Sunday, March 1, 2015

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (March 2nd - 6th)

Please add your link below to join the linky fun!
Link a product from your TpT store that you would like to "markdown" until Friday, March 6th.
How much you markdown your product is up to you! We would love it if you displayed your product on your blog and then link back to us. Thanks so much and have fun! 
If you're not selling, but looking for bargains, please check out the fabulous discounted products in the linky party below! (Be sure to check back again, as teachers may be adding products throughout the week.)

This week we are featuring:
It is 50% off!
Click on the picture above to check it out in our store!

Happy March to you! With St. Patrick's Day coming up we thought we would mark down our Shamrock Centers this week. We have included several centers for both reading and math.
Here is a look at the centers in action in our classrooms:

Scrambled Sight Words
This is a fun way to practice sight words!! Each card has a sight word on it that is all mixed up. The children need to figure out which sight word it is and write the word on the provided recording sheet. We have also included movable letters for the children to manipulate to help them out.



Complete or Incomplete Sentence Sorting
In this center, children will read each card to determine if what they are reading is a complete sentence or not. They will then sort them under the appropriate headings.

I Spy
This center is among the children's favorites in our classrooms. They love to use the magnifying glass to find the hidden words. In this version, all the words are St. Patrick's Day related. The children use a dry erase marker to record all the words they find. 

Write the Room
The children love walking around the classroom looking for words that begin with the letters that make up theme related words. We have two versions included in this pack: leprechaun and shamrocks.


Place Value
There are some adorable animals helping the children learn about place value in this center. The children should read the card to determine how many tens and ones each animal has. They can show this on the math mat we have provided using base ten blocks. Once the child has determined what the number is, they can write it onto the recording sheet.

Secret Shamrock Numbers
This math center gives children practice with those tricky hundreds chart mystery numbers. They can place any numeral in the center and use their knowledge of the hundreds chart to fill in the other spaces. This can also be differentiated by controlling the number cards children can choose from, having them complete with dry erase markers instead, and so on.

Roll and Color
All the children need here is a paper, pencil and/or crayons, and two dice to roll a leprechaun for St Patrick's Day! They can roll two dotted dice, a numeral die and a dotted die, or two numeral dice to make this game fit the different levels of learners in your classroom! Add up the sets and/or numerals on each die, find the sum, and color away. Our children LOVE thematic roll-a-picture activities in our classrooms!



We hope you and your children will love these literacy and math centers for St. Patrick's Day!  
(And if they're anything like our students are with all of our thematic centers, they won't want to you pack them up after the month is over!)


Lakeshore Product Review and a Discount Coupon for YOU!

We were so excited when Lakeshore contacted us about reviewing one of their newest products. Do you know who was even more excited when the box arrived? Our children!! They were so excited to see what was inside and to dive right in to it!

This set includes 53 pieces of different colors and 24 direction cards. The pieces are big and sturdy and fit together easily. The direction cards that are included offer three different levels of objects to build. The green cards are easy, the yellow cards are medium, and the red cards are hard.
 Each card is two sided. The front shows the completed project the children will be building, along with the pieces they will need to complete the project. The back of the card shows step by step directions, using illustrations, for the children to follow to complete the assembly of their object. A card stand is also included for easy viewing of the card.


Here is an example of an easy card (a frog requiring 8 pieces):
First, the child laid out the pieces she will need.

Then, she started building!

The final product:

Here is an example of a medium card (a robot requiring 14 pieces):

Let the building begin:

Cute robot!


Here is an example of a hard card (a truck requiring 22 pieces):

He's ready to work:

Terrific truck!


We also challenged two children to build something on their own. We gave them ten builders randomly out of the bag and let them work. They tried several different ideas while working.

They finally decided on a tree with a chicken house sitting next to it. Ha!

Bottom line: We love this product! Here is why:
*it is engaging
*it is hands-on
*it is good for fine motor
*it encourages cooperative learning
*it promotes language development
*it promotes creativity
*it requires following directions
*it is easy to follow and understand
*product is of good quality

Thank you, Lakeshore!!

Lakeshore would also like to offer all of you a 20% coupon for your next order. You can get it here. Hurry and take advantage of this today, because the coupon will expire on 3/31/15.
Happy shopping!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

100th Day Fun and a TpT Sale!

We FINALLY made it to the 100th day of school today! We weren't sure if we were ever going to get there between all the snow and ice we have been having. It was a very full day packed with fun!

This year we had the children decorate white t-shirts at home with 100 objects on them. We were very excited to see what they came up with and we were very excited! Here is a peek at the awesomeness:









We created our Dotty Dude again this year. The children loved putting his 100 dots on him and little did they know they were counting, sorting, and getting lots of good fine motor practice at the same time!
You can grab our Dotty Dude pattern from our store for FREE here



Then we snacked to 100....yummy fun!

Did you know TeachersPayTeachers had a huge sale today? PLUS, they have extended the sale through tomorrow too! Our store is up to 28% off! Enjoy!



Sunday, February 22, 2015

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (February 23rd - 27th)

Please add your link below to join the linky fun!
Link a product from your TpT store that you would like to "markdown" until Friday, February 27th.
How much you markdown your product is up to you! We would love it if you displayed your product on your blog and then link back to us. Thanks so much and have fun! 
If you're not selling, but looking for bargains, please check out the fabulous discounted products in the linky party below! (Be sure to check back again, as teachers may be adding products throughout the week.)

This week we are featuring:
It is 50% off!
Click on the picture above to check it out in our store!

This is a great math lesson to help your children with addition using part/part/whole. This lesson includes exploration, modeling, student practice, and an assessment. Everything is done for you!

Exploration



We put children into groups of 2-3 children and hand out the exploration materials to them. We like for this part of the lesson to be driven by the children. They are to look at the cards and talk with each other to try to discover what we are learning about that day. We then allow groups time to share out their ideas. Here, they are given examples of part/part/whole mats with a number sentence to match each. 

Modeling



We have included several examples for you to model how to complete the part/part/whole mats. Some have missing addends, some have missing sums. We like to use think alouds to show how to complete the mats and answer any questions the children might have.

Student Practice



This is the best part of the lesson! The children work in their cooperative groups to help each other fill in the part/part/whole mats. We give them dry erase markers for them to draw simple pictures. We encourage them to draw counters as it is easier and takes less time! We love seeing the children work together and help each other out when needed.

Assessment

We have also included an assessment with varying missing parts for you to check for student understanding.

We hope you like this math lesson and will check it out in our store! It is perfect in the next couple of weeks while many classrooms will be celebrating Read Across America in conjunction with Dr. Seuss' birthday!


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