Wednesday, December 7, 2011

New Pages and a Free Santa Game

They are calling for snow tonight! We don't get a lot of that here in Georgia. It sure makes it feel like Christmas when we do get some. Even without the snow, I've been thinking about all things Christmas.

I made another Christmas freebie to share with ya'll. Santa Cover Up is played just like the Gingerbread Cover Up I shared the other day. In case you missed that post, you can find  Gingerbread Cover Up here.

Click the picture to get it.

You will need to provide the kids with something to cover up the reindeer on the board. It could be just about anything. You could use colored math counters or mini-erasers. The players take turns rolling the dice and adding them up. The player covers up the sum with his or her chip and records the problem on the recording sheet (if you want). When all sums are covered up, the player with the most chips on the board wins.The board game, dice templates, and recording sheet are included. I hope your students enjoy it.

Also, I wanted to point out that I am working on organizing all of the printables I make on pages organized by subject area. The pages have pictures of each printable and links to find them. My goal is to make it easier for you to find printables you might want to use.

Some of my printables are on Google Docs, but most of my printables are listed on Teachers Pay Teachers or Teachers Notebook. Both sites require you to create a log in, but it is free to create a log in. Most of my printables are free and any that are not are clearly marked. Please check out the pages. You can find them at the top of the blog below the header.

I hope you enjoy Santa Cover Up and the other freebies on this blog. If you enjoy please leave a comment and consider following the blog if you don't already. I LOVE comments and followers. Thanks!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

North Pole Breakfast & a Freebie

Yesterday was a great day. Our elves returned from the North Pole and we had our North Pole breakfast. Of course when my mom and I were setting up for the breakfast we could not find the elf from last year. So a late night trip to Target was required. In the morning my daughter saw her stocking in the ornament box and said maybe Santa left something for me in my stocking too. Guess what? The missing elf was there. We told her the elfs must have been playing hide and seek when she woke up and were frozen that way. She was thrilled that Santa sent two elves.

It was wonderful to see my little girl smile and her enthusiasm was contagious. We also got her pictures with Santa done yesterday. My mom was a great help in making it possible to find some time to enjoy the season and make some memories. Moms rock!

Here are the pictures of our special breakfast.



I also had a request for another version of the Sleigh Race game. You can find the original post, game, and directions here. This version could be played in any subject. If you have an idea for how you are going to use it I would love for you to leave a comment sharing your idea. I always love reading your comments. Just click on the picture to grab the game.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Sleigh Race

As always life is keeping me busy. So, today's post will be short and sweet. I created a game to practice addition. In order to play it each player needs two dice and something to color with. It is a partner game and each pair of partners will need a copy of the game. The directions are on the game. It is in black and white for easy copying. The only thing I ask is that if you download it please leave a comment and consider following the blog if you don't already. I LOVE comments & followers. Thanks!

One of the comments asked for a version of this game with no directions and four sleighs. I have created that version and shared it in my next post. Click here for it.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Giving Thanks & Holiday Freebies

Wow! Today is the last day of November. Thanksgiving is done and December is upon us. Both Thanksgiving and Christmas remind me each year just how much I have to be thankful for. Right now I am taking some time off work to take care of my husband who is in the midst of recovering from a major surgery and I haven't had much time for my blogging, but I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to be here with him, for the progress he is making, and for the wonderful people I work with who are keeping an eye on my precious kiddos. I am also thankful to have a few minutes to write this post and to share a freebie with you all. You can grab it at the end of the post, but here is a preview.

When I sat down to write this post I read in my comments that Sally at Elementary Matters awarded me the Sunshine Award! Thanks Sally for giving me one more thing to be grateful for.

Like most awards this one comes with some requirements. One is to thank the person who gave it to you and write about it. Another is to answer these questions. The last is to pass it on to 10-12 blogs, link to their blogs, and let them know. Here are the questions and my answers.

1. Favorite Color?  Blue
2. Favorite animal? Dolphins or koalas
3. Favorite number?  hmm...I am going to go with 7 because it is supposed to be lucky.
4. Favorite drink?  Tea...Earl Grey
5. Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
6. Your passion?  God...Family...Teaching...Crafts
7. Giving or getting presents?  I like them both.
8. Favorite day?'s family day
I know I am supposed to pass the blog on to 10-12 blogs, but honestly I don't have time for that many right now. So, I am going to pass this on to just 3. Stop by and check them out. They make for some fantastic reading.
Okay, so now that November is wrapped up and December is about to start I am getting in the holiday spirit. I made a game that I called "Cover Up." It is a partner game. You will need 11 two sided chips or 11 of two different kinds of chips.

The players take turns rolling the dice and adding them up. The player covers up the sum with his or her chip and records the problem on the recording sheet (if you want). When all sums are covered up the player with the most chips on the board wins. These are the board game, dice template, and recording sheet. I hope your students enjoy it. Just click on one of the pictures to grab your copy.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Thanksgiving Day

I can't beleive my last post was before Halloween. Life has been crazy! I had to take a break in my blogging to take care of my husband who was having some serious health problems. I am grateful that his recovery is going well enough that he could spend Thanksgiving with our family. I hope that you are all enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving as well.

I recently finished and posted my First Grade Reading Comprehension Games for Reading Street Unit 3 on both TPT and Teacher's Notebook. Also, I will be participating in the Cyber Monday sale on TPT and Teacher's Notebook on Monday only. All of my products will be on sale for 30% off at both sites. Stop by if you are interested.

Click here to go to my TPT store or here to go to my Teacher's Notebook store.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Halloween, Ghosts, Bats, & Counting

Lately, I haven't had as much time for blogging as I would like. Other areas of my life have been demanding a lot of my time. My husband will be having a major surgery soon and we have been busy dealing with all the related issues. We are also trying to fit in as much family time as we can before that.
However, I am trying to blog at least once a week. Although, I will blog more often if I am able.

I was talking to my daughter's pre-k teacher this week. She told me that my daughter was having some difficulty with 1:1 correspondence for numbers greater than 10. So, I made two activities to help her practice counting up to 20. I hope you can use them too. I bought the miniature bat and ghost erasers at target to use as counters. Although you could use any counters you have.

My little girl has been enjoying these. I think they would be great for pre-k and kindergarten. They would also be good for first graders needing some review.  Just click on the pictures to grab the game. I'd love it if you would leave a comment if these are useful for you.

Here is a bat counting activity. It goes up to 20.

Here is a ghost counting activity. It goes up to fifteen. I also included a recording sheet for this one. 

If your interested in seeing some of the great math centers other teachers are doing, stop by Chalk Talk's Math Workstation Linky Party by clicking here.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Noun Posters

It's been a LONG week. So, this will be a short post. It was the end of our 9 weeks and we completed benchmark tests. In between the tons of tests, we continued working on nouns this week.

I like my students to have resources to reference when they need it. So, I created some posters to help explain them to my students and I think they came out nicely. So, I thought I would share them with you. Just click here or on the picture to download a copy.



Saturday, October 1, 2011


Last week we learned about nouns. My students learned that a noun is a person, place, thing or animal. They got it pretty easily.

Now it is time to move on to proper and common nouns. Distinguishing between them is usually a little more difficult for my first graders. The hardest part usually is remembering to capitalize them in sentences. That takes a lot of practice.

I made a little word sort activity to help my students practice distinguishing between common versus proper nouns while reviewing that nouns are people, places, animals, and things. You can grab it as a freebie. Just click here or on the pictures. I hope it is helpful to you. If you would like to read another post about nouns and get the free posters I made to go with this sorting activity, click here.


If you are looking for some other ideas on teaching vocabulary and grammar, PreK + K Sharing is hosting a linky party on language, vocabulary, and grammar. Stop by, check out what other teachers are doing, and share your own ideas. Just click here.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Who Me? Yippie!

After enjoying a wonderful week off with my family, I returned to my blog and saw that Kristin at A Teeny Tiny Teacher had awarded me The Versatile Blogger award. I am so flattered. Too cool!
This award comes with three rules. 1) Thank the person who gave it to you and link back to them in your post. 2) Share 7 things about yourself. 3) Pass this award on to 15 recently discovered blogs.

So, here are my seven things. Try not to laugh too hard. (You'll know when you get there.)

1. I am NOT a morning person. My mom used to have a sign in her room that said "there ought to be a better way to start your day than getting up in the morning." I totally agree. After I've been up about 30 minutes everything is good, but until out. I am a grumpy person for those first 30 minutes.
2. I love the way coffee smells, but I hate the way it tastes. A teacher needs her caffeine, but coffee just doesn't work for me. I love a good cup of tea or a diet coke.
3. I love pretty much anything to do with water. I love baths, swimming, boating, snorkeling, scuba.... You get the picture. I love water. In fact I spent the day at the beach/lake. The only problem is I am pale, pale, pale. So, as always, I brought the sunscreen. I brought factor 70 to be exact. The problem....well...I made a point of packing sunscreen, but I forgot to put it on and now I am sunburned. The worst part is my daughter is too. Oops! I guess I will be applying aloe tonight. At least it isn't a bad one.
4. In addition to blogging, making things for my TPT store, and planning activities for my classroom, I love to create hair bows. My daughter has a TON of hair bows, but I keep making more. I like making jewelry, painting, and doing lots of crafts, but hair bows are my current go to craft project. They are quick and easy. Plus, they are super cute and get used. Love them!

5. I am a fairly smart person, but there are two subjects about which I know next to nothing. The first is cars. I do have jumper cables and the equipment for a tire change in my car. I also have a first aid kit. However, I have never changed a tire and never jump started a car. I have had at least three flat tires. Each time I have started to change the tire (using my car manual's directions). Each time someone else has finished it and I have been very grateful.

The second subject that I know nothing about is famous people in pop culture. I seriously thought Brad Pitt was a new student at my school when he first became famous. My friends kept saying he was cute and I finally asked them to show me the new kid. They brought in some magazines and held an "intervention." Of course, that was after they stopped laughing.

6. I used to be really into clowning. I can make balloon animals, face paint, and even do some magic tricks. When I was in high school, I even went to a clown convention that had classes on things like proper falling techniques, gags, and comedy skits. Our school had a spirit week and one day was costume day. I was the only student to participate...and I came in my full clown suit. Wig, red nose, polka dots, stripes! Can you picture that? Seriously though, it wasn't too bad. I got a lot less grief about that than when I set a bag of popcorn on fire in the microwave and caused the school to be evacuated. (I really did have friends in high school.)
7. I got engaged when I was 18, but I refused to get married till I finished college. I took 18 to 20 hours every semester and at least 12 during the summers. During that time, I studied abroad twice (once was during September 11th and I came home early). I finished in 3 years and got married 5 days after graduation. We will be celebrating 10 years in May.
Now, I'd love to share the love and pass on the Versatile Blogger Award to 15 blogs. I hope you these haven't already gotten it, but if so they deserve it twice. These are some blogs I've recently discovered and a few old favorites mixed in.

 Elementary Matters


Masketeers Blog

It's TEEA Time

Kreative in Kinder

Frogs in First