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.