Sunday, April 28, 2013

Ladybug Place Value Picture and a little preview

I am soooo excited to say the snow has TOTALLY melted from my yard.  How do you say EXCITED???????  I even saw a ladybug which reminded me to get out my Tens and Ones Ladybug Mystery Picture for my kiddos.
Students need to read the number of tens and ones to find the numbers before they color.
7 tens 2 ones  72
If you are planning to use this as a math work station you can pick up an I can... card here.  It will work with any of my tens and ones mystery pictures.
It is also available on it's own in my TPT store and in my Tens and Ones Mystery Picture Bundle.
If you loved the St. Patrick's Day freebie linky that I participated in, you will LOVE this...
Thanks to Danielle from Crayonbox Learning for the great graphic!
Oh yeah,  I'll send a copy of the Ladybug activity to the first 2 followers who comment on this post.

Saturday, April 27, 2013


Last week I had the pleasure of reviewing products from two great TPT sellers.  On each of those posts I hosted a Raffecopter.   Well, now we have WINNERS!!!!!
The lucky winner of the Part-Part-Whole activities from The Happy Teacher
The winner of Popcorn Words Activity Pack from Crayonbox Learning

Congratulations ladies!  I have sent you each an email.  Be sure to let me know if it doesn't reach you!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Sour Lemons

"When life gives you lemons... make lemonade"
Words to live by.  I always try to see the positive in everything and everyone.
Lemonade all the way!
I just updated my Sours Lemons Addition and Subtraction math station.   The original required lots of colored ink so I made this one more ' printer friendly'.
If you already have a copy be sure to head on over to my TPT store for an update.
If you don't have a copy and would like one I plan to send a copy to the first 2 followers who comment on this post.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

S'more Product Swap

It's time for another product spotlight.

Does your school sell popcorn?  Mine does and let me tell you the smell fills the hallway and makes me crave it!  Everyone loves it (except the custodian who finds it everywhere!)

I came across an excellent product from Crayonbox Learning that is perfect for popcorn day!

Included are a great variety of literacy activities including:
* Popcorn Word Sight Words (With printable popcorn box)
* Popcorn Word Wall
* Popcorn Words Small
* Popcorn Words Bingo
* Popcorn Words Pocket Chart Set
* Popcorn Words Ringbook
* Popcorn Words Math/Number Mat
* Popcorn Words Blank Templates
* Popcorn Bulletin Board Pieces
One of my faves is Popcorn Words Bingo - There are ready made bingo cards and a blank one to customize for your classroom.

You need to check out Crayonbox Learning on TPT to read more about the unit.
Danielle has agreed to let me give a copy of her unit away. 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Be sure to check out some other product reviews from some of my bloggy friends!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Magical Product Swap

It's product swap time!
Thanks to the 3AM Teacher for creating this cute button!
I was super-duper excited to be paired up with Liz from The Happy Teacher.

I had a chance to use two of her products in my classroom that go hand in hand.
The Part-Part-Whole mats are absolutely genius and Liz provides a variety of them including:
4 different sets of cards (and a blank set)
Set #1: Sums to 18 (pictorial)
Set #2: Missing Addends (pictorial & numerical)
Set #3: Sums to 18 (pictorial & numerical)
Set #4: Missing Addends (numerical)
Each set includes 18 task cards which students solve and then record on the recording sheet.
Also included are answer keys to make correcting a breeze.
I decided to keep each set of task cards, recording sheets and answer keys all in their own plastic sleeve.
The Part-Part-Whole printables pack includes 24 printable activity sheets each with an answer key.
Thank you so much Liz for allowing me use your great products in my classroom!
I am really curious to read what Liz has to say about my product that she has been using.  I LOVE hearing that my activities are being used by other teachers and students.  She has been using my Tens and Ones Mystery Picture Bundle.
Liz and I are each going to give you a chance to win the products that we swapped.  Be sure to enter here on my blog and over at The Happy Teacher to double your chances.
I am off to read Liz's blog then to check out all the other posts involved in the swap!
Good luck! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ice Cream Measuring

Who doesn't love ice cream?  For some reason I was craving it all day at school.  Maybe it was because the sun was shining and it was warm outside ... yahoo!  I think spring is finally here!  Lucky for me I had some frozen yogurt in the freezer at home ... yummy!

I'm starting to think about getting some warm weather math stations ready and dug out my ice cream measurement activity.

Here's what's included:
  • 12 ice cream and popsicle pictures to measure
  • 2 different sized ice cream non-standard rulers (for easy differentiation)
  • colored and black and white rulers (b&w ones are great for students to personalize and take home)
  • 2 recording sheets (one colored and one black and white)
  • an "I can..." card to build independence and keep students from asking "What do I do?"
warning - this activity will make your mouth water!

You can pick up a copy of this activity at my TPT store.

As usual, I will send a copy to the first 2 followers who comment on this post.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Patterning with Corduroy

I always LOVE the freebies that I find on Mondays over at Classroom Freebies so today I thought I would share one that I am using with my Corduroy unit.

Students need to color the button in a variety of patterns including: AB, ABB, AAB, ABC, AABB and one of their choice.  Click HERE to download your free copy.
If you like Corduroy as much as I do, you might be interested in my Corduroy Booktivities.
You can read more about the unit by clicking on the picture.
If you love freebies as much as I do be sure to head on over to Manic Monday freebies to grab some more!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Buggy Math Stations

A few of you have been emailing asking when my spring math stations would be ready.  I have FINALLY got them complete, edited and posted at my TPT store

Included are 8 centers ready to add to your math tubs.  I included a variety of skills I have covered this year: addition, subtraction, greatest / least, tallying, graphing, fact families and doubles.

Each station includes an "I can..." card to help build student independence and allow you to focus on other students.

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

Have a great week everyone!


Lots of good news to share ... first, I have survived the busiest month EVER!!!  Now I can focus on finishing up a few products I have on the go :-)

Second, we have a winner...

Remember last weekend when I shared the game Picnic Snatch by the amazing Karla over at Life in Special Education (her blog) One Room Schoolhouse (her TPT store)?  Well, she gave me permission to give away a copy of the literacy game and the winner is ...

Congratulations Kelly! I just sent you an email.  If you don't receive it give me a shout!!

We also have another winner ... remember the Autism Linky I participated in a few weeks ago?  Danielle over at Crayonbox Learning has chosen a winner ... drumroll please ... congratulations Wendy!  To find out more about the linky please head on over to Crayonbox Learning!

Now that parent-teacher is over and my company has left I am back at it! Stay tuned REALLY soon for my new math stations.  I'm really excited about them!!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I Recycled ... Who Recycled... ?

Earth Day is a perfect time to think about recycling.  This whole class activity will get students doing some reading, listening, turn-taking and thinking about recycling.

It is played in the traditional "I have... who has ..." method.   There are 28 cards included in the loop.  If you are lucky enough to have a smaller class then a few students could have 2 cards.

An example card is
This game is available at my TPT store.

As usual, I will send a copy to the first 2 people who comment on this post.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Super Pack For Bundy

In early February this year, Bundaberg East State School in Australia was under water after tropical cyclone Oswald hit the state of Queensland.
Bundaberg East School lost most of its teaching resources and is struggling to rebuild. 
The devastation was unbelievable.  Two Australian TPT sellers, Jody Ward and From the Pond have joined forces to create a wonderful resource to help raise money for Bundy East State School.
Along with 19 other teachers I have donated an activity to add to the unit. These resources have been put together into a SUPER FUN packet that is over 550 pages and packed with value!
All proceeds from the sale of this super packet will go directly to Bundy East State School, through Jody Ward. The packet has been listed in her TpT store HERE.

I just love it when teachers come together for a great cause!

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Product Swap

I am excited to have linked up with Samantha over at Ms. Smarty Pants for a product swap.
The product that I had the pleasure of using was created by the amazing Karla over at Life in Special Education (her blog) One Room Schoolhouse (her TPT store)  It is a literacy work station called Picnic Snatch that has students working on ir, ar, ur, or, and er.
This 2 player game is player similar to 'Bump". To play the game each pair of players needs a gameboard, dice (included) and each player needs 5 tokens. Player 1 rolls both die, reads a word with the same vowel sound, and covers a corresponding place on the game board. If the place is already taken, the player can "snatch' it from their opponent and put their token on the place. Play passes to the next player. If a player is unable to cover a space, play passes to the next player. If a space already has the player's token on it, he can lock it, by placing another of his tokens on it on another turn. Players can only place one token on the game board per turn. The player who places all of their tokens in the gameboard first is the winner.

Here's a peek at the gameboard (and die) while I was introducing it to my kiddos.  (I picked up the ladybugs at the dollar store last spring along with some bees and they are PERFECT!)
So, I left my kiddos alone to go do some guided reading and when I returned they had finished the game and created a new version.

At first I was thinking "You're playing wrong!" but after I watched them for a minute I thought "How creative".  They had each grabbed a gameboard and were playing it like BINGO.  Since they were still getting the intended practice and were on task I let them go with it!

You can find this activity at Karla's TPT store.  She has very generously agreed to let me give away a copy of her unit!  I'll keep the Rafflecopter open until next weekend.  Good luck!!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

I love hearing what other people have to say about my products and to hear their opinions of other products.  If you do too, check out some of the other bloggers who have linked up.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Earth Day Writing Freebie

I'm still in the midst of April planning and each year I have my kiddos create these writing mini-books as we get closer to Earth Day.

It could be used as a stand alone activity but I use it after I read "A Tree is Nice" by Janice Udry
If you have not seen this book (is that possible?) it is about the life of a tree throughout the seasons and how it can be 'useful' in each season. 

To complete the writing activity students complete the pattern
"A tree is nice in______. I can ____________."

Each year I get some amazing creative ideas.  Here are a few that former students have come up with. 
A tree is nice in fall.  I can hang Halloween decorations on it.
A tree is nice in winter.  I can hide from the cold wind.
A tree is nice in spring.  I can see bird nests in the branches.
A tree is nice in summer.  I can climb to the top.

If you would like this freebie head on over to my TPT store.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Currently & is that a flower I see?

I LOVE visiting Farley's monthly currently linky.  I spend so much time hopping from blog to blog to see what everyone is up to.  If you have stopped by to see what I have been up to here you go...

Currently ...
I am listening to The Voice.  I recorded the premiere and it is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!  I just can't get enough of Blake Shelton.  I think the four coaches are going to mix well together.  Should be a great season!
I am LOVING my son's graduation pictures.  We picked up the proofs today.  How are we ever going to decide?????
I'm thinking about parent-teacher conferences. Yep, it's that time.  I love meeting with families but I know that by Friday I will be EXHAUSTED  which is why I am needing to head to bed.
Yesterday we had the most beautiful temperatures. I went for a walk without a jacket!  I am so wanting the rest of the snow to melt - come on summer!!!!

So, that's what I've been up up to.  I love hearing what you're up to.  If you have a blog I'll probably be stopping by, if not feel free to leave a comment :-)

If you love the currently linky as much as I do you can find link to lots more by clicking on the picture below.

Now that I can see a little of my garden I was THRILLED to see some crocuses and tulips peeking through.  It made me think of my flowers tens and ones place value Mystery Pictures.  They're available at my TPT store both individually and in a bundle.

As usual, I'll send a copy of this activity to the first 2 followers who comment on this post.
Happy April !!!

Autism Awareness Linky Party

When I heard that Danielle at Crayonbox Learning was hosting an Autism Awareness Linky Party I just had to jump in. 

My job was to create a freebie for you.  Honestly, at first I was stumped.  Then, I thought about a former student.  She understood that blue was blue and pink was pink, but when asked to sort she wanted the items to be IDENTICAL.  With that in mind, I created a sorting activity that requires students to sort buttons that have different attributes.  The buttons are different shades (light and dark) and have either 2 or 4 holes.

If you know a student who would benefit from this activity please click here to download a copy for free. 

I linked this post up with Manic Monday freebies to remind you to head on over to check out lots of other freebies.

Classroom freebies

Danielle is having a Giveaway on her blog with lots of great resources. Click on the picture below to enter for your chance to win.

In addition to my freebie you can pick up lots more by clicking on the pictures below

Good luck!