Sunday, November 25, 2012

Deck the Halls {12 Math and Literacy Centers Unit} and a SALE!

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. Did any of you venture out and go shopping on Black Friday? I did... found some great deals! The good news is, great shopping deals don't end today! TPT is throwing a HUGE sale where you can get discounts up to 28% off at all your favorite shops! I am going to be participating as well, and every product in my store will be 20% off - just use the code CMT12 to get the additional discount! I've got 4 units available for purchase: Shapes Galore for the Common Core (my best selling product!), Deck the Halls {12 Christmas Math and Literacy Centers} (my BRAND NEW product!), ABC Order Picture Sort Pack, and Plants and Living Things Observation Journal.

Click on the picture below to go straight to my TPT store!
Thanks to Ashley Hughes for the adorable banner!
I have created a brand new unit just in time for the holidays: Deck the Halls {12 Math and Literacy Centers for Christmas}! It includes 12 fun, hands on centers with response sheets for every station! Some of the activities include -at/an family word building, sight word practice, dice games, 2 different Santa labeling activities, ordering numbers, more/less board games, rhyming words, counting on activities, and more! It is the perfect addition to your December activities! Click on the preview picture below to go directly to the unit in my shop to download the preview and check it out!
Happy shopping! I know I'm going to be filling up my cart in preparation for the big sale!

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Smorgasboard of activities and a Thanksgiving FREEBIE!

Happy Sunday, friends! It's been a few weeks since I last updated about the activities I have going on in my classroom, so today's blog will be a relative smorgasboard of different activities! And I've got a Thanksgiving math station freebie at the end, so make sure to read the whole thing! :)

Awhile back we wrapped up our colors unit - I think that's one of my favorite units to teach because there are so many great activities you can do. We learned color word songs to help us learn how to read and write them and the kids love them so much that they'll just randomly burst into song throughout the day! We make a fancy color songs flip book for them to take home and practice with their families. (Unfortunately I didn't get a picture of it!) We also read Pete the Cat (of course) and created the little sentence building craftivity that's all over Pinterest. They cut up their sentence, put it back in order, and then built their Pete the Cat with the color shoes that their sentence had.

We also read The Crayon Box That Talked - I love that book - and I created a response sheet for the kids to complete. Below is my partially completed version that I did with the kids under the document camera. On the back, the kids had to combine all the things the character drew in the story to make an illustration with "lots of details". I challenged them to fill up the entire picture space (easier said than done for a 5-year old on an 11x17 piece of paper) and most of them did! My kids have been so cute with their writing and illustrations -- they'll ask me, "Did I use lots of details?" or "Look at all the good details I used!" I've noticed a big change in their writing because of it... love it!

We've also been working on a ton of labeling activities, still. Our latest vocab from our reading series was clothing words, so one of my amazing (former) teammates made up this little draw and label clothing activity - it's so funny to see how they draw themselves! I love the meticulousness of the striped shirt! Haha!

I didn't end up doing TONS of Halloween activities with my kiddos -- I mostly incorporated those activities into their math and literacy center time. We are currently finishing up our bat unit, so I'll post all of those activities when we are done! The kids are loving it. In the meantime, here are a few things that I did do. We sang the poem "5 Little Pumpkins" and created this craftivity to practice working with our ordinal numbers. I wish I had a picture of one of the completed versions my kids did -- theirs turned out much more cute and colorful! Here's the model I created to show them:

I also made a version of this poem that I got from A Place Called Kindergarten for the kids to work on in their interactive notebooks. We highlighted sight words we knew and then drew all the characters we read about in the poem! If you haven't checked out Mrs. Bell's blog, PLEASE go and see her posts on interactive notebooks! She has some fantastic ideas!

 Poem idea from Mrs. Bell at A Place Called Kindergarten

And finally, some quality gifts courtesy of my kinder kids. Haha. Love the "ghost poop"! ;)

Okay, okay, you've stuck with me this long! Thank you! Now for the FREEBIE! I made a little Thanksgiving themed math station for counting on from a given number in a known sequence. This concept has been a little tough for some of my kiddos so I thought this math station would be a fun way to practice it. Click on the picture below to get to my TPT store and download it for free! Enjoy! :)


Friday, November 2, 2012

Currently November!

Wait, what?! It's November? Did we even have the month of October? It went by too fast... but the good news is, November means a new "Currently" linky from Farley over at Oh Boy 4th Grade!

I'm going to have a Thanksgiving themed math freebie in my next blog post, so be sure to check back in a few days! In the meantime, here's what I'm "currently" up to!