Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Morning Messages for April!!

For real.  These messages took me twice as long as the others.  I'm not sure why but good grief am I glad they are finished in time for April 1st!  They are on sale through April 2nd!
Here are a few pics and the skills covered are listed at the bottom of this post.  :)
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Meaningful-Morning-Messages-for-April-Kindergarten-1791595

Here are the skills covered this month:
Plot (Beginning, middle, end)
Identifying/Producing rhyming words
Cloze sentences
Beginning sounds/blends/digraphs
Beginning/Ending digraph -ch
Ending sounds
Stretching out CVC words
Substituting sounds to make new words
Blending/Reading words
short e words
Sight words: away, day, to, get, but, may, play, for, on, said, where, will, up, her, his, does, come, this, what
Action Verbs
Prepositions/positional words
Identifying/writing numbers 0-20
Making 10
Decomposing/base 10
Representing numbers/number sentences
Orally counting to 100
Skip counting by 2's
Graphing
Tally marks
Non-standard measurement
Addition word problem
Subtraction word problem
Fact fluency to 5
Days of the week
Months of the year
Calendar skills- writing the date
Weather
Comparing winter and spring
Sequencing
Predicting
Editing spelling/punctuation marks
Opinions
Multiple meaning words
Writing a story
Vocabulary
Life cycles
April Fools' Day
Jokes/riddles
Oviparous animals
Plants
Earth Day/3 R's

There are also messages that correlate with the following books:
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick
A Bad Case of Stripes
Duck! Rabbit!
any April-themed book, Easter, Spring, Earth Day
You can get this month's Morning Message pack {HERE}.  I hope you and your kiddos love it!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Old Lady Swallowed a Chick {Free Roll and Cover games}

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Old-Lady-Swallowed-a-Chick-3-Roll-and-Cover-Games-FREE-1787984Happy Spring!  I just finished this month's Roll and Cover games to go along with the Old Lady book series!  Download all 3 versions of the game {here}: rolling 1 die, finding the sum of 2 dice, finding the sum of 3 dice.  My kiddos love playing these games independently or with a partner.  We usually use two-sided counters for partner play.  However, this month I'm going to let me kiddos use those adorable seasonal erasers from Target's Dollar Spot.  Love those little chicks, bunnies and carrots!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Old-Lady-Swallowed-a-Chick-3-Roll-and-Cover-Games-FREE-1787984
 If you are looking for the book make sure and visit the link below:

I have Roll and Cover games for most all of the books in this series.  Make sure and check out the "Free Roll and Cover Game" section of my Tpt store!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

An Egg Hunt With a Math Twist! {Freebie!}

One of my favorite kindergarten activities is our Spring Egg Hunt!  We usually coincide this hunt with Easter and our oviparous animal studies but you could certainly do it at any time of the year with those left over plastic eggs! 



I ask each of my students to bring in 1 dozen plastic eggs.  I like them pre-filled and taped shut (less work for me!).  I encourage my kiddos to fill the eggs with small, cheap trinkets, coins, etc.  It does not necessarily have to be candy! As I receive the eggs from each student I number them and collect them in a big bucket.  Number them?  Yes I do!  At this point in the year we are learning to skip count by 2's.  So...I usually number everyone's eggs, skip counting from 0-20.  This only uses 11 eggs so I set aside the 12th egg in case I have students who do not bring any in.  Everyone's extras will give me at least one complete extra set.  I number the eggs myself so that they are all legible and written correctly.  It is important to note that all of these eggs are combined together so the likelihood of a child finding any/all of those 12 eggs that they originally brought in is slim.  Everyone will get 11 eggs...just a mod-podge of eggs from different classmates.  You could differentiate this activity by asking some students to find the odd numbered eggs.  This also works well if you have kids with allergies and you want to make sure you are in control of which eggs they are finding!

Once all of the eggs have been collecting and numbered, we get 5th grade student ambassadors to "hide" them in our field by the playground.  Then armed with their clipboard (optional), pencil, basket or bucket from home and their checklist (download below) we set out to find those eggs!

Here's my favorite part.  This is not your typical mad dash for eggs!  Everyone is specifically looking for one of each number to add to their basket and check off on their handout.  That means this event does not end up being a mad grab and dash like some traditional egg hunts.  Actually, I'm always quite amazed at how hard the kids concentrate to find their eggs!  Once they have checked off each of their numbers, I ask my students to find a spot to sit down and put those eggs in number order.  More math! :)
This turns out to be a big hit each year!  I'm happy because I'm able to incorporate academics into a seasonal activity and the kids are happy because they have a blast!

I hope this is something you will be able to do with your kiddos as well.  Download the checklists for FREE by clicking {here} or the image below. Don't forget to leave me a comment letting me know what you think.  ;)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BwW7vuV_FLG-Ulh6V04xYWRLQlE/view?usp=sharing
My class will be having their egg hunt on Thursday of next week after we finish up these stations!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Every-Bunny-Loves-Stations-7-ELA-Spring-Stations-1782268

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Every Bunny Loves Spring Stations! {With a FREEBIE!}

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Every-Bunny-Loves-Stations-7-ELA-Spring-Stations-1782268Spring is in the air....finally! I was in need of a few fresh stations for April so I created 7 bunny-themed ones.  Just in time for Easter! :)  I am printing and laminating right this very minute so I will be sure and take a few pics to share of my kiddos enjoying these soon.  Take a look at what we will be doing:

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You can grab all 7 of these stations {here}.  Make sure to download this activity for FREE by clicking the picture below or {here}.  I hope you like it.  Hoppy Spring! :)
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Eggcelent-Ending-Sounds-FREE-1782282

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Insta-Recap

I've been reeeaally trying hard to get my Instagram going!  It is my newest social media obsession. I know, I know.  I'm a little late to the party.  Better late than never, right? In my defense I've had an IG account for a while.  I just haven't been posting on it regularly!  I'm totally into it now.  Promise.
So...here's my week in IG pictures. Don't forget to follow me!  ;)
A photo posted by Mary Lirette (@marylirette) on
A photo posted by Mary Lirette (@marylirette) on
A photo posted by Mary Lirette (@marylirette) on
I'm officially on Spring Break now.  Anyone else?

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Old Lady Swallowed a Clover {FREE Roll and Cover games!}

Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover Roll and Cover FREE
It is almost St. Patrick's Day so it is time for a new Old Lady roll and cover game!  Here is my March themed differentiated set to go along with the book There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover.

Grab all 3 versions for FREE (1 die, adding 2 dice together, adding 3 dice together) by clicking the image below.  If you do not already have the book you can purchase it {here} or by clicking the link below!
Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover Roll and Cover FREE
I have a set of these games for each month.  You can download them all {here}.  These games make for excellent math station activities, morning work, partner time, tutoring opportunities, etc.  My class looks forward to the new one each month! :)

Don't forget to download the Lucky Gingers one from a few years ago.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Lucky-Gingers-Adding-3-Numbers-Roll-and-Cover-Free-214425

And check out this post for more leprechaun fun! :)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Rock, Paper, Scissors...Sneaky Silent e!

I just posted a brand new Rock, Paper, Scissors game!  This one is great practice for reading CVCe (silent e) words.  If you haven't tried a Rock, Paper, Scissors game yet.....you are missing out!  They are super fun for the kids and make for a great partner game, small group or center, and/or tutoring activity.  I'm up to 26 Rock, Paper, Scissors games now!  Phew.  You can check out all the math and reading versions of this game {here}.  Make sure to download the free ones while you are there!

Here are some pictures of the latest game.  :)
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Rock-Paper-Scissors-CVCe-Words-Magic-Silent-E-1744273https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Rock-Paper-Scissors-CVCe-Words-Magic-Silent-E-1744273
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https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Rock-Paper-Scissors-CVCe-Words-Magic-Silent-E-1744273

Sunday, March 1, 2015

March Morning Messages!

It's time for a new month of morning messages! :)
Here are a few screenshots from this month's messages:


 I realize many schools have Spring Break in March.  However, I went ahead and included 32 messages so you can pick and choose which ones to use this month.  As always, I've included a few messages that correlate with seasonal books.  This month I have messages for:

 Check out the description on TpT to see the list of 30+ skills covered this month.  The themes include: Read Across America (You-Know-Who's Birthday), St. Patrick's Day, Spring, Insects, etc.

Like with previous months I've included 2 greetings for each message as well as a color and black and white copy for each.  You download a zip file with all 4 documents inside the folder.

You probably know by now that 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.  I love making these messages even more interactive by including manipulatives as well like in the picture.  For this message (found in January's pack), one student filled in the 10 frame on the board while the rest of my students followed along with ten frame boards and magnets.  Fun for all.  :)

March's will be on SALE through Monday, March 2nd.  Click {here}

Happy March!