Sunday, January 31, 2016

Groundhog Grouping {FREE}

 Are your students working on composing and decomposing numbers 11 through 19 yet? We have been talking a lot about tens and ones in my room during calendar time.  I'm going to have my students complete this handout in whole group on Tuesday as part of our Groundhog Day festivities.  I'm going to ask 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. 

I hope you can use this freebie in your classroom as well.  Click the image or {here} to download this handout for free in Google docs.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

LOVING these Morning Messages!

I use my morning messages every single day.  LOVE!  It has made my mornings run smoother and I know that even if I pick a random message for the day it will still be packed full of learning.  Here are a few screenshots of February's morning messages:
 I realize there are only 28 days in February and that not all 28 of those are school days.  However, this pack includes 34 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: Valentine's Day, Groundhog's Day, Presidents (Washington and Lincoln), Martin Luther King, Jr., Chinese New Year, Dental

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.

I have created 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.

February messages are also included in the 2nd Semester Bundle.  Check it out by clicking the image.

Happy (almost) February!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Arctic Animals QR Code Read Alouds {FREE!}

My class is really digging these QR code read alouds.  They love the independence of scanning the codes themselves during station time.  Since they have been such a hit in my classroom, I wanted to find some related texts to go along with our current study of the arctic.  I created 6 qr codes for my listening station for use with our ipads that can be scanned on any device with a free QR reader app.  These are linked to YouTube read aloud videos through a safe share service to limit advertisements.  Download them for FREE {here} or by clicking the picture.

Here are the ones from last month related to hibernation.  Feel free to grab them too {here}.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

3 Winter Activities- Fun and FREE!

Happy snow season everyone!  Here are a few snow-themed stations I plan on using this week.

Here is one from last year that was a hit.  I plan on putting the recording sheet in a plastic sleeve this year so my kids can use a dry-erase marker and then erase for the next group.  No reason to make a class set of copies!

 You could also use dry erase boards and forgo the recording sheet altogether.

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:

Here is the Old Lady game I use for January in my math tub.  3 different levels are included: Rolling 1 die and covering the number, rolling 2 dice and covering the sum, and rolling 3 dice and covering the sum. 

{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}. 

Here is another sight word practice game!
Do you follow my page on Facebook?  If so, all you need to do is visit the tab at the top of the page to head on over and download this freebie.  If you do not yet follow…no worries.  Just swing by and "like" the page and you will instantly be able to download the game for free as well.

I hope you are staying warm!