Monday, March 28, 2016

Have you read Beekle yet??? I'm in love with this Caldecott book! :)

Once again, I am really excited to share this post with you!
Since most of you know, I'm staying home with my almost 2 year old baby girl (I can't believe I'm saying that!! 2 my friends!! 2!!!!!) I have been more in and out with "pollita" since she's older now and her schedule is more active :) I did some volunteering at the school I used to work when I was teaching. I got a chance to volunteer during the best time of the school year, book fair! :)
I got to see so many new books that I couldn't resist to buy them! I even had to go through them three times because I was basically taking wayyy too many! (sounds familiar to any of you?) Anyhow, while I was pulling them out to build this huge tower of books, there was this book that caught my attention! This caldecott awarded book (they always get my attention!), named "Beekle." The front cover "was starring at me" and whispering to me "take me!". So I asked my friend, who is the librarian about it and she couldn't say anything bad about the story! I automatically started to read it and I could NOT just leave it there by itself! So I brought it home with me :) The ideas of what things I could do with this new friend and imagining how I could use it in my classroom wouldn't stop running through my head!

It's the story of an "unimaginary friend" who does not have any friends in his own worlds, so he goes to our world to look for one! He is sooooo cute I could just squeeze him!!! :)
I started a Craft Reading Responses Booklet. The more I looked at it, the more pages I had to include! I am really happy with it, I hope you also find it cute AND useful!
Here is what it's included in the booklet:
Favorite part of the story (Free Sample)
B, M, E foldable (Free Sample)
B, M, E graphic organizer
Invent an activity
2 things you and your best friend
Making connections
If you met Beekle
What would you have done?
Beekle Character traits
Your imaginary friend character trait
Beekle Booklet Craft

Click on ENGLISH or SPANISH to take you to my TPT

And of course, I needed to do a Free Sample of it!! This sample DOES NOT INCLUDE THE CRAFT... You will get a taste of what's inside the Reading Responses Booklet. The first two pages of this set is for you to enjoy and try it...

The free sample comes in both English and Spanish in one whole document. So if you would like to download it, please click HERE

I hope you find all this useful for your class, even when it's almost the end of the school year.. or maybe start thinking about the beginning of next year!
Thank you all so much for stopping by my blog today! I'll see you next time! :)

Friday, March 25, 2016

"Rain, Rain, go away!" Freebie & Unit...

Hello everyone and welcome back! I wanted to share with y'all a unit that has been created for those rainy and testing days (I know, both are coming up!!!) Let's admit it, we all get tired of having inside recess with a movie or "Free time" inside our classroom, PLUS during testing time, there is no recess at all! So poor babies need some kind of activities that does not required for them to be sitting watching to a screen (maybe they don't mind that at all, but after a while mine used to get soo bored!).

Before I continue, I wanted to remind my old and good TPT followers!!! Back when I created this product, I was giving hints on my posts about a surprise for y'all!
I sent them all an email on TPT (which TPT reviews and approves within 48 hours) with the links of this product in both languages! I checked the number of followers before clicking "send" and the last follower was 554... Soooo if you have been following me around that number (now I am on 1,289 followers), you probably have it in your TPT inbox, so check it out!! :)
I have been very thankful to my followers and I wanted to express it by sending you that freebie!
You will see on my TPT a Freebie product that says TPT Followers Freebie #1, please leave me any questions or comments. Maybe you would like to give me your feedback about what you received, so please feel free!!! :)
If you did not get to follow me on time to receive this huge Freebie, do not worry! I am planning on continue with these surprises, just make sure you click on "Follow Me"!! :) The more I get to hit at least a half milestone, I get inspire :) (hint, hint)...

I have created a FREE Sample, so even if you DID get the email on TPT, you might want to download this Freebie from my Store :) Click HERE to take you to my product.

Now, here is what the product contains (what my followers up to 554 received in their TPT inbox for free).
1. The unit starts with some colorful puzzles. I gave a sheet with instructions on how to storage them and how to color code them to avoid students mixing them up (we all know that always happens in centers!)

2. Guess What game board has clues of items that students need to guess, this only has the answer key and does not have a word bank. I thought it would be "too easy" since this is similar to the Criss-Cross activity. 

3. Word Search and Criss-Cross puzzles with word banks :)

4. Domino game

5. Rain, Rain, Go Away Bingo version:

6. Last, but not least; I created a Writing activity for those students that just would write at any time and would love to do a "Rainy Day" Craft!

If you would like to purchase this unit or would like to see more about it, click on the links below to take you to my TPT store. 
Click HERE to take you to the ENGLISH unit

Click HERE to take you to the SPANISH unit

Thank you for stopping by my blog, and to all my followers once again for staying with me and motivate me to create more! :)

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Easter Freebies for Math and Writing and a Great Unit!!!

Hello everyone!!!
I am here to post very fast about some freebies I have in my store :) I know Easter is this coming up weekend, so I figured you might want some activities :)
Hope your week is going well and that you are looking forward to the long weekend!!!

Two students can work together to work on this. Each get a bunny with a wheeler; they spin it and mark on their laminated graph with a dry-erase marker. They stop spinning once any of the items have reached the top. MAKE SURE THEY DON'T ERASE THEY RESULTS, THEY'LL BE USING IT ON THEIR BOOKLET.
Next, students record their result on their paper graph.
Once they finished recording it on the graph sheet (they need to color the eggs as well), they can start writing their conclusions on the question section.
Once they are finished with all the work, they can work on their booklet by coloring the front cover.

Would you like a copy? Of course!!! Just click HERE to take you to my TPT :)

I also wanted to share with ya'll my Chick Craftivity freebie. I created this little friend a while back when I taught second grade. We read books and different facts about chicken. Then, my students took notes and wrote about different things they have learned about the life cycle of a chicken. As a said, this was created for second grade; However, this would be perfect for any project you do in your classroom! If you would like to read more about it click HERE to take you to my post :)
Here are some pictures of how my students work came up. If you would like to download it, click on Chick Craftivity to take you to my TPT store.

Lastly, I wanted to share with ya'll my Easter unit! It's mainly for second grade, but there are some activities that can be use for 1st graders and 3rd graders :)
This unit contains 7 centers (ELA/SLA and Math):
Fact and opinion, A sequence activity for the book "There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Chick", Regular Vs. Irregular Past verbs
ABC order activitty.
For Math
2-Digit addition/subtraction with/without regrouping

I have this unit in English.. Click HERE to take you to my TPT store.

I also have the same unit in Spanish, click HERE to take you to my TPT :)

I hope you have a great weekend!
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Thank you for stopping by, I am working on a last unit before baby #2 arrives!!! (EEEEKKKK!)

Friday, March 18, 2016

Life cycle of frogs and Mealworms - A Unit and some great videos! :)

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:

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.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I hope you have a great weekend, make it a restful and relaxing! Have a blessing week, and stay tuned!! :)

Monday, March 14, 2016

Life Cycle of Butterfly and Ladybug!! A Unit for everyone and sharing some great videos!

Hi Y'all!
I hope your Spring Break is going well, a very relaxing and fun week! ;)
I have been working really hard on scheduling my upcoming blog posts since I'll be having another baby! I can't believe time has flew so fast and I'll be having a two-year old baby girl and a baby boy in less than two months! It is so exciting and scary!!! Yes, I know she is not a baby anymore, but she'll always be to me :)

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 lady bug.
I used these videos with my students. WE ALL LOVED LOVED to play them because they were excellent in focusing those little lady bugs!


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.

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 6, 2016

Geometry Foldables & Symmetry activity ideas PLUS A NEW UNIT WITH A FREE SAMPLE YOU WOULDN'T LIKE TO MISS!

Hello everyone and welcome back!
I am sure at this point everyone is counting down the days for our Spring Break and looking forward to a nice, resting, and short week! We all know that as soon as you blink, that week is over! Nevertheless, it is nice to have it off, we all need it! :)

Today, I am about to show you a bunch of pictures of different anchor charts and foldables I had made in my classroom to help my kiddos remember those geometric vocabulary words! whewwwww!!! I'm telling y'all there are so many that I really wanted kids to be able to see these not only in their journal, so I'm planning on laminating these and post them on the wall for the rest of the school year :)

We also did about three foldables to identify: lines and angles (sorry I don't have pictures), quadrilaterals, and 3-D shapes.

A week after those 2D and 3D shape vocabulary, we were talking about Congruent figures.
The following foldable is what we did when looking into congruent figures.


Then, we started talking about symmetry and that's when all the fun started! I showed my students a quick video online about lines of symmetry first. After the video, we wrote a really quick the concept of symmetry and did two simple illustrations to represent it.

After that quick journal post, we did a hands on activity. We used white cardstock, we folded it in half and write our name on the crease side. Then we trace a line around the letters to give it a shape and cut it around making sure we followed the line we had traced.
When we opened the cardstock we had to think about what figure we can create, making sure it represents a vertical line of symmetry.

I was so happy with my students' work, they all came up with GREAT ideas! Here are some pictures I was able to take :)




Last, but definitely not least! I wanted to show you my new unit!! The title is "Welcome to Texas and the Wild West Y'all!" for a very specific reason!
I live in Texas, so one of our Social Studies TEKS are to teach about the symbols and our State. So I wanted to have a small Social Studies unit. However, I also know that not all grade levels go in depth for some of these activities and that the Rodeo is a BIG DEAL here in Texas. Soooo I decided to combine Social Studies, ELA/SLAR, and Math in a whole unit! :) That means, if you are not from Texas, but you would love to have a fun and interactive theme unit about the Wild West, this unit is also for you!!! As usual, the unit comes in English and Spanish.
Here is a preview of what the English and Spanish versions look like! Just remember that both version are exactly the same! The only difference is the language used :)

Click on ENGL or SPAN to read more details on the product

To give you a little peek of the unit, I created a FREE SAMPLE. On this Sample I included BOTH the English and Spanish versions :) On this sample, I included a mini booklet to use after a Rodeo field trip and a colored puzzle for the Texas Pledge. Both Social Studies and Wild West theme included!
Here is a preview of what this freebie looks like!

Click HERE to download your FREE SAMPLE

Well my friends, that's all I got for you! I hope my post has been useful to you and that you can try any or all of these activities with your class!