Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sitewide Sale! Savings Time at Teachers Notebook!

Hello, Teaching Friends!

Did you know that there's a surprise site-wide sale today, tomorrow, and Friday at Teachers Notebook? What a great chance to scoop up some finds for the rest of the school year, or even some resources to get the jump on your planning for next year!

I'm discounting an additional 20% at my shop, plus the 10% you see above. Please click on the banner to visit my shop!

Happy Teaching!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Spring Science Linky Party!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

It's time for a new linky party! First graders love learning about the world around them, so let's share our best ideas for teaching three of the most popular topics for spring science - plants, animals, and weather.

Please share your blogposts and freebies below. Paid resources are also welcome, but please mark them with a "$".

I'd appreciate the favor of pinning and mentioning the linky in your blogposts, Facebook, etc. Thanks!

Thanks for sharing.  Happy Teaching!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Spring Addition Freebie, Plus a Giveaway You Won't Want to Miss!

Hello, Teaching Friends!

I want to give you the scoop on the HUGE giveaway happening over at Teacher Tam's Educational Adventure!

There are four packages being given away for PreK through 3rd grade. Each package includes over $50 in resources PLUS a $25 gift card for Teachers Pay Teachers or Teachers Notebook. My Spring Riddles set is included in Package 3. Enter all four giveaways for your chance to win BIG! Just click on the image above to go directly there.

Also, here's a brand new spring addition freebie! Great for subitizing, it will also give your kindergarteners (pre-K's, too!) practice counting on or adding two to the numbers 1-6.

Just click on the picture to get it at Teachers Notebook! Enjoy!

Happy Teaching!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Earth Day, a Giveaway, and Even a Spring Freebie!

Hello, Teaching Friends!

Hope that you're enjoying a wonderful weekend! I was poking around in my garden today and found a few earthworms wiggling around. Spring!!!

Earth Day is on the horizon, so I decided to bundle together my three products for natural resources.
You'll now find these two...

... plus this Scoot/Read the Room set...

...bundled together.  Bought separately, they'd be $13.50.  In this bundle, they're $11.00.
Click on the cover to see it.
Did you know that I'm giving away three copies of my ELA Scoot Games at Teachers Notebook?
Click on the cover to enter to win this set of seven games.
And now for your spring freebie! Here's a 120 chart game for spring, with lots of practice counting up and back by tens and by ones. Click on the picture to collect your copy at Teaching Blog Roundup. Enjoy!
Thanks for reading and for stopping by today. Have a lovely week!
Happy Teaching!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Yo-Ho! Bring on the Pirate Games!

Hi, Teaching Friends!

Isn't it amazing how adding a bit of extra fun with a theme can help kids stay on task longer? Whether it's dinosaurs or dump trucks, superheroes or silly faces, graphics simply add more fun to the "fun and games"! And, of course, the longer your students play, the greater the potential for learning!

Well, yo-ho! Your kiddos will love the theme of this game set- it's PIRATES!! While they have fun with the cute pirates, parrot, treasure map and more from KPM Doodles, they'll also be getting lots of practice with adding and subtracting multiples of ten.

Take a peek!

Here's a closer look at one of the activities. There are two versions of this game, one for partners and the other to be played by just one student. There are four sets of 24 cards each that can be used with each of these versions:

            Adding Ten
            Subtracting Ten
            Adding and Subtracting Multiples of Ten
            Adding and Subtracting Multiples of Ten, Commutative Property

So actually, that's eight game combinations just with "Tell Me, Pirate, Is It True?".


The set also includes these games: Walk the Plank (68 cards for adding and subtracting ten from two-digit numbers), Arrrr! The Seas Be Full of Pirates! (a 120 chart board game where students roll and add two dice, moving back 10 or ahead 20 based on their roll), and Shiver Me Timbers! It's Time for Plus Ten! (a four-in-a-row game for 1.NBT.5). There's also a Pirates' Treasure Hundred Chart for students who may need extra support.

You can get more details here at Teachers Notebook or here at Teachers Pay Teachers.

Here's a pirate freebie to give you a taste of what the other games are like!

With this pirate game, your students will have all the fun they always do when they play "I Have..., Who Has...?", PLUS they'll get some great practice with adding and subtracting multiples of ten, PLUS (and this is a BIG plus!) they'll get to TALK LIKE PIRATES! Yo- HO!!


Click on the cover now to get your free game!

Happy Teaching!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Solving the Puzzle of Place Value

Hello, Teaching Friends1

Do you ever find that you assume one of your more capable students has control over a topic, but then you discover that he or she actually lacks some of the undergirding that will be crucial for further understanding? Sometimes smart kids can be such foolers! They're often so independent that they it's easy to miss the little gaps that could actually be pretty important to their progress as time goes by.

My oldest grandchild is one of those bright kids {disclaimer: that's not just grandma talking! :) }.
M is a homeschooled kindergartener who's a voracious reader and talented in math, too. While she's zooming along counting money, telling time, and multiplying, and she uses numbers naturally and easily, I was wondering how much she really understands about place value. I know that she hasn't had any explicit instruction with Base 10 materials yet, and I wanted to do some exploring with her. So today we did some playing with a BIG pile of Legos ...


...and this great set of puzzles from Tara,  The Elementary Math Maniac.

We started by making a few sticks of ten, and then went on to some practice with counting by tens. Then we added some single Legos in, and M did some counting by tens and then counting on by ones.
So far, so good!

Things were going along smoothly, 30s, 40s, 50s, ... and then the assistant arrived. Zeta is a really sweet dog, although I don't think she photographs nearly as beautiful as she really is. Actually, she's a gorgeous but crazy eight-month-old Portugese Water Dog who'd really love to eat all of those Legos, or at least take them away from us and chew them into some unrecognizable state!

We scooted Zeta out of the room for a little while.
Back to the place value explorations. Time to move on to the representational stage, using Tara's puzzle cards. The cards made the transition an easy one for M.  Now she's comfortable with the formal "school" representations for place value, which will be important should she ever be in a traditional classroom or for when she takes standardized tests.


Now it was time to try a little addition. The set includes puzzles for adding ones to groups of tens and ones, but I decided to move on to adding a ten to a group of tens and ones. We modeled it with the Legos a few times, and then M handled the puzzles with no problem.

This set was perfect for assessing control of place value. It would also be great for ongoing use in a math center, tutoring, or homeschool setting.

The complete math puzzle bundle also includes puzzles for...

Addition Doubles and Neighbors, also with Base 10 representations
Base 10 representation/ Numeral matching for 100-120
Decomposing ten, with matching to subtraction number models
Adding ones to one ten
Adding single digit numbers to nine
Ten more/ ten less
Subtracting multiples of ten
Telling time to the hour and half hour

With seven years experience as a K-6 math specialist, Tara has done a really great job of nailing the top topics for first grade math and presenting them in an easy-to-prepare and easy-to-use format. Each of the puzzles in this set also includes a worksheet suitable for practice or assessment, and an answer key for the worksheet. Common Core correlation for each topic is included, too. This is a set you'll find yourself turning to again and again, all through the school year.

Thanks for sharing the bundle with me, Tara. M thanks you, too.

As for Zeta... she's still hoping to get a taste of one of those Legos.

Happy Teaching!

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