Sunday, May 1, 2016

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Do you love to give your children awards at the end of the school year? We have so much fun handing the awards out to the children and the children always love trying to guess who the award is going to! They are usually right! It is definitely a good time!

In this award pack we have included three different types of awards: 
*Super Student Awards that recognize individual accomplishments
*Student Specialty Awards that predict a future career
*Silly Student Awards that recognizes a child in a way that is sure to make them smile

Here are some pictures of our children with their awards this year!
They were so happy to receive them and to show them off!! 

(The name line is longer for you to write out first and last names...We covered some up for safety reasons.)


There are 80 total awards in this pack that have a place for you to write in the student name, teacher name, school name, grade level, and year, in addition to colorful clipart that helps explain each award to children.

Here is an example of the "Magnificent Manners" award:

What are some of the awards that you give out
at the end of the year? 
We hope these will come in handy this year or in the future if you are in search of some fun awards!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (April 24th - May 1st)

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This center pack is full of activities for your classroom. We love the activities included in this pack and we know you will too! Come and take a look at what is included:

Name That Insect
This is a fun center in which children identify the insects in the photographs and then match the insect name. We use small chart stands and pocket charts from Lakeshore to display this center.

I Have, Who Has?
These I Have, Who Has games have become a favorite among our classes. This one added some buggy fun to our day! Children will read insect names as well as identify insects by their pictures in this fast paced game. They will need to listen to their peers carefully so they know when it is their turn! The more times you play the game, the faster they get!

Scrambled Sentences
Children will order sentence fragments to build a complete sentence that matches the illustrations. We have included two versions of this activity to meet the needs of your students. 

I Spy Word Search
Children love to use the magnifying glass to find the insect themed words in the colorful scene. When the find a word, they will read it, and then write it on the recording sheet provided. 

Write the Room
In this fun center, children walk around the room looking for words that begin with each letter of an insect themed word. Words included in this pack are: grasshopper, ladybugs, and dragonfly.

Ladybug Place Value Game
This game is a great way to practice place value by counting base ten blocks. Each player gets a game board. The game board is a ladybug with different numbers in her spots. Children will take turns pulling a card from a set of cards that are face down in a pile. After pulling a card, the child will determine the number by counting the tens and ones. If they have the number on their ladybug, they should cover it up with a black counter. The first one to cover all the spots is the winner!

Addition/Subtraction Clippies
This is another favorite among our children. We use small clothespins for this center. Children read the number on the card and then read each equation. If the sum or difference of the equation equals the number on the card, the children should place a clothespin on it. 

Collecting Critters (Addition/Subtraction Game)
In this game, children will solve addition and subtraction number sentences to collect all the insects in their jar. To play the game, children pull a card from the deck and solve the equation. The sum or difference determines the number of spaces to move on the game board. When they land on an insect they can either cross it out with a dry erase marker or cover it with a counter. They have now collected that insect. The game continues until one player has collected all five insects.

Thanks for visiting! We hope you enjoy this center pack!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (April 18th - 24th)

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“Insect Investigators” is a fun sight word game with an insect theme that your children will love to play in partners or small groups! This set includes ALL 220 Dolch words (Pre-Primer, Primer, First, Second, Third, and Nouns), so it is great for all students and can be easily differentiated by grade levels or for reading levels of children in one classroom. 

Children will mix up the cards and lay them face down. This will create a "draw" pile. Each child who is playing the game should also have their own game board.
 The game board had insect names written inside the squares. The object of the game is to collect all of the insects by reading sight words. The first one to collect all of the insects is the winner.  Play can continue until both players have filled their game board. The more sight words read, the better!

GAME ON!

Players will turn over a card and read the sight word. If they can read it, they need to find the insect name on their game board to match the insect picture. If they have that insect name available, they should put the word card there (covering the insect name). If it is not available they can put it in a discard pile or back in the draw pile. If the child can not read their word, they lose their turn.

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Finished board:

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We hope your students love this sight word game!

Have a great week!


Sunday, April 10, 2016

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We LOVE this Frogs on a Log literacy center! Your children will have fun spelling CVC and CVCe words with these adorable frogs. Using their knowledge of consonant and vowel sounds, children will sound out the word for the picture that is shown on the logs. They will then build the word by putting the frogs on the log. 

First, the children lay out the frogs in random order so they can see the letters clearly. We have made the consonants and vowels different colors for easy identification.

Next, they start building words!

We have also included a recording sheet for children to record their answers. We have included both a color and a black/white version for you to choose from.

We separate the CVC words and the CVCe words into two different sets. You could mix them too if you want to give your students more of a challenge.

We hope you enjoy this center! Have a great week!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (April 3rd - 10th)

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Fascinating Frogs is a thematic bundle that includes reading, writing, math, science, and art for your classroom. This is a great pack to use during your study of ponds, frogs, or spring!

Frog Lifecycle
During this theme, we teach the frog lifecycle. We do this by reading non-fiction text as well as singing songs about frogs. The children complete their own lifecycle too!

Frog Life Cycle Cube Game
We absolutely love playing cube games in our classrooms. Not only do they help our students learn how to use tally marks, graph, and interpret graphs; they are also good for vocabulary development, sharing, working in groups, etc. The best part is the children love them too!
 This cube also reinforces the stages in the frog's lifecycle. We like to put our children in groups of 2-3 children. First, they roll the cube:

Then they state their roll in a complete sentence. "I rolled back legs."

For each roll, the children make a tally mark:

When the game is complete, children transfer their data over to their graph.

Children then interpret their graph but answering the questions provided.  

Predictable Readers
Students will practice their reading skills by reading about the lifecycle of a frog. These predictable readers include high frequency words the children are learning. There are two levels included.

Text Based Journals
This book is a great read while you are teaching about the frog lifecycle. This adorable little tadpole wishes he could jump like his mommy. She reassures him that one day he will. This starts the tadpole's fun adventure. He meets several animals along the way that also like the jump.
After reading, children complete their journal: What was your favorite part of the story and why?

Harry can't wait until he is able to catch is own food. As he sets out to look for something good to eat, he discovers it isn't as easy as he thought it would be. Just as he is about to give up, he sees something he has never seen before.....
We like to work on predictions while reading this book. We stop reading on the page shown below. Children are taught to use what they already know about Harry from the previous pages in the book, as well as to examine this page carefully to see if they see what Harry sees. 
The children then go to their tables to make their prediction.
After they have made their prediction, we come back together and finish reading the story. We check our predictions against the story. It's okay if our predictions aren't the same as the story, as long as they make sense. They then complete the journal by writing what actually happened in the story.

This is such a fun book to read. The big wide mouthed frog hops along on a journey meeting new animals as he goes. He doesn't know these animals so he asks them, "Who are you and what do you eat?" Since he doesn't know them, he uses one of their body features while addressing them. For example: "Hey you big black nose!"
Before reading, we read our children the clues that represent what the frog called the animals to see if they can guess what animals the frog will meet before we read. 
Big Thumping Feet
Big Black Nose
Animal Hanging Upside Down
Three Long Toes
Knobby Brown Log

After reading children complete a journal by writing a new clue to an animal the big wide mouthed frog could meet on his journey. How you have children complete this assignment is up to interpretation. We have done it many different ways. One way is to have the children write their clue in the same pattern as the book. You could also have the children write clues to a new animal that doesn't give the animal away and the other children will have to try and guess. 

Write the Room
We have included four different Write the Room papers in this pack. Each word is related to the frog theme: amphibian, froglet, tadpole, and lily pad. Children will look around the room for a word that starts with each letter of the bigger word and copy the word. Write the Room is one of the children's favorite centers in our classrooms!

Paper Plate Frog ~ Art Activity
You will love this fun art activity! All you need is a white paper plate, black and green paint, construction paper, and the pattern we have included in this pack. 
First, paint one side of the paper plate black. After it dries, paint the other side green.
After the paper plates dry, children will cut out the pattern and assemble the frog.
The final product! These frogs are adorable!

Frogs vs Toads
What are the differences between frogs and toads? What are the similarities? We have included facts about each for the children to create a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the two. You can do this activity after teaching in a whole group or you can use it as a challenge for individual work. Here you see two children researching the information to complete the activity together. 

Digraphs
Students will name the picture on each lilypad and find the frog with the word's correct digraph to put on the lilypad. We have included several words for each digraph. The digraph may come in the beginning, middle, or end of the word.

Subtraction
Children will read the story problem and complete the part/part/whole chart included. This is a great center for your children to practice their subtraction skills.

This pack also includes a KWL chart and several bw versions of the venn diagram that we have not included in the photos. We hope you enjoy this pack. There are so many possibilities!

Have a great week!

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