Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Arctic Addition

I'm popping in really quick today to share this fun little addition freebie with you! I've been working really hard to incorporate more game-type stations in math this year- especially activities that can be used for more than just one week!

We've been using my teen numbers stack games a lot lately so I though I would make an addition game with similar rules! Easy peasy and we can practice different skills using the same game! We are studying Arctic animals and all things winter this month so I made this Arctic themed! Perfect for January!

There are addition problems up to 10 on the cards. Students can play in pairs or 3. Each student should have 10 linking cubes. One student will choose a card, solve the problem, and then put their linking cube on the answer. Their partner will do the same thing. If the answer has already been covered, the opposing player has the choice to "bump" the player off. If the number covered is theirs, they can stack another one on top. Once 2 cubes are stacked, that spot is locked so that it cannot be bumped!
Click HERE to snag this freebie up on Teachers Pay Teachers!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Winter writing

Ohhh my goodness you guys! I've taken quite the little "holiday hiatus" and didn't even turn on my computer for a full week over Christmas! We are lucky to have Monday as a work day so we don't have to do too much prep and planning over the break. I've been enjoying my babies and doing lots of snuggling, reading, playing games, and loving on my family. Thank goodness for winter break, right?!

Now that it's*almost* back to reality I have a little planning to do!! We are meeting in the morning to plan the rest of the month and I've been working on the writing component. I really like to step up the game after Christmas break in writing. I *love* this time of the year...sometime around late January/early February it's like everything just CLICKS.  I LOVE it!!

So...we are moving writing out of stations and into writing workshop {I know many of you do workshop all year but I like to start after Christmas} Here's what I have planned so far for January writing. Click HERE or on the pictures and you can download my plans and the blank template!
I'm going to use many resources from my newest packet: Winter Writing! 
 Thanks for taking a look! I hope this helps a little bit when planning for your writing the next month! :D

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Gingerbread fun!

Hi friends!
I'm hopping in really quick to share with you a few little pages we used this week with The Gingerbread Man. We did a LOT of fun activities..but I have been off my game this week...there's a stomach bug that seems to be going around and it has slowly been working on my family... I'll just say there has been plenty of Lysol spraying this week!

We have been comparing Gingerbread stories and working on text to text connections. My kiddos are getting SO good with this but The Gingerbread Man just really lends itself to text to text connections! We started the week by making a chart. There are several on Pinterest and I have no idea where the original idea came from. It took us all week to fill up this baby! Are your kids as mesmerized by watching you draw as mine?  (do not look at that coyote!! It's hideous! lol!!)
We compared several stories and evaluated which story was the best (my kids are partial to The Jalapeno Man...it's a Texas version and my book is signed by the author ;)
After reading several versions, I had my kids create their OWN Gingerbread story. This idea totally goes to my teammate (shout out D'Andra!!) I didn't worry about my kids writing too much with these, we shared our stories orally and it is SO much fun to hear them share! I had one little boy who really got into it and told a very elaborate story about his gingerbread man going into a cave but he didn't have a flashlight so the gingerbread man got away. So creative! 

I like this one- She baked the gingerbread man, her friends in our classroom were chasing him and I was the one who tricked the gingerbread man and ate him!
Click on the page below or HERE to snag up the freebie pages from me!
I hope you have a great week!

Sunday, November 30, 2014


Oh my goodness! It has been a fast week! We had a great Thanksgiving and I think we're all still recovering from all the fun things we did together as a family! I'm thankful for these turkeys:
{photo by Caroline Grace Photography our family is on her home page from last year!}

Now that Thanksgiving is over, Christmas will quickly approach!! ahhh!!! I love love LOVE this time of the year, but man is it BUSY! I finished up my December {Straight Up! for December} packet and I might just use every single page this month! Here are a few pages to sneak a peek!
 AND the best news... I bundled up these printable packets and made one big huge download if you want to snag them ALL at one time! The whole-year bundle includes 40 printable pages for each month from September through May! The bundle saves you 20% off of buying each one separately!

I also plan to make this a growing bundle and add more to it each month. It will only get bigger and bigger! The packet is $30 but...have you heard? Teachers Pay Teachers is throwing their annual Cyber Monday sale tomorrow and Tuesday. This will give you an EXTRA 28% off of the already discounted bundle...so snag it up before the sale is over! Click on the button below to go take a look at my store.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Turkey phonics freebie!

Happy Sunday, friends!

I'm looking at my week a little today and we will be reading Turkey Trouble, A Plump and Perky Turkey, Who Will Carve the Turkey, and an expository text on Thanksgiving. I *love* teaching about Thanksgiving! It is fun to teach about the holidays and there are SO many fun books to use!

I just wanted to share a few little freebies with you to use since time is running out of November. Do you have all of Thanksgiving week out?! I do not! 

I'm using this in intervention this week for my kiddos who are ready for it!
Click over HERE to snag it up!

We are also working on beginning, middle, and end a LOT. Click on the picture to grab this page!

This one is a little alternate ending book for your kids to get a little creative! I love hearing what they write! Click on the pictures below to snag up the freebie!



I hope you can use some of this with your kids! Have a great week!!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Word problems FREEBIE!

Happy Sunday, y'all!

I went to the grocery store just a little bit ago {my least favorite weekend chore!} and it was cuh-razy! I'm sure you've heard about this "polar vortex" that is about to hit the U.S. by Tuesday..well, when it is going to get crazy cold or snow here (which happens probably 5-6 times a year) people go nuts at the grocery store. Like, you have to wait in a line to be able to get a cart. Water, milk, and bread starts disappearing from the shelves. I'm glad I decided to go today..because tomorrow will be bananas! Does this happen where you live?! Or is it just crazy Texans?!

So...I asked you guys on my Facebook page if you would be interested in thematic addition and subtraction story problems and the answer was overwhelmingly...YES! I whipped up this little packet that will be perfect for the next few weeks. When I asked, many of you requested missing addend questions and story problems with a little more rigor. This packet covers all the bases...for K babies just beginning and 1st graders already solving story problems independently!

To snag up a little freebie so you can try these out with your kiddos, click HERE or on the picture below.

I hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Verbs! {Interactive Freebie}

Happy Wednesday!

We've been working on verbs a lot the past week...and I REALLY wish I had taken more pictures of what we have done...but...fail! We have sung songs {from YouTube} about verbs, acted verbs out, made sentences with verbs and sorted them. 

I just wanted to share really quick with you guys this little interactive page that I had my kids put in their interactive notebooks today! I made this easy-peasy for my kids...today was a half day and we were already a little short on time so we added the definition to our notebooks and illustrated {and labeled what we could} 2 different verbs.
Click on the pictures to snag this little freebie up! After the thought...I decided that it would be fun to add a little bit to the interactive page and brainstorm verbs that we can do in different places at school so I added the second page. Hopefully I can get around to it with my kids! To use it, Your students will fold on the dotted line and glue the little strip to their notebook. Then, they will draw underneath the flap (much like a sticky note).

I hope you enjoy! I love to hear from you if you snagged it up!