March Madness (and a freebie!)

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Can you believe March is right around the corner?! Didn't we JUST celebrate New Years?! Well, even though this year is flying by, I absolutely love the spring. The kids are more independent, routines are well established, and the classroom just buzzes along like a little family. #happyclassroom

One of my favorite things to do in the spring is watch the kids play baseball. My son plays every year and so do half the kids in my class. What better way to keep them engaged than with baseball math centers? There are units for kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade

The kindergarten unit covers skills including number recognition, addition to 12, subtraction within 10, graphing, number sequencing, non-standard measurement, skip counting, and comparing numbers. My littles love roll and cover games and they are SO EASY  to setup. All you need a couple of dice and some mini erasers, cubes, or color tiles for game pieces. Students add the sum of their dice and cover the matching number on their game board. They can even play alone or with a partner. 


Before and after number sequencing is a challenge every year. Get your littles motivated to practice with these baseball sequencing cards. You can laminate them and have students write on the cards themselves with dry erase markers, or have them write on the recording sheet. 


And what kid doesn't love to spin something? Teach your kinders how to graph with spin and graph cards. There are three graphing choices in the kindergarten unit. 


My first graders absolutely LOVED their baseball centers. Skills covered in this unit are telling time to the hour, adding 2 and 3 numbers together, base ten number comparisons, subtraction within 20, non-standard measurement, coin identification, number bonds, missing numbers, graphing, and adding on 10. For non-standard measurement, you could use paper clips, color tiles, cubes, or mini erasers. Who doesn't love mini-erasers?


Number sequencing is huge in primary grades right now. Right up there with mini erasers. Students pick a card and write in the numbers, including the missing number, on their recording sheet. Super simple, but effective and engaging. :) 


Do your firsties struggle with number bonds? Help them strike a home run with baseball number bonds. Students add the numbers at 1st and 3rd to equal the home score. Missing addends are included. 


The second grade unit includes addition and subtraction with regrouping, comparing three digit numbers, telling time to the quarter hour, standard measurement, adding US coins, 10 more/10 less, skip counting, and writing numbers in expanded and standard form. All of these centers are LOW PREP. Just print, laminate, and go. 




Whew! That was a long post! For staying with me, grab this write the room freebie in my store. It's perfect for kindergarten and 1st grade. 


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Fabulous February!

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Hey there! Can you believe it's already almost Valentines?! This year is flying by! Before it disappears, I want to share some of my favorite Valentines things with you, a freebie, and a chance to win a Teachers Pay Teachers gift card!

I recently updated a TON of resources in my store and I LOVE LOVE LOVE how they turned out. This was one of the first products I ever made and it got a major facelift this week. If you already have it, go re-download for the newest version.

It's so simple! Just post the cards around the room or place them in a sensory bin with your favorite Valentines treats. Your littles add up the pictures on each card and write the sum on their recording sheet. My kinders love this center!




My other favorites are my February Math Centers for each grade level. There's one for Kindergarten, one for 1st grade, and one for 2nd grade

Your littles can practice addition strategies…


…even and odd numbers…


…telling time...

…and SO MUCH MORE! Click on the image below to check out each set. 




And my favorite freebie of all is my Kindness Brag Tags. Every year, there's a student (or two) that need some gentle encouragement to be kind to others. If you need a little motivation to be kind in your classroom, click here or on the image below to get your FREE kindness tags.




Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to enter the giveaway below for a $10 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card, then click here to go to the next stop. Good luck and have a Fabulous Valentines!


Five for Friday (1/6/17)

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Hey, y'all! Happy first Friday of the new year! It seems like it has been forever since I've blogged. To say that this school year has been challenging would be an understatement. But it's 2017 and time for fresh starts, right? 

The first thing we're going to freshen up this year is our reading block. My new school district has a scripted reading program that…ahem…has room for improvement. My lovely principal gave me the ok to rework how it's utilized. WOO HOO!!! So we're turning the whole group lessons into literacy center style guided reading. 

To kick things off, we'll be using these fabulous resources found on Teachers Pay Teachers:

        

I love these flexible options from Chalk & Apples! I can rotate them out as often as needed and my 3rd graders should have no trouble reading them and knowing what to do. The best part is they can be used for ANY LIST!

        

And these are hands down some of the best writing center options out there. Mel D-Seusstastic covered everything!

We'll also be using Storyline Online and Raz Kids for listening to reading. What do you use for listening to reading? Do you have a listening center or do you use an online program? Let me know in the comments below.
I also felt our standard read and respond homework wasn't getting us very far, so we're revising that, too. I have several class sets of books in my classroom that I wanted some open-ended book study options for, so I made this:


I hate the idea of buying individual book studies for every novel we read, so I created this one to be used with just about any chapter book. Pages can be kept in an interactive notebook, and since you can use it over and over again, students will be familiar with the formatting. I find when my students have the same format consistently, they focus more on the content and less on what they're "supposed to do."

Students can keep track of which pages or chapter they need to read and when, they can summarize the story in multiple ways, they can identify cause and effect and problem and solution, and they can keep track of character traits, make connections, and identify key details. 






Included in this set are files for spiral notebooks and composition books, so you could use either. I can't wait to get started with this this spring. It will be a GAME CHANGER for us!

For everyone needing to review some skills this winter, I've created some freebies to get you going as well. Just click on the picture to take you there.




Also for the new year, I became a Perfectly Posh consultant. What's Perfectly Posh? It's a line of bath and body products designed to pamper. Everything is made with all natural ingredients (no sulfates or parabens here!) and everything I've tried feels ah-mazing!


So, because I teach, one of the first things I tried was the Impish Eyes and the Never Grow Up face cream. (Cause you know teaching makes you tired!) They cost about the same as the drugstore brands but I can actually SEE the difference in my appearance. The best part of all of it is that EVERYTHING is less than $25. Everyone deserves a little pampering, and for under $25, it's a steal! If you choose to check it out, find me at sweetpink.po.sh.


And finally, we are down to the last few days of winter break here. We got out for Christmas on the 22nd, so we don't return until the 9th. It's been snowing for days here, so we've been enjoying lazy days at home. The Blue Elephant just reopened their store after Christmas and I plan to do lots of online shopping. Their Autism tee is just too sweet to pass up!



Well there you have it friends. I hope you had a wonderful winter break and a fabulous holiday. Thanks for stopping by! Now head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday fun. 
Have a fabulous Friday!


Five for Friday (11/25/16)

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Happy first Friday of the official holiday season! This is the first year in a long time I can say I'm actually in the holiday spirit. We've had an interesting few years, but this year, I feel is different. Maybe because it's actually cold outside here. I don't know. But before we head out for Black Friday shopping, here's what we've been up to: 
My third graders worked on their turkeys in disguise projects this week. They turned out SO CUTE!






We also *tried* to grow Indian Corn, but it didn't quite work out as planned. 'Cause it didn't work out at all. Nothing happened. #teacherfail

Our school has an after school tutoring program to boost reading for our students. I teach 3rd grade this year, but for after school, I get to work with the littles again. I love have kindergarteners for this hour of the day! So I made a few new games for us to play to practice our letter recognition and sight words. You can pick them up for FREE in my store!



Yesterday was Thanksgiving. We hung out with family and friends and my kids were put in charge of the turkey. The vegetable turkey that is. Not too shabby for their first time. :)


And now the tree is up, the peppermint mochas are ready, and my favorite Target dollar spot coffee mug is in hand. Let the holidays begin! 


And don't forget to shop small this weekend. My store is 20% off all weekend long.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a fabulous weekend and head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching for more Five for Friday awesomeness. 


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