Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Back to School Giveaway!

Since all of you are most likely working hard in your classrooms or will be within the next few days we put together a Back 2 School Giveaway. Yippee!
This giveaway does favor the kindergarten & first grade teachers but these Back to School products could be used with differentiation in any K-3 classroom & are a wonderful addition to your lessons.

Shout out to Melonheadz Illustrating (clipart) & Graphics from the Pond (frames).

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If you would like to check out each product that was donated just click on the image. :)

Happy winning!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Math Games!

One week from today the hubby and I will be laying on the beach in MEXICO!  Can't wait!  Until then I have one more week of summer school.  It should be a fun week because it is all about Pinkalicious and baking!  I'm nervous.  I hope the treats turn out...
Anyway, I want to share some math games I played this summer with my kiddos!  I tried to do play games that they could also play at home if they wanted to!
We took a deck of cards minus face cards and made a game board.  On your turn you roll the dice and add the card number and the dice number.  Your correct answer is how many spaces you move.

I was super obsessed with games that involved hiding cards around the room and the kiddos finding them.  For this game, I hid the answers to the math problems.  After, I asked a question everyone scattered and tried to find the answer.  If they answered correctly, they kept their card.  We didn't really play most cards was the winner.  We just had fun finding and keeping them :)
This one was a HUGE hit with my group of kids going into 3rd and 4th.  I started and made a diagram of the 16 circles on paper.  Then, I created a maze on how to get from one end to the other and numbered them with 1 being the start.  Each kiddo took a turn and would start where they thought number 1 was.  If they were right they would guess where number 2 was.  If they were right they keep going to the next number until they are at the end of maze.  If they get a step wrong, the next person in line starts at 1 and tries to make it through.  It ended up being like memory, because if you were paying attention you would know where to go until a certain number, but if you weren't...uh oh!

If you made it to the end of the maze you got to make up the next maze.  I found lots of other fun games at education.com! :)

Don't forget to enter the Best of the Midwest Giveaway!  If you didn't follow the blog hop on Thursday, start here!

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Best from the Midwest Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY!

Last week I met these fabulous bloggers from MN and WI! We have teamed up to bring you a blog hop full of fun freebies and a giveaway of our best selling products!
If you are here from Irene's blog then you already know this!  If you are starting here, just click through the blogs to snag all the great freebies!

On to the good stuff!  I made Brown Bear Number Cards!  These would go fabulous with my Brown Bear, Brown Bear Activity Pack!  This freebie includes numbers 1-10 with matching objects!

Before you leave and head over to First Grade Funtastic, don't forget to enter our Best from the Midwest Giveaway!  The giveaway ends on Sunday!

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Good luck! :)
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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Summer School-Zoo Week

I really didn't do a zoo week, but I did do an Animal Math week which included zoo animals.
Most of my classes have between 10-20 kiddos.  This week I had 6 registered and only 3 showed up...today only 2!  Usually, they cancel low numbered classes but not mine...  I will admit it is hard because I have all boys so fun cute art projects aren't fun to them.
Today, I did get them to do some coloring though!  I did have one say, "I probably will say are we done yet the whole time I color."-Well thanks for the warning...

Each kiddo got to pick a puzzle and color it. 

The one who "didn't like coloring" did this one!  I gave them the freedom to color however they wanted.  This is the "party zebra".  Doesn't it look like the zebra from that zebra gum that had the tattoo wrappers?

After they colored, they cut and glued onto a new sheet!  Click on the picture to grab yours for FREE!

 Another activity that we did was to go on a "Zoo Animal Safari".
Each kiddo got a stack of animal cards to color.  I hung them up around the room and the kiddos graphed what they saw.

Check back tomorrow for a blog hop and giveaway!! :)