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Friday, January 31, 2014

Winter Cut-and-Glue Math and a FREEBIE!

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With the all of the snow we're expecting in Chicago this weekend, it was only fitting that we completed a couple of pages from my "Kindergarten Math Common Core Cut-and-Glue Workbook" today.  The set has 30 pages that cover ALL 22 of the Common Core Standards for kindergarten math.  All of them have a fun winter theme!

I really enjoy using all of the cut-and-glue workbook sets both at home and in the classroom.  Not only do they cover the Standards, but they also give students an opportunity to work on important fine motor skills, such as cutting and coloring.  Plus, this approach offers more variety than the usual worksheet, keeping students engaged.  
Additionally, with only a few possible answers, they allow students to narrow down the possibilities and self-check answers.

If you haven't tried out one of these sets in your classroom, you should!  Click on the picture below to grab a few pages for free!  

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Writing Journals and Some FREE Pages!

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We will be concentrating more on writing this semester, both in school and at home.  Most of my kinders are able to come up with sentences on their own, consistently use the word wall as a resource, and are more comfortable using invented spelling.  So, it's time to increase my expectations regarding writing.  That's where our writing journal prompts (I'll post regarding those later.) and these sets of writing pages come in.  

The set featured above provides students with full-page opportunities to draw and write.  I use these most often as reading response pages and/or when I want to display our classroom work. They provide a nice space for children to illustrate their writing and room for at least 2 or 3 sentences.  Plus, one set comes with clip art that most of the children enjoy coloring to decorate their page.  

The pages focus on common themes like the gingerbread man, the seasons, the weather, vacations, birthdays, holidays, and more.  These pages can be used alone or as a reading response after covering a book on the topic.  Some of the pages, such as "My favorite character was . . ." were obviously designed with reading response in mind.  

When I display these in the classroom, I like to make a "frame" by mounting them on construction paper.  This requires trimming about 3/4 of an inch from around the pages in order to show the "frame."  Reminder:  trim the writing pages before you give them to students.  If I forget to do this, I always have a couple that decide to draw or write all over the margins!   Of course, you can also just use larger sheets of construction paper, but I find that trimming those is not as convenient.  

I have a 5-page sample set to go with this writing journal.  To try out some pages, please click on the picture below.  
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I hope your students enjoy writing with these!

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Monday, January 27, 2014

FREE! Winter Fun Cut and Color Math and Literacy for Kindergarten

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I certainly have snow on my mind here in Chicago!  So, here's a nice FREEBIE to go with all of our cold weather.  It would be great to use at home or in the classroom on snowy days! 

This set contains 10 pages of cutting, gluing, and coloring winter-themed fun!  Every page is Common Core aligned with the standards listed on each page.  

Here is a list of what is included:

Scarf Spin & Color:  A Words  Students spin a paper clip to land on a word families.  The first students to color 8 words wins!

Skate, Spin, & Color:  E Words Students spin a paper clip to land on a word families.  The first students to color 8 words wins!

Mitten Match  Students cut out CVC words and match them to words that rhyme.

Sight Word Skis  On this page, students color skis according to the number of letters in each sight word.

Keep Warm!  Students sort these words into sets that rhyme.

Winter Fun Sentence Scramble  Here, students cut out a sight word sentence, glue the words in the correct order, then rewrite the sentence.

Sledding Sums of 5 & 6  On this page, students color sleds with addition problems according to the sum of each problem.  

Color Some Snowboards  Students color the correct amount of snowboards in each row.

Hockey:  Tens and Ones  Students cut out the sets of hockey pucks to make each number using tens and ones.

Addition Winter Hats  On this page, students cut out the hats.  They glue the correct amount of hats to show how they solved each addition problem.  

I hope your students enjoy using this set!  

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Bitty Books Bundle and a FREEBIE!

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My son is working on CVC words, so here come the short vowel Bitty Books!  Even though he is just beginning to read a little, he is able to figure out most of the short vowel words on his own.  Plus, he and my students just love how tiny the books are!  One of my students said she was going to read it to her doll because it looked like a doll book!  How cute is that?!

The short vowel Bitty Books are one set from the Bitty Book Bundle.  (Click on the picture above to take a look.)  Each book is only one page to copy!  The student cuts out the pictures at the bottom of the page and matches each picture to the correct word in the book.  Then, the student traces and writes each word and cuts the pages out to make each bitty book.

The short vowel set contains 22 cut-and-glue mini books that cover the following word families:  
The blends/digraphs bitty book set covers the following consonant blends and digraphs:  bl, br, ch, ph, sh, th, wh, cl, cr, dr, fl, gr, ld, lk, lt, mp, pl, rd, rm, rn, sk, sn, sp, squ, st, str, sw, kn, ng, nk, qu, and wr. 
The long vowel set of bitty books covers the following long vowel sounds and word families:  AKE, AME, ATE, AIN, ALE, ANK, EE, EA, EY, ICE, IDE, IKE, INE, OSE, OKE, ONE, OLD, long u, Y as long e, Y as long i, and OW as long o. 
Click on the picture below to download a FREE BITTY BOOKS SAMPLE like the short vowel set.  If you have already purchased this set, don't worry!  I made 2 new ones!  :)
I hope your students enjoy reading these!  

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Valentine's Day Cut and Color for Kindergarten--FREE for a Limited Time!

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I just finished the "Valentine's Day Cut and Color Math and Literacy for Kindergarten."  It has 30 pages of Common Core based math and literacy practice including CVC words, sight words, counting, addition, subtraction, place value, and sentences!  

The best part is that you can GRAB IT FOR FREE ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE!  I'm starting a little early, though.  I'm taking part in the "Facebook Free-for-All" that lasts from the 25th to the 27th.  From now until the 27th, you can click on the Valentine-themed tab on my page to download my Valentine's Day Cut and Color pack for FREE!  You can also take a look to see who else is offering freebies this weekend, although they might not have theirs posted just yet.  The Free-for-All officially begins tonight at midnight!     Sorry, this giveaway has ended.  But you can still follow my Facebook page and watch for other giveaways!  

Be sure to get it this weekend because after the 27th it will become a paid item in my stores!  

Here's a list of what's included in the pack:

Valentine Spin and Color:  A Words 
Valentine Spin and Color:  E Words  
Valentine Spin and Color:  I Words 
Valentine Spin and Color:  O Words 
Valentine Spin and Color:  U Words 
These pages are partner games where students spin and color words from 4 different short vowel word families.  The first person to color 8 words wins!

Monster Valentine Match
Students cut and glue CVC words with words that rhyme.  This page covers all 5 short vowels.

Coloring Valentine Candies
Coloring Candy Heart
Let's Send Valentines!
On this pages, students color candies with sight words according to the number of letters in each word.

It's a Box of Chocolates!
Mail a Valentine!
My Valentine Card Collection!
On each of these pages, students cut and glue 2 sets of CVC words, matching them with words from the same family.  

Valentine Sentence Scramble
Sweet Sentence Scramble
Candy Heart Sentence Scramble
These pages contain scrambled sight word sentences.  Students will cut out the words, form a sentence, glue it on the page, then rewrite the sentence.  

Lovely Lollipops!  Sums of 3 & 4
Valentine Cupcakes to Color!  Sums of 5 & 6
Color the Hearts!  Sums of 7 & 8
Valentine Balloons!  Sums of 9 & 10
On these pages, students color each addition problem according to its sum.  

Color Some Chocolates!
Color Some Candies!
Students color the correct number of items in each row.  There are 10 in each row.  They will be coloring anywhere from 3 to 10 items.  

Coloring Chocolates:  Tens and Ones
Here, students color the correct number of items in each row using groups of tens and ones.  

Counting Chocolates:  Tens and Ones
Happy Hearts!
On these pages, students cut out groups of tens and ones.  They use them to represent numbers 11-20.

Graphing Goodies:  Sight Words
Valentine Graphing:  Sight Words
Students read sight words and count how many of each word they find.  They cut out objects at the bottom to glue on the graph in order to represent the number of words.  

Adding Candies
Adding Valentines
On these pages, students cut out objects.  They use the objects to represent addition problems.  

Eating Chocolates!
Eating Candy Hearts!
Here, students cut out numbers and use them to create subtraction problems.  

I hope your students enjoy this set!  

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Cut-and-Glue Sentences for Winter and a FREEBIE!

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Today, we used pages from my "Cut-and-Glue Sight Word Sentences for Winter" both at home and at school!  My class this year needs more writing practice.  So, when they finished the sheets, I had the students copy the sentences into their writing journals.  They did quite well.  

I have used this set for a couple of years now.  It covers so many things!  These sets help students work on punctuation, capitalization, sight words, grammar and, if you choose, writing.  Plus, they are great to leave for a sub or to keep on hand to fill an extra 15 minutes with meaningful, Common Core based practice!  

I thought it needed a new cover sheet and a few more pages!  Plus . . . I decided to provide a couple of pages for FREE!  Please click on the picture below to download the FREE pages!  

As always, thank you for reading!  
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Penguin Cut-and-Glue for Kinder and a FREEBIE!

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Planning a penguin unit?  These math and literacy pages would be a great addition!  We have been using them at home and in the classroom, meeting Common Core Standards with a little bit of fine motor work, too!  

I found that so many of my students the last few years lacked solid fine motor skills!  My own kids have to help mommy cut coupons (actually a highly coveted job in my house), so the "kid" scissors get a lot of use.  However, I have spoken to many parents over the years who rarely let their child use even safety scissors at home.  So, I try to give students more opportunities to use scissors at school!  

I like it that these activities are "self-checking."  Each page has a limited number of answers (sometimes an extra number or two to make students think).  Therefore, students usually realize an earlier mistake when they have no correct answer left.  Plus, these pages have a limited number of questions/blanks/fill-ins.  Students who need extra practice find them manageable.  They also work well for students who are reluctant writers since only about  half of the pages require writing.  Plus, they also work as homework pages or sub activities!  

Try a few of these cut-and-glue math and literacy activities and see what you think!  Click on the picture below to download a FREE set of 2 math and 2 literacy penguin-themed pages.  

Let me know what you think!  

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Monday, January 20, 2014

Need to Read? A FREEBIE and the Set

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Most of my students (and my 2 oldest at home) are at the point now where they need to just READ, READ, READ!!!   One group needs sight word practice.  Another group needs fluency practice.  My son just needs to spend more time reading!  

So, today I pulled out these winter-themed beginning readers again.   CLICK on the picture to take a look!  They focus on sight words and have repetitive text, making them just right for beginning readers.  There are 2 versions of each book to help you differentiate for those students who can benefit from fluency practice.  

We will be reading them at home this week AND at school.  After my students read them, they will take them home as homework.  The books will be placed in their reading folders when they are returned, ready to read over and over again!

Since I LOVE having lots of little books for my students, I also like to share them. CLICK HERE to visit a previous post with a FREE book to go with this set!  I hope your students enjoy the fun reading practice!  

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Chinese New Year FREEBIE!

Click on the picture above to download my Chinese New Year freebie!  This set is made up of activities that I have used in my classroom for years.  I just gave the set a complete makeover!  

My students make the lanterns every year.  They LOVE painting the characters for the numbers and the lanterns are so easy to make!  Plus, they look very festive hanging around the room.  

This set also includes some tracing pages to laminate for classroom use.  Be sure to include a red (for good luck and happiness) dry erase marker for some character tracing fun!   There are also 2 sets of addition pages both with and without number clues.  

If you like this free set, you will also like my "Chinese New Year Cut-and-Glue Math and Literacy for Kindergarten."  I am leaving it on sale for only $2 until after Chinese New Year, 2014.  Click on the picture below to take a look:  

I hope your students enjoy celebrating the year of the horse with these activities!  
Thank you for reading, 

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Snowman Place Value FREEBIE Game!

I am always looking for more ways for my students to practice place value.  For kindergarten, that means more opportunities to represent the teens using a set of ten and some additional ones.  
For my students who have mastered the teens, I always differentiate the activity (in this case, a game) to include numbers above 20.  So, this FREE "Snow Much Counting!" card game includes 3 sets of cards:  #1-10, #10-20, and #s above 20.  

If you could use another place value activity in your classroom, please click on the picture to download a copy!  

I hope your students enjoy the game!  

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014


First of all, I want to thank everyone who participated in the blog hop this weekend!  As bloggers, we had fun setting it up and collaborating with one another.  I hope you had fun participating!

THE GRAND PRIZE of a $25 TPT gift certificate went to Lisa S.!!!
THE SECOND PRIZE of $25 worth of materials from my store went to Pamela D.!!!

Congratulations to those who won!  
If you would like another chance to win something, "hop" on over to my Teachers Notebook store.  I'm giving away 5 copies of my "Chinese New Year Cut-and-Glue Math and Literacy for Kindergarten" pack.  Click on the picture below to take a look and enter to win!  

Thank you so much for reading, 

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Friday, January 10, 2014

A "Beary" Good Giveaway! Blog Hop

This weekend, we're having a blog hop FULL of giveaways!  All you have to do is enter my giveaway then click on the picture at the very bottom to hop to the next giveaway!  How easy (and fun) is that?!  

My GRAND PRIZE* is a $25 gift certificate to Teachers Pay Teachers.  The winner can use this gift certificate to purchase from ANY teacher-author on TPT!

My SECOND PRIZE* is $25 worth of materials from my Teachers Pay Teachers store--winner's choice!  The winner will take a look through my store and pick items worth $25.  Then, I'll email them a file full of new classroom goodies!  

Here are a couple of recent items from my store that you might want to include if you win!  

Enter for a chance to win my giveaway below. Then, scroll on down and hop over to the next giveaway on 2 Scoops of Kindergarten!  Keep hopping from blog to blog to enter ALL 13 GIVEAWAYS!   

Good luck!

*Open to U.S. residents 18 and older.  Void where prohibited.  Please click on "terms and conditions" of this giveaway to read more.

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Monday, January 6, 2014

A Freebie for a Snowy Day

It's a SNOW DAY here in Chicago!  Well, a snow day AND an it's-too-cold-to-go-out day. What's a teacher to do on those days?  Work on freebies, of course!  And then, have the kids play the game to keep busy!

I actually took an old freebie and gave it a completely new make-over.  My "Winter Color by Sum Freebie" was always a great set of addition games.  Now, it's even better with new graphics and more pages!  It's a fun and engaging way for students to practice addition facts.  Plus, a little coloring (read "fine motor practice") never hurts!

Just click on the picture above to grab a copy of the FREEBIE!  

If you like these games, then click on the picture below to see the whole set:

I hope your kids and/or students enjoy the games!

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Teaching Blog Linky Party!

Simply Kinder is hosting a great linky party for the new year!  It has a list of great teacher blogs that you might want to follow.  Click on the picture above to check out all of the blogs!  

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