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Monday, October 31, 2011

New Number Order and Skip Counting Puzzles!

I just finished 2 new sets of Number Order and Skip Counting Puzzles- one for the Veteran's and Memorial Day holidays and a Zoo Cutie set with adorable zoo animals! The super cute clipart is from DigiWebStudio.com. Here's a couple pics so you can get an idea of the items:
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Hope these can help you in the classroom. If you like these, please leave me some comment love!

Happy Counting!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Grid Games Galore! Your 1 to 1 Correspondence Station is Set! OR Use them for Addition and Subtraction!

Have you checked out Mama Jenn yet? You're gonna love her! She has a blog and a site so be sure to check out both.

Mama Jenn

She has a gaggle of grid game mats on her site for FREE! Themes galore! Hop on over and get to printing! Be sure to check out the education cubes that go along with each mat. (A little more fun than regular dice, but not free :/ ). The information is included in the game mat download.

Easy Cheesy Differentiation Options:

  • Cut the mats to concentrate on smaller groups of numbers. 1-5, 1-10, 1-15, 1-20...
  • Roll and fill the mat using only 1 die for counting and 1 to 1 correspondence work.
  • Roll and fill the mat using 2 dice for early addition practice.
  • Roll and fill using 2 dice for early addition practice; once filled, roll and subtract to empty the mat for early subtraction practice.
  • Roll and fill the mat using 2 dice to make double digit addition problems.
  • Roll and fill the mat using 2 dice to make double digit addition problems; once filled, roll 2 dice to make double digit subtraction problems to empty to board.
Do you have additional ideas for using these mats? I'd love to hear your ideas!

Happy 1 to 1-ing!

Welcome To School- Songs

I got this adorable Hello Song book from a teachers.net post (click on the picture for the link). It is based on a song from www.drjean.org. It was written by her "apple doesn't fall far from the tree" talented daughter, Dr. Holly. Please be sure to got over to the site for tons and I mean TONS of incredible stuff!

Friends on the Bus Song Book
I got this idea from Shari Sloane over at KidsCount1234- lots of great ideas there! This is a great little book to help your kiddos learn each other's names. It's sung to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus. I tried to upload it as a Word document, but the font went all weird on me, so I went ahead and put it up as a PDF. If anyone has a tip on how to get the font to stay intact while making it editable- please, let me know!


Friday, October 21, 2011

Letters in Our Names Sort

Here's a Venn Diagram sort I made for a Partner Station during your Literacy Block. This can go with a Welcome to School theme, All About Me, Friendship, or you can tie it into the book, "We Are All Alike, We Are All Different".

Students can grab a name strip (you make) and cut their name apart into individual letters to glue onto the page. This would make a nice Bulletin Board display or just laminate the mat and use letter tiles for a reusable option (just stick a label on to cover the directions) :).

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Happy Cross-Curricular Sorting!


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Unlined Writing Paper with Story Elements Checklist

The fabulous Mrs. Wills Kindergarten blog posted a great collection of freebies for Parent Teacher Conferences, but I digress. In the same post, she also gave us great writing paper! Hop on over and get your FREE unlined writing paper that includes a great checklist for including story elements like characters, setting, and words. Yay!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Pumpkin ABC Work and Poetry Center

Check out this post by Aloha Kindergarten!

She has made a great Pumpkin ABC Work center to match letters to sounds.

She also made two versions of the Pumpkin Happy poem- one with dots and one without dots below the text to aid in tracking print.
Write out each line of the poem on a sentence strip and place the strips in a pocket chart at your poetry station.
Place the mini books at your poetry station for your kiddos to make/illustrate and include in their Poetry Binders.
You could also include craft sticks and foam pumpkin stickers to have them make pointers to reinforce the tracking print concept. A little glue and glitter would be enticing. Or, if you're nervous about an independent glitter station, some wiggly eyes would be fun!

I love Fall!