Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Math Centers and a Freebie

Hi Friends!

In case you missed my post from last year, I wanted to let you know about a cute math center that would be perfect if you are looking for some last-minute Easter activities for the next few days or even to use after returning from the holiday.

My firsties used to need a lot of practice with fact memorization! 
They learned them in the context of fact families.
 I used this activity with a yummy Peep theme as a center! They LOVED it!

 The set includes 42 cards, so you can switch them up and use it for several days.
 Each marshmallow bunny card has 3 fact family numbers. 
The kids took turns picking a card from an Easter basket which just made it even more special. 
Then, they had to create four related facts from their bunny card and write them on the recording sheet. 
If this is something you might be interested in, you can find it at my TPT store here

This fun bunny center is great for reviewing telling time to five minute intervals. 
It's a card matching center and also includes some good old black and white practice pages you could use for morning work or homework.

You can download this freebie here if you like!

It's always nice to hear from you and get some feedback at my shop on freebies too! 
Thanks so much! :)

Saturday, April 5, 2014

April Showers Freebies

It's time for April showers! Our class has been learning about the water cycle and welcoming in Spring with a rainy day theme! Meet our friend, Randy Raindrop!

We painted him with watercolors and added a bit of clear glitter! 

Randy is easy to draw.
 Just add a face on your master and copy. Then, color in the cheeks with pink crayon.

I also retyped a cute poem about the adventures of Randy the raindrop for our poetry binders! 
You can grab a copy here!

My class loves checking in during attendance with the SMARTBoard.
 I made this one for the month of April in the April showers theme! They love watching their boot disappear!

 Click on the picture to download this freebie!

Hope you can use these!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Subtraction with Regrouping Classroom Resources!

Subtraction with regrouping is hard for some of my second graders. Here are some fun activities and resources I have found to introduce the concept!

First, we always start out by using real world examples and posing a problem that would create a mental image of borrowing a ten. I like to use the example of having a party and some extra guests arrive and you need more of something... It is usually a food example like cookies. Kids get cookies! Yes, we send someone out to the store and get more! My special cookies come in packs of ten. One pack of ten is what we buy. Now we have enough to be eaten (or taken away). The store has one fewer, but we have ten more!

The Good Neighbors' Cheese Feast is a great story to begin a regrouping unit.

When The Good Neighbors decide to have a cheese feast, the mice discover that they do not have enough cheese to make their dishes. The mice's story models the subtraction with regrouping process so the kids can visualize it and make the transfer later with base ten blocks.

We are spiraling concepts this year in math, so we introduce something and come back to that skill later and build on it. We started this portion of our intro to subtraction with regrouping using some super cute activities from Amy Lemons.

We made these mini books and chanted and memorized the poems to help us remember when to regroup!
Check out this cute video for some dance moves to go with the poems!

More on the floor? Go next door and get ten more!
We tackle this first with modeling using using base ten blocks or Unifix cubes. 

If you have a SMARTBoard, this is a great free visual from the SMART Exchange you can use for demonstrating while the kids model with blocks.

Someday I would love to have a chart to use like this one from Lakeshore. It is definitely on my wish list!

 Side note: Here's a great tip I learned at a math workshop and it works wonders!

Whenever using manipulatives, let the students play with them for a minute with the understanding that afterward, they are MATH TOOLS! This really cuts down on reminders and keeps kids on task during the activity. 

I laminated these workmats made from folders. They have lasted for years. I almost wish they would fall apart so I can make them cuter! 

 This Vimeo does a good job of showing the break apart concept.

I hope you can use some of these resources to help your class too!
How do you introduce regrouping? 
Feel free to leave an idea or link in the comments!
Thanks for sharing!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Classroom Decor Set~ Birds on Burlap~ Beautiful!

Our classrooms are our home away from home. We spend lots of time and money to make it a special, inviting place to be. We clean, we organize, we rearrange furniture, we decorate, we make it our own, right? I just love having the chance to help teachers create the classroom of their dreams and one that will say, "This is me"!

Have you been thinking Spring? Well, picture birds on burlap!
 One special teacher knows just what "look" she is going for in her classroom. She requested a one-of-a-kind decor set in a woodsy theme inspired by this picture she sent me:

 So... we had a picture to work from and the fun began choosing the various color schemes, graphics, backgrounds and frames for her set. 

These are the pretty birdsnest colors she picked for her design. 
All of her accents will be created to match.

They will be mixed in for pops of color for her banner, alphabet, signs. labels and binder covers
 along with the birds and burlap backgrounds. 

Here is a preview of a few of the trial designs:

It's going to be gorgeous when finished! I can't wait to show it to you!

If you've thought about a new look or new theme, I'd love to design one with you!
Because creating the perfect set takes some time, I normally accept custom orders through the summer months. Please email me if you are interested in more details and to add your name to the list!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wordless Wednesday Linky

 Today we had a teachers only Easter Egg Hunt!
What does your staff do for fun?

Leave a comment and I'll draw a name for a winner's choice item from my store!:)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Currently and a Winner!

If you take one look at my April Currently you can quickly see what is on my mind! I'm linking up with Farley from Oh Boy 4th Grade to welcome in the new month! Yippee for April!

SPRING BREAK begins next week! I actually took a personal day today to get going on my packing, so this will be brief! There's so much to do to get ready. I always overpack and this year, I am trying to pack lightly. The problem is I just never know what the weather will be like in Florida, so I tend to bring it all~just in case! I am so excited to for my vacation and some fun in the sun! Pray for nice weather for me friends!

Then, the next countdown begins for Summer vacation! June 11th is the big day. Teachers report the following day for records and packing away all of our personal stuff because summer school uses our classrooms. This is a royal pain, as you can imagine, but with the light at the end of the tunnel ahead, we do it cheerfully. The last day will be bittersweet. I just adore my littles this year. :)

Note the ha! following the teacher hours. Those are our contractual hours, but we all know teachers come in early, stay late and work in the evenings most days. I also put in quite a few weekend hours working from home. This is why I desperately need our lovely vacations to regroup!

When is your last day? Some friends are counting down already I bet!

I also have a winner to announce!
Congratulations goes out to Purple Palmetto who won the Starbucks card and winner's choice giveaway! 
Thanks to everyone who played along and helped me celebrate the new Cafe design! :)

I'm off to get crackin' on my packin'!
Link up your Currently too!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring Sale!

Hey Friends! It's time to clean out your Teachers Pay Teachers wishlist and grab some great items on sale! 

Everything at my Kidsrcute TPT store is on sale too!

You may like to see some of my newest items!

I am heading over to do the same! 
Happy Spring cleaning!

Remember, there is just one day left to enter the giveaway!

Good luck! The winner will be announced Tuesday!