Monday, February 29, 2016

March Math Centers for the Primary Classroom

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

This year is flying by, and running slow, all at the same time....

yup, that's how my year has been going, lol!!


I'm back, with March Math Centers for the Primary Classroom!!

It was my goal the year to have fun, meaningful math centers

that my kiddos would enjoy doing, all while learning.





I have been pleasantly surprised at how much they love them,

and I can't believe that I only have 2 more packs to go!!!

We are really working on combining numbers,

otherwise known as that good ole' addition!

I've even slid in some subtraction practice as well!!!!



We're even introducing the greater than/less than sign in a cool way!



I have really been pleasantly surprised at how my kiddos have taken to number bonds. 


And using the spinners are their new fave!


This is great for those beginning subtraction skills!


And as much as we graph food, 

I'm finding that I still have a few kiddos who struggle with it!


And of course, I have to fit my cubes in there somewhere!


For more information, please click on any of the pictures above!

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Penguins in the Primary Classroom

Happy New Year!!

I can't believe that it's already 2016, 

and the school year is over halfway finished!!


This is the point of the school year where things really ramp up,

and I always tell my kinders to get ready for the ride!

When we get back we'll be learning about all things cold,

including animals in the arctic!


I have never used Penguins as one of my units,

I thought that this year would a good place to start!

I finished this pack just in time, since Winter Break

seems to be officially over!




This pack is LOADED with tons of informational slides 

on penguins, which I have also included in a PPT, 

so that you can project it to your students. 



We have a penguin bubble map, and a penguin KWL chart 

and tree map, both which come with headers so that you can 

create a class anchor chart. There are headers included for 

a penguin schema chart as well. 



There are several options for students to record their research,

which will be great for differentiation.  

Students can write their research down,

or illustrate the pages where some penguin facts are included.

There are also sentences that students will need to cut 

out and put in order, which will be great for

students who need a little bit more assistance. 


Also included is a labeling page, life cycle of a penguin (anchor

chart headers included), penguin vocabulary booklet (or you could

choose to put vocab pages in their non-fiction research book),

and a fiction penguin reader. 


Anchor chart headers...


....and this incredibly cute penguin craftivity!!!

I'm not one for creating crafts, so I was really excited about how

this one turned out!




If you would like to win a copy for your classroom, 

leave a comment below and I'll pick a winner!!!!!!

Congrats Megan and Beard!!!! 
Send me your email address!!!









Tuesday, December 22, 2015

January Math Centers

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

I am so looking forward to Christmas!! 

I want to fully enjoy it with my family,

so I worked hard to get these January Math Centers finished!

Check it out!


One of the first centers deals with counting on.

Counting on is a great way to prepare for addition!

Each center also includes a wide range of numbers and quantities,

which is great for differentiation.


A different version of counting on, larger numbers included.


How many more to make 10!


3-D shapes!


3-D shapes, including a few real-world examples....


Flat vs. solid is some of the content that is on our math assessment, 

so we definitely have to practice that!


Counting and connecting numerals to scattered arrangements 

of up to 10, and a rectangular array of up to 20.


1 more and 1 less....


Comparing numbers, determining which number

is greater or less. 


Practicing numbers 0-15, and subtilizing.


Click here to learn more about it!

Talk to you guys later!

Monday, December 21, 2015

December Fun!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

It took a while for December to get here,

and then it seemed as if it ran away!!

Between report card testing and getting sick,

of course I didn't get to do as much as I'd planned to do,

but that always how it goes!

This post is full of the random fun that happened in December!

Enjoy!



I found some fun and awesome ideas for my December sensory tub!

It was really easy peasy, I went into the Christmas section of Wal-Mart,

and found these lovely packs of what I like to call stuffing!

You can find these paper shreds at your local craft store as well.

Even though I bought a ton, I realized that a little goes a long way,

as it expands. 




Of course we had a little visitor from the North Pole!

You can get this awesome tag and letter in a Freebie from

Cara over at The First Grade Parade!



Jingles is his name, and watching children is his game!


This awesome freebie is from Mel D over at Seusstastic!



In honor of Jingles, we made these cute little elves,

from Jennifer at First Grade Blue Skies!


We read different versions of The Gingerbread Boy,

and we compared different story elements. 


Of course we had to eat a gingerbread man, to see what

all of the fuss was about!!

We did a survey, courtesy of Vickie from Primary Press,

to see which part we all ate first. 


Next, December rolled right along with The Polar Express.

Since the children drink hot cocoa in the movie,

we all decided that we LOVE marshmallow's in ours,

so we taste tested different ones, to see which ones we like the best!

Thanks again Vickie!


We read the story all through the week, 

to prepare for Polar Express day on Friday.

We talked about the beginning, middle, and end of the story. 

We have been talking about adding details to our drawing,

and I must say, I love this!

It's a picture of the children on the train, looking out of

the window and drinking hot cocoa!

It has steam coming out, marshmallows,  and everything!


We made our story elements train, and this idea is in

the freebie week of KinderLiteracy that Tara West so

generously gave on her Facebook page!



My kiddos earned their tickets to board The Polar Express

(you can get your free ticket here, from The Crafting Chicks!)



Polar Express/Pajama Day arrived, and I must say, 

my principal went all out!

There were scenes from the movie all around the school,

and my favorite, he dressed up at the conductor!!

He played the train sounds through the intercom 

all week as announcements were read. 


Here's one of the Christmas crafts that we did, somehow I forgot to take

pictures of some of the other ones!


For our last week of school, we did Christmas Around the World.

We loved the pack from Caitlin over at Kindergarten Smiles!

We learned about Israel and Hannukah,


Mexico and the Poinsettia,


and China and their Festival of Lights!


Finally, Friday arrived, and it was time for our Christmas Party!!


Whew!! How did your December go? 

Talk to you guys later!







Saturday, November 28, 2015

December Math Centers and a Sale!

Hey guys and dolls, how's it going?

It's been a rough few weeks for me, as I imagine it's been for us all!!

I finally carved out some time to complete December Math Centers!!!

Wahoo!!!!!! The next three weeks until Christmas vacay is gonna

be seriously crazy, and I plan to be ready with centers, activities, and

books for the entire time!!! I want our minds to always be thinking 

and learning, with some fun thrown in!

It's the only way that we are going to make it!


Okkkkk......back to the math centers!


I tried to make it fun and Christmasy, while covering the 

necessary content. There's a lot of subitizing, and work with quantities, 

because we're about to move to number bonds and addition, 

and we have to be automatic with it!


We have two version of comparing quantities, and connecting

quantities to numerals. Two different recording sheets allows the students

to determine which one is greater, or less.



The next center deals with estimation (subitizing in disguise!)


We have some graphing practice (though I think my students 

like it better with candy!!!).



Some play-doh work (I have to tell them they can't do play-doh everyday!)


Puzzle work (connecting quantities to numerals, more hidden subitizing!)


Elf Hop, Candy Hop (such a great reason to use those themed erasers!)

Great way to practice 1:1 correspondence! First one to the end wins!


And of course, practicing writing numbers (more subitizing!)


Oh, and don't forget that the Cyber Sale begins on Monday,

I'm off to ready my shop and add some things to my cart!

Leave a comment about what's in your cart and I'll pick a winner or two!
Congrats Karyn!

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