Saturday, October 27, 2012

Spooktacular Sale!

Thanks to Abby at The Inspired Apple for making this adorable graphic!

I am joining in in the Spooktacular Savings Sale on TPT with dozens of your other favorite bloggers! From now through Sunday October 28th, everything in my store will be 20% off. You can find my best selling product, Shapes Galore for the Common Core, and an ABC Order Sort Literacy Pack! Head over here to my store by clicking on one of the two photos below to take advantage of the 2-day sale!

Shapes Galore for the Common CoreShapes Galore for the Common Core

I'll be back next week to share all the fun things we did for Halloween/Fall!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

{Shapes Galore for the Common Core!} Teaching Unit

I am excited to announce a new product I just posted on TeachersPayTeachers and Teacher's Notebook... Shapes Galore for the Common Core! This unit includes fun activities and resources for 2D and 3D shapes and meets the common core standards! This unit is perfect for teaching and reinforcing skills about shapes. It includes posters, word wall cards, and math ring vocab cards for 2D shapes and fun activities such as shape hunts, spinner games, sorting mat/pocket chart activities for 2D/3D shapes, and more! Check out the two preview images below:

You can click on the cover page below to take you to the product in my TPT store, or click on any of the two links to my stores in the right sidebar on my blog.
Shapes Galore for the Common Core

Along with using the resources from my unit, here are a few other shape activities I did with my kiddos. To learn about shapes and their attributes (how many sides, etc.) we create a fun shape people book. When they create the shape people, they have to make the eyes, nose, and mouth into whatever shape the body is. Here's a sample from the "square" page in my teacher created book:

We also do a lot of work in interactive math journals. To make life easier with labeling pages to show what activity we are working on, I just print the words on sticky mailing labels and there is no gluing involved! When we were learning about hexagons, since they are super tricky for my kinders to draw, they each got a plastic shape manipulative and traced them all over the page. The 3D shape (cube) attributes and circle map page shown next to the hexagon page is included in my new shapes unit!

To continue on with 3D shapes, we sang this poem often and the kids would take turns holding each 3D shape in the air whenever they heard the name of the shape read aloud.
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And we used marshmallows and round toothpicks (they're not sharp) to build 3D shapes! They LOVED building these!

Hopefully you can use some of these activities in your own classroom! Thanks for checking out my unit on TPT! :)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Currently October!

It's October already, which means... time for the Currently Link-Up with Farley over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade! I really can't believe it's time for October and Fall and pumpkins and everything that goes with it because it is still a cool 100 degrees here in the desert. I'm so ready for jackets and crisp weather but we won't get it for awhile here so I'll live vicariously through you all!