Wednesday, April 23, 2014

With a heavy heart

For the past 2 days I have been trying to think of a way to say goodbye to a dear bloggy friend.  I started this post a few times but just could not put into words how saddened  I am.  Although I never had the pleasure of 'meeting' Teresa in person she became a bloggy friend and an inspiration.  Unfortunately, she lost her courageous battle to her health issues earlier this week.

Teresa was the teacher behind 2nd Grade Pig Pen and the wonderful teaching resources in her TPT store.  She loved life and poured her heart into her everything she did.  Today please join me and my bloggy friends and say a prayer for Teresa and her family.

Rest in peace sweet friend <3

Monday, April 21, 2014

Insect Literacy Centers

I had an amazing four day weekend!  I could get spoiled with the extra couple of days :)  I used some of my time to organize my insect themed literacy stations and get them ready to post in my store.  Here's a little peek:
 Students will be working on:
compound words

non-fiction writing (I plan to have some non-fiction books handy for them to use for research),


word family work,

scrambled sentence sorting

and alphabetical order.

Aren't these graphics adorable?????

These stations will also match my listening center response sheet freebie

My Insect Literacy Stations are available HERE at my TPT store.

I will send a copy of my Insect Literacy Stations to the first 3 people who comment on this post.  Last time I had responses within 5 minutes.  Let's see who's visiting this evening :)

Friday, April 18, 2014

More Mirror Words and a freebie!

Did you miss me?  Between parent-teacher, two teenagers and a little playground injury I feel as if I have been neglecting my little blog.  Well, I'm back (enjoying the long weekend) and have brought you a freebie and a peek at my latest set of mirror words.

First for the freebie.  I have a set of insect themed literacy stations on the go (hopefully completed soon) and made this listening center response page to use at the same time.  Click HERE to download your copy for free.

My students have absolutely LOVED using mirrors to solve my Leprechaun and Easter mirror words so I made an insect themed activity to use in one of my literacy stations.  It could be used as a write the room or the cards can be left in the center for students to stay in one place.
Here's a little peek:

As you can see I have included 12 words for students to 'solve' and a choice of two recording pages.  This will help with your differentiation planning.  Each page has an 'I can' student instruction page and all pages are included in black & white to help you save your ink.  There is very little prep - just cut the 12 word cards apart :)

I have posted this in HERE my TPT store.

As usual, I will send a copy to the first 3 people who comment on this post.

Happy Easter!  I'll be back soon with my insect themed literacy centers ;)

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Missing Addends

Missing addends are a mystery for a few of students so I created a new math station to give them some extra practice.

Aren't these graphics by Graphics From the Pond just ADORABLE???????  I simply can't get enough of them :)

I simply can't get enough of them :)

To use this station students sort the 18 missing addend card onto 6 different numbered jars.  Of course, I included an 'I can' instruction card to keep students on task and a recording page to check for understanding.  I've created each page in both color and black & white to give you a 'save your ink' option.

Would you like a copy?  You can find it HERE at my TPT store.

As always, I'd like to give a few copies away.  The first 3 people who comment on this post will get one.

It's parent-teacher week for me so I'll probably be a little quiet over the next few days.  Have a great week!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Little Mouse Freebie!

I'm using my The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear unit later this month and needed another activity so I am posting it here as a freebie for you.
It's a color by word family activity and you can find it HERE for free.

I LOVE the book by Don and Audrey Wood.  You can read more about my unit HERE including a link to the book being read on YouTube.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wordless Wednesday!

Today I am linking up with my blogging friend Christina over at Second Grade Sugar and Spice.  She is hosting a brand new fun linky!

As she says, a picture can say it all!  Here's a picture of how I organize my literacy stations.  Students head on over and choose the basket they need where I keep everything organized.  (Okay, I'm not so good at the 'wordless' part - I'll need to work on that! :)

Please take a minute and let me know how you organize yours!

Update - at a reader's request I have posted my labels on Google Docs.  You can download them HERE.  They're nothing fancy, but use them if you like :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

3D Shapes!

Are you teaching 3D shapes?  If so, I have put together a mini-pack of activities for my classroom that you might want to see. 
The cover is cute and colorful, but the pages on the inside are all black & white.  they are also no-prep and ready to use.  Each of the three activities comes with an 'I can" student instruction card so you can copy and put them right into your math tubs (or use as a whole class activity).
Here's what you'll find:
Spin a 3D ShapeStudents spin the 3D shape spinner, then color a real life object on their paper.  Can be played individually or with a partner.
Tally It Up!Students count the number of each shape, then tally and print the number.
Color by Shape - Using crayons or pencil crayons students use the shape code to color the picture.

On a pity party note - Sadly, the picture below is not an April Fool's joke.  As you can see we gave up on shoveling the front step a couple weeks ago thinking it would melt by now.  Oh well, at least the sun is shining now!

As always, I'll send a copy of my newest activity to the first 3 people who comment on this post :)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

BFF Subtraction Fun and a freebie

Do any of you get that Sunday night feeling?  You know the one, when you realize that tomorrow is Monday.  Again.  Don't get me wrong, I love my students, but the weekend pace is so much more relaxing than the weekday pace.  Here in the east, I've been snowed in today.  Again.  Perhaps that has added to my Sunday night feeling, but it did give me a chance to finish up a couple of things I had on the go.  Including...

...a new math work station to help my students practice subtraction.  To play this game students work with a partner or small group of BFFs, spin a spinner (or roll two dice - your choice) and subtract the number from 12.  As you can see in the picture I have included an I can student instruction card for both the spinner and dice version and every page is in both color and black & white.  You can find this at my TPT store.

I've also made this coordinating FREEBIE that I thought I would share with you.  Students subtract then color by code.  Great for early finishers and no prep!  You can pick up your copy HERE.

I hope that you enjoy the freebie and I'll also send a copy of my new math station to the first 3 people who comment on this post.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Word Family Easter Freebie

Hi all!  I've got my creative juices flowing again now that my report cards are DONE!!  That is such an amazing feeling (as you know!)  Now, to get through the rest of this never ending winter here in the east.

When getting all of my Easter literacy centers ready for next week I needed just one more activity so thought I would share it with you.  Click on the picture below or the link under to get your freebie!

To complete this activity students need to differentiate between word families  ack/ake, ick/ike and ock/oke. This is so hard to do for some of my students!  Each word family is colored a color from the 'code' to show understanding.  I have included "I can..." student instruction cards in both color and black & white.  You can download this for free HERE.

I used the same clip art that I used in my Easter Literacy Work Stations so they 'match' if you are using them.

If interested, you can read more about them HERE and my Easter Mirror Words HERE.

I hope that spring is starting to arrive where you are because it certainly isn't here!  Take a peek at the 'view' out my front door!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Earth Day Literacy Stations

Happy Sunday everyone! I just came home the sweetest surprise which every teacher will understand.  I had taken my daughter to the mall and left a pile (I mean huge pile) of papers on the counter in a 'to be laminated' pile.  When I came home, not only did my hubby laminate it all, but he cut it all out too.  Wahoo!  I owe him one ;)

Earlier today I posted my newest set of literacy work centers.  They have an Earth Day theme with the cutest graphics!

I LOVE printing my stations out in color

but sometimes I run a little low on ink so included them in black & white.

There's a flap writing book for students to write about the 3R's (reusing,, reducing and recycling),
a color by word family activity,

 sentences to unscramble,

 words to put in ABC order,

 pictures to sort according to their beginning digraph (ch, sh, th and wh)

and compound words to build.

At this time of year my students are so independent during literacy stations.  I LOVE when they are engaged in purposeful activities while I am doing guided reading!

You can find this unit HERE at my TPT store.  

I have to go and reread my report cards (so glad those are done!) and when I return in a few hours I'll randomly choose 3 followers who commented on this post to get receive a copy of this unit.   I used a random generator and will be sending a copy to those who left comments 2, 3 and 7.  I'll be sending it shortly :)

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!!