Saturday, November 30, 2013

Mystery Words Printables Are Here!

I have been trying to come up with ways to challenge some of my kinders and with the holidays upon us that becomes even more of a task!  While doing a 'brain teaser' the idea behind my new pack came to me!  I tried it out with a Thanksgiving one (you can find it in my TPT store for free- Mystery Freebie!) and it was so successful, I got to work on a Christmas set!

I just uploaded this set and I know the kids are going to love it!  I am even thinking of laminating a few sets and putting them in my early finishers basket!  Print a few, laminate, grab a ziploc bag, dry erase marker and sock (that's what we use as erasers!) and it will be all set to go!   You can click right on the picture to view it in my store- or to add to your 'wish list' for the upcoming TPT site-wide sale...
which I will tell you all about tomorrow!

Want to give it a try?  Either download the free one from TPT (but it is Thanksgiving themed) OR just for my blog fans, I made a Hanukkah version!  I am planning on using it this upcoming week!
I hope you and your students enjoy it!  

Gearing Up for Winter???  The winter set is now done too!  Another to add to your wishlist!

As always...thanks for stopping by!  Tomorrow I'll be announcing all the details of the TpT Cyber Sales!

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Year-Round Resources from Top Teachers Blog Hop

Are you looking for year round resources for 1st and 2nd grades?  Then this is the bundle for you!

I am super excited to be a part of the ‘Best Sellers’ bundle with Educents! Your students are in for a tasty treat with my ‘We Scream for Ice Cream…Digraphs!’ pack! An interactive and hands-on center, your students will build cones for the following digraphs- sh, th, wh, ch and ck- using 72 picture cards! Both initial and ending sound digraph pictures are included- perfect for differentiation and skill building! 15 Black and white printables are also included as center extension activities- both programmed and blank so that you can best meet the needs of your students! Use this pack as you introduce digraphs, during for practice, and/or at the end of your unit of study for review and reinforcement! I can ensure….after they use this center, your students will be ‘screaming’ for more!

There are many other products in our bundle to get your kids learning!  
Centers, printables, vocabulary, book studies, interactive notebooking and so much more!

But that's not all!   Since you found my post, I would like to give you a chance to win something extra for free!  Please follow me on TpT, Facebook, Tweet about the bundle on Educents, or post about the bundle on your blog and enter to win my Elf Mega Pack!  Good luck!

Here's your next stop on the Hop!  Stop by to see what products and giveaway's the other amazing teachers have!

The deal won't last long so head over now!

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Black Friday Comes Early!

Educents has announced that their Black Friday sale has started early!  
And I am THRILLED to announce that my 'We Scream for Ice Cream...Digraphs' pack is part of an amazing bundle of 'Best Sellers'!  21 products, totally over 950 pages, and valued at $115, can be yours for only $23!  Why not treat yourself and students to a tasty helping of learning and fun!

Click to view the pack and read about all the 'ingredients' in the pack!
This is My 'We Scream For Ice Cream..Digraphs' pack that is part of the pack and has 46 4.0 ratings! 
It is definitely a tasty addition to digraph learning and fun!  
Everyone loves ice cream and it can be used all year long!
And while we are talking about sales....
stay tuned for details on other site-wide sales that will be starting soon!

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving and Turkey Fun For Everyone!

My students have been busy with a ton of turkey fun and 
boy do we have some fun things planned for tomorrow!

Here are a few pictures of the fun we have been having in our class over the past 2 weeks!

We labeled the parts of a turkey using interactive writing and then they made their own turkeys to label!  
I just LOVE original student art work! We also illustrated our poem '5 Fat Turkeys!'
Aren't these just darling?!

Interactive Journal Fun! 
We are LOVING our interactive notebooks!  Here are a few of our math and Social Studies entries from the past 2 weeks!  The notebooks are getting fat and I love how they are keeping track of all that we have learned so far this year!

 We are in the midst of our numbers unit, so this lift and match activity was just perfect!

 After reading a few stories and doing picture sorts, the students were able to do this sort independently!

 This one was especially fun! The students were SHOCKED when we talked about Pilgrim life! They did a great job matching 'Then' and 'Now!'

Word and picture sentences have been a hit!  Tomorrow we'll be building sentences all about Thanksgiving foods!  We worked with these sentences for vocabulary development- as well as reviewing sight words and reading with 1:1 correspondence!

We've been playing 'turkey war' for the past 2 weeks- last week the 'winner' had 'more'- this week the 'winner' was the one with the number that was 'less!'  Next week we break out 'Dreidel War!'

Soooo... what is in store for tomorrow???

We'll be feeding the hungry pilgrims and make them 'grab' their food off the Eno board! We'll use it for identifying a set of food and sight word review!  I have a dice ready for them to roll- they will then find that pile of food and have the pilgrim grab it!  Then I have a b&w printable for them to do independently so I can see who needs further review!  For our sight words- I am going to point to one of the word wall- read it, find it, feed it!  Then we are going to cut part a page of 6 labeled turkeys to build the sentence:
 'I see a turkey and me.'

Then.....Turkey Hunt!
We're going to 'hunt' the room for sight word turkeys!  In order to catch him, you must read him!  I have 10 already hidden- my 'job' in the am is to hide the rest!  Can you spot 3 of them?  
I think they are going to love this 'hunt!'

How About...Pumpkin Pie Playdoh, Making Retelling Bracelets, Churning Butter and 
Devouring Corn Muffins?!  Yes!  We'll be doing it all!

Want to do some of this fun with your kiddos?  
Click this link and get my printables and Eno Board goodies for free!

 Click here to get your free goodies!

Thanks for visiting!  Stay tuned for posts of our Day Before Turkey Fun!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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Monday, November 25, 2013

5, 4, 3, 2, 1... LIFT OFF! I am officially a blogger!

     With much help, guidance and assistance from Kourtney Payton of Mrs. Payton's Precious Kindergarteners my blog is up and running!
     I am so excited to have this forum to share what all my wonderful students do!  They are an amazing bunch of 'cuties' and we have a ton of fun in all that we do!
     This is a short week for us!  I have big plans for Wednesday- we'll be making butter like the Pilgrims did, whip up a batch of Pumpkin Pie Playdoh and make 1st thanksgiving story retelling bracelets!  Want to share in the fun?  Here is the recipe for the playdoh!  Be sure to stop by again soon!   Thanks for joining in my lift-off fun!
Pumpkin Pie Play Dough
5 ½ c. flour
2 c. salt
1 container cream of tartar
¾ c. oil
1 container pumpkin pie spice
4 c. water
Orange food coloring

Mix all ingredients.  Cook & stir over medium heat until lumps appear.
Take out of pan and knead on a floured service until turns to ‘dough’ consistency.

~This recipe makes enough for a small ball for 24 students.  I usually make a batch at home so that it is cooled and ready to be played with.  I make the dough with my students~ each get a turn to help stir (I then use a hot plate to cook it). 
While it is cooking/cooling I allow them to play with the cooled batch from home
and then give each a piece of the dough we made as a class.

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It makes the room smell ‘fall’-tastic!
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