Sunday, September 21, 2014

Play Dough Fun!

Happy Sunday and Happy Fall!  The leaves are turning color here and even though I dread winter arriving I must say that fall is my favorite time of year.  We went apple picking yesterday and now I can smell the apple crisp in the oven - yummy!!!!

Last night I posted a new product in my TPT store. It's a hands-on play dough activity that will have your students 'building' numbers, number words and ten frames for the numbers 0-20.

I've included an I can student instruction card to remind students what they should be doing with the play dough.
You'll find a recipe for some yummy swelling play dough and every page is included in color and black & white.  You can find it HERE at my TPT store.

And that's not all! Here's a FREE alphabet pattern activity that students can use to 'build' their names,
You can download it HERE for free.

I'd love to send a copy of my number mats to a couple winners!!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Howdy! Are you ready for some Wild West math fun?

Howdy Partner!!  (sorry, not sorry!)  just had to say that to introduce my new Wild West Edition Dice Activities.  I've been loving my other 2 sets and just had to make a set with this adorable cowboys and cowgirls.

This learning pack includes 12 just add dice and go math activities.  You'll find ten frames, base ten, tallies, number words, number bonds and more!

I've just posted them in my store and if you enjoyed my other editions you'll like this one too!


You can find my new Print, Roll and Play Wild West Edition HERE at my TPT store.  Head on over to check out the preview for a closer look.

As always, I'll send a copy to the first 2 people who comment on this post.  I'm also giving away a copy on my Facebook page.

Have a great week!!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Corduroy freebie

Have you missed me?  Back to school this year has seriously been a whirlwind this year.  You'd think after 20+ years it would get easier ..... WRONG!

So, although I've been working on a new learning pack it isn't ready - (yet).  Stay tuned.

However, I peeked at my blog stats and I know you've been visiting.  To thank you for your visit here's a little freebie to use with Corduroy Bear.  It can be used on it's own, with my Corduroy Booktivities or the other coordinating freebies found on this blog (just look for my LABELS on the right side of this blog and click on Corduroy).

click HERE to download

Students will color by word family code.  I've added an 'I can' student instruction card so just print and add it to your station.

As I said this would be a great companion to my Corduroy pack.  My favorite in the pack is a retelling rope.

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday and I'll be back soon with that new unit I mentioned :)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Print, Roll and Play Fall Edition Dice Activities

Well...........hello there!
Between getting my classroom and my family ready for back to school my poor little blog has been neglected.  But I'm happy to say that I feel organized and ready to meet my firsties on Tuesday morning!!

I've just posted a new learning pack to my store.  I love my Print, Roll and Play Dice Activities so much that I made a Fall Edition.

It's packed with 12 save your ink, black and white math activities that include number bonds, ten frames, base ten, tallies, number words ...

AND each activity has a matching I can student instruction card to keep your students focused.

You can find it HERE in my TPT store.

I'd love to give a few of these away. I'll send a copy of the fall edition to the first 3 people who comment on this post.  I also have it for sale in my TPT store until tomorrow night.

If you're already back to school I hope it's going well and if not good luck on your first day!

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!