Sunday, May 15, 2016

End of the Year Sharing Writing Activity

 Can you believe it?????   It is almost the end of the year!   I have to admit I am ready for it.   Before we let those little ones go I thought it might be a fun activity to have our kiddos share with the next group of students coming in on the first day of school or at our back to school meeting about our school year .

 These little newsletters are just what we are going to do before the final school bell rings.  I will have a little activity all ready for the next school year.  And the best part....they are FREE!
Click on the newsletter pictures to pick up your copy. 
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Teachers Pay Teachers Teacher Appreciation Sale and $10 Gift Card Giveaway

Hey everyone!  Have you heard??????   Teachers Pay Teachers is having their Teacher Appreciation Sale.  Today and tomorrow you can save up to 28% by adding the code Celebrate to your coupon code at checkout. 
   I am super excited to SHARE this with you!  I am celebrating a little milestone at my store and I received a $10 gift card from TpT to share in this giveaway.
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 Here is what you can do. 

1.  Follow me at my store: (Click on pic and it will take you there)  While you are there find one of my products you like and share it on Facebook.  I would really appreciate it.  :)
2.  Follow this blog and share with me about how you would pay this gift card forward.  Do you have a new teacher in your building who needs a little boost at this time of the year?  Do you have a teacher in your building who had a tough year?  Do you have a teacher in your building who doesn't know about TpT and all of it's awesome teacher sellers???  Bring them some Spring Cheer and send them some love. 
3.  Follow me on Instagram.  Click on the picture and it will take you to my Instagram account and become a follower....leave a comment on the Teacher Appreciation page.
So simple!!!!  Here is the giveaway:  Don't wait it ends tomorrow night. 
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Telling Time with Colorful Eggcellent Easter Eggs

Tick , Tock around the clock we go!   My little learners are all excited about the time change...well mostly tired ....but looking forward to Spring.  This teacher is excited about the longer days and the count down is on until summer. 

This little freebie is having us all Crack up!  Ok..I know a little too far .  Anyway we are talking about telling time to the hour, half hour , quarter past , and quarter till.   I thought these little eggs would be a fun addition to our telling time center and a quick activity if  I am working with small groups.
Simply print out on cardstock, laminate, and cut along the black line to create your puzzle pieces.  Click on the picture below to get your free set.
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Sight Word Task Cards

I love using task cards with my reading groups. It is great for independent work for my students.  I pull these out when I am working with my reading groups or working one on one with my remediation groups.  Or I can use them as a morning work activity when my students first arrive in the morning.
I created these cards to have my students write on the cards themselves.  I printed them off  on cardstock and laminated them .  My students get a dry erase marker and write on the card to complete their task.  Picture clues are added to help my little learners with their reading.
All of my task cards are cut apart and placed into a small container which makes it easy to use in centers.  Make one or two copies and you have a life long tool for your learners. 
Like what you see?  You can pick them up here.
I hope you find them useful in your own classroom. 
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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Alphabet

There are a couple of my kindergartners who I work with one on one who are still struggling with the letter recognition.  We are continuing to work slowly on several sets of letters in isolation.  This game was created for one of our tutoring sessions together. 

First , I decided to make the game a little more fun and add a St. Patrick's Day theme to the game.  I printed out the cards on cardstock and laminated them.

Next, I decided to choose which group of letters my learners needed to work on first.
I placed the cards face down on the  table and then they would pick a card (they love doing that) and identify the letter and then circle it on their sheet.  All of this is just one more way to practice our letter recognition. 
To change up the game print out several copies of the letter cards and have the students pick one card and then just circle one or two letters at a time on their sheet. 
Want to get yours for free????  Head on over and pick it up.  Click on any picture to get your own copy. 
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Friday, February 19, 2016

Candy shop fun with Magic E

Oh that sneaky E, silent E, or magic E whatever you want to call it can cause some little learners some problems now and then when they are learning this new rule.  My firsties that I am working with in small group are working on this magic e skill and it inspired me to create some fun, bright, and colorful activities to use during small group with the theme of a candy shop and magic e. 

The first activity is a hands on activity where my firsties are taking candy pieces that start off with simple CVC words and then add the magic E to the end and read the new word they build.   I printed them on cardstock and cut the end off for the Magic E to build the word puzzles. 
The second part was a really big hit with the students.  They ask for this game constantly.  Each card is placed
on the table face up.  Prior to working with the students I hide two pieces of pretend candy under two of the cards.  The students read the CVC word and the Magic E word and if they read it correctly they can pick up the card to see if the candy is hidden underneath.  They can not pick up the card unless the word is read correctly.  If they find a piece of the candy then they are done playing until the final piece of candy is found and the game is over.  The firsties loved it.
The last part is based on the game Connect 4.  Two players are given a game board and then a set of colored chips with Magic E words on them.  On their turn students read the words and then place it on the board starting at the bottom and working their way up .  The first player to get four in a row going across, diagonal, or vertical wins.
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Cupcakes make learning Punctuation more fun!!

On these gray, cloudy days of winter I like to add some bright colorful things to my centers or small group activities.  Since Valentine's Day is coming up I thought what looks bright and cheery and screams Valentine's Day.  Cupcakes!!!  Some of my little friends are struggling with remembering what type of punctuation belongs at the end of the sentence.  We are starting simple.  Questions marks and periods. 

I printed out these cupcakes on cardstock and then laminated them.

Next, I cut out the top of the cupcakes from the bottom.  During one of our guided reading lessons, we had a lesson on some of those key words that help us know whether the sentence is a question or period prior to this activity.  Then we went to work to put it into practice. I pulled these bright ,colorful cupcakes and we practiced hearing and seeing what type of sentences we would use a period or question mark. 

A copy is available for you right here:  Click on the picture and head on over to get it.

This was a definitely a little cheer brought to a dreary winter day. 
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