Sunday, December 1, 2013

YAY! It's almost shopping day!!!!

I can't even express to you how excited I am to SHOP today!  If you haven't heard.... TPT is throwing a Cyber Monday sale and tons of sellers are putting their store on sale... me included!!! Click the image below to head over to my shop and enjoy a 28% savings on EVERYTHING! Don't forget to use the code CYBER at checkout!
Here's a little look at some of the goodies I've got on sale. 
My New Christmas Math Pack
This is a set of 8 Common Core Aligned math centers to use this season!  Full of activities for comparing numbers, decomposing teen numbers, adding within 5, counting on, and practicing number order.  SO fun!
Short Vowel CVC Practice
This set gives kids a chance to practice their short vowels AND decoding CVC words.  Great for those beginning readers... wonderful for this time of the year.  8 Activities per vowel for 40 activities!
Comparing Numbers 0-10
Tons of comparing numbers fun for numbers 0-10.  Your kids will practice comparing sets as well as comparing written numbers as suggested by Common Core Standards.  My class completed these activities last month and absolutely LOVED them!
So there you have it.  GO GET YOUR SHOP ON!  There are tons of sellers participating in this sale... don't forget to use the coupon code CYBER at checkout!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

In the Sprit of Giving...

First and foremost, Happiest of Thanksgivings my friends!! I hope you enjoy this day in whatever fashion you desire.  Football, family, parades, food comas, what have you! :)
In the sprit of giving, I wanted to drop by and offer you a little Christmastime freebie.  It comes from my A Very Kinder Christmas pack. Click the image to download your copy!
Also, teachers, have you ever heard of Donors Choose?  It's amazing.  In short, it's a grant writing website that anonymous donors go to and fund your projects.  I have a project up right now BEGGING for some FUN and engaging resources to use for Indoor Recess.  It's starting to get cold in Indiana and these sweet kinders NEEEEEEEEEED to let off some recess steam.   I thought this could be fun -- if you donate $5 to my Donors Choose project BEFORE December 2nd... I will send you $10 worth of TPT products from my store! :)  Make sure to use the code INSPIRE and Donors Choose will MATCH your donation!!!! Just make your donation and email me at to let me know what you'd like from my store!  If you haven't checked out the website for yourself... do a little browsing.  It's really a great idea (especially for teachers just starting out like me!... we need STUFF!)
Here's the link...Donor's Choose Project
Alright, I'm off to go celebrate Thanksgiving.  I choose the family/food coma route! 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Five for Fri ... Let's be Honest... Saturday {freebie}

Anyone else feel SO busy this time of year?  The holidays are just around the corner.. and so are report cords and assessments out the wazoo!  Sorry I've been MIA but I'm dropping in for a little Five for Friday action.  Oops sorry... it's Saturday.  I'm doing my best here...
1. Theme for the last few weeks has been transportation. I'm not sure on the original source of this song (if it's yours... please claim it!) The kids loved it and it was a nice way to wrap up our theme!
2. We are also wrapping up our comparing numbers unit.  We made this interactive reader to show what we know!  P.S. I love using interactive readers for math.  Cross-Curricular for the win! This is a part of my Comparing Numbers in Kinder Unit!
3. As Report Card season approaches... I have one piece of advice.  GET THESE PENS!  They are amazing.  The case props up in a fancy, grab any pen you want, kind of way.  They don't bleed through and they DON'T dry out!  I use them to color code my gradebook since there are so many assessments to keep track of.
4. My kids are really starting to work hard on reading and writing CVC words so we're diving into my Short Vowels CVC packet!  A fan favorite is the Mystery Picture.  You can pick up a freebie below for Short Vowel A.  The pack itself comes with 8 activities for each of the vowels.
5.  Lastly, we're doing a book study at my school and we're reading the most eye-opening book.  I had to share!!! If you teach in a poverty-stricken district or school... this is a must read!  I'm learning so much and already make shifts and changes to my teaching that are so beneficial!
 Oh and P.S. keep your eyes peeled today for a new product.  I will be posting my Christmas Math Centers today (discounted for the first two days!)  They are Christmas themed and I know that doesn't suit everyone's need, but I love Christmas so much and couldn't pass up the adorable clipart! :)

Monday, November 4, 2013

Comparing Numbers {Freebie}

Whew! Sorry for the blogging hiatus.  Just came off a two week fall break (sorry for those who get NO fall break at all!) and last week was a whirlwind trying to get back into to swing of things!!  I thought I'd drop in to share what we're working on in math.  It's all about comparing numbers this week.
Everything you see here can be found in my new Comparing Numbers Pack! Click the image below to check it out.

I introduced comparing numbers with a number line... I forgot to take a picture but it looked kind of like this.
I drew circles above the numbers to give the kids a visual reminder that the numbers get bigger and bigger as we move to the right.
I then placed post-its beneath two random numbers and asked students to compare them using math terms like "more" and "less"
In this example students would say either 3 is less than 8 or 8 is more than 3.
I'm going to continue working with numberlines and add in the hundred chart!  I will also introduce the math terms greater than, less than, and equal to!
Now for the fun stuff!  The kids are LOVING these two stations.
[Kiddos choose two dragonfly cards and use clothespins to clip them on the numberline.  Then they practice their math sentence: 5 is less than 9 or 9 is more than 5]
[In this partner game, both players choose a pirate number card.  They compare their numbers and the student with the greater number takes a piece of "treasure" for his/her treasure box. LOVE!]
We'll be using these [and more!] no-prep printables for independent practice and morning work.
And next week, I will introduce the kids to the >, <, and = symbols.  I know many teachers view this as a first grade skill but I don't see any harm in introducing my kids to the concept now!  Plus it's great enrichment for those kids who need a bit of a challenge.
If you stuck around til the end, here's a little freebie for you! It's no-prep printable from this pack! Click to download your own copy.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Five for Friday (oops, Saturday!) + Freebies!

Hey friends.  Confession.  I suck at blogging every moment of every day except for Saturday morning. My blogging productivity is at it's highest after a good night's rest. So I bring to you my Five (10-ish) for Friday... a day late but {hopefully} not a dollar short!
 1. All About Fall!  We spent the last few weeks working through my new(ish) Fall Math Stations
It was time to hang up some new student work on my WoW Work board, so I figured we should spruce up the room for Fall a little! Let your kiddos do the decorating!  I whipped up this fun activity and let the kiddos make a Bonds of 6 Pumpkin Patch!  Of course this would work with any addition math facts.  Click below to pick it up for FREE! :)
Click here for your own copy!

We've been enjoying our own Fall Decorations at the Kelly house!  Now that we've lived here for a year and have really settled in... it's been fun decorating for the season! :)
2. Pumpkin FUN!  We worked our way this week through Mrs. Ricca's Kindergarten's AWESOME Pumpkin pack.  Best part?  It's free! You have got to check it out -- my kids puffy heart LOVED it all!
Click below to snag your own copy!
Pumpkin Mini-Unit FREEBIE!

3. Making Predictions.  The last few weeks, we've been making predictions something fierce!  I made this anchor chart to help my kiddos remember what to do before, during, and after reading.  A coworker of mine had the brilliant idea of putting step-by-step pictures to support students along the way!  We took pics of the kids performing each step as a visual reminder of what to do!
4.  We just wrapped up our current math unit on Numbers 0-10.  Preeeetttttty sure my kids are pros now!  It's so amazing how much they've grown!  While working through this math unit, I created a resource to help my kiddos really grasp all the skills.  Check out the previews below and click to learn more! :)
5.  This boy has been especially lazy this week and with the cooler fall weather, he's looking for places to get comfy cozy!  Love my pups... but it's a rare occasion that you'll see this one sitting still so I had to capture these precious moments.  For those who have been following me for a while -- this is Brody -- my little escape dog!  Remember when he was gone for four days and I was devastated?  Absolutely love this little guy!!
OH.  P.S...... IT'S FALL BREAK!!!! I'm going to miss my littles, but I'm looking forward to this two weeks off and they could really use it! :)
Oh and... don't forget... this ends TODAY! Tell your 2nd grade teacher friends!!!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Weee... It's October!!!

Linking up with the fabulous Farley for this month's Currently!
Oh, and 2nd Grade Teachers... have you heard?! :)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Fall Fun and a Freebie!

Confession: I l-o-v-e the beginning of fall.  I say the beginning because in Indiana, we don't get much of this perfect temperature.  We get a few weeks of "fall" before it starts feeling like Winter.  So I've been fall-icizing everything -- home and school!
The kids are LOVING their new fall themed math centers! It's all about the apples, pumpkins, and earth tones people! :)
We used the cute trees from Krista Wallden to practice using dice and counting!  I try to add fine motor practice into my stations each week.  Clothespins are a cheap and easy way to get those kiddos developing their fine motor skills! :)
Kids pick an apple card, count them up, match them to a barrel then color them in on their apple tens frames!
 Kids pick a card and count to fill in the missing number! Great for counting on!
Oh man! This was my kids' first go at a Roll and Cover type game.  They ate it RIGHT up!  Of course the adorable fall graphics and oversized dice helped! 
 You can pick these math stations (and a few more!) up in my TPT store! Just click the image below!
And of course, celebrating this beautiful season doesn't end in math!  Here's a little freebie to practice matching Capital and Lowercase letters.  Get your kids up and moving with a little "mingle" game.  Give them each a card and have them spread out in the room.  Play some music and let them look for the person who finishes their match!  Then they can link arms and head over to a common place. Of course, you don't have 52 students (I hope!) so you'll have to break it apart into a couple games to get through all the letters!  I like to have mine stand on their letter on our carpet! :) Click the image to pick up your freebie!
P.S. Do you have these pens?  They are A-MAZING!  I'm in love.