Sunday, April 6, 2014

Missing Addends

Missing addends are a mystery for a few of students so I created a new math station to give them some extra practice.

Aren't these graphics by Graphics From the Pond just ADORABLE???????  I simply can't get enough of them :)

I simply can't get enough of them :)

To use this station students sort the 18 missing addend card onto 6 different numbered jars.  Of course, I included an 'I can' instruction card to keep students on task and a recording page to check for understanding.  I've created each page in both color and black & white to give you a 'save your ink' option.

Would you like a copy?  You can find it HERE at my TPT store.

As always, I'd like to give a few copies away.  The first 3 people who comment on this post will get one.

It's parent-teacher week for me so I'll probably be a little quiet over the next few days.  Have a great week!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Little Mouse Freebie!

I'm using my The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear unit later this month and needed another activity so I am posting it here as a freebie for you.
It's a color by word family activity and you can find it HERE for free.

I LOVE the book by Don and Audrey Wood.  You can read more about my unit HERE including a link to the book being read on YouTube.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wordless Wednesday!

Today I am linking up with my blogging friend Christina over at Second Grade Sugar and Spice.  She is hosting a brand new fun linky!

As she says, a picture can say it all!  Here's a picture of how I organize my literacy stations.  Students head on over and choose the basket they need where I keep everything organized.  (Okay, I'm not so good at the 'wordless' part - I'll need to work on that! :)

Please take a minute and let me know how you organize yours!

Update - at a reader's request I have posted my labels on Google Docs.  You can download them HERE.  They're nothing fancy, but use them if you like :)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

3D Shapes!

Are you teaching 3D shapes?  If so, I have put together a mini-pack of activities for my classroom that you might want to see. 
The cover is cute and colorful, but the pages on the inside are all black & white.  they are also no-prep and ready to use.  Each of the three activities comes with an 'I can" student instruction card so you can copy and put them right into your math tubs (or use as a whole class activity).
Here's what you'll find:
Spin a 3D ShapeStudents spin the 3D shape spinner, then color a real life object on their paper.  Can be played individually or with a partner.
Tally It Up!Students count the number of each shape, then tally and print the number.
Color by Shape - Using crayons or pencil crayons students use the shape code to color the picture.

On a pity party note - Sadly, the picture below is not an April Fool's joke.  As you can see we gave up on shoveling the front step a couple weeks ago thinking it would melt by now.  Oh well, at least the sun is shining now!

As always, I'll send a copy of my newest activity to the first 3 people who comment on this post :)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

BFF Subtraction Fun and a freebie

Do any of you get that Sunday night feeling?  You know the one, when you realize that tomorrow is Monday.  Again.  Don't get me wrong, I love my students, but the weekend pace is so much more relaxing than the weekday pace.  Here in the east, I've been snowed in today.  Again.  Perhaps that has added to my Sunday night feeling, but it did give me a chance to finish up a couple of things I had on the go.  Including...

...a new math work station to help my students practice subtraction.  To play this game students work with a partner or small group of BFFs, spin a spinner (or roll two dice - your choice) and subtract the number from 12.  As you can see in the picture I have included an I can student instruction card for both the spinner and dice version and every page is in both color and black & white.  You can find this at my TPT store.

I've also made this coordinating FREEBIE that I thought I would share with you.  Students subtract then color by code.  Great for early finishers and no prep!  You can pick up your copy HERE.

I hope that you enjoy the freebie and I'll also send a copy of my new math station to the first 3 people who comment on this post.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Word Family Easter Freebie

Hi all!  I've got my creative juices flowing again now that my report cards are DONE!!  That is such an amazing feeling (as you know!)  Now, to get through the rest of this never ending winter here in the east.

When getting all of my Easter literacy centers ready for next week I needed just one more activity so thought I would share it with you.  Click on the picture below or the link under to get your freebie!

To complete this activity students need to differentiate between word families  ack/ake, ick/ike and ock/oke. This is so hard to do for some of my students!  Each word family is colored a color from the 'code' to show understanding.  I have included "I can..." student instruction cards in both color and black & white.  You can download this for free HERE.

I used the same clip art that I used in my Easter Literacy Work Stations so they 'match' if you are using them.

If interested, you can read more about them HERE and my Easter Mirror Words HERE.

I hope that spring is starting to arrive where you are because it certainly isn't here!  Take a peek at the 'view' out my front door!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Earth Day Literacy Stations

Happy Sunday everyone! I just came home the sweetest surprise which every teacher will understand.  I had taken my daughter to the mall and left a pile (I mean huge pile) of papers on the counter in a 'to be laminated' pile.  When I came home, not only did my hubby laminate it all, but he cut it all out too.  Wahoo!  I owe him one ;)

Earlier today I posted my newest set of literacy work centers.  They have an Earth Day theme with the cutest graphics!

I LOVE printing my stations out in color

but sometimes I run a little low on ink so included them in black & white.

There's a flap writing book for students to write about the 3R's (reusing,, reducing and recycling),
a color by word family activity,

 sentences to unscramble,

 words to put in ABC order,

 pictures to sort according to their beginning digraph (ch, sh, th and wh)

and compound words to build.

At this time of year my students are so independent during literacy stations.  I LOVE when they are engaged in purposeful activities while I am doing guided reading!

You can find this unit HERE at my TPT store.  

I have to go and reread my report cards (so glad those are done!) and when I return in a few hours I'll randomly choose 3 followers who commented on this post to get receive a copy of this unit.   I used a random generator and will be sending a copy to those who left comments 2, 3 and 7.  I'll be sending it shortly :)

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Easter Mirror Fun!

Are you ready for some Easter fun?  My students loved using the mirrors (cheaply purchased at the dollar store!) during out St. Patrick's week so I created a similar activity for Easter.

Students use a mirror to read Easter words that are printed in 'mirror image'.

I have included 12 word cards for students to 'solve' and a choice of 2 recording pages.  One has students print the words and the second has the added challenge of a word search.  An 'I can..." student instruction card is included for each recording page.
I've also included the word cards and student instruction cards in black & white.

You can find this unit at my TPT store HERE.  I'll send a copy to the first 3 people who leave a comment on this post. 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Dental Health

Okay ... I admit it ... I'm a few weeks behind doing my Dental Health unit at school!! There are just not enough hours in the day to keep up!

Oh well, at least it's getting done :)

I made this alphabetical order (or ABC order as my kids call it) to use during literacy so I thought I'd share.
You can download a copy for free HERE.  If you've already completed your unit there's always next year!

I'll be back in a couple days with my newest literacy center unit - I'm excited for this one!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Wishy-Washy Winner!!!

I've taken a much needed break from writing report cards to choose a winner in my Wishy-Washy giveaway!

Congratulations to Heather who was the winner of a Joy Cowley big book from Hameray Publishing!!!

Heather, please check your email.  I've sent you a message :)

Don't forget there is still time to enter the huge giveaway at Hameray Publishing.  You can win over $800 in products!!!!  While you're there you will want to check out the numerous activities and freebies including a new compound word activity from .... me!

If you love Mrs. Wishy-Washy as much as I do then you might want to follow my Pinterest Board where I pin Wishy-Washy ideas.  You'll find it HERE.