Happy New Year's Eve!

I've been furiously getting new products ready for this January.  If you are looking for products about new year's resolutions, you should check these out.  Click on the photos below!  Scroll down for more information.

And check out this FREEBIE below!

If you are looking for a cute bulletin board idea, check out this product.  It's easy to prep and includes a craftivity, ELA activity and bulletin board banner.

to check it out for yourself.

This cute freebie below is easy to prep and also very adaptable for most grades.
to check it out.


Here's a fun, unique art craftivity.
to check it out for yourself.

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Social Studies and Science Combined Units

So I've been working a lot on adding science resources to my store.
Each of the animals listed below are part of my Canadian Animal research bundle. I've chosen animals which are symbols of Canada to allow for a mix of Social Studies, and Science goals in one program.  You can get each of these animals individually, or get the whole bundle.  Click on each picture for more information.








So we've been really focusing on Christmas in my classroom this year.  We spent a number of days putting together these dough ornaments.  My teaching colleague found this idea on Pinterest and we modified it a bit.  We made the dough and rolled it out.  The kids cut out the circle shapes using a glass as a cookie cutter.  We baked them in the oven for an hour and then let them dry overnight.  The kids painted the white background and then added the nose and eyes with paint applied with a Qtip.  Then the mouth and eyebrows were added with a sharpie.  Finally the entire thing was finished with a layer of Modge Podge for a glossy look.  Next week we are finishing up our gingerbread kids and I'll post them up here for you.

In Math we have been working on number concept to 100.  I've been using a variety of resources, but this photo below shows some comparing number activities we did using playing cards and the worksheets from my unit on playing cards.

to check it out.

These adorable elves are made by the class across the hall from me.  Aren't they adorable?

AND, have you seen these reindeer around Pinterest????
Last year they went viral.  I was surprised to get one on a Christmas card from my nephew.
The fantastic art teacher who came up with these cuties, teaches next door to me.
Check out her blog Artventurous.

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So this past week we've been working hard on Christmas ideas.  This first one uses the templates from the package below from Little Red's Schoolhouse.  I modified the template and added the thick black lines.  Then I used one of the free blank writing papers from Whimsy Workshop.  

We also made these cute Danish Elves.  I found them at Creations by Ms. Lil.
My Grandmother was Danish, so I thought they would be great to share with my kids. 


It's heeeeeeeere!




Well last week was a total DOOOZIE for me.  I have been horribly, horribly sick.  I didn't actually make it into school until Thursday, and then Friday was a professional day, so I only spent one day in the classroom this week.   So please forgive me, but I only have this little image to share with you about our math lesson this week.  We're using my unit Math with Playing Cards to work on number concept.  I wrote out all the spellings of number words for the kids and then demonstrated the worksheet on the SMART board.  Then the kids filled in their own worksheet.  separating the tens and ones was a bit of a challenge for them, so we'll be repeating this lesson on Monday.

Friday was a fun day!  As a staff we went up one of the local mountains to check out their educational programs.  I only live 10 minutes from the base of the mountain, so it was a super easy commute for me.  We did some snow shoeing, and then checked out the first nations program.  They have a HIWUS FEASTHOUSE which is a longhouse made from cedar trees.  We enjoyed stories from the local tribe members, and got to sample some local food.  I even got to dress up in  a cedar cape and headband which is what dancers wear.  We are planning to take our Grade 2 and 3 kids up here later in the school year, so stay tuned.

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So it's friday again.  Here's some highlights from my week.

We've been working on number concept.  Today we played blackout.  It's a game involving playing cards, bingo chips and 10 frames.  The kids really enjoyed it.  

Please ignore my ratty duct tape - it's in desperate need of replacing.

We did some research on Canadian Animals.  I was so pleased with how much effort these kids put into this.  I was very surprised at how motivated they were.  I'm going to need to try this activity again soon. 

And don't forget - tomorrow is the last day of the SWAP MEET giveaway.  Check out my last post for more information.

And thanks again for stopping by today!

Swap Meet Blog Hop


OH I am TOTALY excited today.  I have been taking part of an amazing Swap Meet organized by some of my TPT friends.  There are tons of great bloggers involved.  And in the end, there is a fantastic giveaway with an awesome prize pack.Read down and find out how this works!

First we were paired up with another Primary Teacher.  I was paired up with Amber from First Grade Diva Creations.   I just love her store.  She has tons of amazing products.  We were supposed to choose one to try out in our classrooms and then review for this Swap Meet.  Well, let me tell you, it was really hard for me to pick just one of Amber's products.  She really has a lot of great stuff.

Anyway, considering the season, I decided on her huge October Bundle called 

Halloween Activities~ Math, Writing, Science, & Research

This product is so comprehensive and enormous!

to check it out on Teachers Pay Teachers.

I was thrilled when Amber agreed to let me take a peek and review it!
I tried it out in my classroom.  There's a Haunted House Glyph, a Writing Activity, a Place Value Game, and some detailed writing and number activities as well.  There's really too much to list here.  I really wanted to try out the Pumpkin Writing Research part of this bundle.  And let me tell you it was a great resource.    

To start off my review, we had a visit from the pumpkin fairies at my school...

Well, actually the pumpkins were delivered from a local pumpkin farm, and the parents put them out in the park down the street.  Fortunately we had a perfect day weather wise, and the kids had a lot of fun picking out a pumpkin.   After hauling their pumpkin back to school, they were pretty attached, and thus pretty motivated to learn about pumpkins.

So we learned about the life cycle, and did some research about them - all part of Amber's great October Bundle.

The actual lesson I wanted to highlight, from this pack, was one about Text Features.  I though Amber had a brilliant little activity and it was not only super easy to prep, but I found the perfect book to go along with it.

First off, I found this great non-fiction book by Rebecca Felix.

In Amber's unit there is a page which she recommends that you print out and laminate.  The original version is color, and thus, much more impressive, but I decided to print it out and photocopy it so each child had their own to keep.  I plan to use these again in another lesson in the future.  Amber recommends that each child has this page, with the list of Text Features and key visuals.  As you read through the text, the children can "pinch" the word of the text feature they find.  So we read the book as a class and we stopped each time so the kids could stop and "pinch" the name of the text feature that was on the list.   I think this lesson would be great to repeat every time you read aloud a non-fiction book so that it really reinforces the concepts for the kids.

Some examples from the text that we found were...

 Table of Contents 


Bold Print

And an Index

Then the kids did an activity in which they pretend to be a Text Feature Detective.
There's a cut and paste worksheet where they can pick out four of the text features they found in the text.  Then they write a sentence to tell how it built their schema.

Now on to the fun stuff for you!
There are 16 products up for grabs.  To be a part of the giveaway you need to collect all the letters from each swap pair, figure out the message, and enter the rafflecopter giveaway.

or if that doesn't work

thanks for stopping by and playing today. 
I hope you enjoy the Swap Meet!