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Monday, December 16, 2013

Thanksgiving Math Activities

We made some super cute turkeys for Thanksgiving!  I incorporated these activities during Math Work Stations/Centers and the kids loved them. 

Pattern Block Turkeys...

The kids used pattern blocks pieces (cut from construction paper) to make a turkey.  Each and everyone turned out totally different and unique.  The kids made these by gluing the pattern block pieces in a circular or snowflake type shape.  Then the kids glued on a turkey neck, beak, waddle, eyes, and feet.  However, once their picture was complete, the kids had to go back and count how many of each shape was used on their turkey (how many hexagons, triangles, squares, diamonds, etc.....).  This is a wonderful way to reinforce counting, number recognition, and numeral writing.

 Turkey Feathers Number Combinations...

The kids had to use two different colors of feathers (red and yellow) to make a total of eight.  I made a cute little rhyming recording sheet.  Click on this link for the poem.
Pattern Indian Vests and Headbands...

We used pattern block pieces to make Indian vests and headbands.  The vests are made from paper grocery sacks.  The headbands were made with strips of brown construction paper (3 x 18 inch strips).

Indian Necklaces....

These were made with Rigatoni noodles that were dyed with food coloring.  The kids strung noodles in a pattern to make the necklace.

Needless to say, there were patterns ALL OVER THE PLACE!!!!!

SDE Tennessee Kindergarten Conference

I had a wonderful time presenting at the Tennessee Kindergarten Conference in Nashville back in November.  It was my first presentation for SDE in about 11 years.... Wow!  How time flies!!!  I presented four different workshops for teachers:  Science and Social Studies Non-Fiction Discovery, Outrageous and Contagious Common Core Language Arts, CCSS Math Fun: Super Cool Math Centers & More, and Step Up Your Teaching with Guided Reading.

I got to see my long time friend Kim Adsit of KinderGals.  Kim and I started presenting workshops years ago together. It was great seeing her.  I also spoke with Deanna Jump... she told me that she remembered Kim and I presenting together when I was pregnant!!!  LOL


Monday, November 18, 2013

Halloween - Miss Nelson is Missing Wanted Posters

I've been meaning to post a couple of pictures of things that my Kindergarteners did at school.  It's a little late for Halloween... but this idea is for the next time you read "Miss Nelson is Missing."  I read the story to my class and hid the book.  I told them that Miss Viola Swamp is STILL ON THE LOOSE! 
We discussed ways that we could try and catch her.... of course the best way to catch someone, when you're wanting your kids to write, is to make WANTED posters.  Soooooo.... that's what we did!  These turned out super cute....  we incorporated Math (patterns) into the Wanted posters too (see the edges).  The kids drew a picture of Viola Swamp....most are hysterical!  hee hee!  Then they wrote sentences to describe what she looked like. 

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Back to School Pack for Kindergarten and 1st Grade

My Back to School Pack is ready and now on TPT!!!!  This pack has 60+ pages of activities, games, and centers for your students!  Only $5.00.

Bingo game
Making Little Words
Parent gift
Beginning letter sounds
Rhyming words
First Day survey
Storytelling snack
...... and so much MORE!!!!!!!
Click HERE to purchase!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Back to School Pack

My new "Back to School" pack will be available tomorrow (Monday, July 29th) on TPT.....  I think it's my best one yet!!!!!!!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Wizard of Oz Fun Freebie - Time

I promised this Fun Freebie to my ETSU Conference friends...... so click the link below to download the "Munchkin Time Math" activity.

  To make this activity you will need to......

1. Print the Munchkins on 9 different colors of copy paper (or cardstock)
2. Print the digital times on white copy paper and cut them out.
3. Glue the times on each of the colored Munchkins.
4. Laminate and cut out each Munchkin.
5.  Copy enough "Munchkin Time Math" recording sheets for each of your students.
6.  Place Munchkins and the recording sheets at a Center.
7.  Children will pick a Munchkin and draw the correct time on the recording sheet clock.  Also, color the Munchkin on the recording sheet the same color as the Munchkin time card.

Click HERE for the FUN FREEBIE!

Have fun!

ETSU Conference Part II

Oh My Goodness!!

I had such an amazing time in Johnson City, Tennessee at the ETSU Early Childhood Conference!  The teachers were absolutely wonderful and we had so much fun!  They got to watch me act like a "nut" and hopefully, they got some great ideas for their classroom too!  I presented "Fun Galore with Common Core"... and gave teachers ideas to engage student learning in their classrooms.... with songs, interactive charts, games, activities, and more!  Most of the attendees were Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers from all over the state of Tennessee.
If you attended my workshop, please follow me on my blog and "Like" my Facebook page at  You can also click on the TPT link above to check out my items on Teachers Pay Teachers.  The "Back to School"  pack will be available tomorrow night!!!!

Lots of goodies at ETSU!

Great Math ideas...

This the room with most of my stuff!

Storytelling aprons....

Lauren and the Five Little Chicks!

We had a BLAST!!!

I can't wait until next year!!

Friday, July 26, 2013

ETSU Conference

Hi Friends!

I had such an amazing time at the ETSU Conference today!  Things ran really smoothly, considering it's been about 10+ years since my last workshop presentation!  I hope you all had as much fun as I did.  Hopefully, in tomorrow's session, I can get everything in..... I've just got so much to share!  :)  I wanted to remind you that the Back to School Pack will be put on TPT (Teachers Pay Teachers) this weekend.... and I think it's one of my best packs yet!!!! 

Also, I know someone asked me about a copy of one of the activities I did today.... which I said I would put on my blog as a FREEBIE!!!!  However, I can't remember which one it was... this is what happens when your reach "middle age."  LOL!  Please send me an email and remind me which activity it was.... I talked to sooooooo many people, about so many different things.  :)  I will be glad to upload it here on my blog for FREE!

Thanks again teachers.... I had a BLAST!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Attention 2nd and 3rd Grade Teachers!!!!!!!

A lot of times, teachers find it hard to “bridge the gaps” between grade levels... so that’s where I need YOUR INPUT!!   I am looking for your favorite Common Core Language Arts and Math activities.  Jot down a few of your favorite things that you do and tell us how you implement them into your classroom!  You are welcome to attach any pictures you might have too! 

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Upcoming Workshop in Tennessee

Wow-wee!!!  This summer has been crazy!!!  I think I’ve been just as busy as I am during the school year.  What have I been doing?  Well, I’ve tried to tackle my garage (it’s a continuous working project!), I’ve carted my kids to and from church camp and sailing camp, gone to the beach, got a pedicure and a new hair-do, I’ve had out-of-town company (twice), I landed a new KINDERGARTEN teaching job in Knoxville, and I’ve been making lots of fun stuff for my upcoming conference at ETSU!   I am really excited about presenting at the ETSU Annual Early Childhood Conference in July... it’s been about 12 years (can you believe) since my last workshop!  I’m nervous but at the same time, sooooooooo happy to get back into presenting workshops for teachers!  I will be doing a workshop entitled “Fun Galore with Common Core!”.  This workshop will be packed full of fun ideas to use in your K-3 grade classroom! 

I have posted a link below for you to check out!

Monday, June 3, 2013

End of Year Madness - Tips to getting it done!

I can’t BELIEVE it’s already the end of the school year!  It seems to go by SO fast! To make things run a little easier, I always try to get as much of the dreaded “have to’s” out of the way!  You know...  ALL that assessment stuff, permanent records, writing samples, grading... anything I know that I’m going to have to disclose to parents or my principal.  I begin this at least 4 weeks before the last day of school – let’s face it, it’s too stressful to try and get it all done in a short amount of time... i.e. last minute!  We’ve all done that before... Eeeek!!!!!

Once you feel that you’ve got a “good grip” on the essentials then you can do some fun things with your kids the last week or so!  I spend probably about a week and a half making little “treasures” for my students and parents.  Here are some ideas you might want to try:

1.      Student Self Portrait (Beginning and End of Year)

2.      What I will Miss about Kindergarten/First Grade story

3.     Alphabet Book (kept throughout the year)

4.     Class DVD

5.     Memory Bag-Book (sample drawings, writing, stories that were made throughout the year)

6.     Handprints

7.     Class T-shirts

8.      The Important Thing to Remember Book (we make this for the upcoming class... I read it to my new students on the first day of school!)

In the past, my school has always had a pretty significant production for the last week of school.  There is always a Kindergarten graduation ceremony, 5th Grade Luncheon-Walk-Balloon Release-Ceremony, and Classroom Awards.  Whew!  Tell me about it... it’s almost on the verge of being insane!!!  But, basically the kids and parents come to my classroom after the “bigger ceremony” is finished in the gym.  When they arrive, I have a gift sitting at each child’s seat... along with report cards, Class DVD, keepsakes, etc.  I also take a few moments to recognize EACH student in my class.  I give each student a silly certificate to recognize their accomplishments and their little personalities!  They love this!! (I have made these printable certificates available on TPT -Teachers Pay Teachers and I hope you’ll check them out! 
Click Here to purchase Certificates on Teachers Pay Teachers
After I give out certificates, we enjoy a cookie cake and juice boxes while playing a portion of our class DVD on the active board.  The parents LOVE this part!!!!  Finally, the kids are free to be checked-out by their parents and leave to start those GREAT vacations!  If students do not get checked out, we spend the rest of the day watching movies, playing, and cleaning!


I hope you all have a GREAT End of the Year!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Hey all you fellow teachers out there! 

Here’s a link to some great fonts to use in your classroom, on homework assignments, classroom newsletters, and more!


Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Graphic Organizer for Main Idea

Hi Everyone!

I have been extremely busy with my new job in Knoxville, Tennessee (more about that later!), but wanted to get this FUN FREEBIE to you!!  I don’t think that you can ever have too many graphic organizers.  I created this one for a Reading lesson to practice the main idea of a story and details that support the main idea.   I hope you can use it with your students too!

Enjoy and I’ll see you soon!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Neat Idea for Valentine's Day!

Click on the picture for the link to my TPT store.

Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Day 100 FREEBIES for First Grade!

Okay Teacher Friends... I’ve got two FREEBIES for you to use on Day 100!  These freebies are probably more suited for First Graders.

You are going to hear me talk a LOT about Choice Boards in my upcoming posts and I will hopefully have a SDE workshop on this topic soon.  Basically, choice boards are used for “Differentiated Instruction;” meaning, giving students the opportunity to complete a task on his/her level of ability.  But, not only are children able to complete a task solely on ability but also choosing what they LIKE to do.  So, take a look at the Day 100 Choice Board and look at the activities on it... some are more difficult than others.  The great thing about choice boards is that the teacher chooses/selects how many tasks each child will complete.  Your higher level thinkers should be able to complete more tasks than your lower kids.  I indicate how many tasks each child will complete by writing the number in the top corner of each choice board... yes, you will make a copy of the Day 100 Choice Board for each child to use while they float around the classroom (not literally.. haha!) completing the tasks.  The children will bring their choice boards to me when they complete a task and I will “X” out the completed activity (sometimes I will place a sticker on the choice board).  Letting my students use a choice board allows me to walk around the classroom/monitor more easily AND I can help the children that need it... Also, it’s SUPER activity that I can pull out of my “bag of tricks” to get the kids excited and motivated about learning!!! I have posted a picture and a link of the choice board below:
Click HERE for the Day 100 Choice Board download! :)

 The other FREEBIE is one of the activities on the actual choice board.  It’s called “Write Your Name to 100!”  You will want to print the Write Your Name to 100 Grid for each student in your class and the Alphabet Code sheet.  Make about 6 copies of the Alphabet Code (laminate each) to place at a table as a center.  To complete the “Write Your Name to 100” activity, each student will use a pencil write his/her name over and over (using each cell on the grid and writing in a left-to-right, top-to-bottom progression) until all 100 squares are full. Note: the grid will most likely NOT end with the last latter in their name.  Next, the children will use the alphabet code sheet to trace each corresponding letter with the correct colored marker/crayon.  This activity will take some students longer than others... when it is completed they may go choose another activity from their choice board.

Day 100 Pictures from Kindergarten and First Grade!

Day 100 was AWESOME!  I wanted to share some pics with you along with some of the activities we had going on... Day 100 is one of my very FAVORITE days of the school year!
My Kindergartners had a time sharing their Day 100 projects with each other.  This was a project the kids completed at home and brought in to share... it was a collection of 100 objects.  We also made Day 100 necklaces, a Day 100 snack, played a Hide-and-Seek game using a 100 grid, and ha finished the day off with a yummy Day 100 cake!!!!

There’s a new granny in town!!!!  Well, there were lots of grannies and grandpas around my class for the 100th Day of School Celebration... My first graders were HILARIOUS!  They dressed up like 100 year old people.  And you know how you have that one student in your class that is absolutely fun, hysterical, and darn-right adorable?  Like anything he does keeps you in stitches because you never know what he’s going to do!  Well... meet Dawson... who decided to dress up an 100 year old LADY!!!  He was the talk of the school (in a good way) on Day 100... and you can probably see why!
Click HERE for the link to the Happy, Happy 100th Day Pack
and HERE for the Day 100 Game Pack !

 Please check out the new Happy, Happy 100th Day Common Core Activity Pack on TPT.  It is one of my newest packets that I wrote and designed with Kim Adsit!!  It includes 5 literacy and 5 math activities that go along with the new Common Core Standards.  There are also some other fun surprises included... like a special “take-home” treat for your students and a banner!  You won’t be disappointed!  I also have Day 100 Game Pack that includes two fun games that you can use as a "filler" on Day 100.  The pack includes a matching game and a game that is similar to an "Old Maid" game....but both games have a surprising TWIST at the end! 
Hoping your 100th Day of School is Super-Fantastic and Fun!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Valentine's Day Party PAck with Kim Adsit

Oh my goodness!  I can’t believe that Valentine’s Day is almost here... it seems like it gets here earlier and earlier each year!  Of course, it might just be me getting OLD!!! LOL!  I will be posting some really CUTE Valentine ideas/freebies for you next week.  So, make sure you check back on the blog. 
Click HERE for the link to my TPT store! :)

Also, Kim Adsit and I have just finished our Valentine PartyPack.  It’s got some really super SWEET ideas and activities for you to do with your little ones.  There’s a cootie game, Valentine card holder “craft”ivity, snack, banner, board game, and more!  You can find it on the TPT website.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Hi Everyone!
I hope you are doing great!  I have busy-bee lately and have neglected posting on my blog!  I have missed you all and wanted to let you know what I’ve been up to.

Kim Adsit from KinderGals and I have been very busy since before Christmas coming up with some GREAT new packets... some for FUN and some that go along with Common Core.  Please check them out on TPT if you have a chance.

Our most recent pack is called “Happy, Happy 100thDay!”  This pack is 90+ pages of Common Core bliss! LOL  It is jammed packed with ideas for all of your Day 100 activities... it includes a snack idea, banner, glyph activity, Zero-the-Hero book, counting activity, reading comprehension, and more!  I also have a Day 100 game pack that is on TPT.  The game pack has a matching game and “100 Year Old Lady” game... with a funny twist at the end!!