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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Place Value (K.NBT 1)

Gulp!  Kindergarten students learning place value in our common core standards!!  This is a tough concept. Your going to need a lot of resources at your disposal.  Plan to teach and reteach.
I am hoping this post will give you some helpful items to use. 

Here is a video and a worksheet to follow up the video.
Click the image below to get your copy.

But wait, there's more...

I think that this School Tube video goes very well with this freebie!
I am flipping out over these flip books!!

Place Value Flip book (Outside) 
Place Value Flip Book (Inside)

But wait, there's more...

Here are some links to some oldies, but goodies.
Remember Math Their Way? 
This is the link to the chapter on Place Value and a link to the Place Value Strips.

Place Value Chapter
Place Value Strips

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Long Vowels Review Activity

I have redone this so that it is now a PDF document.  I created it back when I did not know much about any of this blogging business and nobody even knew I was here!!  I hope you can use this.

Sorry no cutsie freebie but keep reading and I'll share my Easter cutsie craft and directions!! 

On to the long vowels activity...


You will need a 12 x 18 sheet of construction paper in any color.  
To prepare the booklet:
 fold the sheet in until the edges touch and crease,
cut  2 slats on each side
Duplicate this document for your class:

Students cut and glue items on and under the correct flaps. That's it!!

This is a poor man's blog!!  Here is a frugal, yet cute way I am going to commemorate Easter with my class. It uses nothing more than a paper bag, tissue paper, construction paper and whatever is lying around for the decorations.

The bunny head template is from different craft, but I used it  here. Hey, you might want to do that one instead!!

Now all that is left is to fill it.  I lined the inside with a piece of tissue paper. I have Easter pencils, a dot to dot, some stickers and anything else I can afford to throw inside!  
You can even have students make an additional craft to put inside! I did this last year.
This is a cut out egg carton painted white, with a yellow cotton ball inside, a yellow feather, and construction paper for the eyes and beak.  
Cheap, cheap, cheap!!
(Hee, hee!)
I hope you found something useful today!!

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Friday, March 15, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Activities


5 random things from my week!!!
But I am a planner  and a control freak!
Hmmm.. here are 5 unexpected situations along with some planned activities.

1) Monday morning the car was dead.  Hubby drove my son and I in to school.  I had no idea he could get dressed so fast and we weren't even late!

Free only at Teacher's Notebook! Click here for your copy! (Note: Changed to Counting Clovers.) 

Tip:  Have students keep the clover manipulatives in an envelope stapled to the back of the book.

2) It has been 80 degrees and Sunny all week long, but...

3) ...it has caused students to be prematurely plagued with Spring fever!  Aspirin, please.

4)  Our Spring break is finally here!

5) I made my first sale on TpT!!

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Adding and Subtracting Videos, Short O Video

I am using this video to reinforce the difference between addition and subtraction.  It is from School Tube for those of us who cannot access YouTube videos in our districts!


Here is another video I will be using this week to reinforce word families that have the short o.


Here is a very cute video that I cannot play because it is from YouTube.  Parents, please play this for your child!!  It is cute and educational!!


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Pete the Cat Books on the Big Reading Day


Our entire day consisted of Pete the Cat and some great activities. 
But before I go on you must know that you have to play the music that goes with these books.  These books just aren't the same without it. 
(Two of my books were purchased from Scholastic and they came with CDs of the songs.)  
If you don't have them here is the link to download the songs.

Here are some pictures of my class rocking out to the tunes.  

This activity went really well.  It is inspired by Kim Jordano's Jazzy Journals, but centered around Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. 
The Pete template is from Making Learning Fun and I created the bottom portion.  The buttons are created with a craft punch.  
I was in hurry and I just used the colors I had close by for the buttons ...leftover from Valentine's.  When I do this again I will use multi-colors like those in the book. I will choose a lighter background so the curly cues show up better.

Want to make this too? Here are your links for what you need.  

(I enlarged this template.)

We also used this freebie created from Made for 1st Grade to make a class book.
Much better looking in color as it was created.

Visit this page to grab your copy.

Well, our Big Reading Day featured a new cat so we also needed a new hat!

I enlarged the Making Learning Fun template of Pete's head extra large and created a tagline, "Reading in my groovy shoes!"
You will not believe what a child said just before I snapped the picture!!
He said, "Say Pete!" Yup!  They did!

We also used this cause and effect sheet from Finally in First. What a great activity!!

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Thank you to our guest reader!!!
I can't wait for the next big reading day!!