Sunday, October 21, 2012

Hooray for Election Day!

I know it's not even Halloween yet but with all the Presidential debates and political talk it's hard to forget just how fast the 2012 Presidential Election is approaching.  If you're looking for some literacy and math activities to keep your little voters motivated then check out my new Election Day packet!  Click the image below to visit my TPT store!

Speaking of packet is still available on TPT so if you're looking for some fun and engaging activities to get you through these last couple weeks in October then check it out!

I'll be posting pictures of our Halloween-themed fun this week as well as some graphing activities we did a couple weeks ago!  Lots of learning to catch up on so check back soon!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Popcorn Words

We refer to sight words in our classroom as popcorn words.  We call them popcorn words because they "pop up" everywhere.  We do lots of activities throughout the year to help them master these words.  I recently purchased Heidi's Sing and Spell Sight Words DVDs so I am really excited about using them in the classroom.  My kids love her alphabet, numbers, and shapes songs so I'm sure her sight word songs will be no different.  Click the image below if you are interested in purchasing her CD or DVDs.  You can also check out her blog by clicking here.

We also play lots of games with our words in whole group such as monsters and babies or cowboys and chickens.  In order to play these games I have made a PowerPoint with all of our popcorn words.  Mixed in among the words are pictures of monsters and babies.  When the monster pops up the kids roar like a monster and when they see the baby they cry like one.  They LOVE this game and it keeps them really engaged!  Cowboys and chickens is the same concept except they say "Yeehaw" when they see a cowboy and they "bawk" when they see a chicken.  I believe these ideas came from Kim Adsit but I can't remember!  Click here to visit her website and here to check out her blog!  

Leave a comment and let me know how you teach "popcorn words"!

If you're interested in some activities to use during word work check out my new Popcorn Words Unit!  This is the first of several units I will be doing on popcorn words.  It includes 12 weeks of flashcards, word work and assessments.  I have also included popcorn word wall headers with kernels for each of the 30 words in the packet.  Click the image below to visit my TPT store and check it out!

Sorry I didn't get a chance to post about my Dollar Tree finds!  I forgot to take pictures but thanks to my friend Hillarie I was able to grab some Halloween Scentos markers!  I also saw them today at Wal-Mart so if you are Scentos fan then go check them out!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Long Time....No Post

Sorry I have been neglecting this poor blog lately!  I promise to be better about bringing my camera home so  I can upload pictures from all the wonderful learning that's been taking place in our room!

My Halloween unit is ready and available on TPT.  Click either of the images below to check it out!

I'll be back tomorrow with a post on my recent Dollar Tree finds!