Monday, December 26, 2011

HFW Snowflake Color


Here's a game I think the kids will enjoy to review the 
High Frequency Words from Reading Street Units 2-6 and 3-1.  
Print and cut apart the snowflake pages for each student in the group.  
Each child should have ½ a sheet of paper with a snowflake.  
Print the High Frequency Words on cardstock, laminate, cut out, and store in an Altoid tin or baggie.  You may wish to have more than one card of each word.

Each student needs a crayon.  
Shuffle the cards and place face down.  
Reader(teacher) takes the top card, reads the HFW on the card and uses the word in a sentence without the other players being able to see the word.  
Players search their snowflakes for the word, point to the word on their paper as they call out “Crystal”.  They must be able to read the word they are pointing at before they can claim the snowflake crystal with this printed word.  
If they are correct, they may color the snowflake space on their page.  
Play continues with Reader calling out words and players calling out “Crystal” to color in their spaces.  Winner is the person with the most snowflake crystals colored at the end of the time period. 

Download the game HERE.

Let me know what you think...any suggestions for changing it up?


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to You and Yours!

Merry Christmas....may you have a beautiful and wonderful day with your family and friends!

Enjoy the Season 
and remember the Reason :)


Thursday, December 22, 2011

There's a New Blogger in Town

There's a new blogger in blog world and let me just say that she's fabulous!
She's holding a give away for a 15 dollar Amazon card right now.
Hop on over and check out her "digs"'ll be glad you did!


Sunday, December 18, 2011

From My Family to Yours...

As we begin this Christmas Break time, I just wanted to say thanks for hopping by and reading!  I hope you've gotten some useful ideas to use with your kids.  It's time to renew and relax as we prepare for the second half of the school year.  Please be sure to hop back by for some new movies and ideas to use with Jan Brett books in January!
Have a blessed holiday season!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Crispin the Pig Who Had it ALL!

Check out this great book for the holidays and getting down to what it's really all about!
You can buy it online at

I used the unknown binding tab and got a beautifully used book that's a paperback with hardly any noticeable wear...there's about 8 copies on the unknown binding section today :)

After we read and discuss the story, we'll complete this worksheet to help us record our findings!

The thought is to have the kids use scrap paper to create the outside of the box so that it's very decorative.  The draw the best present of all inside...hopefully that will be friends, family, etc...


You can also view it on the youtube link HERE...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett

My firsties are really enjoying the book movies....especially the Christmas ones!  My son and I were at a book fair for the school this past week and one of the kids yelled out..."'re the guy that wrote that gingerbread baby story!"...we'll have to work on making sure they know who the author of the stories are and who the reader of the stories are :)
This one is set to the Scholastic Book words...sorry.  You'll have to get the book for those :)


Here's the link to the Youtube video.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Arbol de Navidad Loteria

We'll be spending some time this week practicing our math facts by playing Loteria....Christmas style.
I found a game on another web site, wish I could remember where, but lost the game from the site.  So I decided to switch it up and add some cards to the original idea.  Since we've been studying some of the Christmas traditions from around the world, and my kids are in love with the Spanish language, I decided to teach them the Spanish version of bingo....loteria....should be a lot of fun!

Since we've been working with doubles and doubles plus one, I made the cards to go with these skills.  You could mix it up and make the cards to go with whatever skill you're working on at this time!

I've created enough cards for 19-20 different number combinations.  You could use mini marshmallows for markers, M&Ms, or Skittles...yum!

Download the file HERE!


Sunday, December 4, 2011

Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

Here's the latest movie for the holiday spirit!'s my favorite gingerbread story of all...
"Gingerbread Baby" by Jan Brett.

If you haven't been to Jan's website, hop over now and watch as she shows the kids how she draws the gingerbread baby for her story.

I had the kids watch last year and then they created stories about how they would capture the gingerbread baby if it got out of their houses.  We took pictures of their gingerbread babies that they drew with the Jan Brett video and then read the stories to make a movie of our stories!  They loved it and I thought it came out great! I was sad when I had to take it off the website to add more space for other things :(  But I still have the movie they made in my iTunes account so the kids can enjoy watching and listening on our iPad.

If you can't get youtube at your school, you can zamzar the file at home and then watch it using quicktime at school.  Unfortunately, the file is too big to be able to put it on or send through an email.

You can click the movie below or go to this LINK to view the movie on YouTube.

As you might be able to took the reader a page or two to get into the whole project...but he does so well and is so good about helping me!  Had to include a pic or two or him just for fun!

Hope you enjoy,