Monday, November 7, 2011

Peek At My Week! And FREEBIE!

It is hard to believe that Halloween was just Monday! I feel like it was ages ago already. But we have been doing fun Halloween activities all week :)

We decided to call them our Halloween Fun Stations! One of my little sweetie pies said, "We should call them Halloween Fun Stations, because we're learning and having fun! This is building our stamina like crazy." It's one of the craziest days of the year and I get cute little comments like this.

We had 10 stations that the students all rotated to and from. Most of the ideas I borrowed from all the blogs I stalk, but some are my own and I will gradly share everything that I made!

Station #1: Odd/Even Candy Bags
I got this activity FREE from The Bubbly Blonde Teacher. My first graders are constantly having trouble remembering how to tell odd numbers from even numbers and this was great practice and they got to use "candy!" We put out candy in our odd and even candy bags and then filled out a response form for all the numbers we found!

The response sheet we used is at the end of the free packet!

Station #2: Eyeball Shaker
This was a favorite! This was an activity I made myself. All you need are "eyeballs" and an egg carton. I bought little plastic eyeballs from the Dollar Tree (literally my favorite store ever) and then stole an egg carton from my fridge (thanks mom!). If I wouldn't have thought about this the night before I needed it, I would have painted it black to look more Halloweeny. Anywho, I wrote the numbers 0-11 in each slot on the inside of the carton with a permanent marker. Then I put two eyeballs in the carton. Shake away and you have yourself an addition game! (Make sure you use a foamy carton as they have more room than the cardboard ones) I also created a response sheet that is FREE here, where they write their number sentence each time they have a turn.

Station #3: Fill Your Candy Bag!
This station worked on so many different math skills: number sense, addition and subtraction, reasoning, etc. I got this game from a TPT store and I really like it! We used pennies as our counters and the students had to record each roll they made (so I knew they were being honest).

I made this response sheet to go with it and it is FREE!

Station #4: Boo Bump!
This was a game that I combined from two different games I saw in my blog stalking :) We took the "game" from the rules of Boo Bump (which was a way more exciting name!) Most of my kiddos are not ready to all 3 addends yet, so we used a different game board for two dice instead. We used the same rules of bumping and locking and all that fun stuff! Some of my kids were able to play with three dice however, so it was nice to have both options.

Station #5: Halloween Web
This activity was a little bit more creative for the kids. I had my tub of Halloween books out in my library and the students were to choose one just right book to read. After they read their book, they filled out a Halloween web that I found FREE here, with words that describe or remind them of Halloween. At this point in the year, we use our best guess spelling, and I think my favorite one was "vmpyyr." Vampire! Why the double y? Beats me.

Station #6: Candy Tasting
What could be more fun than candy tasting? This was definitely the favorite station of the day! When the students entered this station, they "taste-tested" a piece of candy of their choice. They then had to fill out a tree map about candy, "Candy: tastes, looks, is...." If they wrote 4 answers under each branch, they got to eat ANOTHER piece of candy. Talk about movtivation!

Station #7: Halloween Scrambled Sentences
We are forever trying to learn correct sentence structure in our class. I cannot even count how many times I have sent my friends back to their desk for forgetting to use capital letters at the beginning of their sentence and using punctuation. At this station, I found these wonderful Halloween scrambled sentences from Doodle Bugs Teaching. I love that there was a picture included to help the students out!

Station #8: Pumpkin Glyph
This was the first glyph that we did in our class, and we did pretty good! The only issue we had was that the students were not happy with the shapes they were assigned based on their answers haha! But the pumpkins looked really cute afterwards!

Station #9: Spooky Words ABC Order
We have been working on ABC order for the last few weeks and we are awesome at it! Initially, we were only going to alphabetize to the first letter, but my kiddos were not having that. They wanted to do it completely correctly. So this activity could be done alphabetizing to the first letter, or to the second or third. So I made these Spooky Words ABC Order cards and a response sheet that you can have as a freebie :)

Station #10: M and N Ending Sound Sort
This game is so cute and it works with the m and n sound (which we confuse sometimes) and ending sounds. I am so sad because I cannot find this file ANYWHERE. Ahh! I must have printed it and forgot to save it! If I find it, I will add it in! So not that there is anything to go with it, but here is the repsonse sheet that I made.

I hope that you liked our stations! If you have any questions about them, ask away. We had SO much fun doing them and the kids ask me all the time when we can play them again!

Enjoy the rest of your week :)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Halfway to 100 and Freebie!

We had our 50th day of school this week and it was very exciting!! I have already gotten the kids so hyped up about the 100th day that we had to do something to keep them on the hook :)

We started our afternoon completing our "All About 50!" work page together. We explored all of the different ways that we can see the number 50. We wrote the number word, representation, filled in a hundred chart (to 50) and used that chart to answer questions about numbers that come before and after 50.

Best of all, I created 3 different differentiated worksheets that I am giving away as a FREEBIE! I have a REALLY diverse class so I have to do this for basically anything I create for them. A lot of work for me in the process, but it makes doing work as a class easier for me, as I don't have to stand over certain students basically doing the work for them and watch other students rolling their eyes because they finished 5 minutes ago. You know the drill haha!

So here they are:
All About 50 Worksheet
All About 50 Challenge Worksheet
All About 50 Easy Worksheet

I hope someone can use them! My kiddos loved them and it was wonderful practice writing our numbers!

I am new to blogging, so if these links don't work, please feel free to e-mail me ( and I will gladly e-mail them to you!

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

An AWESOME giveaway!!

I am writing to tell you about a phenomenal giveaway over at Kreative in Kinder! They are giving away a ton of wonderful thanksgiving/winter resources and I mean a TON. I would be so lucky to win something like this and so would you! See below for how to enter! Good luck :)

It’s a Gobble, Gobble GIVEAWAY ya’ll!  My favorite part of blogging is being able to interact and learn from such wonderful teachers around the world and I have teamed up with a few of them for this fantastic giveaway.  To embrace the season of Thankfulness, we are going BIG for this giveaway because we are SO THANKFUL for each and every one of you!  All you have to do to win all of the units shown below is follow each blog! That’s SEVEN chances to win. Here’s even better news
TWO winners will be chosen!!


Write a comment for each blog you follow and get a BONUS entry if you blog about this giveaway on your blog or facebook page!


Giveaway ends Sunday, November 6th, 2011 at midnight central standard time. The winners will be announced on Monday!!

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Giveaway Terms 
This giveaway is free to enter. All giveaways are opened to U.S. residents ages 18 and up unless otherwise stated. Giveaways are one entry per person per blog following. I do not and never will collect or sell your information. Nothing from this blog can be copied, edited, or sold for personal use. Thanks for playing by the rules. (Leave it to a teacher to follow giveaway rules, lol!)

Please post entries on Kreative in Kinder. GOOD LUCK! Gobble Gobble!!
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