Friday, December 8, 2017

How To Writing | tips. tricks. ideas. (and freebies)


Hello there!  We are dropping in to share a little bit about how we teach How To writing.  It's one of our favorites and we find that students share the same feelings!


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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Let's Teach Place Value!

Teaching Place Value?  Here are several activities we do with our Place Value Unit to get the kiddos up and moving!  We start by doing the activities whole group, with kiddos rotating around the room in partner pairs.  Then, we add the activities to our math center shelf for the kiddos to pull out later for review.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November Notes: Ideas and FREE Resources


The leaves are beautiful and swirling around!  We're deep into fall!  Time to prep your November resources.  Here are a few mini lessons and activities we mix into our daily routines this month.  Scroll along to see several mini lesson ideas and grab some free resources you can use for a fall theme in your own classroom!


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Opinion Writing: Tips, Ideas, and Freebies (W K.1 + W 1.1)



Opinion Writing has always been a favorite for us.  Read on for tips, ideas, and freebies to help you plan and teach your Opinion Writing (W K.1 + W 1.1) unit in your primary classroom!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Halloween Fun! Ideas and Free Resources


As the days get shorter, we get closer to a favorite spooky holiday!  Here are a few Halloween mini lessons and activities we mix into our daily routines.  Scroll along to see several mini lesson ideas and grab some free resources you can use for a fall theme in your own classroom!


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Graphic Organizers for ANY Book!



We've gathered up all of the graphic organizers we've created and put them HERE!  They are FREE graphic organizers that work for any book!  Useful all year long!  Click on each picture get the download!


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fall Mini Lessons and Resources


Through September, we teach main idea and details.  We pull in the fall theme to our lessons.  We've got apples and pumpkin goods here, so scroll along to see several mini lesson ideas and grab some free resources you can use for a fall theme in your own classroom!


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Four Square Fridays // Vol.10

Welcome to Four Square Fridays...Volume 10!  
Each Friday we will post 4 quick things -- basically anything we want to share with you at the moment about teaching, TpT, family life, and more!


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Four Square Fridays // Vol.9

Welcome to Four Square Fridays...Volume 9!  
Each Friday we will post 4 quick things -- basically anything we want to share with you at the moment about teaching, TpT, family life, and more!



Saturday, May 27, 2017

Four Square Fridays // Vol.8

Welcome to Four Square Fridays...Volume 8!  
Each Friday we will post 4 quick things -- basically anything we want to share with you at the moment about teaching, TpT, family life, and more!





Friday, May 19, 2017

Four Square Friday // Vol. 7


Welcome to Four Square Fridays...Volume 7!  
Each Friday we will post 4 quick things -- basically anything we want to share with you at the moment about teaching, TpT, family life, and more!




Friday, May 12, 2017

Four Square Friday // Vol. 6

Welcome to Four Square Fridays...Volume 6!  
Each Friday we will post 4 quick things -- basically anything we want to share with you at the moment about teaching, TpT, family life, and more!


This week's 4 squares...

 In our house we may be late to the Spot It party, but it is a favorite!  It is such a fun game, but it is one that requires concentration and quick thinking.  The game comes with directions for multiple ways to play so the kids don't get bored of the playing the same way.  I was thinking the other day how this game would be a great game in the classroom for indoor recess, Morning Meeting, morning work, etc.  

2 // LMNO Peas 
This book was a new one to me this year.  It is an "ABC" type book, but with enriched vocabulary (and adorable illustrations) to tell about the occupations of the letters.  One vocabulary activity we like to do is to give students 2 different colors of Post-It notes. They flag word(s) they know (and can explain to the group) using one color and they flag word(s) they don't know with the other color.  The book LMNO Peas is PERFECT for this vocabulary game, with words like "miners," "electricians," "kayakers."

3 // Post It's
Only on a teacher blog would there be a picture of Post-It notes!  I have always been a huge fan of them, but I have found the perfect kind.  These are the perfect size (can't loose them in a stack of papers), have lines (yay! for to-do lists), and are actually sticky enough to stay in place! 

4 // Literacy Bags
 This time of year, one of our favorite products, Literacy Bags, are great for partner work to review ELA skills.  Kiddos working on these allow us time to work on End of Year assessments like TRC's / Running Records.  We have them for KG and 2nd too!   




Friday, May 5, 2017

Four Squares Friday // Vol. 5

Welcome to Four Square Fridays...Volume 5!  
Each Friday we will post 4 quick things -- basically anything we want to share with you at the moment about teaching, TpT, family life, and more!  This week catch an EOY product for a great deal and check out some super teacher discount offers!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Four Squares Friday //Vol. 4


Welcome to Four Square Fridays...Volume 4!  
Each Friday we will post 4 quick things -- basically anything we want to share with you at the moment about teaching, TpT, family life, and more!


Friday, April 21, 2017

Four Square Fridays // Vol. 3


Welcome to Four Square Fridays...Volume 3!  
Each Friday we will post 4 quick things -- basically anything we want to share with you at the moment about teaching, TpT, family life, and more!



Friday, April 14, 2017

Four Square Fridays // Vol. 2

Welcome to Four Square Fridays...Volume 2!  
Each Friday we will post 4 quick things -- basically anything we want to share with you at the moment about teaching, TpT, family life, and more!
 
 
This week's 4 squares...
1 //   Boomerang App
So I'm a little late joining in the fun with this app, but it is hysterical to use with my little guys!  Can't wait to find the perfect project for using this app in the classroom!
 
It isn't Easter without a chocolate bunny!  This year my husband got us some from Maverick Chocolate out of Cincinnati, OH.  It's his hometown and he discovered Maverick when he was back up visiting.  We love trying out bean to bar chocolate and Maverick is so good!
 
  3 //   Spring Math Bags
Our Spring Math Bags are pulled out and ready for kiddos when we return from Spring Break!  They will be a great review of math skills to get the kiddos back into the school routine after their week off.
 
  4 //   Instant Pot
Any other Instant Pot fanatics?!  I am loving mine and trying to discover lots of great recipes!  Right now, it is perfect for making soft, easy to chew finger food for my 1 year old guys. 
 
 


Friday, April 7, 2017

Four Square Fridays // Vol. 1

Welcome to Four Square Fridays...Volume 1!  
Each Friday we will post 4 quick things -- basically anything we want to share with you at the moment about teaching, TpT, family life, and more!