Sunday, January 31, 2016

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (February 1st - 5th)

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 5th.
How much you markdown your product is up to you!
We would love it if you displayed your product and the linky on your blog and then link back to us, however, this is not required. 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!

QR codes are nothing new for us adults, but are so much fun for children!! They are just amazed by how taking a picture of that funny looking square can help them learn! The best part: they are having FUN while they are learning!!

These Valentine's Day themed QR codes are great for practicing CVC words. Each card shows a polar bear holding a heart. In his heart is a picture of a CVC word. 

Children practice segmenting the CVC word by tapping out the beginning consonant, medial vowel, and final consonant.

Children then record the letters associated with each sound on the lines provided using a dry erase marker. After writing the word, we encourage the children to go back and check their answers before checking by using the QR code.

After they complete the cards, the children will use the iPad (with a QR reader already installed) to check their answers. To use these QR codes, you must have a device with a camera, a QR reader, and an internet connection when scanning the codes. You can download free QR readers from most app stores.

In the words of our children, "This is so cool and fun!"

We hope you like our CVC words using QR codes as much as our children do. Thanks for visiting!
Have a great week!!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (January 25th - 29th)

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, January 29th.
How much you markdown your product is up to you!
We would love it if you displayed your product and the linky on your blog and then link back to us, however, this is not required. 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!


Our students just LOVE these fun literacy centers to practice their beginning, middle, and ending sounds. The super cute groundhog clipart from Scrappin' Doodles is the best!

Beginning Sounds
There are 26 burrows and groundhogs included in this center. Each burrow has a letter on it and each groundhog has a picture of an object. The children have to identify each picture and determine the beginning (initial) sound of each and then match it to the correct burrow.

We have also included a recording sheet for the children to write the beginning sound next to the correct picture.


CVC Words and Medial Sounds
This is a great CVC center where the children will practice their medial vowel sounds. Each burrow has three adorable groundhogs popping out of their burrow. Each groundhog has a letter on their belly and a picture on the burrow. In order to complete the CVC word, children must isolate the medial vowel and put the correct groundhog in the burrow with the others.

Children will then record their answers on the recording 
sheets we have provided. In the version pictured below, the children will only have to complete the medial vowel sound.

In this version of the recording sheet, children will record the whole word by writing the initial, medial, and final sounds.

Ending Sounds
Children will identify the picture on each groundhog's shadow. They should say the word to determine the ending sound that is heard in each word. They will then match a groundhog to the shadow that has a letter that corresponds to the ending sound heard.

Children will also complete the recording sheet by 
writing in the final sound of each word. 

Thanks for stopping by! We hope you and your students enjoy these centers as much as ours do! Happy (almost) Groundhog Day!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (January 18th - 22nd)

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, January 22nd.
How much you markdown your product is up to you!
We would love it if you displayed your product and the linky on your blog and then link back to us, however, this is not required. 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!


Our students just LOVE these fun literacy centers to practice their beginning, middle, and ending sounds. The super cute groundhog clipart from Scrappin' Doodles is the best!

Beginning Sounds
There are 26 burrows and groundhogs included in this center. Each burrow has a letter on it and each groundhog has a picture of an object. The children have to identify each picture and determine the beginning (initial) sound of each and then match it to the correct burrow.

We have also included a recording sheet for the children to write the beginning sound next to the correct picture.


CVC Words and Medial Sounds
This is a great CVC center where the children will practice their medial vowel sounds. Each burrow has three adorable groundhogs popping out of their burrow. Each groundhog has a letter on their belly and a picture on the burrow. In order to complete the CVC word, children must isolate the medial vowel and put the correct groundhog in the burrow with the others.

Children will then record their answers on the recording 
sheets we have provided. In the version pictured below, the children will only have to complete the medial vowel sound.

In this version of the recording sheet, children will record the whole word by writing the initial, medial, and final sounds.

Ending Sounds
Children will identify the picture on each groundhog's shadow. They should say the word to determine the ending sound that is heard in each word. They will then match a groundhog to the shadow that has a letter that corresponds to the ending sound heard.

Children will also complete the recording sheet by 
writing in the final sound of each word. 

Thanks for stopping by! We hope you and your students enjoy these centers as much as ours do! Happy (almost) Groundhog Day!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Penguin Palooza! (freebies, ideas, and a giveaway)

Do you love those cute, little, black, and white birds that look like they are wearing a tuxedo? Can you just not get enough of those cute little fluffy chicks with their gray feathers? Do you ever wish you could toboggan on the ice with such speed and ease that you get to your destination ahead of schedule? Are you in awe of their ability to withstand subzero temperatures with no food in order to protect their babies? Do you know who we are talking about?

Please join us and some of our blogger friends from The Primary Pack for some fun ideas, great freebies, and a Penguin-tastic giveaway!! Keep reading so you don't miss out! 

Learning about penguins is definitely one of our favorite themes. It is also a high interest theme for the children. With 17 different species of penguin, there is plenty to learn about! 
Here is a small collection of some of the books we like to use to help us along this learning journey:

We like to start with those absolutely amazing Emperor Penguins. We discuss how the penguins have to keep the egg on their feet to keep the developing chick safe from the harsh weather (wind chills as cold as -76 degrees F and blizzards of 124 mph). We challenged our children to try to hold an "egg" (a ball) on their feet. They quickly found this was a very difficult thing to do:

So, we brainstormed ways in which we could make this easier. We decided to try without our shoes:
This was a little easier and the children were able to "waddle" a few steps without losing their "egg". However, it still wasn't easy. What if we had a brood pouch like a penguin does? Hmm...that might help for sure. So we used a sweatshirt and tied it around our legs and tucked the "egg" under the pouch. This time we could "waddle" even further. We felt like our egg was safe and warm now!
We then learned that the poor father penguin endures some of the harshest weather while taking care of his egg. How does he stay warm? By huddling together with his fellow penguins! So we gave it a try. We huddled together in a group and when you are in the middle of the huddle, you are definitely nice and toasty! Aww...look how cute they are!

In addition to reading books and learning about penguins, we also like to keep the theme alive during center time. The children choose penguin themed activities such as Write the Room, CVC Words, Roll and Color games, crafts, etc. 

This brings us to our freebie! A sight word penguin craftivity!
First, children color and cut out the penguin pieces.


Next, they glue their pieces together:


Then the children are to choose at least six sight words they can read from an assortment of words. The words are written on snowballs. The children had to read the words to us before they were able to add them to their penguin.

Last, children cut and glue their snowball words.

Now it is time to show off!

You can download your copy of this craft here!
We hope you enjoy it!

Your friends from The Primary Pack are also offering you a discount on some of their penguin products in their TpT stores. You can search the phrase penguinpalooza on Teachers Pay Teachers or click here to check out all of the awesomeness!
Don't slide away just yet, there's more! Please enter our giveaway below. There are many great products here to be won!
The winner will be announced on January 20th,
World Penguin Day!


Finally, check out all of these great penguin ideas, resources, and freebies from these awesome bloggers!

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (January 11th - 16th)

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, January 16th.
How much you markdown your product is up to you! We would love it if you displayed your product on your blog and then linked back to us. Thanks so much and have fun!
If you aren't selling, but looking for great 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. We don't want you to miss any of these great deals! 
This week we are featuring:
It is 50% off!
Click on the picture above to check it out in our store.


"Icy Equations" is a winter-themed math lesson that gives your students addition practice with addends to five and sums to ten or addends to ten and sums to twenty. This is a very engaging lesson that we have found to be best done in small groups of two or three children. 

Each group will have the following materials:
1. a group of cards with sets of varying amounts
2. a group of cards with numerals on them
3. addition math strips
4. dry erase markers

Here, the children have their three addition strips and materials set up and ready to go! First, they pick two sets to place on the the first strip. There are spaces on the strip for them to put the cards labeled Set 1 & Set 2.

Next, the children add numerals to complete a number sentence using words. Here you see "3 and 1 is 4." We encourage the children to read the sentence out loud and to check their answer with the sets above.

Last, the children write the numbers on the last math strip to construct a sentence using symbols. Love this great teamwork!!

Here are the three math strips completed:

We have also included two different assessments for you to choose from to check student learning. 
This lesson is full of hands-on and cooperative learning. We hope your students have fun with it!


Monday, January 4, 2016

Back to School with a Cold Lady

After a much needed and very nice winter break, we are back to school today. It is actually starting to feel like winter around here as well. We have been so lucky so far this winter with very mild weather. We have had a lot of rain, but it has been warm. So, it was actually very fitting today that we read There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow. We just love these little old ladies. Is there anything she won't eat we wonder? Hmmm.....

After reading we worked with a partner to retell the story by sequencing the main events. We have two different ways in which we like to accomplish this task. One way is we actually feed a "cold lady" the pieces from the story (in order) while using our own words to tell what happened. It is so much fun to see the pieces going down into her belly. The second way we do this is by building the snowman as we retell what happened in order. The children loved both ways and wanted to be able to change groups so they could do both. Haha.



After working in groups for retelling, children worked on their journals independently at their tables. They had to write about their favorite part of the story and tell why they liked it and then draw a picture to match. Just look at this hard worker!

Children then worked on an interactive mini book where they had to fill in the missing words of each sentence using the picture clues. We gave them a list of words to choose from so they had to use their knowledge of letters and sounds to determine which word was the correct one. After the book was complete, they then read it with a partner. 


Our cold lady fun didn't stop there! We continued the fun during math time by collecting data using tally marks. Children worked in groups and took turns spinning the spinner. 

We had a great first day back! We were very busy, but had a lot of fun while learning! 
What kind of fun things did you do today?
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