Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Writing For March, A Huge Sale and a Freebie!

I can't believe that February is almost over!  I've been hard at work making things for March.  I have my March Writing unit ready finally.  It is a unit that has enough writing activities to last all month.  There is an imaginative narrative piece where the kids imagine that they have turned into a butterfly so they write about their adventures as a butterfly.  For the persuasive piece, students will try to convince the reader that our school should serve pizza every day for lunch.  The second Thursday in March is National Popcorn Lover's Day so students will write an informative piece to tell the reader all about popcorn.  Each writing has a craft to go with it. These are great for the hallway or your bulletin board.  Here is a look at the finished product.

The kids really like the crafts that go with the writing activities and they are simple to make.  Here is what you get with the unit. 
Click HERE to go to the unit in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
The 3 Million Teachers Strong  Sale is going to be happening at TPT tomorrow, February 27 and Friday February 28.  You can get up to 28% off!  I'm having a sale in my store as well!  Look ahead and see what you need to stock up on for Spring and even the end of the school year. Now is a great time to save a little money on the things you will need!
Don't forget to add the code TPT3!!! 
Now for a freebie.  I like to do some activities with my kids to get them in the math thinking mood.  One thing that I've made up is called "Daily Math Count".  This is an activity that takes about 10 minutes and is a great daily review.  I start by showing the kids a number with base 10 blocks.  The kids count and write this number down.  Next, I show them a time and a money amount.  They write these things down on their Daily Math Count paper.  Next, we write the number of the base 10 blocks in the first counting box.  I may have the kids count on by this number, count back by this number, count by 2's, 3's, 4's, 5's, or 10's.  Sometimes I ask them to color the odd numbers a certain color, or the even numbers a certain color.  We use numbers from 100-1000.  It is a great activity to get the math lesson started.  Here are some pictures of what I display for the kids.

I've attached the Daily Math Count sheet for you for free.  I copy it front and back and it will last for 6 days.  Click HERE to get your copy of the Daily Math Count sheet for the kids.  They really love this activity and the numbers are different every day.  I hope your kids like it!
Ok that is all for now!  Let me know what you think about Daily Math Count!
Sunday, February 16, 2014

Morning Work Freebie and February Writing

My school is a PBIS and an RTI school. This means a lot of things but one important thing that it means is that we have WIN time.  WIN stands for W hat  I  N .... students are divided up into groups according to what they need to work on.  Some need fluency, some blends, some math, etc.  So, our bell rings at 8:00 and at 8:20 we all go to WIN groups for 30 minutes....the entire school...which means we only have about 12-15 good minutes to finish morning work.  Whew...that is a lot of explaining to tell you that I NEED my morning work to be brief but effective.  That is why I decided to write my morning work for this year.  It has a few math review problems, a word problem, two sentences to correct and some type of grammar skill.  Most kids get it finished in 15 minutes and we check it together after WIN time is over.  We only have WIN time Monday through Thursday so on Friday, their morning work is a quiz on the previous four days of morning work.  There is a book cover so you can copy a month of morning work, staple it together and you don't have to worry about it until next month rolls around.  I run it front and back so it saves paper. It has worked very well this year.  I have written morning work for all months from August through March.  I will have April and May morning work soon.  I have attached the first week of morning work for March for you for FREE!  CLICK HERE FOR THE FREEBIE!    I hope you like it!  The entire book of March Morning Work is in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  You can see it by clicking HERE!  

For writing in February, we started by writing a persuasive paper.  February is National Hot Breakfast month so my students brainstormed and came up with a list of reasons that we should eat a hot breakfast.  After we had a good long list of reasons, the kids completed their planning page and finally their story.  They made a craft to go with it.  Here's a look at their finished writing.

You can see the entire writing unit for February in my Teachers Pay Teachers store by clicking HERE!
Ok, not much longer until Spring!!!  I'm busy at work on Spring Centers, Writing, Word Problems and Printables.  Hang in there until Spring!  Happy Teaching!