Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Day the Crayons Quit Writing Papers

I JUST finished the cutest writing papers ever!  I am going to use them with Drew Daywalt's "The Day the Crayons Quit".  We have finished with the Reading curriculum for the school year, so I'm trying to come up with fun, yet enriching, activities for the last couple of weeks of school.  I figured this book was a great way to incorporate both letter writing as well as persuasive writing into 1 lesson.  I'll post some pictures of what my students come up with this week when we finish with it!

Here is the cover of my little set, just to show off my first successful hand drawn clipart images!  I love my sweet little version of crayons!  What do you think?!  I'm working hard to teach myself graphic design, and am getting a little more confident each day that goes by!

Product available HERE

Have a great week!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Countdown to Summer

Well, that time of year has come again!  It is time to start counting down the days to SUMMER!! This year, I have decided to celebrate the end of the school year a little different than I have in the past.  We started with 26 days left, and are having an ABC Countdown.  Each day has  different activity that corresponds to letters of the alphabet.  Friday the 17th was the letter "A".  We completed an Awesome Art Project.  We read "The Lorax" and made our own beautiful landscapes with truffula trees and the "Unless" quote.

Monday April 20th was "B", which brought a Beach Day.  My students brought in beach towels and their favorite books from home.  I found a video of an idyllic beach with great sounds of waves crashing and even seagulls flying overhead.  Add in a few beach balls from the dollar store, and we had our own tropical paradise.  (I had planned for us to go outside and lay in the grass, but a sting of severe weather went through the area in the afternoon.  Two nearby schools sustained some damage from the strong winds.)

Some of my students enjoying a tropical twist to their
normal reading time.

I brought "Anne of Green Gables" in memory of
Jonathan Crombie who passed recently.
The 21st was our "C" day.  We celebrated by dressing CraZy!  Think backwards shirts and mismatched patterns.
Lots of mismatched patterns!

Backwards shirt!
This countdown has been so much fun!  Here is my full countdown calendar.  Some of the days were a little difficult to come up with special events for the letter, or I tried to incorporate already assigned days into the cute calendar. 

What is your favorite way to celebrate the end of a school year?  

Easy to Follow Math Multiples

Hey Everybody!

I just finished a new product for my Teachers Pay Teachers store, and I couldn't wait to share it with you!  I have been teaching my littles multiplication to get them ready for 3rd grade.  I have been going over skip counting and different ways to remember the multiples of each number, and this idea came to me.  I made up pages with number outlines on them.  Inside the numbers, are the first 10 multiples, in order.  The idea is that the kids can trace over the shape of the number while reciting the multiples.  I think this will help them memorize the multiples.  Simple memorization of the facts is, in my opinion, the best way to multiply.  That's the way I learned it, and it's so much faster than drawing arrays and all those new-fangled methods people keep coming up with.  Since I just finished the product, I haven't even had a chance to laminate my own set yet.  When I do, I'll add pictures to show it in use!

I put 3 different sizes in the product.  Full page, half page, and quarter page versions.  They can be placed in centers, made into posters and hung up, used in lessons, or sent home for extra practice.

Here are some pictures, hope you like it!

Click HERE to download your own copy!