Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Mooseltoe sequencing FREEBIE

I shared this Mooseltoe sequencing activity on Instagram and as promised, I wanted to share the cards with you all. 

I love reading Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini. It brings all the giggles every.single.year! After reading it today, we reviewed sequencing and using our "signal" words. We used index cards...folded in half, to create the sequencing flaps. 

You can download the cards here and the Mooseltoe craft is available in my Jingle Bell Rock pack. 

If you need another fun Christmas activity, you can download this How to Catch Santa one here.  


Sunday, December 4, 2016


December is by far my most favorite time of year....EVER! I love crafts and all things Christmas, so tying that into any lesson in my classroom makes me giddy! 

I wanted to pop in and share a quick, FREE elf drawing and writing activity with you all. 

These are great to use after your classroom elf makes their appearance, a follow up activity after reading an elf book, or for a quick writing! 

I always like to complete these drawings together (on the board) with my students step by step. You can download the drawing steps and writing page here. 

Another one of my favorite things to do is make these fun little elf hats with my kiddos! You can find the steps here

Hope you all have a fabulous week! 

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Gobbled Up Numbers!

 I wanted to share a quick math freebie with you all that I shared over at Blog Hoppin'.  All you need is dice and construction paper! 

Let your students know that some very hungry turkeys are coming to your room today and they are going to gobble up numbers!!! 

Give each student two dice and have them roll the dice to generate a number to build. The two dice will be their number for the tens place and ones place.  After students roll their number, they will color in their ten frames. The ten frames will become the turkey's feathers. 

After completing the ten frames and turkeys, students will record (on the recording sheet) how many tens and ones their turkey gobbled up! 

You can have your students go ahead and write the number that their turkey ate inside the turkey's belly, OR have your students trade turkeys with another student and have that student write what number the turkey ate. 

You can download this freebie here or by clicking on one of the pictures below. 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Catching up and beginning blends!

Y'all! October came and went. For real. Between fall parent conferences and life itself....blogging just didn't happen. So, I am going to do some MAJOR catching up today! There's a lot, so let's get started. 

In math, we learned about time to the hour and made these fun little sunflowers to display analog, digital, and word form. 

In writing, we learned about complete and incomplete sentences and created these free spiders

In phonics, we learned about beginning blends. We started off by meeting Chef Blend. She taught us the recipe for making a blend. 

We became chefs and combined 2 consonants together to make 1 sound. The kids loved wearing their chef hats and "blending" the sounds together. 

Afterwards, we added to our blends to our recipe books.

In stations, we sorted pictures by their beginning blends sounds and worked on word families with real and nonsense words in guided reading groups. 

We also worked on our fluency with blends by using these onset and rime slider cards. 

After completing these activities in reading groups, I placed them in our stations for this week. It has been a great way to continue our practice of reading and identifying beginning blends. 

Oh, and before I go....if you previously purchased my Cooking Up Blends pack, please re-download! These small group/station activities plus lots more have been added to the pack and the Phonics Friends bundle. 

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Bat Research FREEBIE

Last week, we covered our research TEK, by researching bats. Between wearing costumes to school and having our Bat Museum, I failed at snapping pictures of us completing our research. #bummerinthesummer 

While completing our research, students recorded their learning in these bat foldables.  We worked on gathering information for these foldables all throughout the week. We used non-fiction books as well as Epic to complete our research. 
On the back of the foldables, we labeled the different parts of bats. 

You can find this bat research foldable for FREE, here

All of the first grade students completed a home project where they had to create a bat habitat diorama. Their dioramas had to include a bat, the bat's habitat, and food. These turned out SO amazing. I wish I could share all 100 of the dioramas. There were barns, caves, bridges, ..... just so many neat dioramas! 

On Friday, first grade displayed their dioramas and bat research foldables in the cafeteria for the First Grade Bat Museum. 

All the different grade levels in our school attended, as well as parents and staff. The kids were thrilled about showing off their dioramas and research! 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Apple and Pumpkin Freebie!!

Hey y'all! I wanted to stop in real quick and share an apple freebie that I made several years ago in case you missed it. 
You can read more about how we used this apple craft (2 years ago) to describe apples and sequencing applesauce here

We have also used this apple craft when learning about pumpkins. 

We wrote adjectives to describe pumpkins using this writing paper. I printed the face on orange paper rather than red and wha-lah...it's a pumpkin!!! 
You can read more about how we used this craft for pumpkins here. 

...and if you're looking for more adjective activities, check out my Get Your Adjectives Here pack by clicking the picture below! 


Monday, September 19, 2016

Building Numbers FREEBIES!!!

Last week in math we worked on building numbers to 20. I have several freebies that I wanted to share with you all.  I'll link them all at the very end of the post :) 

We spent the whole week as construction workers while we "built" our number sense.  I found construction hats for 99 cents at Hobby Lobby as well as the construction cones. I'm tellin' ya....throw in some real hats and accessories....and your kids attention and engagement is hooked! 

We started off identifying our numbers in standard form and in word form to 20. We completed this matching activity for independent practice. 
We also "built" number lines using these number nails. We started off building a number line on the board as a group.

Afterwards, I gave each table group nails that had the numbers 1-20 on them and they had to put them in order on their table's number line. I used duct tape for the number line on each table. 

For independent practice, we completed this number line cut and paste activity. 

Once we had our number identification and order down, we began constructing and building numbers. We made towers of 10s using unifix cubes. 
...and then compared our numbers (towers) to our friends. 
We used pipe cleaners to make comparison symbols. 

For independent practice we hauled numbers to the correct comparison symbol by identifying if the a number was greater or less than another number. 

And to add a little more challenge to our number building, we worked on expanded form by using these building mats. 
We used nuts, bolts, and screws (Chex Mix) to build our numbers.
And, as promised....you can find all these activities for FREE by downloading them HERE. 

Happy Monday friends!!