Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tippy Toe Chick Go Rebooted

Thanks to Heidi over at Swamp Frog for the shout out. I noticed docstoc has started asking for a membership fee for downloading so I’ve uploaded all the files for Tippy Toe Chick Go into googledocs.  Have a great Saturday! Click on the picture for the lit pack.

Tippy-Toe Chick, Go!


Click below for the Word Work pack


Saturday, March 24, 2012

Spring Fling Winners, a Freebie and a Correction!

Note: If you purchased my Spring Fling Kit there was an error in the story problem booklet. Please re-download the corrected version. So sorry and thanks so much Angela for catching that.



Were Going on an Egg Hunt
Congrats ladies!
If you didn’t win…don’t worry. Click below to grab your copy of a quick little Spring math station I whipped up. Clip art courtesy of Just So Scrappy Too.


If you download please consider following me, liking me on Facebook or leaving some feedback. Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring Fling

I’ve been on Spring Break this week and I promised myself I’d stay away from all things having to do with technology…I said I’d try, didn’t say I could actually do it. Each evening I found myself sitting at my computer planning games and activities for the coming weeks. Here’s some of what I accomplished. Check out my new Spring Fling Math Stations Kit.

I’m giving two lucky followers a chance to win this kit. Just leave a comment about why you love Spring. If you don’t like Spring leave a comment anyway. Winners will be chosen Saturday evening.

Anybody else checking out Hunger Games this weekend???? Have a great Friday!


Monday, March 19, 2012

A bag of Skittles, a can of tea and a phone.

This was all this young man had in his possession when he was killed by a neighborhood watch leader.

Click here to read more.
Click here to sign the petition.
I see the faces of all the young male students I’ve taught over the last 19 years. Such an unnecessary tragedy.
I debated about this post…but it was too important not to.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

St. Patty’s Day Freebie

Happy Sunday! I didn’t snap lots of pictures this week…boo. It’s been kinda crrrrrr-aaaaaaa-zy!

But here’s a freebie for you. Click on the picture if you’d like to partake. I have one more week then it’s Spring Break !!! Yeah Baby!!! Leave some love why don’t cha. Have a great week!


Friday, March 2, 2012

Think Math: Number Line Hotel

As you know I’m on my district’s math textbook selection committee and last week we heard from Think Math. The presenter displayed this…and I was like... Man! A number chart that makes sense! I love it! Higher numbers are higher…you don’t go down the chart to find ten more. The numbers are stacked in chunks of ten, the teen numbers are together. When adding ten the students can see it’s basically a vertical jump up..which makes more sense than going down to add ten. Maya Angelou says: “When you know better, you do better”. Thoughts anyone????

In other math news…this year I’ve really been researching the best practices in math instruction. In addition to the other books I’ve shared , I’ve found three new books that have really helped my  instruction. They’ve helped me  cultivate ways to get my first graders thinking critically about math. They’ve also helped to nurture wonderful classroom conversations around problem solving. Check them out if you have the chance. I hope to be back tomorrow with some freebies for my peeps, and give you a peek at our week. Happy Friday!
Math Matters: Understanding the Math You Teach Grades K-8, 2nd Edition

Classroom Discussions: Using Math Talk to Help Students Learn

How to Assess While You Teach Math: Formative Assessment Practice and Lessons, Grades K-2: A Multimedia Professional Learning Resource