Sunday, March 19, 2017

Stop! Life Cycle Time!!! :) Part II

Hi everyone!!!
I am back with some more news and pictures!! I would like to share with you my part II of life cycles. We had such a great time with my students when we learned about life cycles during our Science period. Last post was about butterflies and ladybugs (click HERE to see the last post), I would like to share with you about meal worms and frogs this time.

The best of meal worms is that is so new to them and they have never seen them before (they had more experience with butterflies or frogs). I am telling you all, they are so gross! and yet so cool!! :) My students couldn't stop looking at them and just observe them!
Here are some pictures I was able to take for the first days:






What I also like about this life cycle is that it's very simple to maintain them. Meal worms just eat decomposing fruit and we left some oats in there for them to keep on eating. They don't drink water because they get all the water from the fruit. 

I also found very cool videos on how these meal-worm "molt" (shed); they do shed several times during the larva stage. Now, I'll be honest with you, they are kind of gross, but they are so cool at the same time. My students were so amazed by just looking at these videos, that I was able to just keep on looking... lol Here are the you tube videos I was able to find:

This is the LINK


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These are some pictures of our mealworms that have already turned into pupae! We did not get to see the action, but we sure could see the skin out and those white-alien looking friends! My students are so excited about them that the first thing they do when they come in is to observe them!

These are the skin that we found all around them. I pull them out so students could see them better.



The pupae are all over, but I circled some of them so you could have a better view of it :)
This mealworm had just turned into a pupa, it really does look like a white alien!
you could still see the skin near by...

As soon as I walked into my classroom and went to check our friends, this is the one I found (purple circle). Apparently he had already turned into a beetle over the weekend because he was already getting the darken color. The other friends had already the legs turned darker, that meant they were ready to turned into a beetle as well :)

On this picture, you can see more of the pupae that had already the legs turned a little bit darker... some others are still on their "resting" stage...


Sadly, we were not able to see any pupae in action... but we were able to see the first stage of the beetle. That means, the beetle is out but with a white/cream color (blue circle)

By the end of the week, we had more friends! but they all liked to be under the oats!! Only two (purple circle) were brave enough to come out! Maybe it's because beetles are nocturnal and they were all trying to sleep while we were having class!! ;)

These were the last pictures I took of the beetles. As you can see most of them (if not all) have already that brown dark or black color. They were ready to be released. We had such a great time with these buddies!



Lastly, we learned about the life cycle of a frog. This is our friend "Froggy." I taught the lesson, but I didn't get to see Froggy grow. By the time we got him (after our meal worms), I was leaving for maternity leave back then. So this is the only picture I got of it.


We made foldables for both meal worms and frogs. My students took notes of each cycle as we were talking about them at the carpet and fill out their own foldable :)




Before I let you go, I would like to share with you my unit :) The foldables shown above are are part of this unit :)
This unit come in English and Spanish. If you would like to have more info on what comes in it, click on ENGLISH or SPANISH to take you to each product :) Here is a preview of what the unit contains. 

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Life-Cycle-Unit-MealwormsBeetles-Frogs-Grades-1-3-1173497

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you are having a great weekend and I wish you a blessing week :) Stay tuned my friends!!! I'll have THREE new products coming  to you soon!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Stop! Life Cycle Time!!! :) Part I

There is no secret for my love to life cycles y'all!! I get really excited to teach about these cycles every time it's on my plans! After I started to teach about new life cycles in third grade, I learned so much that I started to love it even more!! I'll be sharing with you about the life cycle units I have in my store for the next couple posts. The first life cycle is the butterfly and ladybug.
I used these videos with my students. WE ALL LOVED LOVED to play them because they were excellent in focusing those little lady bugs!

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE... BE AWARE THAT ON THIS COMING VIDEO, EXACTLY AT 2:50min, THE LADYBUGS APPEAR MATING. I STILL PLAYED THIS VIDEO TO MY STUDENTS BECAUSE IT WAS THE BEST VIDEO TO SHOW IN FAST MOTION THE WHOLE LIFE CYCLE; HOWEVER I USED PRECAUTIONS AND I STOOD BY THE LAPTOP TO STOP THE VIDEO AT 2:49min. SO I COULD AVOID THE LAST IMAGE.



This is the LINK 


These following video is also good. It has a person talking in the background; but it's not a video like the previous one. It has really good pictures and some very short videos of the larva. I still used it because the images were AMAZING! :)


This is the LINK

We also did a quick and fun craft. We cut and paste true and false statements on a sheet and did a ladybug craft. I think they turned out very cute and my students were really engaged during this activity.




These two activities are included in my new unit Life Cycle of a ladybug AND butterfly. This unit is great for 1-3 grades. I included lots of different activities!
If you would like to know more about my products, click on the picture and it will take you to my TPT store. I have created a unit for both English and Spanish.

This is the English version. For more details, click HERE.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Life-Cycle-Unit-Ladybug-and-Butterfly-Grades-1-3-1167824


This is the Spanish version :) For more details click HERE.


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Have a great and restful Spring Break my friends! I am posting in a couple days about my other life cycle unit, which includes mealworms and frogs! :)

Sunday, March 5, 2017

No pinching aloud! St. Patrick's Day Freebies :)

Hello everyone and welcome back!
Today I am sharing with you a couple free products I have in my store for St. Patrick's Day!
I have to be honest with y'all, I am a little bit of a kid... I love coloring :) So I decided to create a freebie that it's all about that! Then, of course, I started thinking about different grade levels (because you know, I have been in Pre-k, 2nd, and 3rd!!). This freebie comes in both English and Spanish as well! So after I finished it, I took the great opportunity to print a couple copies and have fun with them!! So here they are:

If you would like to download a copy FOR FREE, click HERE  :)


I also wanted to share with you an idea that I am sure I am not the only one who has have it.. HOWEVER, I still wanted to do my own and share it with y'all...
I know as a teacher, I am busy busy with lessons, teaching, parents, emails, meetings, etc. I think sometimes time goes by so quickly that I forget to do something special for my students... So I thought of a fast and not-so-expensive gift to give to my students... Something little, simple, and candy-free treat. I remember when I did my Wild Theme (you can click there to see my past post) at the beginning of our school year, I gave my students a snack bag of animal crackers. My students got so excited and felt so special... It was only animal crackers people, but they loved it!! So I wanted to do the same for this time. Here are some pictures of the St. Patrick treat:

Here are my labels for FREE if you would like to grab them :) Click on HERE

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Thank you for stopping by, I am almost done with my next product, so stay tuned!

Friday, February 24, 2017

NEW Reading Response Booklet, excellent for ANY BOOK!!

Hello again!
Yes! Two days after my last blog post?! oh yes! I was too excited to finish my NEW Booklet, so here I am again!
I would like to share with you all my NEW Reading Response Booklet! This time, I have created something you can USE WITH ANY BOOK! :) It is PERFECT for Read Across America!
I am so happy with this product and I think you will, too! I started with the Paper Bag idea, but then I thought: "Two are better than one!" Don't you agree?!?

This cutie patootie (Can you tell how excited I am?!) is a mini paper bag booklet! Very easy to make! All the reading responses sheets are cut and glued on the pages inside!


Then I thought about making a simple version! Just staple the reading responses sheets underneath the craft and this cute book craft turns into a booklet! 

You might wonder what's in the inside?! Well here is the list of things it contains:
1. Favorite Book
2. B, M, E graphic organizer
3. Main characters
4. Reason why this is my favorite book
5. Making connections
6. Favorite part of the story
7. Character Traits
8. Problem of the story
9. Favorite Character
10. If you met the author
11. Change the end
12. Characters Change
13. Rhyming 
14. Book Paper bag Craft AND Book Craft

As you can see my friends, this is an awesome way to engage your students and also give them some liberty on picking the book they want to focus on. It also gives YOU the liberty to use it any time of the year and for any book! Lastly, I want to say that you don't have to use all of the reading responses sheets, you can choose what to give your students at that time for that specific book.
I hope you find this new product very useful and want to check it out at my store! As usual, it comes in English and Spanish :) Click English or Spanish to take you to the TPT product page :)

Well my friends, that's all for now! I hope you are looking forward to this upcoming week! I know I will be helping out a friend by reading a book for Read Across America. So I'm pretty excited about that! I'm taking both of my "babies" this time, so wish me luck! ;) Have an awesome weekend and a fantastic week my friends, see ya next time!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Read Across America Day!!! Theme Unit WITH a Freeeebieeeeeee :)

Hello all my friends and welcome back!
This past week has been amazing and so heartwarming! Thank you to all my followers and all my friends who have join me on this awesome celebration! I have seen so many entries and so many messages with a "thank you" and congratulations! Thank you ALL so very much!!

I am very happy to write this blog post! I get very excited on these upcoming days! There is no secret I enjoy celebrating and I JUST LOVE Read Across America Day! I have so much fun reading and doing activities with my students about THAT cat and other characters! :)


First of all, I wanted to share with you an oldie, but a goodie activity I did with my students before. Because we are not allowed to create anything relate to Seuss (or anything like that) and put it up on a selling website, I decided to make something with the products they provide at their own website! I got the patterns from Seussville on this link: http://www.seussville.com/Educators/educatorClassroomResources.php?id=printables#6 
They have tons of different sheets and activities you can use :) I used the "Elephant Ears" sheet from there. The face of the elephant I just kinda drew it at that moment, but again, because we can't create anything to share, I don't even think I saved it (so sorry!). To make the dust speck, I got a bunch of green pipe cleaners and some sparkly pom-poms. My students colored the elephant and they cut and paste true/false statements based on the book. I think they would have came up better if we only used gray construction paper, but I really wanted them to do some coloring and make these on their own, instead of just cutting and gluing. Here is a picture of what they looked like! I was really happy how they turned out :)

I also want to share with you what might be a good activity for this upcoming days for those little ones and maybe up to 3rd grade if you are still working on rhyming :)

I have a UNIT SAMPLE for FREE! I have a memory game for rhyming words. This game can be played by 2 or more students (independently) or you can even use it during small groups (if that's a skill you are working on with them). I can think about a whole class demonstration as well if it's needed. Nevertheless, I think this simple and yet fun game can be a good fit for your class! :)
Here are some pictures on how the game goes.


This Freebie comes in both English or Spanish. If you get a chance to download it, I hope you come back to leave me your feedback! :)

Click HERE to download the English Rhyming Freebie.

Click HERE to download the Spanish Rhyming Freebie.


After I created a sample, I knew I had to do a whole THEME UNIT. So, here is my unit with different centers for both Math and ELA or SLAR.
Both of the packets (Spanish and English) contains the following centers:
[1] Nouns vs. Verbs: instructions, 20 cards, answer key and activity sheet to give as an independent activity or use as an assessment.
[2] ABC order, 15 cards, instructions, answer key, and sheet to record their work.
[3] Writing Craftivity: Write about your favorite birthday and create a fun birthday cake!

Math:
[1] Fishy Probability: Mini cards to laminate and cut, instructions, Probability sheets, and Probability answer sheet.
[2] I knew it was true: addition and subtraction cards (with regrouping and without regrouping), instructions, 20 cards, answer key, and activity sheet to give as an independent activity or use as an assessment.
[3] Hooray for Arrays!: 20 cards (10 sets), instructions, and recording sheet to show work or use as an assessment.

Click HERE to see and purchase the English Unit.

Click HERE to see and purchase the Spanish Unit.

Alright friends! This is all I got for you today! I am off to finish a NEW Reading Response Booklet... it's pretty cool!! So stay tuned!

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

2,000 Followers Celebration!!!!


I cannot believe I am here saying I am celebrating 2,000 followers! The journey has been so rewarding and heart warming that I can't express how thankful I am! My life has changed so much since I started selling my products and that is because of you! I appreciate all of you! I can't continue without thanking God for giving me the chance to keep up with my store! As well as my husband who has been nothing but supportive and understanding while I spend a lot of time creating my products :)
I know I have not been very consistent on adding new products, but I have been trying to add more everytime I can and when my babies are sleeping (many nights are not so good to be honest!) Seeing your feedback and seeing how more people decide to click that "follow me" button encourages me to continue and warms up my heart!

I want to celebrate as much as I can for this accomplishment and I want to start by giving back to you, my followers. I wouldn't be here celebrating if it wasn't for you!!! So let's get started!!!

IF YOU NEED HELP WITH INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO FOLLOW ME THROUGH EMAIL AND HOW TO FOLLOW ME ON THIS BLOG, PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE MY POST.



Now, IT'S GIVEAWAY TIME!!!
ALL GIVEAWAYS WILL RUN FROM SATURDAY 18TH (6AM) UNTIL TUESDAY 21st (12AM) CENTRAL TIME
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU USE A GOOD EMAIL ON THE RAFFLECOPTER, IF A WINNER DOES NOT ANSWER AFTER TWO DAYS, ANOTHER WINNER WILL BE PICKED

First, I would like to thank my TPT followers, so if you were my follower until Friday February 10,2017 (Last follower #2,029), then you have received MY LATEST PRODUCT FOR FREE on your TPT inbox! This is MY NEWEST PRODUCT on my store, and you get it FOR FREE!! YESSSS TOTALLY FREE!!! I can't express enough how much you mean to me for deciding to follow me! This is an awesome craft and reading response sheets are included, these reading responses go along with the book "Love Monster" or "Mostruo y el Amor" (in Spanish).  This project is perfect to do as a whole group, independent work, or even centers! Your students can pick the book and do the reading responses respectively!


The fun does not end here my friends! Then, I started thinking "what else could I give away??" And then I saw a light at the end of the tunnel! I have been seeing MANY teachers on Instagram who are going CRAZY for the Rae Dunn products! I honestly have seen them and I was never crazy about them.. But then, I got myself ONE MUG.. I mean, ONLY ONE! And now?? I AM CRAZY about them!!! So I thought that this could be A PERFECT GIVEAWAY!!!
I have TWO MUGS available, so I will pick TWO WINNERS for this!



Remember the more entries you have, the more changes you have to win!!! To enter, please follow the steps on this Rafflecopter:

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Since I am celebrating my followers on TPT, I figured... Let's giveaway a gift card!! Enter the Rafflecopter for a chance to win a $25 TPT Giftcard! Remember the more entries you have, the more changes you have to win!!!







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If you have seen me on my instagram, you know I loveeeee Target! I actually found out that some Targets are a little bit better than others in the Dollar Spot... so I actually drive more than 30 minutes to go to a very good one! That tells you how much I LOVE TARGET!!!
Anyways, I think there are so many people like me who loves this store as much as I do, so let's do a giveaway for a $25 Target giftcard!

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Since we are going crazy with prizes, why don't we get even crazier?!... Let's also celebrate with a $21.00 gift card from the AMAZING Melonheadz!


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Last, but definitely not least! I have many blog friends that have joined me to celebrate this HUGE event! They have all joined me to giveaway bundles by grades!!!


The first bundle is for our Bilingual teachers! Many of my amazing Bilingual friends have come together to join me and bring this great K-1 Bundle for you! There are 10 products in this Bundle!


Here is every product that's included in this bundle:
  1. Unidad de Ciclo de Vida - Escarabajos y Ranas
  2. Secuencias Temporales
  3. Spanish Writing Prompts
  4. Lecturitas de Comprension para Principiantes
  5. First Grade Math Assessments in Spanish
  6. Dress a Bear (Props)
  7. Apple Themed Dual Language Classroom Labels
  8. Lo mejor del 2016 - Poemas para el Invierno
  9. Unidad 6 - semana 1 - Letra CH
  10. Roll and Read Spanish Syllables
  11. Body Parts Bingo in Spanish

To enter, just follow the steps on the Rafflecopter. Remember the more entries you have, the more chances you get to win this bundle! :)

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Next is the Bilingual 2-3 Bundle! These amazing teacher bloggers bring you lots of great products! Come check them out!


Here is every product that's included in this bundle:
  1. Nuestro Sistema Solar
  2. Trabajando con Prefijos
  3. Shapes Spanish
  4. Acentuacion
  5. Mi Diario de enero
  6. Pinky la mascota
  7. Spanish Homework
  8. Text Features
  9. Expanded Form
  10. Ratoncito Perez Tooth Traditions Spanish
  11. Librito para Dia de Accion de Gracias

To enter, just follow the steps on the Rafflecopter. Remember the more entries you have, the more chances you get to win this bundle! :)

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Last is our K-2 Grades Bundle in English! These amazing teacher bloggers bring you lots of great products! Come check them out!



Here is every product that's included in this bundle:
  1. Life Cycle Unit - Butterflies & Ladibugs
  2. ABC Bundle Freize and Students Flash Cards
  3. Articulation Activity Booklets
  4. 100 Day of School Activities
  5. Mini Erasers Activity Sheets Math & Spelling
  6. K-2 Book Clubs (Bundle)
  7. Spring Read Alouds (Interactive Read Alouds)
  8. Coloring Pages for St Valentine's Day (Bundle)
  9. Daily Editing Practice
  10. Editable Super Hero Awards
    To enter, just follow the steps on the Rafflecopter. Remember the more entries you have, the more chances you get to win this bundle! :)

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    Well, this is ALL we have for you! I really hope you get to win one of the amazing prizes above..
    I WILL BE POSTING THE WINNERS ON THIS SAME PAGE. PLEASE REMEMBER THE RULES:
    ALL GIVEAWAYS WILL RUN FROM SATURDAY 18TH (6AM) UNTIL TUESDAY 21st (12AM) CENTRAL TIME
    PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU USE A GOOD EMAIL ON THE RAFFLECOPTER, IF A WINNER DOES NOT ANSWER AFTER TWO DAYS, ANOTHER WINNER WILL BE PICKED

    GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!