Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Positively Pinspiring

Once again I am joining Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten in her Positively Pinspiring Party. Her parties are addicting!!
 You will be able to tell from the pins I have pinned this week that I am in Blend Mode. Initial Blends and Final Blends. I think it is interesting how some kids have no problem with blends and other kids have such a difficult time learning blends. Anyway, here are blend activities I found on Pinterest.
Would work with blends or digraphs.
These blends sell separately also!
Have fun blending!!

Wacky Week Wednesday – Sherlock Holmes Week 11/1-6

221b Baker Street is the home of the famous detective Sherlock Homes. Of course, Sherlock Holmes is a fictional character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, but everyone knows this man Holmes. He is famous for his shrewd, analytical methods of deduction which he uses to solve cases.
Sherlock Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson first appeared in Doyle's 1887 A Study in Scarlet. Sherlock Holmes is listed in the Guinness World Records as the “most portrayed movie character” with over 200 films and more than 70 actors playing the part of Holmes. The most definitive Holmes, according to many critics and fans, is Jeremy Britt who portrayed the detective in four series as well as on stage.

Here are a couple of good mystery books:

Try this neat group activity:
Puzzle Hunt: Divide the students into groups. Make up clues for each group. Each clue will lead to a piece of a puzzle that the kids put together at the final spot. Glue the puzzle together for hanging in the classroom.

Please check out my Mysteries Thematic Centers and Worksheets Packet:
And my Mysteries Count & Clip Cards:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book Talk Tuesday

I am excited about the book I chose to link up with Deanna Jump's Book Talk Tuesday!
While I was researching Sherlock Holmes Week I found Alphabet Mystery. We all know its author, Audrey Wood. Audrey and Don Wood were my go-to authors for my college literary assignments. Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised that I did not recognize Alphabet Mystery because now I had a new book to gush over.
The rich illustrations were created by Audrey's son Bruce Robert, and his illustrations are perfect for Audrey's clever story. Children will love finding and identifying little letters on every page while reading about Charley's alphabet's search for the missing Little X.

Thanks and swing by here tomorrow to find goodies about Sherlock Holmes Week!!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Throwback Thursday
This is my first Throwback Thursday link up - so exciting!

I got out our Halloween decorations this weekend. Suffice it to say, the kids and I cannot wait until the big day. So glad it's on a Friday this year!

Enjoy this post from 10/10 about Halloween.
Trick-or-treating at as many houses as possible to get your bag as full of candy as you can, coming home to dump it out on the floor, sorting it, seeing what you like and don't like, trading it with your siblings, and eating it. Free candy – what more could a kid ask for?

My favorite candy is a candy bar I used to love as a kid. Marathon bars are not around anymore but sometimes you can find old candy, so here is a candy alert: If you have seen this candy bar, please let me know!

My recipe is one I found on Pinterest (where else?). I have never had a Pumpkin Spiced latte from Starbucks, so I cannot compare the taste, but I can compare the price – MUCH cheaper if you make it at home!

My Halloween product I am sharing is my Halloween Math and Literacy Packet
 WOW!!! 101 pages of Halloween Goodies for your little tykes!
***Worksheets, Emergent Reader, Count and Clip Cards***

Fun, interactive ways for preschoolers, kindergarteners, and first graders to strengthen their basic learning skills - designed to align to Common Core!!

★ This Halloween Packet includes BOTH black and white and colored versions!

This packet also includes my Halloween Emergent Reader
 This adorable, thematic mini book will delight and engage your little tykes!
This ten-page reader has a cover with the title and a line for student's name; 8 pages of easy, repetitive text focusing on the sight words, and a final page listing the focus sight words and lines for “I read this book to:” signatures.
“I Can Be!” Emergent Reader focuses on the sight words a, be, can, and I.

This packet also includes my Halloween Count & Clip Cards
Terrific for Math Centers – A Hands-On Activity your kiddos will love!
Halloween Clip Cards allow learners to practice counting. There are 12 clip cards. On each card is a set of pictures to count and a choice of three numerals. Learners count the pictures in the set and clip a clothespin to the numeral that corresponds with the number of pictures in the set.

Have a Spooktacular Day!!!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wakcy Week Wednesday - International Magic Week - 10/25-31

Prestidigitation, illusion, sleight of hand...Well-known magicians include David Copperfield, David Blaine, Doug Henning, Penn & Teller, and Erik Weisz. Erik Weisz is better known to the world as Harry Houdini, and he certainly deserved his title “Great Escape Artist”. He could escape from handcuffs while in a milk can filled with water, from the Chinese Water Torture Cell, from a straightjacket while suspended from a tall building, from leg irons and handcuffs while in a nailed crate underwater, and from being buried alive in a sealed casket. There is little doubt why International Magic Week culminates on the anniversary of Houdini's death – October 31. International Magic Week celebrates the world of magic and the magicians who bring magical joy to people of all ages. So this week, why don't you take in a magic show or learn a magic trick and amaze your friends? You'd be amazed how much fun magic is!

A couple of good magic books for this week are
Magic Box by Katie Cleminson
Magic Up Your Sleeve by Helaine Becker

Can you duplicate the magician's tricks?

You have to make a magic ball this week.
What you need:

1 cup cornstarch ½ – ¾ cup of water

What to do:
Pour cornstarch into a bowl, slowly stir in water to make a thick liquid. Divide into equal parts into bowls or baggies for each child. You will find that when you stop playing with the solid, it turns to liquid!

Please check out my Magic Thematic Centers and Worksheets

And my Magic Count & Clip Cards

Enjoy your week of celebrating magic and magicians!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Book Talk Tuesday
My first time linking up for book talk, so I will be brief.

I like to celebrate wacky off-the-beaten-path holidays and have been prepping for National Chemistry Week. There are too many books to share but two books rise to the top: The Magic School Bus Gets Baked in a Cake and What is a Scientist?
What is a Scientist? shows action shots of real kids observing, questioning, and experimenting. How simple and effective to take action shots of your own kids engaged in these scientific processes then reread the book with your personalized pictures!
The Magic School Bus Gets Baked in a Cake is about baking which is a favorite activity in every classroom. Edible chemistry is such a great way to learn while having fun, and this book is a fun, easy-to-understand way to approach the science concepts.

Have fun being scientists and remember, next week is International Magic Week!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Markdown Monday and Giveaways
I have joined Kelly and Kim from Kelly and Kim's Creations in their Markdown Monday. Today through Friday you can pick up my Halloween Bundle for $3!!
There is still one more day to enter Primary Essentials' 500 Followers Celebration Giveaway. Way to go Fran!
I donated my Halloween Count & Clip Cards.

Amy from Tales From A Very Busy Teacher starts her giveaway tomorrow.
I donated my Scarecrow Thematic Centers and Worksheets.

And Jennifer from Everything Just So starts her giveaway today.
I donated my Fall Count & Clip Cards.

So many goodies to win!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wacky Week Wednesday - National Chemistry Week - 10/19-25

Bubble, ooze, goo, gunk, slime, fizzle.... chemistry with young children should be fun, interesting, exploratory, and creative. Chemistry with young children should be hands-on exploration, a time to ask questions and answer questions, and gain an appreciation for science. Their studies with chemistry should be informal and full of opportunities.
Chemistry is a fun topic with young kids because they can be excellent observers. Everything you see and touch has the ability to change. Chemistry deals with that stuff around us, matter. Chemistry can be enjoyable to teach and learn; not all science students need suffer through memorization of the periodic table. Whew! At this age especially, the sky's the limit. We adults need to foster scientific curiosity in our kids and encourage them to continue to enjoy science.

Here are three excellent books:
These websites are from Sid the Science Kid from PBS Kids:

And you have to make slime this week:

2 tablespoons of white glue 2 tablespoons of water
1 drop of food coloring 1 tablespoon of borax
1 cup warm water plastic cups & spoons

Mix 1 tablespoon of borax with 1 cup warm water. Stir until it dissolves. Set this solution aside. Mix the glue and 2 tablespoons of water in the plastic cups. Stir them with a spoon until it is completely mixed. Now add one drop (just one drop!) of food coloring. Add 2 teaspoons of the borax solution to the glue solution and stir. Keep stirring, it should form a blob. If there is too much liquid in your glass then add a bit more borax solution and stir again.

Please check out my Chemistry Thematic Centers and Worksheets:

And my Chemistry Count & Clip Cards:

Monday, October 13, 2014

Markdown Monday and Giveaways!

Such a busy time of year, isn't it?
I have joined Kelly and Kim from Kelly and Kim's Creations in their Markdown Monday. Today through Friday you can pick up my Fall Math and Literacy Packet for $5!!

Also, Hernan from Magischool is having his Super Halloween Giveaway!

This giveaway has Pre-K through 2nd Grade prizes. Don't you just smile when you get "Hugs from Hernan"?

I donated my Halloween Numbers and Counting Advanced Edition,
but I also have a Halloween Numbers and Counting Beginner's Edition.
Enjoy your warm apple cider, comfy sweat pants, and beautiful fall colors!!