A Bunny Blog Hop

A Tisket, A Tasket, Freebies for your Basket!
Several phenomenal teachers and bloggers are joining forces for an amazing bunny blog hop!  As you follow us along the bunny trail, you will visit some of your favorite blogs and discover a few new blogs too!  Each with a fabulous freebie just for you!

Thank you for hopping on over to my blog! 

I am filling your basket with math centers to play BUMP! - for both addition and multiplication!  Since it's almost Easter, I have created one board for Easter (pictured below) and three boards with spring themes.  Click here or on the image below to fill your basket!

Thanks for stopping by and visiting!  If you are new to my blog and liked what you see, don't forget to follow me.  A Tisket, A Tasket, next up with a Freebie for your Basket is Teresa from Fun in K/1.  Hop on over!
Fun in K/1

Just in case you didn't join us from the beginning, here is an ordered list of all the participating blogs.

Stephany from Primary Possibilities
Sally from Elementary Matters
Lory from Fun for First
Linda from Primary Inspiration
Nicole from Mrs. Rios Teaches Second Grade
Brian from Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings
Liz from The Happy Teacher
Jennie from JD's Rockin' Readers
Sarah from Learning is for Superstars
Teresa from Fun in K/1
Nikki from Teaching in Progress
Faith from Kindergarten Faith
Renee from Fantastic First Grade Froggies
Amy from Happy Teacher Heaven
Leah from Learn with Leah
Nicole from Teaching's a Hoot
Kristy from The Phonic's Phenomenon
Rich from Mr. Giso's Room to Read
Susanna from Whimsy Workshop
Amy from Motivate to Learn
Lola from Preschool Wonders
Kimberli from Mixing the Next Batch

Happy Hopping!

an Easter freebie

I wanted to share an Easter freebie with you while you may have the chance to use it before Friday!  Our math curriculum maps have the first graders go back each nine week grading period to addition and subtraction, focusing at this point of the year, on writing number sentences.  This has 2 pages of Easter images to write addition sentences.  Place the cards under your document camera or print the recording page for Write the Room!  Click here or on the picture below to grab your freebie!
Be sure to check back later in the week for a special freebie with a blog hop!

random Monday

Today was planned as a staff development day.  Until we got four inches of snow yesterday and another two overnight!  Here's a couple of pictures from yesterday.

this is during the snow; Josh worked on shoveling throughout so we wouldn't get iced in
I just finished by Buggy About Math! {centers} and have it posted here.  The first two to comment about their math unit will receive my center packet for free.  Be sure to leave an email address!

I am helping Mo with her 100 follower giveaway.  Click here or on the image below to go to her blog!  She also has a freebie in her post!

Science Fun & new unit

Timing was perfect to teach our spring weather unit on the week of the first day of spring ... but it's not spring weather here like much of the United States.  We even have a chance of freezing rain and sleet starting tomorrow!

Well, since we typically get a fair amount of rain in the spring, along with thunderstorms, we decided to have some fun.  Here's some pictures of our rain clouds!  I found the activity through this pin.

Since my husband is working today, I worked on my April Unit. Check out the preview file to grab a freebie!

Punctuation Write the Room and "I Spy" Earth Day theme
April Words - 33 words (on 11 pages)
sight word differentiated activities, April Calendar cards, and Subtraction Write the Room
The first TWO to comment and leave email address will receive the unit for free!

Now, I MUST get to report cards!

Easter Math *Freebie*

Just a quick post tonight.  I am working on some new activities for after Easter, but couldn't resist an Easter addition freebie for you!

Just two pages to print and laminate, along with a recording page.  Enjoy!  If you download and use in your room, I would love to hear about it!

educents reminder & Five for Friday!

Have you signed up for educents?  Today is the LAST day to sign up for the $15 gift card.  After today, it is only $10.  Click here or on the picture below to go to their website.

fiveforfridayToday I am linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for my Five for Friday!
1. This week I started centers!  I am also working on third quarter reading assessments, so it has been cRaZy in my room!  Here's a couple pictures of what has been going on.
word work center - spelling names and words from word cards

art center - coloring books after finishing the craft

listening center
2. I am trying to now getting things ready for Easter!  Here is my newly finished Easter Unit.  Click here to see the unit; be sure to download the preview file for a math freebie!

3. What teacher doesn't love free books?!  I received my Scholastic Book order this week and didn't have to pay anything out of my pocket for these books - I used some points and $20 to spend!

4. We have been working on telling time to the hour and yesterday started time to the half hour.  My firsties are excellent math students!  We flew through our math lesson yesterday and I'm so proud of them!

5. Today was our Pinterest party after school.  Several of us get together once a month (or so) to make a craft and eat!  Today we made Easter wreaths.  A lot of fun!
Have a great weekend!


What is your favorite frindle color?

Thanks, Andrea!  Andrea at Reading Toward the Stars and I are sharing about Frindle today!

Frindle?  What is a frindle?  Well ... we are reading Frindle by Andrew Clements for our Community Read.  Our school and public library have created a reading program to include our parents in reading with the school.  Each family received a copy of Frindle along with a schedule to read between one and two chapters each evening.  Questions are asked each morning on our announcements from the previous evening's reading for children and faculty/staff to answer, hoping for a chance to win a prize!

When I taught 4th grade, Frindle was one of my favorite novels!  We read it almost every year and I loved the story more and more as the years passed.  This story has great vocabulary words: monopoly, reputation, origin, acquainted, launch, oath, forbid, overreact, vandalism, mastermind, consumers, and rascal.  One year I asked my children to write letter to the author, Andrew Clements.  I wish I had made copies of some of them, as the children shared how much they loved the story and now wanted to read without being told!  We received a letter in return, along with this for the front of my copy of Frindle!  Needless to say, the kids went nuts!

A few years ago our staff development was based on the QTL model.  We were asked to create an activity to use in our classroom out of a box.  Here is what I made.  {The above picture is also part of the box.}  This is a fantastic idea for a book report!
You could also have your children write a summary on another side or his/her favorite part.

I have a freebie to share with you, in case you use this story.  One of my assignments was to have the children create an advertisement to sell frindles.  Click on the image below or here to grab yours!

If you haven't read Andrea's post about Frindle, please click here to go to her blog!

Techy Teacher Tuesday - Famous American Edition

Today I am linking up with Katie, the Queen of the First Grade Jungle for Techy Teacher Tuesday!

We are finishing our Famous American unit this week.  Today's review was on the Smart Board.
match name to picture
concentration - find name and picture to match
match descriptions to the famous American; has a "check" button on the top!
vortex sort {one of our favorites!}; will automatically check student work

This unit is in my TpT store and is free!  Click here to get it from my store!

a math freebie

I haven't had a freebie since the beginning of the month and thought it was time!  Sorry for neglecting you!

We started our time unit today and my fantastic firsties did an amazing job on telling time to the hour.  This class has demonstrated over and over again how much they remember from kindergarten and are ready to step it up a notch!  I wasn't willing to dump my plans for the next couple of days to jump into the next set of lessons because I have a couple of kiddos who have struggled in math this year and I don't want to leave them behind.

So I slipped into the computer lab to work in peace and quiet {which lasted for a couple of minutes because I found people to talk to! :)} and came up with this.

This is being added to tomorrow's math lesson!

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