Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fall Apples: Free Clip Art

I needed some fall apples for a classroom game.  Of course I got a little carried away and made 21 different images!  Please help yourselves if you can use them.
Click here to head over to TpT for this freebie. 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Little Monsters: Freebie Clip Art

Help yourselves to this set of "little monsters".  This set contains 9 pieces of clip art (including the black line original) all 300 dpi, transparent, png files.
Click here to grab this freebie.

Have a great weekend. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

We "Owl" Love Fall: Kids Completed Projects

I completely enjoyed this month's art/craft activity with my little firsties.  Today we worked on the "We Owl Love Fall"  Craft and Literacy Activities.    As promised here are some pictures.

They just had to model their owls for the camera! 

Every child's work was wonderfully unique. 

So dang cute... all of them!

Also, the kids LOVED, LOVED, LOVED -  Fall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka (please see the description here).

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

We "Owl" Love Fall: Super Easy Craft and Center Activities

The little firsties that I am working with LOVE art projects.  This early in the school year, I am finding that simple is the most successful. We "Owl" Love Fall is our next project. We'll be putting the following owls together tomorrow and following up with a 5 senses writing prompt and acrostics poem writing activity.  I am saving the "I Love Fall Because..."  and the Roll and Cover Math Owls for next week. 

Click here to head over to TpT
Click here to head over to TpT

I'll also be reading the following book as an introduction and brainstorming kick-off to the concept of our fall 5 senses.  The rhythm of the text and mixed up concepts makes for a hilarious read and great critical thinking discussion.  It's a hoot!

"Every Septober, Every Octember, Fall fills my senses with scenes to remember." "Bears gather nuts. Geese hibernate. Squirrels fly south in big figure eights." Fall is all mixed up in this silly book from Bob Raczka! Can you find his mistakes in the words and pictures? (Amazon excerpt).

I'll post pictures of the finished products this weekend.
 Happy fall ya all!


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Word Family Work

After three weeks of working with this year's group of firsties it became clear to us that we need to provide some intense practice and review of word families and high frequency words.

Now each day we will have at least one literacy center focusing on the word family of the week, as well as the key high frequency words of the week.  This is followed up with 3-4 days of word family homework activities.   This equates to  a LOT of critical practice and review!

During this first month of school we covered the following word families: "at"; "an"; "it; "ot" and the first 20 high frequency words.  Thirty two activities later I can say that we are seeing some amazing results.

Here is an example of one week's activities


You can pick up a copy of this packet with 32 print and go activities (all Common Core Standards aligned) in my TpT store: 

Have a great holiday weekend.

P.S.  I will be offering this 32 activity packet for FREE on Labor Day, Sept 1, 2014.  Please, please review it.  I would really appreciate the feedback!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Fall is in the Air: Free Clip Art

Yea... fall is around the corner.  In Arizona this basically means that we have a few days under 100 degrees and our swimming pool water no longer feels hot tub warm. 

This is a cause for celebration!  I have created some simple fall clip art that I'd love to share.
Click here to get your free files!  

Have a great 3 day holiday. 

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Elephants Galore!

I've made a set of 24 elephants to use around the classroom as reminder posters.  What can I say, I just thought it would look really cute to see little elephants (with thought bubbles over their heads)  reminding our little one of class rules.

I got started making just a few elephants and got carried away. 

All 24 images are png, transparent, 300 dpi files.  Black line images are included.
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Feel free to copy and use this image

Feel free to copy and use this image

Feel free to copy and use this image

Feel free to copy the three elephants shown on this post.  They are freebies for everyone. 

If you'd like  a copy of the complete clip art set, please leave a comment along with your email address.  I will be selecting 2 winners at random to receive the 24 graphics set. 


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