Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pumpkin Math and Literacy Packet

I have recently finished the unit I was creating around pumpkins for my class that includes math and writing/reading activities. If you would like it, please click on the picture above.

This 35 page math and literacy packet created by Christina Aronen centers around pumpkins. This is a zipped file and files will need to be extracted.
p.2-3 Cut and paste ordinal pumpkins
p. 4 Color ordinal pumpkins
p. 5 Graphing pumpkins
p. 6-7 Weighs the most and least
p. 8 Pumpkin addition
p. 9-10 Cut and paste and draw scrambled sentence
p. 11 Pumpkin carving blue print and descriptive writing
p. 12-15 Mini math drawing journal with vocabulary list
p. 16-35 Two sets of each number cards (1-20) for math card games (Go Fish, Number Matching, Placing Numbers in Order, Number Identification, Flashcards, etc.) 

Below are some examples of pages in this packet.

Below is a freebie for you from this packet!


Monday, September 24, 2012

Ordinal Numbers in the Pumpkin Patch

I will be introducing my class to a unit on pumpkins shortly. Here is a freebie for you that I created for my students. If you are looking for more great freebies this week, consider coming over to look at them at Classroom Freebies for Manic Monday, where many other bloggers come to bring you some terrific free activities for your classroom!
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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Free Newsletter Template

How do you communicate with your parents about what will be happening in your classroom? I send a weekly newsletter like this. It includes our weekly "enrichment" or "specials" schedule (which can change based on what is happening at school), our weekly homework list, a general description of what will be covered in each subject during the week, a list of the important dates for the next month, and a "week in a box" view about important items specific to this week.

If you would like to download a copy you can edit for your classroom, simply click THE PICTURE ABOVE. When you press the orange download or print button, you HAVE to choose the docx option and then you can enable the edit feature. If you don't, it will download as a pdf and you will not be able to edit it for your own use.


Sunday, September 9, 2012

C-V-C Cut and Paste (and Draw) Sentences for Free

At Sentence Mish Mash
My students are learning to put together and blend simple three letter words. This is an activity that I created to give them some practice with sounding out words. The drawing activity allows me to check their comprehension with reading the sentence. You can download it for free.

If you cannot download the free lesson from Scribd above, you can retrieve it free by clicking the picture below.

If you would like some MORE free activities, come visit Classroom Freebies!

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Monday, September 3, 2012

Grandparent's Day Display (FREE!!)

A few years ago, around Grandparent's Day, my students each created a page in which they drew their favorite thing to do at their grandparent's home. They drew themselves with their grandparent(s) in the picture. My kindergarten students were perplexed to find that many of them had different names for their grandparents and struggled to understand that. It brought up a lot of great conversation as some students found that culturally, they had the same names for grandparents. 

Here is a free display that I have created to put up in my room near Grandparent's Day. It allows for the student to draw a set of Grandparents and write what they call them by name. Each paper can be printed more than once for students who have both sets of grandparents living. I have created other sheets for those students who only have one grandmother or one grandfather living as well. 

Are you looking for some more FREEBIES? Come on over to Classroom Freebies  and enjoy some more!
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Entire Store 20% Off

My 20% off sale ends today. This packet has sold numerous times. Come on over to check it out to see if it is something you are interested in using in your classroom!

These are examples of some of the pages in this packet. This packet is $2 on sale through today. Tomorrow, it goes back to $2.50.


Saturday, September 1, 2012

The HoverCam T3

I have a new tool in my classroom that I LOVE! It is a HoverCam T3 high resolution document camera. 

Check out this YouTube video description

HoverCam T3 video description

I really like that this model telescopes up when you need it and can fold in and telescope down when not in use. I can set this up in less than a minute by simply plugging the USB cable into my computer and opening the program. This came in especially helpful recently when we were examining how a plant receives nutrients. This camera allows you to zoom in so close to an object, the students could see the major veins in a leaf and then the microscopic veins under the bottom of the leaf.

We also used this camera to examine up close how a root forms after we soaked lima beans in wet paper towels for four days.

Soaking a lima bean in a wet paper towel for four days allowed the students to fully examine a seed in process of growing. Many of the beans swelled so much, their root burst right out of the protective seed coat. The students slipped off the seed coat and broke the bean open to see what the middle looked like. They were impressed by how smooth it was and even by the fact that the produce they eat begins like this.

I think that what I love the most about this camera is that it allows all 24 students to see something interesting up close without having to hammer their heads together to see what I am showing them. I no longer have to hear, "I can't see it!!!!"

This camera has a video feature which allows me to video record (with audio) my science lesson and send it straight to the student that was home from school ill and they didn't have to miss science that day! It has a scan/camera feature which allowed me to take the pictures included in this blog. I take pictures of each science project we are working on and email them directly to my parents so that they can see what we are doing in science each day. They LOVE that!! The zoom feature on the camera is so amazing, it zooms waaaaaaaay in without losing any picture quality.

Can you think of other ways I can use this new tool in my classroom? If you already use a document camera in your classroom, I would love to know how you use yours!

I hope you are enjoying the beginning of your school year!

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