Monday, October 29, 2012

Numbers, Numbers Everywhere!

We're wrapping up our 1-10 Number Sense Unit.

Here are some of our favorite activities so far:

Our favorite number song:

Our favorite math bucket activity:

Click HERE for a free copy of the number cards.

Our favorite on-line number games:

If you missed the introduction to our Number Sense lessons visit the post by clicking here:

Next week we take our Collection Boxes to the "next level!"  More on that soon. . . 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

I think I'm hearing VOICES (freebie!)

Do you do use VOICES in your classroom?
There are some things that are important but become VERY monotonous to do, even for the kids!  For example: Rote counting during calendar.  Is it important?  Yes.  Is it fun. .  .ummmm not really.

So, we spice up our rote tasks by occasionally using a "fun" voice when doing them.  They perk right up when they know they'll get to use a "voice!"
This year I'm trying to put more choices into my students' hands (mainly because this class can handle it!)
I use my Lucky Duck sticks to pick the student who gets to pick the voice we use.
Since I'm letting them pick this year I've made cards to remind the students what their "voice choices" are.  I'm going to put these cards on a ring for the Lucky Duck person to look at when they pick.
It makes rote things like counting, alphabet flashcards, sight word flashcards, etc just a little more exciting for everyone!

I'm also in the process of doing this for our cheers.  More on that soon. . . .

If you'd like a copy of our voices cards please click HERE.

If you use voices I would love it if you'd leave a comment and share some with me!  

Freebie Fridays

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Vowels (freebie)

Vowels are the glue that stick words together!

A few things we do when we talk about a vowel:

Sing the vowel song:
Caution:  your class will break out and spontaneously sing this many times during the day!

When we talk about a vowel we use our fingers and say:  
A is a Vowel (hold up 2 fingers to make a V).
It has 2 sounds (point to your 2 fingers).
A long sound (put 2 fingers together and point to the long finger) and a short sound (point to the short finger.)

Vowel exercises:
We become long and short vowels and do vowel exercises.  I'll say let's do 5 a exercises (or 3 e exercises, etc.) and the kids will stand straight and tall, arms in the air and say the long sound of a.  Then we'll crouch down low and say the short sound of a.  We'll do that 5 times.

My class definitely knows their vowels!
For a copy of these posters and a few independent worksheets click HERE.

Are the Winners are. . .

The winner of 28 TPT packets is:  
Rachel M.

The 2 winners of the $10.00 TPT gift certificates are:  
Emmie Heath and Jessica Kohlhase

Congratulations and thanks to everyone for celebrating with me!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Labeling Freebie and a Sale

Next week my class will start discussing labeling.  We'll start off pretty simple and work our way up!  Here's one of our first labeling activities we'll do.  We are reading The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything but if you are more of a There Was An Old Lady fan there's a page for you also!  Click the pic for your FREE copy. 
 If you're interested in seeing the rest of The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything packet on TPT click HERE.

In celebration of 1 year of blogging everything in my TPT store is on sale for 20% off!  Click HERE to check out the sale!

And don't forget to sign up for the giveaway. . . 2 days left!

Freebie Fridays

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

There's a New Blog in Town!

Check out this fun new blog authored by some fabulous teachers! 

AND. . . only 3 days left to enter my 1 year 
blogiversary/500+ followers Giveaway!
Come celebrate with me!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Blogiversary and 500+ Followers Give Away!

Let's get right to the good stuff!
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I'm so glad you stopped by to help me celebrate!
The Giveaway will end on Friday, October 19th at midnight.  Winner to be announced Saturday.