Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Gumball Math {Multiplication Edition}

Attention 3rd-5th grade teachers . . . we’ve branched out and created a new set of Gumball Math tests just for YOU and your kiddos to reinforce basic multiplication facts.


This series of timed tests can be used just like our addition and subtraction set.  Students will work their way through the leveled tests and earn gumballs along the way to glue into their gumball machines.  You can also reward students with a real gumball to chew.IMG_1163[1]

(Note – Large gumball machine is not included in this set . . . however you could create one of your own by enlarging one of the smaller student machines.)

Here is a complete listing of all the tests that are included in this set . . .


AND . . . here is a {sneak} peek at just a few of the tests included in this set.


We would love to give our friend Sara Batchelder a big “THANK YOU” for all of the input she gave us on this project.  Since we don’t teach multiplication we sought out some help from an expert teacher who does. 


Saturday, May 26, 2012

Summer is HERE!!!

Congratulations to all of the winners in our Countdown to Summer giveaway.

After a very long 13 hour day yesterday spent moving our colleagues and then getting our own classrooms reorganized and redecorated we can officially say that our summer break has begun.

For the past few weeks we have been getting all of our Back to School materials ready to go.  We have the luxury of being able to send all of our copies to the district copy center and there is a VERY quick turnaround.  After a little blood, sweat and tears we have almost everything copied and filed away. 

One of our most recent BIG projects was creating a set of Word of the Day worksheets and posters that go along with our Houghton Mifflin reading series.  We had originally intended to sell it as one big unit, but due to the size of the files our computers had trouble supporting both the worksheets and posters so we had to break it up into two separate downloads.

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Here is a complete listing of the words that are included in both files.

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If you are a Houghton Mifflin user like us you will find that the worksheets build on previous skills and words that have already been taught.  We tried very hard to incorporate words students should have already learned into the daily sight word sentences.  We also added an additional element to all of the worksheets from themes 3-10 that require students to decide if they wrote an asking or telling sentence.

Here is a {sneak} peek of some of the theme 1 worksheets and posters.

Each theme is color coded for organization purposes . . . not too mention they are quite cute!!!


Each day . . .

1.  Students will practice writing the word neatly (2 times) using the lines and spaces correctly. 

2.  Students will write the word in a sight word sentence.

3.  Students will cut out the the scrambled letters at the bottom of the page and arrange them to complete the sight word sentence.

4.  Students will write their own sentence using the word.

5.  Students will decide if they wrote an asking or telling sentence and circle the correct response. {Themes 3-10}

If you are not a Houghton Mifflin you could still use all of these worksheets and posters in your classroom to introduce new sight words.  This set includes nearly every word on the Dolch and Fry Sight Word Lists . . . which we all know are words that every beginning reader must learn.

To celebrate the beginning of summer all of the items in our TpT store are on sale through the end of the day on Monday.  We hope all of you have a fun and safe Memorial Day weekend.


Monday, May 21, 2012

Countdown to Summer Day #4

Congratulations to Ali (comment #68).

She is the first winner in our Countdown to Summer giveaway.

Don’t worry . . . even if you didn’t win we still have something for you.

If you and your kiddos LOVE Robert Munsch books as much as we do here’s a fun little activity you could do to wrap up the year.  Gather as many Robert Munsch books as you can and let your students enjoy some free time partnering up or independently reading them.  As they do, let them make a list of their favorites to take home and share with their parents.  Hopefully it will get your kiddos excited about reading AND headed in the direction of the nearest public library over the summer.


click {here} to download


Sunday, May 20, 2012

Countdown to Summer Begins

It’s the final countdown. . . and we are kicking off the week with a little freebie for all of you.  It’s a set of summer themed word of the day worksheets and posters.


click {here} to download a copy

To count down the days until summer we are going to have a few giveaways this week.  Each day we will choose one winner and they will each receive some complimentary items from our TpT store.

Monday’s Winner – 4 complimentary items

Tuesday’s Winner – 3 complimentary items

Wednesday’s Winner – 2 complimentary items

Thursday’s Winner – 1 complimentary item

To enter your name all you need to do is post a comment telling us how many days of school you have left.  Make sure you also leave your email address so we can contact you if you win.

Good luck to everyone . . . and enjoy your last few days of school!!!


Saturday, May 19, 2012

Coming Soon

Here’s a little {sneak} peek at the BIG project we are currently working on.  This set will include 218 worksheets and colorful posters that can be used to introduce basic sight words to your beginning readers.

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We are also gearing up for our final FOUR days of school and will have some fun freebies and giveaways for you.  Check back tomorrow . . . you won’t want to miss out!!! 


Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Theme 10 Updates

If you have already purchased our Houghton Mifflin Resource Pack head on over and download the updated file.  We truly apologize for the delay in getting all of the Theme 10 resources added.



Sunday, May 6, 2012

Teacher Appreciation Week

Don’t miss out on the BIG sale. 

Every item in our TpT store will be on sale through the end of the day on Tuesday. 


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Spelling City

The kind folks over at www.spellingcity.com offered us a complimentary premium membership several months ago and we have had so much fun discovering with our class all of the great features that are available on their site. 

For those of you who are not familiar with Vocabulary/Spelling City, it is an educational website with 25 different learning activities.  The best part is there are several activities that are available for FREE.  If you head over to their website and sign up for a free membership, you get to create your own homepage, where you can enter and save customized word lists that your students can access from school or at home. These word lists may be used in a variety of games and activities.  We have found that many of the activities work great on our interactive whiteboard. 

Our kids absolutely LOVE playing Word-O-Rama with our weekly sight words and we have encouraged parents of our higher achieving students to log on and let their child practice typing their spelling words using the Spelling Test Me application.


This is a preview of the spelling games that are available and as you can see most of them are FREE.  Our kids absolutely LOVE to play Hang Mouse on our Promethean Board.  It’s a fun way to introduce new spelling words and then review them again at the end of the week.  We also have just started playing Letter Fall on the laptops and have had a lot of fun with it. 


What are you waiting for . . . head on over and check it all out for yourself.  It might be a great resource to start your school year off with next year!!!


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Gumball Math LOVE

Oh my word . . . our kids have completely gone CRAZY for Gumball Math.  This year they all seem so motivated to learn their math facts and move on to the next test.  Would you believe we already have a few kiddos who have passed all 10 of the leveled tests and are now working their way through the Gumball Math {Expansion Pack} to earn bonus gumballs.


To reinforce some of the math skills covered on our Gumball Math tests we have put together a fun new set of Gumball Math Cut and Paste Enrichment Activities that reinforce addition and subtraction to 10.  They are aligned with the Common Core Standards.

Here’s a little {sneak} peek . . .clip_image012

If you are looking for some resources to send home with your kiddos over the summer, this set of addition and subtraction activities might be a great option.