Sunday, September 25, 2016

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (September 26th - October 2nd)

Please add your link below to join the linky fun!
Link a product from your TpT store that you would
like to "markdown" until Sunday, October 2nd.
How much you markdown your product is up to you!
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 all week 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.

The pack has 24 pages of retelling, writing, and match activities to go along with this fun book for you to use in your classroom. We hope you love it!

We have a color copy of the old lady in the pack as well as a reproducible one for students to color.

After your students color, cut out the stomach and the mouth and then laminate. After she is laminated, cut the laminating out of her mouth and then attach another piece of card stock on the back and staple together. This makes her belly see-through so you can see the pieces as you feed her.

Here is a child coloring her old lady:

We also have color and reproducible copies of the objects the lady eats in the story.


Here a child is looking back in the book so she colors her pictures the right color.

After examining the book, she gets to work!
Now the old lady is ready to eat!

The children retell the story by sequencing the items she eats while they feed them to the lady. They think it's hilarious that they can feed her and see the pictures in her belly!



The children love to tell the story together or take turns being the storyteller. We like to put our color copies in our reading center for more fun practice later so the children can bring their own ladies home with them.

As a follow-up to the book we have included three journal options to go along with this story. (Why did the old lady swallow some leaves? What do you think the old lady will swallow next? What was  your favorite part of the story?)

This pack also includes a math lesson on data collection and graphing of leaves. There is an exploration of matching tally marks to a set. We like to put our children into groups and give them time to explore the cards and discuss what we might be learning about today. We love to walk around and hear the math vocabulary they are using and how they encourage each other! 
The next part of the lesson is to be used for modeling. We cut out clipart of different colors of leaves. We like to put a string on them and have children put them around their necks. We tell them they are now beautiful fall leaves!
We then sort the children into different groups based on what color leaf they have around their neck. The children giggle as they are being moved around and placed into their different groups.
Now that they are all sorted, what should we do now? Let's count how many of each color we have and record our answers using tally marks. 
We have included questions for you to display and ask the children about the data you collected on the leaves.
Now it's the children's turn to put their knowledge to the test and collect their own data. We have included clipart of different types of leaves (maple, oak, beech) for you to scatter around your room. 

Tell children they are going on a leaf hunt around the room. Give them their data collection sheet (pictured below) and let them go! Tell them to make a tally mark for each leaf they find. 

Lastly, children will record their data onto a graph.

Thanks for stopping by to visit us today. We hope you have enjoyed reading about our product for The Little Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves. Have a great week!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (September 19th - 25th)

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Link a product from your TpT store that you would
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This week we are featuring:
It is 50% off!
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Our students are so in love with our "clippie" centers. This pack offers your students 70 interactive cards for students to practice their developing skills in a fun and exciting way!
We like to use small clothespins for our "clippie" centers. They are cute, easy to store, and good for strengthening fine motor skills! You could also use counters of any kind or anything else you would like your children to use while completing these activities.
These apple counting cards concentrate on numerals 0-10. Children will count the set of apples shown and then clip the numeral that matches. Each card also has number words for the children to read and clip also. 
These cards are great practice for our students as they are beginning to read. Children will read the sentence and look at the picture included to help with unknown words. They will clip the correct sight word that completes the sentence. 
Children will "read" scarecrow's sign and say the word out loud. They will then say all of the pictures that are at the bottom of the card. They will clip all the words that rhyme with the word in the sign.
Children will look at the card to see what monkey is dressed up as for Halloween. They will use their decoding skills to determine which word names his costume. They then clip the correct word.
Children will count turkey's school tools on each card and then clip the correct numeral. 
The numbers included are 0-20. 

We hope you enjoy our Fall Clippies! We know your students will enjoy them as much as ours do. 
Happy Fall!!!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (September 12th - 18th)

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Link a product from your TpT store that you would
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This week we are featuring:
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Our "Colors All Around" pack is full of books and activities that focus on different colors while also providing lots of practice on early reading strategies and fine motor skills. We love teaching these color activities in our classrooms. We focus on one color a day and have the children wear that color to add to the fun! We also choose a read aloud that coordinates with that color!

In this pack we have included a reproducible paint palette for you to run copies of the palettes on different colors of construction paper. You will also find clipart to go with each color that the children will color, cut out, and glue onto their paint palette. Clipart is included for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, pink, white, and black. We also run off an extra black paint palette that we use as the cover of the book. 

~Coloring~

~Cutting~

~Gluing~

~Completed Palettes~

~Cover of Book~

Our reproducible color books are interactive and provide practice with coloring, cutting, gluing, left to right reading, tracking print, word matching, identifying high frequency words, and using picture clues! Wow! So many useful skills packed into one activity. There is a book and interactive picture clue pieces for red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, pink, white, and black. Each book has a predictable text pattern with a variety of sight words for beginning readers. We have a lot of fun learning new words, putting our book together, and reading to a friend! (This is when they become excited that they're really reading all by themselves!!)




Thanks for coming to visit us today! We hope you enjoy our Colors All Around product!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Oriental Trading ~ Helping to Bring Fun into Your Classroom!

If you are an educator, then you know Oriental Trading! They have a large catalog of party supplies, trinkets for prize boxes, supplies for every craft you can think of, and so much more! Everything is very affordable and guaranteed to put a smile on everyone's face! So when Oriental Trading contacted us and offered us some goodies to try out in our classrooms and review, we were smiling from ear to ear!
Check out our loot!

1. Mini Orange Pails ~ These pails are very cute and can be used for anything that you can think up! In the past we have used them as individual crayon jars for students, containers for small center materials, and even containers for party treats! We will show you what we did with them this time further down this post. There are many different colors available and they come in both metal and plastic. They even have a cute little handle!

2. Candy Corn Finger Puppets ~ Okay, so these are seriously adorable! There are four different candy corn expressions and each one is just as cute as the other! They are a great size for little fingers and can be used in so many ways. We could use them for counting, sorting, retelling, etc. The list could go on and on!

3. Mini Bright Tissue Paper Squares  & 4. Mini Neon Tissue Paper Squares ~ If you love to use tissue paper for crafts in your classroom, this will be one of the best purchases ever! No more cutting up those huge pieces of tissue paper, these are already pre-cut into squares for you! Here is one of our projects using tissue paper squares:

5. Eyeball Erasers ~ Super cute erasers that can be used as gifts, prizes, or center materials in your classroom. These erasers are a half circle (flat on one side), not a sphere. At least they won't roll away!
6. Halloween Character Finger Puppets ~ Another cute finger puppet item! You can use these to spark the imagination of your little learners! They can make up their own stories and put on puppet shows for their friends. They are also perfect as Halloween treats instead of candy!
7. Pumpkin Pencil Top Erasers ~ These pumpkin erasers are well made and are great to give out as gifts during the Fall. They are small but cute! However, the color was a dull brown rather than a vibrant orange. This is okay for our plans, which we will show you soon!

8. Polar Bear Finger Puppets ~ Well made and perfect for little fingers! They are great to use while counting and to even use in crafts. There are so many fun things you can do!

9. Witch Hat Pencil Top Erasers ~ These pencil top erasers are perfect for Halloween! They are very cute, colorful, and sturdy. They will add an extra flair to your children's pencils. 

10. Animal Print Pencil Assortment ~ These pencils are perfect and match the jungle theme in our classrooms! 

This year we are going to work on building our sensory center to match the different themes we study throughout the year. We started by using the items (pictured above) we received from Oriental Trading. We decided to use rice for the Fall season and we dyed it orange and black. We then put the erasers and finger puppets in the rice and buried them. Can you find the buried items in the second picture?
The children love to dig their hands into the rice and find all of the objects. So much fun!
These items are the perfect size for children to strengthen their fine motor skills by grasping the objects. They reach into the rice and grab the object to pull it out of the rice. We also added an extra skill of sorting by using the mini orange pails. 
Thank you Oriental Trading! Your products are wonderful and a big hit in our classrooms!

Here is one more exciting thing you need to know ~ Oriental Trading now has a wish list option where you can build a list of things you would love to have for your classroom! After creating your wish list, you can share it with everyone you know! Creating your wish list is very easy. Log into your Oriental Trading account and start shopping. When you find something you love simply click on the button that has a heart and add to wish list! That's it!

You can view our wish list here! We have found some great things and will keep adding more as the school year progresses!

Thank you for visiting our blog and reading all about our fabulous finds! Share with all of your teacher friends! Remember to visit Oriental Trading's teacher resource page! Have a great week!
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