Sunday, November 9, 2014

Interactive Student Notebook Numbers to 20 Plus Tips

I have a brand new Interactive Student Notebook for Kindergarten teachers that I am excited to share!!!

First, I wanted to answer a couple of questions that have come up often with my Facebook Fans.  One question that I get often is when should I allow my students to start cutting and gluing.  That answer is simple, NOW!!!  They should be cutting and gluing day 1, yes even in Kindergarten.  Model, model, model, practice, practice, practice.  Most of my activities in my ISNs are easy straight lines to cut.  We all have those students with fine motor issues, you can assign them a buddy who is a fast finisher or help them yourself if they are struggling.

Another question, what do I do if my students take too long cutting and gluing.  I suggest setting a timer.  Children love to beat the clock!  Those that don't finish, don't have time to color and they can put all unfinished pieces in an envelope glued to the back!

My Interactive Student Notebooks sell for just $4.00.  My bundle is only $12.50 and you get Numbers to 5, Numbers to 10, Numbers to 20, and Addition.   Click on the picture below to purchase it on TPT.

The following are all the pages in my brand new Numbers to 20 Interactive Student Notebook.  You can purchase it for only $4.00.  Your students will be completely engaged in these lessons that include the preview, interactive, and process pieces and show pictures of all completed pages.  You can try out Numbers 11 and 12 for FREE by clicking the PREVIEW in my Bundle HERE.

Numbers 11 and 12

Numbers 13 and 14 

Numbers 15 and 16 

Numbers 17 and 18 

Numbers 19 and 20 

Write Numbers to 20 

Comparing Groups to 20
 Number Order to 20

 Naming the Next Number to 20

Give Interactive Student Notebooks a try with your Kindergarten students.  They will have such a blast!  Share with me a picture from ANY of my ISNs that I can feature on my blog and Facebook page you'll get a whole unit FREE!

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Kindergarten Interactive Notebook Math Bundle on Educents

I asked Educents if I could put something up for sale on their site and they said yes and asked me if I would bundle my Kindergarten Math Interactive Student Notebooks.  Of course, I said yes!  These are probably my favorite product that I have made to date.

Educents is offering my product on sale for $7.99, which is a 34% off discount!  You get my Interactive Student Notebook Numbers to 5, Numbers to 10, and  Addition.  If you were thinking of trying ISNs with your Kindergarten students now is the perfect time to grab this deal as it is only on sale for a limited time.  

Mine are unique because they include the preview (what do I know?), interactive (guided practice), and process (what do I know now?) pieces.  I worked out each page and colored the pictures so all examples are included in the packet as well.  These are interactive and FUN!

I went on another interview last week and shared this at the very end and the principal told me she really loved it!  I know you will too!

Click any of the pictures to get this great deal for a limited time!

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Unique English Game Ideas to Practice Verbs

Today, I am thrilled to share with you a guest blog post from Catherine Ross!  She is a firm believer in making learning fun just like me!  Thanks for being a guest blogger for me Catherine.

Unique English Game Ideas to Practice Verbs
What can be the best way to practice verb related exercises such as subject-verb agreement and irregular verbs with children, besides regular worksheets? While the online space is filled with a plethora of educational English games, there are a number of ideas in the offline space as well that teachers and homeschooling parents can explore in the classroom with their students! Here are a few offline English games that will help kids practice subject-verb agreement, language speaking skills, and irregular verbs in a fun way, in the classroom, with friends, at a party, or just about anywhere!

Sing Song
There are quite a few song lyrics websites that don’t require users to unnecessarily go through the hassle of a mandatory registration process to download lyrics. Look up such websites and download lyrics of a few children-friendly songs from their collection of millions for the kids. If you believe in preserving natural resources and avoiding unnecessary usage of paper, write down the lyrics of the songs. Choose a song that that has several instances of subject-verb disagreement and discuss them with your child. Find out possible reasons why the writer may have used improper grammar in the songs, fix the errors, read and reread to check if they still rhyme, and so on. This is a great subject-verb agreement game that the kids will enjoy!

Current Affairs
Make a great English game out of a general knowledge exercise. Choose a current event from a website or an e-paper and discuss it in the class. When you are sure the students understand the event and the circumstances leading to it, download another news article on the same event from a different website or e-paper and edit it to delete the verbs in each sentence. Not only will children be required to find suitable words to fill in the blanks, but will have to align them to the nouns as well, therefore making it a great classroom activity.

Oral storytelling is a great way to practice irregular verbs with children. Besides, speaking in front of one’s whole class is an excellent activity to boost children’s confidence and public speaking skills too. Topics pertaining to real life events, future plans, interesting festivals, and vacations can encourage great conversations among all age groups. And, impromptu speeches and lectures will inevitably have many instances of irregular verbs helping children to learn and practice them!
Once done with storytelling, you can choose to weave a chain-story in the class. Being the class teacher, you will have to initiate a conversation with any interesting line, such as “Suddenly, I heard a thud from my bedroom…” Students will have to continue the story by adding sentences that contain irregular verbs in past tense, such as “I ran to see what happened”, and carry the story forward. Continue till all the students have had a chance to say a line each.

Verb Bingo
Create a 5x5 grid on cardstock and fill up each box with an irregular verb. Make a grid for each student and distribute them. Coordinating with the words on the grids, create chits of the present tense verbs of all the verbs on the grids. You will call out the present tense of an irregular verb, and students will mark the past tense if they have it on their grid. The first student to get a ‘quick five (five in a row)’ or a full house wins the game.
I have used these English games in the classroom and they’ve proved to be a great success! Hope these English games help you as well!

Author Bio:
Catherine Ross is a full-time stay-at-home-mum who believes learning should be enjoyable for young minds. An erstwhile elementary school teacher, Catherine loves coming up with creative ways through which kids can grasp the seemingly difficult concepts of learning easily. She believes that a ‘fun factor’ can go a long way in enhancing kids’ understanding and blogs at

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Teaching Sight Words

It is so important that children not just learn how to decode words through phonics, but also learn those tricky words that just can't be sounded, which are sight words.  It also helps their reading fluency.

I have found that it is best to find high engaging activities to help children learn their sight words.  Some of the ways I teach sight words include:

Music -

Movement - Sight Word Cheers and Chants

Highlighting the Sight Words in printable books using a highlighter or in a regular book with highlighter tape.

Playing sight word learning games!  You can grab this one free until November 5th on my Facebook page by clicking the pictures and then liking my page.  Next click on Fan Freebies under more.  It is editable so you can edit the sight words to what you want them to be!  I used the first 48 Fry words. 

Fall Editable Sight Word Blast Game with a Twist

Fall Editable Sight Word Blast - Game with a unique twist

How do you teaching sight words to make them fun for your students?  Share in the comments below!

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fall 2nd Grade Centers

I just created some brand new 2nd grade centers with a Fall theme.  As I mentioned in my How I Run My Reading Centers post, I love to have a game center, writing center, and a word work center as part of the rotation.  These Fall 2nd Grade Reading and Math Centers include activities to go with those centers.  Click any of the pictures to check it out in my TPT store or click HERE to buy it in my Teacher's Notebook store.

A Bundle of Fall Centers - 2nd Grade

A Bundle of Fall Centers - 2nd Grade
 Write The Room Contractions
A Bundle of Fall Centers 2nd Grade
Bushel of Blends Blast - Game with a Twist
A Bundle of Fall Centers 2nd Grade
 Fall Themed Bump Game

A Bundle of Fall Centers - 2nd Grade
 Place Value Riddles - Differentiated Task Cards
A Bundle of Fall Centers 2nd Grade
Pumpkin Regrouping 2 Digit Addition 
Use as a write on wipe of activity if laminated, Write the Room, or use the game board provided.

There is also a sort for sentences and fragments and 2nd bump game using dice.

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Cooperative Learning In The Fall

Last school year for my DPP (Deliberate Practice Plan) I set out to engage students in groups and partners.  I found the more time spent in groups and partners doing activities the more engaged my Kindergarten students truly were.  Cooperative group activities work well with any grade!

One simply activity is called "Stand Up, Hand Up, Pair Up."  In this activity students stand up and put their hand up until their find their match.  Students then discuss why they are a match.  I made some fun place value cards to 120 for you to try out this fun activity in my Fall Place Value to 120 Cooperative Learning Activities.  Pick any 2 of the 4 kinds of place value to try this one out.  Click the picture to check it out.

Fall Place Value to 120 Cooperative Learning

Fall Place Value to 120 Cooperative Learning

Another simple activity is 4 Corners.  You put a vocabulary word up on each corner of the wall.  Give each student a card and they walk to the wall that fits their card.  The cards in my Fall Place Value to 120 Cooperative Group Activities will work with this as well using all 4 cards.  Students figure out if they have the Expanded Notation, Word Form, Standard Form, or Pictorial (Base Ten Blocks).  You can check it out by clicking on any of the picture below or any from above.

Fall Place Value to 120 Cooperative Learning

I would love to hear how you use cooperative learning activities in the classroom.  Let me and my readers know in the comments below and tell us your grade level.  I love learning new cooperative learning techniques.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Music in Literature Plus Brain Break Giveaway

It has been quite some time since I've had a giveaway and also awhile since I have done a review on a CD from The Learning Station.  As many of you who follow me know, I do work with them in social media.  These opinions though are still completely of my own.

The Learning Station's website, blog, and store

Many teachers like to tie stories into many activities besides comprehension.  One fun unique way is to tie in literature with music!  The Learning Station has an amazing CD called "Literacy in Motion."  There are 20 songs that correlate with very popular children's literature.

"Wild Things" goes with the popular book "Where The Wild Things Are," "The Giving Song" correlates with the book "The Giving Tree", "Goldilocks and the 3 Bears" goes with the book of the same name and "Head to Toe Dance" is a fun brain break that goes with Eric Carle's popular book "From Head To Toe."

They have a video for "Hungry Caterpillar," another popular book by Eric Carle "The Very Hungry Caterpillar."  My Kindergarten children loved this song last year.  One of my personal favorites is "Green Eggs and Ham" with the song by the same name.  Other favorites, which also have videos on YouTube include: "Old McDonald," "Five Little Monkeys," "I Know An Old Lady," "Special Friends", and "Kwanzaa."  Click the names of the songs to go to the videos!

The 2nd CD is filled with fun brain breaks.  Children need to have time to just plain have fun and rest their brain.  This gets them ready for learning!  "Brain Boogie Boosters" does just that and includes many very popular songs by The Learning Station.

"Greetings" is a great song to begin the day or when you have a new student join the class.  They recently made a Yoga video for this one.  "Move and Freeze" is a fun song that tells children how to move and then all of a sudden they have to freeze!   "Boogie Rock", the title track "Brain Boogie Boosters", and "Wadlee Atcha" are fun movement songs that are bound to be favorites in your class.  "Itsy Bitsy Spider", the popular nursery rhyme is a fun movement activity to be done with a partner.  Be sure to also check out the Yoga videos for "It's a Marvelous Day," and "Brain Breaks."  "I Gotta Go" is a great song to teach your students proper bathroom procedures in a fun way!  "Skip Count" is a fun song to help teach an essential math skill in skip counting.  My favorite on this CD has to be "You Are Heart" a song with a beautiful message and the children in the video will bring a smile to your face.

 * Please note the videos do not come with the CDs.  You may view them on YouTube by clicking on the titles.

Are you ready to win these 2 incredible CDs?  You can enter by following the directions in the Rafflecopter app.  Do as little or as many entries that you would like.  Be sure to follow The Learning Station on Facebook!  The contest runs for 5 full days from September 25th at midnight Eastern Time Zone until September 30th at midnight.  A winner will be chosen from all CORRECT entries.  You will have 48 hours to respond to the e-mail or a new winner will be chosen. 

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fall Freebie Linky Party

My linky parties have been very popular in the past.  In this linky party you will find products that have to do with the Fall/Autumn season that are FREE forever!  The fall freebies may also include fall holidays such as Columbus Day, Halloween, and Thanksgiving.

Credit for the adorable picture goes to Whimsy Workshop Teaching, visit her blog by clicking on the picture below!

Those that make teaching products may link up anything that is Fall related only if you promise the product will remain free forever.  Products may be from Teachers Notebook, Teachers Pay Teachers, or anywhere else.  No deleting the product and adding a price to the freebie.  I would also love it if you would share this blog post by either using the picture created on your own blog and linking back to this post or sharing this all over Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, G+.

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

How I Run Reading Centers

I have been asked in the past and get asked this question from time to time during interviews, how do I run my reading centers?

Graphics in above picture from Ashley Hughes

Well it has varied group to group.  I have to wait until they are semi-independent first with independent work and figure out if I have a class who mostly gets along with each other or if it is a class full of behavior problems.  

In the years I've had tough kiddos I only put pairs of students together, which means 8 to 10 centers depending on how many students I have.  Typically, they do independent work first and when they are done they go to their center.  They go to one center day (this way I don't have to constantly come up with new centers) and work on unfinished work and then when I'm done with my first activities.

The past year when I taught Kindergarten, I went with 3 students per center and had 5 to 6 centers.  I went with 3 instead of 4 because I had 3 computers and that was one center.  I also had Library, Listening Center, Word Work, Games (these were educational games), and Writing center.  My students favorite center was writing when I included Write The Room.  They also completed independent work first, then did 1 center so I only had to change them weekly, worked on incomplete work, and then when I'm done with my work activities.

Any specific questions feel free to leave them in the comments.  

Check out some of my new Write the Room Centers below!  They are currently only $1 each.  Click the pictures to check them out.  There is also a freebie for you as well!
Write the Room School Edition Beginning Sounds

Write The Room Animal Edition Beginning Sounds

Write the room Ocean Animals Edition Beginning Sounds

Write The Room Sports Edition Sight Words - 2 different levels is FREE.  This is my 49th Freebie on Teachers Pay Teachers!  Be sure to check out my store HERE to check them all out.  I appreciate any kind feedback.  If I know you like them, I'll continue to make freebies!

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