Saturday, January 24, 2015

Groundhog Grouping: Tens and Ones Freebie!

With Groundhog Day right around the corner I'm planning some festive activities for the week.  I have a few station games still in the works but I wanted to go ahead and share this reproducible.  This week my class will continue working with composing and decomposing numbers 11 through 19 into tens and ones.  I plan to use this as an assessment at the end of the week.  I'm asking my kiddos to circle the groups of ten on the handout so that they can see the decomposition in action.  I'm hoping that having them create each group of ten will move them further towards a solid foundation in place value. 

My 5 year old wanted to test it out this evening.  She approves. :)

Click the image or {here} to download this handout for free in Google docs.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Fab 5 for Writing {Student Rubric}

Student Friendly Writing Checklist Fab 5 for WritingOne of my favorite tools for strengthening writing is my Fab 5 for Writing Checklist.  I love how my kiddos take responsibility for what they put on paper.  By holding themselves accountable for stretching out words, adding capital letters and punctuation, using finger space and re-reading their work, they have truly grown as writers.  Their honesty in their self-evaluation always amazes me!

I have been reading the Mercy Watson book series aloud to my class.  We are in the middle of the last book and will probably finish it up tomorrow.  I asked my students to make predictions in their writing journals about what they thought would happen in the next chapter.  After finishing their predictions, they grabbed a pre-cut checklist from our writing station and glued it inside their spiral notebook alongside their journal entry.  Then each child used the rubric to self evaluate their writing.  They LOVE doing this and it has helped us so much this year!  Here are a few pictures I snapped this afternoon to share with you.
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Student Friendly Writing Checklist Fab 5 for WritingStudent Friendly Writing Checklist Fab 5 for Writing

 If you are interested in the posters and rubric you can get them (HERE).  
Here are some images for you to see what's included.  :)

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Student Friendly Writing Checklist Fab 5 for WritingStudent Friendly Writing Checklist Fab 5 for Writing
Student Friendly Writing Checklist Fab 5 for Writing
Happy writing! :)

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Winter Roll and Record {FREE}

I feel like I am constantly drilling sight words.  It is never ending!  Please tell me I am not alone on this....  I have introduced this simple roll and record this week for practice during word work.  My hope was that the winter theme might make the cold temperatures (and lack of snow) a little more bearable.

 The above pictures were taken before I had a chance to add the recording sheet.  We improvised and used dry erase boards to record the words.

Click on the cover image or {here} to grab your copy for free.  I pre-programmed some cards with a few sight words we are currently working on but added some blank cards as well.  Of course, you do not have to use this for sight words.  You could use the dice to review numbers, shapes, blending letters, etc.  I hope this is something you can use. ;)

I use the clear photo stacking dice but you can use any clear pocket dice.  Here are a few links if you are in need of some:

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Cold Lady Differentiated Math Game! {FREE}

It's January which means it is time to pull out the "Cold" Lady book!  Here's a roll and cover game to go along with this winter story.

I included 3 different levels: Rolling 1 die and covering the number, rolling 2 dice and covering the sum, and rolling 3 dice and covering the sum.  Enjoy!

{Grab all 3 games for FREE by clicking the picture.}

Of course the games are based off of this fun book:

Make sure you download all of my other Roll and Cover games to go with this series.  You can find them all {here}.  I've already finished February's "Rose" version and will be sharing it here on the blog in a couple of weeks.

I hope you are staying warm!

Friday, January 9, 2015

GoNoodle....My Sanity Saver! {Link Up}

Do you GoNoodle?  My whole school is relying heavily on it right now as our indoor recess.  The teachers and kids LOVE it!  Therefore, I'm linking up with KICKIN' IT IN Kindergarten!
Favorite GoNoodle brain break?  My class has 2 top favorites right now.  The first is the Zumba: I Like to Move It.  How can you not feel the urge to move your body when you hear that song?  Here's a video of a few of mine movin' and groovin' to it yesterday.
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Aren't they adorable? :)  My kiddos are also huge fans of Get Loose. Ha!
By the way, if you are a teacher in Tennessee you have access to all of GoNoodle for FREE thanks to Blue Cross Blue Shield of TN.  Awesome! 

My happy place?  My happy place would definitely be right in front of the fire these days.  I love coming home and getting cozy on the couch in front of the flames.
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My guilty pleasure?  That would be catching up on shows on Netflix.  See the fire pic...did I mention my laptop is in my lap and I'm in the middle of a movie marathon?

Keep Calm and...pray for snow days!  I live in West Tennessee and we hardly ever get snow.  :(  Schools 1-2 hours from my district end up getting snow but we seem to live in a bubble.  Fingers crossed for a snow day or two this year for us!

Anywhoo....GoNoodle has been a blessing for us.  I hope it has for your class too!  Thanks to Elizabeth for hosting this linky!  Stop back by on Saturday for a snow-themed freebie. ;-)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ringin' in the 2nd Semester

Today was our first day back with students after the winter break.  Don't get me wrong....I LOVED staying home for 2 weeks...but I sure did miss those silly and sassy 5/6 year olds!  We eased back into it today with a few New Year activities.

We started out the day with our morning message from the January pack, followed by a festive read involving resolutions.
Then, we did a few stations to get back into the swing of things.
You can grab both of these activities for free by clicking on each picture!
We wrote our own goals for the New Year and created a simple art project to go with it.
"eat healthier"
All in all it was a pretty fantastic first day back! 
We will dive right into winter tomorrow.  :)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Morning Messages for January! :) of my FAVORITE parts of the day is our morning message time!  (It's my kids' favorite too!) I'm in the process of creating Meaningful Morning Messages for each month of the year.  I use an old overhead projector to project the messages on to my white board so that my students can write directly on the board each morning.  It's easy for me....I just pick a transparency and place it on the projector...and it is easy for my kids to write on and wipe off.  Do you have to use an overhead?  Absolutely not! I do because it works for me in my classroom space.  You could also project them on a Smartboard, with a document camera, print and laminate them, etc. 

January's messages are finished and ready for my kiddos' return to school on Tuesday.  Here are a few pictures from this month's pack.

There are 32 messages in all for January.  You can read a description of all the skills that are covered this month {here}.  There are 4 different versions included: 2 color versions and 2 black and white versions with 2 different greeting styles.

It's on SALE through Tuesday morning.  Happy New Year to everyone!  :)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year to YOU with 2 Throwback Freebies!

Happy New Year! One of my goals for 2015 is to get back into sharing on my blog. 2014 was super eventful for me...but all of that eventfulness didn't leave much time for blogging. Boy have I missed it though! I'm hard at work today on finishing up January's Morning Messages. the is a throwback post with a few freebies to help ring in the New Year. :)
Happy 2014 to everyone!  I rang in the new year with my family in Disney World!  We just got home and I'm missing it already.  Sigh.  Whipping up a new activity for stations next week made me feel a little better.  I'd love to share it with everyone!  It is similar to November's Patriotic Rhyming Words Write the Room…same concept…new rhyming pairs…new year theme.  :)

 Grab it for free {HERE} or by clicking on the pictures.

If you didn't grab last year's Roll and Cover games you can download them for free too!  Click {HERE} or the picture below.

 Anyone already back to school?  Teachers have an in-service Monday and kids start back on Tuesday here in Memphis.