Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fairytale Freebies

I am back to share a few fairytale freebies with you all. 

This week we did a fairytale unit and the kiddos have really enjoyed it. We read Goldilocks and the Three Bears by James Marshall and wrote what happened in the beginning, middle, and end of the story on index cards. 


We just folded them in half to create flips....


We also read The Three Little Pigs by James Marshall. I love how they know exactly when the pigs are going to say "not by the hair of my chinny chin chin"! Cracks me right up every single time. After reading the kiddos had to identify the problem and solution of the story. 


Their inventive spelling always makes me smile. 


And lastly we read Little Red Riding Hood by James Marshall and Lon Po Po by Ed Young. The kiddos worked in pairs to compare the two stories and create this venn diagram. 


You can find these activities for free in my Fairytale Pack by clicking here





Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Word Problems

Happy Hump Day friends! We have 2 more hump days until we are out for summer and this lady is every bit of ready. I love my job. A ton. But, being home with my babies can't come soon enough! 

This week we have worked on word problems. I ended up creating a few things that I really wanted my class to use while tackling this skill. It is a tough one for the littles. 

To jazz things up I told the kiddos that they would become detectives this week. Little things like that will definitely get those ears perked up! I talked to them about what detectives do and what tools they use. We use Thinking Blocks on a daily basis so looking for clue words was nothing new for my kiddos. I gave each kiddo a magnifying class, some word problems and off they went. 


They had to circle key words....


They also had to choose a "tool" to help them solve their case. Their "tools" had to be a strategy that we had previously learned. 


Afterwards, they glued their "cases" and their hats to a sentence strip!



I love how this little cutie drew herself using "mental math". 


We also solved our Flip Its in our math journals...


Yes, I do realize some of these are not correct - perfect reteach moment. #wordproblemsaretoughwork

...and completed this Three in a Row activity by matching the word problem to the correct strategy and number sentence. 


We also began writing our own word problems by using these Top Secret Files. 


They completed the blanks to make their word problems, solved them, and then wrote what tool they used to solve it. 


To wrap things up, we created more word problems all on our own using different clip art pictures. 



Afterwards, we laminated them and turned them into a class book. I have a feeling this book will never stay on the shelf! 


You can find all these plus others in my newest pack, Putting it all Together. You can find it here


I am off to cuddle with my babies. I will be back soon to share some fairytale freebies! 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

David Shannon

Do you use a basal to guide your reading curriculum? My district uses Journeys, and although those stories are great, my kiddos were ready for something different. After wrapping up our Journeys stories we moved right into my very favorite author study! David Shannon! His books are a hit every single year. 

We started off with a very well known one. A Bad Case of Stripes. After reading, the kiddos had to make a connection to the story by thinking of a time that they were embarrassed. 


They also had to identify the problem and solution in the story and write those on Camilla's bows. 
I love how this friend turned Camilla into a cheetah rather than covering her with stripes. 

The following day we read about Spencer and all his toys! Too Many Toys is a book that many of my little friends can relate too! I know my personal children can! #toysarecomingoutofmyears

The kiddos changed the end of the story by telling what Spencer could do with all of his toys. 


We also read Alice the Fairy. The kiddos wrote character traits about Alice and what they would do if they had their very own magic wand. We added streamers, stickers, and letters to jazz up our wands! 


I didn't get any pictures of the kiddos Davids, but it was a MUST that we do a review ASAP over our rules. #myhairwasturningcrazycolors

We read David and listed a rule that we were going to work on! Here are few different activities that your students can do when reading David Goes to School
-compare/contrast themselves to David
-summarize the beginning, middle, end of the story
-write a letter to David
-tell how they would help David make better choices


You can find all these in my Fun with David Shannon pack here

If you have purchased this in the past 2 years, please re-download! Goodness what was I thinking before....???

It got a much needed makeover! 

We are working on fairytales this week! I will be back soon to share a few of our craftivities! 




Monday, May 4, 2015

Adverbs and Teacher Appreciation Sale!

Lolly, Lolly, Lolly get your adverbs here....
I caNOT get that song out of my head! Raise your hand if you STILL love School House Rock! It's good stuff!

Last week we worked on adverbs. They can be so tricky for little ones. Are they adjectives, or adverbs, or do they describe a noun, maybe they are a preposition....oh, it is just confusing for them! 

We started things off with Brain Pop and School House Rock. They save the day every single time! You can find those videos here and here

Afterwards we made these Clip and Flip books and sorted by adjectives and adverbs.



Once we had down what an adverb is, we then started looking at the different types of adverbs -how, when, and where. Each kiddo got a sticky note with an adverb on it. We sorted them onto the correct category. 


Next up, they sorted these words independently in their reading journals. 


We also wrote different adverbs for each. 



Once we had down which adverbs went with which, we worked on adding adverbs to our writing to make our sentences more interesting. 


And to wrap things up, we made these bright and cheerful suns! 


Today we started our Cinco de Mayo celebrations with some fun facts about Cinco de Mayo and how it is celebrated. 


If you are anything like me, then maybe you have waited until the very last minute to get Teacher Appreciation gifts together. I whipped these tags up Sunday after Church and made a quick trip to the good 'ol Wal-Mart! You can download them for free on my Facebook fan freebie page



....and to show you all how much my heart APPRECIATES you, I've got my store on sale. I hope that you feel the love this week because you deserve it ALL! 
Love you all dearly. 


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Gettin' our Measurement On!

Hi friends! It has been a while! Angel baby has been so sick the past week and is just now getting better. He is cuddled up with the hubby at the moment, so I was able to sneak away for a bit to share a few measurement activities with you all. 

Last week we started our nonstandard measurement unit. It is one of my favorites every year! We started off by discussing what estimating is, as well as nonstandard versus standard forms of measurements. We then started measuring our friends with different nonstandard units. We used cubes, bears, coins, beans, and shapes. They always think this is loads of fun!


The following day we took our shoes off! SHOO-WEE do these kiddos have some crazy smelling feet. Goodness gracious! They had to trace their shoe, draw the details on, and measure their shoe using three different forms of measurement. I gave each table several different Zip-loc bags filled with the manipulatives above. They could choose any three. 


I told them we would be hanging their stinky feet in the hall for everyone to see their hard work. They thought this was just about the most hilarious thing I have ever said. 

We made butterflies and measured their parts. 


How about that one on the bottom right corner?! I love the spikes! 

We measured different pictures and put them in order from shortest to longest and longest to shortest with these hats


This is also something we reinforced and worked on at the teacher table during math stations. I just laminated the cards and let the kiddos use their Expo markers to write their measurements on the cards and order them accordingly. 


We also found 3 objects from our table buckets and put them in order from shortest to longest. I love this activity!


We used these Flip It pictures in our interactive math journals. 


The kiddos just wrote the measurements under each flip. 


In one of our math stations the kiddos measured different summer pictures using a flip flop ruler. You can download this activity here for free. 


....and today we made our Dream Castles! After drawing and coloring their castle, the kiddos record the measurements of the length and/or width of their castles. 


I will be back soon with more measurement activities and adverb fun! 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Math Journal Tidbits....

I've had a few ask about our math journals, so I thought I would do a quick post to show you how we use them and tie them into our math word wall. Our math curriculum coach shared these with us and seriously y'all, I don't know why I never did this before!?!

I stalk Target ever summer waiting for their composition notebooks to be on sale. When they are, I snatch up a class set. I am not picky about them all matching, so I usually just grab whatever. 



Q: How do you set them up? 

I printed the labels above on Avery address labels and wrote the kiddos names and classroom number on them. You can download the labels here. Nothing fancy - just simple to get the job done. 

Next up, I used return address labels and small colored stickers to create the tabs. These colors tie into our math word wall. Our math coach provided the smiley faces for us, but colored stars would work just as well if you are not able to find smiley faces. Our district uses blue, red, orange, green, and purple to color code each concept. 

For example:

Red = numbers and their relationships and how they are represented
Orange = Computation
Purple = Data
Green = Geometry
Blue = Measurement

I left 20 pages or so between each color. Some more; some less - just depends on how much you will do in one concept versus the others. 

I am sure you have all seen this on Pinterest, but I taped a ribbon to the back to create a bookmark for the kiddos to keep up with which page they are on. 


Q: How do they correlate to your math word wall, and what is a math word wall? 

With each new concept introduced, we create "vocabulary" cards to use as a reference during our learning. I have posted about this before, but I have to say it again. I think it is SO important for posters to be relevant and used during learning. I have been so guilty in the past years of hanging a cute little poster and not using it for anything other than decoration.  

The posters that we create for our math wall are nothing fancy or pre made. The only ones that have any clip art on them are our shape posters. I do not have any attributes etc listed on the cards - the kids do this during our introduction and throughout our learning. 

We create them as we go....



We use this wall every single day! Whether it be during our learning, reviewing, or when a student ask me what expanded form is....I tell them to check out our math wall and come back to me. We love it. 

The colors on the tabs in our journals match the colors of our math wall. 

Q: When and how do I use math journals?

It really just depends on what concept we are working on. When we learned about fractions, time, and shapes, we used them almost every day. Again, it really just depends on what I am teaching and what I am wanting the kiddos to produce. 

On the days that we use the journals, they are usually a part of our math stations. Have you read Reagan Tunstall's post about Guided Math? This is very similar to the rotations that we use in my class. She is the Guided Math guru! If you are looking to start math stations in your room, you MUST check her out. 

After teaching the lesson, I put the interactive page that I want the kiddos to use in their journals inside our Center 4 tub. 


The kiddos know that when they get to Center 4 if there is a page in it, then it goes in their journals. This used to say "journal", but I changed it to "Center 4" because if there is a day where we do not have a journal activity, then they complete the activity that is in the tub. It is usually a sort or match of some sore. The kiddos also know which color to put their journal activity behind. If they are not sure, I tell them to check our math wall. 

You can read more about our math stations here

Q: What activities do you use? 

I use activities that are applicable to what concept and TEK we are learning. Below are a few that we have used this year for time, shapes, graphs and numbers. You can find these here



We have also used Reagan Tunstall's Monthly Math Journals and they are wonderful. You can find them here.  

When the kiddos are finished with their journal activity, they put the ribbon over the page, close their journals and turn them in on the u-table so I can check them quickly and put a grade on them. Much easier than a pile of papers to go through! 

And last....
Q: Where do you store them? 

It is nothing fancy! We stack them together in this cute little tub I found for $1 at Target. 


 I hope I answered any questions that you may have. If you have any others, please leave it in the comments and I will answer them. I would also love to hear how you use math journals in your room!