Sunday, December 16, 2012

Silence for Sandy Hook Elementary

Monday, December 3, 2012

Rockin' Teacher Materials: Amazing Alliteration & Fun Freebies Too!

Rockin' Teacher Materials: Amazing Alliteration & Fun Freebies Too!: Lovely Little Learners love Alliteration! Come on over and see the Amazing Alliteration in 2nd grade!



Monday, November 19, 2012

Rockin' Teacher Materials: Get'em While They're Hot!

Rockin' Teacher Materials: Get'em While They're Hot!: It's here! The Thanksgiving Mini-Mystery by Hilary Lewis, that is! It is half of a regular math mystery. I have them for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. They follow the Common Core State Standards too!

This will make a fun activity for the short week . . . and the kids will be learning too!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

A Fun Free Winter Journal Writing Book

Although I live in northern Florida I am loving the cooler temperatures as we get closer to the first day of Winter. Whether you experience a real  or mild winter it would be fun to have your child go outside each week during winter and record and illustrate what it looks like and feels like. Then at the end of the winter or when your child finishes their journal you can go back and see all the changes as well as see when it was the coldest or snowiest. This activity is aligned with the CCSS Writing Standards for K-2 . What a great project to get the whole family involved!  I hope you enjoy it and will visit my blog to see lots of other activities and resources.
Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your child. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Rockin' Teacher Materials: Inference Skills Made Easy and Fun!

Rockin' Teacher Materials: Inference Skills Made Easy and Fun!: Inferring . . . Always had a tough time with it, but now . . . Whether you teach kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, you can make inferring fun and easy. . . and cover CCSS RL.7 at the same time! Head on over to see how well my little kiddos are doing with this difficult skill!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Great Common Core ELA Activities with October Poetry

I love to write poetry and chants. There were so many great themes in October I decided to put together a packet of my own original poems and writing activities that are all aligned with ELA Common Core Standards for Grades 1 and 2. There are 7 poems including "It's October Time", "Let's Play Football" Chant and "Let's Be Safe" for National Fire Safety Month.
Here's a sample of the first 4 poems. How about reading about "A Very Special Pumpkin Patch" and designing and writing about you own special pumpkin to make a My Own Pumpkin Book. Did you know that October is National Popcorn Popping Month? Well I wrote "It's Popcorn Time" just for that occasion with a fun Popcorn Punctuation activity. How fun to actually make popcorn and eat it while doing this activity.In case that's not enough here's the rest of what's in the packet.
You can click on any of the pictures to see the whole unit and see everything in the packet at my TpT store.
If you would like to find out more free resources  about National Popcorn Popcorn Day and fun things you can do with your children just click on the image below.
Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your children.

It's LMN Tree

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Writing and Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Today where I live there was a celebration for the whole community in honor of Hispanic Heritage month. Today there are over 40 million Hispanic Americans living in the U.S. From September 15th -October 15th we celebrate 20 Hispanic countries from Central America, South America and Europe. What a great time to learn about these countries. I created a "My County" book which you can download by clicking on the image above. Your child can draw and write about one of these countries by doing some research on the internet . This will help them practice their writing skills that are aligned with the Common Core State standards for 2nd and 3rd grade. 
If you would like to get  more information and free resources about Hispanic Heritage Month just click on the image below. there's even a video on how to do the Macarena!!!!
Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your children.

It's LMN Tree

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sound and Letter Videos

I am so excited to share with you some sound and letter videos that I came across on Pinterest.  I am actually going to be sharing these with the parents in my classroom so they can watch these at home with their children.  Since most of us haven't been in school, it is possible that we have forgotten the letter sounds.  In kindergarten, it is SO important that the kids know the letter sounds quickly and accurately.

I have a disclaimer on the first is extremely elementary and some of the kids didn't think it was "peppy" enough, but I liked it because it gave the correct sounds!

Now this next one is practicing the letter names.  I have to admit, by the end of this video, we all wanted to have a dance party!

I hope these can help you at home, practice the letter names and sounds with your child!
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Friday, September 21, 2012

An "I SPY" Game To Help Your Children Learn Syllables

Have you ever thought about playing an "I Spy Game" at the supermarket or department store.? Well how about trying this one. Many students in the primary grades learn that each syllable in a word has to have a vowel sound. For those who have trouble hearing the vowel sound figuring out the number of syllables in a word can be difficult . When you go to the supermarket say "I spy a three syllable word and it's something red that you eat. (tomato) Think of all the places you go where you could play this game!. This was a twist on the usual "I Spy" games and looked like a fun activity to make for teachers of 1st and 2nd graders. Then I thought what a great way for parents to help their children at home!! Before playing the game, review what syllables are and practice clapping out some words to make sure they understand. This is a freebie which you can download by clicking on the image below that uses Fall words with "I Spy a Word".


If you would like to read more about other ways to help your children practice Reading Foundation Skills just click on the image below.

Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your children. Have a wonderful fall season.

It's LMN Tree

Thursday, September 13, 2012

1st Grade Common Core Lesson in the Kitchen

Does this scene sound familiar?  You are trying to fix dinner and your children are running in and out of the kitchen asking you questions, tattling on each other, and causing each other grief as only siblings know how to do so well.  It doesn't exactly look like a scene from Leave it to Beaver that you an envisioned, right?  What's a parent to do?  In these cases, the best thing to do is divide and conquer.  Keep one child with you and send the other(s) to another room to do something productive like homework.

You can teach a quick Common Core lesson with your child who is spending time in the kitchen with you while you prepare dinner. As a parent you quickly learned the fine art of multi-tasking so this should be easy for you.

You will need the following supplies:  rubberbands, salt, and a pie plate.

You will pour salt into the pie plate.  Your child will "write" with his/her finger in the salt.
The large rubberbands that are used for files work best.

First, give your child a rubberband.  Say a word and ask your child to stretch out the word.  I found a really good article that explains this activity that you should read.  Click HERE

Next, say a word and ask your child to write the word using his/her finger in the salt pie plate.  After writing the word, your child will spell the word to you and then use it in a sentence.  Then ask your child to name 2 words that rhymes with that word.

Here are some word cards that you can print.  Punch a hole at the top and put on a shower curtain ring.  Then you can keep these in a handy spot in your kitchen so they'll be ready the next time when you need them.

Click HERE to download the word cards.

Click HERE for more word list.

Common Core Standards:
RF.1.2. Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
RF.1.3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.

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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Making S'more Hero Sandwich Books to Honor Heroes on September 11th

In honor of those who lost their lives or were injured , or risked their lives to save others I wrote a K-2 Unit about Heroes. As someone who grew up 18 miles north of N.Y.C. and has a close connection to 9/11, I wanted a way to teach young children that heroes come in all shapes and sizes and that most heroes are just ordinary people. It is also aligned to the ELA Common Core Standards for K-2 in Speaking and Listening, Language, Reading and Writing. You will find a Read Aloud Book for you to read and talk about with your children and 3 mini books for your Kindergartner, 1st Grader or 2nd Grader to read to you. My favorite part is making a S'more Hero Sandwich Book in which they can either cut out pictures of heroes, or write about them.
You can check out my Hero Unit by clicking on either image above. If you would like a free Hero Word Web just click on the image below.
Whether you talk about 9/11 with your children or not reading and talking about heroes is a wonderful way for your children to practice their reading and writing skills at home.

Thanks for all you do to help your children at home.

It's LMN Tree

Friday, August 31, 2012

Scoot! Renaming Numbers

Have you ever played Scoot? It's very easy to play, and I've created a version for you to use to review or preview place value relationships below.

If you've never heard of Scoot, here's how you play:
  1. Give each child a recording sheet. They will keep their sheet and pencil with them during the game.
  2. Place a task card face down at each person's seat. 
  3. When you say "Go." students turn over the card at their seat and write the answer on the appropriate square of their recording sheet.
  4. When you say "Scoot!" students move to the next seat (cards stay--kids move) and do the next problem.
  5. At the end of the game, review answers.
Here's a copy of the game I made:

Click here for a copy.

My kids really enjoyed playing this game today and it seemed to help them understand renaming numbers a little more than they did before. That should really help next week when we do numerical representations and larger numbers. I hope you enjoy it!


Monday, August 27, 2012

Writing at Home

Do you have your children write at home?  Writing is something you can easily add into your nightly routines to help students practice and build their writing skills.

I recently created 20 different fall-themed writing pages.  You could print out individual pages based on the activities you do during the week and on the weekend.  Going to the apple orchard?  Come home and print the apple paper and have your child write about what they did.  Spending the day raking leaves?  Have your child write an imaginative story about what they could build with their pile of leaves.

Click the picture above to come on over and download the file for FREE!  I'd love to hear how you decide to use the pages with your child at home!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Race to 100!

Hi, there! It's Farrah, from ThinkShareTeach with a quick and easy game that's a great review for place value. All you need is a die and a set of base ten blocks. If you don't have access to base ten blocks, you could go digital and use these from the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives. Players simply take turns rolling the die and collecting the number of cubes indicated on it. As soon as the player is able, he should exchange the ten cubes for a long. If another player catches someone with more than ten cubes, he/she must put them all back and start over. The first person to trade 10 longs in for a flat is the winner! Here's a printable set of instructions you might like:

For a variation, try racing to 1000. Instructions are included in the document. Only have one player? Race against the clock! How quickly can you make it to 100? Can you beat your best time?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Practicing Punctuation through Poetry

I love to write poetry, chants, raps and plays. Children love them too. How often do your children come home from school saying the words to a poem or song? Usually they can't get it out of their head and pretty soon your saying or singing it to. I know my grandson does it all the time! So I decided to write some poems
and chants for Back to School. This is a Rap called, "Where's the Teacher?" which includes an activity to help your child practice punctuation which is a English Language Arts Common Core Standards for 1st and 2nd Grade. This particular poem has both questions and answers and when practicing it also has children use lots of expression. First have your child learn the poem and practice reading it with accuracy and fluency, (Common Core Reading standards RL.1.10 and RF.2.4)

Talk about the different kinds of sentences in the chant: statements and questions. (Although Uh oh! has an exclamation mark it is not the focus of this activity) Then use the activity below to practice using the question mark and period by having your child write the missing punctuation marks. To download your copy just click on either poem.

You can find more about these poems and chants by clicking on the picture below.
Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your children.Hope you will come over and check out my blog for other free poems.
It's LMN Tree