Sunday, February 16, 2014

Presidents Day Freebie!

If you plan on doing some Presidents Day crafts this week with your class, check out this quick freebie! The book includes pages for Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, the Liberty Bell, the White House, and the Bald Eagle. The cute heart flag on the front cover was inspired by A Cupcake for the Teacher

Jackie over at Ready Set Read also has some cute little president mini books. You can check those out here. Happy President's Day and enjoy the long weekend! 

Spanish Newsletter Templates

Hi everyone! Just a quick super short note...I've gotten a few requests for a Spanish version of my Class Newsletter Templates, so I decided to make some! Here they are!!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Valentine's Day Ideas + Freebie

Wow, it's been a while! I'm sure you've noticed, but my blog is finally back up and running properly! Thanks for all your patience this past month! It's been so crazy. Grad school is a lot of work! Anyhow, here are some random Valentine's day crafts and ideas I've used in the past. P.S. There's a freebie at the end. Happy Valentine's Day! :)

Bee Mine Valentine Bees
The idea for these adorable bees came from A Cupcake for the Teacher. She has a great template HERE.
Valentine Treat Bags
Handprint Hearts
 Click here for my Heart Template and poem.
Valentine Heart Puppies
This one's so easy! All you need is some construction paper, scissors, and glue.
Valentine's Math & Literacy Centers 
Here are just a few of our February literacy and math stations...
Rainbow Write - Students spin the spinners and write the words using the correct colors.
How Many Heartbeats? - Students sort the pictures by number of syllables, then stamp or color the hearts on the recording sheet.
Sounds of My Heart - Students pick an object out of a container, then either stamp or color the beginning/ending sounds.
Break My Heart - Students break open the hearts and use the letters to build sight words.
Sweet Sight Words - Students pick a heart, read the word, and write it in the correct column based on how many letters are in the word.
 Write the Room - Students hunt around the room for pictures/words and write them in the boxes.
Sweet Sums of Five/Ten - Students toss a cup of two-color counters, then fill in the five/ten frame and record their work with a drawing and equation.
 Counting by Tens - Students sequence the cards by tens (usually I put these in a pocket chart for them), then cut and paste onto a sentence strip.
 Lovin' Addition - Students roll the dice and use heart counters or candies to add. Then they record their equations.
 Add & Cover - Students roll the dice and cover the numeral on their game board. First to fill their board wins!
Connect Four -  In this game, students roll the cube, count the items, and trace the number. First to get four in a row wins!
 Candy Heart Graphing - Students sort and graph candy hearts. This is fun as a whole class activity or during math centers.
 Measure Your Heart Out - Students measure the treats with cubes or hearts.
More or Less - Each partner chooses a card, then they spin the spinner to see who wins the cards (more or less). The player with the most cards at the end wins. This set can also be used to play Concentration or Go Fish.
 Pretty Patterns - Students make patterns with hearts, then color them on the recording sheet.

All these activities and more are included in my February Centers Pack! 

Finally, here's a quick little freebie for you! Happy Valentine's Day!