Thursday, May 29, 2014

1,000 TPT Followers! Party Time

What do 1,000 linking cubes look like?
What do 1,000 foam pieces look like?

How about 1,000 gems?

And THIS is what 1,000 TPT followers looks like!

I'm ready to celebrate! Let's get busy giving things away. No strings attached. No following, pinning or liking necessary. Just enter to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Winners announced June 1st!
Also, everything in my store is 20% May 29-31.
Thank you for following my store.

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Monday, May 26, 2014

Beach Freebie and Educents Code

Need a quick summer-themed writing center? Surf over to TPT to pick up your free "Spin a Sentence!" sample. 

 Student directions:
1. Color a wheel with colored pencils or thin markers.
2. Cut out the wheel.
3. Use a paper fastener to attach the wheel to the page.
4. Spin the wheel.
5. Trace and write the sentences.
6. Draw the pictures.
7. Read the sentences.

 Surf's up, Dude! Better work smart! Get more freebies here:

Shopping today? Educents is giving 10% off and free shipping. 

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Secretly Admired by Stories and Songs in Second

I had a nice surprise when I did my blog, hopping this morning. I have been secretly admired!

My friend Jennifer at Stories and Songs in Second chose to admire lil' ole me in the latest "Blogs We Admire" hop hosted by The Primary Gal.

Please read her post, because it's more than just teacher helping teacher "marketing." One of the coolest things about blogging is the friendships you make with teachers all over the country and world. We really do try to cheer each other on. We all know (especially this time of year!) how tiring teaching can be sometimes. With blogging networks you get new perspectives and virtual pats on the back. 

Have YOU thought about starting a blog? There's room for you in the big world wide web of teaching blogs. Maybe this summer is just the time to get started??!!

P.S. There are 18 blogs in the "Blogs we Admire" hop. Be sure to check them all out! Links on Jennifer's blog.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

"See Ya Later, Alligator!" Ideas

Oh, SNAP! 
It's the last week of school. We've had a "gator-rrific" year, but it's time to say, "After a while, crocodile!" Take a look at a few things we are doing this week...

Alligator Directed Drawing
 We watched this video and practiced on our whiteboards. Then we drew with pencils. We traced the gators and colored them. With some paper and glue, we added the finishing touches. 

Sometimes people wonder about my "table-less" and "desk-less" room. I do have tables, but my room is so small I only have a few. We like to just spread out on the floor. That's the way we roll. The music in the background is from "Frog Trouble" by Sandra Boynton.

Click to go to the Frog Trouble site! Listen to the songs!

"The Alligator Stroll"
Your last week won't be complete without the alligator stroll. Here is another song from Sandra Boynton's book starring Josh Turner.


Memory Books
Take a peek inside our memory books in progress.


If you want more info about how we make the books, look here or click to go to TPT.

"See You Later, Alligator" Good-bye Song
This song is sweet and easy to sing. Perfect for gator goodbyes. No crocodile tears, please!


More Ideas on Pinterest
For more end-of-the-year ideas, check out my board on Pinterest.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

40 Days, 40 Nights, 40 FOLLOWERS...

Friends, I'm only 40 followers away from 1,000 on TPT. When I hit the 1K mark, I want to mark it all down and give stuff away. I hope it doesn't take 40 days and 40 nights! Can you help me out? Click the pic to head over to TPT.

Word Problems...
Want a fun way to help your smart kids explore addition and subtraction word problems? In this unit there are 3 addition and 3 subtraction problem sets. Each set includes a cut-and-paste word problem page, a recording page and manipulatives. 


Free Sample...
Here's a free sample math word problem. It's a great follow-up for the story The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear! Just click to pick up your freebie from TPT!

Go pick up more freebies at Classroom Freebies!
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
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Educents Kinder Summer Learning Fun

On Monday, May 5th, a dreaded event happened: my beloved MacBook Pro died. (Gasp.) Fortunately, everything had been saved the night before in our backup. Friends, if you do not have your computer set to back up automatically, do something about it! Work smart.

My precious husband ordered a new MacBook Air for me. (Hugs. Kisses.) Eight days later...(angels singing) it arrived from Shanghai, China.

Here are a few random things from my classroom in recent days. 

My class had enough paper scraps from our Eric Carle flower project to make an end-of-the-year gift for our principals.

We had several high school teachers working on their gifted endorsements observe to see how little smart kids learn. I put this math teacher to work!

from Math Lift-the-Flaps Word Problems

Even without my computer, I was able to help put the finishing touches on this exciting product from Educents!

Presenting...Kinder Summer Learning FunIt includes printables, centers, games, science investigations, close reads, and much more!  It's a mixture of reading, math, and science to keep the kids working hard through the summer and to get them ready for first grade!

Take a look at some of the products included:

And here are the Smart Kids products included!

For a limited time it is $14.99 from Educents which is about 70% off! 14 instant downloads with over 400 pages of materials perfect for your recent kinder graduates (or your struggling first graders or advance preschoolers of course too!)

You can also take peek at some of the other products included in the bundle at any of the links below!
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