Sunday, November 11, 2012

Turkey Math Station

Hey Gang! Thanksgiving is around the corner and so here is my math station this week. Here are the materials you will need: paper, pen, scissors, glue, markers, and dice.
Use cups to trace the body and head.
Glue the head and body together.
Draw face and talons.
Have the student roll a dice to make a fact family with pictures.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

FREE STAAR Sorry Gameboard

I made this Sorry gameboard for our state assessment. Make/Print question cards for review for the test. I am using old TAKS consumables  that from our old math adoptions as questions. Students glue questions in math journal, answer the questions and roll to move their pawn. FUN! 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Top Ten Best Books for Teachers

HoJo's Teaching Adventures is hosting a linky party for Top Ten Best Books for Teachers. I have decided to make my Top Ten Read Alouds that I have used. Absolutely my best, my finest books that I have the honor (and  time) to have read to the children. 
Also, you can follow me on Facebook as well. If not, no problem. No feelings hurt.
 Okay onto the list. Starting with Number 10...

#10 A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck (4th-6th grade)

#9 Firegirl by Tony Abbott (4th-6th grade)

#8 Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan (4th-6th grade)

#7 Jackie and Me by Dan Gutman (3rd-5th grade)

#6 How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor (4th-6th grade)

#5 The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin (3rd-5th grade)

#4 Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins(4th-6th grade)

#3 Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo (3rd-5th grade)

#2 Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix (4th-6th grade)

#1 Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (4th-6th grade)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Spring Education Linky Party

Welcome to Spring Education Linky Party! Here are a few freebies I have used or about to use in the coming weeks. Click on the pictures for direct links to the resources.  I invite you to the linky party as well on your own blog. Share, Share, Share!
Language Arts Stations:
St. Patrick's Day Theme with ABC order sight words
St. Patrick's Day blends sort
Great colors for Easter Contraction station. Print, cut, and laminate. How about getting a bit of sweet, smelling Easter grass and a basket too?

Math Stations: 

Cute, cute graphics and place values for tens and ones.
Roll a dice, double it, and add one. Excellent mental math. Everyone needs to practice mental math. 

Thanks for stopping by, Friends!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Winner Announced!

And the winner of the Versace Bright Crystal is...

Melinda Mitchellwilcoxwilliamson wrote:
"If I Ran the Circus" conjures up many memories of all the fun creatures and their fun circus acts."

My personal favorite as a kid was (and still is) Hop on Pop.

Congratulations to the winner! Inbox me or email me your information for me to mail it. Thank you for everyone  who entered. Please claim prize within 14 days or prize will return to prize vault. 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Quick Project for Book Club Mini-Clipboards

I saw these cute mini-clipboards on Echoes of Laughter via Pinterest. The kid will use them for his book club. We used the following items:
Mod Podge
Sponge brushes
Recycled Paper
Embellishment stickers
I got everything from the "Dollar Store" except for the Mod Podge. 

EASY Steps:
1. Measure the paper so that it will fit the area of the clipboard.
2. Coat the mini clipboard with Mod Pogde. 
3. Press your paper firmly on the clipboard. 
4.When dry, apply ribbon with Mod Podge.
5. Decorate with Embellishment stickers. Done!

Friday, March 2, 2012

The Contest is ON!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss! This picture book, "The Boy On Fairfield Street" won the Texas Bluebonnet Award in 2005. It is a great biography of Ted Geisel's life as a child. It reminds us that not all children learn the same way. 
In honor of his birthday, let's have a giveaway! It's a big one! 

Simply answer this question: What is your favorite Dr. Seuss book? I am giving away a Versace Bright Crystal 1.7 oz.I will even pay for shipping! Post here or on the Facebook page. Contest ends Thursday, March 8, 2012 11:59pm. Good luck and tell a friend! 

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Scooping up Sight Words!

This literacy station is fairly simple and fun. Write your grade level sight words on different color ice cream wooden spoons. Use small plastic cups for the "ice cream flavors." I made cookies dough, chocolate, cookies and cream, French Vanilla, black cherry, mint chip, and strawberry (left to right).  I found these at King Dollar $1.09 in the party/craft section. Students pick a spoon, read the word, spelling it, and put it in their ice cream cup. Play with a partner to see who can get the most scoops correctly.  

Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012

QR-Codes Fortune Math Stations

I found these cute Pirates Plunder Money Change  station for my class from Easy Peasy Primary Resources.
I decided to add a bit of technology to the workstation by making QR codes Fortunes. When the student wins the station, they can pick their heart fortune, scan with iPad app, and go back to the workstation to start a new game.

 You need QR Codes, scissors, glue, and heart die-cuts. You can use any die-cut but since it's almost Valentine's Day, I'm using hearts. How cute and cheesy!

Cut out QR Code and glue it the die-cute. Make about 20. You can print my QR Codes or make your own at I just typed in fortunes, created it small, and pasted into Microsoft Word document.
Students scan the heart fortune and receive their fortune. Talk about FUN and motivating. 

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mental Math for 5th Graders

I was cleaning out my game closet when I came across my son's tub of Play-Doh. Most were old and useless to play with but I paused when I was inspecting the cups. I saw Math Towers on Pinterest and instantly thought I could use these for my son. I created these Mental Math play-doh cups for my fifth grader with multiplying by 10's, 100's, 1,000's, and 10,000's.  It's the same concept with math facts but on a higher level.
Teach your kiddos to first on multiplying the number other than zero. For example:
Google Docs
You can use dry-erase markers to change it up. You can use a timer so they can improve their mental math time.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Kickin' It: Kick 3 Bad Habits

It always seems like every year, I am always adding to my New Year's Resolution List. This year I have decided to delete bad habits. Instead of adding resolutions that last until about ...January 15, I am getting rid of three bad habits. 
Bad Habit #1: Flossing
I hardly floss. So bad, I know. I should know better because the lady who cleans my teeth always busts my chops about it. "You hardly come to the dentist. And you never floss." Tsk Tsk Tsk. My appointment is January 10 and let's hope by deleting this bad habit will improve her mood about my teeth. Well, actually improve my teeth too.
Bad Habit #2: Sleeping
I'll be honest. I only get 6 hours or less sleep at night. I go to bed very late which is really not necessary.  That sleep that I do get is not restful either. I think I stay up late until I feel completely exhausted and then I head to bed. Guess what? I wake up completed exhausted. So good-bye, Bad Habit #2, I'll going to bed two hours earlier. I might even get to read!
Bad Habit #3: Spending

Is it just me or not spending money hard? I never realized how much I spend daily. It might just be something small like the vending machine for a soda or picking up dinner because I stayed too late at school. But over time, those daily unnecessary spending adds up. I'm kicking the weekly habit of eating out. That alone can be unhealthy and also wastes money. 
Hopefully my three deletions will add up to a better ME in 2012. Gosh, that was cheesy.
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