Saturday, March 16, 2013


Well, my spring break is is finishing up.  I have enjoyed the time to be with friends, loved ones, and the time to work on projects for my classroom and TPT.  

I updated my plants unit with some more activities.  It's 53 pages of science fun!  Here are some pics of what's inside:

Informational Text and Student Emergent Readers
 Sorting Activity for Plants' Needs
 2 Songs with Motions about Plants' Needs and Plant Parts
 Plant Growth Journal to Record 12 Days of Plant Growth
 Plant Parts Craftivity
Plant Life Cycle Craftivity

...and soooooo much more!

Click below to grab this unit in my shop.

Alrighty, it is 4:00 am and I have much to do at the school tomorrow (today, that is, after I sleep).  Have a superb Saturday!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Giveaway at Heather's Heart!

My sweet, fellow Texas blogging buddy, Heather,  from Heather's Heart is having a fabulous giveaway!  Click the pic below to go and visit her.

And for those of you who guessed my favorite dog - it's dachshunds!  Here are my two cuties and my friend, Mary's, pup.

I sent my Subtraction Stories to my peeps who guessed correctly.

Click  the pic above to grab it for $3.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Subtraction Stories

I made this subtraction stories activity to help my cuties understand the concept of taking away with a spring theme (frogs and farms).

It includes story problems and headbands for students to act out the subtraction problems,

math mats and manipulatives to model subtraction,

and independent practice for math tub/stations.

I will give this unit away to the first three people who leave their email and tell my favorite type of dog.

Happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

b and d

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  I wanted to share a new freebie I just posted to help students with letter b and d reversals:

This freebie includes three different dice and two recording sheets.  Here are some pics of the goodies inside:

This is a skill two of my cuties are really in need of more help on.  I also purchased this b and d Uno Game from Ms. Jessica.  My cuties last year played it and I am excited to pull it out again.

I am sure you have heard of Teacher Tipster.  Here is a b and d video that is awesome:

The lovely Mrs. Carroll posted about b and d here.

Mrs. Hodge posted about b and d here.

I would love to know any other ideas for helping my cuties with this concept.  Please share!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy (early) St. Patrick's Day!

We celebrated St. Patrick's Day before leaving for Spring Break. (I love you Spring Break!)  It was a day filled with fun and excitement!  We started our day as normal as possible with completing this leprechaun/CVC activitiy.

Students chose a leprechaun and colored a leprechaun on their recording sheet that color.  Then stretched the sounds to spell the CVC word that was on the leprechaun's tummy.

We were also planning a visit from our buddies.  The day before, I told my cuties we would be playing a St. Patrick's Day game with our buddies and we needed decorated cups.  So we decorated them and placed them in a box.

That evening I took them home and shrunk them in the oven and placed them back in the box.

The next day (on our St. Patrick'sDay o' Fun) I opened the box and pretended to be surprised about the cups and found a note from a leprechaun stating that he loved the hats we left him but they were too big!

My cuties put them on and were shocked that a leprechaun thought our cups for our buddy game were hats.

We had to come up with a new idea fast!  Our buddies were coming and we needed an activity to do with them.  So I read the class this book to get some ideas.

This books talks about building leprechaun traps.  My cuties thought that would be a great idea so we gathered materials and prepared traps with our buddies.

First we designed our traps with this planning sheet from my TPT store.

Then we started building them!

While my cuties we away from the room, I snuck back and made footprints everywhere and sprinkled green glitter on their traps.  Let me tell you, they were so excited to return and would not stop checking their traps after that!

You can read about traps from last year on this post.
We also played a roll the leprechaun game.  My cuties LOVE these games!

Fro writer's workshop, we took a one day break from our Lucy Caulkin's curriculum and wrote about who we love more than gold.

Thanks Teacher Wife for this idea!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Fabulous Product Swap!

Happy Saturday, peeps!  I was blessed to participate in a product swap with THE Jennifer Knopf at Herding Cats in Kindergarten.  (Sprinkles to me!)  Her blog was one of the first I started reading, so I was tickled pink to trade products with her.

I have been wanting to make more math activities for my NUMBERS math tubs, so I chose Jennifer's Bee Themed Roll and Cover Addition and Subtraction Games.  (I totally love that it's bee themed, too.  Here's my website that shows my bee themed room.)  My cuties really enjoyed playing this game.

We played it first as a BUMP game, then I introduced how to use the addition recording sheet.

There are also subtraction recording sheets.  Jennifer has many different themes for this game in her store.  They are perfect for the Buddy Games choice for NUMBERS math.  I am looking forward to grabbing more of them!

Join Jennifer and me for a sale (along with many others)!

(Greg made this awesome button!)

Jennifer's store:

My store:

Sunday, March 3, 2013

St. Patrick's Day Linky Party

I am linking up with Mary at Sharing Kindergarten to share some St. Patrick's Day fun!  Click the pic below to see all of the fun ideas!

I wanted to share my Leprechaun Trap with you.  I posted it last year here with more details.  Basically, we were tricked by a leprechaun's magical powers when he shrunk our cups and turned them into hats,  (Thanks Krissy Miner for the Shrinking Hat product!)  so we built leprechaun traps.

I had my cuties design their trap first with this freebie from my store before getting the materials needed to build the trap.

Here are some pics of our designs and built traps.

Visit Mary's blog, Sharing Kindergarten, for TONS of St. Patrick's Day ideas!


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