Sunday, April 29, 2012

It's A Give Away and EVERYONE is a WINNER!

 I am teaming up with my bloggin' buddy Crystal over at Kreative In Kinder for a give away where EVERYONE wins!! All you need to do is follow both of our TpT stores and you will receive a fantabulous FREEBIE from us!! Did I mention...these are items that are in both of our stores FOR SALE!? Can I get "Woot! Woot!" :-)

 I am giving away my popular "Making Connections Poster and Response Sheets" set. It is one of my best selling items and has been in the top 100 items sold on TpT! You can follow my store by clicking on the picture below.

Crystal is giving away her Scientific Method posters from her popular Junior Scientists Unit. It is her top seller and filled with tons of science fun. You can follow Crystal's  store by clicking on the picture below.

Thank you all for following!! We appreciate you and hope you enjoy the FREEBIES! You must follow both of TpT stores to receive them. If you don't have an account with TpT, it is super easy to sign up and it doesn't cost a thing!! :-)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dino-Mite Math Fun!!

First, let me say that I am so ready for Summer! LOL! Anyone else with me on this one?! I also think someone told my kids that school was over. I am thinking that I need to get a tad bit creative with classroom management. My normal everyday stuff doesn't seem to be working anymore. :-)

Anywhoooo, for the next few weeks, I will be doing Dinos, Farm, and Zoo! I just uploaded my Dino-Mite Math Stations unit to TpT.

This packet includes:
Number Cards (0-100 and 5 blank cards), 100's Charts activities, Numbers Before and Numbers After, Ten frame Cards (0-20), Ten Frame Response, Tally Mark Cards (0-20), Tally Mark Response, Number Match Mat, Subtraction Roll Say Keep, Addition Top It, Even/Odd Headers and response sheet, Spin N Graph Response sheet/data sheet, Time Match (analog and digital).

I created a FREEIBE just for you!! 

I am working on a Zoo unit, some Daily 5 items, and some fun stuff to go with my Letter Land Packet!!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Are you planning for next year already?!

I just uploaded my "Letter Land Alphabet Pack!" It is a 101 page MUST HAVE for Pre-K and Kinder teachers! It's a great review for Firsties too! I use this for the first 52 days of school. OK, well maybe not the first 52 days, but I start the second week of school.

The first round of the Letter Land Party! I introduce a new letter/sound each day. I have all of the kids' names written on a sentence strip. I always try to put the girls and boys on a different color. I place all of the names in a pocket chart. We then go through the names. Anyone that has the letter in their name, then they go to the top of the pocket chart. If they do not, then they go at the bottom. IF their name begins with that letter, then they are the King/Queen of the day.
 If they have the letter of the day in their name, then they take their name tag back to their desk and either trace it, circle it, or put a sticker under the letter. We then place it back in the pocket chart.
The first round of our letter party is simply an introduction to the letters and the sounds. After we put the names back in the pocket chart, then we complete a page in our Alphabet Book.

Here is what you get in the packet!!
These are the big poster sets. Only A-R are shown.

Small picture cards and letter cards. You could use these for your word wall or in a station!!

There are two different Alphabet books AND an alphabet chart!!

If you have any questions...let me know!! I use these all year long. I am constantly referring back to them. I will be creating tons...oh, and I do mean TONS of things that coordinate with this packet!!

I had a few requests to make this packet with polka dots. So I did!! :-) You can click on the picture to go directly to my TpT store.

Well, I decided to also give you a FREEBIE from this unit. The ABC chart. Click on the picture to get your copy!!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Make Old New Again!!

So, I was looking through my TpT store. I noticed some of the very first things that I uploaded! My work has really evolved! I appreciate all of you that have followed me from the beginning. I wanted to jazz up a few favorites.

The first set that I redid was my Daily 5 posters! I added a poster for "Meet With The Teacher." I changed the font a bit and added a cover page. If you already purchased this set, then you can redownload it! :-)

 Here is what the new set looks like...

The next set that I redid was my CAFE poster set.

Finally, I remade the Daily 5 icons! 

 If you have purchased any of these, you are able to go and get these! You can go to your purchases!! I hope that you like the changes!!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Jungle Roll, Say, Keep FREEBIE!!

We use Scott Foresman Reading Street for our Reading program. Throughout the year, we introduce 40 high frequency words. Even if you don't use SF Reading, you will still find these words helpful. Here is a fun game that I use during small groups and literacy work stations! The directions are included with the packet. I will be adding an "ocean" and "circus" version! I hope you find this game helpful.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Exciting News!!

Are you ready?! ARE YOU?? I am one of the new authors for TBA!! OK, maybe not that exciting for you, but super exciting for me. YAY ME!! :-) I also got a new blog design! Do you like it? I am loving it! I love the little blondie that I had before, but she was beginning to pop up everywhere. So, I thought that it was time for a change. Something a little more unique. I am so happy with how it turned out.

Whew! I am beat peeps! It was my daughter's school carnival tonight and I am a PTO officer. So, we were there all night! Guess that was something that you really didn't need to know. I don't really have anything else. I just wanted to share my news with my bloggin' buds!! I will be back tomorrow with a new FREEBIE for you!

Good night all! I am out!!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Tax Break Sale!!!

Happy tax day AND Happy 21st birthday to my beautiful daughter Paige!! Time goes by so fast. I remember the exact moment she was born and it seems like yesterday. I love you Paige Nicole!! You changed my life. 
On to the sale!! My ENTIRE store is on sale for 15% off. I would like to highlight a few items for you! I created these first few packs based on the book, "Goldilocks and the Three Bears." I wanted to use the same book when I introduced each comprehension skill. It has helped! This is a story that the kids are already familiar's easy to refer back to because they never get tired of it. My intentions when creating this, was to have it all in one. Well, it ended up being too big to upload to TpT as one file. So, I had to separate them. You can view each item by clicking on the preview picture :-)
This is Set #1. It includes: Cause and Effect, Compare and Contrast, Main Idea and Details, Classify and Categorize, Draw Conclusions, and Realism and Fantasy.
 This is Set #2. It includes: Author, Illustrator, Plot, Character, Sequence of Events, Setting and some response sheets (not shown). 

This is my Making Connections Set! I use these in the Library Station AND my Listening Station.

I created all of these with polka dot backgrounds. If this doesn't work for your classroom theme, then email me. I would be willing to create custom posters for you!

Make sure you follow my store! I will be adding more FREEBIES there!!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Odd/Even Number Sort FREEBIE!

Well friends, the weather in Nebraska is a little scary right now! The threat for severe weather (thunderstorms, hail, and even tornadoes) is really high. The Weather Channel has a correspondent in Lincoln, which is about 40 miles NE of little old Nebraska City! So, to keep my mind off of the weather, I have been working on a few things. The first is a new FREEBIE.  I had made an Easter number sort and had a request to make the numbers higher. I included numbers up to 50 in this little pack! You can download this FREEBIE from my TpT store! Click the cover page below to get your copy! I would love for you to follow my TpT store while you are there!

Are you a Facebook Fan yet? Each week, I always give away one of my paid items to Facebook Fan! I will also begin offering specials and even more FREEBIES for my Facebook Fans. So, head on over there and like it!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Roll, Say, Keep FREEBIE!!

 Here is a fun dice game for you! My kids love all of the Roll, Say, Keep games!! You can get your FREEBIE by clicking on the picture below! 

I hope that you will follow my TpT store! I will be adding more FREEBIES there!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Rainbow Fish Art

Ok, I will be the first to admit that some days I just fly by the seat of my pants! I will read a book during snack time for enjoyment, a question will be asked, it sparks a conversation, AN IDEA IS BORN!! Seriously, sometimes my best lessons are ones that came from the kiddos!

I love the story Rainbow Fish! My Kinders are in need of some "friendship intervention." I thought that this story was perfect...great lessons in sharing and being a friend! Rainbow Fish it is!! The books that I choose to read during snack time are not a part of our curriculum. However, I always try to talk about whatever skill we are working on and always refer back to our comprehension posters.

Anywhoooo  (stay on track here Tammy) today we were talking about illustrations. How illustrators can use different tools to make their pictures interesting! In the story, it describes Rainbow Fish as different shades of blue, purple and green. One of my little sweeties says, "Mrs Lee, what does shade mean?" So, I explain what it means. The kids then start talking about how they could make different shades by pressing hard while coloring, or coloring very lightly. Now, I am not an Art teacher. Painting is sooooo not my favorite thing to do. was time to paint!! It was the easiest way for me to show them how to make a color darker and lighter! I believe the correct terms are tints and shades.

Here is what we did. First, we looked through the book and talked about the setting. What colors did they use? What are some other things that they saw besides fish? We started with a 12 X 18 sheet of white construction paper. They added details with crayons....ONLY what they saw on the ocean floor. Next, we used our watercolor to paint over the top of our ocean scene. I blue first and then added some strokes of green and purple. No picture of just this part...darn it!

Now, for the real paint...YIKES!! I chose purple. I demonstrated what happened when I mixed purple with white and then with black. "Mrs. Lee, you are AWESOME!" Tee Hee! Have I mentioned that I love my Kinders. They are so easily impressed! Their turn now! I let each student choose their color (red, orange, yellow, blue, green or purple). I gave each of them their own paper plate with their color, their color with white added, and their color with just a drop or two of black added. I folded another 12 X 18 white sheet of paper into fourths. We painted the first section with their color, the next section with the tint of their color, the next section with the shade of their color. The last section was all three of those colors mixed together. This is what an orange one looked like.

I quick drew a pattern for RBF and traced them onto 9 X 12 white construction paper. I did this while they were painting! I told by the seat of my pants. LOL! I showed them how to cut ovals from their tints/shades. We glued those onto the RBF pattern. Here is a close up of the fish...sort of!

Now, cut out the fish and glue to your ocean scene and VOILA!! You are done. I am done! AND I have a headache! So, not kidding about the headache! This should have been a two day project. However, I had made it too far and I told myself ...suck it up buttercup and finish this thing! So, we did! I thought about adding silver glitter, but then thought again...and did NOT! :-) They turned out so cute! They all picked different colors. Oh, one more thing....whatever color they chose was the color they had to use to color the face and the fins! So, if they chose green, then RBF had a green face and green fins. Would you like to see their finished products? I can post pics of those if you would like!?

I really need to be better about taking pictures! I did snap a few, but not from the beginning though...sorry!

Whew! That was a long post!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Shell Math and Literacy Pack and a FREEBIE!!

I just uploaded my "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Shell Math and Literacy Pack" I have added a few different Math activities this time! I included an activity for time and money. I am currently working on a craftivity to go with it also! So, make sure you check back this weekend!!

You can get the book HERE (click on the book cover)!!

Here is a FREEBIE that I created to go with this pack! It's a "Roll and Cover Up" Game. I have included a version for 2 dice and one for 3 dice. I ALSO included recording sheets for both! To play: students simply roll the dice, record their addition problem on the sheet, and cover up the number on the mat! My kids love these games!!

If you have any requests for FREEBIES to go with this unit, then leave a comment and let me know!  Jessica, I am working on a "Stamp The Word" and a "Segmenting Activity" just for you!!!

Now, a favor...:-) I would love to get to 1000 followers! I would appreciate any pins, facebook shares, or blog shout outs!! I am working on something special for you when I reach that milestone! Woo Hoo!!

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Easter Math Station FREEBIE!

I am sitting here thinking about school tomorrow...wait...wait a minute!! I DO NOT HAVE SCHOOL TOMORROW! Woo Hoo!! I am on Spring Break all week peeps! Now, don't take this the wrong way. I love my kids and spending time with them, but wanna know what makes this Spring Break extra relaxing?! My kids are in school M-Th!! Say what?! YEP, I am home all week...BY MYSELF. That almost never happens. Now, I won't have a Rachel from Friends (best show ever) moment.

BUT, I will enjoy myself. I am planning to take them lunch though. One of many perks of teaching in a different district than my kids attend. I have so much that I want to get done this week. Let's hope I get it done!! :-)

Here is a fun Easter Math Station. The kids roll 2 dice to make a two digit number. They can choose which number they make. For example, if they roll a 2 and a 3, then they could make 23 or 32. Once they make both of those numbers and if they roll a 2 and a 3 again, then they loose their turn. The first player to fill their board is the winner! I have included 2 color mats that could be laminated and you use a seasonal eraser or even candy, to cover the number. I have included a black and white copy that you can print and they can color of their two digit number. ENJOY!!