Monday, November 16, 2015

Salsa Recipe

I watched Erin Lewis make salsa on periscope (@ErinLewis) back in June.  She inspired me to give it a try too.  She said to tweak the recipe for your own taste, so I tried it 4 or 5 times before I actually wrote it down and use the same thing all of the time.  Well --today I left out the garlic, because my husband said it seemed like he could taste something all day the last time (could have been cilantro:).
I make salsa all of the time now.  My girls love it and it is calorie friendly.  I use it on those little sandwich thins with pizza sauce for a pizza topping.  Here is what I came up with.
3 heaping cups of tomatoes chopped
1/2cup sweet peppers
1 cup sweet onion
1/4 cup cilantro cut up
1T. jalapeno pepper
1 clove galic minced
1/2t. ground salt 1/2t. pepper(to taste)
Watch this very short video of all of the ingredients
mixed together from my periscope today. I had one viewer this afternoon.  I guess everyone is outside enjoying this great fall weather or just busy teaching. 
Click here. 

Friday, October 16, 2015

October Freebies

If your looking for a few quick (and free) activities for October to use in your PK - 1 Classroom, I hope you can find what your looking for here. These would be great for extras at a center or for a time filler. 

 Tricky Teens Fall Memory Game

Click Here For the Tricky Teen Memory Game

Game Board Editable -Trick-Or-Treat (Freebie)

Click Here For this Fun Trick or Treat

Students will love playing games that you create for them using this Trick-Or-Treat theme game board with editable cards. It is perfect for creating games to practice math or literacy skills. Type letters, sight words, phonics patterns, math problems, missing numbers and more right on the card. Create games on the level of what your class needs to practice. You can edit and make several games using the same board and cards. You decide what words or problems to put on the cards. Players select a card and move around the board according to the color on the top of the card.

Make 10 Smart Board -Halloween Freebie

Click Here To Find this Addition Freebie

Free Pumpkin Eyes -A Shape Recognition Chant For SMART Board

Click Here To Find This Activity.

Do you need a quick and easy way to reinforce shapes? Pumpkin Eyes is a fun way to reinforce shapes during the month of October. I usually do it during calendar time in my classroom. Recite the poem 2 times, pausing the first time through for the student to pick what kind of shape they want for the pumpkin eyes. Then say it again. Students will love to get a turn picking and moving the eyes and having the chant said to them. I have also included seasonal youtube links for you to enjoy if you have a few minutes

Mr. Jack Problem Solving Mat -Freebie
Students use this mat and candy corn counters (or candy) to solve addition and subtraction problems.  Some suggested problems are included.  Mr. Jack had 2 teeth on the top and 3 teeth on the bottom.  How many teeth did he have in all?   When children tire of doing this have them create a problem of their own and write it at the bottom of the mat.  Then they can eat the candy corn.  

Halloween Puzzles -Freebie

Click Here To Find Puzzles
Enjoy these Halloween Puzzles. Counting by 10"s and Counting by 5"s (Color Only)
And Since Fire Safety is also in October 

Fire Safety Puzzles Freebie

Click Here For Fire Safety Freebie

Number Sense Task Cards

Here are some fall number sense task cards showing numbers, tally marks, number words, ten frames and fingers. They can be used for math center games, intervention, or whole class activities.  Print on Card Stock, laminate and cut apart. 

Click Here For Task Cards
I hope you found something that your class can use.  Happy Fall Y'all!

Friday, July 31, 2015

Back To School

10 Finds For Back to School

I went on a search to find sellers that had less than 2,000 followers with great freebies to offer for back to school.   This may help the new sellers to gain more followers if you like their products.  

1.  Tickled Tennessee Teachin'
These colorful supply labels will certainly brighten up your classroom!

Classroom Supply Labels {FREE}

2.   Teach Joy and Love  follow @teachjoyandlove on periscope.
Chavonne shows you how to organize your center materials for easy access and easy set up.

Organizing Your Centers {FREEBIE}

3.  Alana London
Alana gives us the recipe for magic playdoh, with a charming verse to go with it.  Adorable!
( Sometimes on orientation day I would read the story Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni and pass out a baggie with a little blue and yellow ball of dough to take home.)

4.  Special Teacher For Special Kids
With this take home bulletin board activity students create a cut out that represents themselves and their special qualities.  

5.  Chelsea Allen - Flip Floppin Through 3rd Grade
This is a set of six back to school forms. Some forms are editable, so you can type right onto the page. 

Great if you use environmental print to start your year. 

David stories help us start the school year out right by giving us a platform for setting rules and expectations for our classroom and/or school.  Includes QR Codes, bookmarks, writing/drawing pages.  

8.  Joanne Miller 
Joanne has over 2,000 followers but I thought this one was so important for you to see. Everyone should review these each year before school begins.  

9.  Emily Bess
This is a workpage to go along with the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom for a beginning of the year name activity. Students can add the letters of their name going down the tree.

10.  Kindergarten Couture (I had to  have one too!)
Students pair uppercase letters to their lowercase match.

Alphabet Matching Cards -(Back To School) Freebie

Thank you for reading.  Check out these newer sellers and all that they have to offer.
Have a GREAT Beginning to a new school year!

Sunday, June 7, 2015


My Kindergarten is having a 1000 follower giveaway until June 15th on her blog.  She had a lot of TPT sellers send products, so she has 5 different packs to try to win.  Check it out.   My Kindergarten Giveaway

My Zoo Animal Super Bundle is in pack #2.

Friday, April 24, 2015

April Showers

April Showers Bring Mud Puddles
Those are the words I usually hang up on this bulletin board with 
a cloud and rainbow border, but this year I got a bit lazy.  

When I take it down we use the mud puddle handprints
to put inside a Mother's Day Card.

This is the inside of the card.  We will decorate the front 
saying Happy Mother's Day of course.  I am planning on
passing out some of those foamy flowers you see on the right.  
Click here for the hand print poem freebie.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

My Slant Box Arrived Today!

I have been participating in a Slant Box activity organized by  Jameson Michelle from Lessons With Coffee       It brought a bit of sunshine to this dreary time of year here in Ohio!  My partner teaches fourth grade in Fort St. John, BC. ,she is Fun In Fourth  It was fun getting to know her!  It is also interesting to hear about how other school systems operate.  I think she thought it funny that we close schools here for cold.  I learned about what ignite is.
My kiddos and I will enjoy all of the goodies in the box that I received.  Check them out.  
Thank you, Angela!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

One Breath Boxes

I just discovered One Breath Boxes today.  Check out this video by on youtube.

One Breath Boxes

I got inspired to make one using my school districts kindergarten sight words.  Click Here if you would like a copy.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

100 Days Of School

Happy 100 days of school!! I hope your 100 day went well for you.  We first began by making our 100 day crowns the day before.  We used sentence strips divided (by me) into sections that we wrote our numbers by 10's on and glued on a colorful 100 that the students decorated with marker. you can see a bit of them in pictures below.

I sent home a letter about our 100 day celebration asking families to help by decorating a t-shirt for their student to wear with 100 of something glued on to it.  Here are just a few.  One student had his 6 yr old b-day and used candles. His mom said they were falling off before school so she brought him another that she quickly made.  His first station was the snack table and they were given a juice box which he spilled on his shirt and it began to fade.  I told him that it still looked great and that his mom was great to make him two shirts.  You can see the bit of a spill in the picture.  It does still look great.

I also sent a letter home asking for help with our 100 day snack items so that each student could get 10 of 10 different snack items.  This center was a sure hit.  
Click on the picture for the link to this letter and recording sheet.  I am sorry it is too late to share for  the 2015 school year.  

 100 Day Snack Letter To Parents

 100 Day Recording Sheet
or click here
The 6 stations that we went to were:
1.  Snack Table

2.  Froot Loop Necklace
Students counted 10 groups of 10 froot loops and then laced them on plastic lacing string.   I recommend having one end taped to the table instead of using a knot.  This works well.  You may want to string a bead between each group of 10 for counting by 10's.

3.  Measurement Center
I put down 100 inches of tape.  Students had to estimate how many pencils, paper clips, unifix cubes and index cards it would take to go across 100 inches. ( I just drew this recording sheet and have never remade it.) Then they laid the items on the tape to find out the amount it really took.    
When they finished they licked a lollipop 100 times and sat quiet for 100 seconds.
4.  writing table
If I had $100.00..... and When I am 100 years old I will...
(I will do baking.)
5.  Race to 100

Every time they rolled the die they were to change crayon color
6.  A bubble game machine with 4 different colors of gum.  We used daubers. 
I am sorry that I didn't get a picture of that one.  We were a bit short handed so this is all that I took.  I wanted a parent at each station and ended up with four.    

I usually only do 5 centers, but with a class of 25, I decided to add one more.  

Monday, January 26, 2015

Groundhogs Day

If you are looking for some ideas to celebrate Groundhogs Day I just posted this freebie in my TPT store.
Click here for link.

Here is one of the writing pages.   Students are ask to write a fact they they can remember about groundhogs. 

Students cut out the ground hogs and sequence them on another page from shortest to tallest. 
Here is a sample of the puppet. 

Fishy Addition

Happy New year! (A little late.)  We have been practicing our adding and subtracting skills. I wanted to share with you this super find on TPT.  It is a craftivity with hands on math.  I gave the students a ten frame and some green and orange mini fish cut from our ellison.  We practiced making 10 using 2 colors of fish.  (Erica provides cut outs if you need them.) They turned out cute.  Tearing paper is a good fine motor skill.  They had a bit of a time with that part.  Some wanted to take out their scissors and I wouldn't let them.

Our new years resolutions