Monday, December 29, 2014

Down on the Farm!

Brrrr!  The wind chill today in Colorado Springs was a balmy -13 degrees!  As a girl born and raised in Arkansas, I had absolutely no intention of going outdoors.  It was the perfect day to stay inside and create a new packet for my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

Since it is Monday, I couldn't stop without adding this week's freebie to the blog.  I made the cutest puzzles and am making them free for you to download.  One set is in color and the second is in black and white.  They are 3, 5, and 10 piece puzzles.  I would suggest printing them on cardstock and laminating them before cutting them out.  Then just pop them into an envelope or recloseable bag and your students can enjoy them again and again.  Just click on the picture below!
This packet includes:
13 cutting and tracing sheets, various levels of difficulty (black and white only)
A four page mini book (the same text in black and white as well as color)
A six page mini book (the same text in black and white as well as color)
2 visual discrimination worksheets (black and white only)
A visual discrimination and memory activity (black and white as well as color)
A play doh mat and animal cut-outs for imaginative play (color only)
A "Clip it" counting activity 0 - 10 (black and white as well as color)
3 puzzles with number order, 3 pieces, 5 pieces, and 10 pieces (black and white as well as color)
And more!
Please visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store to see this product as well as my other creations!



Monday, December 22, 2014

Thinking About the New Year

I'm sure many teachers are taking advantage of this Christmas season, relaxing, baking, visiting friends and family.  It may seem weird, but I'm already thinking of the new year.  Not January 1st, but the new school year.  Why?  This has been a strange time in my life.  I have been recovering from thyroid cancer, followed by uterine cancer.  I was working full time in a classroom two years ago but had to give it up because of my health.  I am now working as an outreach teacher in several school districts across the state, but I dream of coming back to a classroom I can call my own.

We are a military family and will be moving this summer -- I'm not sure where yet.  So I can't really set my mind on what class I might be able to teach.  As a result, I'm planning some generic things that will work in any classroom.  The result is this Monday's Freebie!  I have some long term curriculum planning pages.  They are simple, but I gave you lots of variety to choose from.  I hope you enjoy them.  Click on the picture below to get your free template!
I realize very few people are looking at this site.  If you are reading this, it is your lucky day!  Please leave a comment suggesting new things you might like for your classroom.  I focus on early childhood through grade two, so keep that in mind.  If you are looking for something, I might make it for the next Freebie Monday!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Body Parts

I have been giving a lot math freebies, but this time I'm going to change things up a bit.  I am currently working with kids from age 3 to 17, so this is really broadening my horizons.  Today I want to share something for the younger students.  This is a freebie that I have at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  It has two precious worksheets, one boy, one girl, that have common body parts labeled.  Each poster has a companion worksheet that shows the same people, and the students can cut and paste the parts of the body.


Monday, December 8, 2014

I Have, Who Has to 120

I gave some Number Sense ideas last week along with a worksheet freebie.  This week I have a cute "I Have, Who Has" freebie to help your students with some more practice.

Monday, December 1, 2014

For Your Viewing Pleasure...Missing Number Worksheets!

So I have finished the Math Journals and I began thinking of what to do with those anchor charts.  I have a fantastic Missing Numbers packet in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, so I thought I would add some coordinating worksheets to go with them.  They also work well as stand alone products. 

I made missing numbers from 0 - 120 in sections.  0 - 20 has a butterfly theme, 21 - 40 has a bird, and so on.  My purpose was so they could easily be divided into whatever section of numbers needs more instruction.  This also helps individualize different skills the students may be working on. 

Click on the picture below to download the worksheets.  If you want the Missing Numbers packet, click on the link below to visit my store.  Enjoy!

Need some activities to practice number sense?  Here are a couple of ideas...

  • Hand each student a flashcard number and scramble to put them in the right order. 
  • Mystery Bags:  Have bags with popsicle sticks or other manipulatives anywhere from 0 to 120.  Have students partner up and take a bag, grouping the sticks by tens.  Once one student counts the number, have the partner recount to see if they are correct.  Then check the bottom of the bag where you have put the correct answer!  Once they are finished, switch bags with another team.
  • Estimate:  Every day have a jar with fun items in it anywhere from 0 - 120 (mini marshmallows, large paperclips, erasers, etc.).  Have students estimate how many items are in the jar and put their guess on a post-it note with their name.  At lunch, give students a hint (the answer is greater than 40, the answer is less than 93).  At the end of the day, count as a class by tens and see who has the closest guess!
And click here to check out this Missing Numbers packet from my store.