Thursday, March 15, 2018

Math Manipulatives Labels 2.0!

I was going through some old posts and noticed that a popular favorite was my Math Manipulatives labels. I also noticed that a lot of people were having a hard time downloading it and getting the pictures to show up, so I have recreated a NEWER and BETTER version!

Meet Math Manipulatives Labels 2.0!  You can find this freebie at my Teachers Pay Teachers site HERE.

I've included a pdf version as well as an editable PowerPoint version. If you are interested in using the same fonts, please download KG Sorry Not Sorry, and KG Always a Good Time. My only request is that you rate this product and my store! Thank you in advance!

The 5 pages of labels include:
- pattern blocks
- unifix cubes
- snap cubes
- tangrams
- links
- counting bears
- attribute blocks
- geoboards
- geoblocks
- dice
- dominoes
- colored tiles
- money
- cards
- ten frames
- counters
- counting chips
- geometric shapes
- base 10 blocks
- Cuisenaire rods
- number tiles
- number lines
- hundreds charts
- magnetic numbers
- mini clocks
- legos
- color cubes
- fractions
- rekenreks
- spinners

Thank you for your support!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

New Literacy Station Idea: Clip It, Flip It, Check It!

Happy Spring Break, everyone! I wanted to share with you some literacy station games I made that I am currently using with my sons at home, and it is a big hit!

Meet the Clip It, Flip It, Check It games:


I introduced the "Blends" game cards to my son (Noah) today and he was able to pick it up fairly quickly. It took me a while to settle on what to focus on with blends, and I finally decided on the total number of sounds.


After going through each picture with Noah, he had to say each word out loud, count on his fingers the number of sounds he hears while saying the word slowly (ex: /b/ /e/ /n/ /d/ -- 4!), and place a clip on all the pictures with 4 sounds. The first card took a bit of practice, but by the time he went on to the second card, he was getting most of it independently.

My favorite part of this game is the self-checking piece on the back. When Noah finished placing all the clips on the game card, he flipped the card over and his eyes lit up when he saw that he was correct on all of them!

In the classroom, I would highly recommend having a buddy check the back for them so they can still make corrections without already knowing the right answer.

All the Clip It, Flip It, Check It! games come with worksheets to reinforce the learning and to hold students accountable at each station.

Come check out my TPT site for Clip It, Flip It, Check It! games for initial sounds, CVC medial vowels, and blends/h digraphs.

I also bundled them all together for one convenient download so that this station can be easily differentiated!

Thanks everyone! :)

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

I'm back!

Hello everyone! It's only been a short 4 and a half years 😂 but i'm back! During that time, I had 2 more boys and journeyed out of the classroom to become an Instructional Coach.

It's been a hectic few years, but everything is starting to settle back down and I'm excited to be back in the blogging world. I've also decided to revamp my TPT page along with a few products that I have. All the freebies listed on my blog will still be freebies, but I've cleaned up some of the products and am offering them on my new TPT page. You can check it out here!

To celebrate this, I made Partnership Wheels to share with everyone!

This was what I used in the classroom to "randomly" partner students up for activities. I say "random" because it was actually quite intentional and strategic. Students who did NOT pair well together were placed on the same circle so they would never wind up as partners, and I also ability grouped them -- students who were at/above grade level placed on one circle, students who were below grade level were on a different circle. The students LOVED it when I spun the wheel - especially when I said it in my best gameshow host voice: "It's time to spin the wheeeeel of paaaaartnershiiips!!" 
The rules were simple: I spin the wheel (sometimes a student did), I call out the 2 names that were paired, they make eye contact, smile, and stand together quietly while I call out the rest of the names.

This partnership wheel comes in circles of eighths, ninths, tenths, elevenths, and twelfths (perfect to fit class sizes of 16 - 24 students). It is a powerpoint document, so completely editable, and I've also included blank templates if you wanted to write in their names instead. 

Check out this freebie HERE and let me know what you think about the other products I've listed! A few of them are highlighted below:

Thank you guys for supporting me ever since I started blogging 7 years ago. As always, please feel free to leave comments and feedback!