Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Hands On Skip Counting

Over the past few weeks my firsties have been working hard on their skip counting skills. This is such  a tricky concept for them to grasp. We started our week off by counting by 10s and making this anchor chart. I believe that anchor charts should be student made so at the start of our day, each child got a pair of feet to represent 10. After coloring them, we glued them on our chart and them labeled them together as a class. 

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

After labeling our chart together, each child got a blank copy of a 120 chart. We quickly skip counted and colored the tens along the way. Once everyone had their chart complete, they cut it into strips of 10 and made skip counting chains. You can grab a blank copy of this 120 chart here.


Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!


Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Once we mastered 10s, we started practicing counting by 5s. We made another anchor chart. This time, I traced each child's hand and we labeled them together.

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

For extra practice, we made these fun skip counting hats using this printable from Smitten with First. You can grab the hand printable on her blog. The kids counted by 5s and wrote the number on each hand and then glued them around a sentence strip to make a hat. We kept them at school all week to wear and use as a reference.
Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Up next was counting by 2s and we all know that this is the hardest for them to get. We started out by making another anchor chart. I gave each of them a pair of eyes and we labeled them together as we added them to our chart.

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

I wanted to do something really fun that the kids could relate to when counting by 2s. I came across this idea from my sweet friend Lindsay over at For the Love of First Grade and just knew I had to do it. Each child brought in a pair of socks. After discussing things that come in pairs of 2, we labeled them and hung them from our ceiling. I still have these hanging and we practice counting when we line up. This line may or may not have fallen on my head while I was trying to hang these! LOL! 

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!


I'm all about hands on practice so we made these skip counting bracelets by counting numbers up to 20. First, they sorted each set of beads by color. Then, I let them string them onto their pipe cleaner. They wore these all week. I would ask them at random times to count by 2s. It was perfect practice.  

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

For stations, I wanted them to have some sort of activity that they could easily do to reinforce the skills that we have been working on. I grabbed a set of colored craft sticks and wrote random number patterns for counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s and they put the sticks in the correct order. I also made a few sets for my higher kids that start at various numbers between 1-120. 

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

I always want a way for students to be able to check their work. I drew a random line on the back of the sticks. Once they've put the sticks in order, they can flip them over to check and see if they are right. If the lines match up they got it correct. 

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

All three anchor charts are displayed in our classroom and we reference them each day. They are perfect for a quick math warm up. You can grab the images used to make these anchor charts by clicking here

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

If you'd like to save these ideas for later, pin the image below. 

Skip counting doesn't have to be tricky. This blog post is full of hands on ideas and activities to practice skip counting for your little learners. There are FREE printable too!

For more math ideas, check out my math Pinterest board that is full of great ideas.    


Saturday, October 8, 2016

Celebrating Classroom Birthdays

Celebrating classroom birthdays is a great way to let your students know that they are special and that you care about them. Today I'm sharing how I celebrate birthdays in my classroom!

Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!


First let's talk about displays! My birthday board is one of my favorite displays in my classroom. At the beginning of the year, I have my kiddos write their birthday on a whiteboard. Then, they hold them up and I take their picture by each month and place them on the these monthly posters. You can grab these burlap themed posters in my TPT store.

Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!

Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!


My favorite birthday celebration is our birthday chair! On their birthday, they get to sit in the special chair! You can read all about how I made it here. I originally got this idea from my sweet friend Amanda over at Mrs.Richardson's Class. She used fun stickers to make her chair and it turned out so cute.

Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!

Student gifts are totally not necessary but always fun, especially for the kids. This year, I choose these fun neon pens from Oriental Trading. These mini ink pens include 10 different colors and the kids absolutely go nuts over them. I also have a few of these in my writing center. The great thing about ordering these from Oriental Trading, is that you can add them to your classroom wish list to share with parents. You can read all about how to do that here

Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!


I used some twine and added this cute birthday tag. These are so diverse and can be used with any gift. You can grab them for FREE here

Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!


Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!

If you like this idea and want to save it for later, pin the image below! 

Celebrating classroom birthdays can be such a special time. Come see how my classroom celebrates and grab a FREE printable too!
How do you celebrate classroom birthdays? Feel free to share in the comments below. 

Disclosure: I was provided items to review by Oriental Trading, but all opinions expressed are my own. 


Saturday, September 10, 2016

Setting Up a Classroom Wish List with Oriental Trading

Shopping for school supplies and things for my classroom is probable one of my favorite things. I am not ashamed to admit that I get excited about a fresh box of crayons or a brand new pack of dry erase pockets.

I often get asked by parents to let them know if there is anything we need for our classroom. The simplest way to share these items with parents is to show them a classroom wish list. I'm so excited that Oriental Trading has a new feature that makes it easy to keep my parents informed on what is needed in my classroom.

I often get asked by parents to let them know if there is anything we need for our classroom. The simplest way to share these items with parents is to show them a classroom wish list. I'm so excited that Oriental Trading has a new feature that makes it easy to keep my parents informed on what is needed in my classroom.


Setting up a wish list with Oriental Trading is simple. Here is what you need to do:

1. Log into your account. 
2. Click on wishlist from the top menu (there is heart beside it).
3. Start adding those items. 


I often get asked by parents to let them know if there is anything we need for our classroom. The simplest way to share these items with parents is to show them a classroom wish list. I'm so excited that Oriental Trading has a new feature that makes it easy to keep my parents informed on what is needed in my classroom.


I like to add items that are always need in my classroom such as pencils, stamps, manipulative such as dice, and holiday items for classroom parties.  Once you have your wish list set up, you can share the link with parents via e-mail, classroom newsletter, through Facebook, etc.  It's also a good idea to change our your items based on each season and then share your list with parents every few months.

Here is a sneak peak of my own Oriental Trading wish list that I'll be sharing with my classroom parents.

I often get asked by parents to let them know if there is anything we need for our classroom. The simplest way to share these items with parents is to show them a classroom wish list. I'm so excited that Oriental Trading has a new feature that makes it easy to keep my parents informed on what is needed in my classroom.

Disclosure: I was provided items to review by Oriental Trading, but all opinions expressed are my own. 


Saturday, August 13, 2016

Comprehension Pinwheels

I'm always looking for fun ways to incorporate comprehension into my small group time. This week, I've been setting up my new classroom came across these pinwheels that I bought from the dollar store. Today, I'll be sharing how I use these little gems during my small group time. 
Comprehension Pinwheels are a fun and unique way to check for understanding during your small group time. Come check out these fun tools that you can use for all subject areas.

A few years ago, I came across these fun pinwheels at the dollar store. I bought a few to use during my small group time. All I did was write comprehension questions on index cards and tape them onto each pedal of the pinwheel. This example has story element cards. 

Comprehension Pinwheels are a fun and unique way to check for understanding during your small group time. Come check out these fun tools that you can use for all subject areas.

Have your students spin the wheel and answer the question that is at the top. It's that simple! I love these because they can be used for so many different topics across all subject areas. I have sets for math and vocabulary too. The possibilities are endless. So the next time you see these little gems in the dollar store, grab a few! The kids love them. 

Have a great day! 



Sunday, July 31, 2016

How to Score Discounts on Teachers Pay Teachers

Hi friends! It is no surprise that I am a huge fan of Teachers Pay Teachers. It has changed my teaching style in so many positive ways. It is also probably no surprise, that teachers spend A LOT of their OWN MONEY on resources for their classroom. I recently learned that most people do not know that you can get discounts on the products you purchase. Today I'll be sharing how you can get some of your favorite goodies at a discounted price. 

Did you know that you can get discounts on your favorite Teachers Pay Teachers purchases? This post shows you exactly how to do that with a video tutorial. Come see how you can save money towards those classroom purchase!

When you purchase an item on TPT, make sure to leave feedback on those products. This allows you to earn credits towards future purchases. For every dollar you spend, you earn one credit after you provide feedback. If you buy a product for $3, you'll earn 3 TPT credits. They will round up for you, too! If you provide feedback on an item that is $4.75, you'll earn 5 TPT credits. Every 100 credits is worth $5 that you can apply towards future purchases, but there is no need to wait until you have 100 to redeem them. 50 credits is worth $2.50

Check out this video tutorial to see exactly how to leave feedback. I'll walk you through the entire process, how to see which products you need to leave feedback on, how to check your credit balance, and how to apply credits towards your purchases. 





Now here are some tips from a seller on leaving feedback. First, if you have any sort of concern about the product that you purchased (spelling error, font choice, etc...) please contact the seller via e-mail or leave them a Q&A on TPT. Please don't leave bad feedback for this. Sellers are more than happy to  fix anything that may be wrong. You can also leave feedback on free downloads too. Although you will not earn credit for these downloads, sellers appreciate your kindness. Freebies are hard work to create. All products are time consuming, even if it is something simple. Take the time to say thank you for all their hard work.

Now go leave some feedback and redeem those credits for some awesome goodies!!!!




Friday, June 24, 2016

Place Value Toss

Hey ya'll! Place value is one of the first skills we teach at the beginning of the year and we review it throughout the year. Today I am going to share one of my favorite activities to practice this skill and it is a big hit with kids. It's called Place Value Toss! I'm all about hands-on learning and getting the kids up out of their seats. This game is perfect for that.

Place Value Toss is one of my favorite games to play when teaching and reviewing place value. It's hand on, engaging, and the kids love it. You can read all about how to play it on my blog.

Here is what you need to get set up. You can click on the affiliate links to purchase.

  1. 2-4 baskets (depending on the level you are teaching)
  2. 10 bean bags or something soft to toss. 
  3. Dry erase boards and markers
  4. Place Value Posters
I printed my place value posters 4 to a page and taped them onto the tubs. Label each tub based on the level of your students (tens, hundreds, thousands). If you are working on place value to the thousands you need 4 buckets, to the hundreds you'll need three buckets, or if you are reviewing two digits, you only need two tubs. 

Place Value Toss is one of my favorite games to play when teaching and reviewing place value. It's hand on, engaging, and the kids love it. You can read all about how to play it on my blog.


Here is how to play: 

1. Line the tubs up vertically. If it's a pretty day, take the game outside! If you are in your classroom, make sure you have plenty of space to spread out the tubs. 

Place Value Toss is one of my favorite games to play when teaching and reviewing place value. It's hand on, engaging, and the kids love it. You can read all about how to play it on my blog.


2. A student stands on a marked spot and tries to toss all 10 bean bags into the tubs. 

Place Value Toss is one of my favorite games to play when teaching and reviewing place value. It's hand on, engaging, and the kids love it. You can read all about how to play it on my blog.

Place Value Toss is one of my favorite games to play when teaching and reviewing place value. It's hand on, engaging, and the kids love it. You can read all about how to play it on my blog.

The number of bean bags in each tub represents the value for that number. This represents 1,221 because their is one bag in the thousands tub, two in the hundreds, two in the tens, and one in the ones tub. The bags that didn't make it into a tub do not count. 

3. The kids that are sitting at their desks write the score on their white boards. You can do this with number form, expanded notation, word form, etc...Make sure they are seated in a way that they can see the bean bags being tossed and where they land. 

I have them draw a place value chart so they can keep tally of where the bean bags land. 

Place Value Toss is one of my favorite games to play when teaching and reviewing place value. It's hand on, engaging, and the kids love it. You can read all about how to play it on my blog.


4. When the teacher gives a signal, the students sitting at their desks show their answers. The students who tossed the bean bags reveals the answer (if they aren't sure, they can check with the teacher for help). If the students at their desks got it right, they get a point by putting a tally on their white boards. 

5. Then the game repeats by choosing another student to toss the bean bags. 

I hope your classroom will love playing place value toss as much as my class did. If you're looking for more ideas for your math block, check out my Math Pinterest Board. 





Saturday, April 16, 2016

Mother's Day Notepads

Are you looking for a fun and easy idea for Mother's Day in your classroom? You kids will love making these notepads to give to their favorite loved one.

Mother's Day is right around the corner and I wanted to share this easy gift idea with you. If you are a teacher or a mom you probably have an obsession with notepads. You can never have too many of them. I can't be the only one who has a drawer full and still buys more when I see a cute one in the Dollar Spot! Right?!? Last year, we made these fun notepads to give as gifts and they were a huge success! Most importantly, they were easy prep and very inexpensive. For a class set of 22 kids, It cost me less than $10 to make these.

You'll need to download a copy of the notepad sheets! There is a copy for moms, aunts, and grandmas. I made copies onto fun bright paper from Astrobrights that I already had on hand. I bought a 5 sets of chevron pens from Dollar Tree and three sets of different colored ribbon from Dollar Tree as well.

Are you looking for a fun and easy idea for Mother's Day in your classroom? You kids will love making these notepads to give to their favorite loved one.

These three rolls were barely enough, so I would suggest buying more than 3 just to be safe. 

Are you looking for a fun and easy idea for Mother's Day in your classroom? You kids will love making these notepads to give to their favorite loved one.

I ran off enough copies so that each child could pick out 20 sheets to add to their notepad. Once you've made copies, cut them in half so you get 2 notebook sheets from one page. I used a hole punch to make 2 holes at the top. This is where the ribbon will go. 

Are you looking for a fun and easy idea for Mother's Day in your classroom? You kids will love making these notepads to give to their favorite loved one.

I let each child come up and pick their own colors of paper for their notepad and then they chose which color of ribbon they wanted. We threaded the ribbon through the holes of the paper and tied a bow to keep all the papers in place. They add a little fun the the pen with these cute flowers.  I traced a flower pattern onto colored paper and and the kids decorate them and wrote sweet messages. I laminated them and glued them onto then end of the pen with hot glue. They turned out so cute! 

Are you looking for a fun and easy idea for Mother's Day in your classroom? You kids will love making these notepads to give to their favorite loved one.

Are you looking for a fun and easy idea for Mother's Day in your classroom? You kids will love making these notepads to give to their favorite loved one.

Are you looking for a fun and easy idea for Mother's Day in your classroom? You kids will love making these notepads to give to their favorite loved one.

If you like this idea and want to use it in your classroom, you can click here to download the notepad sheets.  You can pin the image below to save it for later. 

Are you looking for a fun and easy idea for Mother's Day in your classroom? You kids will love making these notepads to give to their favorite loved one.

Are you looking for more ideas for May in your classroom? Check out my Pinterest board!