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Wishlist Wednesday - Deck of Cards

Wishlist Wednesday is back!!

Each week on Wednesdays, I will be doing a giveaway from some of the most wishlisted items in my store. The giveaway will start on Wednesday morning and end Wednesday night. I will pick the winner Thursday morning when I wake up. 

If you didn't win?? No worries! That item (and all others for those grades, if there are grade specific versions of that item.) will be on sale until Friday night! 


This week it's Math with a Deck of Cards - both the 1st Grade Edition and the 2nd and Up edition!



Here are some pictures of them in action...

I used them as games....



Teaching whole group lessons...



Centers....



and even small group instruction...


They are so great to differentiate too! That way no one has the same "problem" while you are doing informal assessments.

(oy! this picture is SO old.... ha!)


Enter the giveaway below - and check them out in my TpT Store on sale {HERE}


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Wishlist Wednesday - Vocabulary Journal

Wishlist Wednesday is back!!

Each week on Wednesdays, I will be doing a giveaway from some of the most wishlisted items in my store. The giveaway will start on Wednesday morning and end Wednesday night. I will pick the winner Thursday morning when I wake up. 

If you didn't win?? No worries! That item (and all others for those grades, if there are grade specific versions of that item.) will be on sale until Friday night! 


First up is "My Vocabulary Journal."  I love this and we use it almost EVERY day in my room! I think vocabulary is SO important.






Check out {THIS} post to see them in action!

Enter the giveaway below - and check them out in my TpT Store on sale {HERE}




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Painting with Kwik Stix

If you've been a reader of mine for a while, you know that I love painting in my classroom. I use watercolor paints the first week of school even! Yep! With first graders.  So, I wanted to share with you something pretty cool that I have found. 



It's tempera paint...in a stick! 

It dries super quick - see?? You can see Autumn is already touching the grass she just painted.


And the colors are really bright. I love these!  My only wish is that they had a "fine tip" to get the smaller areas, but Autumn makes it work just fine.


These paints are SO great!! I love them for my girls. I love them for school too - NO MORE cups of water and mixed up paints...and dripping from too much water.  And while I think watercolor painting and painting with a paintbrush are still a skill that kids need to learn, I do really like these. 

You can find them at the {Pencil Grip Co.} - who also have some great pencil grips that I've been using with my students this year. I will be back to share more about those later.




Math Assessment Freebie

Today, we finished up our 2-digit math addition without regrouping.

I was pretty impressed with how my kids have really learned their number concepts!! I might be giving myself a pat on the back for this one. haha. That's allowed, right? I'm definitely impressed. 


Next, we are going to be working on 2-digit subtraction without regrouping and THEN 2-digit addition WITH regouping. Oh, the fun!

I wanted some quick assessments for each of these skills, so I could really break it down. Here are a few pages I made real quick, separated into skills, and then there's a mixed skills for the addition one. Click the picture below to download your freebie assessments.


We will be doing a LOT of center activities for the rest of year reviewing past math skills as well as REALLY practicing this 2-digit addition with regrouping. 

Here are some of the math centers we'll be doing for the rest of the year...

These are from my {April Math Centers}





And some activities from my {Addition with Regrouping}.


We are almost to the end, my friends! 24 more days - eek!



Butterfly Week

So, we finished our Oviparous Animal research, writing, and craft this week (along with trying to move along with our butterfly unit!)

Click {HERE} to see the other FUN we had doing oviparous animals.

For this project, we did a little research...



They used these questions to help guide their research.


Then, they turned that into writing. and a little cute craft.



These are some of the activities from my {Oviparous Animals research pack}. 



Annnnnnd, our chicken eggs are ready to hatch!! We also have ducks and geese, but they need another week. I'm pretty darn excited!!


AND, we did our butterfly unit this week.

You can see what we did last year {HERE}.

Here are some of my favorite {Butterfly books} I love to use.

During small groups, we read our Reading A-Z books and had the caterpillars there DOING what we were reading about! So cool to have real life examples!


Some drawing of the butterfly life cycle in their learner's notebooks....which was practice for our final writing we did.


We brought out the watercolor paint to make our own butterflies for our butterfly measurement.


I always love how these turn out!


I got this idea a few years ago from Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten.



We did one of my favorite activities I have done for the last 13 years - {butterfly symmetry} - to go with our butterfly life cycle writing!




Another one of my favorite activities we do - really focusing on transition words.


And we read Charlie the Caterpillar - it's SUCH a cute book! We focused on sequencing, using those transition words....you can see them highlighted.



To grab the freebie writing paper for this activity, click {HERE}. 


We are just waiting for all our insects to work their magic! The caterpillars are in their cocoon. The praying mantis egg sack is hanging up and the ladybug grubs are running around. Still waiting on the ants to arrive.... but we have a nice little "farm" going on here....


And, my friends, we are in countdown mode!! This picture was taken a few days ago, so now we are in the 20s!!! I can NOT believe we are almost to the end. Sometimes i think the year just goes so fast, and sometimes it feels like it doesn't go fast enough - haha!


You can find the 10 Frame board {HERE} and the Calendar activities {HERE}.




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