Sunday, June 30, 2013

Tens & Ones Noodle Fun

I just had a blast!  Where did I go you ask?  The Dollar Tree- a store with wonderful treasures all for under $1.00.  Here is my latest find-

**  Pool Noodles-  You may have seen this somewhere on Pinterest but I was new for me.  As I was helping my friend Deb, soon to be my newest BFFF (BFF in First), pack her new closet & and new room, I discovered these pool noodles.  "What do you do with these?" I asked.  She explained that you use one full noodle as a ten.  You then cut up one noodle into 10 equal parts to be the ones.  You can even bundle ten noodles together to make 100. 

Wow!  A legitimate reason to go to Dollar Tree (which in my opinion is the best Dollar Store ever)!  I find the noodles in all different colors, but lime green goes best with my Froggy Theme.  So I bought 11 of them. On the way home, I'm thinking that these will be great for math centers and for Everyday Counts and..., then my husband says "Where are you going to store all these noodles?"

Hmm, since my room is already almost filled to the max with wonderful teaching tools, he did have a valid point.

So we tried cutting (with a large kitchen knife) the noodle in 1/2 for a ten and then cut the 1/2 into 10 equal pieces (6 cm) for the ones.  Voila-- Same concept in a more compact size.  Here is a ten and a "bundle" of ones. The 10 ones fit nicely in a large Ziplock bag.

Now I have enough to count to the 100 day count and 180 days of school. So there you have it- and best of all, it is Banditt  and Snoopy approved!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Bloglovin' Fun & Giveaway! Follow my blog with Bloglovin

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Welcome to Bloglovin'!  As Google Reader ends on July 1st this is the best way to keep up on your favorite Blogs. 

I will be giving away 2 of my new Tricky Turtle Matching Fun with "ur" Words

Step 1. Click on and and click on "Join Bloglovin".

Step 2. At the top left of my blog page there is a button to Follow this blog with bloglovin', click the + sign and you are now my follower. Yay!! 

Step 3.  Leave me a comment below with the name you are using to follow me with your email address.

I will choose 2 lucky people on Monday, July 1st in the evening to receive the Giveaway.  Good Luck!!

If you want more information about Bloglovin' go to Tori's Teacher Tips.  She gives you step by step instructions on using Bloglovin'.  There is also a list of blogs you will want to check out.

Have fun hopping around the great blogs!

Monday, June 24, 2013

R-Controlled Vowels Super Duper Fun

Hello there friends-
I have been busy creating 5 new Fun And Easy Matching Games for the ar, er, ir, or, ur sounds.  Each set has a different theme and several activities to reinforce the sounds.  These sets are Common Core aligned and easy to use.  My first set is Matching Fun With "ar" Words.
There are 56 full color cards for the students to match the picture to the correct word.  There is a recording sheet included along with follow-up work.  The answer keys are also included to make this activity self-checking or as a quick way for you to check mastery of the standard.

If you have any suggestions on how to help students master the "ar" sound, please leave me a comment.  I'd love to hear from you. Keep following for information on my next Fun & Easy package.