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:
Animal Plate1

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.***


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