Friday, February 26, 2016

It is birthday time! Free Sample and a Unit that you would love! :)

Hello all my friends and welcome back!
I am trying to do more than two things at the same time now (sounds familiar to any of you?) so my post will be very short and to the point :)
I want to share with you what might be a good activity for the upcoming days in March for those little ones and maybe up to 3rd grade if you still do 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 than 2 students on their own or you can even use it during small groups if that's one of the focus lesson you have. 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/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.

Before I let you all go, I wanted to share with you quickly just 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 to 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 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 :)

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That is it for right now! I am still working on my second unit throughout these days! I am getting all excited on how it's turning out! I have included Social Studies as a Texas study, Math centers, and I have several books included to do some sequencing and reflections, so stay tuned! Have a wonderful weekend and think that Spring Break is coming soon! :)



Friday, February 19, 2016

Anchor Chart for Math, Temperature, and a Science Unit About the Sun

Hello everyone and welcome back!
Today I want to share with you a unit and some activities I was doing with my kiddos around this time when I taught 3rd grade. This is an anchor chart for Math and a unit for Science that you could do at any grade, so stay with me :)
I only had the chance to take a picture of the anchor chart I prepared for a rotation (we started boot camps for STAAR) that had to do with patterns on a table. At 3rd grade we look more than just addition, but my students were used to just look on the side. So I created this anchor chart to show them and remind them (for the 40th time, sounds familiar?) to always look both ways when finding a pattern on the table.


During instruction time, we got a chance to talk about temperature. We did a quick foldable which contained a thermometer and the importance of finding the scale. We only did thermometer three days because we also had to review for our unit test. 



In Science, we had different activities and important facts to learn about the Sun.
The first day I showed several videos and we did a short/simple booklet containing facts about the Sun. This is a very simple booklet that you can use at any grade level. I used them for 3rd grade, but I had a teacher in 1st grade who also used it and she was really happy with this unit :)


The second and third day we did a model of how the earth rotates around the Sun, and the Moon around the Earth. We also did an experiment to represent the Solar Flares. Very simple demo and the kids LOVED IT!

video

I apologize for my loud voice and my accent! ;) lol



We have been watching videos and seeing presentations about the Sun. So the last days we did a small craft about the Sun. My students created this cute craft and had to cut the different Sun's rays. There were about 12 rays that were mixed up with TRUE and FALSE facts about the Sun. They had to glue only the TRUE facts on the Sun and discard the FALSE facts. I also included blank sun's rays in case for those younger grades that are not at that level yet :)

If you would like to check out my unit, please click on my Fun in the Sun activity Mini Unit. This unit contains all activities in Spanish and English. It contains the booklet, the experiment sheet with instructions on how to do it, and the Sun craft (including blank rays in case you just want the craft itself AND the rays that contain the TRUE and FALSE facts).

Thank you for stopping by my blog today! I am busy, busy, busy working on a new unit, so I hope I get to blog next weekend, at least a couple paragraphs!
Have an awesome week and see ya next time! :)


Friday, February 12, 2016

Solar System Unit PLUS A FREE SAMPLE!

Hello friends and welcome back!
I am very, very excited to publish this new post. I have to be honest with y'all, I LOVE LOVE LOVE to teach about the solar system! I was always disappointed in second grade when we just taught about the moon. So when I was told I was moving up with my second graders to third grade, I was very happy and nervous. However, everything turned into more excitement when I found out that I was going to be teaching Math and Science. The solar system has always been something that amazed me and it made giggle (nerd!!)
So with all that said, this is a very special and close to my heart unit. It took me FOR EVER to finish this unit to put it up on my TPT, I always had a little bit of here and there parts, but never really finished to have a whole unit, but I'm excited it's finally done! :)

I used a lot of these activities in my classroom. The focus on this unit is the solar system, but if you don't teach it, check out the activities for Neil Armstrong, Sally Ride, and the Alien writing... those might be fun to do for other subjects! :)

REMEMBER that most of my products (if not all), come in both English and Spanish. So this is not an exception :) Both English and Spanish units contain the following activities:
1.Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride posters for both beginning or high levels (poster designed for
teacher).
2.Neil Armstrong and Sally Ride foldables for both beginning or high levels.
3.Planets tri-foldable with labels: Planets, outer vs. inner planets, and planets’ characteristics
(including links to find information).
4.Information posters for each planet.
5. Foldable to write information about each planet.
6.Vocabulary matching cards, including fill in the blank cards to keep in their interactive journal.
7.If I was an astronaut (both boy and girl) coloring foldable.
8.Word search sheet for both beginning or high levels.
9.Cross word puzzle.
10.Alien writing craftivity based on a chosen planet.

Here is a peek of what comes in it. This is a preview of the English Unit, please know that the Spanish version looks exactly the same. The only difference is the language used :)
Click ENGLISH or SPANISH to take you to my product in TPT.



To give you a little taste of the unit, I created a FREE SAMPLE, which is a matching card game with a simple fact about the planet. It also includes black and white cards to fill in the blank. Students can keep these cards in their interactive Science journal.
Click ENGLISH SAMPLE or SPANISH SAMPLE to take you to my FREE product in TPT.



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Have a great and restful weekend my friends! I am on my way to start my second unit! I am excited so stay tuned with more news!! :)


Monday, February 1, 2016

Do you still feel the love??? Part II Linky Party with Freebies!

As I promised my friends, I am back with some goodies for Valentine's day!! :)

First, I wanted to share a freebie I posted last year. I think Mr. Heart came out really cute! Your students could write a letter to another friend in the classroom, or write about what they like about Valentine's or write about a favorite part of a valentine's story! Your choice, the options are endless!!! PLUS, I think they would look so cute on a bulletin board, don't you think??


Come by my store and get it for FREE!!! Click HERE to download it :)

So after Mr. Heart, I felt pretty cool, but this year I made a HUGE mistake... wait for it, you'll understand what I mean.... 
Everything started with my husband and I reorganizing our home office, it needed A LOT of organization. We had great and new furniture, but we still had so much stuff that needed to be put away and even thrown away... So our goal for this new year and before baby boy comes, was to finish this home office. So we went to Ikea (another huge mistake) and I'm happy to say we are almost done with it! We are so happy we are almost there in less than a month! Sooooo with all these ideas from Ikea and Pinterest, I decided to go to Hobby Lobby (for those that don't have one, this is like a Michael's store or a craft store if you must know), you see now what I meannnnn??? I just went to get some mini jars to storage small erasers and small items that needed to be away from my "Pollita" (did I mention my desk drawers are completely empty because she likes pulling everything out??).
But then I said to myself, "why don't you stop by the scrapbooking papers to see what's new? You are JUST GONNA SEE!" YEAH RIGHT!!!!
I found these AMAZING pattern paper that I HAD to buy!!!! Don't you agree with me???


So after a few hours thinking what cute things I can do with these papers, I thought about a real envelope that kids can do! I'm HORRIBLE with origami, so I hope you are not expecting that! HA!
I looked on Google for EASY ways to make an envelope, and I found soooo many options! Most of them were too hard for this teacher :| 
I found this great website where there are many different templates, but I didn't want to go that far at this time, I just wanted simple steps and not having to make copies of the pattern and cut and so on... HOWEVER, if you would like to check it out, please DO! She really has great ideas different websites for different types of envelopes! Click HERE to take you there :)

I also found this picture with steps on how to do an envelope from a heart shape. So I thought it would be cute for students to write a short note on the back of the heart (the blank side), make the envelope, and just glue it with a foam sticker or something that when you open it, you would open the whole letter at once!
I got this picture from The Crafty Blog Stalker


Here are my pictures and how my envelope came up :) Not so perfect, but I think it would do the trick...

Then, I found this picture, I thought it was pretty simple and the steps were pretty clear, so I gave it a try.. I am NOT good at any of these things, so believe me if I tell you, if I can do it so can you! I got this picture from Making Friends


I personally skipped the pattern and I tried to skip steps that I saw they were not a big deal. Mine didn't come up as perfect as it shows on the picture (of course, that happens when you skip steps on the instructions! Lol). However, I think for students and the purpose of it, it was pretty good! :)
These are my pictures on how my envelope came up :)

So along with this cute envelope, I created a Free letter pattern for kids to write a letter to a friend.... I think the best way to do this (so everyone gets a letter and no one gets more than anyone else), might be for them to choose a partner or you can even choose partners randomly!
This freebie comes in both English and Spanish with two different styles! Hope you like it as much as I do :) Click HERE to download this letter for FREE :)


I hope these ideas are useful to you and your classroom! If you would like to see some of my paid products I have in my store, Click HERE to read my short post with some previews on it :)

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