Love notes to your students

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Hi teacher friends!!!  Happy Wait for it Wednesday, I'm so excited to share with you one way that I love on my students in a BIG way!
It's cheap/free, easy and meaningful... what more can you ask for anyway right?!?!  



I think it is so important to continue to build on the relationships you have in your classroom all year long.  They long for that with you as well.  
I leave little notes on their desks periodically to show them how much I care and I wish I could post a video of their responses.  It's like Christmas morning guys and I'm not even kidding.  They LOVE these notes.  I try to do them seasonally but one of the most important things is these notes are personalized just to suit them and why I appreciate them.  
Here are some examples of notes I've done:

building classroom community

building classroom community

I always write my students a note on the first day of school AND the first Friday of that week as well.  It starts the year off on the right foot and lets them know how much you care. 

building classroom community

These are my most recent ones that I did this week - if you are interested in doing this as well you can get these here

building classroom community

I hope you can use these to build classroom community and show your students how much you care.  I always say:  They will always remember how you made them feel. 
Anywho, go out there and love on your students!  Happy { almost Christmas break} my teacher friends.


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xo,






Number line fun

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

There are so many fun ways to use the number line in the classroom!  BUT first.... make the number line FUN...then do the FUN things with it.  Check out my newest product....number line manipulatives.  My students are LOVING these!


number line ideas


You can grab these number lines { here } , 
number line ideas
they come with instructions on how to make them AND you've got to pick up the fun animal beads instead of the normal go to circular beads.  I promise it will make this task even MORE engaging!  If you want to watch a video where I explain these in more detail head on over to my instagram stories.  I found my animal beads at Michaels.

NOW that you have the fun number lines you are ready to make your math practice, review and lessons more engaging and memorable for your students!  Play games with the number lines, ask questions and have them hold up their number lines with the bead on the correct answer.  Have them work in pairs and ask one another addition/subtraction questions.  The possibilities are endless.  
For instance, they can ask their partner questions like:  Move your bead and show 4 more than 8.  What is 5 less than 16?  It would even work perfectly if you just have a few minutes before snack and need some 'filler' time.  
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happy teaching!
xo,



Bowling Ball Snowman Game and Tutorial

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Are you looking for more holiday ideas, Christmas games for parties or even cute decor?
This idea will be perfect to use in your classroom before you go off for break.  I bought these plastic bowling pins and balls at Target one summer...keep your eyes out next spring/summer.
Honestly, I've had them in my garage for probably a couple of years.  I have finally decided what to do with them... they started out like this:
Christmas party game idea
I had a vision of turning all of these into snowmen, I knew I would need the following to make it work:
* hot glue gun/ glue sticks
* scissors
* pipe cleaner
* twine
* pom poms
* material
* sharpie

So I got right to work, first I worked on the cute earmuffs.  I just pre cut twine to use as the connecting part and glued the pom poms on either side of the top of each pin.  

snowmen bowling pins
Next, I added the scarf, on some of them I used thick, bushy pipe cleaner and on some I used fabric and cut the ends like you see below to add detail.

Christmas games

Christmas party game ideas


Christmas party games
Is this the cutest!!?!?!  
Set it up and you're all set...have fun!!

snowman bowling set for parties








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.  

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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.  

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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

Try it out, don't forget to follow me here every Wednesday for my Wait for it Wednesday blog posts or on Instagram for my Sunday Night Snippets every Sunday night where I share tips and tricks you can use right away in your classroom.
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


Hahaha,
 take care my friends!!!
xo,





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:  



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Happy teaching my friends,
xo,


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!!
xo,