Sunday, May 29, 2011

Test from iPad

Hello All,
Just testing out the ability to keep in touch with my iPad:)
Enjoying you summer?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Keep Kids Engaged all Summer!

Thanks to Jodi at "Fun in First", my kiddos will have a great and engaging calendar of activities to keep their brains in gear this summer.

Hop on over to her awesome blog to check it out :)

Fun in First


Monday, May 23, 2011

Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire

Here's one of the summer reads I've got lined up...."Teach Like Your Hair's On Fire" by Rafe Esquith.

Anyone read it already?  Have suggestions or are planning on reading something different?
Leave a comment!!  I'd love to know what's out there!

Enjoy the day!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Math Resource Website

This amazing website was just shared on a yahoo group I belong to....WOW!  Love it!
It has game and center ideas to go along with the Common Core Math Standards for K-5.

I plan to take some time this summer to dissect this site to pieces :)

Enjoy and thanks to Nancy Tangorra of the KinderKorner Yahoo group for sharing!


Monday, May 16, 2011

Alexander Graham Bell

Here's some of the games we're using for Scott Foresman's Reading Street:
"Alexander Graham Bell"

Connect Four boards were created by Nancy Bland using Adrian Bruce's website...

We're also playing "Pig" with the different's the Advanced Group Words...

Here's the version for the SI and OL groups....

Just in case you need the directions for PIG:
   You can download them here.

Enjoy!  I'm off to Nashville for some more training with the Common Core Standards :)

Saturday, May 14, 2011

First Grade Yahtzee

We'll spend some time this week playing "First Grade Yahtzee" with dice in dice.

I adapted this idea from the wonderful Shari Sloane...if you've not been to her site, you need to go visit!  She has TONS of game ideas and downloads to use with both Math and Reading!  I love her games and find that they are very useful and fun to play!
Another game we'll use these last few days is "Unlucky Seven".  It helps the kids see a little more clearly about can download this board at Shari's

Here's the download for "First Grade Yahtzee"  just roll the dice in dice cube and write down the number sentence you want to claim the number.  For instance, if you roll the die and get a 2 and a could claim the 7 by writing 5+2=7 or the 3 by writing 5-2=3.


Friday, May 13, 2011

Frog Snap

We're starting Ben Franklin's Kite next week and I found this on our server as we were transferring's a game I adapted from "Kelly's Kindergarten" can find the directions by looking at Crocodile Snap...

I like to pass out the frogs to each child in the group and then as I call out the fly words, they can snap them up and feed their frogs by putting the fly words on top of the frog cards.  When someone has fed all their frogs...the game ends and they must read all their cards to win :)

I'm so glad to see blogger back on track and working well!  Had a rough time with some severe "withdraw" symptoms...but it helped to be super busy with "Field Day" and another training with the state on Common Core Standards...

Anyone heard of or using "Batelle for Kids"?  Great resources for formative assessment and ideas to "Break Down" the Common Core Standards and write clear learning targets using "I Can..." statements.

Hope all are having a wonderful day!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

End of the Year Gift Ideas

I plan to get each one of the kids a deck of cards with some games they can play during the summer to keep their addition and subtraction fact fluency current :)

If that one doesn't work..please see if this one will by clicking: Here :)

I'll probably add some frog stickers and a note to the front of the playing card boxes to make it more personal....I found them at the Dollar Tree for 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Off to Learn More

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Are you familiar with the Common Core Standards?

I'll be attending a workshop tomorrow to go over these new standards and how to implement them....

If you are already using them or are going to be using them, I'd love to get your feedback!

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Here's to learning all the time!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Hairy Projects

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I just love using smilebox to create some of the cutest slideshows for my kiddos!
Here's some of our Hairy projects.
It's been a blast to watch them grow...from far away :)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Mystery Math QR Code Scan 2

The QR code scanning was a big hit last week!  With only one iPod Touch that has a camera, it took us the whole week to finish this center....but the kids really got the hang of the scans and loved recording and solving the problems.  I was also able to review how to use addition to help with subtraction!

Danica Elder at "First Grade Frogs"created a QR code for math shapes that's really cool!

I still like using one code sheet because I only have one iPod...however, I created a recording sheet this time...instead of just using their spiral notebook.

Here's a sheet that might be better if you have an iPod cart and want to use it with more than one student!


Mother's Day Idea


I work with the "bestest art teacher in the world"!  She had the kids complete these posies last week and I plan to have the kids turn them into the cover of a cute Mother's Day booklet...

Here's some of the inside pages we'll use....(the blank ones are for those who might have someone else raising them instead of mom at this time :)


Download the file for the inside pages HERE!

Here's another download for the pages...

Should be a fun time!