Sunday, December 15, 2013

Buttons Buttons COMBO

Inspired by the book Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, I recently posted a freebie book at TPT and TEACHERS NOTEBOOK, to help my students as they learn to read, write and count numbers. I found my students to have trouble easing into the TEEN numbers so when I designed the book, I removed the pages with numbers 1 and 4. This also helped maintain the formatting of the Easy to Assemble books. If you're not familiar with the format, the books print out READY to go to the copy machine, copy and fold. There's no need to shuffle papers or make excessive  folds. I know from my own teaching how much time all of that takes. Especially when making books for two sessions of Kindergartners.
So to try and accommodate requests for numbers 1-10 AND provide support for students as the move into learning to work with the teen numbers ( 11 & 12), I combined all of the BUTTONS BUTTONS books in my files into a COMBO pack.  I hope this helps ;-)
Please head over to my TPT or TEACHERS NOTEBOOK shops to get your updated copy….by the way….yes, its FREE! ;-)

Happy Teaching…..

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Measuring Ribbons

I was looking for a quick Math Center activity with a "Holiday Flavor". I created a packet that helps students as they begin measuring (non-standard units). The options include a book, which can be copied and given to each student. Or a set of "gifts" that can be printed. laminated and placed in a Math Center. There is a recording sheet to place in the center for students to keep track of their results. I recommend using pennies for measuring, but any small unit of measure can be used (small buttons, beans, flat beads, etc. Please note while the formats look different, the ribbons in the book and on the center cards are almost identical in size. However, I'm not so sure the students would necessarily notice. You choose the way you want your students to practice measuring, or your could even use BOTH.
 In all there are 13 gifts with ribbons to measure.
Click over to my shop at TPT or Teachers Notebook to get a copy for your class.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Button Buttons Books

My students love EVERYTHING Pete the Cat! I created a set of books to use with them as we learn color, number and basic sight words. There are 3 levels of books to help differentiate for your students. The first book has all the words printed. The second book has a fill in the blank for the color word. And the third type of book has blanks for the number and color words. The students count and color according to the text. The books are designed to go from your printer to copy machine without shuffling or folding pages to make the books. Simple copy, fold and staple and you're ready to put the books out for students to use.

Head over to TPT or Teachers Notebook to get your free set of book.
I would love some feedback on how these work for you and your students. It helps me to create materials that help you as teachers and provide fun for students as they learn

Monday, November 4, 2013

Syllable Count Freebie

We are working hard to determine the number of syllables in common words around the classroom. Maybe your students are working on this skill too...if so, why not download this freebie for them to try? My students love to grab a clipboard and go around the room searching for 1,2,3 or 4 syllable words. This packet has a Fall into Winter type theme. There are pages to help students find 1,2 syllable words as well as 1,2,3 or 2,3 or 2,3,4 syllable words. I really like to create materials that allow for differentiated learning. If some of your students are not quite catching on to syllables, give them the lower numbers, if your students are clapping along just fine, then challenge them with the higher syllable counts.
Either way, they should have a lot of fun. You can head over to my shops at  TPT or Teachers Notebook  to get your free set of Syllable Count Write the Room packet.
 And yes, its CCSS RF.3.2 and RF.1.2 ;-) Would love a little feedback on how this goes over in your classroom. THANKS!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Rhyming Book Freebie

We're working hard in Kindergarten on learning about RHYMING WORDS! It's a slow process. ;-)
I decided to make a little book to help my Kiddos on this journey. I thought you might need something to boost your Kiddos too! This book has a repeating text "What rhymes with _____?". The pictures are crisp and easy to identify.  Each page has a picture imbedded and a matching picture to cut out of the word bank and add to the corresponding page in the book. For example, there is a page of a boat, with a space on the page to glue in a picture of a goat. There are 10 sets of rhyming words. (boat/goat, snake/cake, pen/hen, box/fox, bug/rug, mouse/house, duck/truck, bear/chair, car/star, and wagon/dragon) The book design is intended to be SUPER simple. You'll print it out from your computer, take the pages just as they come out of the printer to your copy machine and set it for 1-sided to 2 sided, copy, fold, staple and go. If your printer does 2-sided pages, then you can print books straight from your printer.
A nice book to add to their emergent reader library!
Would love to hear what you think about this little ditty!
Oh and's Common Core! (RF.K.2a, RF.K4)
Freebie available at TPT & Teachers Notebook

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Getting Punchy!

This year I am finding I need to spend a great deal of time working with my students on fine motor development. It feels like each year this skill needs to be worked on more than the previous year. In the meantime the Standards are waiting to be taught along with all the other things we work on in our 2 1/2 hours together. I tried to think of ways to develop fine motor skills while working on the standards at the same, that's not what's making me punchy...;-) But I am fusing the skills together with my PUNCH IT packets. With the Counting pack the kids work on Number Recognition (1-20) and counting objects !:1.  The kids cut out the number card. they read the number then use a one hole punch to count out the numbers. What fun right?
The Letter Sounds pack helps with fine motor again with punching! They cut out the picture, say the name then punch the corresponding letter to match. Then glue the pictures into a booklet in ABC order. There are two booklets, one with the letters lightly printed to scaffold those students that need a little boost. There are blank pages to challenge your more capable students.
Then there's the Syllables pack. There are two booklets in this packet. Each has 22 pictures for students to say the word, clap/count the syllables then punch the numeral that matches the number of syllables.
All the packets are great for Center Work and for Homeschoolers as well.
If you're looking for a multi skill builder...then these packs are going to give your centers a powerful PUNCH!!
Click on the images to get your sets for your classroom:

Or visit my shop at TPT to get these great packets and more!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fall Glyph Freebie

Are you looking for a fun way to help your young learners as they begin to understand interpreting data? Why not explore the concept using a GLYPH? This Fall Glyph was designed for those kiddos in Pre-K and K who are just starting to learn how to read and interpret data (CCSS: K.MD.b3). My Kinders had fun creating their glyphs then looking at various finished projects to see what they could understand about the creators. Take a look at the images below to see some of our finished projects, then head over to my shop(s) to download a copy to use with your students.

Click this image to get your Freebie from Teachers Notebook
Or visit my shop at TPT! and get your Freebie there.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Teacher's Back to School Supply List

Before you sigh the BIG sigh....I seems school just ended and many of us are already facing Back to School. The local sales papers are quickly filling with school supplies and clothing. I wanted to share with you a few items teachers should have on their personal back to school list. The first is DROP BOX! If you are constantly downloading files to a jump drive and carrying it between school and home, then DROP BOX is a great solution to issues associated with leaving the jump drive at school, or spilling coffee on it, or pulling your hair out because you can't find the jump drive ANYWHERE! DROP BOX is a FREE online storage site. You can store everything from files, to PowerPoint presentations, photos videos ...anything that you can put on a jump drive, you can store at DROP BOX.  You place your files in your DROP BOX at home....make your way to school and the files are there. Open the files at school, edit, print, save and when you get home, the file will be waiting there with all the new revisions in tact. Your files are available from any device that has an Internet connection. Beyond you having access to your files, you can share files with friends and colleagues. You can share ONE file or an entire folder of files. Your friends can only see the files you share, the rest of your files are private. Click here to open your own DROP BOX and set the jump drive aside! ;-)
Drop Box
Another item to add to your list is REMIND 101. How would you like to be able to send a TEXT message to remind your students/parents about important information or events in your class?
I know, you may worry about students/parents returning text messages or calling your personal cell phone. Well, with REMIND 101, you never have to be concerned about exposing your number. Once you open an account at REMIND 101 you'll be given instructions for setting up a class (or up to 10 classes). REMIND 101 generates a specific sign up code that you pass along to your students/parents. They will use their cell phone/email to sign up to receive your messages. You don't see their cell number/email address and they don't see yours. The messages are one way...parents can't respond/reply....they can only receive messages.
When you have a message to send, simply login (via the Internet or the Remind 101 app). Select the class you want to receive your reminders, press send and the message goes out immediately, or you can schedule it to go out on the day/time you specify.
I LOVED using this with my students/parents. I used this app to remind parents about Picture Day, Library Day, Gym Day.....Snow Day....and many other classroom related reminders. It's a FREE service that you'll turn to over and over again! Click on the phone image to open your account today. I plan to hand out this info to parents at our Curriculum Night.
Remind 101
One more item for your list is an app to help you level and keep track of the books in your classroom. BOOK RETRIEVER is available in iTunes and costs .99! You get sooooo much for your money....
This is the Classroom Library Company's app for managing book borrowing between teachers, parents and students. It allows you to scan, level and inventory your entire classroom library, giving you leveling data such as Guided Reading Levels, Lexile, Accelerated Reader, Reading Counts, DRA and Reading Recovery. There is a label printing function that allows your to print the leveling data wirelessly and easily attach the labels to your books! Over 178,000 titles are loaded and they're adding more every day. You can enter student's names into the app. When a student borrows a book from your classroom library, scan it and the app keeps track of who has which book. When the student returns the book scan it again and the app checks the book back into your library. You can search the app for titles in your library. There's even a book within the app called The Classroom Library Book: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Building, Organizing, and Using a Classroom Library! what are you waiting for? Click on the photo-link below to purchase and download the app to your device.

Book Retriever 

I hope these items help make your school year go a little smoother! I'll keep searching for more items for your check back soon!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Digital Card Readers

 Are you one of those people that takes plenty of photos with your digital camera, smartphone or tablet? Do you struggle to figure out how to get the photos OUT of the camera and into your computer?  Do you have the camera cord in drawer or box, but it has now intertwined itself in a tight-knit-never-to-be-untangled-without-you-screaming-a-few-CHOICE-words type of ball with all the other cords from previous devices?
Feeling like you need a degree in "Digital Forensics" to match the proper cord with the proper device?

Enter the world of Digital Card Readers! No, this isn't something that's spankin' brand new. They've been around for several years. But I meet folks all the time who have never heard of this little device and wondered how they got left holding the ball of cords and missed out on this great little secret.

Well, let me tell you, the Digital Card Reader has saved me time and headaches. You can pick them up just about anywhere. I found the best price to be at WalMart or Target. The office supply stores carry them, but at a premium price (in my opinion). For less than $10 you can say goodbye to trying to find the right cord, hook everything up and finally transfer the pictures. With a card reader, you simply remove the card from the device, insert it into the reader and put the reader into the USB port of your computer. No cords, no tangles, no mess. I love that I can keep it in my purse and carry it back and forth between home and school. Or because the price is right, leave one at school and have one at home. If you don't own one already add it to your Back To School shopping list! You won't be sorry you did.
A few shopping tips....
If you have multiple devices with different sized memory cards; there are readers that can hold more than one type/size of card.
If your USB ports sit right next to each other on your computer AND you are using one port on a regular basis (in my case I've run out of space on my hard drive and am storing everything else on an external hard drive that uses one of my ports)...Then be sure to look for a "slimline" type of USB connection. The readers come in all sizes...and I'm sure a few fun colors too. Google it! or Bing it! either way you're sure to find one (or two) to fit your needs!
Oh, one more tip...should you go shopping and ask for them....the clerks at the store are not always GEEKS...sometimes they don't know they even sell them. The Digital Card Readers are often shelved near the digital memory cards. I know....but you'd be surprised at how many store clerks sent me in the wrong direction.

 I hope this helps! If you have any questions about Digital Card Readers, I'm happy to help you out. Or if you already have one, I would love to hear from you. I'm sure others would find it helpful to hear your experiences too. I checked online before posting this and as of RIGHT NOW...TODAY....Walmart is selling various card readers for as little as $3.82!!! I KNOW!!! (They were higher than that in the store!)
And get this....order online and PICK IT UP AT THE WALMART NEAR YOU!! How much easier can it get? ;-) Quick....before the prices on the image below to go the the Walmart site.
(Come back and let me know what you got!) ;-)
Click on image to get to the Walmsrt site

It's Been Quite A While....

It's seems like it's been forever since I came here to blog. I'm not really sure why... perhaps because it was an extremely busy school year, coupled with a serious and very scary eye surgery...toss in a bit of Common Core,  and scoop of RtI and it all adds up to having to set some things aside for a while.
Take some time to regroup!
I was content to wait until school started up again before returning to blogging....but I recently met up with my BBB (Best Blog Buddy) Fran  of Kindergarten Crayons . She was in Chicago over the weekend for a convention and I wasn't about to pass on the opportunity to meet her face to face! It's always interesting when something like that happens... the person is shorter or taller than you imagined, or the voice is different.... I'm sure I'm MUCH taller than she expected...but the connection was just PERFECT! ;-)
 We had a lovely dinner and HOURS of FANTASTIC conversation! (Our poor waitress must have thought we were NEVER going to leave.LOL!!)
 We traded lots of stories about kids, teachers, principals, families and more. We talked about developing children, Common Core, and blogging! Fran gave me a GREAT pep talk! It was JUST what I needed to be (re)motivated to get up and start blogging again. Fran is even nicer, more knowledgeable and fun that I imagined she would be. Thanks again Fran....I really needed that!

Having shared all that, be sure to check back here later for some great ideas to get you going in the coming school year!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Many Thoughts and Prayers...

I am sure I am joined by many who send out thoughts and prayers to the victims of the tornado in More, Oklahoma. Times like this often cause us to pull together and do what we can to help. The folks at Teachers Notebook and several of us with shops there have come together to raise money to  help the people of More begin to rebuild their lives. Please click on the link below to learn how your 100% of your purchase of special bundles will be donated to help.

Friday, March 29, 2013

A New Activity

Hi, It seems like forever since I've had time to sit down and work on a new fun activity for my students. AND have time to share it with other teachers online.
In class we have been working on learning a host of sight words. We have been working on reading and writing our words in sentences. Sometimes my kiddos have a hard time making up sentences so I wanted to create something to help them out a bit. My ROLL, WRITE, READ, DRAW packet is designed to provide practice, variety and fun.
To prepare for your kiddos... Choose the sheet(s) for students to work with. Provide materials for writing and drawing and a dice (1-6)
Each sheet has a focus sight word. Many sheets build upon various sight words, so be sure you expose students to the words to ensure success. Oh and yes, they are Common Core aligned. (CCSS are printed on each page)

Directions: Students roll the dice, match the number on the dice with a word in the word bank at the top of the page. The student fills in the blank in the sentence with the word from the word bank. Then the student draws a picture to match the completed sentence.
Sight Words: a, the, and, big, little, my, is, here, blue, red, see, it, one, yellow, can, in, make
This is a GREAT activity for your independent literacy/word work centers. Students can work side by side on the same sheet and create their own sentences and illustrations. You can also differentiate by assigning the more complex sentences to your stronger readers and writers.
Click on the image below to get a sample page to try:

Then visit my Teachers Notebook Shop to get the entire set for your class.

Monday, February 18, 2013

President's Day Fun

We had President's Day off from school...but there's still time for this fun activity! I taught Lincoln last week and plan to teach Washington this week.  If you're in the same might find this President's Day Freebie fun to share with your class! My Kiddos LOVE doing "Write the Room" activities.  They can't seem to get enough! They actually CHEER when they see a Write the Room as Station Work..LOL!
 Click on image to get your copy and ENJOY!

I've added another Freebie....hope your kids have fun with these:

Friday, January 11, 2013

Tablet Give-Away

Happy New Year...I know I haven't posted in a was getting a bit hectic. The holi-DAZE are behind me and I think I'm back! ;-)
I wanted to let you know there is a GREAT Give-Away going on over at Teachers Notebook. The winner gets a choice of either an iPad Mini, a Kindle or Nook. Click on the image below to learn more and enter.

While you're sure to visit my shop!