May 9, 2017

Teacher's Appreciation TpT Sale!


Did you know?! TpT is having a Teacher's Appreciation Sale! 
Use the code: THANKYOU17 to get an extra 10% off already on-sale prices. 


Have fun!
       

May 8, 2017

Father's Day Activities {Plus a FREEBIE!}

This Father's Day Flip Book Craftivity is fun, easy, and will go right along with the other cards, gifts ideas, and crafts that you have planned for your kids to do for their dads, uncles, or grandfathers. Six tabs provide information that shows just how much your Preschool or Kindergarten littles know about and love their special someone while incorporating beginning writing practice at the same time. Simple cutting and easy assembly allows for all students to happily succeed!
Father's Day is a little over a month away so I wanted to give you a few ideas (including some FREE ones) that you can Pin to save for later so that your not searching at the last minute to look for something new! 

This Father's Day Flip Book Craftivity is fun, easy, and will go right along with the other cards, gift ideas, and crafts that you have planned for your kids to do for their dads, uncles, and grandfathers this Father's Day. 
This Father's Day Flip Book Craftivity is fun, easy, and will go right along with the other cards, gifts ideas, and crafts that you have planned for your kids to do for their dads, uncles, or grandfathers. Six tabs provide information that shows just how much your Preschool or Kindergarten littles know about and love their special someone while incorporating beginning writing practice at the same time. Simple cutting and easy assembly allows for all students to happily succeed!
Six tabs provide information that show just how much your Preschool or Kindergarten littles know about and love their special someone while incorporating beginning writing practice at the same time. 
This Father's Day Flip Book Craftivity is fun, easy, and will go right along with the other cards, gifts ideas, and crafts that you have planned for your kids to do for their dads, uncles, or grandfathers. Six tabs provide information that shows just how much your Preschool or Kindergarten littles know about and love their special someone while incorporating beginning writing practice at the same time. Simple cutting and easy assembly allows for all students to happily succeed!
Let me show you  a closer look!
There are actually six different covers that you can choose from for this activity. Both male and female students can choose to make one for their mom, aunt, or grandma. Your fast finishers can make multiple ones! 
I had my five year old (who's not yet in Kindergarten) make a sample so that you can see the steps students need to take to complete this project. 
Start by having them pick a cover and color it. 
Then they can grab a pencil and fill out the beginner writing portions of all the pages included. The first page has the "All About" and "Favorites" tabs. I know you can't see it in this picture, but she thinks her dad loves to do dishes! Woo-hoo, lol!

The next page encourages students to write about something their dad, uncle, or grandfather dislikes. My daughter knows my husband well...she wrote that he dislikes fits! Then she drew a picture of her brother and sister throwing fits - ha!

Next, students will draw a portrait of their special person. For the record, he doesn't own a pair of yellow pants, but maybe she wishes he did?!

Then they will write out what dreams their special person has. I like this Big Dream!

Finally, they write 5 reasons why they love their father, uncle, or grandpa.
Time to cut it all out! Simple cutting and easy assembly allows for all students to happily succeed.
Throw some math in there, and have your students practice measuring by laying out the tabs from shortest to tallest!
Glue the tabs together to make a flip book!
Now your students can take turns reading their flip books to their peers before taking them home to make their special someone feel extra loved!
You can get this activity here: Father's Day Flip Book

Before I give you a FREE DOWNLOAD, let me show you some Father's Day ideas I found on Pinterest that I loved:

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, I know that many teachers are already starting to get things organized and ready for this Back to School this fall.
Here's a FREE DOWNLOAD for you to print out now that will be a perfect addition to your Back to School plans.
FREE BACK TO SCHOOL DOWNLOAD

-Til next time
     
This Father's Day Flip Book Craftivity is fun, easy, and will go right along with the other cards, gifts ideas, and crafts that you have planned for your kids to do for their dads, uncles, or grandfathers. Six tabs provide information that shows just how much your Preschool or Kindergarten littles know about and love their special someone while incorporating beginning writing practice at the same time. Simple cutting and easy assembly allows for all students to happily succeed!

Mar 28, 2017

I Am a Rabbit - Differentiated Readers {Plus a FREEBIE!}

These non-fiction, differentiated readers will go right along with the other activities, crafts, and ideas you have planned for your class this spring. They are perfect for Easter too! Help your Kindergarten or First Grade students develop confidence in their reading abilities while learning about rabbits at the same time. In addition, the last page of each reader incorporates writing practice as students recall facts that they learned in the reader. Try one out for FREE!
With Easter around the corner, I'd like to show you some 'I Am a Rabbit' differentiated emergent readers. And then I'm going to give you a FREE DOWNLOAD to try out! 

While you really can use these readers at any time of year, I tend to do them around our Easter and spring units. I have many animal readers in this series, but I'm only going to highlight two of them today! 
These non-fiction, differentiated readers will go right along with the other activities, crafts, and ideas you have planned for your class this spring. They are perfect for Easter too! Help your Kindergarten or First Grade students develop confidence in their reading abilities while learning about rabbits at the same time. In addition, the last page of each reader incorporates writing practice as students recall facts that they learned in the reader. Try one out for FREE!
So this is what the cover looks like. It's the same for all three levels of the reader. 
Here's what it looks like full size. My daughter turned the title into a cloud in the sky. Each page of the book comes two-to-a-page so that you can easily print the books using the collate and staple options on your copy machine. Then use a paper cutter to quickly slice between the books and voila, they're already assembled for you!  
Three different levels allow you to better meet the needs of your students. I'll show you a picture of each of the pages included in this rabbit reader. Your students can highlight any sight words, chunks, or blends that you are currently working on. 

Learn about rabbit ears...
The next page has the same text for both the middle and harder leveled pages. Students draw in the rabbit's whiskers on the coloring portion of the page!
Learn what rabbits like to eat...
This page also has the same text for the middle and harder leveled pages.
Did you know a rabbit could be a pet?
The last page is one of my favorites. It's included in all of the readers of this series. Students write down a list of the favorite things they learned while reading the book! It's a great way to incorporate writing practice! 
Let me show you two ways you can get this rabbit reader set, and then I'll give you a FREE DOWNLOAD!

You can get this differentiated reader by itself here:
These non-fiction, differentiated readers will go right along with the other activities, crafts, and ideas you have planned for your class this spring. They are perfect for Easter too! Help your Kindergarten or First Grade students develop confidence in their reading abilities while learning about rabbits at the same time. In addition, the last page of each reader incorporates writing practice as students recall facts that they learned in the reader. Try one out for FREE!
 Or you can get it in a bundle with other readers:
These nocturnal non-fiction, differentiated readers will go right along with the other fall or Halloween activities, crafts, and ideas you have planned for your class. Help your Kindergarten or First Grade students develop confidence in their reading abilities while learning about nocturnal animals at the same time. In addition, the last page of each reader incorporates writing practice as students recall facts that they learned in the reader. Try one out for FREE!
 Six readers, all about nocturnal animals, are included in this bundle.

Now, let me show you a FREE DOWNLOAD you can get today that will give you an opportunity to try these readers out!
This is the I Am an Alligator set. 
It's set up exactly like the rabbit reader, only your students will be learning about alligators instead! Oh my! 
Get it FREE to try this series here:

Don't forget to leave a rating. I enjoy reading your feedback and hearing what you think!

-Til next time
       
These non-fiction, differentiated readers will go right along with the other activities, crafts, and ideas you have planned for your class this spring. They are perfect for Easter too! Help your Kindergarten or First Grade students develop confidence in their reading abilities while learning about rabbits at the same time. In addition, the last page of each reader incorporates writing practice as students recall facts that they learned in the reader. Try one out for FREE!

These FREE non-fiction, differentiated readers will go right along with the other activities, crafts, and ideas you have planned for your class this spring. Help your Kindergarten or First Grade students develop confidence in their reading abilities while learning about alligators at the same time. In addition, the last page of each reader incorporates writing practice as students recall facts that they learned in the reader.

Mar 27, 2017

Mother's Day Activities for Kids {Plus a FREEBIE!}

This Mother's Day Flip Book Craftivity is fun, easy, and will go right along with the other cards, gifts ideas, and crafts that you have planned for your kids to do for their mothers, aunts, or grandmas. Six tabs provide information that shows just how much your Preschool or Kindergarten littles know about and love their special someone while incorporating beginning writing practice at the same time. Simple cutting and easy assembly allows for all students to happily succeed!
Mother's Day is a little over a month away, so I wanted to give you a couple of resources (including a FREE one!) that you can Pin to save for later so that you're not scrounging at the last minute looking for something new!

This Mother's Day Flip Book Craftivity is fun, easy, and will go right along with the other cards, gifts ideas, and crafts that you usually have planned for your kids to do for their mothers, aunts, or grandmas.
This Mother's Day Flip Book Craftivity is fun, easy, and will go right along with the other cards, gifts ideas, and crafts that you have planned for your kids to do for their mothers, aunts, or grandmas. Six tabs provide information that shows just how much your Preschool or Kindergarten littles know about and love their special someone while incorporating beginning writing practice at the same time. Simple cutting and easy assembly allows for all students to happily succeed!
Six tabs provide information that show just how much your Preschool or Kindergarten littles know about and love their special someone while incorporating beginning writing practice at the same time. 
This Mother's Day Flip Book Craftivity is fun, easy, and will go right along with the other cards, gifts ideas, and crafts that you have planned for your kids to do for their mothers, aunts, or grandmas. Six tabs provide information that shows just how much your Preschool or Kindergarten littles know about and love their special someone while incorporating beginning writing practice at the same time. Simple cutting and easy assembly allows for all students to happily succeed!
Let me show you  a closer look!

There are actually six different covers that you can choose from for this activity. Both male and female students can choose to make one for their mom, aunt, or grandma. Your fast finishers can make multiple ones! 
I had my five year old (who's not yet in Kindergarten) make a sample so that you can see the steps students need to take to complete this project. 
Start by having them pick a cover and color it. 
Then they can grab a pencil and fill out the beginner writing portions of all the pages included. The first page has the "All About" and "Favorites" tabs. I know you can't see it in this picture, but she thinks that I only weigh 30lbs! Woo-hoo, lol! 
The next page encourages students to write about something their mother, aunt, or grandma dislikes. My daughter knows me well...she wrote that I dislike fits! Then she drew a picture of her brother and sister throwing fits - ha! 
Next, students will draw a portrait of their special person. For the record, I don't own a pair of yellow pants...but maybe she wishes I did?
Then they will write out what dreams their special person has. My big dreams for life are apparently to get out of the house for a change!
Finally, they write 5 reasons why they love their mom, aunt, or grandma.
Time to cut it all out! Simple cutting and easy assembly allows for all students to happily succeed.
Now throw some math in there, and have your students practice measuring by laying out the tabs from shortest to tallest!

Glue the tabs together to make a flip book!
Now your students can take turns reading their flip books to their peers before taking them home to make their special someone feel extra loved!
You can get this activity here: Mother's Day Flip Book

The other resource I want to show you is a FREEBIE! Woo-hoo!
This Mother's Day Flip Book Craftivity is fun, easy, and will go right along with the other cards, gifts ideas, and crafts that you have planned for your kids to do for their mothers, aunts, or grandmas. Six tabs provide information that shows just how much your Preschool or Kindergarten littles know about and love their special someone while incorporating beginning writing practice at the same time. Simple cutting and easy assembly allows for all students to happily succeed!
This FREE Mother's Day Color-by-Number is a great way for the younger students to make a beautiful picture to give their loved ones for Mother's Day.

You can get this FREE DOWNLOAD here:
Mother's Day FREE Color-By-Number

Don't forget to leave a rating! I love to hear your feedback on the resources I create.

Happy Mother's Day to all you women who work so hard!

-Til next time
This Mother's Day Flip Book Craftivity is fun, easy, and will go right along with the other cards, gifts ideas, and crafts that you have planned for your kids to do for their mothers, aunts, or grandmas. Six tabs provide information that shows just how much your Preschool or Kindergarten littles know about and love their special someone while incorporating beginning writing practice at the same time. Simple cutting and easy assembly allows for all students to happily succeed!

Mar 23, 2017

Physical Science Reading Comprehension Pack {Plus a FREEBIE!}

This FREE Physical Science reading comprehension download will fit right in with the Force and Motion, STEM, or other science activities and learning units that you have planned for your Kindergarten or First Grade or elementary students! Whether you're learning about solid, liquid, gas formations or just need more to add to your lesson plans, this pack was made especially for kids!
Teaching physical science to Kindergarteners is not always an easy task. I often find myself on a hunt for ideas and resources that will help them understand these particular science concepts a little more easily. Today I want to show you how you can incorporate some sneaky reading practice right into your science units with some Physical Science themed Reading Comprehension Passages. Not only will students be working on their reading skills, but they will also have a chance to better grasp the science concepts being taught!  

 I'll show you what it entails, how I use it, and then I'll give you a FREE DOWNLOAD so that you can try it out! 
Help your littles develop confidence in their reading abilities while having fun and learning about physical science at the same time!

I made these reading passages (with corresponding comprehension questions) with Kindergarten students in mind using the Flesch-Kincaid reading comprehension leveling formula. The passages range from .1 - 1.0 levels. 
The kid-friendly font that is used in these passages makes reading the text even easier. 

There are 10 passages included that teach students about the following topics:
-heat, magnets, solids, liquids, gases, force, motion, energy, matter, & properties
When I use these passages with my students, I introduce them by first asking what they know about the topic. This allows me to pulls as much back-ground information as I can so that I can base my direction and discussion around their prior knowledge.  

I've found that some of my students tend to instantly shut down when seeing so many words together in one passage like this, so we break it down before reading so that they can see that they actually already know many of the words that they'll be reading.

First, we find out what the topic is about, and then highlight the topic word all throughout the passage with an orange crayon.
Then, we go back through the passage (not yet fully reading it) and highlight with yellow any high frequency words that we can find. 

Finally, we notice that there is a word underlined, which probably means it's pretty important! So we highlight that one pink so that we can pay close attention to it. 
After we've fully read the passage, we move on to the comprehension questions. 
Sometimes I read these questions to the students, sometimes we read them together. If a student is able, I allow them to read the questions to me. 
Many times, the students can recall the information needed to answer the question without going back to the passage. But if they don't know the answer, I guide them back to the passage and together we look to see if we can find the area that might give us the answer. Then we fill in a dot next to that question so that later, when I'm recording their data, I can remember that they needed help answering that question. 

Here is what I record their data on: 
Currently, I have five different Non-Fiction Reading Comprehension Packs. You can get them all in one bundle if you're interested, which allows you to save some money compared to purchasing them individually.  
Help your Kindergarten students develop confidence in their reading comprehension abilities while learning about spring at the same time! This free download will go right along with the other Spring activities and crafts you have planned for your class. The strategies used with these worksheets will feel more like playing you are playing games with your student than it will reading!
Now - let's get you that FREE DOWNLOAD! I'm going to give you the reading passage on heat, with its corresponding reading comprehension questions so that you can try it out with your students. Don't forget to leave a rating after downloading, it's important to me to hear what you think!
This FREE Physical Science reading comprehension download will fit right in with the Force and Motion, STEM, or other science activities and learning units that you have planned for your Kindergarten or First Grade or elementary students! Whether you're learning about solid, liquid, gas formations or just need more to add to your lesson plans, this pack was made especially for kids!
Click here to get it:
Physical Science Themed Non-Fiction Reading Comprehension FREE DOWNLOAD
Don't forget to leave a rating - I love feedback!

-Til next time
     
Help your Kindergarten students develop confidence in their reading comprehension abilities while learning about spring at the same time! This free download will go right along with the other Spring activities and crafts you have planned for your class. The strategies used with these worksheets will feel more like playing you are playing games with your student than it will reading!


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