Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Riddles with Two-Digit Numbers - Aye, Me Mateys!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

I love creating resources that sneak a lot of learning into a bit of fun. Games, riddles, puzzles, ... learning in a fun package!

So, here's a taste of some more of that kind of learning. These riddles for two-digit numbers are elimination puzzles. Your students will read 4 or 5 clues and compare the answers to a set of nine numbers, crossing out the relevant numbers. The number that's left at the end is the Pirate's Secret Treasure Number.


Here are some examples of the kinds of riddles your students will be solving.

"It's not < 7+19."

"It's not an odd number."

"It's not 41+ 22 or 51 + 32."

"It's not half of 100."

"It's not a number that you can make using only nickels."

"It's not a number with two different digits."

Lots of thinking, with lots of variation in level of difficulty.  There are 24 cards in all, plus a student response page with answer key. Use them as task cards for math centers, for early finishers, or as bell ringers. These cards are great to use for a skills rotation, with your students moving around the classroom either alone or with a partner, solving as they go. Or just put one of the riddles up on your doc camera when you have a few minutes - a super sponge activity, loaded with lots of Common Core content practice!

Would you like to try a sample? Just click on this cover and enjoy!


Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Teaching!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fall Favorites Blog Hop

Hello, Teaching Friends!
It's time for another great hop around the blogs of some of my favorite K-2 bloggers!


This time we're going to be sharing some of our favorite autumn classroom ideas, books, activities, and even some fall decorations and recipes for you to enjoy at home.

Here's one of my favorite fall books for the PreK-first grade crowd! It's a great autumn read by Steve Metzger, illustrated by Miki Sakamoto.

Based on the old song, "We're Going on a Bear Hunt", this treasure of a read aloud follows three little ones as they go on a leaf hunt over a mountain, through a forest, around a waterfall, and across a lake, along the way discovering colorful hickory, birch, and red oak leaves.

As they go, the repeated refrain is ...

"We're going on a leaf hunt.
We're going right away.
Let's find colorful leaves.
It's a wonderful day!"

Of course, your little listeners will love to join in on the refrain. If you enlarge the words of the refrain onto chart paper ahead of time, you'll have a great opportunity to talk about letters, words and sentences, and to reinforce concepts of print like directionality, one-to-one match, and as with any refrain, fluent phrasing and expression.

Of course, there's a twist at the end of the story just like there is in the song, and this time it's not a bear that the children find!

The ending just adds more great opportunities for movement when you reread or retell this story. Your students will love climbing the mountain, picking up the leaves, and splish-splashing across the slippery stones at the waterfall. But they'll love it even more when they get to go backwards through the story at top speed to get home again.

If you have the time and you live where there are colorful leaves, maybe you'll want to take your class on a real leaf hunt after you read this book together. {And if there are no colorful leaves where you live, construction paper cut-outs scattered on the floor can be a lot of fun, too!} Here's a way your students can review the words of the refrain and display what they found on their leaf walk. It can also be the basis of great mini-lesson on attributes and sorting. There are two formats, one in blackline and the other with some "colorful" support! Whether the children glue their leaves on the paper or draw and color them, it's a fun little lesson! Just click on the picture to download it free!

Lovely leaf graphics by Cindy Calenti of Granny Goes to School!

If you don't have this book and would like to purchase a copy, please click on the Clever School Teacher tree on my right sidebar. :)

Here's a way to extend your leaf sorting lessons and  create a new class book! Love Those Leaves will be half price at my Teachers Pay Teachers store all through this blog hop, October 25-27.
Regularly $5, have some autumn fun for just $2.50. Enjoy!!


You'll also want to stop by Teachers Notebook for more great deals this weekend! All purchases will earn double rewards dollars.  Join in the Spooktacular Sale by saving 20% off everything at my shop! And don't forget to enter my giveaway for three copies of Thanksgiving ~ Literacy, Facts, and Fun!


Don't miss the other autumn finds on this blog hop. Click here to go to Creativity to the Core!


Happy Teaching!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Heads Up for a TpT Freebie!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Are you a follower at my Teachers Pay Teachers store?  If so, head on over to collect this thank you freebie, just for you! You can get the link by going into your TpT Inbox (log in and look for the little dark green oval with a number in it) and then clicking on the email titled "A Freebie to Thank You!"

I'm celebrating the fact that there are now 2,222 followers at my store  ( how fun is that??? thank you, thank you!!! )  by reserving these as follower-only freebies from now through November 12th. After three weeks, I'll be removing it from Google Drive and posting it as a paid resource in my store.

Not a follower yet? Well, you never know when another freebie like this one might pop up! ;)

Happy Teaching!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Characters for Writing

Hello, Teaching Friends!

Do you remember these little cuties? Or maybe in your house, you're still tripping over them and listening to the ka-thumpity sound they make when they get sucked up in your vacuum.

Try putting a box of these little guys in your writing center. Have your students reach in (no peeking!) and pull out two or three and write a story using them as the main characters.

The more variety in your character box, the more variety you'll see in the writing! Throw in a few animals like this zebra, and maybe even a few vehicles. If you don't have your own, you can get them for a song at garage sales, or you probably have parents who'd be willing to donate a few. Less ka-thumpitys in their vacuum cleaners is a good selling point on that, you know. ;)

Happy Teaching!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Addition & Subtraction Puzzles Freebie!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Hope you're all well! We had a gorgeous weekend here, but kind of crazy, too ... it was in the 70's Friday and yesterday, chillier today, and might even go down into the 30's overnight. Time for winter PJ's and a cup of hot chocolate tonight!

I'm working on some renovations over at my TpT store ... we will still be open during construction! :)
Some of the freebies that have been there in the past will now be permanently shifted here, which should be handy-dandy for you, dear followers! Maybe you'll even come across one that you've missed in the past!

Here's the first! If your kiddos could use some extra practice with related addition and subtraction facts, you'll like this easy-prep set of two puzzles.


Click here or on the cover to download yours at Google Drive!


Have a great week!
Happy Teaching!

Freebie Fridays

Thursday, October 16, 2014

20% Off Everything Friday through Sunday!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Are you a Maryland teacher? Are you going to the convention this weekend?

If you're not from Maryland, you might want to zip down to the end of this post for "the rest of the story"!

If the answer is yes, be sure to visit the TpT Teacher-Authors booth! We'll be displaying on both Friday and Saturday.  I'll be there on Friday ... stop by the table - I'd love to meet you and chat a bit!

Those lucky teachers who stop by will receive this awesome coupon book ...

...filled with links to 48 freebies from the teacher-authors in this collaborative group! All of that plus
a goodie bag stuffed with little treats to make your teaching days fun and easier!

A great big thank you to Michele Luck, who is the organizer and driving force behind this group, along with her wonderful husband Steve!

So, here's "the rest of the story"!

To celebrate this event, all of the contributors are offering 20% off this weekend at their TpT stores!

At my store, everything will be on sale at 20% off from Friday through Sunday. Here's a peek at some new, some old, many recently updated ... all linked for you with just a click! I hope you'll find something you can use!


Hope to see you in Ocean City!
Happy Teaching!


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