Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Farm Fun - Part 1

I have read so many blog posts lately about ending your school year THIS WEEK!
We actually don't end until the end of June...yes, the very LAST day of June!
But that's okay because I am still full of energy and have lots planned with my little ones!
(Ask me how I feel in a few weeks!)
We have been learning all about the farm during the month of May.
Today we worked on this cute activity from Julie Lee's Faces of the Farm activity.
They came out so cute!
I love how the groups decided on a sentence to describe each animal and wrote it underneath.
We also got started with these math centres:
Counting the animals in the barn and circling the number that is more.
We are learning to tell time to the hour and half hour so we got some practice reading clocks with this activity.
Counting the dots on Kitty.
Ordering the numbers.  This was a little difficult at first, but the kinders sure got the hang of it quickly!
Here are a couple of literacy centres we worked on:
Opening up a packet of "seeds" and unscrambling the letter tiles to form sight words (I like to have a chart of all the words available for those little ones who need a little extra help)
Working on CVC words -> the students had to read the word and change the middle vowel so that the word made sense.
We ended off our day by reading a story I wrote called Down on Grandpa's Farm.  The kids loved the animals that were in the story - and can't wait to see them at the farm this week!
You can find these activities and my story in my Down on the Farm unit on TpT.
I added (and nearly DOUBLED!) this unit back in March.  If you own it and haven't downloaded the revised version, you can for free by going to My Purchases and clicking on this unit.
We are off to Round the Bend farm this Thursday and Friday.
I just hope that the rain holds off!
Lots more farm to come....

Monday, May 13, 2013

Catching up....and a GIVEAWAY!

I can't believe that it's been nearly a week since I've last posted!  Sorry!
I just don't know where the time is going!
I was planning to post yesterday all about what we did in class for Mother's Day, I was caught up in Game 6 of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins.
Actually, I have to make this a quick post too as GAME 7 (yikes!) starts shortly!

We made these adorable coasters for Mother's Day. The kids drew a picture of their mom and we glued and podged it down to the granite tile.
Here it is all wrapped up!
I also wanted to let you know that, as per many requests, I *finally* finished my newest
I've added this one and the Gingerbread theme to my Write the Room Complete Set so please go to My Purchases and re-download this if you bought it so you can get these new ones!
I'm going to be increasing the price of this set by the weekend so grab it now!
It has all 32 Write the Room activities....and growing!
If you buy it now, you can continue to get all the new activities I add to it throughout the year by going back to your purchases and re-downloading it.
And I'm so excited to announce.....
I've started a project on MYCLASSNEEDS.CA - which is the Canadian version of Donors Choose.
I am in desperate need of a Guided Reading table.  I love doing things in small groups...reading, writing, even math, and this table will definitely allow me to do that!
Click HERE to see and donate to my project.
To thank you for donating to my project (remember, all donations come with a tax receipt!), I'm throwing a little giveaway.
If you decide to donate to my project, please enter your information below and one lucky winner will win $100 to shop in my TpT store!
Thank you in advance for all your generosity from both myself and my students.
I am really hoping that this project is a success!

Monday, May 06, 2013

Cha-Ching! Teaching money....and a SALE!

We are learning about money in my class.....a topic I just love to teach!
Maybe because I spend way too much of it! HA!
It all started last week when I pulled out a plastic cash register and pretend coins and the students went CrAzY!
They absolutely loved it!
I made price tags and my students placed fruits and veggies around the table to purchase.
We talked about coin names and values and students sorted the plastic coins so they could get familiar with the characteristics of each one.
I wanted students to be comfortable identifying coins so we played this little game.
Roll the die and bingo dab the matching coin.
I have both a US and Canadian version in my newly posted Con"GRAD"ulations unit.

Here the students are "buying bugs" - they choose a bug and look at the coin.  Then they have to write the value under the matching bug on the worksheet.
This activity went perfectly in our class as we are starting to learn about insects!
I made these coin posters that have a rhyme for remembering each coin and pictures on each.
The rhymes have been around for years and I wrote poems for the Canadian "Loonie" ($1) and "Toonie" ($2) coins since I couldn't find anything!!!
I have included both US and Canadian coin posters.
You can download these posters for FREE here or by clicking the picture below.
What perfect timing since we are talking about money.....
tomorrow the Teacher Appreciation sale starts over on TpT.
All of my things will be 20% off for both Tuesday and Wednesday and if you use coupon code TAD13 you will save a total of 28% all of my items!

Thank you to my sweet friend, Hadar (Miss Kindergarten) for creating this adorable button!


Here are a few of my newest creations that I collaborated on with my bloggie besties you might want to snag:

These are some of my best-selling things!  Best part is - they can be used YEAR ROUND!

And these are my units that I recently revamped....and DOUBLED THEIR SIZE!
I can't wait for this big sale and am loading my cart as I speak write! 
Wishing teachers everywhere a wonderful week - happy Teacher Appreciation Week!