Sunday, September 30, 2012

Numbers Galore Resources

Hello bloggy world! It’s been quite a while!! I have been swamped, but LOVING my new position. Sorry to have neglected you guys!

I have somewhat of an update on my Numbers Galore resource.  I have been getting TONS of questions and requests and as much as I would love to be able to accommodate all of them, time just doesn’t allow it!  So, I thought I would share all the versions I’ve made so far and maybe that would help a lot of people.  It’ll be a long one, but remember they’re FREE! Here we go:

Numbers Galore – ORIGINAL version
This version has both Print font and D’Nealian-style font. The ten frames are filled from left to right.

Numbers Galore – No Dots (Print Style Font)
This version has the Print style font and the ten-frames are unfilled so students can fill them as practice.

Numbers Galore-With Hyphens
This version has the Print style font and D’Nealian style font.  The number words (where necessary) also have a hyphen.

Numbers Galore-Spanish Version
This version has the Print style font and D’Nealian style font but it is done in Spanish.  (Numbers 0-20 only).

Numbers Galore-ABC Print Font
This version is done in ABC Print font.


I hope to eventually get this pack up to 180 with some place value stuff in it too.  But, for now…this is what we’ve got! :)

One question that I get a lot is “What are the circles on the right for?”  This is essentially part-part-whole.  The number provided (ex: 8) is the whole and students can put any two numbers that add up to the whole in the two part circles (ex: 3 and 5, 4 and 4, 1 and 7, etc.). Hope that makes sense!

If you have further suggestions or ideas, please let me know!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Giveaway over at Technology Tailgate!

Hey friends! Just a quick note to say that you should head on over to…

Technology Tailgate

and enter the super awesome giveaway going on right now! You could win my planning paaaccckkk!!!!!!

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Apple Fun!

Hello friends!  One of my hands-down favorite times of year is….you guessed it! FALL!! I love the weather {the little fall weather we get in Texas}, the pumpkin {including pumpkin spice lattes!!}, the holidays…I love it all! I also adore teaching things like apples and pumpkins!  So naturally, I put together some fun apple activities.  One of my most popular products has always been my Seed to Plant science activities.  So, I created an apple science activities and experiments pack! Stick with me…there’s a freebie at the end!!

This pack has all sorts of stuff in it! Here’s a thumbnail of what it includes:
It includes :
-Book suggestions when teaching about apples
-2 Graphic Organizers
-Apple Graphing Activity and recording sheet
-Rotten Apples! Experiment and recording sheet
-Apple Surprise! Experiment and recording sheet
-Parts of An Apple Activity and recording sheet
-Apple Taste Test Activity and recording sheet
-Sink or Float Experiment and recording sheet
-Applesauce Activity and recording sheet
I also have some other resources that are fun to use when teaching apples…
How adorable are these little apple rice krispie treats?  SO cute…now onto more educational resources! Smile
Here’s a fun video from Brain POP Jr. on Johnny Appleseed! LOVE me some Brain POP!
LOVE this song from Harry Kindergarten!!!!
And you gotta love Reading Rainbow!!!
And now for the FREEBIE!!! Smile
Here is a freebie for the life cycle of an apple!  Worksheet and larger sequencing cards for pocket chart use. Enjoy friends!!!
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Technology Tailgate!

Hi bloggy friends!!! I am now a contributor over at Technology Tailgate! So I’ll be posting there from time to time with tech tips.

Tonight I did a little post on an easy way to organize classroom signups, etc.  Head on over and check it out by clicking the picture below!

Happy weekend friends!!

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Friday, August 31, 2012

Transition Troubles?

If there is one thing I have learned about children who are in new places or new situations, it’s that they feel UNCOMFORTABLE.  I mean, let’s think about it.  We are adults, who have probably encountered many different situations and environments.  But, we still are a little uneasy about new situations.  Now imagine if you were a young child, or a child with special needs {autism especially}.  Talk about overwhelming.  I can’t even imagine how uncomfortable it must feel for them!  One thing that I have found that is so incredibly helpful for autistic students is what some call a “transition” box.  Where I work we call it their “hobby” box.  Basically, parents share or teachers observe what toys, activities and people the student finds enjoyable.  It can be anything from tickles and hugs to music and toys.  Once identified these items can be used during particularly stressful times for the student, such as transitions.  These items will make the transition feel a little less scary because the new situation will include things that they like {transition/hobby box items}.  Another great post about this concept can be found at The Inclusive Church

Source: The Inclusive Church

I think this concept is great for autistic/special needs students but I think it can also be applicable to those students who might be shy in new situations.  How do you think it could be incorporated into the classroom?

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Math Monday is BAACK!!: Animal Plate Math

Hello bloggy friends!! It’s been a while! I have been busy getting acclimated in my new position and let me just tell you…God knows what He’s doing.  I’ve been so blessed by each and every kiddo I’m working with and have seen so much progress in just two short weeks! L-O-V-E it!

On to the fun stuff..Math Monday is baaack!! It’s been a long time but I think you’ll like this one!  And there’s a freebie at the end!  So stick with me!

Have you seen these A-DOR-ABLE plates?

Animal Plates

These are the Hefty ZooPals plates!  This is the Safari pack I think…they rotate the collections yearly so there are sometimes different kinds.  The kiddos absolutely LOVE LOVE them!!  You might be thinking, yeah to eat off of…but how can you teach with them?  Well have I got a solution for you! 
I use these to help teach part-part-whole, lead into addition using “and”, teach addition, and teach fact families.  I use them ALL YEAR long in math small groups for kinder!  Let me show you:
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Now do you see?  The ears become parts and the mouth/face area becomes the whole!  At the beginning of the year, we count into the whole section.  So I might say the number 9 and the kiddos count 9 manipulatives into the whole section.  After this is mastered, we count into the whole and then count into the part sections.  So they might put 9 manipulatives in the whole and then we practice putting combinations of manipulatives in the part sections (ears) to make nine.  They could have 4 in one ear and 5 in the other, 1 in one ear and 8 in the other, etc.  We talk about how the parts make up the whole.  Then, we practice backwards.  I dictate “Put 3 in one ear, put 4 in the other.”  Then the kiddos have to put the same number in the whole.  So they would count how many are in both ears TOGETHER and put 7 in the whole section.  After this skill is mastered, we practice filling both parts and the whole and saying a math sentence to match.  So if there were 3 and 4 in the parts and 7 in the whole I would model and students would say “3 and 4 make 7.”  Then once this is mastered we use “plus” and “equals.”  So they would say “3 plus 4 equals 7.”  Then, we would do fact families using these!  It’s so great because there is the background knowledge of each step using the plates.  The kiddos become familiar with them and know what the parts are & what the steps are!  So in case that was confusing, here are the different levels I use with these fun plates:

1. Count into whole section.
2. Count into whole section.  Then count same number into part sections.
    Ex: 7 in whole, 3 and 4 in parts
3. Count into parts sections.  Then count same number into whole section.
4. Fill in parts and whole.  Say “part AND part MAKES whole.”
    Ex: “3 and 4 makes 7”
5. Fill in parts and whole.  Say “part PLUS part EQUALS whole.”
    Ex: “3 plus 4 equals 7”
6. Fill in parts and whole.  Talk about fact families!!

Now for the freebie!  I have also found while working with these it is great to have some type of recording sheet for the kiddos to keep track.  Especially at the beginning!  So of course, you get them for FREE!  Click on the picture below or HERE to grab them!

Animal Plate Math

Enjoy!  And happy beginning of the year!

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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Winner and a HUGE, MASSIVE Sale!

Love all the feedback I got yesterday from my Old Lady stuff!! The winner of the pack of her choice is: Mary Beth! Congratulations Mary Beth!  ’ll be emailing you shortly.
On another exciting note….I’m announcing a huge, massive SALE!
Slide1From Sunday, August 12 to Monday, August 13th EVERY item in my store will be 28% off with the promo code BTS12. Click the image above to head to my store!

BLOGGERS and SELLERS: Feel free to use my graphic and link up below! Let’s link up all of our awesome stores that will be on sale! ***Please link to your STORE.  All others will be removed.***

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

There Was An Old Lady…

That was EXHAUSTED! Well I’m not quite the old lady, but I am quite tired this week.  All I will say is that God always leads you right where you need to be! Sometimes you are rerouted, but it all works out in the end.
But, there was an old lady who swallowed a bunch of stuff…like shells, chicks, books, bells, snow, a clover, leaves, a bat… the list goes on and on. Lucky for you, I’ve created some fun and simple sequencing activities for all of these fun books by Lucille Colandro and I Know An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson.
In my store, I have added all the sequencing activities for the individual books {including the newest…There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books!!} Click on each to head to the page!
Also, for a math connection….I created some roll & cover games to reinforce number recognition and addition to go along with the books:
For convenience, I also bundled all of the sequencing and the roll & cover together.  You save $7.50 by buying the bundle!!!
And by request…I bundled ONLY the sequencing together.  You save $6.00 by buying this bundle!!!
And, as usual!! I’ll do a flash giveaway of the bundle pack of your preference!  Just leave a comment stating:
-Which pack you would like and why…
-Email address *VERY IMPORTANT!*
I’ll choose a random winner tomorrow night {Thursday} around 9pm CST.
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Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Heart of Teaching

If you’re anything like me {and most teachers} then teaching is MUCH more than just a job for you.  Teaching is a calling and a mission field.  Some of us have students that don’t get enough love and attention at home, some don’t have enough food or care at home, some have those things but because parents are so busy they don’t get the attention they desire and deserve.  Some of the students in our classroom feel safer and more “at home” in our classroom than their actual homes.  This is why our classroom becomes our mission field! 

As far as the calling, I can say that when I am not teaching I feel out of balance…like I’m not doing what I’ve been called to do.  You see, we have a much more important job than simply teaching skills that are tested.  We have the responsibility to the hearts and minds of countless students.  The way we interact with our students helps shape their life skills, self esteem, social interactions, and on and on.  Seems like a lot, huh?  But we do it with a smile in our face and genuine love in our hearts for our students.

At the beginning of each year, I spend time reminding myself of this responsibility and calling.  I always, always listen to Nichole Nordeman’s song Legacy.  The line that lingers in my mind goes like this: “I want to leave a legacy.  How will they remember me?  Did I choose to love?…”  {Check out the video at the end of the post.}  Every copy made, activity created, paper graded, running record taken, assessment administered, etc. should be oozing with our love for our students.  This song reminds me of this.  I want each and every student that walks through my door to leave feeling loved and knowing that they can conquer the world.

The other day I came across a quote on Pinterest {I know, I’m addicted!} that spurred me to write this post and create this little freebie poster.


{Download HERE}

Wow.  What a statement by Ann Landers.  So often we get wrapped up in the papers, the meetings, the standards, etc. that we forget that our ultimate goal is to help these students be successful in life!  Not just on a test or paper, but in LIFE! I love this quote because it’s a great reminder that it’s not what we do but what we teach our kiddos to do for themselves that is important.  Those moments when a student figures out how to solve a math problem, read a book, or work together as a team…those moments when the light bulb goes off and their mind is racing…those are the moments that matter.  The moments when those kiddos KNOW that they can do it themselves—those are the moments that are shaping them into successful human beings!  This quote also reminds me that I don’t want my classroom to function like a lecture.  I want my classroom to be inquiry and discovery based AS MUCH as possible!  I want to be facilitator as much as possible.  I want my students to become learners and to LOVE learning.  I ultimately want them to be life-long lovers of learning.

So as you begin this new school year, amidst the paperwork, open houses, assessments, and meetings, take a moment {or a lot of moments} to think about the heart of teaching.  Think about how you want your students to feel every day in your classroom.  Think about how you want your students to remember you and your classroom.  Set a goal and go for it!  Though none of us are perfect, and there will definitely be distractions, strive to do your best for those little hearts in your room this year. I know I will be focusing on the hearts of my little ones a lot as I begin this school year. Join me!

Nichole Nordeman-Legacy

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

A Year in Writing! {FREEBIE}

Need a way to keep track of writing samples throughout the year?  Do you end up having random writing samples in piles?  How about a book for each student that is put together at the beginning of the year.  Then it can be sent home as a sort of memory book at the end of the year!

Here’s a little freebie pack that has a page for each month!  I’ve included a cover page for Kinder, 1st and 2nd grade.  The writing pages are also included in black and white or color.  There are always some kiddos who want to write more, so I included a page that you can print off for them that is simply a page of lined paper.


Click the picture above or HERE to head over and download it for free!  If you enjoy it please leave some feedback! 

Happy weekend!

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

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Anyone else LOVE LOVE this sweet story for the first day of school?? It is a favorite of mine!  So, I created a few things for you to use with it!


This pack includes 2 literacy and 2 math activities that are great for the beginning of the year!  Letter recognition and writing, picture-word match, number-representation match, and patterning activities! Click HERE or the picture above to head on over! {It’s on sale until midnight tonight!}

I love to talk about how the students felt on the first day of school.  An anchor chart like this one I found on Pinterest would be great to do:

Kissing Hand

From Once Upon a First Grade Adventure

Then today, I created this cutie:


This cute little craftivity is great for kiddos to compare how they felt on the first day of school and how Chester felt in the book! 

Click the image below to head on over and check out!  It’s on sale until midnight too!!


Then I found this ADORABLE pin on Pinterest!!  How sweet would this be as a first day treat?!

Kissing hand cookies

From Handprint and Footprint Art

And as always, here’s a video version!!


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