Thursday, January 31, 2013

100th Day of School Ideas and Freebies!

How many of you love the 100th day of school?

I DO and my kids are super excited.

The other day I posted a freebie pennant banner for the 100th day! 
Here is the link if you are interested in downloading it.  

In my classroom, I always send a letter home to invite students to bring in a ziplock bag of 100 things. For example, 100 erasers, 100 beans, 100 small toys. I also invite the students to wear something with 100 things on it. e.g., 100 silly bands,  100 circles/stripes on a shirt, 100 stickers, 100 bead necklace, 100 bows, 100 dots. It is fun to watch the students come up with the most creative things.

Here is an example of the letter that I send home:

In writing time, I have my students write on the topic "What would you buy if you had 100 dollars?"
I love reading what my kindergarteners write because they do not have the concept of how much items are.  I had one say that they were going to buy a sports car and a house. How many of you wish we could get that for 100 dollars?
Here is a copy of the writing sheet that I use for the writing. You can download for free. 

Today, my best friend (which also teaches on my team) and I stayed after school today and made shirts to wear for the 100th day of school! I am so excited about these shirts. I love the zebra print...(if you know me and animal print) and all the bling! Check it out!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Freebie: 100th Day Chevron Pennant Banner

How many of you LOVE celebrating the 100th day of school? 
The kids enjoy it so much.  The get very excited to be able to wear something with 100 things on it. 

I made this "Happy 100th Day" Pennant Banner for my classroom. I thought that maybe you would enjoy having one for your classroom too.  Here a picture of the banner at my house after I just made it and a link so that you can download this freebie! I hope that you enjoy. Let me know how you like it. 

Celebrate the 100th day with this colorful chevron pennant banner!
The download includes:
- cover page
- "HAPPY 100th DAY" banner




Sunday, January 27, 2013

Place Value Math Activity

This is a PDF file. This activity helps students compose and decompose numbers from 11-19 into tens and ones and some further ones. Cut apart all the cards and laminate to make it last longer.

There are four different types of cards: cube card, numeral, double tens frame, and equation. Students will have to match the four cards that go together.

Students will look at the cube card with tens and ones. After identifying the number it represents, students will find the tens frame, numeral, and equation that matches it.

In this pack, there is also a response sheet for the students to record their responses.  They can also use this sheet as review for morning work.

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

DIY: Burlap Wreath

One of my friends Carrie posted a wreath she made for her house. Can I just say I FELL IN LOVE with it.  So today I went out and bought all the materials to make this wreath.  I give Carrie all the credit for the idea.  I am going to show you how I made it because I know you will LOVE IT too!


1. I went to Hobby Lobby and Michaels and bought the materials
At Hobby Lobby I bought the Vine Wreath, Burlap, Initial C
 At Michaels I bought the clip on bows
 2. I wrapped the burlap around the wreath. I did about one half of the wreath. Tuck the ends through the vines to make it stay tight. 
3. Attach the flowers. I loved that the flowers were clip on because it made it so much easier/faster

4. Paint the initial the color of your choice. I choose to paint it white.
5. Attach the letter with the burlap. I cut a long strip of burlap to attach it to and hang it with.

6. Hang it on your door

DIY: Tiled Mirror Tutorial

I have seen all those tiled mirrors all over pinterest. I absolute LOVE them.  I have always wanted to make one but knew it would take a lot of work. (that is why I haven't taken the time to do it yet) This past week I was sitting in my living room looking at the huge mirror I have on the way and the light bulb came on. Why can't I just make that big mirror into tiles. 

You know what that means.... Off to Lowes...

Here is more detail on how I made it. 

1. I took the huge mirror off my wall!!

2. I went to Lowes and bought some decorative molding that would match the outside of the frame.

3.  I measured and cut the molding to fit the frame. 
4. I sprayed painted the molding to match the frame. (I used the glossy kind)
5. Placed the molding on the mirror and hot glued it down.

6. Hang it back on the wall!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Valentine Math Smartboard Activities and Rhyming Cards

Since I have a five day weekend due to snow and optional teacher workdays, I have been working on valentines math activities and a set of rhyming cards.

This is a notebook file for SMART-boards. It uses the the notebook software. This smart-board activity helps students compose and decompose numbers from 11-19 into tens and ones and some futher ones. Students will look at the tens and ones and show what they will look like in a double tens frame, write the numeral, and show the equation.

This is a notebook file for SMART-boards. It uses the the notebook software. This smart-board activity helps students add and subtract within 10. Students will listen to the word problem and then work out the problem by using the tens frame. After they have worked out the problem they will write the equation to match.

This pdf has rhyming card pictures and response sheet. Students will match the rhyming cards together or can play a memory game. A response sheet is included for the students to record the rhyming matches.

Here are the pictures cards:
fox-box, goat-boat, ham-can, rain-train, house-mouse, fan-man, cat-hat, cake-rake, fish-dish, pig-wig, dog-log, hook-book, run-sun, ball-tall, bee-tree, brick-kick, king-ring, rock-sock, car-jar,snow-bow

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Tangram Sight Word Bingo Freebie

I found the template to a tangram puzzle from Kellys Kindergarten.  I love all of her mats. Go check them out! Here is the link. You can also find some amazing trangram puzzles at Pre-Kinders.

I took her puzzle and added sight words to each block.  I made several different mats with different sight words.  I am going to have them play bingo!!

Here is how you play:

*Draw a card
*If the students have the word on their mat they fill it in with the shape
*The first student that fills in the picture says BINGO and wins

Here is what it looks like:

If you would like to download this tangram sight word bingo game click the link.

Tangram Sight Word Bingo

More updates on Kitchen Remodel

I posted a while ago about the kitchen remodel that has been going on in my house.  The last post showed the before pictures and pictures as we went through the process.  If you want to look at that post you can find it here. If you want to see the most recent updates you can find it here

Here is the list again of the things I wanted done! As you can tell there are a lot more "done's" :)
*Cabinets painted to white (don't like the wood)  Done
*New handles for cabinets Done
*Put crown molding on the tops of the cabinets Done
*Paint crown molding too Done
*Pull the Mica Laminate off the walls behind the counter tops Done
*Fix wall after Mica is pulled off (Plaster and sand) Done
*Paint the walls  Done
*Put in granite counter tops We have paid for them... Just waiting for them to be installed in three weeks :)
*Put in engineering hardwood floors

 Before I show the updated picture... Let show the before one more time.


So, NOW here is the most updated picture of the kitchen before the counter tops.

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