Saturday, December 31, 2011

Oh Baby, It's Cold Outside

Here is my new Winter Unit for you to use during the month of January.  It has great activities to use in your math and literacy stations.  Included in this unit are 4 math activities and 4 literacy activities.  The math activities include time, place value, true/false addition, and fact families.  The literacy activities include ABC order, making words from the word "winter", a contraction sort, and an opinion writing prompt.

Visit my TPT store for this very cute winter unit and some other winter downloads for you!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Another FREEBIE for YOU!!

Hey all!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year.  As you are preparing for the first day back to school I thought it'd be nice to share some of my new creations with you.  Here is a Santa play-doh mat FREEBIE for you.  

I've been using play-doh in my math and literacy centers but didn't have anything for them to use as a mat.  So I decided to make something that would help keep the mess off of the floor and also to keep my kiddos on task while at their station.  I hope that you can use this in your classroom (probably next year of course).  

I have also posted a similar play-doh mat that I have geared toward January activities. 

You can purchase it here  at my TPT store for only $1.  I appreciate any comments and feedback that you may have.  :-)  I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.  Check back soon for my new WINTER UNIT!!! 

Saturday, December 24, 2011

December Freebies



As promised, my very first unit will be free.  It is a 52 page gingerbread unit containing math and literacy activities that follow the Common Core State Standards.  I appreciate any feedback you may have :-)

Click the picture above to download this entire unit for FREE!!!        
 Some of the activities that are included in this fun and exciting Gingerbread Unit are shown below:

I hope you enjoy this freebie.  Please leave feedback or comments, I really appreciate any advice you may have to improve my products.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Measuring with Gingerbread Men

So this week, we did some measuring activities with our gingerbread people. We measured small objects such as our pencil, our journals, and ourselves. We also measured longer distances in the classroom with the choice of a mommy, daddy, or baby gingerbread. We measured how many gingerbread people it took to get to several different places in the classroom.

We also used gum drops to measure the height of each of our gingerbread people.

These fun gingerbread measuring activities really got my kids excited about the holiday season!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Gingerbread Unit Preview

We began our gingerbread unit today and let me just tell you how thrilled the kids were to learn about something so tasty!  :-)  Here are a few of the activities that we completed today.  These materials will be included in the FREE Gingerbread Unit that will be coming soon!  All you have to do is follow this blog and you will receive the entire unit full of math and literacy activities for free.
Gingerbread Men Tree Map
Students completing their tally graph.

 Students completing their bar graph using the data from the tally graph.

Do you like the taste of Gingerbread??

I was surprised at how many students actually liked the taste of gingerbread.  We'll see if their decision changes when they eat some this week.  I hope you all have a great rest of the week.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Crazy Shoppers

So my husband and I decided to take advantage of the Black Friday Deals at Walmart this year.  I'm not sure if it was a good idea but it was a crazy idea.  I was pretty calm until I became elbow to elbow with those Crazy Shoppers that don't like to follow the "rules".  I guess that's the teacher in me, that always wants things to go by the rules and make sure everyone else is following them too.  In the end, we came away with $300 worth of toys for just over $100.  I'm not sure if I'll ever offer to go through that was absolute chaos!  Be safe out there with those Crazy Shoppers! 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving and Welcome to Our Sweet Success teaching blog.  I am very excited to begin blogging and can't wait to share all of the fun things that are happening in my classroom.  While I'm visiting my family up north, I will hopefully have some time over the weekend to finish the activities that I have been working on to post for you.  My very first teaching unit posted will be free for all those who subscribe to our new blog, so check back here soon for more details. In the meantime, you can subscribe to our blog by email.