Monday, March 25, 2013

Eggs-cellent Freebie

Looking for some ideas for those cute little plastic eggs you find everywhere this time of year?

I've got a few ideas!  Come on over to Elementary Matters to download this freebie, and check out a few other ideas!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Easter Freebies!

Do you have an Easter freebie to share?  Are you looking for Easter ideas?

I felt it was time for an Easter Linky Party.  I hadn't seen any, so I decided to set one up!

Just hop on over to Elementary Matters, link up, or check out the freebies left from others!  Have fun!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Many Free Downloads!

Hey Friends! I have created a new section on my blog called Professional Development with tons of free downloads. I hope you will stop by and look around. Click the picture below to head on over to my blog and begin browsing!


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

St. Patty's Day Fun and a Freebie

Don't you just love St. Patrick's Day?  It's one of my very favorite special days!

Why?  Well, I admit, I have Irish blood in me, but I think it's because of the timing.  In New England, the winters are so very long that by the middle of March, we need something fun and silly to celebrate.  So we all wear green and wear silly leprechaun pins and headbands.  It's good for lifting spirits while waiting for those first signs of spring.

Plus, it's an opportunity to sneak in extra practice on those important skills!  Below are some free addition and subtraction story problems.  (I don't think they can get enough problem solving practice, and adding stories about leprechauns makes it more fun!)  These are designed for second grade, but would be useful for high first graders or review for third graders.

Come on over to Elementary Matters to download your freebie and see a "shillelagh full of ideas" for the big day!  (If you're not sure what a shillelagh is, see THIS LINK to Wikipedia!)

Move It With Brain Breaks Music Videos {FREEBIE}

If you're like me, you'd like one place with all your fun music and movement videos at your fingertips.  And it'd be great if those videos were in a safe format so that annoying content wasn't displayed before or after your video played.

Swing by {I Love 2 Teach} today to see how you can have just what I described FOR FREE!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Place Value Monster Game {freebie}

Stop on by I Love 2 Teach for a {free place value game} that can be used with kids working on building numbers from 2-digits to 6-digits.  The materials you need are super simple and the fun your kids will have while working on place value is super high!

Friday, March 8, 2013

How To Make Ice Cream Informative Writing

 I know, I know. It's doesn't seem like ice cream weather. Being as I live in Florida, last week was perfect ice cream weather!
Stop on by to see my class making ice cream and then writing all about it! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Literacy Center Cards

I do a combination of Daily 5 and the requirements of my school district. Here are some cards that help me communicate with the children.  I mount these on tagboard and put magnets on the back, and I can organize our Literacy time anyway I want.  Come on over to Elementary Matters to see ideas!     

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Booking Across New Hampshire

Happy Booking Across the USA!  There are over 50 bloggers representing 50 states who posted about their states!  What are we posting about?  Books, of course!  Everyone has found a book that represents their state.

I'm so excited about the book I chose!
Click image for link to Amazon.

A River Ran Wild by Lynne Cherry is a piece of history, and a lesson about respect for the environment.  Plus, it is a beautiful taste of the state of New Hampshire!

When I first picked up this book, I thought I had a nice picture book about a river that runs through Massachusetts and New Hampshire, but it turned out to be so much more!

This book would be a great book to read when learning about Native Americans or when learning about the environment.  It's a great choice to read on Earth Day because of the environmental lesson.  It's also a great book for teaching history as well as the beauty of New England.  

I had many thoughts about activities connected to this book, but settled on one that celebrates the beauty of the clean waters of the Nashua River.

Come on over to Elementary Matters to see more about the book, a fun art project to go with the book, and see more books about New Hampshire as well as more books by Lynne Cherry!  (I'm sure you'll recognize a few!)

Rockin' Teacher Materials: Lakeshore's Computer Games are a Hoot! Win One!

Rockin' Teacher Materials: Lakeshore's Computer Games are a Hoot! Win One!: Read how you can use them in your room and win one too!


Find the Leprechaun's Gold

Need some great resources for St. Pat's Day? Or want a chance to win $100 of TPT gold? Stop by and check out what we are up to!


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Classroom Freebies: Infer Like a Pro!

Teaching kids to infer can be tricky and it is a difficult skill to grasp. I have found that using pictures  really helps them 
'get the picture'!
 (get it? hee hee hee)

If you would like a short preview of how I teach inference in my classroom, just click {here} to grab a preview pack. If you would like a more detailed description and my kids in action, then just click to head on over to the {Rockin' Teacher Materials blog}.


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