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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Talk to Me Sweetheart!!! Conversation Heart Activities

 Every Valentine's, without fail, those little candy conversation hearts show up in the boocoodles! I don't really like to eat them.  They remind me too much of cough medicine.   I have found lots of fun ways to use them in the classroom though!

Spread "Sum" Love
Students use the addition workmat to solve the addition sentence and record on the recording sheet.
Students count out the number of hearts shown on each ten frame card and fill in the ten frame with that number.

Students count how many letters are on each heart and graph the hearts in the column with that number.

Students use these cut out hearts as counting mats and place the correct number of candy hearts on each one.

Students use candy hearts to measure how each paper heart and record the number of hearts it takes on the recording sheet. 

Students can sort the conversation hearts by color onto the sorting mat.  There is also one with a white heart instead of blue.  It will depend on which brand of hearts you get as to which one you need.

Students estimate how many candy hearts they think it will take to fill up the heart on the paper.  They write their estimate and then use the hearts to see how many it actually takes.
All of these activities and more can be found in my newest packet:  Talk to Me Sweetheart!  Conversation Heart Activities

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Sight Word Help

Here's a quick and easy intervention to help those little friends that need extra help mastering those sight words.  This definitely works best with a small group of students... 3 or 4 at the most.

Choose 3 words that they have not mastered.   Write those words on a poster board or large sheet of paper.  Tell students that they will learn 3 new words.  Begin with the 1st word at the top of the board - and.  Say "this is and" while pointing to the word and.  Then say "say and" and have students repeat it back to you.  Continue for the other 2 words.  On the first day with this intervention tell students to find a word.  Continue until all words have been found and covered.  This will help students recognize the words.  The next day you will begin working on having students identify the words.  Point to a word on the board and ask a student what the word is.  If the student can read the word, they can cover it with a "duck tape coverer thingy."  Whatever color they choose the first time is what they use the rest of the time.  I like to use these because they don't tear or crumple and instead of writing on the board and having to throw the board away you can keep it to use over and over again.  If they can't read it go to the next friend. When all the words on the board are completely covered you can count and see who read the most words.

Here's a close up of the duck tape thingys.  I just cut the duck tape and fold in half.

If you need some other sight word activities to use in class, then you'll want to check out this Write the Room Sight Word Bundle for January, February and March.  It includes the 12 Write the Room themes you can see in the picture below.  You'll save BIG purchasing this bundle and right now it's on sale for even more...$7.20.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Science Project Labels

It's that time of year again!  SCIENCE FAIR PROJECT Time!  As a kid I loved doing science projects.  As a parent.... not so much.  My hope is the following product makes it super, duper easy to create a great science project display.

Here's a peek at a completed project using the labels included in this product. 

And here is an upclose look at the labels.  The design for these features a bright pink chevron background with blue cloud header and multicolored text.

Did I mention that the title cards are editable?  That means you can type your title and print and keep the uniform look for the display.  

This is available for $1.00 and can be found here.  I'm working on other color designs now and will be uploading them to my TPT store soon. 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

It's That Time Again! B2S Sale 2013

 Sign Credit:  Dragonflies in First

It's that time again sweet friends .... Back to School Sale time!  Use code BTS13 to get 28% off at my store today and tomorrow.  Happy Shopping!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Boho BIrd Classroom Decor

This year I decided to decorate my classroom with the Boho Birds by Carson-Dellosa.  I loved how there were alot of primary and bright colors that I thought would be great for my kindergarten classroom and I love how it has turned out so far!  Here's a little peek inside my classroom.

 I have 2 bulletin boards on either side of my big white board/promethean board at the front of my room.  I decorated them both the same.  One will serve as my calendar board and this one will most likely be used to display anchor charts.

I bought the Boho Birds Birthday Set and used it to decorate one of our bathroom doors.  Thank goodness they fit perfectly.

Coming up with a behavior system to keep with the theme was more challenging.  I ended up using pieces from the Boho Birds Bulletin Board Set  , Boho Birds and Birdhouses Bulletin Board Set , and these bird cutouts.  I attached each little birdie to velcro.  I'll write everyone's name on a bird and each day they will start at the green birdhouse and move down to the next branch if needed.   And YES there are 27 little birdies because that's how many little friends I'll have next year.  That is if no more show up to register:)

Here's the outside of my classroom door that you see when you enter the room.

I reused my trees from last year and replaced the apples from last year with birds.  
On my back wall I have my word wall.  It's hard to see in this pic but each piece of colored paper has a letter above it.

I'll use these in my cubbies.  I made the name plates and added the bird stickers to each one.  

Here's a view above the board at the front of my room.  A letter set, number line and classroom helper cards are displayed.  Students' names will be added under the job cards using magnetic tape.  It's an editable file so you can insert your students' names if you want to check it out here or by clicking the product pic below.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Monday Made It: Kitchen and Fireplace Makeovers


I'm linking up for the first time with Tara at 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It.  Last summer this linky provided me with inspiration for making all sorts of things.  Now .... a year later... I'm ready to join in the fun. 
 I have a "home made" it this time to start off.  Today was my first day of summer break so I need a wee little time to get away from school thinking. I'm sure you saw the lovely kitchen at the beginning of the post.  When we bought our house we decided it had good "bones" but needed some cosmetic TLC.  That kitchen was too much for this gal to handle so we ripped off all of the rainbow fish tiles and pulled up the old countertops. 

And.... here's an after picture.  New tile, countertops and hardware for the cabinets completely transformed the kitchen. I did the backsplash all by myself and was sooooo proud. 

And to keep with the theme of the house and to unify the kitchen and living space, I'm assuming, the former owners tiled the fireplace in the lovely rainbow fish themed tile.  No kidding... neighbors have told us that they had fish rugs in front of the fireplace.  We took down all of the tile.....

 and I tiled it up with a more neutral color.  The tile was super cheap at Lowe's and I think it only cost around $200 to resurface the fireplace.  Now we have a made over kitchen and fireplace. 

Don't forget to go check out all the other Monday Made Its.

Monday, May 6, 2013

TPT Teacher Appreciation Sale

Don't forget the sale that starts tomorrow!  My entire store is 20% and by using the discount code TAD13 when you checkout you can save up to 28%.  Just click the pic above to head to my store.  I hope you get some great things at some great deals!  Happy shopping friends!