Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Under Construction

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Lucky Charms Graphing Freebie

Hello, friends!  I apologize for the silence on the blog as of late.  You see, I kind of had my first baby (hurray!) and am spending every waking moment with his darling little self.

Cute stuff, right?  He is the sweetest thing and James and I are just crazy about him. My six week maternity leave was full of cuddles and sleepy sweetness.

Unfortunately though real life has to set back in at some point and I am back at work.  It has been beyond hard, but while I am certainly missing my sweet baby, it has been nice to be with my sweet first graders again.  

This week we will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day and I've created a free little graphing activity that you are welcome to use if you like!  My students have always enjoyed sorting out their Lucky Charms, collecting their data, and representing it in a bar graph.  I hope that you and your students enjoy this as well!  

Click above, below, or HERE to download this activity for free!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Halloween Number Handwriting {FREEBIE!}

Hey friends! I've noticed this interesting trend in my life. As my pregnant belly gets bigger my blogging gets more and more sparse. I'm doing my best, but, you know, what can you do? This precious little baby likes to sap mom's energy!

I'm excited today to share a fun little Halloween freebie that I hope can be useful to you. My kiddos always seem to need a little nudge or a bit of TLC when it comes to number formation.  We often overlook number formation what with the glaring light of correct letter formation in our faces, but both are important.  We want our students to be able to clearly convey the numerals that represent quantities.

SO, in an attempt to snatch some motivation out of the Halloween buzz running rampant in my school, I created this handwriting packet.  The pages run from 0-10 and include modeled formation, opportunities for independent practice, and images that convey quantity.

Click HERE or on any of the images to snag it for free!  
Happy Halloween!



Monday, October 5, 2015

Hello Fall Centers!

You probably noticed that things are a bit of a mess around here!  The blog is under construction for the next little while as it is receiving a bit of a facelift, but hopefully it won't take too long.  

I wanted to share a few screenshots from a recent project that has my students and I all excited!  I wanted to create some engaging and productive centers that are simple and easy to prepare.  With a baby on the way and a plethora of changes on my horizon, simplicity is what I am aiming for in each little realm of my life!

Here are a few pages from my Hello, Fall Centers packet.  All of the activities are Common Core aligned and come with simple instructions and suggestions.  If you are interested in this packet it will be on sale throughout the rest of the week!

Click here to purchase!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Teaching with Ten Frames

Hello, friends!  I know that it has been a good long while since my last post and I do apologize!  I mentioned earlier in the summer that I have been working on a super secret project and it has absolutely zapped up all of my time and energy.   I am still working on it in earnest, but am hoping to spill the beans soon!

This summer I noticed that one of my old favorite pictures/pins was receiving a lot of attention.  Anyone remember this?

Since I've had so many questions about it I wanted to provide just a tad more detail about how I use this in my classroom.  First of all, I print and laminate enough blank ten frames to see us through 180 days of school.  I put them up right next to my calendar board and introduce them on the first day as part of our calendar routine.  Each day we add one sticker to keep track of the days that we have been here.  I keep it pretty simple at the beginning, but as the first few ten frames fill up it generates more and more quality conversations and questions.

I point out how our sticker ten frames and the place value pockets on the bulletin board (I have this one) can work together.  The kiddos begin to realize that when we fill up a ten frame it is also time to bundle up ten straws, etc.  We use the ten frames to keep track of how many days we have been in school and how many days we have left until certain big events (100th day, anyone?).  Don't tell, but teacher also uses it to mentally note how many days until summer! :)  

Because I change my stickers each time a new month rolls around, we can keep track of how many school days we've had in any given month.  Over the year I ask any ten frame question you can think of..."How many more stickers will we need to fill up our next ten frame?", "How many stickers are in one row of a ten frame?", "How many stickers would I have if I added the first two ten frames together?" and so on.  You can also use the ten frames to practice skip counting by fives or tens.

I give each of my kiddos one of the new stickers at the beginning of each month...just because there are extras and it makes them really happy!  We stick them on our name tags and they are able to keep track of the months for themselves.

I purchased all of my stickers from Teacher Created Resources.  They have a lot of variety to choose from, but any 1-inch (or a little smaller) sticker should do. These are the specific sticker packs I purchased to use this year:

You can click on the links below to purchase them for yourself!

August - Summer Sunshine
September - Apples
October - Pumpkins
November - Thanksgiving
December - Christmas
January - Winter Season
February - Valentine's Day
March - St. Patrick's Day
April - Easter
May - Fun Flowers

If you are looking to purchase these calendar ten frames you can do so here (just the ten frames, but with color options!) or here (as part of a full calendar pack) 

And if you are looking for even more ten frame resources for your year, check out my new packet, Teaching with Ten Frames.  It has a variety of printables, centers, easy-to-prep activities, and more to suit your ten frames needs.  Here is a sneak peek at a few of the pages:

Click here to purchase!