Saturday, February 11, 2017

Valentine's Day FREEBIE

Is it really almost Valentine's Day?! Seems like we were celebrating holidays around the world just yesterday! 

I wanted to stop in real quick and show you a fun little Valentine's Day craftivity. 

After looking at this pizza, we may just have pizza tonight! 

To make the craftivity, students choose a person to write to that has stolen their heart! 

 There are several different options included in the free download on ways to make the craft.

If you are looking for a quick Vday craftivity, stop by my store to download this one (here)

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Musical Numbers

I shared this game on Instagram a few weeks ago and wanted to share it here, too! Y'all!!! It is a BLAST! We play it just about every single day in my classroom and have incorporated it into our phonics skills, sight word practice, and math skills. We love it. 

We call it Musical Words (when using it with words) and Musical Numbers (when using it with math). 
It is played like musical chairs -only with no chairs. Here's how to play. 
It is seriously so much fun! We played it this week when learning place value for numbers 100-120. You can find the student playing cards and teacher cards that we used here

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Make it Stick with Place Value

This week in math we have been working with place value from 100 - 120.  I don't know about y'all, but once numbers go past value gets a little tougher for the younger students. I wanted my students to have as much expose and practice to numbers as possible so that these numbers would not be so tough for them. Let's face it, worksheet practice just isn't going to be enough for our students - they need activities that are going to get them up, moving, engaged and excited about numbers! 

Here's an activity that we did today to practice place value with numbers greater than 100. 

I put my students in table groups (4 to a table) and wrote a different number on each table. 
I gave each table 6 sticky notes. Each table had a different color of sticky notes. (I made each tables sticky notes a different color so that I could easily see which tables had which number and which tables got it....and which tables needed additional practice).

I put hung different place value posters around the room.  

Students had to work together as a table group to write the answer to the poster using their table's number. After they had their answer, they stuck their sticky note to the correct poster. 

They loved this! 

You can download the posters here.

 ...and before I go, here's our predictions on whether or not Mr. Groundhog would see his shadow. My students were so bummed when they discovered that we have 6 more weeks of winter! BUMMER! This teacher is reading for Spring and flip flops! 


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Friend-Diagram FREEBIE

Hey y'all! I've got a fun little freebie for you to use when you teach comparing and contrasting! 

Friend-diagrams! Pair your students up and have them create their face and hair. They can also add their eye color by tracing around the black circle on the eyes with a crayon or maker. 
Afterwards, have them write how they are different from their friend on the outside circle of their face and how they are the same as their friend on the inside of their circle. 

You can download the craftivity here. 

I can't wait to use these this week! 

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Tying Up Comprehension with Sequencing!

I wanted to pop in and share a quick look at some sequencing activities from my newest Tying Up Comprehension packThis pack *might* just be my favorite.

It is loaded with hands on activities to get your students excited about sequencing. 

I am going to let the descriptions in the pictures do most of the talking. First up, Bulls-Eye! This is such a fun activity! If you follow me on Instagram, I shared a video on how to play this game that you can find in my feed here. After reading a read aloud, students toss the bean bag and retell the part of the story that the bean bag lands on. 
You can find the bean bags here

I mean, what kid doesn't love play dough! 

Also included is Sequence Rope. After reading a read aloud, have students jump over a jump rope and retell the story. Afterwards, they can create this little craftivity to retell the story using sticky notes. 

My students love table races. Like for real love them, so I knew I had to incorporate a little challenge game in the pack. To play, set the timer to 1 minute (more or less time depending on level of students) and have your students work together as a table to put the picture cards and transition words in sequential order. Whichever table completes the order before the timer goes off, wins! After they complete one round, table groups rotate to a different table and order the cards at that table. The game continues until all table groups have been to each table. 

A few more activities included are...

There are 4 read aloud follow up craftivities included in the pack as well. 
Here's a quick look at them....

You can find all the activities above in my Tying Up Comprehension with Sequencing pack here or by clicking the picture below. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Cooking Up Main Idea!

This week in reading we learned all about main idea and details. This is such a tricky concept to teach to the younger kiddos so keeping it fun and engaging for them is crucial! 

We started off getting our chef hats ready and put on so that we could start cooking in our kitchens (aka tables). 

Once we had our hats all set, I grouped my students in groups of 2. Each group got a recipe card. Their job was to read the recipe card and identify the main idea and details. 

Once they had their main idea and details identified, they started preparing their pizzas for oven! They glued down the toppings and labeled them with details from the story and placed the main idea in the middle. 

We had such a blast with this activity! You can find this activity in my Tying Up Comprehension with Main Idea pack here or by clicking the picture below. 
....and you can get a more detailed look at what all is included in the pack above by clicking here

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Homophones and Antonyms!!

This week in language arts we have been learning about homophones and antonyms. If you are looking for a great introduction to both of these, Moby and Annie from Brain Pop Jr. are your people! I always love using their videos to get us started. 

After watching the video, I gave each of my students a homophone puzzle piece. Once they read their word they had to walk around the room to find their partner that had the matching homophone. 

This was such a great opportunity to discuss some of these words and build up their vocabulary. Once all the matches were found, we added them to the board and started working on creating our homoPHONES. Each student had to pick one set of homophones to illustrate on their phones. 

Seriously though, how cute is that little emoji for "bawl". #icanteven

You can download the puzzle cards and phone template here. 

We also learned about antonyms. After watching this Brain Pop Jr video, we added some antonyms to our chart and created these ants. 

Each student used the small sticky notes to record their antonyms onto. 

This is such an oldie, but I do them every year with my students. You can download the ant template here.