Sunday, March 27, 2016

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (March 28th - April 3rd)

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We are very excited to introduce you to our newest product: Savvy Subtraction Number Stories. We have included four lessons to help your children find differences. Each lesson includes modeling, group cards, and an assessment. We love these "one-time prep" activities because once you print and laminate, they are ready for you year after year! We use dry erase markers on the task cards. They clean off very easily with a tissue!

Take Away Subtraction Stories
We like to start our unit on subtraction number stories by using the words "take away" and "is" in place of the minus and equals sign. We show children how to listen for key words in the number story and how to cross out the objects that need to be taken away. 

Minus Sign Subtraction Stories
This set of cards uses the minus and equal signs. In cooperative groups children will read the number stories to determine how many they should 'x' out or 'take away'. They will complete the number sentence on the lines provided to match the picture.

Numberline Subtraction Stories
The next group of cards uses a numberline to find the difference. The children will read the story and then show "jumps" they will move backwards on the numberline. Each card also has a scene to match the number story. Your children can cross out the pictures in the scene as well as another way to check their answers. 

Here is a look at the assessment that is included with the numberline lesson:

Ten Frame Subtraction Stories
This last group uses ten frames to help the children solve the number stories. The children will read the number stories and look for the key words that tell them how many objects to cross out on the ten frames provided. They will then complete the number sentence on the lines provided. 
We also included an extra assessment. This assessment does not use number stories, but uses pictures for children to cross out and demonstrate their understanding of subtraction.
 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (March 21st - 27th)

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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.

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 are more children working on the scrambled sentences and using a different recording sheet that is also provided in this pack.
These spring sentences are a great center for your children to practice their sight words, their knowledge of putting sentences together, and their handwriting.
The children will need to reread their sentences to make sure they make sense. If not, they will need to move some of the words around and try again.

Some children will surprise you and not use the movable words to build the sentences!
Happy Spring!
We hope you enjoy this fun center! Have a great week!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Fun!

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Did everyone remember to wear their green today? If not, did you get pinched? Are you eating corned beef and cabbage for dinner? Does the leprechaun bring your children presents? Seriously, this one we really want an answer to......things have changed over the years. Haha.

We started our day with a fog delay, which put a little damper on our plans since that means school starts 90 minutes later than usual. It really was bad out there this morning so it was a good call. We live in a big county with lots of back roads and farmland, so it really isn't safe for the children to stand at the bus stops when the visibility is so low. For those of you out there wondering what a fog delay is, it was new to us when we moved here too! Haha.

Here are a few of our cuties dressed up for the day!

We were so excited to make our Pot 'o Sight Words today! It was a fun way to show off  how hard the children have worked to learn their sight words! The children colored and cut out their pots:

Next, they decorated their rainbows. We gave them strips of construction paper that they cut into smaller pieces to fill in each color of the rainbow. So much fun!


Then they went to find their gold to put at the end of their rainbow. They searched through a huge pile of  sight words to find five that they could read.
They then colored their coins, cut them out and put their Pot 'o Sight Words together! We are so proud of our accomplishments!

We also had a lot of fun doing a directed drawing of a leprechaun. We got the directions from First Grade Blue Skies. These directed drawings are quickly becoming one of our favorite things to do!
We had a very busy, yet fun, day! We didn't get everything done, but we still have tomorrow to finish it all up! We hope everyone had a great time today celebrating St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (March 14th - 20th)

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This is a fun center for your students to practice isolating the beginning sounds of words. This center includes 26 flowerpots with letters and 26 flowers with pictures on them. We have also included words for the children to match to the flowerpots for more of a challenge if they need it! 

The flowerpots each have a letter of the alphabet written on them. Children should first put the letters in correct alphabetical order. 

Next, the children will add the flower to the correct flowerpot. Each flower has a picture on it. Children will say the word out loud and determine the beginning sound of the word. They will then match the flower to the pot with the letter that has the beginning sound of the object pictured.

After all the flowers are in the right pot, children will then add a word to the top of the pot. The word will match the picture that is in the middle of the flower. We have included some tricks too, so they really have to pay attention to the letters and sounds in the whole word. 

This pack also includes several assessments for you to use as center follow-up, seat work, or even homework! Children will find the words that begin with the letter on each flowerpot, then color the pictures, cut them out, and glue them to the correct flower.

Super springtime fun! Look how proud she is!

We hope everyone has a great week!
Thanks for stopping by and visiting!

Friday, March 11, 2016

Springing into Learning Blog Hop!


Are you ready for spring? We are!! The weather is starting to get warmer, the days will soon get longer, and the children will get wigglier. Spring time is one of our favorite times of the year to teach for so many reasons. The children are familiar and comfortable with the classroom routine and the day runs like clockwork. They also have developed a love for learning that is so wonderful to witness. These things help make it easy for us to teach some of our favorite themes: insects, flowers, farm, pond, oceans! Oh yes, it is a great time of the year to be a kindergartner!! 

We are very excited to be part of this wonderful blog hop to give you a peek into the fun things happening in our classrooms.

One of our favorite things to do in spring is to do some planting. We love teaching about seeds and how they grow into different plants. We first like for them to examine a seed and learn the different parts and the function of each. 
The children learn how to plant a seed and then go through the steps they have learned to plant different types of flowers and grass. We have even planted vegetables before. The children love taking care of their seeds and watching them grow. Of course the best part is taking them home to show off to everyone!

Every spring we also work with the local 4H to have the experience of raising chicks for a week. We aren't sure who is more excited about this, the children or us, but everyone LOVES this. The eggs come to us right when they are ready to hatch. We keep them in an incubator and they usually hatch within the first day. Then the chicks stay in the incubator for another day while their feathers dry off. After that we put them in a plastic tub where we make sure they have food and water for the week. We let the chicks come out of the tub and walk around the carpet and then the children get a chance to hold the chicks also. 


One of our most high interest themes is insects. We all have such a good time learning about the body parts and the many different insects around the world. There are some great books with photographs of insects we have never seen or heard of before, but they stick with the children for sure! There are so many different activities we do, but one of our favorite is to make an insect snack to help the children learn the body parts of an insect. We use three large marshmallows (head, thorax, abdomen), six pretzel sticks (legs), two Doritos (wings), two chocolate chips (compound eyes), and frosting to hold it all together. A very yummy snack with some learning thrown in as well!


During our insect theme, we learn about butterflies. We learn about the life cycle and raise painted lady butterflies in our classroom. They come to us as caterpillars and when they are ready we let them go out into the world. 

While learning about the butterfly's proboscis, we make hats to become butterflies and then we pretend we have a proboscis too! 


We have a freebie for you just for stopping by and hanging out with us today. Our children have been rocking subtraction so we wanted to make a fun center for them which has also turned into a new center for you too! We hope you enjoy it. 
You can download it here.

Don't forget to check out all of the other amazing spring ideas from these awesome bloggers below!! We hope you find some great ideas to try out in your classroom!


Sunday, March 6, 2016

Markdown Monday Linky Party! (March 7th - 13th)

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Our Shamrock Number Bonds are great way to practice composing and decomposing numbers. They will give your children great hands-on learning and they are cute too!
We have included large and small number bonds, numerals from 0-20, recording sheets, and assessments.

Before they worked together in cooperative groups, we used large shamrocks and children to act out decomposing a set of three.
The large shamrock these children are standing around has the word "whole" on it. They are a group, or set, of three.
  We then asked the question, "How can we break a set of three into two smaller parts?" The children moved themselves to the two other shamrocks that have the word 'part' written on them. They broke the whole into two parts of 1 and 2. 
Our children are already familiar with the terms compose, part/part/whole, equation, and number sentence. Now we introduce them to number bonds and decompose. We use a math word wall to help learn new vocabulary.

 Number bonds have the same idea as a whole-part-part, but there is something more fun about sliding counters down the bond to decompose in different ways!

Here's a way to differentiate the same activity...
The children loved being able to use the number bonds to find multiple ways to decompose each numeral. For each new way they found to break a number apart, they recorded their number sentence on the recording sheet provided. 

We have also included three different assessments for you to choose from based on the needs of your students. 

We have also included everything that you see above for composing numbers. There are so many things you can do with this number bonds pack. We hope you enjoy it and your students have a great time practicing their composing and decomposing skills.

Have a great week!!

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