Saturday, March 31, 2012

I Can Dig It! Paleontologist Reader

I am loving my dinosaur unit with my students! For some reason, my class this year is especially interested in dinosaurs and all of them want to be paleontologists! So, I decided to make a new emergent reader. You can find it on TPT. Click on the image below to take a look!

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Monday, March 26, 2012

My latest literacy station!

My students love to go on the computer, but I sometimes have difficulty trying to find new, engaging and meaningful activities for them. The one site that I love to use during literacy stations is Bookflix. Have you ever visited this site? It was created by Scholastic. The books are sorted into various categories such as animals, holidays, customs, etc. Then, they pair a fiction book and a non-fiction book about the same topic. They even have activities and lesson plans for the books.

This week we are enjoying our new theme about dinosaurs. We will listen to the fictional story called Dinosaur Bones and then we will read the non-fiction book called Dinosaur Dig. I made a sheet to go along with the Dinosaur Bones book. It looks like this:

If you are interested in exploring the Bookflix site (I am in no way affiliated - just a huge fan), then click here for more information:

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Dinosaur Emergent Reader

Happy weekend everyone! I have been consumed by report cards and conferences. I am also about to begin my dinosaur unit. It is about 4 weeks long and we end the theme with a class museum for the parents. It is a lot of fun, but a lot of work!  The clip art is from Scrappin Doodles. My reader can be found on TPT! Click below.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Elephant and Piggie Unit

I don't know about all of you, but I absolutely adore this series by Mo Willems!!  I laugh out loud when I read them to my class. My students also devour these books. I decided to make a short unit for this great series. It contains several graphic organizers, literature responses, a book review page, and even book marks! Visit my TPT store to check it out!

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I love St. Patrick's Day! I grew up with an Irish grandmother, so this was a very fun holiday for my family to celebrate. I found a great hand print leprechaun craft on Pinterest. These will definitely be special keepsakes. They came out so cute that I decided to make a bulletin board with them.
 Take a look:

We also made a paper chain rainbow for the bulletin board. They loved making these!

Here is a very short rhyming activity freebie for St. Patrick's Day:

The graphics are from

I also have an emergent reader for sale on TPT for St. Patrick's Day. Be sure to check it out!

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Extreme Couponing - in Kindergarten!!!

The current theme in my classroom is "Community Helpers." We are also talking about communities, neighborhoods, and the important places you can find in town. I decided to change my housekeeping center into a supermarket. The kids love it! Here are some pictures!

This is the cash register area. We decided to practice more and less by making two lanes.

The children enjoyed making signs or labels for each part of the market.

Here is the produce section!
The children also practiced writing lists by making a grocery list before they visited the center. Here is the list paper we used:

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Monday, March 5, 2012

Let's Compare - Community Helpers Freebie

Hi there! I am starting my community helpers theme this week. My students love completing Venn Diagrams and they do a great job comparing and contrasting various things and/or concepts. I decided to make one for community helpers. This Venn Diagram compares and contrast two very important workers in our community: police officers and fire fighters. Here you go!

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

My New Blog and Some Great Target Finds!

Hi everyone! First, I wanted to let you know about my  new blog. It is called The Stylish Mommy and as my tag line states, it's "Where Style and Fashion Meet Bake Sales and Play Dates." It will feature fun fashion finds, weekly recipes (mainly easy and delicious recipes we teachers/moms can create with our busy schedules), and other fun postings!  I will be featuring a giveaway fairly soon! Please click below to join the fun!

Also, I was just at Target and discovered some great deals in the Dollar bins. There are tons of spring decorations and stickers for only a dollar. I also found a set of four books about our community for just one dollar each, too!  They would also be great for a theme about our neighborhood. Here is a picture of the book about the post office:

The books at Target are updated, so the covers may be slightly different, but you get the idea. 

Have a wonderful weekend!!
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Thursday, March 1, 2012

We Have A Snow Day!!!

Yes, we finally have a snow day! I plan on relaxing with my kids and most likely playing in the snow (for a bit). Enjoy this fun writing activity that you can use after a snow day!

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