Friday, November 29, 2013

Don't be a Turkey!

Don't be a Turkey! Start shopping now! My entire store is on sale NOW through Tuesday! There are some amazing goodies in there that are 20% off (plus an extra 10% from TPT on Monday and Tuesday). If you're like me and want your stuff in time for school on Monday, shop now!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope everyone is able to be with their family today and is enjoying the happiness and love surrounding them during this holiday season!

I hope you all have a wonderful day surrounded by your loved ones!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

I've been keeping a secret... are you ready?

I am so excited to be able to let this secret out of the bag! Are you ready for it?

Jennifer Jones's photo.

I'm extra excited because I'm going to be starting my sale on Friday for everyone who wants to shop early! My entire store is on sale for 20% off starting at Midnight for Black Friday all the way through next Tuesday. You can grab the extra 8% from TPT if you want to wait for the Cyber Monday Sale. Either way it's an awesome deal for you! Plus, I just put out these great new products that you can grab!

Roll a Ten Frame

I have been a very busy beaver. Click and check them out! Make sure to get your wishlist in order. Sale starts FRIDAY!!!!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Do you need a laugh today?

Oh my goodness! This is just the funniest thing I have read in awhile. You absolutely need to check this out:

Why NOT to date a teacher!

Love, Teach

I bet you could think of a couple of reasons to add. I know I could as well! If you can think of one, add a comment below (with e-mail address)! I'll have my super special helper (a.k.a the Hubs) pick his favorite and they will win my newest activity!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Field Trip Fun!

Do you do in school field trips? We tried it this year with our kinders. It was a blast! We used a company out of Atlanta called Club Scientific.

We had a blast with setting off rockets, playing with robots, and using our knowledge of gravity. I think this was our favorite experiment that we got to try:

You need the following:

1 glass of water (add food coloring so it's easier for the kids to see)
1 metal pie tin
1 cardboard tube
1 hard boiled egg

Place the items like they are in the picture. The whole point is to show the students that the force of motion keeps objects moving in the direction that they are pushed. 

Show the students that if they swing their hand to hit the pie plate, the pie plate keeps going, and gravity causes the egg to drop directly into the glass of water. All of our students tried this and LOVED it! 

What are some of your favorite science experiments to do with your class? What about in school vs. out of school field trips?

Friday, November 22, 2013

5 on Friday

We had a ton of fun this week learning all about counting on with our numbers!

Lots of fun was had with our turkey counting numbers too!

We love our candy corn... even a year old. At least we didn't eat it!

I was so, so excited about the fact that I got to use my graphic organizers for fall. I'll be making more for Winter Holidays this weekend. Keep a look out!

Introducing nouns and plurals to my kiddos was fun using my fall noun pictures. They had a blast helping to add the 's' after helping me spell the words too!

The best news... I have the next 9 DAYS OFF!!! Thanksgiving break is FINALLY HERE!!!! Who's with me?


Thursday, November 21, 2013

One More, One Less.. Number Talk Style

Have you heard about the new book that is all the rage? I saw it last summer during our Math Institute.

This book is fabulous :) I love the fact that it's so hands-on and kid friendly. Many of my team mates (who have been teaching longer than I have) tell me that it's very 'Math Their Way'... which seems to be a great thing!

I've been doing more 'circle up' lessons on the floor this year. The kids love it and it's so, so easy to see how everyone is doing. I love it!

Here's a picture of what we did earlier this week with one more, one less. 

Each student had their own set of 10 frames and yellow/red counters. I rolled a number (under 10). They had to create the number (very, very telling). I would tell them to show me one more or one less. Again, a very telling activity that we could work on together as a whole group. There was also a lot of peer teaching going on as well. Love it!

It prompted awesome discussion too. For example:

Are these the same number? Or are they different? Can they be in a slightly different grouping like this? Great, discussions!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

How do you Compare...books that is?

In Kindergarten, there are some BIG concepts that we have to cover. One is to compare books. Last year we literally tried to do ENTIRE books.. the kids got the concept.. but not as well as they did this year when we just looked at parts of books to begin with...I used these two fabulous books for Thanksgiving this year!

After reading and re-reading these books with different aspects (food, activities, clothing, etc.), we looked at them with the BIG picture in mind.. what information can you get from both of them so that we can learn as much as we can?

I used my graphic organizers to help the students keep their thoughts in order from the first book to the second. Using the different colors helped them to see what came from the first, the second, and both books. Venn diagrams (at this point) are a tad confusing to them. How funny is that?

If you want to grab these organizers for yourself, you can grab them below:

FALLing for Graphic Organizers

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Nouns: the Kindergarten Way

This week we are learning and practicing how to make our nouns mean more than one and what the difference is between the two. I made these cute little cards over the weekend to use:

Harvest and Thanksgiving Themed Noun Activity

The cards match up with like pictures (just different amounts) so I had the students work together to find their "partner". Some had to work together with others (yay differentiation and scaffolded support). They found their pair and then brought it to me to put in our chart. To save time, I sorted the pictures into two rows and ask the kids to notice how I separated them.. you could always have the students actually separate themselves.

Into the pocket chart they went....

Afterwards, we worked together to label the pictures with sentence strips.... I quickly wrote these out as we did it, but next year I need to have them pre-written. Tomorrow, the students will be doing the writing of the words and adding s to them!

How do you introduce nouns? plural nouns?

Early Number Sense: Engaging and Fun for All!

This past week we really started to get into the understanding of number sense. I'm glad that most of my kiddos are seeming to 'get it' so far. One day last week I had them do this activity during our morning activity time.I used my Turkey Trouble number set and old (1 year to be exact) candy corn as the math tool. They had a blast! 

I could really tell who was able to put the numbers in order 0-20, who understood the concept of 0 (the gigglers in the group :) ), and who could count out the right number. I also did this as a group activity after a mini lesson on Friday. Only I used different math tools for each table. We talked about why some groups' numbers 'looked' like more because the tool was larger.

On Friday, we used math cubes to look at the best way to organize counting:

The beginning of arrays :) They thought they were just building and getting away with not following directions... little did they know they were doing the right thing!

What activities do you do to build your students' number sense?

Monday, November 18, 2013

Counting on.... in Kindergarten

It seems that most of my posts the past few weeks have been more math than anything else... but I am really loving some of the activities that we've been doing! For example, we've been working on counting on this week.. HARD skill for these littles! They so are struggling with 'why can't we just start at 1'? So today we did this quick little activity:

Each students pulled out a number 2-20 in my bucket. They found the number on the chart I projected and counted on from that number to 20. I was so proud that only a few of them had issues with it!

I'd love to hear how you practice counting on! Leave a comment below!

Week before Thanksgiving.. Engaging Math Center Fun!

How do you maintain the chaos before a long holiday? Super, duper fun activities! My kids had a BLAST today when I pulled out some new centers. Take a peek:

Measure a feather. How tall is the tallest feather? 19 cubes.. yikes that was a lot of counting!

These candy corn cards were too cute. Who else but Deanna Jump?

Polka Dot Pumpkins... YES PLEASE!!! Deanna is awesome! Click the picture to check out the WHOLE pack!

Scarecrow line up- Find the missing scarecrow and write the numbers in order on your paper! My guys had a great time with this today :) (Plus this one is 20% till tomorrow in my store!)

How are you keeping your littles engaged this week?

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday Funday Freebie!!

Are you sitting down ready to plan for the week? I thought that you might like a fun little freebie to grab for the week. I love that it's almost Thanksgiving!! Enjoy :)

If you like it, I'd love it if you'd Pin or Share so others can enjoy it too!

Friday, November 15, 2013

5 for Friday.. TGIF!

My favorite activity of the week! Love, love watching my kids excel at their letter sounds and putting words together!

I shared this on my Facebook page earlier this week. It just brings a smile to my face :)

Maybe this was actually my favorite activity this week... hmm... toughie! I loved watching my kiddos using what they've learned with Beginning, Middle, and Ending sounds. So great! They thought it was awesome that they got to "play" with the letters!

On Wednesday I was SOOOOOO sick. I literally laid on the couch and slept. It was b-a-d! I apparently was ahead of the curve at my school. Most everyone else started getting sick at the end of this week. Yuck :P Definitely makes you think...
This is funny, but it's true. If all of us could have only one reason to exercise (I know that's difficult because there are HUNDREDS of reasons to exercise), this should be it. To live longer, to be stronger, to be healthier and happier, to not be sick, to have less doctor's bills to worry about. =)

Now that I'm feeling better, I am honestly just so, so, so tired! Tomorrow I will be cleaning like a mad woman. I have dishes and laundry to do... floors to sweep and mop, and bathrooms to scrub. Raise your hand if you think I'll get it done!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Word work and clean up.. how do they go together?

This is one of my favorite lessons to do together! I know many teachers do something similar. But I just had to show the awesome book that I found to use with it!

Systematic Sequential Phonics They Use: For Beginning Readers of All Ages

This is the best, best, BEST book ever! Each lesson is spelled out word for word. It's very similar to word ladders. The students are given 5-6 letters for each lesson. They use those same letters to mix them up and make the words given.

So, I know you are asking, where does cleaning come into it? Well... I have my students write on the tables instead of white boards. So easy! I simply walk around and check while they are writing and creating words... then, when they are done. They clean their table spot! Suddenly, are tables are clean and germs are gone!

Check out my adorable spellers!

(This little guy was struggling with the left to right.. he was writing right to left instead. So I gave him a dot and a line. He had to start at the dot when he wrote. It seemed to help him... I'll tackle the backwards s next lesson!)