Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Wallie Exercises is a cute book written by Steve Ettinger
Author, Speaker, and Fitness Expert ...
Wallie's terribly out of shape...and Steve does a great job of using rhyming words and rhythm to help the kids see how sitting around doesn't help the body or the mind.
The story goes through the hardships of starting to exercise and how you can commit to stick with a program that works for YOU!
Soooooo need to hear that!
There are some super sweet exercises to try at the end of the book ...
My kiddos love the Silly Shark Squats!
You can hop over to Steve's blog to see a trailer movie of the book...and read up on ways you can interact with Steve via Skype!
Wallie Exercises is a great book that helps kids see the importance of getting up and moving!
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Use two different types of bunny erasers and board below to play in your room...
Or take a shower curtain...(from the Dollar Tree)...
Add some carrots made from paper or drawn on the shower curtain with permanent marker...
Add some different fluff stuff to Dollar Tree Bunny Eggs....
and you've got a Large Whole Group Tapatan game to play in Math Group!
Monday, March 18, 2013
Saturday, March 16, 2013
One of my MOST Favorite blogs to follow is
I LOVE the idea of something so quick and easy to put into a station that has the kids actively engaged with the concept and doesn't require a lot of prep time on my part...sooo....challenge accepted :)
Here's my version of Donna's game...
Couldn't decide if I liked the ten-fram with some more....or...
....two ten-frames that they can cross off and see the number....
Either way...you can download the file for
Be sure to Hop over to Donna's FABULOUS blog and check out all her super ideas!
Sometimes...I wished I lived in Texas...just sometimes... :)
Enjoy the day!
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Take a trip to the Dollar Tree...add a cute chickie basket, some plastic eggs, and a permanent marker to the mix...and you get a cheap quick and easy way to practice equal sums for a math station that can last for awhile!
I broke the eggs apart and put them back together with different colors for the tops and bottoms...using the permanent marker, I came up with some equations for the numbers 4-15...I added one equation for the top and another for the bottom.
The idea is for the kids to search through the basket and match up the equal sums to put together each egg.
I mad a quick recording sheet that can be added to a pocket protector and then used with expo markers to write down the equations that they are matching...you can also print out the sheet and have them use crayons, markers, or pencils to complete for a
quick assessment of equal equations.
Found this great idea on Pinterest for using pom poms as erasers on expo markers....so I'm going to have to try it out! I have those little erasers from the Dollar Spot at Target, but this idea was just too cute not to try! I think, when the marker runs dry, I'll just switch the marker bottom for a new marker....
don't know who the original thinker was...
but this was a great think!
Join the linky party over at
and see what neat ideas you can create
with things you have at home or in the class.
You can see how Cynthia put together a quick and easy game
to practice math facts using a tissue box...!
Monday, March 11, 2013
If you're like me and are a Groupon fan, I think we're gonna LOVE Educents!
Click on either picture to sign up for a free 15 dollar gift card BEFORE
the site launches on April 2nd!
Here's looking forward to some good deals!
and speaking of some good deals...
Have you been to the Educational Insights webpage lately?
There's a great 25% off deal going on right now!
Plus....FREE SHIPPING when you spend 25 dollars!
There's a contest to win some big bucks on Facebook!
One of the "Swamp Frogs'" favorite item on the site is the Hot Dots!
The kids LOVE using the pens to self check their work.
I'm thinking about adding a recording sheet so they can write what they know,
but right now they're having too much fun and learning just with the crazy pen and cards!
Perfect for a Math Station rotation to work on fluency!
Sunday, March 3, 2013
I am in LOVE with the iPad app for note taking called
I first read about it on the blog:
I use my iPad in the hall as we are traveling to the restroom or waiting for assemblies to start...
This is the PERFECT app to upload worksheets and have the kids write on the them for practice!
You can check out Elizabeth's post from Creative Learning Fun to see how easy it is to upload the papers. My team has created a shared DropBox folder so we can upload things we're using as a team.
You can try the app for Free....only loading 2 sheet or documents at a time...or
You can upgrade to the full app and create folders and notebooks for as many items as you like.
I've uploaded a pdf of our conference form and had a fabulous time with a "test pilot" conference where I could write on the form and have the parent sign the iPad...no paper...just emailed her a copy of our conference notes from the app...
Speaking of Dropbox....if you haven't heard of dropbox...you NEED to go check it out!
The ease of transferring files is unbelievable!!!
The app is free for iPads, iPods, and iPhones and you can access your account from your computer as well! It's sooooo easy to use and to share a folder with others!!!
You can also link up and upload from your SkyDrive account!
And...if you hadn't guessed already....SkyDrive has an app for free too!
Thinking about uploading a copy of our weekly fluency assessment papers to see if I can use these to mark for Running Records and then send the results to the parents....uh...oh...better stop before I go on too much!
The cool stylus from Targus was at Walmart for 14.99...(on amazon for 7.99-but impatient teachers can't wait that long to try things out)...
I'm also looking at the Bamboo Duo Stylus! Quite a lot more...but the possibilities are mind screaming!
Give it a try...download the Jump Frog addition to 18 freebie unit by clicking on the picture above or HERE.
Upload it to your dropbox or skydrive account and then add it to a folder on your good notes app.
Have the kids answer the equations by writing right on the paper...you can easily get to the next page using the tools in the app for finding pages...