Thursday, February 27, 2014

3 Million Teachers SALE

Super exciting day today!! Teachers Pay Teachers is celebrating more than 3 million teachers by holding a sale. Use code TPT3 at checkout to receive up to 10% off. As a bonus for you, my entire store is 20% off. Do the math, friends... that's some great savings going on there!!

The only down side is that this is a 48-hour sale so hurry, fill up your cart and score some amazing deals.

Pre-K, Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschooler, Staff -

Happy shopping!!

~Miss B.~

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Getting Seuss-i-fied

Dr. Seuss' Birthday/Read Across America week is one of my favorite things to celebrate. First of all, Dr. Seuss' books are incredible. I love that they challenge you to think outside of what you know to be real and true. Life is wonderful in a Dr. Seuss book. And then hello!!! A whole week to celebrate reading?!?! Uh- YAH, girlfriend!! That's what I'm talking about.

I don't have a lot of free time... especially with spring break and AIMS right around the corner (Eeps!) but I had to... HAD. TO... add a little Dr. Seuss flair to my room. Some of my favorite quotes, truffula trees, a hand-drawn Lorax (hey, I've never claimed to be good at drawing!) and a matching hallway!

So, without further adieu... my back wall/hallway makeover:

Happy 110th birthday, Dr. Seuss. I'll never stop celebrating your fantastic legacy!

-Miss B.-

Monday, February 24, 2014

Roll - Read - Write

Who knew something so simple would end up being so much fun?!?! I've tried something similar to this in the past (a TpT find) and it was fun, but the excitement didn't last long at all. However, since we're big on practicing our trick words right now, I figured I'd make my own and test them out.

I don't know if it's the colored dice I use or the star stickers they get when they finish, but they absolutely love this. Dice go flying every which way. It's a friendly competition... and they have no idea they are learning. (Shhhh!!)

The instructions are simple, really.

1) Roll the dice.

2) Whatever word is below the die picture which corresponds to the number you just rolled, read it.

3) Write the word in the box below it.

With the younger kiddos (K-1st grade), we did a word competition to see which word would be the most popular... or which word was written the most times. The older kiddos (2nd-3rd) did a full on competition to see who could finish first.

The catch... they have to say the word before or after they write it. If they forget to actually say the word, I just might be there with my bright red teachers marker to "x" out a box or two. For every page they complete, I give them a gold star sticker.

Just to shake things up a bit, I let a couple of the kiddos do their writing up on the board. This was just as fun for them!

Here's the versions I currently have in my store... click on the image to be taken there. More word lists to come soon!

Roll Read Write --> (1-100 Fry List Sight/High Frequency Words)

Roll Read Write --> (101-200 Fry List Sight Words/High Fre

Roll Read Write --> (201-300 Fry List Sight Words/High Fre

Roll Read Write --> (301-400 Fry List Sight Words/High Fre

Roll Read Write --> (501-600 Fry List Sight Words/High Fre

Oh the fun we have with this (learning) activity!!

-Miss B.-

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Bright Ideas Math Blog Hop - FREEBIES Galore!!!!!

I'm excited to participate in my very first Blog Hop!!!!

While my "specialty" is reading, I've decided to participate in this hop as I think there's a very important part of math I can address... word problems. I see my third, fourth and fifth graders still struggling with this. I cannot tell you how many times I have to remind them to read the whole problem before they try to solve it. There's just something about mixing reading with math that gets kiddos super confused.

So I put together a little "freebie" for you... four very simple word problems that are geared towards beginning reading/math skills and don't go any higher than a sum of five. Read them to your class, write them on the board or use them in small groups. This may even be something you want to send home so parents can practice with their kiddos. It's important to get them thinking outside of simple addition of numbers and begin thinking about real life situations where math comes in to play.

So, without any further adieu, here is my "Word Problem FREEBIE". Click on the picture, download, print and enjoy! And be sure to check out the other products in my store. They have all been helpful for me and I'm sure they'll help you, too!

Word Problems FREEBIE

And once you're finished downloading the "Word Problems FREEBIE", be sure to head on over to Proud To Be Primary and see what great freebie she has up for grabs. 

Proud to be Primary

Happy Hopping!!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Taking Home The Gold!

I couldn't possibly let the Olympics pass by without somehow incorporating that into my lesson plan. I did some research and couldn't quite find what I was looking for, so I created my own Olympic-themed literacy unit.

Rather than titling each activity, I named them after Olympic sports... figure skating, bobsledding, ice hockey, etc. Each "sport" was timed and the kiddos (now each representing a different country) were competing against each other.

To start the week off, I asked the kiddos if they have been watching the Olympics on tv. I asked which was their favorite sport and tried to get a feeling for how much they knew about the Olympics. Then I explained what we'd be doing for the week.

I handed them each a country card (which I assigned at random... otherwise there would be a lot of arguing and complaining!) and for the rest of the week, they were no longer boys and girls... they were countries. I gave them each their special Olympic book marks and encouraged them to read an Olympic-themed book at home this week. I apparently didn't get any pictures of the bookmarks, though. Oops!

One day at a time, we conquered the "sports". The kiddos had so much fun competing in pretend sports and earning gold star stickers (kept on the back of their country card) for a chance to win a gold medal.

 At the end of the week, I tallied up all the gold stars each country had earned and announced the winners. I had printed out the medal template on different shades of "gold" paper, punched a hole through the top and tied some yarn through.

The kiddos were all so anxious to see who would be getting the gold medal... but then were quite elated to see everyone got a gold medal!

We had a lot of fun learning about the Olympics (how/when they started, how often they are, what sports are included, etc.), practicing our fluency and comprehension skills, drilling trick words and winning gold medals. My favorite part was how they all worked together as a team!!

If you're interested in purchasing this unit from my TpT store, click on the image below. I may be making some revisions to it in the near future and adding a few more things so if you purchase it now, you'll automatically get the updates for free!

Olympic-Themed Literacy Centers/Small Group Activities

USA all the way!

~Miss B.~

Sunday, February 16, 2014

72-Hour Sale

Just because I feel like it, I'm running a 20% off EVERYTHING sale for the next 72 hours in my Teachers-pay-Teachers store. If you've been eyeballing something, now's the time to grab it.

Ready... set... SHOP!!

(Click on the picture. It will take you to my store!)

Monday, February 3, 2014

February 100 Challenge

I have a big favor to ask of you. If you haven't already, would you head over to my Facebook page and *like* it? And going one step further, would you share my page with your friends? My goal is to reach 100 *likes* by the end of February.

When I reach that beloved 100 by the end of February, one lucky winner (drawn at random) will enjoy one item of their choosing from my TpT store absolutely FREE!! So please help me spread the word and reach my goal. Thank you!