Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Big Back-to-School Birthday Giveaway!

Happy Birthday(almost) to me! August 5th is my birthday, and incidentally, it falls right in the thick of back-to-school time for most of us.  So, I thought it would be fun to do a big, back-to-school giveaway in hopes that some of my faithful followers are able to win some nice things for the upcoming school year. I am also throwing a 20% off sale at my TPT store through Friday, August 2, 2013, and giving a birthday-themed freebie away!

Click the graphic to go to check out my sale!

{Click Here}to download the birthday freebie.  And take a peek at what you're getting!:

Birthday certificates in color and black & white.

Birthday hat pencil toppers-could also use as a birthday badge.

 And now, drum roll's GIVEAWAY time!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was WOW'ed and so grateful for all of the awesome contributions to the giveaway...have a look for yourself:

 Here is the good ol'Rafflecopter. Enter and share away...have fun and good luck to you all!!!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Letter Recognition Activities

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is pretty much required reading for the first month of kindergarten.  For the last few years, I have found myself doing the same golden oldie activities to go with this classic book.  So, this year, I've decided to change it up and add in a wider range of both whole group and small group activities.

Here are a few activities I've prepped over the summer:

Coconut Tree Shake N' Color
In this activity, students shake the "coconut tree" (pop bottle filled w/ card stock letters and rice) and color the letters they see.  Sensory fun and learning at the same time!

Chicka Boom Board Game: Students take turns spinning a color and  saying the letter and the letter sound that they landed on.

Easy way to make a spinner! Hold a pencil through a paperclip!
BOOM BOOM Game: Played like "boom", "splash", "crash" or whatever you call it! Students pick an ABC card, read it, and keep it. If they get a BOOM BOOM card, they have to put back all of their cards. Play for a specified amount of time. Winner is the one with the most cards when time's up.
I used a lime green plastic pot found at Target's dollar spot. Any container that's large enough for the cards will do.

Game cards include both upper and lowercase letters.

Get your freebie BOOM game by clicking {here}.
All of these activities plus many more are included in my new pack, Learnin' Letters BOOM BOOM, available on Teachers Pay Teachers. {CLICK HERE} to take a peek at what else is included!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Daily 5 and Open House Freebies!

I have been busy making some goodies for the new school year and have linked up with both the Made it Monday and Manic Monday linkies to share them with you! I hope they are helpful to you in your own classroom!

I know there are a bazillion versions of Daily 5 menus floating around online, but I decided to make my own version to match my classroom theme.  Here's a preview of what mine looks like:

{Click here} to get the freebie from Google Drive.
I have them all printed and mounted to bright yellow card stock! Now I just need to pop into school to laminate.  I am planning on linking together with metal binder rings.  You can kind of see the clothespin on the Read to Self sign...I am going to use clothespins with student's names on them to allow students to independently manage their 2-3 Daily 5 choices per morning.

Another back-to-school to-do item that I checked off my list today was making the labels for my open house folders. I like to make a cute label for these, since it's one of the first impressions parents will get of my classroom.  {Click Here} to pick up your free set- I made them in color or black and white for you!

Here is one of my own folders-mine is personalized with my name and school (blocked out) but the freebies are blank of course!

Head over to Classroom Freebies and 4th Grade Frolics to link up with these fab bloggers and check out all of the other awesome ideas!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Leave me some comment love if you downloaded one of these freebies! I love to hear feedback about the things I make!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Learnin' Letters with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Hi, Friends!
Just a short note to let you know that my brand new pack, Learnin' Letters Boom Boom is on sale for 50% off tonight only (7-27-13), which means it's only $2.25 for 75 pages of content!

All of the activities go along with the favorite story Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and focus on letter recognition, so I think it's perfect for August or September.  There are both whole group and small group/center activities included in the pack.  I made "I Can" sheets for each small group with student-friendly language and pictures to help kiddos remember the directions and expectations for each activity.  I also made recording sheets for many of the activities to help keep those little babies accountable  and on task!

Here are some preview pics from the pack so you can get to know a little more about it:

I am going to make several of the snacks and activities included in the pack and post them on here next week. I also have a HUGE birthday giveaway that I'm getting excited for, so make sure you follow this blog and stay tuned! :)

OH and don't forget about the MN and WI bloggers Best From the Midwest Giveaway-it ends soon. Enter below if you haven't already:

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