April 25, 2014

Springing Into Science Blog Hop

Welcome to the SPRINGING INTO SCIENCE blog hop! I hope you have gathered tons of useful information and ideas to use in your classroom from the AMAZING teacher authors contributing to this hop!

Part of my first grade science curriculum is animals. It is a fun and much loved science topic because the children already know so much about animals! I just need to help them organize the information into three categories: habitats, coverings, movement (the three areas that are required by our curriculum).

Below are some book that I use in my classroom.

Along with an awesome video/song over on youtube about habitats!

I desperately needed activities to help supplement our unit. I needed activities that could be completed independently in a center or for classwork. I also wanted my children to be able to have a non-fiction book that they could read themselves about each topic. So...out of necessity, I made the following 3 products:

Here is the Animal Coverings mini book. Of course my class loved coloring in the pictures after they read the book.

Here is the cut and paste activity for Animal Coverings. Children need to sort the animals into one of three columns (animals with skin/fur, feathers, scales). 

And here is the center activity with sorting cards and recording sheet.

Each pack is just $2. I also bundled them together for just $5/  As part of the blog hop, I am raffling off my bundled pack! Just enter below!

You could win all 3 (a $5 value).

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Head on over to Kelly and Kim's Kindergarten Kreations for more giveaways and freebies! Click on the pic below :)


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April 21, 2014


Summer is so close.. I can feel it!  But the students are too and so it's time for some new recourses.  So some friends of mine have teamed up with Educents for an amazing bundle of instant downloads for you! Click on any of the pictures to take you to Educents :)

My product included will surely be loved by your students!

For a limited time it is $10.99 from Educents which is about 75% off!  It also includes these other great products so there is sure to things you love!  

You can also take peek at some of the other products included in the bundle at any of the links below!
Have fun teaching everyone!

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April 16, 2014

$1 Spring Break Sale

Happy Spring Break! My Spring Break is this week - April 14 - April 22. We were lucky enough not to lose the day after Easter. Many schools by me lost the 21st due to too many snow days! Can you believe that it actually snowed here last night! On April 15th - it was snowing! 

In hopes for warm, sunny, weather on Easter Sunday, I am having a sale over at TpT. 5 of my products are on sale for just $1. I hope you can you use them in your classroom! Check them out!


Wishing everyone a wonderful Spring Break and holiday!

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April 2, 2014

What Does The Bunny Say?

Hello friends! Do you remember the leprechaun bulletin board last month that asked "What Does the Leprechaun Say"? Well, I couldn't resist this month and used the same tag line for our April bulletin board! How cute is it? I love the big pom poms on the bow ties! I hope they last and don't get pulled off, I mean fall off! Check out how I made the bunnies below! So easy and of course the kiddos LOVED it!

I used 2 round circles made of oaktag for each bunny. Luckily, I was given the circles already cut from a sweet teacher friend. I was planning on using 2 paper plates (which also works great) until I remembered I had these! 
Ok, here is where my quirks can be seen! I had to make the eyes for all of the bunnies! I wanted them to be the same size. I know I know I know - let the kids do it - I know! Let's move on. What you WILL want to do is to put the black outline in the ears. It serves as border and assists with the next step.

I had the children use tissue paper for the inside of the ears. They ripped small pieces and placed them inside the pre drawn part of the ear. Lots of kiddies wanted to use pink because a bunny has pink on the inside of their ears. We used a glue stick to glue the tissue paper on. They put the glue all over the inside of the ear and then put the pieces down. If they did it the opposite way and put the tissue paper to the glue stick - mess city!

The kiddies used a black marker to add
the month (2 letter J's) and the whiskers (3 lines on each side of the nose). You wouldn't believe how a bag full of soft, beautifully colored pom poms in various sizes can make kids feel. We used a small pom pom for the nose and the kids actually thought of adding the largest one in the middle of the bow tie! We used bottle glue to attach and pressed down as hard as we could!

For the bow tie, I used my handy dandy circle cutter to make bright circles. Again, the kiddies used a glue stick to glue on the circles any which way they liked (yes, I actually let them)! LOL!

For the writing, we brainstormed and made a list of all the things a bunny would see. Of course the kids thought the bunny was the Easter bunny and I let them go with it. I encouraged them to also think of the bunny as a bunny out in a field on a spring day. All of the children however, wrote from the perspective 
of the Easter bunny. 

This cute activity inspired me to write an emergent reader "What Does the Bunny Say?" after I had such great feedback on my "What Does the Leprechaun Say?" emergent reader! It is perfect for the kinder classroom :) My kiddos read it to spark ideas for their writing. Please note that I have included 2 copies of the reader in this one product. There is the Easter version and spring version in order to meet the needs of teachers and students everywhere!

Check it out at my TpT store by clicking on the pic!