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Sunday, January 27, 2013

A Sunday Special: Snowman Craftivity {FREEBIE}

Today's freebie is not normally free but I'm making it free for this week because I didn't get a new freebie made this week   love you all so much!   Click on the pic to go download this week's freebie.  Hope you like!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A Sunday Special: Penguin Themed Math Center {FREEBIE}

I LOVE. LOVE. LOVE. making things to use in my classroom.  I can say that creating items has truly reignited my passion for teaching AND since I'm so sweet I've decided to share a freebie with you all every Sunday.  There is a teensy, weensy catch.  These freebies may not be freebies forever.  Some will.  Some won't.  BUT they will all be free from the time I post them on Sunday through the following Saturday so you better get 'em while the gettin's good!  Most of the freebies will be things I'm using in my classroom right now but if there's ever anything you'd like to see as a freebie, leave me a comment and I'll see what I can do.  So without further ado, here's this week's FREEBIE!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Website Wednesday

I'm all about some alliterative phrases these days!  Can you tell?   Hehe! 

A few months ago our sweet librarian at school had guest readers come in and read to all the classes at our school.  She sent us a link to the website so we could display the book on the promethean board and the reader could read it from the screen.  I totally forgot about it until the other day.  I thought I would share it in case someone out there hasn't heard about it or forgot about it like I did.  It has some of the best books available for FREE and everytime someone reads a book from the site, they donate a book.  We are starting our penguin unit and I found some awesome informational texts to add to the books I'm reading.  The website is  You do have to set up a login and password but it's free!

AND they have the new Molly Lou Melon book!!!!  Is she not the cutest, little, ugliest book character you ever did see?  Has everyone read Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon?  If not it's on there too and you have to read about the endearing little Molly Lou and her grandmother.   Makes me smile thinking about her!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Winter Fun

Despite the 70 ish degree weather we've had the past few days here in the south, my sweeties at school have been having lots of fun learning about winter.

We made these cute snowmen crafts and then used adjectives to fill in the blanks and describe our snowmen.  I love how different each one looks despite everyone being given the same materials (with the exception of the colors of the earmuffs and scarves).  I started by making a large version of the snowman.  We then labeled the different parts on the big snowman and talked about how we can use labels from pictures to help us spell words we may not know when we write.  I wrote a story about my snowman and we made lists of different adjectives we could use to describe our snowmen.  Then each student filled in their own "Do You 'Snow' Who I Am?" writing page. 

Here are a few of our winter themed centers we've been working on during our morning literacy centers.

Flow Map for There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow!
At this center I wrote our popcorn words for the week on ping pong balls and they scooped out a "snowball" and wrote the word on the recording sheet.

At this center they turn a card over, read the word on the hat, find the word on the recording sheet and color it in thhe corresponding color.

Long O/Short O Vowel Sound Sort

If you'd like to win a copy of the 3 items these came from leave me a comment and I'll choose a winner tomorrow.  Don't forget to leave your email address.

Congrats Dina!  They've been sent to your email.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sunday's Sight Word {FREEBIE}

Here's a seasonal sight word game to make learning  high frequency words fun for students.  Click on the cover pic to go to my TPT store and download this free game.  I hope you and your students enjoy!