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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Just a Little Math Review {freebies}

A little review is what we need to do.  My kiddos seemed to have a difficult time with tricky wording on their unit tests.  Tricky words?!  Those tricky little words really upset me....but I'm determined to help me kiddos pay close attention.  I made an activity for them to practice fact families BUT they must be careful not to be TRICKED.  



You can pick up this activity here.  Another tricky little concept for my sweeties this year....reading thermometers.  We have spent lots of time with number lines and skip counting and we've got it!  What we were having trouble with is interpreting the weather outside reading a thermometer.  Easy Peasy! - but surprised that they had trouble with this concept.  Soooo we go back and fix this.  If this is something you could use, you can pick it up here




  

Happy Tuesday!!

Friday, September 27, 2013

FREE {FONTS} FRIDAY!!

Ohhhh....I'm so excited to share my newest LOVE with you.  FONTS!!  I love fonts...and I've made some to share.  
You can stop by my TPT store to pick them up.  I've linked up with TBA so stop by for more freebies.




Have a SWEET day!!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

A Little Bit of This and That

This post will truly be a little of this and a little of that so stay with me.  As much as I don't want to share this.........it's a must.  It's too funny and terrible not to share.  So let me give you the sweet and sassy of it.

The Sweet:

Word Wall Celebrations {click here}are a great way to get the kids moving and using their entire body to memorize these difficult words.  The kids LOVE this time each week.
The Sassy:

Although, you are witnessing nice handwriting, this child's partner did NOT follow directions.  This poor girl has the word "child" written on her shirt.  UGH!!---The celebration was called back tracer.  We traced the sight word with OUR FINGERS on a partner's back.  Well, everyone except her sweet partner.  He decided to use a marker. What?!?!  The word we were practicing was actually "children" I noticed what he was doing at about the "child" point.  At least he spelled it correctly. :(

Do you guys have fundraisers at your school??  I love all the hard work our PTO puts into our school fundraisers but this year it has been over the top.  The kids receive a penguin to hang from a lanyard-that they are supposed to wear everyday for 2 weeks.

The Sweet:
Penguins are cute.  Everyone loves penguins.

The Sassy:


My desk is becoming a rookery.  I have penguins being traded for lunches, penguins hanging from children's mouths, and penguins having karate wars while I'm teaching.  I'm ready for the fundraiser to be over.  

We have been spending some time reviewing doubles.  Do you have tricks to help your kids remember? 

The Sweet:

I've become a rapper.  What! What!  That's right.  I rap the doubles. :)  These too cool for school teachers have inspired me to be a rapper.

The Sassy:
If my family saw me in action they would be humiliated.  I actually have a group of kids currently in the process of creating their own video of the rap.  I can't think of a better way to learn than become a rapper yourself. Right?!  You can pick up my poster here.

Okay, I told you this was going to be all over the place.  My big Sass went to homecoming this weekend.  

The Sweet:

A great group of kids making great memories together.

The Sassy:
Okay, so the parents may have gotten carried away.  If her parents didn't invite us over then we probably wouldn't have gotten any cute pics.  


Why doesn't he like his picture taken?  Anyway, this was him 30 minutes before time to leave....not a care in the world.  Sooo different for boys than girls.

Enjoy your week!!

Monday, September 2, 2013

First Week Recap {FREEBIES}

We did it and it was "GREAT"!!  Let me just tell you...first week of school is CAH.RA.ZY. 

Now, add a student teacher in the mix.  Her sole purpose for observing this week was to see the craziness of "the first week of school".  Okay, you want crazy......I can show you crazy.  At one point during the week I asked her "Have a gone to the restroom today?"  Poor girl, she looked at me and said "ummmm, no".  BUT I'm sure she went straight home and checked her manual to make sure she wasn't supposed to keep up with my restroom breaks.

The kids came in the first day with a Play-doh activity waiting for them.  Second graders LOVE play-doh too.  It was a great way to keep them busy while I gathered supplies and greeted parents.  You can pick it up {here}.


We learned the expectations of working with math tools.  We sorted construction paper, they LOVE doing this.  It's a great activity to promote teamwork AND it works out really great for me.  



We also got to know a little more about each other with our ALL ABOUT ME bags.
While each student presented, the audience {the rest of the class :)} needed to draw a picture of their classmate presenting and write 1 fact they learned about that classmate.  



This is a great way to keep their little hands busy BUT paying attention to the speaker.  This activity is my first social studies grade, you can click {here} if you would like to use it.  It comes with a rubric with room to write a comment and send home to parents.


We celebrated each other's names and added them to our word wall.  We used my word wall celebrations to celebrate.  I keep a bag of word wall celebrations next to the word wall.  I try to celebrate words at least once a week.  The kids write the words on their whiteboards, we celebrate, and they write them again in a sentence.  Click {here} if you would like a copy of the celebrations.


We ended our first week with a fire drill. :) LOL!!  That's fun.  BUT immediately after the fire drill our varsity football team visited the campus to read the kids a story. 


The kids were **starstruck**!!  I was THRILLED to have one of my former Kindergarten students as a guest reader. {and I felt a little old}  Seriously though, how special is that?!?!?


My sweet husband knows how tiring a first week can be....
He is wonderful!!  Flowers at work and dinner cooked at home.....I might be a little spoiled.  

I have so much more to share but I should stop and save it for another time.  Let me leave you with this precious picture.  

We were able to make a quick visit to Oklahoma to visit my newest little niece.  LOVE!!  

I'm planning a SWEET giveaway later this week so check back.   


Saturday, August 17, 2013

A Teacher FAIL

We LOVE to share our successes and everything that goes right...but what about when it goes wrong.  I'm here today to make ya'll feel better.  

Okay, I found the COOLEST little puzzles and made some pretty cute gift tags.  


(yucky picture)

If you find puzzles to gift you are welcome to use these tags just pick them up here.


Now, this is where it gets good.  These were a great price at my local party store and because they came in bulk packages I had a few extra.  My sweet kiddos wanted to try them.  They were excited about it......yay!!! that means the students will be too.

So, they tried them and tried and tried and tried.  We are talking a 9 yr old and 15 yr old...really?!



Okay, an hour later my son (15) completed his and my daughter......completely frustrated.




I will be taking these cool little puzzles back to our party supply store and sticking with something "yummy".


Thank goodness I didn't pass these out....can you imagine the frustration, tears, and defeat I would have exposed my class to before school ever started.  

Have a SWEET weekend!!





Friday, August 16, 2013

LOTS of {FREEBIES} on this FRIDAY

Hi Sweet Friends!  My big baby is turning 16 this weekend, so I'm here to give little gifts to celebrate.  Yay!!  You know that I'm going to share a few pics of him before you get your {freebies}.


Okay, it's time for {freebies} or I'm going to cry.  
This is a center activity that integrates reading and math.  I've included 60 of the first sight words that are introduced in Texas Journey's basal.  The students will be reading these words and writing addition sentences to match.  They are also on the lookout for DOUBLES, because in this game DOUBLES are worth more.  You can pick this up at my TPT store.




This is a math center activity to help the kids recognize the addend to create the double addition sentence.  They must be the first to fill their backpack with each school supply (addend). I've also included blank game boards and supply cards.  This gives the kids the opportunity to create their own DOUBLES game.  You can pick this goodie up at my TPT store.


This activity lets the kids practice adding 3 numbers, read and locate states on the map, and compare sums.  You can pick it up at my TPT store.



This is my final freebie today friends!  This math activity is a little more challenging and will be great once the kids spend some time reviewing their related math facts.  They move around this game board by stating the related math fact.  For example, if they land on the math fact 9-3, they will need to recognize that the related math fact is 6+3.  You can pick this up at my TPT store.

Enjoy these goodies, they are only {free} this Friday. Stop by TBA for other freebies.

{click here}
Now I'm off to clean.

Have a SWEET weekend!!