Friday, September 19, 2014

Aye me Hearties! Pirate Freebie and Booty Sale

Ahoy, me Hearties!

Today is 'International Talk Like a Pirate Day'! To celebrate, I have joined with some friends to give you the chance to find lots of pirate booty!

Each blog will have some different treasure for you to find!

I want to share with you, a fun spin and dob (or color) game with a pirate theme.

You can find it by clicking on the image below, and download it from Google Drive:

You can also click on the image below to find my whole TpT store on sale until midnight tomorrow night! Blimey, that is good news!

Don't forget to pillage some other bloggers buccaneer's posts for more great teaching treasures!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Talk Tuesday: Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too

What do you do when you have a big box?
In this heartwarming story Nelly Gnu and her dad make a beautiful playhouse out of the box.

This beautiful book takes you through the process step by step as Nelly and her daddy make the playhouse.  (this would be a great mentor text for procedural writing)

When Nellie and her dad go to the store to buy paint for the playhouse 
she gets lost.  Uh-oh!  

Thankfully Daddy Gnu is right there to make everything okay and they make it home to paint the box.

This book is by the bestselling author of the Llama Llama books and they are every bit as endearing.
The rhyming words, beautiful illustrations and opportunities for kids to make text to self connections with the story are sure to have them asking you to read it again and again.

Here is a sample of the text:

"Nelly loves her Daddy Gnu. He always knows just what to do.

A great big box, some tape, and string-Daddy can make anything!

First they measure. Then they draw. Nelly tapes, and Daddy saws..

Then, they add a little glue. Nelly and her Daddy Gnu!

A perfect little house for one! But Nelly thinks it's not quite done....

It needs some flowers, just a few. Time to shop with Daddy Gnu.

A big adventure to the store! Plants and hammers, ladders, more.

Would she like a better view? Take a ride on Dady Gnu!", (Here is a picture of Nelly on her daddy's shoulders.)

And so the story goes, they look for paint, brushes and other items to complete the house. Nelly goes on to talk about how much fun it is to spend time with her daddy. However, at one point she becomes separated from her dad and gets a little scared. But of course he's not far away and Nelly is all smiles again.

The end of the story goes like this:

"Paint the house with brick designs. Big bright flowers, climbing vines.(Picture of them painting the house together.)

There's nothing that these two can't do-Nelly and her Daddy Gnu.

Time for dinner, Daddy cooks. Then they read their favorite books. (Picture of both sitting in a chair together while daddy is reading to Nelly)

Every night and every day, Daddy makes it all OK.

He always knows just what to do...Nelly's Daddy, Daddy Gnu"

Thanks so much for joining me for Book Talk Tuesday!  I hope that you will consider linking up!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

A Dab of Learning Fun {FREEBIE}

Kids LOVE using bingo markers {daubers, do a dot markers...whatever you want to call them} so this little packet is the perfect way to get your Littles to practice and review basic skills.
The pages in this packet cover a wide variety of skills so they can be used throughout the year.
Here are a few of the pages that are included.

After I created the packet I decided to make a few more sheets to share with you so that your little ones could have a DAB of learning fun!
You can click on the image below to download the freebies!

One more day and you get to sleep in!!! YAY!!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Book Talk Tuesday: You Are (NOT) Small

Two fuzzy creatures can't agree on who is small and who is big, until a couple of surprise guests show up, settling it once and for all!  This book is great for teaching concepts such as opposites and size.  It also points out that size is relative because in this book it's all about who is standing next to

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Covers for Math Binders

Thanks so much for all of the positive feedback on our math units!  Deedee and I really appreciate it!  We've been asked by many of you to create some covers that can be used when you put multiple math units in one binder.  So here they are!  The spine labels were made for 3" binders.  We gave you labels for 4 binders.  You can spread the units out over 3 or 4 binders depending on your personal preference.  Click on the image above to download the binder covers.

We will create covers for the writing units as well and add them here tomorrow.
Have a great Sunday y'all!!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Book Talk Tuesday: Nonfiction books and Jack Hartmann!!!

Before we get to Book Talk Tuesday I have some EXCITING news.  Jack Hartmann has been working with me to create songs and videos for some of my units.  How cool is that?
We just added his new Frog Life Cycle video to my Frog unit.  So if you are one of the sweet people who have already purchased the unit head on over and download the video that goes with it.  It shows actual real life footage of a frog's life cycle. You can click on the cover below to check it out.

He is working on songs for my upcoming units; Five Little Monkeys and The Lady with the Alligator Purse.  So.Excited!!!
A huge thank you to Mel from Graphics from the Pond for the graphic of Jack and I.

Okay, so on with Book Talk Tuesday.  

50% of what we read in our classroom should be nonfiction.  
Therefore, it's important for us to find books that are at the appropriate level and will hold the interest of kinder & first grade students.  I love all of the nonfiction books by Pebble Plus because they have great pictures, just a few sentences on each page, and even you reluctant readers will love "reading" the books by using their schema and the pictures in the book.

Whenever I start a new unit I always do a schema chart with the kids BEFORE we read because I want to know what they already know about a topic.  Here's the schema chart we created about frogs before we read the book.

Note:  I do my frog unit in the spring.  :)  
If you need some great nonfiction books for Fall check out the following books by Pebble Plus.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you have a great book you'd like to share please considering linking up!
If you don't have a blog you can still share by using the comment section below.
Have a great four day week!!


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