Highlight Reel

Happy Saturday!  This week has been a whirlwind.  I had three days with my kiddos and then we had conferences and a day for Professional Development. My Monday started with one kiddo telling me about her weekend...
Could not make this stuff up if I tried. 

I also had the opportunity to run a Professional Development class with a dear friend of mine about our ELA curriculum.  I am always inspired when I have the opportunity to surround myself with other K teachers from my district.  It's fun to hear what they are doing in their classroom and learn from each other.  I look forward to more opportunities in the upcoming months to sit down and continue to learn and grow with these teachers.  

This week I was able to finish up a few new products for my TPT store.  March is my favorite month, the color green just makes my heart happy.  I uploaded a March Math Unit.  It focuses on Common Core Standards K.OA.A.3, K.OA.A.4, and K.OA.A.5.  Students have the opportunity to practice decomposing numbers less than or equal to ten and find missing addends through playing games and interacting with their peers.  Be sure to check it out!

Our upcoming science unit is about water exploration.  I have uploaded a unit on water to my TPT store.  

This unit has vocabulary cards, a water easy reader where students can write facts they have learned, a water can be cut and glue activity, and water cycle activities.  

Thank you for checking out my highlight reel for the week. 

Happy Weekend!


It's a Bird, It's Plane, No it's a TPT Sale!

Let's face it, teachers are pretty amazing.  We do countless things for our students every day.  We are multitasking warriors!  Teachers are Heroes, and Teacher's Pay Teachers is having a site wide sale to recognize that!

All my packets are on sale! Check it out!!

Happy Shopping!


Top of the Learning to You!

My favorite month is quickly approaching: March!  It might even mean warmer weather. (fingers crossed).  I have uploaded my newest product onto my TPT store, Leprechauns to the Core.  
It has tons of activities to do the month of March.  

Literacy Centers
Sight word game
Sentence Scramble

Writing Activities
How to Catch a Leprechaun
If I Found a Pot of Gold
I am Lucky for
March Postcard

Math Games
Addition Fluency (I has, Who has)
Word Problem Pages

I hope you enjoy the March packet as much as I enjoyed creating it!

As a thank you for checking out my blog I have attached the If I Found a Pot of Gold as a FREEBIE! Click the link below to grab it.  

Have a wonderful weekend! 


Highlight Reel

     Brrrrr!  This week has been cold.  A fellow friend summed it up well as we came in from bus duty, "Weather should not hurt!"  Ironically enough, since the falling temperatures I must say the low humming of "Let it Go!" and Elsa talk has become nonexistent.   I think the kiddos are on strike!
      Despite the frigid temps, our Kindergarten class has had a fun, busy week.  Our routine has consisted of activity, GoNoodle, activity, GoNoodle, repeat!  We are all one more indoor recess away from a meltdown, (teacher included)!
      Kidding aside, our beginning, middle, end activities have been a big hit.  We started the week with reading Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  The first day we read the story, sorted the pictures into B/M/E, and then practiced retelling with a friend.  The second day we put Goldilocks and the Three Bears into a B/M/E organizer.  It was fun to see the kiddos differentiate their own learning.  Some drew pictures depicting the story, others drew pictures and added words, and some did just writing.

Today we huffed, and puffed our way through The Three Little Pigs.  The students loved reading the story!  Afterwards we practiced sorting the pictures into B/M/E.  My class is becoming quite the beginning, middle, end professionals.
Tomorrow, we are going to follow up with the Three Little Pigs, do a little close reading and text dependent questions.

On another note, in writing we have been learning about how to write letters and postcards.  Today we read the story Dear Polar Bear by Barry Ablett. 
I mean when in Alaska do as the Eskimos do...or something along those lines, right?!... This is one of my favorite books to read with my kiddos.  They are always fascinated by the interactive pop up letters. After we read the book we practiced writing postcards to our friends and family. Snail Mail Rules!

Finally, in Social Studies we have been wrapping up our discussions on Presidents Day.  We talked about what a President does, two famous Presidents: George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, and what we would do if we were President. (Future Presidents in the making)

Well, that about wraps up our highlight reel for the week!

Happy Friday's Eve Everyone!


Digging Deeper: Story Elements and Beyond

This weekend has been wonderful because I have had time to relax with my Valentine and time to create some new activities for the classroom.  This upcoming week is all about beginning, middle, and end of stories.  The following week we are digging deeper and looking at story elements.  The packet I uploaded on my TPT store has lots of activities to explore story elements.  

In our classroom we are using Goldilocks and The Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs as our anchor texts.  The packet above has activities to use with these two books as well as blank pages to use with stories of your choice.  The following activities are included:
  • Write and draw the character traits of Goldilocks, The Three Bears, Wolf, and The Three Pigs
  • Write and draw the setting of the story (page can be used with any story)
  • Write and draw the ending and then students can make their own version (page can be used with any story)
  • Label the characters (Goldilocks, The Three Bears, Wolf, and The Three Pigs)
  • Practice writing letter writing (postcard paper)
  • Pages for students to author their own stories
  • Story Elements Graphic Organizer
  • Speech Bubble practice pages
  • Story Elements Flip Book
I'm really excited about the newest packet in my store!  I hope that you will find it helpful in your classroom.

As a thank you for reading my blog you can click on the link below to get the Story Elements Graphic Organizer as a FREEBIE!  

Have a wonderful week, and if you are in the states getting lots of snow, stay warm!


Beginning, Middle, End

I apologize in advance for the overload of beginning, middle, and end posts, but it is on my brain since I'm lesson planning for the week and thought I would share.  I just posted a Freebie in my store, grab it while it's hot!


Beginning, Middle, End Palooza

This week in K it is all about the beginning, middle, and end of stories.  Our two main anchor texts are Goldilocks and The Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs.  I made the following packets to use throughout the week.

Each packet includes an anchor chart to use while reading the stories with your class, a beginning, middle, and end graphic organizer, pictures to retell the story in B&W or color, as well as a lot of beginning, middle, and end activities.  I'm planning to use this flip book with my kiddos after we read the story to practice identifying B/M/E. 
At the end of the week after we have read both stories the students are going to pick their favorite character and create a B/M/E mobile.  

These packets are on SALE in my TPT store, check them out!

Happy Sunday! 


B/M/E Graphic Oragnizer

Happy Valentine's Day! Use this graphic organizer to practice beginning, middle, end.  Grab this Freebie in my TPT shop today!
 Beginning, Middle, End Graphic Organizer

I have used this organizer several times throughout our beginning, middle, end unit of ELA.  Now, it is in our writing workshop area and students use it independently.

After reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle students practiced writing and drawing the B/M/E of the story.

Look at Me, I'm Blogging...

                I have to admit as I am writing my first post on my brand new blog I'm smiling from ear to ear.  I have been teaching Kindergarten for seven years and if you asked me at the start of my first year if I saw myself down the road creating products for Teachers Pay Teachers and starting a blog I would have said no.  The road you first start on definitely has many twists and turns and I have enjoyed every curve along the way.  I love my job.  I love working with five year olds.  I have always loved creating lessons and ideas to use in the classroom.  I'm excited for this opportunity to share my ideas and as I take this next turn I see lots of potential for making connections, learning from others, and collaborating.  Thank you for joining me in this adventure.  Stay tuned...