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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Easy Things to Make for Not a Lot of Money

Over the summer I wanted to make things for my classroom that were fun and easy but also very useful.  I also didn't want to spend a lot of money.  Here are the things that I decided to make.  Most are very simple and do not take a lot of time. Now that I found out I have 29 kindergarten students coming tomorrow I am going to need a lot of things to keep them busy!!
Macaroni noodles dyed with food coloring and rubbing alcohol. I bought the neon food coloring for some interesting colors!

Gel bags made with hair gel and food coloring.  These were the most fun to make:)

Ten frames made with colorful popsicle sticks.  I bought the sticks already colored.

Salt for salt trays dyed with food coloring.  They look funny because I double bagged them so I wouldn't have salt spill out all over my car!  You just put a few drops of food coloring in and mix it around.  I think it will probably turn their fingers colors but oh well, it is pretty!

Click on this picture to go to the website for the directions on how to make this.  You use Ziploc bags and duct tape.  For me this was the hardest thing to make because I am a perfectionist and it drove me crazy!

I made a simple ABC matching game with clear spoons and white spoons. Just put the clear spoon on top of the white so they can see both letters.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Number Freebie!

I created this activity a while back and just now put it in my TpT store.  It is just a very simple activity but a good way for the students to see how numbers can be shown in different forms.  For example, on a ten frame or domino.  I left this activity in a word document so if you download it you can just go in and change the number in the middle to any number that you are working on in your classroom. Just click on the picture below to go grab it!  I hope you like it!  *I added one with two ten frames for teen numbers too!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Numbers-in-Different-Forms-1293339

Monday, June 2, 2014

EngageNY

My school district has decided to use EngageNY Mathematics next year and I was wondering if anyone else is using this program and if there is any advice you can give to me.  I am glancing through module 1 and I am already concerned about the amount of worksheets!  I am hoping to find some good ideas from teachers who have used this program in their classrooms and know some of the pitfalls to avoid.  Thank you!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Roll and Read (getting ready for DIBELS)


 Roll and Read Through the Year

I have created a Roll and Read activity for my students to use to get themselves ready for the DIBELS letter naming fluency assessment.  It is a very simple activity and I have seen similar activities around the internet but decided to put together some to use throughout the school year.   
The children just need a die and the Roll and Read paper to do the activity.  They will roll the die and read the letters that are in the row that they rolled.  I like to use small pointers for the children to read with to add a little something exciting.  I like to use drink stirrers because you can get a lot for a pretty good price and you can find different kinds to fit the theme you are working on. 
I started with October and the letters that have been introduced so far in Reading Street.  Then as other letters are introduced I added them in.  If you are interested please go to my TPT store and check it out!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Dot Cards FREEBIE

 A while back I posted some dot cards for number talks.  I finally completed another set for number 6.  If you would like the cards for numbers 3, 4 and 5 click HERE to see the previous post.


Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Updated Reading Street Resources and Freebie

I went through the Reading Street Resources that I have compiled for teachers and added a couple more (and took out two that did not work anymore).  I also added some new sight word cards to Teachers Pay Teachers.  If you use Reading Street at your school and you have activities that you have made or ideas you would like to share let me know and I will add you to the list.