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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Little Bunny Emergent Reader & Easter Egg Measurement FREEBIE!

I can't believe this short week is already halfway over!  As much as I love summer, I'm ready for time to slow down.  I need more time with my sweet SuperKids.  We still have more to learn, and I'm definitely not looking forward to our farewell hugs on the last day.  :(

I have this Little Bunny, Little Bunny, What Do You See? Emergent Reader in my "Making Books" literacy station this week and the kids LOVE it!

They get the black-and-white version.  They use highlighters to find the high frequency words, color the pictures, and READ!  And read and read and read and read...  ;)  I love how some patterns in text never get old.  At least for the kids.


If you're looking for a fun way to incorporate an Easter or spring theme into math this week, I added this great Egg Measurement FREEBIE to my TPT Store!
Both of these are sure to be a huge hit with your own SuperKids this week! Make it a great one!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Lima Bean Love!

Every year we "plant" lima bean seeds in baggies taped to a window.  I've written about our plant activities previously (here and here), but this year our lima bean plants grew better than ever!  (Which is quite the miracle since I have what's possibly the world's blackest thumb!)



Every morning my SuperKids would rush to the window to check on the status of their lima beans.  The squeals and gasps coming from my lil' scientists made me so happy.  There's nothing better than watching your students delight in learning!  We recorded the growth in our lima bean observation logs:
"regular"

"seed coat came off"

"it is wrinkly"

"the skin is almost off"

"roots"

Most of the lima bean plants grew successfully, but there were a few that rotted.
"it is rotten"

"the lima bean is bad"

Lima beans are a super cheap and easy way to give your students hands-on learning about plant growth and seeds!  


The observation log is in my TPT Store, along with a grass version and two plant FREEBIES - a plant parts labeling activity and a seed dissection recording page.

I hope your own SuperKids are having as much fun learning about plans as mine are!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

An Advanced Word Family Activity: Word Family Sentences!

The SuperKids love meeting a new word family each week!  _at, _en, _ip, _og... we're all real tight.  Word family work is a constant literacy station in my room.  Last year I devised a more advanced activity for my students who needed something more challenging than our typical word family house.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Word-Family-Sentences-1179114
These word family sentences are a perfect addition to a word work center for advanced Kindergarten students or 1st and 2nd Graders.  The kiddos must be able to independently read and comprehend the sentences.  They then choose the appropriate word from that family to fill-in the blank.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Word-Family-Sentences-1179114
My students love trying to come-up with different words that will work in 1 sentence.  They sometimes fill-in-the-blank in a totally different way than what I intended!  ;-) 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Word-Family-Sentences-1179114 
This pack is available in my TPT Store!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Word-Family-Sentences-1179114

These 30 word families are included:
-ack
-ad
-ag
-ake
-all
-an
-and
-ap
-ar
-at
-ay
-eat
-ed
-ell
-en
-et
-ick
-ig
-ill
-in
-ing
-ip
-it
-og
-op
-ose
-ot
-ub
-ug
-un

I hope you love these sentences as much as I do!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Chirp! Chirp! Great Work! Student Reward Freebie

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Chirp-Chirp-Great-Work-Student-Reward-Freebie-1195583
Why reserve fun, magical characters just for Christmastime?  Straight from the wonderful land of fairy dust and talking toys, these friends of the Elf-on-the-Shelf are part of my most favorite behavior management reward system I use in my classroom.  Depending on the season, these creatures appear in our classroom to watch my students and award them based on good behavior!
I got this adorable chick from my local Hobby Lobby.  When he shows up on a student's desk with an award, he also brings this certificate.
Only I can touch the chick, so when the students excitedly point-out his new location, I pick him up and he whispers to tell me why the specific student was chosen.  ;-)  Another perfect way to highlight specific behaviors that you want to see more of in all of your kiddos.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Chirp-Chirp-Great-Work-Student-Reward-Freebie-1195583
Click on the image above or on this link to get the certificate for free!  You could also use it throughout the Spring even if you don't have a lil' chick character.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Spring CVC-ing

Tomorrow is April - how'd that happen!?  It makes me happy though.  I think it's finally safe to relegate my sweaters and boots back to the guest closet! 

My students have been loving these Spring CVC pages from my 10x10 Spring Printables pack.


At this point in the year, this is perfect for independent work (hooray!) or to be used in tutoring with students who might need some guidance.  Some of those medial vowel sounds are still a bit tricky!  ;-)

If you're looking for some ready-to-go Spring Literacy printables, check out this pack!  It's still on sale for a few more days. :)
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/10x10-Spring-Literacy-Printables-1174382

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/10x10-Spring-Literacy-Printables-1174382

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/10x10-Spring-Literacy-Printables-1174382

I hope you are enjoying some sunshine-y Spring weather this week wherever you are!

Monday, March 24, 2014

10x10 Spring Literacy Printables Pack

When the cat's away, the mice will play mice work on spring literacy packets!  ;)  My husband John is out of town for work, and I was alone with the pups all weekend, so my trusty MacBook and I finished up my GIANT 10x10 Spring Literacy Pack!
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/10x10-Spring-Literacy-Printables-1174382

This pack is jammed full of over 100 pages to last you and your students the entire spring season!  There are 10 different activity pages for each of these 10 focus areas:
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/10x10-Spring-Literacy-Printables-1174382
The graphics include bunnies, chicks, and eggs; leprechauns, rainbows, and shamrocks; umbrellas, rain clouds, and sunshine; and lots of sweet baby animals and insects.  The level of difficulty within the sheets in many of the categories vary so that you can easily differentiate!  Best of all, they've been classroom-tested and kid-approved!

Filling-in beginning sounds... there are options for ending sounds and beginning blends, too!

Draw & Write pages foster creativity.  The umbrella was  already there and the 
student completed the picture.  We were channeling the Smurfs here.  ;-)

My students love digraph sorts!

A beginning sound sort for students who still need work with this skill - great for tutoring!

Combining digraph work with onset & rime!

ABC Order options include pages where no beginning letters duplicate and versions where they do - such as this one.

Open-Ended Writing Prompts... always a favorite in the SuperKid room!

10 pages of sight word work covers 40 different words and can easily be used to target specific student needs!

I have no clue what the student-added element in this picture is... pink chile pepper?


All 105 (5 extras 'cause I was on a roll) of the pages in this pack are "just print and that's it!"  No laminating, no cutting, no folding or stapling... because sometimes all we have time to do is print and copy.  These are PERFECT for your literacy stations but can also be used for RTI or small-group/whole-group practice.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/10x10-Spring-Literacy-Printables-1174382
CLICK HERE to find this pack on TPT where it's currently on SALE!

I hope you're enjoying the spring season so far!  I'm itching to stash my winter wardrobe in the guest closet but am worried that doing so will jinx it!  Come on sunshine and sandals!!


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

St. Patrick's Day Giveaway!

Who doesn't love winning something!?  I swear that I had the absolute worst luck with giveaways, raffles, and drawings while growing-up.  I. never. won.  Like ever.  At an education event while in college, my name was drawn.  Y'all, everyone in that room thought I was completely cray-zY.  I shot out of my chair, hooping and hollering like I had just won the lottery.  I won a big book.  And it completely made my whole week month.

Here is your chance to win 4 fabulous and fun St. Patrick's Day resources!

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I'll announce the winner Friday morning and get the files over to that lucky friend STAT.  Feel free to hoop and holler! We won't judge.  ;-)

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