Saturday, December 8, 2018

My Mistletoe Christmas Craft and Poem

One of the most memorable Christmas crafts that I have done has to be this fun Mistletoe Craft!  I had seen the poem somewhere online and knew that this craft would simply be perfect for it!  The kids and I had a great time making them and the parents were so touched and over the moon to have received them!



Clip art by Graphics from the Pond.

Click to the affiliate links to purchase the recommended materials for the project then scroll down to download the template for FREE!

Step 1: Print the template front and back on white cardstock then have students sign their name at the bottom of the poem.

Step 2: Paint the bottoms of the kids feet green.

Step 3: Guide the kids to gently and carefully place them on the template with their name.

Step 4: Once the paint is dry, punch two holes next to each other on top of the front of the template.

Step 5: Loop a short string of red ribbon through the holes then tie it into a bow!

Click the download button for your own copy!

Here are some Holiday Resources that you may be interested in!





Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Teaching Main Idea and Supporting Details


I love using both nonfiction and fiction texts to teach identifying main idea and supporting details to my students!

For this particular lesson, I chose the topic of Christmas Trees/evergreens since we are heading into the Holiday Season.

First, I explained to my students that the main idea is what the text is mostly about and the supporting details are helpful information to help the reader learn more about the main idea.  Next, I created this simple Christmas Tree anchor chart with my students.  

I used the book Oh, Christmas Tree! from Reading A-Z which was perfect for the lesson, and we read the first chapter on evergreens aloud.  After reading, I used sticky notes to record the students' responses on what they thought the main idea was and three supporting details.


The next day, we read The Biggest Christmas Tree Ever by Steven Kroll and then identified the main idea and three supporting details as a class.  Since fictional texts are more challenging for little learners to identify the main idea, I asked my students to close their eyes and think deeply about what the entire story was all about.  After recording their response, they shared three supporting details aloud and wrote them on their copy of the graphic organizer.


To transform the activity into a craftivity, I printed the graphic organizer onto Astrobright Green Paper, folded the sections of the tree, hole punched in the middle of the tree, and taught my students to loop their colorful straws through the tree.  The students then shared their writing and then I hung their evergreen trees onto our display wall.

Click on the image below to download your free copy of the graphic organizer!  Happy Teaching!!!


For more Reading Comprehension printables, check out this resource below!




Sunday, November 25, 2018

15 Gingerbread Activities for Kids

The Holiday Season is finally upon us again, and I can't wait to share with you 15 fun Gingerbread Activities that my friends and I have rounded up for you! Click on the links below to grab them all!

Happy Holidays!!!


FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
Gingerbread Write the Room // The Kindergarten Connection
Editable Gingerbread Board Game // Fun Learning for Kids
Gingerbread Playdough Mats // The STEM Laboratory
Retelling the Gingerbread Man // Sara J. Creations
Gumdrop Patterns // Playdough to Plato
Gingerbread Problem Solving // Recipe for Teaching
Gingerbread Number Puzzles Freebie // A Dab of Glue Will Do
How to Bake Gingerbread Cookies Cut and Paste // Happy Days in First Grade
Gingerbread CVC Mats // Fairy Poppins
Holiday Gingerbread Syllable Sort // Mrs. Jones Creation Station
Gingerbread House I Spy // Teach Me Mommy
Gingerbread Sight Word Game // The Letters of Literacy


Monday, November 12, 2018

How to Bake Gingerbread Cookies Cut & Paste FREEBIE

'Tis the season again for all things Christmas and Gingerbread!!!  While I love all the sights of Christmas lights and decor, nothing feels like the holidays to me than the smell of gingerbread cookies!

Therefore, I am sharing with you my newest How to Bake Gingerbread Cookies Cut and Paste FREEBIE!

If your little ones are learning how to read and follow procedural texts, this is an easy and simple whole-group or small-group activity.  Complete it and then why not enjoy some gingerbread cookies afterwards?!




Click to the image below to download the FREEBIE!




Sunday, October 21, 2018

My Totally RAD 80's Birthday Party

Recently I turned the BIG 3-5 and since I was an 80's baby,  I had no choice but to celebrate it BIG as hair was back then and made it TOTALLY RAD! :)

I had the best of times planning this party and could not have done so without the help from Oriental Trading Company!  Scroll down below for all the details then click on the names of the items for their direct links!

To set up my cake table, I hung a colorful Paint Splattered Backdrop and decorated the table with these retro-fun Cassette Tape Buckets that were perfect to hold the Neon Jelly Bracelets, glowsticks, and custom sugar cookies from my talented friend, Antoinette from Shoelaces and Sugar Cookies! Alongside the cake, I placed some cassette napkins, totally awesome cake plates, and an Inflatable Boom Box  that were so fitting for the party and made it even more RAD!

         



Since I wanted to include my children, I decided to make it a family party and making these fun gift bags could not have been easier with these Bright Neon Treat Bags, 80's Plastic Cups, Bright Puzzle Cubes, and Neon Hexagon Bubble Bottles!


Needlessly to say, I had an AWESOME time celebrating and felt like one lucky star! :)




Monday, October 8, 2018

My Industrial Chic Classroom Reveal & FREEBIE


If you have been following me on Instagram, you may already know that my school has been building a brand new, state-of-the-art, STEM campus behind our existing building since last year.  While we were hoping that the new building would be ready at the end of August, scheduling and weather actually pushed us back six weeks.

As any teacher knows, moving is no easy task, but moving during a four-day holiday weekend while also teaching up to the day of the move is honestly, a BEAST!  I mean, we literally MOVED an entire school to a new campus within a couple of days!  

Here's a picture of our hallway at dismissal on THURSDAY!




Here is a picture of my new classroom and before all the boxes arrived!


And here's when all the fun began and please let me just tell you, there were definitely more and more boxes in the background.  😅




While I must say that it was stressful and challenging, the end result has definitely paid off! With the help of my family, friends, some high school football players, and great friends at Oriental Trading for making my Industrial Chic dreams come TRUE!  

So without further-ado, here is my new Industrial Chic CLASSROOM!  To purchase the products, click on the links!

Supplies Caddies

Let's start with these adorable Burlap Supplies Caddies and plastic mason jars!  The caddies are held together by durable velcro and super easy to put together.  I used the short mason jars for crayons, pint jars to store our jumbo glue sticks and pencils, and the Black and White Striped Satin Ribbon to add a little accent to the already chic caddies. To label the caddies, I simply used a permanent marker and that was it!




My New Library Center

One of the advantages of my new classroom is that I have two very big windows!  When I saw this little corner by this window, I knew it was perfect for a quiet and peaceful reading nook for my kids.


Let's start with the bulletin board! Since I wanted to achieve a less colorful and calming environment for my new classroom, I knew that I needed to choose from more neutral colors.  With that being said, I decided to pair the Fadeless White Shiplap Bulletin Paper with the  Black and White Striped Border, Motivational Wall Cling and the adorable Light Bulb Bulletin Board Cut-Outs.  Once complete, I was head-over-heels in love with how the pieces went so effortlessly and beautifully well together!   I am so excited to use this board to post pictures of my kids throughout the year!


As for the book baskets, I decided to trade my rainbow tubs for these simple, inexpensive baskets and added the Black and White Stripe Ribbon for some accent bows.



Calendar

This Industrial Chic Calendar Set was the perfect addition for my new theme!  All the pieces that I needed came together as well as some accent star and heart pieces that I was able to use throughout my classroom!


Student Cubbies

To freshen these student cubbies with a simple and quick solution, I lined them with white cardstock and placed wooden trays on top to hold scissors for my Table Captains to quickly pass them out when needed.




The bulletin board above the cubbies is meant to serve as inspirational and positive reminders for my students in such a high traffic area.  Although the writing is in cursive, my students love trying to read in cursive and having print and cursive in the classroom is always good for students, especially those who are dyslexic. 


Teacher Podium

Yes, we are moved in, but yes we are still under construction in many ways. lol!  To bring some life and into my current barren view, I added these faux floral greenery to my plastic mason jars on my teacher podium aka docking area for my laptop. 


A-Mason Birthday Wall

How adorable is this Fadeless Chalkboard Paper with these Industrial Shiplap Borders and Chalkboard Bulletin Board Letters?!  Since my kids are just so A-MASON, I thought there is only one way to display their birthdays and it just had to be with mason jar cutouts that I made!  I simply printed and laminated them so I can write their names and dates with a dry erase marker later on this week!



Word Wall

To go along with the theme, I used Polka Dot borders and these Chalkboard letters for my Word Wall! I'm so excited to add to this board with the kids this week!


And last but not least, my most favorite view of the classroom!  My Student Work Display Board!!! When I first walked into my room, I knew that the HUGE wall space onto of the students' hooks for backpacks and jackets had to demand attention and had be the focal point in our classroom!

And since there is nothing more important to me than to have my students' work be the center and focal point of our classroom, I chose this beautiful background along with the border, light bulb cut-outs, wall cling, and tissue fans to bring our entire room together!


Here's  a view of the board from the door.


Thank you so much for checking out my new classroom!  While I have loved my bright and rainbow-themed classroom for so long, I am happy for a more minimalist and calming look to go along with our new learning environment.

Thank you again to the wonderful people at  Oriental Trading Company for supporting my vision, love of teaching, and most importantly, my students! 

If you would like to download the cubby number tags and Mason Jar Cut-outs for FREE, click on the image below!



Saturday, September 22, 2018

11 FREE Pumpkin Activities for Kids


Hello!  I've teamed up with some of my good friends to share with you 11 FREE Pumpkin Activities for kids! Click to the links to download them all!

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT
How to Make a Pumpkin Pie // Literacy With the Littles
Pumpkin Addition Mats // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Pumpkin Alphabet Cards // Stay at Home Educator
Pumpkin Number Sequencing // The STEM Laboratory
Pumpkin Shape Match Up // Playdough to Plato
Pumpkin Patch Roll Cover // Teach Me Mommy
Pumpkin Observation Page // Mrs. Jones Creation Station
Pumpkin Sight Word Game // The Primary Post
Pumpkin Skip Counting // Happy Days in First Grade
Parts of a Pumpkin Density Experiment // Schooling a Monkey (not pictured)
Pumpkin Counting Clip Cards // Sara J. Creations (not pictured)

Monday, September 10, 2018

Pumpkin Skip Counting FREEBIE

Are you teaching or reviewing skip counting and need a fun and quick activity for practice?!

Scroll below to read all about it and download a copy for FREE!



What better way to learn skip counting in the fall than to do so with pumpkins?!!!

To get started, print the desired set on cardstock paper.  Review together as a class how to count by 2s, 5s, or 10s and place the correct cards into a pocket chart.  

Encourage students to scramble the numbers then put them back in order together.

Lastly, select the recording sheet that best fits your students' ability levels and place it at a center with the correct pumpkin set for students to put in order and record!

If you need additional pumpkin and autumn resources, click to the images below!






To download the Pumpkin Skip Counting FREEBIE, click on the image below.






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