Teaching Expanded Form

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Expanded form can be a bit tricky for the little guys - we worked on it this week and thanks to one of my teaching friends I have a fun saying that will stick with them.  


I have always talked about how expanded form is stretchy like a snake but she has a memorable saying that I liked even better.  She says that she always teaches it with a rubber band.  

teaching expanded form

So like you see above I wrote these numbers on my board and held up a rubber band just like shown.  I stretched it out to show them how you can expand numbers like this.  


Maybe you are familiar with this idea - If you have used the squishy toys ( snakes ) to stretch sounds/ words for phonics it's a similar idea.  I've used this in reading groups for years.

teaching expanded form

I think the saying expand like a rubber band has a better ring to it than showing the stretchy snake personally.  So, I will be using this idea from my friend from now on...so smart.  #lovecollaborating

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Happy teaching my friends!

Halloween Rhyming

Monday, October 29, 2018

Who doesn't love a good play on words!??!  This pack is one of my favorites!!!!  It's focus is completely on rhyming words/word families and it's called...
wait for it.... Franken Rhyme!!!  It's the perfect time of year to pull it out and my students had a blast with it today!!

Halloween rhyming

During reading groups we worked on word families/rhyming.  I filled this adorable Target Dollar Spot bucket with word family cards and had larger cards for the sorting.  My students pulled the cards out, read them, decided where they would go for the sort and either read another word that rhymed with it or came up with another word that would rhyme with it.  They had a blast!!!!

Halloween rhyming
She was so excited she closed her eyes to choose her cards!

Halloween rhyming

Halloween rhyming

Halloween rhyming

Halloween rhyming

Halloween rhyming
These are more fun activities you can find in this pack!

Their smiles say it all...you can grab it here!

Halloween rhyming

If you are just wanting to reinforce word families and rhyming words in October this is perfect  OR if you are looking for more fun center activities with a bit of an academic focus for a Halloween party this is PERFECT!!!  
Thought I would just leave you with this....

halloween teacher meme

 take care my friends!!!

Pumpkin Ideas in the Primary Classroom

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

adjective pumpkin lesson

Fall is my favorite season....definitely NOT for the Pumpkin Spice....not a fan of pumpkin!!

pumpkins in primary

But I love bringing out the sweaters and boots and scarves...it's all about the fashion for me. 

But seriously I wanted to share some fun pumpkin/fall ideas you can use in your classroom that have worked in mine for years.

First of all, pumpkins and adjectives naturally just go together right?!?!  I always introduce adjectives with a pumpkin and it lends itself to candy corn too which I'll share in a sec.

So, how do I incorporate pumpkins with adjectives you ask??!?!  I always buy a pumpkin and we brainstorm adjectives and I write them on the pumpkin with a sharpie...I usually include inside adjective traits and outside ones... as you'll see below:

adjectives lesson with pumpkins

So as you can see first I divide the pumpkin in 1/2 like the picture shows and then I write inside on one side and outside on the other side.  If you are also teaching character traits you could write internal and external on it as well.

adjective lesson and pumpkins

adjective lesson and pumpkins

I created this pumpkin printable to go along with my pumpkin and my students wrote right along with me.  If you are interested in the pumpkin adjective freebie paper like above you can find it here.

adjective pumpkin lesson

adjective pumpkin lesson

My students have a much better understanding of adjectives after this and it's a fun display to keep up all month as well.

adjective pumpkin lesson

Now onto candy corn...
candy corn adjective lesson
Now I always do this lesson in October as well...this is an oldie but a goodie.  I create an oversized candy corn...YES I know my colors are out of order but I didn't want to redo it..haha 
We fill in the middle with adjectives to describe Halloween and then hang it up for the month as a display.

candy corn adjective lesson

Here's one from several years ago.  ( Done correctly with the colors might I add )

candy corn adjective freebie

If you want to recreate this for your own classroom I have this freebie you can grab it :  here 

I hope you love these Fall adjective ideas and with the freebies included you can try them out right away in your own classroom.  Thanks for joining me here every week for my series:  

As always you can find me on Facebook and Instagram...don't forget every Sunday night you can find tips and tricks on my Instastory called Sunday Night Snippets.  I'd love to see you there each week.  
Happy teaching my friends,

Phonics Engagement Made Easy

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Y'all let me tell you....this activity brings #allthefeels - I have parents emailing me telling me their children can't stop talking about the Hulk hands and how much fun they are having at school!

sight word games

  I found these this summer on Amazon and had to order them!  You can find them : here... 

There are a few options with these fun fists.  My students love to play the punch out the sight word, or sight word fist bump game.  I spread out sight words and they find one they want to read and say it aloud.  Next they pound the Hulk fist on it.  After that they keep that word in a pile.  We take turns and play until there are no more sight words.

sight word games

sight word games

I even had to get in on the action....I mean they're Hulk fists right?!?!

sight word ideas for small groups

Look at this happy guy learning those sight words!!!

Another option is to add it to a word building activity.  We built words with puzzle letter tiles and then I asked them to find the vowels.  They would say the word they built aloud and then say the vowel and the /sound/ and then pound the word.  They keep asking to play this one.

sight word games

sight word games

Other option: build a word, find and 'hit' the vowel.  Differentiate by building 4 - 6 letter words.

sight word games

I hope your reading group time is as fun as my reading group time.  It was a small investment to make for this much engagement...let me know if you try it out.  Thanks for joining me for my weekly series:  

Don't forget you can find me each week on Instagram too for my weekly video series:  Sunday Night Snippets.  As always, 
happy teaching!!

6 easy ways to teach comparing numbers

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

I'm so glad you joined me for another edition of :

Tips on teaching comparing numbers

This week we will be talking about comparing numbers.

Comparing numbers is such a fun concept to teach!  I love how hands on it can be!  I've compiled 6 fun and engaging ways to teach this...

Pick up this ADORABLE alligator ( bag ) clip from either Tuesday Morning or Amazon...  you can find it here: 

crocodile clip for teaching on comparing numbers greater than less than

Isn't this the greatest thing ever?!?!  I saw this last year and freaked out over it...I've been using it ever since.  It's such a great visual for the kids!  

It's perfect to use as a manipulative, the kids love coming up and using it the correct way.

Create a fun math center that is super engaging and your students will LOVE it.  All you need are pool noodles and a crate and you are all set.  It can easily be differentiated to meet your students needs.

comparing numbers pool noodle center

They can build number sentences like this all along the edges of a laundry basket or crate.  The possibilities are endless:  Instead of numbers like this you can have addition or multiplication sentences that they have to compare or even numbers as high as the thousands place...be creative!

Have them practice this skill with a fun dice game....after teaching a lesson on it...have them follow up with a dice game that they can do alone or with a partner.  You can find that by clicking the picture below:

math dice games

easy manipulative to make for comparing numbers

I like to have my students write numbers on their white boards and use this as manipulative to compare numbers.

This is so fun if you are teaching this concept in the Fall...your students will go crazy over this idea and it will make your math time super engaging and...well yummy!

using candy corn to compare numbers

This is so easy and cheap and you can easily make a class set in no time at all or leave for a parent helper.

comparing numbers craft

I hope these ideas were helpful and new to you.  If you don't already follow me on Instagram be sure to - every Sunday Night I do videos for tips and tricks you can use in your classroom.

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Have a great week and as always...
happy teaching!