Saturday, 29 August 2015

Five for Friday - 28th August

Five for Friday fun time!

1. Friday arvo

As much as we love to be in the classroom, is there any better feeling that packing the teacher bag up to head home on a Friday afternoon?

2. Clip It Kids

My new bundles each include 5 math activities to help supplement your existing mathematics program. 

These bundles truly represent how I got started on this journey to begin with. I was always looking for high quality, motivating small-group activities to work alongside my program in the classroom. 

Having taught the lower grades for 15 years now, I have used many different 'big picture' programs. All of them in essence, have a very similar structure of skill development. I want my bundles to be of good value to teachers - hopefully fitting in with any program you use now or in the future. 

They will be sequenced and structured to give you a good basis for your learning plans, but flexible enough to fit with your changing classroom program. 

These bundles include 5 printable activities that all work towards a similar learning target. 

I have called them 'activities'. Again, over time I have heard this style of learning instruction called so many different names. My aim is to develop these printables in a way so that they can be easily adapted and used in any slight variation of this learning situation.  

Essentially, it is a small group of children sitting down together and working with a concentrated, specific identified learning focus. 

Call them centers, small groups, guided math or rotations. The similarity is that students are being active with the learning, they are 'doing' and they are working alongside or with other students. The goal is for students to be working on an identified skill that will bridge their learning to the next level. 

My 'clip it kids' are in the second bundle of the series and work towards students having an understanding of numbers 0-6. 

3. Monkeys

This fun game is in the first bundle HERE

4. Jelly Beans

I spent more time this week, prepping and laminating. Is there ever a week where we don't? I combined my love of sweets and number games with the super-cute packet from Alison at Teaching Maths with Meaning. 

5. Teacher Week

The Blog Hoppin' girls have organized a fun-filled TEACHER WEEK! Here is a snapshot of what is happening, so you can get prepared for a week of blog link-ups! 

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today, have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

"Draw More" Cards

Hi was very excited to add some more fun "write'n'wipe" activity cards to my TpT store today. 

My students have always loved dry erase marker activities - besides the novelty of using a marker, they appeal to a child's need for immediacy. From a pedagogy point of view, I like them as a bridge between concrete and abstract.

If 'write and wipe' is not your style, you could always use such cards as 'task cards' and simply have your students use them as a visual prompt for writing their answer on a recording sheet. 

If you have been to my store, you will know about my love for them! 

I bundled my four new editions, which all focus on students 'adding more' to a set to make a particular quantity. 

They will draw new pieces of each picture to complete it....

- more spots.... 

- more hair.... 

- more flowers....... 

and more rain. 

Essentially, your students are working on early addition skills through counting and adding more. The focus I would have in mind however, is early counting and number skills.

As each card is completed, you will notice students counting and re-counting several times to check their work and understanding. This continued and repetitive counting all helps to develop a strong beginning in number. 

For more formal addition lessons, I have also listed "Caterpillar Count On Cards" that will assist in using a number line to solve addition. 

Here is a free download for you to help support this learning in your classroom. Students can draw more apples on each tree to complete the total. Find it in Google Drive HERE

Thanks so much for stopping my friends, have a terrific Tuesday! 

Friday, 21 August 2015

Printable Note Paper for Teachers

Hi friends

I have very slow internet. You may have heard me whinge before. 

Grass grows faster than my internet. Hubby looked up some sort of super high tech website that gives you the speed of uploads and downloads and all that bom diggity. 

Ours is **supposed** to be at 12. And 12 is slow, according to my in-the-know hubby. 

But we are 1.2. 


That is a decimal point in there, between the one and the two. 

Apparently Australia has slower internet than a country called Kazbecisslowtinternetkahstan.

I'm not usually into numbers, but this - I believe. 

I cried. Muchly. And then drew some scrappy notepaper. 

And all was right with the world again. 

I did these while I was waiting for a my Pinterest page to load. 


And that was about an hour ago. It is now midnight. Actually, 1am. THAT is how slow my internet is. 


I would love you to have my printable notepaper to use from your teacher desk! How many notes do you write? I write a gajillion. 

{Gajillion is the highest number in Kazbecisslowtinternetkahstan - just in case you were wondering.}

Always looking for paper, I am. 

Well it you are like me, then just print THESE out and you will have lovely scrappy little notes - for writing things. The old fashioned way - with a pen. At least I don't have to wait ten minutes for a pen to load. 

Have a wonderful day my friends. And if you are blessed with fast internet, enjoy it even more!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

TpT Sale

Hi friends! 

Just a quick note to let you know that there is an additional sale day over at TpT! 

My entire store is 20% off and if you use the code MORE15, TpT will give you an additional 10% off! 

IT is the perfect time to stock up on 'bundles'. My bundles are always less than 50% off the individual listing prices, and with the additional discounts, they are a steal!

Find all my bundles HERE or use the linky below to find some of my faves!

Thanks so much for stopping by - have a wonderful day! 

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Rainbow Addition to Ten

Are you ready for some colour? 

And a flash freebie? Well, you are in the right place!

Before I get to the freebie, let me show you how it came about... 

I created this simple rainbow craftivity a few years ago to help a few little learners get a solid understanding of the number combinations that total ten. I found that this craft worked better than any other strategy I have ever used for 'friends of ten'. 

When students have the ability to physically lift the flaps to reveal two numbers, they seem to make a more firm connection with the fact that the two numbers are linked/joined and that as one increases by one, the other decreases. 

To be able to be 'active' with this, and not just look at a poster or have an adult explain it in big long chains of just-too-many-words - well - makes an amazing difference!

I bundled up this craftivity with some other fun activities for consolidating these little number combinations. Trust me, our lovelies need LOADS of repetition with these numbers. The more ways you can find to get them thinking and accessing these numbers, the better! 

This bundle will give you 5 fun games to play with your small groups!

This one is called 'How man more make 10?' and will get your students thinking in 'ten frames' as well! Bonus! 

'Make 10 Rainbow' is a fun one to play with numeral cards or a ten sided die if you have one. 

'Rainbow Race' uses a spinner and students see how many numbers they can cover on the game board.

I made some custom scrappy kids for 'Rainbow Ten'. My dear friend Alison from Teaching Maths With Meaning  asked me a few weeks back why I didn't make images for my own teaching resources more often. And I really didn't have a very good answer for that. I just love that bloggy friends can help get us thinking about things differently and encourage us to be better! Thank you Alison, you are my inspiration for this bundle!

Rainbow Turtle is a fun game where students will match two sides of the turtle to show ten. 

As always, I would highly suggest prepping these games and storing them in lightweight clear plastic document folders. I have included a cover page for each game, so if you put this at the front, you can quickly identify the game and activity focus. 

This bundle is 50% off at the moment, so head over to TpT if you would like to take a closer look!

Today, I have flash freebie in my TpT store that will accompany these activities perfectly. It is another Print and Play game - also focussing on - you guessed it - addition combinations to ten. With a rainbow theme. 

Students will match up clouds and rainbows to make ten!

Well, there you have it! I hope you are having a wonderful beginning to your week. I really appreciate that you have stopped by. Don't forget to enter my TpT gift Card giveaway while you are here, it is super easy to enter and you can stop by each day for a new entry!