Monthly Archives: February 2014
Today is the last day of the Tpt sale!
Click below to get your last minute deals!
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Today’s the Day!!
I’m sure by now, you’ve heard about the AWESOME Tpt sale that starts tomorrow!!!
My two best selling products will be on-sale for 20% off during this sale, so be sure to put them in your cart if you don’t already have them!!
The first one is my 3D Shapes Pack:
I’ve updated it with 2 new games! The 3D Shape Do-a-dot Recognition game and the Roll a 3D Shape game are new to this pack!
Also on sale is my Stamp a Number or Letter Pack:
This pack is so easy to use…all you need is some BINGO stampers in the appropriate colors and some of these sheets and you are good to go! My kiddos LOVE using these sheets at the beginning of the year and get really good quickly at recognizing and naming letters and numbers.
Use Promo Code TPT3 beginning on Thursday!! 🙂
Tpt is having a sale!!
That’s right friends!! Tpt is having a sale to celebrate 3 Million Teachers using Tpt in some way!!
The sale doesn’t start until Thursday, February 28th, but go start filling up your cart right away!
I’ve made some new products to share with you and they will ALL (along with the rest of my store) be on sale for 20% off! Keep watching for the special code to type in at checkout so you can get up to 28% off!
First, I created a new set of Rainbow Pom-Pom Games! This set helps your students practice the 88 sight words in the Journeys reading series. Its played the same way the Rainbow Pom-Pom Toss game is, except with sight words!
If you don’t have the original game and really want it along with the new one, you’re in luck!! I’ve bundled the two together so you can have your students practice a variety of skills! Shapes, Numbers, Letters, Die Recognition, Sight Words and more! 33 different mats are included to help you reach a wide range of students and their abilities!
Finally, if you missed it last week, I created these “Ways to Make” practice sheets. My kiddos LOVE these! All you need is some mini-erasers, sheet protector, and some dry erase markers and you are go to go! This activity is great for practicing composing and decomposing numbers!
So there you have it!! Some new products that will be on sale beginning on Thursday!!
Community Helper Word Families
Make your own Snow!
We have been getting LOTS of snow here in the midwest and I am done with winter! We’ve had more snow days this year than we have in the last 20 years! I think we are up to 8 days that we have missed (which isn’t a lot for some of you, but we NEVER cancel school, so this is a big deal!). We’ve also had many 2 hour delays which throws our schedule off. The 2 hour delays were because of the below zero weather–which means, even though the fluffy white stuff is outside, we can’t play in it–its just too cold!
So…my 9 year old and I got creative, searched Pinterest, and found a way to make indoor snow!
We used 2 ingredients…baking soda and shaving cream. There’s no particular recipe to follow, but we used about 1 cup of shaving cream to 1/2 a box of baking soda.
This snow even feels cold to the touch and packs really well!
And made a snow hill for his LEGO mini-figure to climb!
Even LEGO’s have fun playing in the snow!
So when you’re stuck indoors, go have some snow day fun inside!
Ways to Make Sheets
I had such a wonderful response about my Ways to Make Sheets in my last post, that I created them for sale on Tpt. In this set, there are pages so your students can practice composing and decomposing numbers from 2-10. You can see examples below. Most of the pages look like page 2 with the boxes in a line, however, the page for the number 10 has a ten frame that the children can use to make 10. My students can see groups of 10 much easier if it is grouped on a ten frame.
I use mini-erasers for my students to complete these sheets. For the Ways to Make 10 page, they would need 10 of each kind of mini-eraser. For the Ways to Make 2 page, they would need 2 of each kind of mini-eraser. I get my mini-erasers in the Dollar Spot at Target or the Dollar Tree. They have them out seasonally. I just dump them all in a big box together and we pick out a matching amount of the number we need. When I give them to the kiddos to use, I place the number of erasers they need in portion cups, so they have an easy way to transport them to their tables. You could also use two sided counters or two different colors of unifix cubes–use whatever you have around!
You can click on any of the pictures above to go to my Tpt store to purchase. 🙂
Ways to Make…
We have been working on composing and decomposing numbers to 10, so I created these mats so my kiddos could practice with different combinations (we will work on 6-10 soon).
They each had 10 mini erasers in two different designs so they could make all the combinations to 5. Each table had 2, 3, 4, and 5, so when they were finished with one sheet, they traded someone else at their table and started working on a new number.
These plastic sleeves are a great way to keep these papers looking great after 26 Kinders use them several times. They also cut down on the amount of paper that I need to copy because when one kiddo is done, they erase their work and pass it to the next kiddo. Kristen 🙂
I had a fun few days last week presenting at the HASTI (Hoosier Association of Science Teachers Incorporated) conference in Indianapolis. I presented 2 of my own sessions and 3 with larger groups of other science teachers.
One thing that I kept hearing was that elementary teachers didn’t think they needed to attend the conference because they were afraid the science might be over their heads or that they didn’t need to attend because they teach all subjects, not just science.
As a Kinder teacher, I attend every year and I think it’s one of the best conferences I get to attend. I was also elected as a HASTI board member last year, so it was fun to help plan the conference!
I presented 3 sessions about different science ideas. “Science through the Seasons”, “Wonderful Weather!”, and “The Power of Plants”. I also sat on two panel discussions about Science Notebooks in the K-5 classroom.
I love presenting at conferences because I am happy that I can share what I have learned with others and help spread some science love around!
At all 3 of my sessions we had make & takes, so I took a few pictures from the Wonderful Weather! presentation: