Thursday, July 30, 2015

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

I'm so glad you stopped by.

Cupcakes Words 
Is a quick, cheap, easily changed word work center for your students.  This center can be differentiated for your students' abilities and quickly changed for your themes or the seasons.

Family Dollar had the pans 2 for $1.00, perfect!  I bought two sets so I would have 24 words at a time.  

Cupcake papers come in fantastic colors and a variety of styles for holidays and occasions.

Write your words on each cupcake paper.  
Place the papers in the cupcake pan.
I like to use milk jug caps for game markers.  I have a huge bunch of milk jug caps in my stash, thanks to many friends and family.  Confession time, my OCD side has the caps sorted by color!

Partner activity - Students take turns reading a word.  When they read a word the student will place a marker in that space.  Play continues until one of the players has 4 markers in a row.

Independent activity 1 - Student will put the words in alphabetical order.

Independent activity 2 - Teacher will create a set of words on milk jug caps.  Student will match the words on the caps with the words in the cupcake pan.

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Made It

Tara is a great host for the weekly 
Monday Made It!

He's here!  - my/our first grandson.  Of course this isn't my made it but a lot of my prayers went into my daughter's pregnancy.  No long story but little Jarrett is a miracle (like all precious little ones).

Popsicle Stick Patterns - check it out here.
If you have visited my blog for 
Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style
you've already seen these.

This is not a made it but more of a "do it".
Do you love organization and order?  You have to stop by  This is an unbelievable site!!!  Tons of ideas for your home, your body, and she even has a section for teachers.  
Stop in and visit the FlyLady, you'll be glad you did.

Have a great week!

Don't forget to stop back on Thursday for -

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Thanks for stopping by for a new 
Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style post.

If you have been reading my blog for a little while you know that I am into finding ideas and ways to reuse items that might be thrown away.

Check your recycle boxes for numbers.  Cut out the numbers and start a collection.  You can see the many different numbers and styles of print that I was able to find.

"What are you going to do with them?" you might ask.  
Check it out...

I added the post it note symbols 
and created 
a great center for my math workshop!

You can use the greater than/less than/equal to monster with your numbers also.  For example, in the mouth of the greater than monster put the number 12.  This means that on the other side of the monster you will sort through the numbers to find numbers that are less than 12.  Set out the center and let your kiddos explore!

Wow for zero dollars you just created a super math center!

Enjoy your week,

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style


You're in for a treat!

Each Thursday I would like to bring you a new thrifty idea or maybe two that you can use in your classroom.

As part of this series, I would love to feature you as a guest blogger or link to a thrifty post you have.  

I hope you will join me on this thrifty journey.

Popsicle Sticks are a classroom staple.  I was able to grab a couple bags of colored sticks at Family Dollar.  Each bag was a dollar.

My sweet TpT partner (aka my daughter, Rachel) created this Popsicle Stick Pattern freebie just for you!  Visit our TpT store for your free copy, remember to comment if you can.
The Popsicle Stick Pattern activity is wonderful to use during your math workshop.  Students work independently to replicate the pattern on the cards.   The set includes 30 different pattern cards.  You will need red, blue, green and yellow popsicle sticks.

You'll probably have some extra sticks after you make your freebie so why not make these little cuties!  Greater Than/Less Than/ Equal To Monsters...

All you need are popsicle sticks, white fun foam, and wiggle eyes.  You could have your students decorate the monsters.

Have a Thrifty Thursday!  

Don't forget to stop by next Thursday for another thrifty idea or two.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Monday Made It

Thanks, Tara!  Monday Made It always has soooo many great ideas for back to school.

This week was another week spent on prepping for Triton Academy (my upcoming presentation with Linda).

My number one this week is using recycled boxes for math puzzles.  This is a great activity because you can easily differentiate the puzzle for each math group you work with. Here is my sample,  I chose to use an equation, tens & ones addition sentence, and the answer.  You can use number words, missing addends, and more.  The puzzles are self checking when the student turns the pieces over.

 Original idea can be found at .

Next I worked on the Pattern/Sorting/Addition Sticks.  Just glue the magnet strips to the jumbo craft sticks.  Add paper clips and you're ready to go.  I used the regular size paper clips but the large paper clips would work well for smaller hands.

Your students can use this to solve addition problems, create patterns, or use all the sticks to sort. I plan to use my set when I meet with my small groups during math workshop time.

The original idea came from

Don't you love summer when everything starts to bloom and you find something new in your garden every day? 

Finally, we enjoyed having two of our daughters home for the weekend along with some of their friends.  A beautiful day on Green Bay in northeastern WI.  Perfect weather for water fun and then a little relaxing with, of course, technology but still outside.

I almost forgot --- check back later in the week for my Thrifty Thursday -  Teacher Style post.

Enjoy your week!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Monday Made It

Thanks a bunch, Tara for hosting!

     I have a freebie just for you!  A 2015-2016 plain and simple calendar.  The calendar begins August, 2015 and ends with July, 2016.  This calendar will be great for your organizational binder.  I print several copies in different colors - one is my main calendar, the others I use to document behaviors, record lesson timelines, or to plan specific centers for the month.

     Visit my TpT store for your FREE calendar!

     Here is  project that I will be giving away at an upcoming class Linda (my teaching partner) and I will be presenting.

     Every year Linda and I teach at the Triton Academy here in northeastern WI.  As part of our class we try to turn recycled items into hands on manipulatives for PreK-2nd grade classrooms.  This year our focus is on math.  

     What can I do with 50+ lids from juice containers?  Take a look!  The lids are easy for smaller hands to manage.  I used 1" diameter permanent mailing labels from Avery.  Super easy to make, the hardest part was collecting all the lids.  Ask your friends and family to save the lids they will be happy to give your their trash!

     Since I will soon be Grandma to a new baby boy, here is the quilt I've made for him.  We are waiting word on his arrival any day.  My bags are almost packed and the car is full of gas and ready to go!  Can you tell this first time grandma is excited?

     I have updated my Exploring Maps Activity Packet.  Take a look.  The packet is printer friendly with black and white. The test is updated as well as the continent and ocean swat game.

Have a blessed week!