Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Bonus Sale Linky

I'm linking up with Christina at Sugar and Spice for a special Wordless Wednesday.


Okay, ALMOST wordless - I NEED to tell you that TPT is having a BONUS back to school one day sale (TODAY!).  My entire store is 20% off and with the extra 10% off from TPT you'll get 28% off.  Click on the pictures below to see a few of the many products I have on sale.








and everything else in my store!

Happy Back to School!!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teen Numbers!

Oh those tricky teens!

Just in time for the TPT sale tomorrow I have posted a Teen Numbers Flip Book.
It is similar to my short and long vowels flip books, so if you liked those, you'll like this one too!  There are 2 print options for you to choose from and of course each option includes an "I can" card for increased on task behaviors.
Students will be cutting our 25 cards and gluing them onto the correct page.  There is an assortment of ten frames, tallies, dominoes, number words and sets to be sorted.


You can find this HERE at my TPT store.  Be sure to download the preview for a closer look!

As usual, I'll send a copy to the first 3 people who comment on this post :)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Do you 'Show and Tell'?

I clearly remember my first experience as a teacher with Show and Tell - I invited the entire class to bring in something to share.  All I can say is "NEVER AGAIN!!"

However, students love it and it really is a great way to work on speaking and listening so I couldn;t scrap it altogether.  A few years ago I finally figured it out!

So, here's how Show and Tells works in my classroom now.

•Whoever my special helper of the day is gets to take home the bag that night. 
•When they arrive the next morning they keep their show and tell a secret and provide the class with 3 clues.  Example – it has wheels, or I made it myself.  Some students even carefully write their clues down the night before.
•They may then ask 3 students to guess what they think it is.
After the ‘reveal’ they tell us about it and choose 3 students to ask them a question about their item.

I have 2 Show and Tell bags just in case a student is absent and has one at home.  On the front I sew a note to explain the process which you can download for free HERE.

I laminated the sign and sewed it to the front, but you could just place it inside.

I'm so pleased with the outcome!


Just before I go... if you own my math posters that were one of my first products in my store, please redownload - they look WAY cuter now!


Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Data Collection (freebie)

The countdown to back to school is on!  Although I am not permitted into my classroom yet (ugh!), I've been puttering at home to get things ready.  Today I was getting some paperwork organized to get ready for all the data I will be collecting.

When thinking about number sense I strongly believe that skip counting is an important skill and keep track of my student's progress on this form which you can download for free HERE.  We count in a variety of ways daily and it really helps them with addition and in later years multiplication.


I keep it in the math section of my data binder.  You can read more about that HERE.


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Back to School shopping!  I do it for me, my own children and my entire class :)

By choice, my students bring in $40 at the start of the year and I provide all their school supplies.  I LOVE having everything the same and everything I need.  My husband laughs when I run from store to store getting all the sales, but there's something about a new box of crayons and a deal! :) 

Just curious, do you purchase for your students or do you provide them with a list?

I've linked up with Christina for Wordless Wednesday, although I used a few ... oops!!!


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Number Words freebie

Hi there!
Just a quick post today because I am spending my day packing for my Mommy / Daughter trip to see
One Direction!
She's been counting the says for months and it's finally here.  We get on the tour bus tomorrow morning at 7am and travel all day arriving in Boston at 5pm.  The concert isn't until Friday so we'll get to do some outlet shopping!  
I never know whether to write 1D or On Direction and it got me thinking about number words.  
So... I made this number words activity for your little 'Directioneers' to enjoy with number words to ten.
Students read the number word, find the numeral in the picture with Harry Styles and color by code.  I've included an I Can student instruction card so you can copy and place it in a math station or early finisher bin.

You can download a copy HERE from Google Docs.




I'll be posting a few non-teacher related pics on Instagram during my trip so be sure to follow me :)

If you've seen 1D in concert and have some advice, I'd love to hear it!


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Hide and Go Seek Blog Hop

What better way to gear up for the TPT Back to School sale than with a hop of freebies and a chance to win great prizes?
The Teaching Tribune bloggers have teamed up to bring you amazing freebies and the chance at one of 2 $50 TPT gift certificate as well as a custom door hanger (for a US winner). We will select one US winner and one international winner for the gift certificates!

You have landed at the 5th Hide and Go Seek stop.

As you play Hide and Go Seek, you will hop to 20 blogs where you will collect freebies. Hidden in each freebie is a school supply with a price tag. You will need to collect all 20 supplies and add up the price tags. Once you have the sum, then you will enter to win one of two $50 TPT gift certificates as well as a custom door hanger at the final stop, The Teaching Tribune.

If you are collecting the school supply totals to fill your backpack,  then you are at the right place! Start by downloading the recording form HERE. It's WAY CUTER than scribbling them on a scrap piece of paper!

Are you ready? Well, what are you waiting for...get seeking! =) 
Now all you need to do is download my freebie and find the school supply! Then you will complete a circle with the other bloggers to collect their freebies and school supplies. 


Click the HERE or the find my freebie button.

It's a math activity perfect for back to school practice of those tricky teen numbers!

You can complete the loop by starting at the first blog or continue on by visiting the next stop. Either way, you will make a complete loop to all the blogs, freebies, supplies, and final prize!
Don't forget to become a follower of our blogs as you continue on. You never know what we will be doing next! 

Just click either picture below to continue Hide and Go Seek!

Or you can choose to start at the beginning by clicking below…

Make sure you make it to the final stop at The Teaching Tribune to enter to win!

Just a reminder about the Back to School sale at Teachers Pay Teachers.  My store will be on sale for 20% off then you get another 10% off the sale price with the code BTS14 for a total saving of 28%!!

Good luck and happy hopping!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, August 1, 2014

Long Vowels Flip Book

Vowel Flip Books part 2 :)

I've posted a Long Vowels Flip Book and am thrilled with how it turned out!!!!

There are 25 picture cards with a long vowel sound missing.  Students need to print the missing letter, color the picture (might as well put in some fine motor skill practice!) and glue them onto the correct page of the book.

I've included 2 different options for creating the book.  One has you photocopy each page then have students assemble, the second uses less photocopies.  Make sense? Maybe this will help:

I have included an I Can student instruction card to go with each choice making it perfect for a word work station.


You can find this HERE at my TPT store and the Short Vowel version HERE.

I'll send a copy of the Long Vowels pack to the first 2 people who comment on this post.  As well I'm giving away a copy on my Facebook page.



Thursday, July 31, 2014

Short Vowels Flip Book

Happy Thursday!

I am super excited about my newest learning pack!


There are 25 picture cards with the middle short vowel sound missing.  Students need to print the missing letter, color the picture (might as well put in some fine motor skill practice!) and glue them onto the correct page of the book.

I've included 2 different options for creating the book.  One has you photocopy each page then have students assemble, the second uses less photocopies.  Make sense? Maybe this will help:

I have included an I Can student instruction card to go with each choice making it perfect for a word work station.

You can find this new pack HERE at my TPT store.  Next on my to-do list - you guessed it I need to finish up my long vowels book :)

Would you like a copy?  There are 2 ways - I'll send a copy to the first 2 people who comment here with their email AND I'm giving one away on my Facebook page.

Monday, July 28, 2014

How I use Sight Words and a freebie (or two)

Yesterday morning I posted a picture on Instagram of the Sight Words Pouches (pencil cases) that I picked up at Target.  Since then I've received a number of emails wondering how I store / use sight words.  Here's a peek into my sight word routine.

First, the picture I posted of the cutest pouches.


At the beginning of the year I stock up on recipe cards at the dollar store.  Each time I teach a new sight word I have the students print the word on a card and store it in their pouch.  The pouches travel home for practice but are returned to school so we can use them each day for practice (see the game below) and to add more.

I jazz them up with a label for the front.  Click HERE to download my labels. I have formatted them to fit on AVERY 5163 labels.  There are 10 on a sheet so I only needed to use 3 sheets :)


One of the games my kiddos love to play is an idea I picked up from a co-worker years ago.  It is called WORDO  - think bingo but no bingo markers!  You can download a copy for FREE by clicking on the picture or HERE.


I've included the directions with the game, but basically students choose 6 words from their pouch and place them on their playing card (which I print 11X17).  The teacher (or caller) calls out sight words and if the player has it they remove it from their card (NO MARKERS NEEDED!).  The winner is the player who clears their card first. EASY PEASY!!!  My students ask to play it ALL.THE.TIME!

I hope you enjoy these sight word freebies :)

If you have ideas for how I can use sight words in my classroom I'd love to hear them.