Friday, May 29, 2015

Chalk It Up!

If you are heading over from Mrs. Johnston's Journey, welcome!  I can't wait to share the newest collection from Creative Teaching Press!
If you are like me, then you might have a slight obsession with that chalkboard theme!  However, all the cute chalkboard decor on TpT wastes so much ink.  Look no further because CTP has the best classroom decor set called "Chalk It Up!".
I was lucky enough to see this set at the Ed Expo in February and let me tell you it is perfect!
This collection has all you needed and keeps the chalkboard theme consistent through each product.

I haven't told you the best part about this collection.  You can write on them with chalkboard markers and erase them!  Just like a chalkboard!  BRILLIANT!
These pencils could be used for labels or a fun door decoration.  Since you can write and erase the chalkboard marker, it will be easy to switch up what you have one them.



There are two different birthday set options.  This set could be posted on a bulletin board.  Each cupcake has a month on it and there are enough candles to write each of your kiddos names on it.  Then place it on the correct cupcake.  I put the cake stand in the middle of the bulletin board and each month switch out the monthly cupcake.  This way your birthdays are always visible and you won't miss anyone's birthday!
I just LOVE this poster.  Like I said before each piece can be written on with a chalkboard marker.  This poster can be changed up for each learning target and "I can.." statement throughout the day.  
  

There is even behavior management tools available.  This set has a behavior chart along with inspirational posters, so you can create a positive behavior bulletin board display.  I love that the posters are included because they will create such a positive community in your classroom.  These posters are also sold separately.  Their posters are great and they offer a variety of them.

This calendar set is perfect for your morning meeting/calendar time bulletin board.  It includes the calendar, numbers, days of the week chart, and weather poster.





I am also a polka dot LOVER, so when I saw these polka dot borders I knew I exactly what I will be using in my classroom next year!
They also have a few borders with fun designs! 



I am not done yet!  There is one more product I want to show you.  It is an AMAZING mini color bulletin board set.  This includes color words, color paint samples, and colored objects.  This set could be used before you put it up for display by doing a color sort with the whole class.  You could also work on vocabulary by having your kiddos write the color word and object.  Example, I see the red apple.  I see the yellow flower.  Once you have some fun with this set, put it up and display it all year long!
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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Five for Friday




I'm still here!  This has been a busy month!  We bought a house and got our house ready to sell (if you need a new house and live in MN, let me know ;) ).  School has been crazy with testing and end of the year activities.  I have been neglecting this little blog of mine.

Last weekend we had a Minnesota/Wisconsin Blogger Meet up!  Look at these sweet gifts my friend Sara and Anna brought!

We finished up our farm unit by using some fun sheets from my farm pack!

This is a FREEBIE found here!  This was a great review and this little one needs to work on those ABC patterns :)


Not sure why this pictures is so dark, but we have been learning about digraphs and sorted them using this worksheet!  Find it in this amazing pack that will get you through the whole year!


This was from my friend Irene's Editable Kindergarten Graduation pack!  Love that there was a review section in that pack!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Phonics Game Review and GIVEAWAY

The amazing people at Junior Learning sent me their 6 Phonics Game set to use in my classroom.  I just loved the variety of games that were included.

Check out each game and enter to win your own below!  PLUS- use the code GAMES to get 25% any of their 6 Game sets!
These are the CVVC and CVCC word puzzles.  These were great because they had the picture and each puzzle has a unique cut out to make it self correcting!

This Double Vowel Downhill game has your kiddos spinning the spinner to get the vowel letters.  If your kiddos can make a word out of the letters by their chip, you move to that spot.  If you can't make a word, you stay where you are.

What is nice about this game is there is a word list on the game board.
On the back of the Double Vowel Downhill game, there is the R-Controlled Rapids.  This game is played the same way as the double vowel game, but your kiddos make r-controlled vowel words.  On the canoe there is a word list to help out your little ones.


This was a fun real and nonsense word sort- Aliens vs. Earthlings!  Each chip had  a word on it and your kiddos put it on the airplane or UFO.  On the back of each chip there is a human or alien to help with self-correcting!

On the back of the Aliens vs. Earthlings there is the Yes/No Machine!  This game includes simple sentences that is either true or false.  Your kiddos move it to the Yes or No spot on the game board.  Just like the Aliens vs. Earthlings game, the back of the cards have the right answer.


This one was perfect for our current phonics unit!  These are Digraph Dominoes and your kiddos fill in the blank of each word with the matching digraph.  These also have color coding on each domino to help your kiddos make the correct match!

Now it is your chance to win your own set!  Enter below!

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Stop, Swap, and Roll


I am linking up with Jungle Learners for another Stop, Swap, and Roll!
I have been paired up with the fabulous Emily from Emmy Mac's Class!


I swapped my Dotter Fun pack for her Feed the Dog activity packs!


We are in our addition and subtraction unit in math, so these packs were PERFECT!


The packs go up to 20, but I used 1-12.  Each number has a cute dog and dog dish with the number on the dish.  There are dog bones with addition or subtraction problems on each one.  Your kiddos pick a dog bone, solve the problem, and put it on the answer.

I loved how we could lay all the numbers out and MOVE around to match the answers.
I put all the dog bones in a bucket and had my kiddos pick a bone from the bucket and match it.  We didn't end up using them, but there were also the cutest number lines and counters available too!


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Saturday, April 18, 2015

Bright Ideas: Morning Meeting Greeting

I am so excited to be a part of  the Bright Ideas Linky!
I am going to share an idea for your Morning Meeting greeting time.  If you follow me on Instgram, you saw this on there.
I like to use Morning Meeting to review things we have learned the day before or just review things we have learned that year.

During our greeting time, I will pass out addition or subtraction cards with answers, puzzle pieces, or letter matching cards to each student.

They have to take their card and find the person who is a match to their card.  Once they find their partner they greet them (saying hello with a handshake, high five, etc) and then they give their partner a compliment.  We are at that time of year where we are very comfortable with each other (maybe a little too much sometimes), so it is a great time to throw in something nice to fill our buckets :)
This is so quick and easy because we all have different kinds of flashcards or small puzzles laying around.  
Once a group says hello and gives a compliment they come up to me and switch their cards for new ones.  Then they are off to find their new partner and they will do it all over again.
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Check out the link up below to find more bright ideas from other fabulous bloggers!  Just click on the grade level/topic you are interested in!  Thanks for stopping by :)


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Five for Friday...Saturday Edition


This week flew by!  Check out what we were up to!



We used these fun word puzzles from Junior Learning in one of our literacy centers this week!  These puzzles came in a box of 6 other phonics games!  I will be blogging about the other games this week!


We are always working on our CVC words.  This was another way to practice identifying the ending of those words.  This is from my CVC pack!


I posted on my Instagram that I went to Target this week to check out the clearance on their Easter stuff.  I found these cute metal Easter baskets!  They were 50% off and came in 2 different sizes!


Yesterday, my day started like this and ended with the sun shining!  MN weather is crazy!



The hubby and I spent our Friday night buying a new grill!  Here is to hoping the warm weather stays so we can start grilling without our winter coats on! :)