The Saturday Roundup!

Saturday again?!? Where is this month going?  Today it is cold, cloudy, and sometimes rainy in southwestern PA, so we are going to spend the afternoon at the museum.  For the first time in years, our son is going to accompany us on an outing.  Why, you ask?  It’s all due to the influence of a girl!  He has done more with us this year than ever since he began dating his girl.  Maybe they will let me get a picture today to share with you.  Can you tell I’m ridiculously excited that he is coming with us?

So let me start up the roundup by revisiting a product I already blogged about, the Autism Friendly Puzzle Token Charts.  I revamped them a bit by adding quarter-page size puzzles so they would fit better on the desks of the students you would need to use them with.

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Click here to visit my store and download my FREE Autism-Friendly Token Charts!

Have a few kids with specific behavior issues that need to be addressed? Try one of my puzzle token charts. I’m currently using them with two of my kiddos, and it’s working quite well.

I recently finagled my son’s tablet from him — mentioned that I was thinking of buying one, and he said I could have his. I didn’t want to just take it, and he always needs money, so I gave $100.00 for it — and I plan on letting these two guys use some carefully selected apps as a reward when they fill their token chart. Both are currently on the 12-piece token chart, one to encourage finished work on time, and one to encourage in-seat, on-task time.

While you’re at my store, if you need some Earth Day activities, be sure to check out the Earth Day story and poetry activities.  I’m so excited to use them Monday with my kids

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My Earth Day story, inspired by St. Therese and her Little Way ( but the story is totally secular).

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Click here to see the Earth Day syllable lesson and poem writing activity, including two easy poetry forms, Haiku and acrostic poems.

Now, on to the rest of the roundup!  This Saturday, Mr. Hughes has his Share the Wealth freebie linky going on.  You’re sure to find something there for the next few weeks of lessons!

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And Saturday also means Primary Paradise’s Top Five Freebies!

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Teacher Mom of  3 has her Seasonal Saturday post up.  Meet some new sellers and see some fantastic products.
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Next up is Pirate Girl and her Memory Verse Monday — a must for Sunday School, Christian, and Catholic School teachers.  I love how she makes them relevant to the season!

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Do you like to make it and take it?  If so, you’ve got to visit 2nd Grade Pad and check out her Thursday linky party.  Great ideas!

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Remember, you can add your take it and make it link to this as well!

Mrs.  Fultz keeps us up-to-date with all the apps in her weekly App of the Week post.  Now that I’ve got my  hands on a tablet, I can’t wait to dig into some of the apps she has posted about!

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Crayonbox Learning has added a new fan freebie to her Facebook page.  You have to like her page to get the freebie.

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I  hope you find some great free and paid items you can use to make  your weekly planning a little bit easier!

As always, if you have anything you’d like to add to this list, you can leave a link in the comments on my blog or my Facebook page.  Have a great week, everyone!

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The Saturday Roundup!

There are so many awesome freebies that are offered on Saturday that you may not be aware of,  so I have decided to do a Saturday roundup for you all.

Before I get to that, though, let me tell you about my new resource that I am super-excited about!  This time of the year, as you well know, the kids start getting spring fever, and frankly, so do I.  I have always found my spring centers to be, well, not as inspiring or as exciting as my fall and winter centers.  When I pulled out my old, ragged, broken-down spring box this year to clean it out, I wound up throwing 99% of it away.   It left me with one nice art center activity, making a spring tree.  Hmm, not good.   So I have finally been working on making some fresh, new centers for spring.  The first one I have completed is my Mixed Operation Addition and Subtraction:  The Gnome Knows.

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Perfect spring center — gnome, toadstool, rain. Yep, it must be spring!

I found this clipart from Ninja Girl that I fell in love with, and I knew, after checking some papers the children have done, that some of my kids need to practice LOOKING AT THE SIGN FIRST BEFORE SOLVING A PROBLEM — you know how you can tell when they didn’t look at the sign first — and the whole center came together in two days.  Love when that happens!

Here’s a few photos of the finished center.  I purposely made the + or – sign in a smaller font and red so the children would have to look at the sign closely in order to solve the problem.  I also only used sums/differences from 7 to 18 because at this point, most of the children have memorized sums/differences less than 5.  I guess I could have included 6, but I don’t like having an odd number of things.  It upsets the balance.  Yeah, I’m weird like that.

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The complete center set up on my side chalkboard. I used the front cover as a center header. Brilliant and it only took me 26 years
to come up with that idea!

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A closer view of one of the toadstools and gnomes.

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And another toadstool and gnomes

Obviously, the objective is to correctly add or subtract and get the gnome out of the rain by placing him under the correct toadstool.

To kick off my Saturday roundup, I have the worksheet I included in this packet as a freebie for you.  Of course, I hope you purchase the center to go with the worksheet, but it can stand on its own as an assessment or practice sheet.  Enjoy!

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Click here to download this freebie

Now,  for the rest of the Saturday roundup!  First up is Primary Paradise!  After taking Easter weekend off,  she’s back with her Top Five Freebies of the week!  Visit Martha’s blog to see what she has this week.

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Click here to visit Primary Paradise and see her top five freebies of the week.

After that, you will want to visit An Educator’s Life for Created by Mr. Hughes’ Share the Wealth linky party.

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And finally, while not  technically a freebie, there is a huge blog linky party going on with The Reading Olympians.  There is also a rafflecopter giveaway with it.  You might want to check that out.

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Click here to learn about the Pass the Torch linky giveaway.

And one last site I just found.  It is especially appropriate in the month of April!

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Find this freebie and others at Daily Autism Freebies! Click the picture to visit and explore the blog.

It’s so quite at my house right now.  My hubby is away for the weekend.  My baby girl is away at Girl Scout camp for the weekend, and my son, after running in the Race for Grace (local fundraiser for Cancer Research) has headed down to the Gathering of Catholic Men.  So it’s just me and the snoring dog and the two cats at the moment.  Ahhh.  I love my family, but a day of silence is not something that I get too often.  So I’m off to take a bath and do some creating.  I still need to make a literacy spring center for my classroom!    Enjoy your day!

Spring break means spring cleaning, right? Yesterday, I took down all my curtains and sheers and washed them all. Ugh, what a dusty, dirty job that was! And I was totally shocked at the number of dusty cobwebs hiding behind those curtains! What did I expect with a dog and two cats, though?

Well, in addition to spring cleaning our homes, I am (with several other bloggers) having a spring cleaning sale at our stores starting tomorrow, March 3o and ending Sunday at midnight.  I’ll be offering 15% off every item in my store, so now is a great time to get those items you’ve wishlisted and check out the newest products I’ve added to my store, such as…

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Updated moon unit activites

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Story Box Retelling and Sequencing with Goldilocks and the Three Bears

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Long E anchor chart with included sorting center

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Sorting Sentences by Statements and Questions

Be sure to check all these out, as well as my other resources.  And then click through to Dilly Dabbles blog to find all the other stores holding a two-day spring cleaning sale as well.

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Have a blessed Easter and enjoy your spring break!

A Mundane Life – It’s a Blessing

Happy Saturday, everyone!  I’m finally getting a chance to sit down and put up a post for you all!  It’s been a wonderful Saturday morning.  I   took my daughter to her colorguard practice.  She’s learning to use the silks, now, as well as twirl.  While she was busy at colorguard practice, I met up with a good friend I don’t get to see nearly enough ( which is sad because she lives 3 houses up from me) for coffee and girl talk.  Now, I’m watching the Penguins/Ranger hockey game and typing.  (Go Penguins!)  Do I ever get to stop multitasking?  Later this evening, we’re taking my parents to my daughter’s cheerleading banquet.  Just the mundane details of my life.  I’m sure many of you are doing the same types of things today.  Just another day in paradise, right?

Speaking of paradise, don’t forget that Saturday means Primary Paradise’s Top Five Freebies of the Week.  Click on the button below to check out her site and see what she’s picked for you this week.

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Click to see Top Five Freebies

Speaking of freebies, don’t forget today is the last day to hop around the blogs for the St. Patrick’s Day freebies and the chance to win $100.00 TPT gift certificate.

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Start your leprechaun’s gold blog hop here.

I recently had this one-page sample from my newest resource, Numbers and Operations in Base 10 Common Core Braintwisters Springy Thingies, up as my fan only freebie on my Facebook page.  I have since put up a new freebie there (be sure to check it out if you haven’t), but if you didn’t get Springy Thingies, you can download it by clicking below.

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Click to download your sample of Springy Thingies.

If you haven’t discovered Crayonbox Learning yet, you have to check out her blog and this super-cute activity.  I can’t wait to make this for my own class to use!

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Click here to get to know Danielle and see her fabulous work!

As you go through your mundane life, running your kids around here, there, and everywhere, washing, cooking, cleaning, and whatever else you’re doing today, take the time to count the blessing of having healthy children and consider checking out Life in Special Education’s post about Cole, a teaching friend’s child recently diagnosed with brain cancer.  It brings tears to my eyes to imagine what this family is going through, and if my donation of $25.oo for over $160.00 worth of teaching resources can make a small difference to this family, I’m more than happy  to cook at home one night this week instead of eating out.

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Click here to visit Karla’s blog and learn how to help Care for Cole

Enjoy your Saturday, everyone!

New Fan Freebie Up on Facebook!

In case you don’t follow my Facebook page, I just wanted to let you know I

posted a new Fan Freebie.

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Click here visit my Facebook page and claim your freebie. Be sure to click on the Free for Fans Only Tab!

It’s a sample page from the newest resource I’m working on using the Numbers and Operations  in Base Ten standards 1.NBT.1 and 1.NBT.5.  I hope you and your students enjoy it.  When I finish the product later today,  look for a flash freebie on the product!  I’ll be sure to let you know here and on Facebook.

Also, don’t forgot our blog hop!  It is still going on all this week, so if you haven’t followed the rainbow buttons, be sure to do so this week.  Click the link below to see the original post and start your hop!

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Click here to view the original post and start your hop around the rainbow trail to TPT gold – a chance to win a $100.00 TPT gift certificate!

Enjoy your shortened Sunday!

A Snowman freebie!

Here’s a fun and engaging lesson in analyzing, comparing, and contrasting literature.

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First, you pick two similar winter-themed stories.  I used Frosty the Snowman the book and Frosty the Snowman the movie.  In the past I have also used The Snowman and Frosty the Snowman.  Read the books and/or watch the movie.  You can use this great new product from my store to retell the stories and write about the sequence of the stories to deepen children’s comprehension.

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After completing both books, review with the children the purpose of a Venn diagram.  Show them the snowman body turned sideways and talk about how you would use the Venn diagram to compare the two stories.  Then turn it right side up and ask them what it reminds them of.  Somebody (hopefully) will say a snowman body.

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Either you can prewrite  the names of the things you’re comparing on the blanks before you copy them,  or the children can write them.  Then they illustrate and/or write about about something that happened in only the first story in the top part, only the second story in the bottom part, and something that happened in both stories in the middle.  Add the head (included in the packet), and let the children use crayons, markers, and construction paper to personalize their snowmen.  You now have an awesome wall display that highlights your children’s amazing ability to analyze and compare two pieces of literature!  Here’s some finished samples from my class that we did this year.

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Teaching at a Catholic School, I did not have white construction paper, so we used manila colored paper.  They still came out very cute, and most kiddos did a fantastic job.  A few needed a little extra help from me to figure out what was the same and different, but that’s okay!

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I did not use the pattern I’m supplying you because I did not have it yet!  I just put it together now for this post.  I will probably use it next year, but I do sort of like the uniqueness of each child’s snowman when they cut the circles themselves.  If you do let them cut the circles themselves, be prepared to draw the center overlapping part for some of your kids.  That was tough for several of mine.   I drew that section on both of these samples for the kids working on them.

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Here’s a finished sample I showed the kiddos as I explained the project.  In this sample, I compared Frosty the Snowman to The Snowman.


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And here’s my finished wall display.  We have conferences on Wednesday, so I will leave these up for parents to look at.

If you’d like to try this in your class, click on the picture below to download the parts.  Do you have any other suggestions of winter stories you could use this for?  I think it would work well for any winter story because a snowman is the quintessential winter symbol.  Maybe two of Jan Brett’s books, since many of her books have winter themes.

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Have a great Sunday, everyone, and go — err, being black and gold Steelers  fan, I’m hoping for a Super Bowl tie.

YIKES!  How could I have forgotten to send you over to 2nd Grade Pad for day 3 of our “For the Love of Teaching Blog Hop”?  There’s just so much going on today!  Head over to Cynthia’s blog to get her compound word freebie activity.  You won’t be sorry you did!

Click on the link below to head over Classroom Freebies for even more great freebies!
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Winter Centers – Gone in a Flash!

I had so much fun with my last flash freebie that I decided to do it again, this time with my newest finished teaching eSource, Winter Centers.

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I’m a little late to the party with this center, but let me tell you a story about how they came to be.  I sat down to make a recording sheet to go along with my alphabetizing center for the month of January.  After I made the recording sheet, I looked at my raggedy old alphabetizing cards that I’ve used the past 5 years and thought, “Let me just whip up some new cards to go with my recording sheet.”  So I did.

Then I looked at my Polar Bear Fishy Facts center.  Next to my shiny, new alphabetizing center, the dingy graphics and bent cards looked, well, sad.  So I thought, “How long can it take to whip out new fish and polar bears.  After all, I have this awesome graphics set from Primary Paradise that would work perfectly.”  So I did.

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Then I thought, “I need a center to work with our math unit of place value. Surely that will be easy enough to put together.”  So I did.

Finally, I had one empty board left in my library center, and our newest spelling list introduces silent E, so — well, you know the rest.

So 5 days, 41 pages,  approximately 25 hours of work, and two too many 2:30 nights later, “Winter Centers – “Snow” Much Learning Fun” was born.   I truly had no intention of putting together a set of winter centers.  I was thinking February.  But these winter centers were demanding to be made, so I went with them.   Is that how it works for you all as well?

To celebrate going to bed at 12:30  last night instead of 2:30 — who knew the difference that extra two hours could make — I’m have a two-hour flash freebie.  It is now 2:00 PM EST on Sunday, January 13.  For the next two hours, “Winter Centers – “Snow” Much Learning Fun” will be free!  But hurry because this offer will be gone in a flash!

If you missed the flash freebie, this teaching eSource will be available for $5.50 in my store.

Good luck!