Monday, October 5, 2015

Pumpkin Math Freebies!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

It's that wonderful time of year again when the mornings are a little bit crisper, the trees are a rainbow of colors, and primary grade classrooms are all decked out with construction paper apples and pumpkins!

Pumpkins mean pumpkin math ... weighing and measuring, comparing, graphing, the whole nine yards. Here's a little freebie to add to your pumpkin collection. Enjoy using this set of subtraction task cards!

Will you be taking your class to the pumpkin patch this year?  Check out this post  for some ideas ... and another pumpkin math freebie!

If you are a follower at my TpT store,  be sure to check your TpT Inbox for another fall math freebie, a Followers' Exclusive! Not following yet? Stop by and click the star, so you'll be sure to get the next Followers' Freebie!

Happy Fall Days!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Oh, The Things You Can Do With A Pool Noodle!

FUN, FUN, FUN!  Thanks to Heidi, from Heidi's Songs, for her GrEaT idea:

Use Pool Noodles to create pumpkins!

Each pumpkin was unique!

 What We Did:

I sliced off a piece of a pool noodle and we used it as a stamp to stamp 5 orange circles on our gate.
It was the 40th day of school, so it was perfect since it looked just like an orange zero!
The pool noodle also created a nice texture when we lifted the paint up off of the paper.

Have you searched "pool noodles" on
Pinterest?  Try it.  You'll be amazed!  :)

How We Did It:

The students cut out a simple gate which was printed on brown construction paper.  You can also just give them 2 long strips of brown construction paper (1" X 10") for the gate rails and 2 short strips (1" X 5") for the gate posts.

They glued their gate to a piece of blue construction paper for a daytime setting or a piece of black construction paper for a nighttime setting.  (A great way to integrate the setting of a story into your project.)

These mouths looked a lot like Ws.
Blue background meant daytime.
We poured a bit of orange tempra on a paper plate and used the slice of the pool noodle to dip into the paint and stamp five pumpkins on the gate.  You can also paint the orange paint onto the pool noodle slice before stamping.

The next day, I gave each child 5 wide mouths that kind of looked like wide Ws.  I made them by stacking 5 pieces of black construction paper cut to 1/2" X 2".  I trimmed the sides so the rectangles looked like trapezoids.

Then I snipped out two triangles from the top and one from the bottom.
Some came out a little wider with 3 triangles cut out of the top and 2 out of the bottom.

These mouths looked wider than a W.
Black background meant it was nighttime.  

I placed the 5 "W" shaped mouths and all of the scraps of triangles on each child's workspace.  They glued the mouths to each of the dried pumpkins and had lots of triangles to create eyes and noses.
I also gave them each a small piece of green construction paper to create five stems or vines.

The entrance to our "TK"
AKA:  The Kingdom!  :)

They also got to glue the poem to the gate.  Don't they look cute on and around my door?

Sets of 5 pumpkins sat on the gates just outside of
"The Kingdom"

I still have the rest of the pool noodle to use for other great projects.
I think I'll do this with the rest of the green pool noodle:

I am so doing this!

If you made "5 Little Pumpkins Sitting on a Gate," let us know how YOU did it!

Thank you, Heidi, for the great pumpkin idea!  :)

You might also like:
A Halloween Color-word Book where students copy the names of the colors and color the pictures to match the color words. This makes a great "take-home" book to read to their families.
Click the image to grab this cute book for students to make.
 A Halloween Circle Book:  Your students copy and write the characters they want to come to their Halloween party.
Click the image to grab this cute circle book where your students can add their own characters.

See you all next month on the 4th!
Palma :)

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fall Poetry Freebie

Happy almost fall!  It's Renee here from Fantastic First Grade Froggies.  Hopefully you are getting settled with your new class and off to a great start.  I am here today with a freebie of mine from the past.  It's a great way to practice adjectives.  Read more about it below.

Here is a great poetry activity I like to do with my students.  It's a great review of their five senses and    adjectives.  First I introduced what an adjective was.  We used our five senses to describe leaves, apples and pumpkins.  I explained that these are all adjectives (and I began to see adjectives in some of their writing later in the week).

After brainstorming adjectives in small groups, we made charts from all three items.

Next we, wrote our our Fall is...poems.  We had also sponge painted construction paper is fall colors and cut our leaf shapes from the sponged art.  Here is a sample of the finished product.  It is great to see them using adjective in their writing now!

Here is a closer look at the freebie

To get your freebie, click below!

Thanks for stopping by today, have a great week!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Books for Pirate Day, Plus Two Math Freebies!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Happy September! Now that everyone is back to school (or will be this week!), it's time to start looking at the big events coming up this month ... Grandparents Day, Constitution Day, Johnny Appleseed Day, the first day of autumn, and just-for-the-fun-of-it day, AKA Talk Like a Pirate Day!

It is a totally crazy day, but after a few weeks in school (along with the fact that you can celebrate it on a FRIDAY this year!!), you might just want to put on the eye patches and tuck some pirate fun into your teaching that day. Think of it as a "Hooray, We've Finally Finished Assessments (for now at least) Celebration - Aaaargh!!!" And what better way to celebrate than with some wonderful read-alouds!

I've been poking through the pirate books at our public library and I've come up with a few that I'm excited to share with you. I love books that celebrate the joy of reading, gently encouraging our students to enjoy the excitement of books. Here are two pirate books that do just that.

The first is No Pirates Allowed! said Library Lou by Rhonda Gowler Greene.

Reminiscent of one of my faves, Suzanne Williams' Library Lil, this is another story of a spunky librarian who stands up to a tough guy - this time, it's grumbly, loud, and very smelly Big Pirate Pete. He's come to the library in search of treasure, and (after sending him home for a bath and a fresh set of clothes), Lou sets out to help him find it. She teaches Pete to read and after reading lots of books, the newly-civilized pirate realizes where the treasure is ...

"We've come to thank ye, Miss Library Lou!
'Cause of ye, now we know- books be the treasure!"
"Shucks," whispered Lou.
"It's been my pleasure."

David McPhail's Edward and The Pirates  is another book that combines pirates with enthusiasm for reading.

Beautifully illustrated on that lovely velvety paper that makes some books extra-special even before you start to read, this story features Edward, a little boy who loves books so much that the situations and characters he reads about come alive for him, which makes for a very interesting adventure after he reads a book about pirates!

After you read Edward and The Pirates, here's a free set of related story problems to solve with your class. They are mostly at end-of-first, beginning-of-second grade level, but you'll find that you can adjust up and down a bit for your own grade. My favorite card is the last one, which has your students partner up to use their own imaginations in creating number stories using a list of words from the book.

I'm excited to share with you that Educents is currently featuring three of my math resources in a money-saving Pirate Day Deal! I hope you'll stop by my Educents store and take a look!

While you're there, be sure to pick up this free addition game set for first grade!

Thanks for stopping by! I'll be sharing lots of pirate freebies in the days ahead. Follow and like my Facebook page so you won't miss out on any of them!

Happy Teaching!

Friday, September 4, 2015

3 Ways To Prepare For A GREAT Year + A SECRET FREEBIE

Here are my favorite 3:

These tips are amazing!

1. Set up easy-peasie assessments: 
My students actually BEG to be tested because ESGI lets you use your computer, tablet, or even your phone to assess students.

I set up my assessments using ESGI. It's fast, easy, and give you oh, so much great data that will make your admin so happy all while guiding your instruction! If you click on the gray area, you can see which students have not mastered each skill!

Check out these parent letters (they come in English and Spanish) 
that tell parents exactly what their child knows and doesn't know!

And the flashcards you can create for each child are perfect to send home and also use for in-class intervention!

You can use their built-in assessments or create your own. Check out the videos on ESGI's site to learn more.
(Try this FREE for 60 days and if you like it, use the code B2174 for $40 off.)

2. Set up Simply Circle to enhance all of your communications with parents. 

Click HERE to see my post about this easy to use tool that will allow you to easily communicate with parents and cut down on the amount of paper you use to send home flyers.

3. Prepare a few things for an entire year like your monthly writing prompts. Run off a class set of each prompt for the entire year and you are good to go! These prompt are seasonal and integrate science, social studies, and seasonal activities throughout the year!

And here is a FREEBIE that I have not made public yet. For now, it's just for YOU:

I'll see you all next month!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Popcorn Day!

Hi friends, it's Renee from Fantastic First Grade Froggies.  Have you started back at school yet?  I had kids for three days last week and we had so much fun!  We reviewed our five senses so we can "explore" our world this school year.

We had popcorn day on Friday.  First off I read a fun popcorn book called the Popcorn Dragoon.  The kids always love this story.

Next we explored unpopped popcorn using our senses (no tasting).  We discussed our findings.  Then I had each student count out ten kernels (I have 20 students).  We put them into two separate mason jars, taking this opportunity to count by tens.  When we were done, we had 100 kernels in one jar and 100 kernels in a second jar.  Then we used an air popper and popped 100 kernels.  We compared the popcorn with the unpopped kernels.  It was interesting to hear their responses.

Some kids insisted that there were way more than 100 pieces of popcorn (even thought we popped 100 kernels).  

Then we got to taste the kernels and use all five senses to explore the popped corn.  We filled out this chart as a class.

I had every intention to fill out this popcorn poem paper that I made, but we ran out of time.  We will finish this up next week.  Click below to grab a copy for yourself!

It was a yummy day!  

Thanks for stopping by today.


Sunday, August 9, 2015

The TpT Back to School Freebie eBook is HERE!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

No matter how many years you may have been teaching, it's always great to have some new tricks up your sleeve, especially at back to school time! Teacher/authors at TpT have worked hard to make things a bit easier for you with this brand new resource that's jam packed with classroom tips, freebies, and links to great resources!

There are more than 50 freebies in this collection!!

Here are a few sample pages.

Teacher Tam is sharing a great set of one page math games. Easy to prepare, easy to use!

If you're thinking about trying out interactive notebooks this year, Bex at Reading and Writing Redhead is offering a cute sample from her Language Arts Interactive Notebook set.

... and here's mine! :) If you've already downloaded my free set of graphs and tallies for back to school, please stop back at my store and download the updated version! I just finished tweaking it!

I'll be sharing more pages throughout the week on my collaborative blog  iTeach First, and on my FB page.

If you teach PreK or kindergarten, you'll find your sampler here. If you teach third or fourth, here's a sampler for you! There are sampler eBooks right on up through 12th grade, so tell your teaching friends, please! If you go to any of the listings at TpT, you'll find links to all of the books.

Please enjoy browsing this fantastic resource! I know you'll love the treasures you'll find in it!

Happy Teaching!