Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Half Off Sale to Celebrate Exciting Times!

Sorry I have been MIA from the blogging world! I was enjoying every MINUTE of my Thanksgiving break!

First exciting news… I'm engaged!  
He proposed on Thanksgiving day and I could not be happier! I'm so excited to spend the rest of my life with my favorite person in the world. All smiles. 

The following day… 
this happened:

Talk about a way to celebrate huh?
Best thing ever. 
2011 has been an AMAZING year! I cannot wait to continue celebrating through the holiday season. 

To celebrate all of the many blessing in my life I am throwing a little sale for you guys! Because y'all are 100% a blessing in my life as well!
Till midnight tonight (possibly till tomorrow morning) everything in my TPT store will be HALF off (I feel bad for missing cyber monday)

What is on sale in my store….

Click the picture below to go to my store!

Hope you are enjoying the ending of the 2011 year as much as I am! 
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Debbie Diller Feature!

STOP THE WORLD. I could just die. 
THE Debbie Diller posted pictures of my classroom on her blog! My word, I could have passed out when I went to read her blog and saw um… my classroom! We all know my love for Deb. She has inspired my me as a teacher so much and I am forever grateful to her! 

Thanks for the shout out Debbie. Seriously, you have made my year!

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Subtraction Satisfaction Work Station Packet

It is FINALLY complete...
My Subtraction Satisfaction for Work Stations Packet!
And by the way ladies… did NO one catch the mistake on the cover? Ha. Oops. Apparently the lil' red squiggly line blended into the hot pink background! Eek. Glad I caught that. (Even if its too late for those of you who have already pinned it, wamp wamp)

Anyways, the Subtraction Packet includes: 
- Subtraction with Counters
- Subtraction Number Sentences
- Finding the Difference
- Counting Back using a Number Line
- Compare to Subtract
- Domino Subtraction
- And Recording Sheets!

Hope you and your littles will enjoy these subtraction work station activities!
If you would like to check it out at my TpT store click here!
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Classroom Happenings...

I tried to snap a few pictures before I left school today…

In math last week we learned about skip counting. I saw Cara Carroll's idea on using socks to demonstrate skip counting my 2s. Knowing that most of my students would not be able to bring a new pair of socks to school, I drew a pair of socks. I had each student decorate their socks, and then we labeled them by 2s. 

Here is the template I drew….

We also used hands to skip count by 5s and 10s but I forgot to take that picture! 

In Social Studies we discussed "Me on the Map". I loved doing this activity! Tip to those of you who attempt this: it takes a while to make if you have your students doing all the work: cutting, labeling, drawing (which I did). It is definitely something I will be doing again next year. 

Last week I told you that were were creating How To Writings during our writers workshop time. My students wrote "How To Scare a Cat" based off of the story Scardey-Cat Splat. Instead of copying my Scaredy Cat on construction paper I just copied it on white paper and had my students color it accordingly. Save myself some time ya know! 

This week our topic in writing is creating a report. I chose to use our big book from Treasures this week "Red Eyed Tree Frog".  

First, we used this brace map to organize the information we learned from the book. 

Tomorrow, we will use our bubble map to begin brainstorming ideas for our sentences! 
After we publish our writing, we will then create our lil' Red Eyed Tree Frogs. 

Also, I am working on a Subtraction Packet to use in work stations. Hopefully that will be done tomorrow! It will cover subtracting with counters, subtraction number sentences, comparing the difference, counting back on a number line, etc. 
(This unit is now on TeachersPayTeachers click the picture above or here to go to my store!)
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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Daily Math Word Problems

I dont know about your kiddos but every year my class is SCARED of math word problems. When given a word problem on the district mandated unit tests they all of a sudden can no longer add or subtract! Eek! I die.

Therefore, this year I decided to implement Math Word Problems into my routine. I introduce it to my students as "Word Problem Wednesdays". I really like to stick to theme days in my such as Poetry Tuesday, Fix It Up Thursday (Grammar Sentences). It helps my students (and myself) stay on a schedule and know what is coming up! 
I created a Daily Math Word Problems packet that includes 72 pages of a variety of math word problems such as: number sense, counting, addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, time, money, more/ less, and skip counting!  The problems are geared towards the primary grades. I based the pages around the FISH solving method:

F- Find the problem
I- Illustrate it
S- Solve it
H- How did you find the answer?

Here are some examples of the pages included:
So far my littles are loving Word Problem Wednesdays!  Are you doing word problems with you students?

If you would like to check it out in my Teachers Pay Teachers store click here!
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