Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Block Center

Do "other people" think your kids are just playing in all those centers you've worked so hard on?

Our block center is a natural for math and even science, but we want to get some literacy in there too.
We have some vocabulary words posted that describe our current science objective - motion - "round and round, zig zag, curve".

We added a parking garage so the kids can see force and motion in action.

To sneak in some literacy, we added this survey next to the parking garage on the side of a bookcase.

Next we went to and downloaded their highway letters and numbers.  We are going to put a few of these through the poster maker at school so they will be big enough for some of our bigger vehicles.  I found this environmental print activity on Pintrest.  Put some store logos on various blocks and then have a questionnaire for the kids to fill out that asks where they would find things from the various stores, for example if you have a Target logo you could ask where would you go to find a bicycle; if you had a MacDonald's logo you could ask where would you go to get a hamburger?  If your kids can't read the words make it with pictures.  Students respond by drawing the store logo next to the item. (I got the set of small blocks from Big Lots for $5.)

The kids really love this one - recreating a scene from a favorite storybook.  All you need is a copy of a book that the kids are familiar with, some simple "props".  In this case we have a red bead for the "magic pebble" and some pictures of the characters from Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.

This is a picture of another teacher's block center with books, puzzles and a basket of writing materials for labeling structures or roads.

 What I particularly like about her block center is she has environmental print and posters of different looking structures posted low for her kids to look at while they are working with their blocks.

Please leave us a comment and tell us about the fun things your kids do in your centers.


Monday, April 22, 2013

Blog Product Swap II

Welcome to our 2nd Product Swap S'more!
Be sure to take a look at all the pictures and then enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win this product and a free product from our store!

      Recently we were lucky enough to team up with Cyndie from Chalk One Up For The Teacher, for a "product swap". She is  a FUN teacher from Las Vegas. We like to tease her about being a "Vegas Showgirl"! Luckily, she has a FUN sense of humor and doesn't get mad at us for teasing. (You KNOW we like to have FUN!!)
     Anyway, her product was FABulous and the kids had (you guessed it)....FUN  learning while using her activities. This packet was Take Me to Your Reader which is a literacy packet using space-themed activities. There is a gameboard, sentences to match pictures, word family sliders, digraph and syllable activities.
(Click on the picture below to go to Chalk One Up For The Teacher on TPT.)

Take Me to Your Reader

     The kids especially liked the sliders because of the cute pictures on the sliders. They would say, "Ooooo, I want the monster one." Or, "I want the spaceship!" They have done many word family sliders during the year but with the cute graphics, they were motivated to make ALL the words. Not only did they make the words, but they wrote them, went through and read them, and then marked through the "nonsense" words! Big bang for very little effort on my part. Here are some pictures of the kiddos at work.......

These are the word family and digraph sliders.

Showing off for the camera!   Say CHEESE!
Reading the sentences and matching the pictures. After they did this, I had them write the sentences  and then make up their own sentences with the pictures!

Take a look at Cyndie's blog and follow her! You'll be glad you did!!
Cyndie has been sweet enough to allow us to give this fun packet away as a gift.  If you would like your very own for free, then enter the rafflecopter below.  You can also enter to win a digital product of your choice from The Fun Factory.
We would like to thank Samantha over at Ms. Smarty Pants for organizing this product swap.

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Product Swap

Wow! We've had some FUN things going on lately for you! Don't forget the Autism linky party will continue until April  12th   . Be sure to scroll down for our freebie and also click on the picture to enter the rafflecopter for the "grand" prize with many great resources! (Thanks to our Blogger-Buddy Crayonbox Learning!)
    Next is the "Take and Make" freebie which will be good until next Thursday, April 11th.
    For today, we have teamed up with another of our Blogger-Buddies, 2nd Grade Pad.  We did a "Product Swap" and it has been sooooooo much (ready for it?) FUN!!!!
   This product has 5 literacy workstations ready to print and use!!!! It includes activities that include skills for rhyming, beginning sounds, blends, a board game and an activity for making new words. Wow! My kids have loved the activities.
   First, I used the activities in small group instruction. Since I have so many different levels (as we ALL do, right?), the activities were perfect in the small groups. After they were familiar with the games, activities etc., I placed them in the centers.
Rhyming Game- Students playing independently in a center.

Here is how I organized the game....I put the directions in a page protector and the cards in a baggie. Then the baggie goes into the page protector for storage. It also makes it easy to "file away" in a binder! 

This is "What's Missing". Again, since our laminator is broken, I placed the pages in page protectors and let the kids use vis-a-vis. Then they wrote on their dry erase boards.

This is making new words by changing one letter. I used this in my small group instruction and had the kids write on dry erase boards.

This is the identifying blends card game. They loved it!!!
   Thanks again to the 2nd Grade Pad for a WONDERFUL bunch of great and FUN activities!!!!!!!! Cynthia at the 2nd Grade Pad has generously offered this wonderful packet for a FREE drawing. For your chances to win this and also a FREE product from our store, enter the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!

Welcome to 2nd Grade Pad

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We would also like to thank Samantha over at Ms Smarty Pants for organizing this product swap.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Take and Make Linky Party!! Speaking of Parties...........

Hello Friends!
   We are linking up with our blog-buddy, 2nd Grade Pad for "Thursday Take and Make". You'll love all the FUN things and lots of freebies! Click on the picture below to go to 2nd Grade Pad's Take it and Make it for more fun activities!

Here is our contribution.....
   You will find printable patterns to use for baby showers, birthdays or reveal parties. The patterns are ready to print, cut out and use.
    For the banner, I bought the decorative wire gift wrap ($1.00 at the $ store). Then used tiny clothespins to attach the banner. DONE!!! Perfect for the "Perfect Prince" or the "Precious Princess"!
   The next pattern is for a standard size Hershey candy bar wrapper. Print, cut out, wrap around a candy bar, tape and you are finished! EASY...............
   The last pattern can be used on a skewer or coffee stirrer.  I placed mine into cupcakes, chicken strips, etc. that I was serving at the party. They made everything look so festive. Again, they are ready to print, cut out, tape on the skewer and you are through!
   Click on the picture below for all these FUN patterns. Have FUN and thanks for stopping by. Please follow us for more FUN things in the future!

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