Sunday, March 29, 2015

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (March 30th - April 3rd)

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Link a product from your TpT store that you would like to "markdown" until Friday, April 3rd.
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's 50% off!!
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Everyone loves this silly old lady! She is always swallowing something with a surprise at the end of the story! These stories are great for the skills of retelling and sequencing. In this pack we have included an old lady and story pieces for the children to color and then retell the story with their friends. We have also included a color version that the children can use during center time too!



There are also three journal prompts included in this pack for the children to practice their writing skills.

What was your favorite part of the story and why?

Why do you think the old lady swallowed a chick?

What do you think the old lady will swallow next?

This pack also includes a math lesson for addition and subtraction. During the exploration part of the lesson, children work in cooperative groups to match a bow (number sentence) to the correct basket (with treats in it). The baskets show either the joining of sets or a set with some of the objects crossed out.

After exploration and teacher modeling, the children work in cooperative groups to put eggs in their correct basket. Each egg has a number sentence on it (addition or subtraction) and the baskets all have a number on the bow. Children will match each egg to the basket with the correct sum or difference. This is a great activity to help with the children's fluency in their math facts as well as their ability to differentiate between the plus and minus symbols.




We have also included a recording sheet for the children to write all the number sentences they placed in the correct basket.

You can have your children complete an assessment too!


We hope you enjoy this pack as much as our children do! 
Happy Easter and Happy Spring Break!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

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

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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's FREE!!
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We are so excited to have hit a TpT milestone recently! In honor of this milestone, we are giving away our product for free this week! You read that right, completely free! Don't forget to follow our store for updates, new products, and more freebies!

Our students LOVE these scrambled spring sentences! The children look at a scene and unscramble the words to make a sentence or a question that matches. We have included movable words to help them build the sentences (if the children need them). We have also included two different types of recording sheets to meet your needs also.

The scene, the movable words, and the recording cards are all color coded for the children to easily identify which words go with the correct scene.

Here is a child reading the words on her card.
Now you can see her moving the words to form a sentence.
She is recording her sentence on the matching card.
The final product:

Here is another child working on the scrambled sentences and using a different recording sheet that is also provided in this pack.

Here you can see a child working on the scrambled sentences too. However, he didn't want to use the movable words and was able to build the sentence on his own. Some of them will surprise you!!

We hope you enjoy this fun center! Happy Spring!
Thank you, again, for helping us reach and celebrate our recent TpT milestone!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Pot o' Sight Words! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Kelly and Kim!!

We hope you had a great day full of fun and excitement!!
We wanted to share with you the sight word fun we had today! 
The children worked hard to decorate a rainbow using construction paper. They had a great time cutting the paper and gluing it on the rainbow. It is always nice to change the pace of our week with an art project!



After the children colored and cut out a pot, they had to find 5 sight word coins that they could read. After they found the 5 and read them to us, they colored them and put them in their pot. The children love these sight word project where they have to go searching for words they can read now to add to their project. They are so proud to show us the words they can read all on their own! :-)

(You can also check out our sight word polar bear art project here. Fun stuff!)

Now they have sight words at the end of the rainbow! 
Our brains are rich!


You can find the product here in our store!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (March 16th - 20th)

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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!
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Our students love these vehicle classification activities! They are a great addition to your social studies unit on transportation. This pack includes large sorting cards with words, small sorting cards to use in a center, a transportation book sort, and a graphic organizer sort. 

Large Sorting Cards and Labels

Use these cards to sort different types of transportation based on how they travel: by land, by air, or by sea. Each vehicle has a word that matches the picture. The great thing about this is that you can differentiate this activity based on the needs of your students. You may chose to leave the words attached or cut them apart. Then the children can either sort just the vehicle pictures or they can sort the pictures and then match the words too! There are so many possibilities and the activity is great for building vocabulary and background knowledge with your students. 

Small Sorting Cards and Labels


This smaller version of the sorting activity is a good small group or center activity. The children can work together to sort the vehicles. This is also a good activity to help practice the new vocabulary words for those children that may not be familiar with some of the types of transportation depicted. 

How We Travel Book
This pack also includes a book where you can have the children color and then sort the pictures onto the correct pages. We have also included words for the children to match to the vehicles to help reinforce their knowledge of beginning, medial, and ending sounds of words.

Sorting Chart


We have also provided the choice of a classification chart. It serves the same purpose as the book above. The only difference is the words are already a part of the picture of the vehicle and this sort is done on a graphic organizer format.

We hope you enjoy this pack!

How are you using sight words in your classroom?

We blogged over at the Primary Pack last week and would love if you hopped over there and checked out our post on sight words.
We are always looking for fun and exciting ways to help our children learn their sight words AND to keep them excited about learning them also! We have shared many of the things we do in our classrooms and we would love to hear some of your ideas as well! Thanks for visiting!
You can read our post here.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (March 9th - 13th)

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Link a product from your TpT store that you would like to "markdown" until Friday, March 13th.
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!
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We are featuring our Shamrock Centers for the second week in a row! Thank you so much for being so supportive and showing interest in this fun product! We are sure your students will love the activities as much as ours do!

Included in this pack are the following centers:
Scrambled Sight Words
Complete or Incomplete Sentence Sorting
I Spy
Write the Room
Place Value
Secret Shamrock Numbers
Roll and Color

If you would like to see these centers in action, please check out our blog post from last week here. We have included a lot of pictures of our children using these centers in our classrooms!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

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

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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!
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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!)


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