Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year! 17 for 17!

Happy New Year! 17 fir 17! I want to start off the new year on a good note, so these 17 top sellers are 50% off! Enjoy!


I'm pretty happy that 2016 is coming to a close. It's been a rough one for many of us. But there have been some fabulous things that have happened in 2016, and I am grateful.

But I'm looking forward to 2017, and I want to start it right! I've decided to put my top 17 items from this year on sale at half off!

They will stay half off until I'm back in school on January 3, 2017. (I might even let them go until the end of the day.)

Here are the items I've got in the mix:

Brain Friendly Addition and Subtraction Fact Practice and Assessent: 

This resource contains everything I use to help my students master basic addition and subtraction facts. It has all 200 basic facts split into 8 different categories for easier learning. (200 at once is too many!) It contains fact cards, brain breaks, assessments, graphs, hints for practice, and an easily differentiated game!


Plus, I have a resource for building multiplication and division facts built on the same principles!




This set uses those Cuisenaire Rods that the kiddos LOVE to practice important math concepts.


This collection has 30 different sentences with a variety of figurative language phrases. Brain Research tells us that connecting the arts deepens understanding, and figurative language is a perfect place to include illustration! This collection is perfect for reviewing concepts, excellent for the "sub tub" and makes great class books!


Do you have students who can't remember when to use an apostrophe and when not to use it? This set will help fix that! It has 4 different games and 2 stories that will help them remember to use the apostrophe correctly!


This is one of my newest products and it has made learning spelling words so much more fun for my students! It has 48 different ways to practice spelling words, which include plenty of "brain friendly" ways including kinesthetic, musical, auditory, and visual learning.



I created this resource at the beginning of the school year because I wanted my own students to start the year off on the right foot. It includes posters (colored and black and white), bookmarks (colored and black and white), student response booklets, suggestions for implementation and self assessments.

Although I started using this at the beginning of the school year, it would be a perfect way to start the new year with a positive attitude and a desire to learn!

For more information about the 17 items that are half off, see HERE.





Saturday, December 17, 2016

Wondering what will keep them engaged the last week before Christmas?

Wondering what will keep them engaged the last week before Christmas? Here are some ideas and resources that will keep even the most rambunctious children engaged!
If you are already on vacation, congratulations for surviving! If you're still going, like I am, you'll be needing something extra special to keep those restless, overtired children engaged!

This week we did some STEM activities from THIS set:


The children had a great time creating face warmers for Santa!

And designing workshops for elves!

Every student was engaged, plus there was learning going on! Their reflections really showed they were learning about the Engineering Process, as well as learning to work as part of a team. I was proud of their achievements!

There's a lot going on this coming week. (Yes, we go through Friday afternoon at 3:30!) I'll be pulling out all the stops with some of my favorite holiday activities. 

We'll be painting, illustrating, and reading some of my favorite holiday stories. We'll also bring in a little Science and Social Studies with THIS resource: 

They'll be reading informational text about the North Pole and about the Aurora Borealis, practicing their mapping skills with a map of the North Pole, sorting Christmas scents, and learning about laws by sorting elf laws.

Besides all this fun, I'll be pulled out of class on Thursday for an IEP meeting, so I'll be assigning some of the pages from THIS resource. 
I can be sure the children will be getting fun practice on important reading, writing, and math skills with these! 

If all else fails, it's time to pull out the glitter! (Yes, I plan to!) Click the image for a link to Amazon. 
Of course, I hate to leave for vacation without being ready for that first week back! Here are a couple of resources I'll be pulling out at the beginning of January! (Click images for links!)







Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Greatest Sum - an Addition Game with Strategy and Fun!

The Greatest Sum - an Addition Game with Strategy and Fun! This game practices adding 2-4 digit numbers with many variations!

Here's a game my students have been playing for years called The Greatest Sum! I've put it together with lots of variations!

The basic game is played with two 2-digit numbers. The children choose one number square at a time, and decide where to place it on their boards. It doesn't take them long to figure out they should put the greater numbers in the tens column, and the lower numbers in the ones column. You can use the numbers included in this package, or you can use tiles, cubes. or other interesting manipulatives and write the numerals 0-9 on them, as I have done in these pictures.


Here's how to play:

1. Place the tiles (or number squares) face down between 2 "Greatest Sum" boards.
2. The first player takes a tile and places it in one of the squares on his board. That player should think about which square might bring them the greatest sum, since he isn't allowed to move it once he lets go!
3. Play continues between the two players until all squares on both boards are filled.
4. Which player has the greatest sum? Players may use paper & pencil, white boards, number grids, a calculator, or mental math to figure out the winner of each round. (Teacher's choice!)

As you can see on this preview, there are plenty of variations to this game!


Click the image to see the full set of this resource!

Click the image below for a freebie sample to try out!


Which player had the greatest sum?







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