Tuesday, June 30, 2015

What's New in K-2? It's Week #4!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Thank you to the many teacher/authors who've been sharing their creations at our weekly linky! It's Tuesday again, so it's time for a new collection of the latest and the greatest for K-2!





First, let's take a closer look at one of the great links from last week! The random generator selected the link from Laura at Discovering Hidden Potential.



If you're a child study team member, Laura has a great way to improve and simplify your communication with classroom teachers.  This form will provide an easy reference list of your student's services as well as any necessary accommodations. Thanks for sharing, Laura! 



Now for this week's goodies!

If you're a resource creator who'd like to share, that's terrific! Please follow these simple rules.

* One link per blogger per week , please, featuring your latest resource or great idea!

* Please link directly to your item, not your storefront. If you're linking to a post about the item  (which would be wonderful!!), please link to that specific post.

* Appreciated but not required - add the linky button above to your post and link back to this post.  Thanks!

Happy Teaching!

















Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday Made It: Soap & Seashells

Hi, Teaching Friends!

My Monday Made It project for this week has nothing to do with teaching, but it could easily be changed up to use in your classroom! It is super-quick and pretty much fail-proof!




Here was my inspiration. I spotted this at Cracker Barrel back in early spring, and my I-can-make-this-myself-so-why-should-I-buy-it antennae was instantly on alert! Of course, it took me until nearly July to get around to it.





I spent literally one dollar on this five-minute project. I bought the pump soap at the dollar store, peeled the labels off, and used my trusty GooGone to remove the sticky residue from the outside of the bottle.




By the way, the bubbles you see in the finished project are the result of my dropping the bottle during this part of the project. They're actually kind of pretty, but I assume with time they'll probably disappear.



The next step was to get a handful of clean small shells, either from your beach vacation or the hobby store (or back to the dollar store, I suppose!).





I thought about pouring out all of the soap before I put the shells in, but decided to go the simpler route. I poured off just a little bit of the soap and then just dropped the shells in a few at a time. They nearly all sunk straight down. A few are floating a bit ... air in them, I guess? ... but I think that's sort of pretty, too.



I love how this looks in our guest bathroom! I was originally thinking about adding a rub-on decal, but I'm happy with leaving it as-is.


How could you use this idea in your classroom?  Well, if you have an ocean theme, you're good to go. Otherwise, there are so many possibilities. Colorful mini-buttons, tiny erasers, or pony beads (caution: they might all float at the top ... but wouldn't that be pretty, too?), coins, ... I'd love to hear your great ideas for making this project your own!


Speaking of projects, remember to visit Monday Made It at Fourth Grade Frolics to find lots of inspiration for your summer days!



Happy Teaching!




Sunday, June 28, 2015

Math Logic Puzzles ... and a Freebie!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

If you've ever used any of my resources, you already know that I'm a big believer in packing them with many layers of learning! As little learners are given opportunities to build connections between the things that they've been taught, they're developing new ways to understand and apply the concepts they've learned. This is lasting and rigorous learning ...disguised as fun, of course! ;)

I just posted a new set of number elimination riddles at my TpT store that's a good example of that kind of learning.  Try a few of these task cards yourself. You'll find that you're using math skills, but also logic and reasoning as you eliminate answers and draw conclusions. Just think of how much practice your students will get with the complete set of 24 cards!








Visit my TpT store to see the complete set of Dino's Secret Numbers Math Riddles. You'll find two more free riddle task cards when you download the free preview!




If you'd like to try some other number elimination riddles, head over to my post at iTeach First today, where you can download this free set of 17 task cards!






Happy Teaching!




Thursday, June 25, 2015

Summer Mornings

Hi, Teaching Friends!
               
One of the great pleasures of a summer morning for me is to sit on our patio with a cup of coffee, listening to the chirping birds and humming bees, and then to stroll the garden to see the changes that come with each new day. 

Welcome to my garden!





What's your favorite way to spend a summer morning?

Happy Teaching!



Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tuesday Linky Week 3 ~ "What's New in K-2?"

Hi, Teaching Friends!

I hope you're enjoying a wonderful summer!! It's time for a new collection of the best of the new ideas and resources for kindergarten through second grade. These goodies are hot off the press this week!






If you missed the first two weeks, you can find them right here:

Week 1

Week 2

Here's a great item from the Week 2 collection, randomly chosen, of course!


From The Fun Factory, it's a great big bundle of resources for PreK and kindergarten. With 25 B/W literacy printables for each month of the school year, you'll have something fun and productive to use for warm-up work every morning. Thanks for sharing, Fun Factory! :)





On to the new ideas! Take some time to look through. Bet you'll find some great things to add to your shopping cart or wishlist!

If you're a resource creator who'd like to share, that's great! I just ask that you follow these simple rules.


* One link per blogger per week , please, featuring your latest resource or great idea!

* Please link directly to your item, not your storefront. If you're linking to a post about the item
 (which would be wonderful!!), please link to that specific post.

* Appreciated but not required - add the linky button above to your post and link back to this post.      Thanks!


Happy Teaching!










Monday, June 22, 2015

Made It Monday! Sums of Ten Shake-a-Bottle

Hi, Teaching Friends!

It's time for Made It Monday at Fourth Grade Frolics! The idea I have to share with you today is nothing particularly unique. You've probably seen them called shaker bottles, learning bottles, exploration tubes, or one of many other names out there. You can even buy them, but if you're that kind of person (no offense intended!), you're probably not poking around in Made It Monday links.
I call mine shake-a-bottles, and the thing that is new about the one that I'm going to share with you today is the theme.




Our primary kiddos need lots and lots of practice with number combinations that total ten. This activity throws a little hands-on fun into the practice.

Here's what you'll need.

Start off with an empty, clean, clear plastic bottle. Be sure to give it a day or two to completely dry inside. Wet rice, pasta, or even just the paper is ... ick.

The bottle plus these items that you might already have on hand - that's it!




I used alphabet pasta this time, but you could also use orzo, ditalini, rice, or any kind of small plastic beads. If you're going to color the contents of your bottle, stir just a few drops of food coloring into it and mix it well. then spread it all out to dry. In the past, I've added a few drops of rubbing alcohol to speed the drying and make the colors a little stronger, by that's not necessary.




Print the number card page of the download on cardstock and cut apart.




Put the pasta, rice, or whatever you're using into the bottle, filling about 1/4 of the way. Then mix in some of the cards and shake it up. Then repeat - pasta, cards, shake. Stop when your bottle is about 3/4 full. The cards and filler need room to move around when your students shake the bottle.







There are lots of ways to use this number bottle, but here's the one I made today. Sums of ten - shake it again! Click here to download your copy, wihich also includes the number cards and directions for this project.




If you like shake-a-bottles and are interested in making a whole set, try this set for literacy!




Visit Monday Made it at Fourth Grade Frolics for more fun and games to fill your summer days!







Today is also Markdown Monday at Kim and Kelly's Kindergarten. My half-price resource for this week is this cross-curricular unit about space. You'll find seven math and literacy activities designed to support your science teaching about space and the planets - 50% off today through Friday!




Happy Teaching!




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