December 28, 2016

Best of 2016 TPT Sale

I'm joining some friends to put some of our best selling resources from 2016 on SALE! Simply type in the hashtag #bestof2016sale into your TPT search bar and find some of the best resources out there! 
Not surprisingly, my Fluency & Fitness sets are 8 out of my top 10 best sellers. My #1 best selling resources of 2016 was my Addition & Subtraction Fluency & Fitness set. Teachers and students are loving these sets because kids can get up out of their seats to move and exercise without losing instructional time! 
My #2 best seller was my Writing Center Primary Bundle. This bundle has many resources to help your students become better writers and it has a variety of writing sheets. This writing center can provide your students with a CHOICE of what they want to write about. 
Read more about my writing center here
More Fluency & Fitness sets take up spots 3-8. My Dolch Words Fluency & Fitness set is #3. 


My #9 best seller of 2016 are my Silent e Flip Strips. These strips help students read CVC words, then they can flip over the "e" to read the CVCe word. This easy concept helps students learn that words can be changed from a short vowel to long vowel by adding e to the end of the word. You can read more about some silent e activities here
   
These top 10 best sellers of 2016 are in my TPT store here and are 20% OFF until January 30th! Any easy way to search for more top selling resources of 2016, is to type in the hashtag #bestof2016sale into your TPT search bar.

December 16, 2016

Christmas Fluency Find It

I LOVE my new Fluency Find Its series because it incorporates movement and team building into your literacy and math lessons. These fun holiday themed games work on essential reading and math skills that students should be fluent in for each period of the year, while giving them a chance to get out of their seats and move a little bit. 
Here's a little preview of my Christmas Fluency Find It in action in a classroom. This is the addition game, but it comes with 4 other skills too. 
How to Play:
Students get in small groups and stand behind their table with their worksheet in front of them. Students will say what they see on the screen, then hunt for the answer on their paper. After a couple of turns, a screen will pop up prompting students to switch players. The student finding the answers, will go to the end of the line. The switch spots screen is animated so they can watch the Santa run down the chimney. :) 

Differentiation
I've included 2 ways to play: timed slides or manual slides depending on how fluent your students are in that skill. 
Literacy & Math Skills
This Kindergarten bundle includes 5 different games to work on a variety of reading and math skills (beginning sounds, middle vowel sounds, ending sounds, addition to 5, and missing numbers to 10). It also includes and editable version so you can make your own! :) 

You can find Fluency Find It bundles for K & 1st in my TPT store here
Recording Sheets
Students can play in groups to help each other hunt for the answer on the paper to match what they see on the screen. There are 2 worksheets you can use to differentiate learning if needed. You can have students color, circle, or highlight the answers, write in the answers, or I found some fun stamps to let them mark their answers as well.  

Assessments
You can use this as an assessment and have students play this individually and then when the switch spots screen comes up, they can grab their paper and move to another spot at their table. Collect these at the end to see if kids know their letters, how to write their numbers, etc. 
If you like this idea, I have a GROWING bundle here which will include these games for 7 different holidays but at a bigger discount. Due to many requests, I now have a 1st grade version of this as well!
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December 12, 2016

Santa's Sleigh Book FREEBIE

Have you seen any of the adorable books from Eric James in which he includes different states in the books to make it more familiar to kids? I have the Halloween Scare in Indiana book and knew I had to snatch up the Santa's Sleigh book too! You can find his books on his website or I got this one on Amazon here.
I wanted to create a writing prompt to go along with the story. I like to always have a differentiated option since not all students are on the same level. 
Students can use this version below that has a writing prompt to get students thinking about what kind of treats they would leave for Santa. They can do the writing, then illustrate their picture. 

The other writing prompt is open ended. Students can write about what they want Santa to bring them, their favorite part of the story, what treats they would leave for Santa, etc. 

Just pick up the book for your state and you're ready to go! You can grab these 2 FREE writing prompts here

(I just realized my sample pages in these picture are incorrect because it still has the apostrophe for its, don't worry, the FREEBIES are corrected) :)