Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Number sense warm up FREEBIE

I thought I'd share a math warm up idea that I use ALL.THE.TIME!

All you need is an empty can and some pennies (or other small objects)

I have students close their eyes while I drop pennies into the can one at a time.  Afterward I see who knows how many I dropped.  I change it up by dropping 2 or more at a time for skip counting and sometimes we start with some pennies already in the can to 'count-on'.

I've posted a free printable in my store so you can jazz up your can if you wish :)  You can download it HERE.

If you have other ideas for using the listening can I'd love to hear them :)

I know that this will become a go-to activity for your class!!
Happy counting!!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Planning for next year ...

I'm planning for next year even though I still have 4 school days left of this one :)

Actually ... I'm not, but I've had a few requests for an update to my FREE EDITABLE calendar.  Sorry for the delay, I wanted to get mine back from Staples and check it over before I uploaded it.

So, for those of you on summer break, I hope you are relaxing and having one adventure after another!!!

You can download a copy HERE.  Enjoy and I promise to be back posting new products soon! I have some almost ready to post but just need the time, which I'll have lots of soon!. :)

Saturday, March 12, 2016

We have a winner ...

Thank you to everyone who stopped in to visit my giveaway and congratulations to Stephanie! 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Feeling lucky?

My poor blog has been neglected lately so I decided that a contest would be a great way to return.

Enter below for a chance to win all 5 of my favorite St. Patrick's Day learning packs.  I'll choose 2 winners on Saturday in time for your planning next week.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can learn more about each of them at my TPT store HERE.
Good luck!!

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Groundhog Day Shadow Writing

As hard as it is to believe, February starts on Monday, which means Groundhog Day is on Tuesday.  Did it sneak up on anyone else???

I created a writing activity for my kiddos and a thrilled with how it turned out!!

I've turned it into a learning pack for a ready to use writing lesson for you.  There's an anchor chart to spark a discussion and six shadows to share with your group.  Ask them: What do you infer the shape is?  How do you know?  Then using different shadows students will create a flap book where they print their guess on the top flap then underneath print their reasoning.

You can find it HERE to learn more.  Be sure to check out the preview to see everything that's included.


As always the first 3 people who comment on this post will receive a free copy.  I'm heading out for a bit but will check in later this evening and send a copy to the people who comment.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Winter Writing Freebie

It's another snowy day here and I'm happily sitting in front of the fire keeping warm enjoying some Netflix :)  Can a lazy Saturday get any better???

I've created a winter writing activity for my kiddos to do this week which you can download HERE for free.

You'll find a writing web, a couple of different writing pages and a winter words page.

I hope that by sharing I can help a few of you with your planning :)

Have a wonderful  weekend and for those of you who have Monday off I have one word - JEALOUS!!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Starting the New Year with Organization

Happy New Year!

I hope that you are all settled into your back to school routine.  It was a busy week in first grade and as much as I love my first graders I was 'a tad' tired by Friday and ready for the weekend! ;)

We started the week by creating toasts from Katie Mense's New Year pack - they turned out adorably!!!!  You can find her pack HERE.

My kiddos were then thrilled to solve the mystery of my free New Year's Place Value Mystery Picture.  You can download a copy HERE.

I spent much of the holidays organizing at home ... closets, the kitchen... I actually accomplished a lot!
Once I got back to school I created new bin labels for my Monday to Friday bins.  Let's face it - a cute work space is essential!
You can download the labels for free HERE.

Happy New Year friends!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Planning for 2016 with a freebie :)

I hope that everyone is having a wonderful winter break - I know I am!!!  I've been doing some mindless reading and doing some Netflix binging!

I've updated my New Year's Mystery Picture for 2016 and it's still free :) You can download it HERE.

I've also added a new Mystery Picture to my Place Value bundle - If you own it you can download it HERE.  The bundle now contains 28 pictures.

This picture has a Superhero theme and will provide place value practice anytime of year.  Students solve the tens and ones to find the number before they color.

I copy the two student pages on an 11 X 17" paper and the students LOVE working on the large paper!!
As always, I'll send a copy of the Superhero mystery picture to the first 3 people who comment on this post.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Build a Snowman - 8 Math Games!

Have you seen snow where you are yet?  We've had just a dusting but it has gotten me into the winter spirit.  Using the same learning outcomes found in my Build a Santa pack I have a created a Build a Snowman pack that includes 8 learning games which my students will tell you are for LEARNING and FUN!
It includes eight learning games that cover the following:
Roll and Count
Add 1
Add 2
Add 5
Add 10
Doubles +1
Subtract 1

Each game is played with a dice and has an I Can student instruction card to help build independence.
You'll also find a colour and black and white option for each page.
Here's a little peek:

As always, I'd love to give a few of these learning packs away.  I'll send a copy to the first 3 people who comment on this post :)

If you're celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow enjoy your day!!!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Magic E

Magic E, Bossy E, Super E ... whatever you call it, it's an important letter.

My kiddos loved creating these Magic Es!! They turned out absolutely adorable!!

You can download the pieces you need to create your own Magic E HERE.

We have also been enjoying this adorable video.

Here in Canada, we had Thanksgiving weeks ago, but if you're celebrating Thanksgiving this week ENJOY!!!!