Saturday, June 30, 2012

License-free Ladybug Clip Art and Activities

I love to create items I can use in the classroom and often I find myself searching the internet for the perfect graphics. Recently, I wanted to create a game for my new class to play with their incoming 4th grade buddies, but could not find a graphic to fit what I was looking for, so...............................

I created my own! Through July 4th, my Counting Ladybug Clip Art will be on a 20% sale for $2. Click the picture below.

The activities I created the clip art for are also on sale right now. Click on each picture to be taken to the activities.

This is a 0-20 addition game that can be used in a math center or in small groups. You can play with all the cards at once or break them into number families, only playing with the nines or tens for example.
The game begins with students putting the ladybug cards in a face-up stack.
Spread the number cards in the center of the playing area, face up.
Students choose a ladybug card. They have to add the hearts on the two ladybugs together and find the number that is the correct answer in the number cards. If they can find the correct number, they make keep the two cards. The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

This is a 24 page math center created by Christina Aronen. It includes 11 game boards and 44 game pieces. There are 4 pieces to be matched to each game board. Each game board has a word number listed in the bottom, right box. As students pull cards, they place it on a game board with the same number. Each game board will have one card with:
1) a ladybug with hearts (except the one for zero)
2) tally marks to match the number on the card
3) the word number
4) the arabic number

For example: If a student pulls a card with a ladybug with 6 hearts on it, that student will place that card on the 6 card in the space marked "bug". If they pull a card with nine tally marks, they place it on the 9 card in the space marked "tally".

Students can use the cards to make math problems by adding or subtracting two ladybug cards. They can use the number cards to practice counting in order and backward order as well.


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Four Easy Ways to Manage the Classroom!

Click my book collection and come on over to the Teacher's Lounge at Really Good Stuff's blog to read my guest post! I give four easy ideas for how teachers can train students to save valuable classroom teaching time. Teachers can train students in ways that show them how to manage themselves so that the entire classroom can enjoy and not miss out on valuable learning experiences.


Miss Kindergarten is having a Teaching Tip Linky Party! Click on the button to find many awesome teaching tips!

Monday, June 25, 2012

Sight Word Love Freebie

Have you already begun to collect some of the great new freebies in Blogland for this next crop of students coming up? I have! I have been visiting many sites and have collected quite a few already.

I have decided to put one here for you! If you download this freebie, please take a moment to leave some feedback. 

Today is Manic Monday at Classroom Freebies. You can find many more there!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Have a great day!

  Sight Word Love

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Nine Months Later...

I began writing my blog nine months ago, sharing short, thoughtful activities that I have done with my class. I began writing and participating in the Blogosphere as a a minor "blog stalker", constantly reading blogs others had been writing and gathering great ideas from other teachers to be used along with my ideas in my class. I remember being in awe of how others seemed to effortlessly share their ideas and thinking that I couldn't possibly do the same. I didn't realize how wrong I was!

One of the greatest aspects of getting to know others through blogging has been the amazing interaction between educators. I remember the first time someone responded in writing to something I had shared. I still feel the same surprise even now when others like what I have to share and they take the time to leave a thoughtful comment or ask a question.

The interaction with others through blogging encouraged me to really spend some time thinking about what I might have to offer to other educators. I love teaching and I found that when I shared what I love with others, they loved it too! Through these interactions, my blog has been nominated as one of 2012's Most Fascinating Kinder Blogs.

If you have enjoyed reading my posts I would love for you to take a moment to vote for my blog here! Click on the picture below.  Please scroll down to Sea Bear's Kindergarten vote for my blog.

Thank you!!

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Monday, June 18, 2012

School is Out, Now What?

This is a picture of what the fifth graders at my school get to do on graduation night! For the first time in years, I was right there with spirit. When school let out this year, I really took a break. I didn't make any plans for next year and I headed to the beach. 

After two weeks of relaxing, I find myself thinking about plans for next year. I thought back to what I really liked and wanted to repeat from this last year and I also thought about what I might like to change for the new year too. 

This last class really enjoyed working with words, so I have a compound word work FREEBIE for you here.
Compound Words

In planning to do something new for the next year, I thought about how nice it is to make writing/drawing portfolios with students to document how their abilities have changed throughout the year. I created a 15 page packet that can be kept all year and worked on once a month. It has pages listed by each month. On each page, there is a writing prompt as well as a place to draw a picture related to the writing prompt. Along with the August, December, and June writing prompts, there is a page for the student to draw a self-portrait and sign their name neatly. These are really amazing to compare at the end of the year. This past year, my students compared work from the beginning of the year to work at the end of the year and commented on how much their writing had changed. In some cases, it had changed so much, the students were wanting to erase their original signatures and put their new ones in place. I told them that if they didn't, their parents might not really see how much they have grown. They agreed and did not erase the work. 

Here is the packet I created for the upcoming school year. If you click on the picture, it will take you to my store where you can have it for 20% off for only $2 now through June 21st. The regular price is $2.50 after that. It also has an option to print without a colored background to save ink.

If you are a planner and would like to stock up on anything for the upcoming school year, visit my 20% off sale now through June 21st!


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