Sunday, December 30, 2012

"Counting Together" App Helps Kids Subitize

Have you come across this awesome new app to help students recognize number of objects 
without counting?
Counting Together is a free app for the iPad that helps students with subitizing numbers...
and it looks like it's going to be a great resource for my kiddos.  

Level one is great for those kiddos still trying working with counting and cardinality...
it will be a great game play to help them "see" the numbers quickly!

Here's a tutorial from the creator's website that gives a great introduction to the game.

I LOVE the idea of the kids working on the same iPad together to help each other 
"see" the numbers without counting!
I also love the different levels of difficulty (up to 20)
 and the ability to play in a competition ...
Head over to the app store and check out the free version of "Counting Together"

and if you like what you see with the free version...consider the Plus Version...
I know I am...:)

Can't wait to add this app to the math station rotations for the new year!

and don't forget to check out HeidiSongs
"How to Keep Kids on the App of Your Choice" post...

It's the best advice to date!


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sending Classroom Texts....YES!

I have been a big fan of communication using any and all the technology I can....but I'm not quite up to sharing my cell number yet! 
Using Remind101 is a great way to help me communicate quick notes and reminders for upcoming events without sharing personal numbers :)

If you'd like to read about more ways to share with your class, check out Richard Byrne's latest post on some great websites! 

He's got SEVEN different resources that will help you share information with your classes!


Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Making Grinch Dust Makes Grinch Day a Huge Hit!

In past Grinch Day Celebrations, I've made the Grinch dust at home
 and given it to the kids as a special treat....

But this year, I made the Grinch Dust with the kids...and it was kind of a neat thing!

First, the kids scooped 1/4 cup of something sweet smelling 
(like sugar, but as scientists...we know we NEVER taste something that we don't know what it is:)

To the sweet smelling white crystals, 
we added two drops of love
(yellow food coloring which turns kind of a red color when it touches the sugar)

and two drops of joy
(blue food coloring)

After the bag is zipped tight, the kids gently add some hugs to the mixture.

As the kids continued to hug their love and joy together with the sweet smelling crystals,
the grinch dust created was a magical delight for all!

The final step was to add the Grinch Dust poem that explained what to do with the dust!

I love our projects on 
How to Make the Grinch Grin....

This year, I decided to get a close up picture of the kids with their grinchy ways to make the Grinch smile before creating the final movie with their projects.

They recorded their grinchy ways to add with their pictures!

It was a great day in the swamp!


Update....check out how we celebrated Grinch Day in the Second Grade HERE

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Prayers Sent Above

Our prayers and thoughts are with the families and victims 
of the sad shooting in Connecticut.

Monday, December 3, 2012

My Favorite Christmas Books

Don't you love books?
I also LOVE taking the books and creating video-audio resources for the kids to view and listen to on the iPads in the classroom!
Have you stumbled upon this one?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Keeping Kids on the iPad/Pod Apps YOU want!

Heidi Butkus of has just improved my technology station 100%!
If you've never read her blog need to hop over and take a gander!

She's found a simple way to keep the kids on the app of MY choice for station time!

She has AMAZING posts about directed drawings for Christmas too!
and  I LOVE her Jingle Bell Bang game!


Friday, November 23, 2012

QR Code Word Scramble

Here's a way to incorporate QR Codes into 
your Word Work times..
I've printed cards to laminate and use again and again.
Students will use the QR Reader app to
scan the code and record the letters they see.
Using the DeScrambler List....
students will write the word that they can make
from the letters they find in the QR Codes.

Use the jpeg pictures to hang around the room
and let the kids Scan, Read, and Write the Room!

Download the ...


Thursday, November 22, 2012

QR Search and Write

One of my favorite apps is the QR Reader (free on iTunes) ...

My kiddos are starting to learn how to scan codes and answer questions from the scan!

I thought it might be fun to have a QR Search and Write Station for literacy 
(and then I'll work on Math)
when I'm not so stuffed from turkey and cranberries!

I decided to use the HFW from our Unit 3 stories to create the QR codes that will have the students reading sentences and  choosing the best HFW to fill in the blank and make the sentence make sense.

Here's some ideas to use with the codes...

You could use your own paper or have the kids use the recording sheets ...

I tried to make the codes big enough to hang on the wall...

Download the codes for 

Enjoy your day!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Check out "The Reading Corner"

The Reading Corner

Hop over to "The Reading Corner" and check out some of the great resources 
Renee has shared on her blog! 
My kiddos are having some trouble with the making 5 and 10 concept and with the CCSSM
I want to make sure I'm reaching I am excited about her
You can enter her giveaway to win one of her packs too!

Also very excited to have received an email announcing that the Swamp Frog First Graders
Blog has been added to the Top 50 Early Education Blog recommendation list !


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ticks Tacks Toes Give Away

Wanted to say Thanks to all those who share and follow along with the Swamp I'd give away a new favorite game in my classroom from Educational Insights...
This querky little game puts a fun twist on the original game of 
Tic Tac Toe... 
it's called...

Players take turns placing plastic  ticks, tacks and toes on the board.. trying to get tic-tac-toe strings of three-in-a-row to earn tokens....opponents can score off players' moves to earn tokens too.  The player with the most tokens at the end of station time, wins the game...but the fun is in the playing and the learning of strategic moves...I

I created some of our word study skills cards to go with this game.  Students had to choose a card and read the word.  Then they had to use the word in a sentence BEFORE they could place a tick, tack, or toe on the gameboard...They really got into the strategy part of the game thinking not only of ways to create sentences with the words they were practicing, but also thinking about how they could best earn a token while putting down a piece on the board...

I have a wonderful parent volunteer that comes into my class every Wednesday and helps the kids learn new twists on old games..They LOVE working with him and learning how to think more strategically and become better problem solving!
His one thought about the game was that you might need to make more tokens for the tic-tac-toe as the kids became pretty adept at finding them as the game progressed. 

You can use any cards that have words from your units or study skills to play this funky little version of Tic Tac Toe...or you could just have the kids use it for problem solving development...
You could do with a small group, a whole group, or just 2 players...any way you play, you're getting double your playtime with kids reading and thinking!
You could even use math fact practice cards and have students solve math problems before adding a piece to the board!

Educational Insights is allowing me a "Give Away" for one of the Ticks Tacks Toes Game units.

If you'd like to enter the give away...sign up using the rafflecopter below...

Enjoy and good luck!

Friday, October 26, 2012

A TV Report...How Cool is That?

Wait...don't blink or you'll miss me!  
What ????? .... you don't have ION TV for Germantown TV?....
No can see me on the web :)
Yep....Germantown High School did a great job with the kids and Mamaw when they came to film us in April for our highlighted section of the Shelby County Schools Report.
The spot played last week here in our area of the world :)
It was great fun to I thought I'd share a little of "my skyping world" with you with a direct link to the show with the Swamp Frogs too :)

You'll have to click on the 
Shelby County Schools Report
October 2012 link

Thanks to all who share!
What a great time!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

I've Been "Booed" with 5 Freebies!

So here are the rules:
1. If you've been booed, copy and paste the above pic and these "rules" into your post.
2. Give a shout out to the blogger who booed you and link back to their site!
3. Share 3-5 October activities, books, products (yours or someone else), or Freebie(s) that you love!
4. Share the Boo love with 5 bloggers- make sure you check this link to make sure you don't boo someone again:

Thanks Teresa from Fun in K/1 for the shout out!
Fun in K/1
New Freebies...soon to become my favorites!

From one of my wonderful and creative teammates...Nancy Bland!
A new twist to an old favorite..Roll and Read!

Bump is always a favorite with my kiddos...and Time Bump is just what the doctor ordered for the stations this year!
Thanks, Nancy! 

If you're using Ten-Frames...the this freebie may be just the thing the doctor ordered...Show What You Know Using Ten-Frames...

Here's a PowerPoint for Number Talks using a Ten-Frame

Ten-Frame Dominoes goes along with the math unit this week too..
Download your free copy from my TpTstore.
Check out the post on these dominoes HERE

Onto the next 5 bloggers I plan to Boo...
Be sure to check out the awesome blog resources!

Enjoy your weekend!