# Monthly Archives: August 2013

## Rainbow Pom Pom Toss

I found this game online somewhere and sketched it in my idea book a few months ago.  I finally decided to make it and I’ve tried it out with my kiddos and they LOVE it!

I call it Rainbow Pom Pom Toss (not sure where the toss part comes in because there is no tossing happening in this game! 🙂

All you need are dice and pom-poms. 🙂

Uppercase letters

Its really easy to play too!  The children roll the die that you have programmed with the letters, numbers, or shapes that are on the mat.  They place a coordinating pom-pom on the mat.

Here we are using the 1-6 mat.  You should of heard the squeals of excitement when we played!! I’ve been asked 5 or 6 times today when we can play again! 🙂

These will be going into my Math and Literacy Work Stations. 🙂  I’ll also be using them in my small groups.

I put the pom-poms in little buckets that I got in the Target Dollar Spot.  The kiddos kept playing until their table ran out of pom-poms and then they put them all back and played again.

I told them if they rolled a number and didn’t have anymore pom-poms left in that color to roll again.  I really wanted them keep playing and to learn to share. 🙂

We played with a dot die so that my kiddos had practice matching quantities on the die to the number on the mat.

I’ve also included mats for:

Lowercase letters a-z

Numbers 1-20

Dice 1-6

Shapes

And a blank sheet for you to write in whatever skills you would like for your kiddos to work on.  I’ll be adding sight words later as well as pictures of two dice (when we start addition).

You can click on any of the product pictures to get your own. 🙂

Kristen 🙂

## New Xylophone Game

I shared a week or so ago about my xylophone game that I got from somewhere a while ago. 🙂  I can’t remember where I found the game or if I made it up myself because I’ve been using it for a few years.  Anyway, I added some new work mats to our game and it helped the children to play the game in a different way.

Here is the first game mat.  We place a tile on each dot left to right, top to bottom as I ding the xylophone.

Then we played the game using the same idea with this mat:

We’ve only used the top ten frame, but I didn’t want to have to re-print them later.  Same game, I just wanted the kiddos to see quantities on a ten frame and recognize that they can group their tiles into groups of 5 or 10 and not have to count them each time.

Then we switched to this mat:

I wanted to do the same thing as the last mat, but I thought it would be good to match our tiles with a number and then they could see a quantity.  When we used this mat, we counted each number as we placed a tile on it:

“ding”, “one”, “ding”, “two”, “ding”, “three”, etc…

Kristen 🙂

## 1-10 Number Books

As I was writing my lesson plans for this week, I saw that I am supposed to do two new things this week.  One is to begin introducing the first 5 Math Work Stations and the second items is to begin teaching the K.CC.3.A standard (writing numbers to 20) (we are just writing to 10 at this point in the year).

I decided to create a set of booklets that would let me accomplish both of these things:

(click the color picture below to get yours). 🙂

Each book contains 6 pages (7 if you count the cover page) and helps your students to represent numbers in a variety of ways (see below).

These would be great for individual, small, or whole group work.  I think these would be excellent for homework too!  I will say that when I first saved this file, I intended to include the number zero, but after thinking about it, that would be a pretty empty number book!  No way to show zero other than to write the number and write the number word, so I left it out.  If I have requests for it, I could make those two pages just for zero.  I did include zero in my August Problem Solving Pack if you do need a page for zero.

Kristen 🙂

P.S. I’m going to start working on the October Problem Solving Pack soon–trying to stay ahead! 🙂

## Parent Information Packs

I’ve noticed that my pin about my Parent Information Pack was getting pinned frequently, but I realized that I never showed how to make one!  I put mine together earlier this week to prepare for our Back to School night and I took pictures along the way to show how they go together.

The first thing you have to do is type everything up.  My booklet is 5 pages, so I can have 9 spaces (actually 10, but 1 serves as the front cover) to place text.  Next, you will want to cut all your text apart into paragraphs.

That’s when you make the dummy mock up of your finished flip booklet.  I just play with my paragraphs of text, fitting them in where they fit best.  I start with the middle most paper (in this picture it’s the one that says Absences and Tardies and Parent Helpers and Field Trips).  You fold the paper almost in 1/2, but so that the Absences and Tardies part leaves enough room for the words “Parent Helpers…”.  Then you keep adding pages behind it.  I used a total of five 8 1/2 x11 sheets of paper and just kept folding each one.  So for the page that says Daily Schedule, I placed that part of the paper about 1/2 inch down from Parent Helpers and then folded it over the Absences and Tardies part and it became the Red Folders section.  Make sense?

Then I just start taping in my paragraphs of text.  After that, I label the different sections.  I use removable tape in case I need to move the sections around a little bit.

Next, I copied each page back to back (you will see that better once all your pages are folded in your dummy mock up copy.  I copied them on these bright papers so families could find them easier once they take them home. If I had to copy them again, I would shuffle the colored paper up a little bit so I copied on a wider variety of colors.  I hardly had any blue or yellow pages!

Next you fold…and fold…and fold each of the pages.

What I do to help me figure out where to fold them is this:  For the first set, I lay each page next to the dummy mock up copy and use that to help me decide where to fold.  After that, I look for a sentence on each page where I find that the folded page falls near.  In the picture above, “Specials Schedule” landed just about the sentence part “clipped up can be asked to clip down”.  Each page that looked like this one, got folded to the same sentence.

Here you can see how they are copied back to back…one side will be upside down when compared to the words on the other side, allowing the one side to be folded over the other.

Here they are all folded and I’ve put one together (but haven’t stapled it yet).

Here it is up close. 🙂

Now I use my long arm stapler to staple it on the outside.

Here are all 25 of them stacked and ready to go.  By the time you get to the end, you will have some booklets that are all the same color. It’s just a toss up as to how many sheets you will have of each color.  It doesn’t bother me any, so when I copy, I just throw the ream of paper in the machine and I get what I get. 🙂

It took me about an hour start to finish…making the mock up to all of them being stapled.

Kristen 🙂

## Binderclips and Seat Sacks

I am still loving my binder clips on my kiddos mailboxes.  Who ever though of this idea should have made millions!  Its so much easier to figure out who still has mail in their mailbox without having to move all the papers out of the way.

I’m also still loving the seat sacks that I made a few weeks ago.  They are holding up quite nicely and holding lots of items too! 🙂

Kristen 🙂

## Our First Science Experiment

As I mentioned yesterday, we had the film crew in last week to video tape our first science lesson.

I decided that we would put M&M’s into water and learn about observation.  We placed the M&M’s into the water at the same time and the reactions were priceless!

Here are some pictures of what it looked like afterwards.  I always say science is a success if it was loud and messy!

We set the cups on the counter so we could come back and observe them after a few days.

Kristen 🙂

## Science Notebooks

I passed out my science notebooks to my kiddos last week.  The video crew was back to film us starting the year off with science and it seemed like the perfect time to hand them out.  I was home one day last week with my 9 year old (he had the virus that’s going around our school) and I had the chance to finish up the science notebooks.

Here they are before I started.  Each child brought 2 spiral notebooks to school with them this year, one for math, one for science.  Some were thicker than others, so it took a little more work to get them set up.

I first started by having the children decide which color of duct tape they wanted on their spines.  They could choose pink or green, because those were the colors I had.  They also chose what color ribbon they wanted.  I am a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator so I had LOTS of leftover ribbon and I take it to school to use when its retired. 🙂 I taped the back first and wrapped the tape around to the front.  The purpose of the tape is to help hold the notebook together.  They get loved quite a bit, so I’m hoping that this will help us keep the front and back covers together all year! 🙂

I wrapped the duct tape from the back to the front.  The spiral notebooks that are 70 pages just need one piece of duct tape to fold from back to front.  Some of the thicker notebooks took two pieces of duct tape to fit all the way around the spiral.

I taped in their ribbon choice to the back of their notebook.  We will use these as book marks each time we make an entry into our notebooks.

Here they are all finished! 🙂  I also added a label to the front that said “_________________’s Science Notebook”.

Kristen 🙂

## Last day of the Back to School Sale!

Today is the last day for the Tpt Back to school sale so be sure to stop by and stock up!  My store is on sale, so be sure to stop by and stock up!  Click the picture to go visit my shop!

Thanks to Krista at Creative Clips for the cute banner! 🙂

Kristen 🙂

## Here’s what I bought…

I had a few things on my wishlist that I just bought from the Tpt sale…I’m sure I’ll go back for more! 🙂

I got this September morning work from Shuna P (A Pocket Full of Kinders)

Then I got the Kindergarten RTI kit from Babbling Abby:

and finally, I got Maria Manore’s Interactive sight word readers–I’ve had these on my wishlist for a LONG time…waiting for a sale!  LOVE these!!  These will become a workstation for my kiddos!

What did you buy?  Let me know so I don’t miss out on any good stuff! 🙂

My whole store is on sale for 20% off too:

Kristen 🙂

## Back to School Sale!

If you haven’t heard already, Tpt is having a BIG Back to School sale starting on TODAY and continuing through Monday!!  My store is on sale, so be sure to stop by and stock up!  As soon as I weed through my wish list, I’ll share what I’m buying during the sale! 🙂  Click the picture to go visit my shop!

Thanks to Krista at Creative Clips for the cute banner! 🙂

Kristen 🙂