Thursday, February 28, 2013

Lucky Four Leaf Clovers

It's almost here!!  Only 3 more days!  Be sure to come back on Sunday to find out how you can earn a chance to win TPT Gold!!

Are you feeling lucky?  Would you like to challenge your students?  I'm planning to get my students adding some four leaf clovers.
This is a simple matching activity with a not so simple task.  Students need to add four addends from a four leaf clover and match it to the card with the sum.  There is a recording sheet included and an I can... card to build student independence.

This math station is available at my TPT store.

I'll send a copy to the first 2 followers who leave a comment on this post  - don't forget your email!

Monday, February 25, 2013


I am soooooo excited!!! If I wasn't sworn to secrecy I would tell you more ....

....come back later this week if you want find out how you could win $100 in TPT Gold.


Sunday, February 24, 2013

St. Patrick's Day ABC Order Freebie

Happy Sunday!  I'm starting to get ready for my March literacy stations and I thought I would share this alphabetical order word work activity with you.

Here's a little peek

Included you will find four cards.  Each card contains 5 St. Patrick's Day vocabulary words that need to be printed in alphabetical order.  I have included two different recording sheets for you to choose from. 
You can get a free copy from Google docs by clicking here.

I hope that you enjoy this freebie.  I enjoy and read all comments left on my blog, so if you like it leave me some love :)

I've linked this freebie up to Manic Monday at Classroom Freebies so you can hop on over and find more great freebies.

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Ice Cream Persuasive Writing

I recently picked up a copy of a persuasive writing activity by Ms. Smarty Pants at TPT that I need to share with you.

She has it laid out step by step so there is very little prep to do and you're ready to go.  To make it even easier, she and I have the same favorite flavor of ice cream so I could copy her example without even needing to think of my own reasons :-)
I completed this activity over a couple of days.  We began by reading an ice cream story and then brainstorming a list if our favorite flavors (there are some strange flavors out there, I wish I snapped a picture of our list for you!).  Using the ice cream cone templates and some pastels they made some yummy looking creations!  I recorded my opinion statement and then they printed theirs.  We also did shared writing of my reasons before they worked on theirs. 

Here are a couple students samples from my students.

Warning: you'll want ice cream when you're done reading !
You can read more about the activity by heading over to Ms. Smarty Pants.  While you're there please check out Samantha's post about Miracle.

If you're planning on doing some ice cream writing you might like a copy of my ice cream place value mystery picture.  It's available at my TPT store by clicking onthe picture, but I'll send a copy to the first 2 people who comment on this post.  Don't forget your email.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Miracle for Miracle

I recently heard a story that absolutely touched my heart ...

A blogger friend of mine has a student at her school who can really use our thoughts and prayers.

Meet Miracle ...
...a first grader who has recently been diagnosed with Leukemia.   In addition, the sweetheart struggles with the challenges of Cerebral Palsy.  Samantha over at Ms. Smarty Pants has come up with an amazing way for all of us to financially help her family.  She has gathered together 31 resources and they can be yours for a $25 donation.
Please head on over to Samantha's blog to read more. 
I have made my donation and hope that you'll consider making one too.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Amazing Giveaway at Chalk One Up for the Teacher

My friend Cyndie over at Chalk One Up for the Teacher is having an amazing giveaway that you need to check out!  There are some wonderful prizes that some lucky people are going to win!

One of the prizes ( and there are lots) is $25 worth of products (of your choice!) from Cyndie's TPT store.  With that said I need to make a suggestion - just in case you win! If you don't win you need to check it out anyway!
Those of you who have been here before know that I love math stations and she has this wonderful unit with the cutest graphics :)
I've got them printed, laminated and ready to go to use with my own Easter math stations (coming soon).
Here are a couple of my faves ...
"Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Basket" - students need to sort addition sentences.  I love this because the sums are exactly what we are working on now.

"Bunny Hops Plus 10" - another skill that we are working on now.  Students spin the spinner and play the station like bingo.  I have a clear spinner at school, but a paper clip and pencil will also work.
This unit also includes a Bunny Glyph that I plan to use in a few weeks.  I can't wait to see how they turn out
So, what are you waiting for?  Head on over and enter this giveaway.  While you're there you'll want to follow her blog.  If you win please come back and tell me all about your new products :)
Good Luck!!!!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Bunny Trouble Booktivities

One of the first units I posted at my TPT store was Bunny Trouble.  Since then I have learned so much that I thought it was time for a little makeover.  So (drum roll.....) here is a peek at the new and improved version:
Bunny Trouble by Hans Wilhelm is one of my favorite Easter stories.  In this unit you'll find a variety of activities including ABC order, fiction vs. non-fiction, sentence scrambles, creative writing and many more.  If you have already purchased this unit please head over to TPT and download a new copy.

If you do not have a copy of this book you need to pick up a copy.

You can find this unit at my TPT store but I'll send a copy to the first 2 followers who leave a comment on this post.  Don't forget your email :)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Place Value

Sorry that I have been MIA the past few days.  There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to do all I want to do and i have been fighting a cold that will not go away!!
I have however, been working today giving my Bunny Trouble unit a complete makeover, so stay tuned for that in the next couple of days!

For now, I'd like to give away a couple copies of my St. Patrick's Day Tens and Ones Place Value activity. 
My students cannot get enough of these and I love how focused (and QUIETLY) they work on them. 
7 tens 8 ones 78
If you have purchased my Tens and Ones Bundle you already have a copy.
If you plan to use this as a math station you can find a free I can.. card here
I'll send a copy to the first 2 followers who leave a copy on this post with their email :)
Have a great start to the week everyone!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

All good things must end ... or do they?

I've got good news and bad news....

First the bad news - the for the LOVE of teaching 14 Day Freebie Blog Hop is coming to an end.:(

But, there's good news -  I hope know that you have found some new blogs to love!

You will find the 2 final freebies at
My Primary Paradise
Thanks so much for stopping by tonight.  Now, go get some rest.  Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and you're going to need it!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Love of Teaching Blog Hop Day 11

Welcome to Day 11 of For the Love of Teaching Freebie Blog Hop.  The hop started on the first of February with Ms. Smarty Pants and has hopped along to some A-mazing teacher blogs and landed here.  You have hopped here from Mel's Frog Spot blog and she just so happens to be the creator of this wonderful button :)  Did you know she has a teaching blog and a graphics blog??
I've been collecting the Valentine freebies during the hop too so I know that you are collecting some wonderful activities.  If you missed any you can find all the links at the bottom of this post.
For my freebie I have created an alphabetical order activity for you to use as a word work station.
Students choose one of the cards and print the words in ABC order on the recording sheet.
My students are getting pretty good at alphabetical order so they should be able to complete this independently which is good because I have some assessing to do this week :) HOWEVER, I will be stressing neat printing, because some of them are so sloppy with their letter formation lately that it's driving me C-R-A-Z-Y!

You can download this activity for free at my TPT store.

There are only 3 days left of the blog hop.  Tomorrow you need to head over to see Teresa at 2nd Grade Pig Pen to pick up her freebie.  She just loves pigs so I can't wait to see what she comes up with!  Click on her cute button to head on over :-)
2nd Grade Pig Pen
If you've missed any stops along the hop you can find them here:

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Roll to 100 and the Hop Continues!

This week we will be celebrating our 100th Day of School.  I don't know about you, but it seems like this year is flying by.  I was doing some planning yesterday and needed an engaging work station so I created this Roll to 100 activity and thought I would share with you.  I included an I can... card so I could print and put it right into a math tub.  You can download a free copy by clicking on the picture.
Have you been following our blog hop and collecting the freebies?  The ideas these ladies have come up with so far are A-mazing!!  Today you can hop on over to see Mel at Frog Spot for Day 10 of For the Love of Teaching 14 Day Freebie Blog Hop.  Click on the button to head over and see what she has for you today!
Have a wonderful Sunday!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Ice Cream Tens and Ones Mystery Picture

Ummmm ... yes!  Of course I love ice cream!  Who doesn't?
I just added a new mystery picture to my TPT store.  You guessed it - ice cream!
You can click on the picture to head over to my store to pick up a copy. 
I also added it to my Tens and Ones Mystery Picture Bundle so if you have already purchased a copy you can head over and redownload for free!
There are now 16 pictures included in this bundle.
Have you been picking up all the freebies of our For the Love of Teaching 14 Day Blog Hop.  Click on the picture to pick up freebie #9 over at Sugar and Spice.
If you made it to the end of this post and you are one of the first 2 comments on this post I'll send you a copy of my Tens and Ones Place Value Ice Cream Mystery Picture.  Don't forget your email :)

Friday, February 8, 2013

It's Friday!!!!

Anyone else happy that Friday has arrived?  I love my firsties but after this week my evening plans are calling for a bubble bath and my flannel pjs!

I just stopped by though to remind you to check out Karla's post over at Life in Special Education to get your freebie for today.
Have a great evening!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Chinese New Year and Blog Hop Day 7

Sunday marks the beginning of the Chinese New Year.  It is a holiday we touch on in our classroom.  I found this YouTube video that has a children's song that includes each of the zodiac animals.  We'll be talking about the Year of the Snake and work together to figure out their zodiac signs.

I was born in the Year of the Dog.  Do you know your zodiac sign?  There are lots of websites to help you figure it out.  Even though my students were all born on 2006 that are not all the same sign which makes for interesting conversation about the calendar :-)

AND... don't forget that today is Day 7 of the For the Love of Teaching 14 Day Freebie Blog Hop.  Click on the picture to head over to see Merinda's freebie at Pirate Girl's Educational Invasion.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Corduroy Subtraction Freebie

As you know I LOVE Corduroy by Don Freeman.  I was in need of a little subtraction practice for my kiddos so I whipped up this little activity.  If you think your students could use a little extra practice click on the picture to download a copy.
This activity can be used on it's own or with my Corduroy Literacy Unit.

Don't forget that today is Day 6 of our Valentine Freebie blog hop.  Click on the picture to head to head over to Crayonbox Learning to snag your freebie for the day.
This post is hooked up with Manic Monday Classroom Freebies :-)  I love to stop by and always find lots of goodies!!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

For the Love of Teaching Day 5

Are you starting to get ready for Valentine's Day?  My kiddos actually jumped for joy when I got out the magnifying glasses today for our word work station.  We started my I Spy Valentine's Day Words activity and the students in that group didn't say a peep and after the numerous indoor recesses we have had lately I'll take any quiet moments I can!

It's available at my TPT store but I'll send a copy to the first 2 people who comment on this post.  Don't forget your email :)

Are you keeping up with our 14 Day For the Love of Teaching Blog Hop?  Click on the picture below to head on over to Ms. Fultz's Corner to get your freebie for today.  While you're there you'll want to stick around and check out her wonderful blog :)
Have a great night!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Lucky Me and it's Day 4!

Just before I headed to bed last night I got the nicest email.  It was from Brianna over at The Price of Teaching.  She was letting me know that I won her giveway which included ten, yes ten, items from her TPT store.
The Price of Teaching
What a generous giveaway :)  Thanks Brianna!!!
And this ended a day of receiving an email box full of feedback from purchases made at my TPT store.  I also scored some wonderful deals and there are still many stores still on sale today (including mine) so I'm headed back over this evening to do more shopping.
Justa  reminder, it's Day 4 of For the Love of Teaching Blog Hop.  Click on the picture to head over to Practice Makes (Almost) Perfect to pick up your freebie for today!

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Corduroy Bear Booktivities

NOTE: this product has been updated.  See the new post HERE.

For a couple of months I was on the search for the perfect clipart to use with activities to go with one of my favorite books - Corduroy by Don Freeman.  One of my students asked me why I have so many copies of the book :)  I searched so many designers and then finally decided to have a custom design made.  It was worth every penny to have Jessica Weible at JW Illustrations design this little guy for me!!!
Here's a little picture with I took with Instagram of a few of the activities.
and a preview
A few of the activities included are: ABC order, sentence scramble, true / false story statements, noun / verb / adjective word sort, and a sentence type sort.  There's even a word search which would be perfect for early finishers and probably what I think is the cutest a color by vowels activity.  Click here to find this unit at my TPT store.
Now for some winners of my recent giveaway!
Congratulations Maria and Liz!  I just sent you an email with the math stations!
Don't forget about the ongoing Valentine Freebie blog hop.  Click the picture below to visit 2nd Grade Pad for your freebie today!
Many of you are shopping at the ongoing sale today over at TPT but for those of you spending some time this afternoon blog hopping you're in luck.  I'll send a copy of my new Corduroy unit to the first 2 followers who leave a comment on this post.  Don't forget your email!
Happy Super Bowl Sunday!!