Sunday, September 9, 2018

Johnny Appleseed Craft Freebie? Yes, please!

With Johnny Appleseed Day fast approaching, I wanted to share this little Johnny Appleseed craft freebie with you.  It's part of my day-long unit of everything apples.  My children always enjoy this day!  We integrate everything apples across the curriculum all day long.  First, I invite parents into the classroom to help us with center rotation activities. They include making applesauce, taste-testing various apple-based products, listening to a story and making apple star stamps, and a Johnny Appleseed directed drawing station.  Here is the video we use. You will need to stop the video at various points to let the children draw what she demonstrates since she goes pretty fast!

johnny appleseed directed drawing

After center rotations are done, we gather for whole group lessons in math, science, and social studies.  In math, we make a graph about our favorite apple foods we tasted and interpret the data.  We also play an apple seed addition game.  Then, in language arts, I read the Steven Kellogg version of the story of Johnny Appleseed to the children, we sequence the events of the story, then the children work with a partner to illustrate the story.
Then, for religion or social studies, we make the wreath craft freebie.  If you would like to look at the complete Johnny Appleseed Theme for a Day Freebie, click the picture above.

Where do you get your Johnny Appleseed Craft Freebie?

I've just described what I do during my Johnny Appleseed theme for a day activities, but today, I have just for you, the Johnny Appleseed craft freebie.  It's a super cute wreath the kids can make during religion or social studies.  Then you add the ribbon bow and a loop for hanging.  They make a wonderful, colorful display in the classroom.  Since I've included both a religious version and a non-religious version, you can use it no matter where you teach!

Johnny Appleseed Craft Freebie
I hope you enjoy this little Johnny Appleseed craft freebie as much as  I have over the years.  The kids are always so proud to take them home and hang them up to celebrate all things fall.  It's also a great opportunity to bond with the kids outside of the normal classroom activities.  By inviting parents in to help, you will start to establish those important teacher/parent relationships.

If you're looking for a few other Johnny Appleseed freebies, you can find a subtraction game here, and a comprehension coloring sheet here.
Until next time. . .

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Classroom Decor - Llama and Succulent Room Theme Freebie

Moving to a new classroom often means choosing a new theme.   Since I am moving to a new classroom this year, I have been busy creating my new classroom decor llamas and succulents theme.  I almost -- ALMOST -- can't wait to get back into the building to set up and decorate my new classroom with this adorable room theme.


 This forever free resource includes editable label in both rectangle and circle shapes.  To edit them, all you have to do is open the PowerPoint file.  Then type in whatever label you need. You can also make more labels.  Right click on slide view in the PowerPoint view panel. Then click on "duplicate slide." In that way, you can create as many copies as you need to have enough labels!

I've used them to label my storage baskets for various classroom supplies.  I also plan on using the circle labels in my classroom library.

 I love the soft watercolors of this freebie.  As I've coordinated the various parts of this set, I've used many of the shades for accent colors.  I think it will make my classroom relaxing and peaceful.

There is a complete line of classroom decor llamas and succulents available.  You can see them by clicking on the picture below.
 Click here to see the complete llama and succulent room theme

 But even if you don't want the complete set, I'm sure you'll find many uses for this freebie.

 Click on the big picture near the top of the post, or you can click here to download this forever freebie!  Enjoy what's left of your summer!

Grab your Back-to-School Freebie Idea! Cheap and Easy!

I've got the perfect back-to-school idea freebie for you if you like things that are cheap and easy!
Welcome your students back to school with this cute treat and welcome card

 It's an o"fish"al back to school freebie! (See what I did there?)  All you have to do is simply buy a bag of goldfish snacks or Swedish fish. Then separate the treats into the number of snack baggies you need.  After that, attach the bag topper label appropriate for you grade level.  Voila!  You've got an excellent back-to-school treat your students will love!

 In addition, you can print out the pre-printed card.  Add your students' names in the greeting and sign the card. Your students will have a great little keepsake for the first day of school.  As a special surprise, you can mail the cards out before school starts.  What kiddo wouldn't love to get a surprise note from their teacher?

 I hope you and your students enjoy this little back-to-school idea freebie!  It is perfect for that stressful few days before school starts.  After spending so much to get your classroom ready, as I know you do, this is quick, easy, and cheap.  I have put these little treats together the night before the first day of school some years!  I think the total cost is less than $6.00 if you buy the big bag of goldfish.  I usually get my snack bags at the dollar store to save a few bucks as well.

Click here or on the picture to download the freebie! If you're looking for another quick, easy, and cheap back-to-school idea freebie, check out this blog post! Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Mastering Sight Words

Head over to Classroom Freebies to read all about my newest resource for mastering sight words!  Just click on the picture below.  Psst - it includes a forever freebie!

 Mastering Sight Words

Enjoy and have a great day!

Sunday, May 6, 2018

The Big Finish!

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It's May!  How did it get to be May already?  I hope your school year has been as wonderful as mine.  I have the best group of firsties this year, and I'm really going to be sad to see this year end. 
One of the events that mark the end of the year is the annual Teachers Pay Teachers teacher appreciation sale.  I've teamed up with a group of my teacher friends to bring you a great giveaway!  We have three $50 TpT gift cards to give away.  Just click on the image above to visit the Rafflecopter and your chance to win big!  

Free Finish Line Resources for You!

I have a few end of the year free resources in my store to share with you.  One is this summer reading log.  If you give a suggested summer reading list, and you'd like your incoming students to have some accountability, they can use these quick and easy reading response forms to log their reading.  The forms are of varying difficulties, so students and parents can choose the one that best fits their ability.  Click on the picture to download this item from my store.

Battlefield Cross


I have gone back and forth with this resource so many times because of the rifle and the ongoing issues with school shootings, but I do believe that in the right context, the context of military and trained men protecting our country, it does have a place.
With an ex-Marine son, this image of the Battlefield Cross has always haunted me. It's a poignant way that warriors on the battlefield honor those lost during a battle on site, and since Memorial Day is about remembering those who have died during battle, I decided to include it.
I personally would not choose to use this with my first graders, but perhaps older grades with the accompanying explanation sent home along with the project would find it useful.
If you would like to use this, click on the picture to download the resource.

Basic Facts Automaticity Practice 

I've been using this fun and fast game with my firsties since the beginning of the fourth quarter, and they are getting wicked fast with their basic facts within 10.
They are not so fast with facts 11 to 20, but I see them applying strategies to quickly solve the problems.  If they seem stuck, I'll yell out a strategy for them to try, like doubles plus one or count on from the bigger number. 
It's fun.  It's fast.  And it's great to use to fill time between lessons when you're waiting for some students to finish.
Click the picture to download!

End of the Easter Season Religion Resources

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The Ascension of Jesus

Finally, I have two religion resources available to finish out the Easter season.  You can click on the picture to check out The Ascension of Jesus lap book resource.  There are many components that can be used together, separately, or independent of each other.  Whatever fits your needs!
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And finally, there is this religion resource that marks the end of the Easter season.  Both resources are child friendly, telling the stories in simple ways that the children can understand and relate to, and finishing the Easter timeline and the transition back into ordinary time.  Click the pictures if you're interested in checking these out.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Number Sense Learning Trajectory

Number Sense Learning Trajectory

I spent the last two weeks of July in a math PD workshop.  I admit to not being thrilled to give up two full weeks of my summer break when I could be doing important stuff like sleeping in, going to the lake, staying up late at campfires, swimming, and just generally having some down time, but I am so glad I did agree to go, since I came away with a deeper understanding of teaching math.
To begin with, take at look at these words and definitions.  Our first task was to match the word to the definition (that was the easy part),
Early Number Sense Learning Trajectory 

then order them in the sequence that a child goes through these mathematical milestones.  
That proved much more difficult for many of us.  Take a few minutes to see if you can match words and definitions and put them in the correct order.
And here are the stages in the correct order.  You can see by the time they come to first grade, many of these milestones have been attained.  But if you have a child who is struggling, you can try to pinpoint where he/she is on this list, and that can drive your remediation for the child.
Graham Fletchy has some great progression videos.  In this first video, he talks about the early progression of math development. It's seven minutes long, but well worth your time.
One way to build that early number sense fluency is to incorporate Quick Images into your daily math routine, spending about 5 to 15 minutes on the activity.  Using cards with dots on them that are arranged in various groups, you flash the cards quickly for about 3 to 5 seconds to visualize the amount.  Then you ask the students what they saw using questions like
-How many did you see?      
-How did you know it so quickly?
-Did you need to count?
-What did you see?
-How could you tell the number so quickly?
 While discussing these quick images, allow children to freely share their ideas.  It is important that they be able to verbalize their math thinking without being worried about being "right".
You can learn more about quick images by clicking the button below.  Also included are dot pattern cards for you to get started with your quick image routine.  
More information about Number Talks and Quick Images
Download Quick Images Dot Cards
I hope  you find this information useful for your math instruction.  Be sure to check out my next newsletter, where I will be sharing some great websites and apps you will be able to use during your math block to help build number sense!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Mega Gift Card Giveaway!

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Fancy winning some extra spending money to help you purchase everything you need for your 2017-18 classroom? Myself and a team of amazing teachers have grouped together to gift THREE awesome teachers TPT gift cards. 

1 x $200 TPT Giftcard. 1 x $200 Amazon Giftcard, 1 x $25 Starbucks Giftcard, and 1 x $15 Starbucks Giftcard!

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REMEMBER: each entry counts as ONE entry, the more links you complete, the higher your chances of winning!!

Raffle CLOSES: Saturday 21st July 2017 12am

Also, SECRET SECRET HASHTAG SALE for two days only! Search #schoolsavings in the Teachers Pay Teachers search bar to find products 1/2 OFF! (14th-16th)


I've got two great bundles in the hashtag sale at 50% off!  If you use the Journeys series, you're going to want to check out my supplemental workbooks that provide extra skills practice.  Here's a video over of the whole series.

You can find the resources by clicking on the cover below.

The second bundle I'm offering at 50% off is my reading level and placement resource. Check it out by clicking on the cover below.

Good luck and happy shopping!!
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