Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Books to TWEET About! {Free}

Well it was definitely time to take down our winter book recommendations {Marshmallow Writing} even though I feel like we haven't had an official winter yet.  Not one snow day for us this year! Boo.  But I will say that we were very ready for spring time!!
We had a blast with our new persuasive writing craft...Books to Tweet About!
We began by brainstorming about our recently finished books and wrote down our thoughts on why our friends should read them too.  {Think Reading Rainbow style...the t.v. show}  We wrote our final copies on a speech bubble and cut them out.  Let me tell you that most of these book recommendations are VERY convincing!  I'm sure you know that one of the reasons that authors write is to persuade....well, I think we've got this one down pat now.  ;-)
We dipped our feet in paint to create the body/tail of a bird and filled in the rest of it with a combination of paint and markers.  Then we added the finishing touches to our masterpiece by adding a little spring-themed detail to it.  And voila! Books to tweet about!  My kids get so excited every time they see a crowd of students hanging out in the hallway, reading their recommendations.  It also helps that our display is on the wall beside the can't help but read them as they are waiting in line!

You can download your own speech bubble writing template for free here or by clicking on the image below.  Enjoy!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Macaroni Quotations & Chicken Wings?

I introduced the use of quotation marks to my second graders today.  They picked up on it rather quickly so I went ahead and pulled out some cards I had made for practice (even though I wasn't planning on using them until Wednesday or so!).  We ended up having a combined Language Arts/Social Studies lesson because we got to spend a little time reviewing our famous Americans while we practiced quotations.  They amazed me with all of the things they remembered from our government unit and African American studies!

Here are a few pictures of some of the sentences they created:

{By the way, sorry for the glare! We put the cards in freezer bags so that our dry-erase markers would erase more easily!}

Not too bad for a Monday, huh?  I realize the whole "said is dead" craze but I wanted to keep the format simple for my beginning quote-ers.  I did include cards with the said part at the beginning and at the end so that my kiddos would get used to putting the comma in the correct place.

You can download your own set of these cards here or by clicking the image below.  If you decide to download, I sure would appreciate some feedback.  You know I read each and every one of your comments.  :)

I'll leave you with this photo I took today during our daily enrichment time.  One of my kids checked out but before he left he made sure to leave this behind for his friend...I guess the chicken wings are the reward?  Nothing like a little motivation!

Friday, March 23, 2012

It's a Spring Thing- I'm hosting my 1st linky party!

I am thrilled to be hosting my first ever linky party!

Here is my latest Roll and Cover to get us started:
 {Click the image to download your copy.}

Make sure you grab these "egg"cellent freebies too!

"Whoo Can Solve Number Patterns?" provides a great challenge for your youngsters and gets them in the mood for Spring.  It's been a hit with my 2nd graders this week!

I hope you will join in on the fun and link up your spring-themed posts, ideas, freebies, & products!

Please grab the "It's a Spring Thing" image above and link back to this post. {Thank you!}

If you do not have a blog, feel free to leave your ideas in a comment below.

TBA's Ultimate Linky Party

Thursday, March 22, 2012

"Egg"celent Math & Literacy Freebies!

I'm home today with my sick 3-year-old so I had a little extra time to put these together for the upcoming month.  Click on the pictures to download them both for free!

I'm also linking these up to Sharing Kindergarten's Eggcellent Easter Idea Linky Party and Hopkin's Hoppin' Happenings Easter Linky.  Check them out to see all of the other great participants! :)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Winners Announced! {and a Sale!}

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway!

Please e-mail me at mary.lirette(at)yahoo(dot)com to let me know which packet you would like me to send you!

If you didn't are still in luck!  You can get both of these activities at my tpt store by clicking the images below!  I've marked them 15% off through Saturday...just for you!:)  
My students have really enjoyed them this week and I'm sure yours will too!

Talk to you soon!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I've Joined the K-2 Linky Party! {finally!}

My friend, Jeannie, from Kindergarten Lifestyle is hosting an awesome linky party!  It is a great collection of K-2 blogs...all in one spot!  She's even turning all of the entries into a Pinterest board.  I'm a little late in joining {it's been on my to do list for over a week...}.  Better late than never, right?

 There are already over 200 blogs listed so make sure you check them out!

Also, don't forget that tomorrow is the last day to enter my giveaway.  All you have to do to enter is become a follower of my tpt store and leave me a comment.  I'll be choosing 5 random winners Wednesday evening.  Good luck!

See this previous post to enter: Patterns, Basketball...Time for a Giveaway!

Monday, March 19, 2012

A Day of Green & Guest Post Freebies

We were out for Spring Break last week, so we didn't get to celebrate St. Patty's Day until today.  I knew we should have made some traps because our room was definitely visited by a leprechaun or two!  Look at what they left us!

We think they came in from the window because we found footprints and sparkles as evidence...
There was also a note {in not so good handwriting} telling us that they came for a party but no one was in the classroom.  Oh well.  We hate that we missed them but we sure are grateful for the cookies, green leprechaun juice, and shamrock pencils that were left behind!

In addition to our tasty green snack, we enjoyed playing Lucky Gingers, Shamrock Subtraction, and Sunny Day's Rainbow Bump games.  Make sure to grab your copy of all 3 free games!

We were running short on time so we ended up combining A Cupcake for The Teacher's Leapin' Leprechaun Craftivity and The Teacher Wife's free Worth More Than Gold writing activity.  I think the combination turned out quite cute!

 Some of my kiddos took the writing activity very seriously!  I loved reading their heartfelt sentences about who is worth more than gold to them!

All in all, another great day! :)

Mrs. Miner's Kindergarten Monkey BusinessIn case you missed it, make sure that you stop by Mrs. Miner's Kindergarten Monkey Business today to see my guest post on math tubs. There are also 4 freebies posted there for you! 

Thanks, Krissy, for letting me share on your fabulous blog!

Lastly, don't forget to enter my giveaway for my latest Tpt products:

Enter the giveaway HERE!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Patterns, Basketball...Time for a Giveaway!

Spring Break is officially over for me and it is time to head back to the classroom!  Believe it or not, I did manage to create two activities over the last week.  I plan to use them for math stations to help us review some key skill areas. (Ok....I realize I've done a lot of math lately but I promise I do teach all subjects!)

In the spirit of March Madness, I whipped together a fun basketball math game.  It reviews mixed 2-digit addition and subtraction.  It is set up as a traditional memory game but every time a match is made, the player has the chance to score a goal.  I picked up a basketball-themed Easter basket and some basketball mini "Spash-N-Swim" balls at the dollar store this weekend.  I figured this would be the perfect accessories for the game....seeing as these balls are light weight and won't hurt anyone.  :)

I also put together a spring-themed number patterns activity.  My kids have really gotten into figuring out patterns these days.  This week I'll try and challenge them with a mix of number patterns that involve basic operations, place value, and skip counting patterns.  Plus, are these owl graphics cute or what?

You can get your copy of these by clicking on the preview images.  However, I do love a good giveaway! So... I plan to give away a couple copies of each.  If you are interested, the only requirement for entering is that you follow my Tpt store!

Become a follower by clicking on the red "Follow Me" link at the top of the tpt page here:

Once you have done that {thank you!}, leave me a comment below letting me know that you are a follower.  I will use a random number generator on Wednesday night to pick 5 lucky winners!  If you are chosen, you will have your choice of which game {from above} that you would like for me to send you! 

P.S.- A couple of things:

*Thank you to everyone who has left me comments on my blog, store, facebook, etc.!  I read all of them!  Ya'll are WONDERFUL!

*I am overwhelmed by all of the sweet peeps that have sent blog awards my way in the last week.  I'll pass on the love soon! Promise!

*I'll be guest blogging Monday over at Mrs. Miner's Kindergarten Monkey Business!  My post is about using math tubs in the classroom and there are some freebies.  :)  Make sure you check it out!

I hope you have a wonderful start to the week!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I "Moustache" You A Question... {Free Graphing Activity}

Hey there! So we've been heavily reviewing math topics across the spectrum in preparation for our upcoming state assessment.  Our brains have been full of double digit regrouping talk and word problems galore.  I wanted to touch on graphing this past week because I know there will be a few questions on our state test involving collecting and interpreting data.  I desperately wanted to lighten my math block up a little bit too {all that deep math talk before spring break was starting to get to me...} so we finished up our week with a fun graphing activity.

We joined in on the moustache craze and had a little fun with it.  :)

First, I took these adorable pictures while my kiddos were brainstorming questions they could survey their classmates on.

Then, I gave them free reign of the classroom so they could poll their friends.  A few of them even asked me to weigh in on their sweet of them to include their teacher!

 Lastly, they took their collected data and created a bar graph to display their information.  We double-checked to make sure our bar graph matched our data and then glued our cute pictures at the top.  Here are a few finished products:

This activity worked well as a quick assessment for me too because I could easily see who understood tally marks and bar graphs.

You can grab your own copy of this activity for free here or by clicking the picture below.  Don't forget to leave me a comment! :)