Tuesday, December 4, 2012

The Gingerbread Man Can! {Verb FREEBIE!}

Hey everyone! Happy December! DECEMBER?!?!?? Does anyone else wonder what in the world happened to November? I feel like there are soooo many activities to try to fit into December! My firsties have been working on verbs and I an anchor chart with this fun little poem/song that is sung to the tune of "B-I-N-G-O". My kiddos LOVED singing this song and adding verbs with post-it notes!
And since we have lots of gingerbread man activities going on right now, I made this little verb book to go along with them. Just click on the pic to grab your FREEBIE copy!


Saturday, November 24, 2012

HUGE Cyber Monday (& Tuesday) Sale!!!

It's time to get your shop on! Woo hoo!{Hopefully you survived the Black Friday madness!} I've been getting ready for the Cyber Monday sales & my wishlist is soooo stinkin' long!!!! But that's ok because not only are most TpT shops having sales but TpT is also offering an additional 10% off that! Yep! You heard it right! That means super big savings-just use the CODE CMT12 when you checkout. Everything in my lil TpT shop will be on sale also, so head on over to get yourself some bargins!!!!
Happy shopping!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

FLAT GINGY Craftivity!

You've heard of Flat Stanley and now it's time to introduce his holiday cousin...."Flat Gingy"! Well, Flat Gingy is nothing like his big brother, the Gingerbread Boy. Instead of running away, he would love nothing more than to spend some time with the students' families. I just can't wait to make these cutie patootie gingerbread buddies next week! I did this take-home project several years ago with my PreK class & I was amazed how excited the kiddos {& their families} were about it! Those gingerbread buddies went everywhere with the families & they sent back some really great pictures!!!

Flat Gingy making caramel popcorn!
This was so much fun that I decided to redo this lil activity packet and have included a "Flat Gingy" book to read to the students before they take home their gingerbread buddy. If you would like to check it out, just click on the pic below!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Just Say "NO" to Turkey! {Writing Craftivity}

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It's that time of year when turkeys begin hiding to avoid a guest appearance on the Thanksgiving table! Poor little birds! Well, my firsties are ready to help them out...after reading "Turkey Trouble" by Wendi Silvano, we came up with different things that we could eat for Thanksgiving Dinner besides turkey. Then the kiddos put their persuasive writing skills to work to convince everyone to say "NO" to eating turkey for Thanksgiving. And omigoodness do they come up with some hilarious reasons to leave those poor turkeys alone! I can't wait to hang these in the hall! If you would like to check out this writing craftivity, just click HERE or on the pic above. {K-3rd Common Core Standards are included in this packet.} 
If you're looking for more fun Thanksgiving activities, check out my Turkey Time Fun unit. It's full of oodles of activities & centers!
Click here to check out to check out Turkey Time Fun unit!
Since pizza and grilled cheese seem to be popular Thanksgiving dinner choices with the kiddos, we will be doing some fun data collection activities! Click HERE to check out my post about our fun Thanksgiving data collection activities!

Monday, November 12, 2012

"Owl" About Me! Glyph/Writing Craftivity


This past week has been a real HOOT!! {Hoot Owls that is!} The kiddos loved making these fun owl glyphs & then writing sentences about themselves. These make a super-cute fall display also!

My firsties LOVED listening to the story "Owl Babies" by Martin Waddell. If you are looking for a great story for making text-to-self connections, this it the one! Baby Owlet Bill is a real hoot! The kids LoVeD him!
If you would like a copy of this sentence writing reproducible that goes along with the owl glyph, just click on the pic below, then click on "download preview".
FREEBIE! Click here, then on "download preview"
The Owl Family Glyph that goes along with this & much more is included in my Owls & Woodland Animals unit.
Click the pic to check it out!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

LET'S VOTE! Presidential Election FREEBIE!

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Is it really November already??? Yes it is! And time to focus on the BIG election coming up. I'm not doing a bunch of election stuff with my firsties but I am planning on doing a lil "mock election" with the kiddos that day. I put together this lil classroom election FREEBIE. Here's a peek at a few of the things that I have included. Just head on over to my TpT shop to grab a copy!

Data Collection
Emergent Reader

Did anyone else see that You Tube video of the 4 year old that was crying because she was soooo tired of hearing campaign commercials???? Too funny! {I'll have to agree with her-I'm looking forward to watching TV without attack ads also! lol}
Click this link to watch: http://youtu.be/0DBgzauo7Yg
 If you are looking for more patriotic activities, you can also check out my Presidents Day Fun unit.

Be sure to let me know who wins in your classroom! Happy voting!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Sale!

Just click on the pic to visit my TpT shop!
Here's a spooktacular treat for all you AWESOME blogging friends....a SALE! Everything in my TpT shop is on sale now thru Halloween night!!! Hope your day is filled with TREATS.... HaPpY HaLLowEeN!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Our 50th Day! {& a FREEBIE}

Just wanted to share a pic of our 50th day of school! We had a blast with our firsties!!!
One of the funniest things ever was our "Bubblegum Blowing Contest"-what a HOOT! I guess I never really stopped to think about how many muscles it takes to actually blow a bubble. Many of the kiddos would puff up their cheeks & blow as hard as they could and that hunk of bubblegum would shoot out of their mouth like a rocket! {Maybe we should have had a Bubblegum Spitting Contest!?!} Well, these two lil 50s cuties were expert bubble blowers {& they were soooo stinkin' cute with those big ole bubbles!}....
I also loved hearing what the kiddos would or would not want 50 of...

And this little guy will make some lady very happy someday. LOL He wrote.... If I had 50 diamonds...I would make a diamond bridge with gold metals. OooLaLa! A diamond bridge!
These 50's Cuties would like 50 dogs & 50 cows!


If you want to check out more of our 50th day activities, just click the pic below!

Here's a couple lil 50th Day freebies-hope you enjoy!!!

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

A Peek at "Going Batty Writing Craftivity"

Hey bloggin' buds! Just wanted to give you a lil peek at my Bat Craftivity...

Isn't that face just ADORBS?!? My son doesn't seem to mind me using his face on all of my craftivities, but I bet that will change some day! {For now, I just have to promise him a trip to the bakery before school.}

I can't believe that it is already Parent-Teacher Conference time for us this week! I feel like I've been racing around like a crazy woman trying to get everything together. Doesn't it seem like everything seems to hit at the same time???  We only have 3 1/2 days of school this week and we are celebrating Red Ribbon Week, the 50th day of school, Grandparents Day, having a Book Fair AND having Parent-Teacher conferences!!! And that cRaZiNeSs continues into next week with Halloween! Whew!!! Well, with all that said, I wanted to give you a lil sneak preview of my bat unit since I probably won't have time to post our pics of that until next week sometime. So if you would like to check out this super silly bat craftivity plus oodles more literacy activities, just click on the pic below.

I also want to give a super big shout-out to Nikki over at Melonheadz for creating the super cute bats & spiders clipart bundle for me-you're the greatest! THANKS!!! Hope y'all have a great week!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Spectacular Spider Fun! {& some FREEBIES!}

Spiders, spiders everywhere! Wow! do these firsties love spiders! We've had lots of learning fun in the classroom this week with these lil 8-legged critters. Check out this fun Spider Glyph we made...

I wasn't too sure that we were going to get them made....Have you ever had one of those days weeks where you think that you are prepared??? Let me emphasize the word "THINK". As Danielle {my 1st grade teachin' bud} & I so carefully planned & prepared for our week, we did not realize that we would run into the dreaded "copy machine issues"..... Ya, you know exactly what I'm talkin' about, don't ya?....you put your paper in, hit the start button & that big ole machine makes a big clunkin' noise and then all the buzzers start to BEEEEEEP & lights start FLASHING at you!!! Aughhhhhh! Well, to make a long story short, we tried copying our glyph patterns on 4 different copy machines! YES I said 4-with NO luck! Can you believe that?!? I think that those big fancy copy machines should be equipped to shoot out chocolate & caffine when all those darn lights & buzzzing beepers start sounding! Great idea-don't ya think?!? :)  {BTW we did finally get things copied the next day...whew!} At the beginning of the week we started out with a Spider Schema chart. It is so stinkin funny to hear some of the things that kiddos come up with!

Here's one of our spider centers..."Spider I Spy." I made these fun little spider magnifying glasses for the kiddos to read the tiny little sight words on the cards. They just LOVE this center!

We have also started working on related facts & fact families so I made a "Spider Fact Families" math center. The kiddos work with a partner to build the related math facts. These fun centers, the Spider glyph, data collection activities & much more is included in my new "Spectacular Spider Fun" unit.

Just click on the pics to check out more of these super-fun spider activities!

And, of course, I have a couple spider FREEBIES to share with ya! The first one is a simple little dice game that reinforces "doubles addition" skills. Just click the pic to grab it!

The second FREEBIE is a short e word sort. Hope your kiddos love it!