St. Patrick’s Day Fun Activities!

St. Patrick’s Day is tomorrow Sunday, March 17th.  We celebrated it this past week because we have Spring Break this coming week.  Yay!  We read various literature books on leprechauns and completed St. Patrick’s Day activities that integrate math, science, language arts, and art.  One of them was to create leprechaun traps to catch these mischievous creatures.   However, on our last day before the break, after we had made the traps, leprechauns visited our classroom when we stepped out and made a BIG mess!  Our hypothesis is that they entered though the roof.  You have to see for yourself.

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What a mess they made in our classroom!

They even left a message and Skittles in our leprechaun traps!

It was a memorable day for the students…and the teacher!

~ Naomi ❤️

 

Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration

March is full of wonderful opportunities to promote engagement in the classroom.  On March 1st, we celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday.  I know… his birthday is on March 2nd, but we have no school on Saturdays, so we celebrated it on Friday the 1st.  Here are some of the fun things we did.

 

We read some of our favorite Dr. Seuss’ books. We displayed them on top of our classroom library under our Author Spotlight bulletin board for all to see, read, and enjoy.  We did many math, science, language arts, and art activities related to the books we read.

 

At the end of the day, we enjoyed a special treat: Blueberry Jello and Swedish Fish… a total hit!

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Do you like our door decoration to celebrate Dr. Seuss?

 

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this post!

~ Naomi ❤️

New Additions to the Star Kids Family

I have been busy these past months creating new products that are appropriate for grades PK-1.  These are my new additions:

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The ABC cards are also available in Spanish HERE.

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This resource is not new, but it was recently updated to refresh the graphics that I had previously used.  I also created a Spanish version HERE.

The latest addition to my TpT store is Parts of Speech Cards for Small Pocket Charts.

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The Spanish version is available HERE.

To access the resources listed above, just click on the images you will be redirected to my TpT store.  Once there, take a look at the previews and feel free to ask questions.

Happy Shopping!

~ Naomi ❤️

 

Apple Activities in my Classroom

As Johnny Appleseed’s birthday approached, we wrapped up the last two weeks of September with our All About Apples unit! I love this unit because it goes so well with our Five Senses unit in science.

During our reading block, we focused on a variety of nonfiction texts each day of the unit. Many of the books I read to the class came from Epic! (www.getepic.com) because they have such a great variety of nonfiction texts. I loved using the resources found in the Apple Activities packet created by Star Kids to pair with the books I was reading. The product includes resources for the apple life cycle, parts of an apple, apple taste test graphing, and much more!

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For our Apple Taste Test, we used a Red Delicious Apple, a Golden Delicious Apple, and a Granny Smith Apple. Before starting the experiment, I read the name of each apple off the sticker. The kids loved that each one had a special name. The book, Apples by Gail Gibbons is a classic and the kids really enjoy learning about the different types of apples.

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I passed the apples around the class, so that every student had a chance to look at the apples before I cut them. I had the students use their sense of sight, smell, touch, and even sound before tasting the apples. I really wanted them to notice every detail. After tasting each apple, I passed out blank apples for them to cast their votes. They had to color their apple based on which one they thought was their favorite. I called a few up at a time so that I could glue their apple in the appropriate section of our graph.

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The next day, we began to make our apples for the apple tree in the hall.

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For the second week of our unit, we used our knowledge of apple adjectives to create a tree map. This graphic organizer is great to use with descriptive words. We focused on the 5 senses and what we observed during the Apple Taste Test.

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Based on the information we collected on the graphic organizer, we were able to do our Apple Core writing/craft found in the product listed on the top, which was created by Star Kids.

We love APPLES!

-Judy and Naomi ❤️

How I Implement Morning Work in my Classroom

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Morning Work is a vital part of our classroom routine. Not only are my students able to review and practice skills, it helps them settle down and gives me a chance to check the student binder. Each student in our school has a binder that holds the student planner and communication folder. Having my students working quietly gives me a chance to check each student binder for any absence notes, lunch money, changes in dismissal, etc. I can also use this time for any one-on-one testing I need to accomplish uninterrupted.

I find that Morning Work has to be consistent. It has to be the right balance of meaningful and practical. It can’t be something they finish in a flash, but also can’t be so difficult that I will get a million questions. Can I get an AMEN?

The Morning Work I use in my classroom is the Morning Work Bundle for Kindergarten and First Grade. 

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This Morning Work follows the logical progression of the school year with skills that my students are working on in the classroom. I usually like to have my morning work follow my instruction to use it as a review. For example, if I teach the letter “Aa” on Monday, I would want to use the Morning Work that covers the letter “Aa” on Tuesday morning. However, I have a couple of my teacher friends using it to preview instruction. Either way, it’s a life saver!

This Morning Work also follows a very consistent pattern, which is awesome! It also varies slightly every couple of weeks to keep things interesting. When I begin using this Morning Work with my kindergarteners at the beginning of the school year, I model EVERYTHING for at least a week. Some students get it after the first two or three days, some really need the whole week. It really just depends on the group of kids I have that year. Regardless, I don’t mind modeling everything if I get the result I’m looking for, which is having my students complete the Morning Work accurately and independently.

This week, the Morning Work switched to cutting and gluing. My kiddos desperately need to practice these skills, but if you know kindergarteners, they can go a little crazy with a pair of scissors in hand. I usually use the last 5 to 10 minutes of my morning planning time to set up my example. I usually set it up under my Ladibug Document Camera and display it on my lovely SmartBoard.

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After giving them some time to unpack, I let the whole class know that the Morning Work for the letter “Kk” will be a little different than usual. I tell them I have an example for them on the SmartBoard and that they really need to follow all the directions. The first few days of the school year, no matter how many times I reminded them, I had students bringing me Morning Work that was missing some tracing or missing the “write the letter” column. However, after some persistence on my part, we are finally at the point where it is less and less common for them to miss a step.

Is anyone else bothered by that uncapped glue stick in the picture below? That’s the reason for the pack of 8 glue sticks on the supply list, friends!

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If my students followed all the directions, I give them a check at the top with one of my Mr. Sketch Scented Markers. The kids love getting a smelly check mark. Nothing says “great job” like a check mark that smells like mint! After they get the check mark from me, they know to put the Morning Work in their Take Home Folder. Once they put it away, they can grab a STEM bin until we are ready to start Morning Meeting.

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Hope you enjoy this Morning Work as much as I do!

-Judy ❤️

 

TpT for Schools

Dear Teachers,

I want to make sure you know about TpT for Schools! Educators like you already turn to TpT to get resources to meet the needs of all types of learners — and now your school can support you in purchasing these resources! TpT for Schools is an easy, centralized way for your administrator to use school funds to buy the resources you need from TpT. Learn more here about how your administrator can sign up: bit.ly/tpt4schools

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Happy shopping!

Naomi ❤️

Beginning Blends: Have You Tried This Yet?

Teaching beginning blends is not an easy task.  However, there are many resources online to help teachers accomplish this goal.  One of the resources that is effective in helping students learn beginning blends is my Beginning Blends Bundle.  It includes the following beginning blends: bl, cl, fl, gl, pl, br, cr, dr, fr, gr, pr, tr, sc, sk, sl, sm, sn, sp, st, sw.

You may check out the video below for additional information on this resource.  You will not regret it.

On another note, TpT will be having a statewide sale on Wednesday, August 1st and Thursday, August 2nd.  You may save up to 25% using the code BTSFRESH at checkout.  This is a great opportunity to acquire the Beginning Blends Bundle and other resources that you may need for your classroom at a reduced price.

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Happy Shopping!

Thanks!

Naomi ❤

How to Grow Your TpT Store

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Someone said to me once that the most effective way to grow your TpT store is by creating meaningful, well constructed resources.   A good friend and colleague introduced me to FlapJack Factory  and I cannot be happier!  This course is inexpensive if we consider everything that it offers.  In my personal experience, after finishing the first of six courses, I had already sold enough to cover the price that I spent for this training.

This training is compounded of 6 separate courses.  Tabatha, the trainer and creator, is amazing! She explains everything step by step, using pictures and detailed directions.  She is ready to answer any questions I have had along the way.

The first course that I completed was Class Decor.  I had created class decor products prior to completing this training, so I was not new to this line of products.  I have been on TpT for 4 years now, so I am not considered a new seller.  However, what I learned with Tabatha simplified my life and gave me tools or templates to make my job easier and more effective.

The course is FABULOUS! It is helpful for new and veteran TpT sellers alike.  I have already completed the following courses:

  1. Class Decor
  2. PowerPoint Templates
  3. Lapbooks and Interactive Notebooks

I am now in the middle of PowerPoint and Smart Board Games.  My last courses to complete this training will be Poke Cards and QR Code Task Cards.  You can see my progress on the picture below:

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Why don’t you check it out and decide for yourself whether or not this comprehensive training is for you?  You may click on the affiliate link below or on any of the pictures to go directly to Tabatha’s courses.

http://www.flapjackfactory.com?afmc=1y

If you decide this course is for you, let me know how it goes.

Good luck!

Naomi ❤