Wednesday, October 31, 2012

OH NO!, I Have Been Boo'd!

OH NO! I have been BOO'd by Dana over at Fun in 1st Grade!
Click Below to visit her Gorgeous Blog!
Thank You Dana for sending a BOO my way!

Here is her TpT Store too!

I am going to share a BOOK, a CRAFT and a PRODUCT for my being BOO'd!

One of my favorite books for Halloween is:

Room on a Broom is a great story to read and the kids will love the rhyming.

A blog post for for being BOO'd would not be complete without a great craft idea from Pinterest would it?  So here is a cute little idea for the kids that want to go out and deliver their own BOOs!!!  

(Click the above photo to go to the website)

What could be more simple than a small square of white cloth, a ribbon or piece of yarn and a black pen? Simply take the piece of cloth, center the lollipop underneath, tie it off with the ribbon/string and let them decorate the face. Too cute!

Now for the Product:
Click above to go to this adorable product from "A Cupcake for the Teacher"  It is a great writing craftivity (love that word) for the kiddos!

Here are the directions if you have been BOO'd:

If you've been booed, copy and paste the above pic and these "rules" into your post.
1.  Give a shout out to the blogger who booed you and link back to their site!
2. Share 3-5 October activities, books, products (yours or someone else),
or freebie(s) that you love!
3.  Share the Boo love with 5 bloggers- make sure you check this link to make sure you don't boo someone again:
And don't forget to tell them that they have been BOOED!
4.  Link up {here} so that others can find you and read about your October ideas!  And while you are there... check out the other great blogs!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Place Value Tips and a FREEBIE!!!

Place Value is a "hit or miss" kind of concept for some children. They are either ready or not ready to take on this concept. I have found a really easy and quick way that probably isn't far from what all teachers start with and that is "houses".  We all live in some type of house although it may appear different on the outside, it is where we live. I teach my children that numbers live in houses just like we do and when we move to a new house our address changes just like numbers do. 


The concept of tens and ones is the foundational basis for our numeric system; students should be exposed to the idea of bundling 10 ones immediately. Students must be familiar with and demonstrate their knowledge of this basic premise that a one-digit number indicates the number of ones, while a two-digit number indicates the number of tens and ones.  The idea that each digit in a number has a specific value is key to moving fluently through math. Here is the standard listed below: 

1.NBT.2                                                                                          Understand that the two digits of a two-digit number represent amounts of tens and ones. Understand the following as special cases: 

-10 can be thought of as a bundle of ten ones — called a “ten.” 
-The numbers from 11 to 19 are composed of a ten and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine ones. 
-The numbers 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 refer to one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine tens (and 0 ones).

Here is my tip on helping students understand place value a little better.  I bought 25 of the baseball card protector sheets that hold 9 cards so that I had a pocket for ones, tens and hundreds for my first graders.  I have a file where they can go and get a sheet protector.  Laminating the numbers makes it easier for them to insert since it makes them stiffer and the laminating makes them glide in easier.  They load in the numbers and it begins to click a lot easier for them.  Eventually they don't even need the sheets any longer.

Click this image for your freebie!

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Crazy Pre-K Classroom: Fall Freebie Linky Party!

The Crazy Pre-K Classroom: Fall Freebie Linky Party!: Hello All, I am trying my hand at my first linky party! YEAH! Since fall is my favorite season I thought I would highlight it with links ...

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Welcome To Another Magical Product Swap!!!

This Graphic was created by the talented 3AM Teacher
(Click on the Graphic Above to go to ALL the Blogs in the Product Swap)

YEAH!!! It is time for another FABULOUS MAGICAL PRODUCT SWAP!!!  

A product swap is where a group of teacher bloggers get together and try out each others products.  We create and put their product together, take lots of pictures and write a review about their wonderful creation.  

I am SO lucky because I got to swap products with Lisa Richling and her blog is "Learning is Something to Treasure"
(LOVE the pirate theme!)

                       Lisa's Blog                     Lisa's TpT Store

While Lisa is over at her blog reviewing my product I am going to offer my product "Finally Fall Literacy Centers" as a giveaway.  Please enter your information to win my product that Lisa is reviewing.
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In her adorable pirate themed packet there are math and language arts centers.  There is also a great bonus center called Pirate Thinking Maps and the whole packet is full of creativity and FUN, FUN, FUN!!!

Here are some collage photos of the activities she provides in this fabulous unit:

Pirate Palooza Unit by Lisa Richling!
(Secret!!! It is on Sale in her TpT Store, SO GO and Get It!!!)


Sailing Through the Sounds

"X" Marks the Spot Sentences

Vowels on a Voyage

Pirate Palooza Paragraph Writing

Arrrrrr Controlled Vowels


Shiver Me Timbers Number Sequence

Pirate Place Value

ARRRR, Some Addition

Subtraction Sail-abration

If you have not seen Lisa's creative and fun products you must go to her blog and TpT store to see how wonderful they are!!! Thanks so much for being a part of the "Magical Product Swap" this weekend.  A BIG "Thank You" to Lisa for sharing her "Pirate Palooza" product with me and all of you!