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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Fruit Loop Subtraction!

Are you looking for a fun way to introduce subtraction to your little ones? All you need is a box of Froot Loops
or Fruit Rings, either will work!


I made these super cute Fruit Loop ten frames
and I made these task cards.
I filled a baggy with fruit loops and made these labels to put on each baggy. We actually used these fruit rings for a few days so it was important that my kiddos could put their names on them.

This is what they looked like when they were prepped and ready to use.


 To say my kiddos were excited about subtraction would be an understatement! They were over the top when they saw the baggies of fruit loops! 


 We built numbers on our ten frames and then subtracted by eating the fruit loops.







 We even made a fruit loop subtraction book.



You can grab this fruit loop subtraction packet at my TPT Store by CLICKING HERE


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Compare and Contrast

We had so much fun with comparing and contrasting today! I found the cutest craftivity freebie from Michele over at Smitten with First! My kiddos had so much fun doing it. I have a very small class this year and today I only had 6 so I paired them up and we went to work.

They each made their own face and colored. Then we talked about how they are different from their friend. They wrote their differences on their hair. 


Then we talked about how they are the same as their friend. They put how they are alike in the middle. Super cute and I just love how they turned out! Such a great way to learn all about comparing and contrasting!


If you would like to try out this activity head on over to Michele's blog, Smitten with First, and grab this FREEBIE You can also CLICK HERE

Nancy

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Fact or Opinion

Easter PEEPS and a Giveaway!

Want a fun way to teach fact and opinion? For the past two years I have taught fact and opinion with Peeps. My kiddos LOVE it! 

I always start with an anchor chart to discuss the differences between a fact and an opinion. I use strips and on each strip there is a clue for either a fact or an opinion. 
We read each clue and discuss whether or not it is a fact or an opinion and add it to our anchor chart. When it is done it looks like this:

For our next activity we use my fact an opinion Peep cards. I put my kiddos into groups and they work together to sort their cards. 



I created this foldable for those students who need a little more practice. 

And these strips for them to sort and put in the correct pocket.


Once they understood the differences between a fact or an opinion it was time for our next activity and time for PEEPS! This was my kiddos favorite part! I gave each one of them a Peep to eat. 

While they were eating their Peeps I told them to think of one fact about their Peep. I gave them each a post it note to write their fact down. 

They shared their fact with a buddy to see if they agreed with them. If they both agreed that it was a fact, then they put their post it on our second anchor chart.

Then we did the same thing except they had to write an opinion about a Peep. Then we added it to the other side of our anchor chart.


Now that they knew the difference between fact and opinion it was time to write their opinion paragraphs. They had to write and tell me which was better, real bunnies or Peep bunnies. 
Lots of fun AND they learned the differences between a fact and an opinion! All the activities above come from Fact or Opinion PEEPS


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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Hey Little Ant!


Have you read this book? It is one of my all time favorites! It was written by Phillip and Hannah Hoose. He and his daughter live right here in Maine. I love reading books by local authors to my kiddos! The story is about a boy who is just about to squish an ant with his shoe. The ant and the boy go back and forth giving their reasons for squishing or not squishing the ant. Another thing I love about this book is that it rhymes. I love rhyming books and so do my kiddos!!

On the last page of the book they have all of the words of the story with notes so you can sing the song.

As I read the story my kiddos got very involved in both the boy's and ant's argument about whether he should squish the ant or not. When I got to the last page they had definitely formed an opinion which led right into our opinion writing lesson.


I handed out this ant paper so they could start planning their opinion writing paragraph. They had to write whether or not the boy should squish the ant and give two reasons why. 


Once the planning was done they wrote their paragraphs. They did a fabulous job!!


Here is a sampling of their paragraphs. I thought they were adorable!


I think he should let the ant go free. I like ants. His one chip can help feed his whole town. He helps his whole town. He helps his whole family. I didn't like ants but now I do.






I think the boy should it be because it's not nice. Ants just don't know what they're doing. I also like ants. I am never going to squish an ant!


I think the boy should not squish the ant. Ants may be annoying but they are cute. Ants are funny. So don't ever squish an ant!
 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Science: Life Cycles

We have been learning all about Life Cycles! My kiddos love this topic and it really isn't hard to motivate them at all! We spent a lot of time researching the plant life cycle, pumpkin and apple life cycle, ant life cycle, frog life cycle, chicken life cycle and so many more. One of our favorite books that we used was My Book of Lifecycles By Camilla De la Bedoyere.


Great pictures and lots of cool facts. I liked it because there were animals that we usually don't study for life cycles. One of my kiddos always had this book in their hands.

To wrap up our life cycle unit I came up with these fun hands on projects. They helped me to assess what they had learned by seeing how they put the phases of the life cycle in order. I could also tell by how they labeled each phase.





Aren't they adorable????

You can check them out in my TPT Store!




Sunday, November 27, 2016

TPT Wishlisted Linky


It's that time of year again for the Cyber Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers. Everything in my store is marked down 20% and you get an additional 10% when you use the promo code Cyber2016 at checkout! It's always so hard to decide which items to buy so I have joined with some fellow teacherpayteachers to showcase our 3 most wishlisted items in each of our stores. These resources are the most sought after in each store. Have fun shopping and enjoy these amazing deals!

Click any of the images below to see them in my TPT Store!
  
My students love subtraction and this resource is why!!! They love taking some away (eating them) lol


Looking for a great resource to teach classification of animals to young children? This resource is all you need! 


Fun way to learn about plants! Lots of fun activities included such as a plant song, a booklet, sequencing activity, and so much more!!

Now that you have checked out my most sought after resources click on the picture below to check out Daisy Designs and all the other stores that are participating!




Saturday, October 29, 2016

Words, Words, Words!



I love words! I think one of my favorite parts of teaching is helping my kiddos learn words. Learning how to spell words, finding chunks in words, how many syllables in words, word meanings, and it goes on and on. I think we all agree that it is important to introduce our kiddos to lots of words, in lots of different ways. Today I thought I would share some of the fun ways I introduce words to my kiddos.
When I'm teaching a new phoneme I like to start with an anchor chart. I like my kiddos to build it with me and then they can use it and refer back to it over and over again. 

I often follow up an anchor chart with a booklet where they can sort words or see words in lots of different fonts. Sometimes my kiddos work in small groups and unscramble sentences that have the words we are working on. They love this! Sometimes the groups race to complete the sentences. When their group is done they get to ring my teacher bell. They love that!

When teaching a vowel team that makes several sounds, I try to make it a big deal so that my kiddos will remember all the sounds. We often sing a song, do a craft, put it on a headband to wear all week, put words on hands and post them on the door frame so they can high five the words and read them every time they go out of the room. Whatever it takes for them to learn the sound. 
One of my kiddos favorite ways to learn words was our fly swatter activity. We used fly swatters that I purchased at The Dollar Tree. Each student gets a set of word cards. If the cards all have the same vowel sound then I would say a word and they would find it and swat it. I might also say find a word that rhymes with...
If I had words with the same vowels that had different sounds such as ough I would say find a word that has the same sound as .... There are only two rules. They all had to start in the ready position (which was fly swatter against their chest) and once they swatted a word, the fly swatter stayed on the word until I said. This kept the fly swatters where they were supposed to be and not hitting each other. 
I hope this has helped you think of teaching words and sounds in more of a hands on way. If you are looking for word cards, fluency strips, word booklets, games and crafts, then check out my Word Detective Series in my TPT store BY CLICKING HERE.