Friday, July 3, 2015

Where Will Clifford Spend The 4th of July? I Can Teach About "Settings" With This FREEBIE!

I'm The CA Ambassador For Clifford In California!

We are in Gold Country where the Gold Rush was in full swing back in 1849!

Clifford turns 50 this year and Scholastic is running a contest through Instagram.

First, they chose an ambassador for each state. I was chosen for CA so I get to take Clifford through our amazing state. 
Should we go to San Francisco?

So far we traveled up through Northern CA where he actually stood on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Please "like" the following photo on Instagram.
Look for #CliffordInCA and like this one so my photo will win.
Thank you!

Please "like" this photo on Instagram!
It's the one we want to have the most "likes".

Getting his feet dirty on the Pacific Crest Trail!

You can follow his travels through CA via Instagram. Just find #CliffordInCA

4th of July:

Now we are getting ready to visit Big Bear for The 4th of July.

You can see where all the other Clifford Ambassadors are taking their Clifford for 
The 4th of July via Instagram.
Just find # CliffordTakesATripContest

Soon, Clifford Will Be Off To Vegas!

He will join me when I present at the "I Teach K" conference and at the Teachers Pay Teachers Conference.  
Will you be there? Come and see my sessions on 
"Keeping Play in Your Busy Day"
"From Re-telling Stories to Writing - Instant Success!"
"Shop Your Way To Great Math"

I'll also be give four mini talks at ESGI's booth.
Stop by and see me.
If you have your photo taken with Clifford and me at I Teach K, you will be entered in my huge contest which is coming soon.
You can read all about it after July 10 on my blog:
Click my logo to see my blog.

Be sure to follow us on Instagram!
My Instagram name is

Then He Goes To Texas!

I'll be taking Clifford to the Splash Conference in Texas on July 30! So he will get to see way more than just CA. I'll be presenting there too, so be sure to check out my session. It's a Make & Take, so you will get to leave with something special!

Your Setting Freebie:

So I was thinking about how Clifford is being spotted in all different types of settings and we have to teach "story settings" at school so....
You can find my Class Book Cover for a class book about the Gingerbread man who is spotted in different settings. 

You have each student create a setting for their gingerbread man. 
Then, you give them a gingerbread man to decorate and glue on the page. 
Last, use this Class Book Cover and bind the pages into a class book for students to enjoy in your library center.  Click the image for the FREEBIE:
Click the image for the FREEBIE.

Happy 4th of July to Everyone!

I'll see you all next month on the 4th!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Birthday Find, Tally and Graph Freebie

Happy summer friends!  Renee here from Fantastic First Grade Froggies.  I am in full summer mode, and what I mean by that is I let my son watch t.v. a little longer in the morning so I can enjoy my coffee at an extra slow pace.  It's also giving me a chance to revise a few things.  One of the things I am going through and revising are my Find, Tally and Graph activities.  I have them in just about every theme, so the revisions may take a while.

My kids love these things and I keep them in a binder so they can choose them for early finisher work.

I thought this year I would print off my birthday find, tally and graph and give them to my students to take home as a birthday gift.  I think they would enjoy working on a special one at home with their family.

You can grab the birthday Find, Tally and Graph freebie below.

If you are interested in other themes, check them all out here.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Looking for a Few Good Partners!

Howdy Y'all!

My summer project is in full swing and looking to update and add to this blog! At some point last year I fell off the blog wagon...  I really miss it!

We still have several great authors writing for Teaching Blog Round-up, but we have room to add to our family.  As a blog author/ partner, I just ask that you post on this site once a month.  Freebies are great, but you don't have to include one.  The main purpose of our blog is to share great ideas!

Teaching Blog Round-up is also a place to find other great blogs to follow and read.  Authors will be included on the side-bar, in the blog round-up and shop round-up (if you have a shop).  I'm in the process now of updating!

Are you interested in joining TBR?  Just fill out the form below!

I am also looking to spice up the blog a little!  Any ideas of what you would like to see?  I'm looking for your ideas, what would you like to see more of?

Thanks for continuing to follow us!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Summer Math Fun and Freebies!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Are you teaching summer school this year? Maybe you're tutoring, or work in a year-round school, or are just looking for ways to keep your own children's math skills sharp this summer. Whatever the case, we all know that the allure of summer fun is hard to beat ... pool noodles and popsicles pretty much always trump plus signs and perimeter!

So, as they say, if you can't beat 'em ... well, you know what you've got to do!

Many of the easiest and most successful summer math lessons come while moving around in the great outdoors... getting wet, keeping cool, and having fun! Here's one of my favorite kids (okay, I admit it - it's one of our grandsons) in an unplanned mini-lesson on subitizing and addition. All it took was a warm day. a bucket of water, and a piece of a kitchen sponge!

I've been poring over the Pinterest boards, looking for fun summer math ideas to share with you!
Allison at No Time for Flashcards has put together a great set of ideas, including math learning with sidewalk chalk, hoses, nerf guns, and water balloons.


Here are some great ideas for measuring from Mother Natured, using rulers, kitchen scales, and a measuring tape.

This post from Buggy and Buddy includes some great geometry ideas, plus a free shape hunt printable!

Of course, when you're teaching summer school you may not have total flexibility for teaching every lesson ouside! So, here are a few summer-themed printable freebies I think you'll like to use on those too hot or too rainy days!

From Leah Popinski at TpT, here's a fun set for non-standard measurement - using bees and caterpillars!

From Donna at Math Coach's Corner, here's Beach Ball Shake and Spill, an easy-to-differentiate game. In her post, Donna explains some simple ways to use this game successfully in kindergarten on up through second grade!

Popsicle Pizzazz from Nancy VandenBerge at First Grade Windows on Wonder has both math and literacy activities. As she always does, Nancy has included some terrific activities in this not-to-be-missed free unit!

Last in the collection of summer freebies is this one from ... me! 120 summer-themed addition fact cards, and a solve-and-sort game to play with them! Download this freebie at my Educents store!

Thanks for stopping by TBR! Please visit my blog at Primary Inspiration!
Happy Teaching!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The End of One Year & The Beginning of Another + a FREEBIE

The End of One Year...

... with these cute graduation certificates.  Click the image for the download.
You get a pre-school, pre-kindergarten, transitional kindergarten, and kindergarten certificate AND you also get a blank one so you can fill in anything you want!

Your kindergarten students will love singing this graduation song to the tune of "It's A Small World"
and the pages make a great big book! Click the image for the download.

Students can add small school photos of their friends to their bus.
Click the image for your FREE template.
Just paint the top of the egg cartons, download and print the FREE bus template, and pass out the tiny school photos you get each year. A fun project to decorate the room for your graduation.

For Father's Day: Students write the first name of their dad, grandpa, or any other significant person in their lives.
You make 10-20 copies to create a stack of notes. Wrap with cellophane & twine. Always a hit!
Click the image for the download.

And The Beginning of Another:

This is my most popular product!Attach a cotton ball and it's ready for your parents on the 1st day of school.
Click the image for the download.
You still have a day to grab my "All About Numbers 1-5" at a 50% discount: CLICK HERE
Click the image above to set all of the templates, ideas, and activities for #s 1-5.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Ocean Web Cams & a Memorial Day Freebie

Hey bloggy friends and followers, it's Nicki from Mrs. Thigpen's Kindergarten!

It's that time of year for the beach, the ocean, and everything under the sea! I wanted to share a few techy things we use in our classroom each year to explore the deep parts of the ocean.

I always love to bring in virtual field trips and other videos for my students to enjoy because many of them are unable to go to these places. We use the San Diego Zoo webcams to learn about the animals (Houston Zoo also), and we find various aquariums to visit to watch the penguins, or sea turtles!!( Check out Sea World :), along with so many other places. One of our favorite places is Monterey Bay.

If you aren't familiar with the Monterey Bay Aquarium, then you should head over and check it out! It has awesome Live Web cams as well as being able to watch live feedings throughout the day. 

Here's a picture I took of us watching one of the live feedings (excuse the nasty whiteboard...I have a new one now!!):


This is the Kelp Cam and you are able to hear the scuba diver and the presenter talk about what they are doing and what they are feeding the fish with. It's pretty neat!

**UPDATE*** For some reason the Open Sea Cam isn't working with the embedded code---so just click on the'll take you there!!!

Here's a video of the Open Sea Cam:

And here's the Web Cam for the Sting Rays at Sea World!!

I hope you can find use for these in your classroom! 

Here's a freebie for Memorial Day!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

News to Use for *Teacher Appreciation Week*!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

The teacher blogging world is buzzing with celebrations for Teacher Appreciation Week! Today I'd like to share with you a few of the special treats I've come across - great giveaways and freebies! Click on any of the pictures to see more!

Here's a fun writing activity from from Nicole and Eliceo.


Just for fun, take a look at this clever poem in praise of teachers that Nicole wrote for the iTeach blogs!

FREE Teacher Appreciation Poem for Followers

Teacher Tam is going all out on her blog and Facebook page this week. Follow her so you won't miss out on more! This great giveaway on her blog ends very soon!

Stop by the Educlips store for a new freebie every day this week. Her clip art is fabulous! Click on "Most Recent" to get your daily goodies!

Teacher Appreciation Week Clip Art Freebie #1

Is your head spinning trying to keep the dates and discount codes straight? We all have favorite places to shop, but when there are big sales going on, you just might like to explore some different stores! Here's a little chart to help you out.

You can link to these sites via my stores here:

Teacher's Notebook



Please also follow my FB page for Teacher Appreciation specials and giveaways all week long!

Thanks for stopping by TBR. Have a wonderful week ... bask in the admiration, because you deserve it!

Happy Teaching!