Winter Ideas and Freebies

17 January 2017

I don't know what type of winter you have been having but this pretty much sums up the weather here on Long Island:

We did have one snowy weekend and of course the kids were so very excited.   I decided to make them these banners to complete in class.   They are a freebie so, just click to download from TpT.

While the students were making these banners, they were so quiet and engaged.  I was able to set up the centers for the day.  I plan on making banners for every month.  Comment below if you have ideas.   I hung the banners on twine with mini-clothespins.

This week, we started our winter math centers.   We reviewed "Make a Ten to Add," "Number Bonds with Missing Parts," "Take from Ten to Subtract," and  more. 

In science, we are just finishing up our States of Matter Unit.  

Here are some more activities that we will be doing this month:

My kiddos also love these "graphtivities" or "craftivities."  They love to see which choice "won." Since I make a different "graphtivity" for each month, the kids require little teacher support by this time in the year!

This penguin math craftivity is from my Penguin Packet, you can check it out {here} and you can check out a free version of it {here}.

More from my penguin packet:

I added interactive science notebook pages to the Penguin Packet above.  You can also purchase the interactive notebook pages separately in my Penguin Interactive Notebook File.

I just grabbed this book from last year and I LOVE it.  Click {here} to check it out.  It is perfect to use with our States of Matter unit. 

Last year, we did the snowman glyph above from First and Kinder Blue Skies's TpT store.  I paired it with the "Make a Ten to Add" Mugs from my First Grade Winter Math Centers packet to create the display above. 

Of course, no winter theme is complete without winter/snow themed read alouds!

Here are a few more of my favorite winter/snow themed books:

I hope this post gave you some ideas, don't forget, you check out these packets in my TpT store !  I hope you are enjoying your school year. 

Celebrating 2017 in the Classroom {Freebie Included!}

31 December 2016

When do you go back to school?  We go back January 3rd.  I'M NOT READY!  I need to get all the December projects down when I get back and usher in the new year.   I am sure you are planning on doing the same.  I am here with a freebie and some resources to help you celebrate 2017 in your classroom and to make your transition back after break a smooth one.

The above and below image is an easy New Year craftivity and hallway display.  It actually was one of the first products I posted on TpT, so if you already own it, redownload to get the update for free.   

I like to read Squirrel's New Year's Resolution and then discuss resolutions.  I also discuss what it means to "start on the right foot."  We chart our resolutions on the Smartboard and the students write and illustrate their resolutions inside the card.  After that, we trace our feet and add it to the outside of the card.   I write the names on the feet in a fancy handwriting.  

Included in the packet is a banner for you to print out and add above your display.  I like to print the banners on bright colored card-stock and string with twine or ribbon.  

Print and go activities require little prep; just what you need after holiday break.   I utilize the printables below from my New Year Blackline Printables packet.  Just click to check out the packet.  It is on sale right now, along with my whole store. 

Here is a FREEBIE for you!  It is a 2017 pendant style banner.  You should have each student complete one banner flag and decorate it.  String the banners around the room or in the hall!  Click the image to download from Google Drive.

Looking for Common Core New Year themed literacy and math centers?  Check out this packet:


Also, check out this Graphtivity.  My students love to share whether or not they stayed up to watch the ball drop.  Personally, I am in bed!  

Here are some read alouds for you to check out:

As always feel free to pin and I want to wish you a Happy New Year.

Gingerbread Classroom Ideas

27 November 2016

Gingerbread is my favorite December theme and a favorite of my students.  They cannot wait to read a different version of the story and see if they follow the same pattern.   I hope you find some ideas in this post to help you and your students get immersed in all things Gingerbread!

I just created the above Gingerbread Interactive Reading Notebook packet for Teachers Pay Teachers.  You can check it out by clicking the image above!  I am trying to focus more on using an Interactive Reading Notebook with my students, since the Science Notebooks are a hit. 

After we read all our favorite gingerbread books, we have a gingerbread themed afternoon and parents come in.  We make the glyph below and the gingerbread dough. 

The gingerbread glyph activity above is included in my Gingerbread packet on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Also included in this packet is the Gingerbread Ways to Make Ten Craft and so so much more!

We make Gingerbread Dough with parents using this free recipe below.  Just click on the image to download from Google Drive. 

After the kiddos make the gingerbread dough, they use cookie cutters to make fun shapes with the dough. 

My students LOVE this Gingerbread Where I Took the First Bite Gingerbread Graphing Activity.  I utilize Little Debbie Gingerbread Men Cookies for it.  They are nice and big!  They also work wonderfully for the "What would happen if the Gingerbread Man gets wet?" experiment (see the interactive notebook packet).

Here are a few of my favorite gingerbread themed read alouds.  You can click through the affiliate links below to check them out on Amazon. 

Here is another freebie for you!  Here are some gingerbread themed holiday homework passes.

Thanks for stopping by!  Feel free to pin!

Holiday Gift Guide

24 November 2016

Hi Everyone!  I am here with a holiday gift shopping guide.  This post was super fun for me to write because well...I am addicted to online shopping.  I hope you enjoy my gift picks and they help make your online holiday shopping easier!

For the teacher in your life:
  1. Lunch Tote - Amazon
  2. Amazon Gift Card
  3. Dino Memo Holder - Amazon
  4. Kate Spade Pencil Case - Nordstrom (on sale!)
  5. Teacher Pay Teacher Gift Card
  6.  Kendra Scott Earrings - Nordstrom (on sale!)

Gifts for Her:
  1. Kate Spade Necklace - Nordstrom (on sale!)
  2. Toms Slippers - Nordstrom
  3. Echo 'Touch' Stretch Gloves - Nordstrom (on sale!)
  4.  Kendra Scott Earrings - Nordstrom (on sale!)
  5. Clinique Perfume Set - Nordstrom 

Gifts for Him:
  1. Uggs Slippers - Nordstrom
  2. Kiehl's - Nordstrom 
  3. Cable Knit Cardigan - Target (on sale!)
  4. The Walking Dead: Compendium One  *I got this and the second compendium for my dad last year and he loved it!!

Gifts for Kids:
  1. Giant Peppermint Snow Tube - Nordstrom
  2. Hazel Village Stuffed Animal - Nordstrom
  3. Toms Cuna Crib Shoe - Nordstrom
  4. Melissa and Doug Clean Up Set - Amazon
  5. Cargo Vest - Amazon

Gifts for your Classroom:

  1. ABC Mouse : Right now you can get 50% Off Annual Subscriptions during their Black Friday Event! Now Only $45 from 11/21 through 11/28!
  2. Bouncy Bands - My students LOVE these.  Use coupon code: ERICA to get 20% off. These are life changing for fidgety students.
  3. GoNoodle Plus!   I have GoNoodle Plus for my classroom and the kids love it!  If you want, you can apply for a grant for your whole school {HERE}.
  4.  Differentiated Instruction Cubes - Amazon These are great for centers. 

I hope you found some holiday gift selections you could use.  Please, note that this post contains affiliate links.   As always, feel free to pin!

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