Friday, 25 July 2014

Christmas in July Sale!!

Just stopping by quickly to let you know that I am having a one day Christmas in July sale today (can you believe it is 6 months till Christmas!!). You may even want to pick up Christmas resources : )
We are off to the beach today : )  Hope you have a great day planned too!!

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Math Ideas for BTS - Back to the Archive {Freebie}

Happy Thursday!! I remember spending some Thursday mornings last summer reading Throw Back Thursday posts - and realizing that I had nothing to "throw back" too as it was my first summer of blogging. Another thing I realized through this blogging process is that often times when I post what I am doing it is already too late for others to use since other people start school a month before I do.

But no more : )  Today I am linking up with my friend Nick from Sweet Rhyme and Pure Reason for....

Today I am sharing a post on math ideas for the first few days of school - including a few freebies!!
Hopefully this time the post is not too late for you to use - or if you are new to the blog it is just helpful to you : )

(Originally linked up with Amanda and Stacia at Collaboration Cuties for their Must Read Mentor Text Linky)

The book I am suggesting is a book I am sure many of you use...

I don't want to spend too much time talking about this super fun book so I will just give you the description from Goodreads

Did you ever wake up to one of those days where everything is a problem? You have 10 things to do, but only 30 minutes until your bus leaves. Is there enough time? You have 3 shirts and 2 pairs of pants. Can you make 1 good outfit? Then you start to wonder: Why does everything have to be such a problem? Why do 2 apples always have to be added to 5 oranges? Why do 4 kids always have to divide 12 marbles? Why can't you just keep 10 cookies without someone taking 3 away? Why? Because you're a victim of the Math Curse. That's why. But don't despair. This is one girl's story of how that curse can be broken

The reason I picked this book is that I just wanted to throw a couple of teaching ideas out there to go with this book for the first week or two of school.

I use this book on the second day of school during our first full math class. I use it as a jumping off point to talk about how my students feel about math and to highlight how math is everywhere.

I follow the book up with a couple of activities.

#1. A math survey. I was given a very long and very official survey from one of our math consultants. It was 3 pages long and had a marking key and I am sure would be very helpful to many people - just not me :)
I made this quick little survey to just let me know how my students felt about math and to help me group them (I also use a quick little assessment - but I will tell you more about that on Workshop Wednesday).
Here is my survey. It is not fancy or official - just a little something to get me started on grouping and looking at what kind of feelings my students are bringing with them. Click here for a copy.

#2. A "Math About Me" page. This is sample from Pinterest with no link - sorry!!

I am undecided if I will do this again this year and use it as their Interactive Math Notebook cover or if I will give them this page to decorate for their cover. Click on the picture to get a free copy - there are different subject pages to choose from.

#3. An "I Can't Believe I Used Math in the Summer" page. This was an idea I read about on Teaching with a Mountain View who did a similar activity after Spring Break, so I adapted it for B2S. Students have to draw and write about how they used math over the summer break. I will go through a few examples with my class first of how I used math over the summer. Since most students will have done some B2S shopping that will be an obvious example but I hope to get to some more creative examples - math for baking, building with lego, what time to leave to arrive at the movie on time, how much money my daughters saved, how many cobs of corn to make....

Click the picture to get a copy.

 I will use this activity as an opportunity to introduce my math goals chart. In particular - the pictures, numbers and words pages. Click here to get a free copy of these pages.

Woohoo - that is it, my first Back to the Archive post!!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Two for Tuesday - Math Resources

Hi, just stopping by quickly before we go for a swim to let you know that I am linking up with the Teaching Tribune for Two for Tuesday.

I have put two math units on sale today for 50% off.

First up is my graphing unit (click here to check it out).

Next up is my metric linear measurement unit (click here to check it out).

And check out all the other deals linked up at the Teaching Tribune.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Why'd I Buy It

Confession time - I do not buy Christmas gifts in August or September or even October. I am lucky to start making a list in November. But....I start shopping for September in June - that is right, I shop for BTS before I am even done with my present school year!!

So I have been picking up a few things here and there and I have learned one thing - it is better to do your crazy BTS shopping by yourself. I have learned not to bring my husband (he can not handle seeing the total) and now I can not bring my 13 year old daughter because she says "What do you need that for?" or "Why are you buying that" and I actually try to rationalize my purchases. So I thought I would share with you some of my purchases...

Font from KG Fonts, Clipart from Melonheadz, Frame from I Teach, What's Your Superpower?

....because I know you will understand!!

First up, a class set of sponges:

These are not so my students can clean the classroom, although that is a fabulous idea. These are for creating class graphs : )

I got this idea from The Teacher Tipster (who I am secretly in love with). You can check it out here.

Next up, apple erasers:

Of course these are not for actual erasing, that would be silly. These are for 5 and 10 frame math activities. I have these activities from Deidre at A Burst of First. (only I bought the whole bundle! but this set has apple activities!!)

I also picked up this great freebie -  Five Frame Fun with Apples from Babbling Abbey.

I also picked up some awesome apple freebies from Cara at the First Grade Parade.

Next, these buckets:

Which were hard to ignore, I really wanted them. Come on, they have little blackboards on them!! I even kinda wanted them so I could do supplies for each group on a Lazy Susan or something or for Bucket Filling BUT my daughter started harassing me about what I needed them for and then I could not justify buying like 25 (1.00 each at Target) so I just bought a few and will be using them to hold coloring tools that will be organized by colour. Last year I used drawers but I think this will be cute too.

Last one (for today - I have bought a lot more!), these books:

I bought a class set (8 books for $3 at Target). Again, my plan is not 100% solid but they have 16 pages each and I am thinking they would be perfect for circle stories. I love using If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and all of the other books in this series and then having my students write their own circle story. Christmas is a great time to use circle stories (If You Take a Mouse to the Movies) since students can use so many different Christmas characters in their stories. I love If you Give a Reindeer some Root Beer from First Grader at Last!!

Well there you have it, some of my purchases and why I NEEDED to buy them!!

Monday, 14 July 2014

Monday Made It - Prepping for the New Classroom {Freebie}

Happy Monday!! I can not believe two weeks of my summer vacation have gone by already! We have had some good times as a family but I have also been overwhelmed by my online course! So I apologize that I have not been around much. I do have some things to share with you today that I have been making for my new classroom. There is also a freebie at the end that you might like : )

I am linking up again this week with Tara the blogger behind 4th Grade Frolics and this wonderful linky....

Here we go : )

Okay, I am starting off easy here. These are labels that I purchased on TPT from AmyGroesbeck. I love them!! They are so bright and I love the clipart. I considered making my own but why bother when these are so perfect and the file is editable so you can print what you need and they will be easy enough to re-create for ones that I need (I have ocean animal counters, not teddy bear and Canadian Money). I printed and cut and they are ready to be taped to my bins. I am not going to laminate since I will be covering them with packing tape.

Be sure to check out her store - she had adorable classroom job and agenda items too!!

This next one is a Made It based on this awesome post and product from Learning in Wonderland.
She shared her idea of headers, scrapbook paper and page protectors as a way to post learning goals in the classroom. I loved it! I love her headers (you can click here to see them on TPT) and was just about to buy them (cause they are a great price!) when I decided that I am THAT anal and I needed my math to be all blue. Sigh. So I made some headers, printed, laminated, got scrapbook paper out and page protectors and voila - learning goals are ready to post. I love how my reading and writing goal pages will look in these. I also made math goal pages {freebie sample} that match these but will need to revamp all of them for my new curriculum. In taking the picture I realized I still need to make a word study goal!!!

This next one is 100% mine - woohoo. I made a chart and backpack labels for how my students get to and from school. As you might now I am moving from a very small school (two busses, 5 walkers and some parent pick ups) to a bigger school (5 busses so far) and a younger grade (3/4 to 1/2) so I needed a way to organize and keep track of students and how they will be getting home.

My plan is to print student names onto the charts and hang them by more door using ribbon. You could also use clothespins with student names to show how they are getting home. Clothespins would work well if you have students that go home different ways on different days.

I will also be affixing this label to their backpack. My plan is to use tie wraps and attach them to the handle. I will print the student names on the label, laminate (for weather) and attach.

So I made a set that matched this here blog - since I love my blog....but then I realized that most things I have bought and made have bright colours so I made a second pack.

You can check them out in my TPT store here and here.

Lastly I made new numbers to go around my clock (I hope since I have yet to see inside my room!!). Again I went with bright colours. Click here to pick up a free copy.

On a personal note I made it one week without coffee!! On December 31st, 2013 I gave up Pepsi (my most favourite drink in the whole world!!) and all related pop/soda beverages. It has been hard, really hard. Last Sunday I decided to give up coffee (double, double) as well. I am not the healthiest of eaters and I am trying to move towards a healthier lifestyle but can only do it in small manageable tasks. So far - no pop, whole wheat bread and pasta and now no coffee. Yesterday was Soooo HARD. I got up early to work on my course and wanted a cup of coffee to make it seem a little better. But cold turkey is the only way I can go, otherwise it is a slippery slope right back to one or two a day.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Two for Tuesday - Poetry and Non-Fiction Resources

Happy Tuesday!! I am linking up with The Teaching Tribune for Two for Tuesday - which means that two item in my TPT store are 50% off today - along with a whole bunch of other resources so make sure you check out the linky!!

I had high hopes of finishing and posting a new math product for today - but unfortunately summer got in the way. I took my girls to our local civic museum - because that is a summer tradition. The museum has a Robert Munsch exhibit going on right now - and we LOVE his books.

This picture is for you Alison - he has an office in his BASEMENT!!

And here is the activity that helped me decide what to put on sale today. They took pictures from his books and gave letters and you had to make a sound word or onomatopiea to go with the picture. I love this idea and can't wait to steal it next year!!

So I decided to put my Poetry Posters on sale today.

I also decided to put my Non-Fiction Text Feature set on sale. I love using this set to review the features of non-fiction text, what the features are and how they help the reader. Sometimes I post all of the cards - other times I just use them in small group instruction and have the students build the board with their own ideas after our lessons.