not being able to stop thinking about something until I've completed it! LOL  Here is the final product.  If you are interested you can click HERE to hop over to Tpt and purchase it!

The finished product!

 Hope the rest of your weekend is amazing!!


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pigs and Fish - Finally Done!!

So yesterday I told you how much I love The Three Little Fish and The Big Bad Shark!  Well, today I worked really hard to create a little unit comparing it to The Three Little Pigs.  Here are some pics of a couple of the finished products.  I created a different kind of Venn Diagram.  Facts about The Three Little Pigs are on one page, The Three Little Fish and The Big Bad Shark are on another, and the things that make them the same on on a third.  I put the kids in groups of three to complete their diagrams, and then had them decorate them.  They were really cute and the kids had a great time!

I created some pages where students put in characters, setting, problems, and solutions on both stories.  There are also some story cards and a cut/paste to show what happens in each each story (and both).  I would love to hear what you think of this and if you love this book as much as I do!  And if you'd like to purchase the activities you can click HERE.

Have a super fabulous night!!  


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark!  It is the perfect ocean companion to The Three Little Pigs.  Since we are learning about ocean animals this week it has become my obsession!!  SOOO, in honor of this book, I have created this hallway display.  Next week we are traveling to a Deserted Island for three days with three NEEDS and three WANTS, so I added an island at the top so we could enjoy it a little longer and add our writings from next week as well!  
Yesterday we did a Venn Diagram of Fish vs. Whale, which I need to take a pic of tomorrow, and today we did octopuses with legs showing ways to make 8 (obviously since octopuses have 8 legs) and I hung a couple of them on the display.  Tomorrow we are making an ocean organizer that I made to go with the book that I wrote for them to read this week.  On Thursday we will get to to the book comparisons between The Three Little Fish and The Three Little Pigs.  I can't wait!  On Friday we will assess our knowledge of ocean animals and work on some writing projects.  So far it's been a great week - thanks to my FABULOUS student teacher, and my friend Stacy's wonderful advice!  Here are some pics of where we are so far....  Oh!  and I even added a pic of Miss Lee's (my student teacher) compound word snorkels!  She's making me so proud!

If you like the idea of the deserted island, I got my ideas from Mindy at iintegratetechnology! She did this with her 2nd grade students and I tweaked it a little for my 1st graders and can't wait to try it out next week! Thanks Mindy for the great idea!

 If you'd like a 25 cent copy, click here. (Only added a quarter because of clip art, sorry!)

Have a great week!


Sunday, March 10, 2013

How much is that doggie in the window?

As usual, I've been trying to pre-plan for the next few weeks.  As I was looking for ideas to teach needs and wants with the first assessment for CCGPS Unit 4 Frameworks (obviously I'm using A Chair for My Mother  and Alexander, Who Used To Be Rich Last Sunday) but I also found a few other ideas that I wanted to share here.

One is using the book How Much is that Doggie in the Window? by Iza Trapani.  The little boy wants the dog so bad but doesn't have enough money.  In his quest to make some more money it rains, then he gets sick, and then each member of his family had a problem that he spent his money on to fix.  Here is the "doggie in the window" that I made to display in my room, as well as the activity sheets that we will do for writing and sequencing the story.

You can purchase these activities at Teacher's Notebook for $1.00 if you like them!  :)

One other accomplishment this week was the ocean animal book that I wrote for my class to use and the activity sheets to go with it.  I would LOVE for you to check it out.  Here are a few pages from the unit.  I created the book with fonts from Kimberly at Fonts by the Learning Tree and clip art from Scrappin Doodles in both color and black and white.  I gathered information from and Wikipedia.  The book has 14 pages and includes a table of contents, glossary, and index, along with the 8 pages on animals.  After both versions of the book you will find a Parts of a Book Quiz, ABC Order Sheet, Syllable Sort, Matching Sheet, Identifying Subject/Predicate Sheet, Rhyming Words, a Writing page for each animal, and a Quiz on the book!

To purchase the book and activity sheets visit Tpt or Teacher's Notebook !  I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to hear any feedback from you guys about this book!

I can't wait for my kids to read my book this week and do some of these activities.  I hope for some really great writing samples to show you later in the week!!  

Just hanging around.....


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Thank you Tara Ward for helping me figure this out!!  Can't believe how easy it was after the headache it was beginning to create!!

Thanks also to Farley's for the Currently page!!  This is my first so I'm really excited!! :)

Listening....I came home today with so much laundry everywhere that I thought I'd faint!!  I started sorting and organizing all of the loads and finally got them started so while I'm figuring out this CURRENTLY thing for the first time I am listening to the sound of the washer going round and round knowing that in the near future there will be clean clothes!!!

Loving...I am loving my amazing friends!  I got to spend the day with Stacy's fabulous firsties while my student teacher  got to spend some quality time on her own with our kids.  Thanks Stacy for letting me come in and do some fun games and activities with your sweet class!  Thanks also for your wonderful ideas and support!  On to Michele, thanks for always listening to my ideas and helping me proof and correct things that I make.  Your opinion is so valuable to me and I don't know what I would do without you!  Thanks also for being such a FABULOUS teacher to my little first grader!! LOL  Thanks Tara for being such a sweet friend and coming to give me a hug every day!  (And a big thank you for helping me figure out my blog problem today...LOL)  Thanks Millie for being such an AMAZING student teacher who makes me feel smart and creative and wonderful all the time.  You are a joy to be around and I am so blessed to have you in my classroom this semester!!!  Thanks Melissa for being my non-teacher friend, for listening to my gripes and complaints, and gives me advice and the feeling that everything will always been OK if I just smile and keep my head up!  I have so many more amazing friends, but for now, those are at the forefront of my mind and I wanted to sufficiently give them shout-outs for all they do for me! always, of my next project.  I am having so much fun making units for Tpt and get so thrilled everytime that "ka-ching" goes off letting me know someone else was interested in what I made.  It's not even about the money so much to me as the fact that I get to share my passion with others!  I would love for you to check out my store if you have a chance!

Wanting....a personal laminator....need I say more?????  Doesn't every teacher need one of these??

Needing....SLEEP!  I haven't been sleeping very good lately and am working on some ways to help that out.  If only I could turn off my mind, but don't think there is a magic pill for that! LOL

like, love, hate.....well, I followed the rule and am giving you three thing that start with the first letter of my first name so you get that I LIKE apples, LOVE aquariums, and HATE ants!

I really want to give this blogging experience a better chance so I'm making a pact with myself to blog at least two times a week right now to get myself established and into a routine.  Just to give you a peek of what we did today in class (I did this with my class and with Stacy's).

We are learning about birds so we made the chicken life cycle after reading both a fiction and a non-fiction book about chickens and learning many interesting facts (like there are WAY more chickens on the planet than people)!  We also did a little writing to go with it.  Here is one of my sweet firsties...

One other fun game I played today was Fill the Tree.  Partners take turns rolling the dice and adding the sums.  They cover the answer they get.  The person to fill in the last spot (FILLS THE TREE) gets to be the winner!  They love playing this game and it really helps with addition fact fluency without them even knowing it!  HAHAHA!  I love it to for that very reason.

Now, one final thing for this linky party (which hopefully you are still reading :) )....Caitlin at Learning Ahoy! has some great Frugal Friday tips for teachers to get discounts at various places.  Hop on over to her page to check this out!  Thanks Caitlin!
Brenda and Whitney at Teamed Up Teachers show how blogging together can be done.  It was interesting to travel to the world of 4th grade for a little bit (though I wouldn't trade my little ones for anything.)

See ya soon!