November 2012Tales from Outside the Classroom: November 2012

Frames, Borders, Christmas, and a SALE

Are you getting into the Christmas spirit?  I am!   Christmas is my favorite holiday and I'm usually all about it way before Thanksgiving.  I generally put my tree up the week before Thanksgiving but this year it's still not up.  I'm hoping to get it up some time this week but I've just not been excited about it yet.  I think it's the warm weather we've had.  I've only worn my winter coat twice so far.  But, things have changed the last couple days and I think I'm ready for hot chocolate and Christmas music!  I've got some Christmas goodies a little farther down :)

I've continued my clip art creating spree.  I think because it's new and different for me.  Plus, I've started seeing my stuff pop all over and it's a super exciting feeling!  I've posted about them here and there but here's some of my newest creations!  You can click on any of the pictures to head to TpT to check it out.

I've created a few different sets of page borders.  I JUST created some doodle ones.  I feel like you can see my shaky hand all over it, but I know people like that quirkiness.

 I've also created a few different sets of electronic ones.

I also created these scalloped ones in different colors.

And these zig zag ones are free in my store.

I've also been creating some frames.  Do you call them frames?  I'm not sure what to call them.  You see them a lot on product covers and they're so cute for that.  I use them at work on the front of binders too.

 I called these Black and White and Red All Over.  And then I realized I didn't make them in white.  And then I realized that I lost my original file.  So, ignore the name, they're still cute. :)

And, I've also been working on some Christmas clip art the last few weeks too.  I started with these free digital papers.

And then I wanted a not so bright set so I created these.
After I was done, I made this one.  It's not in the pack so you can grab it here for free.
 I created some frames, for free, that go with that paper pack.  I hate when colors don't exactly match so I made sure these did.  They're featured here on white paper or with some of the papers from the pack.  If you do steal them from here, please make sure to give me credit.  Otherwise, you can click on any of the pictures to head to my store to download the frames for free.

And I also JUST created these Christmas page borders.

AND, finally, I'm excited to announce that I'm participating in the TeachersPayTeachers Cyber Monday plus Tuesday sale!  Most of my store will be 20% off.  If you use the code cmt12 at checkout, TpT will give you an additional 10% off!  Put items in your wishlist now to keep the process smooth those two days!
Thank you to Ashley from The School Supply Addict for the adorable graphic!

I've also linked up with some PHENOMENAL bloggers.  I'm always so impressed with what they create.  Check out their stores and get ready for the sale!

Workin on Number Sense

Have I shared with you that I have two groups focusing on number sense?  These are the kiddos who aren't quite "getting" numbers.  They are second and third graders.  I realized last week that while my third graders can carry and borrow {they understand the rules} they don't understand WHY they're doing it.  I have my work cut out for me!

When my second graders come in, I'm finishing up with another group.  So I have them add to my "Show Me What You Know" board where I ask them to show me one way to make a number.  I tell them that they have to show me a different way than has already been shown but do allow them to use different addition or subtraction facts.
I got this great poster that looks like paper from Dollar Tree and I just laminated it so we could write on it.  I keep one number up for a few days and then swap it out.

I started off by using the primary version of Number Detectives from Queen of the First Grade Jungle.  You can click on the picture below to head to her post about it and to get it for free!
I love it because it reviews so many different skills.  And it gives me so many teachable moments with the kids. It was a great baseline for me and I throw another one in every couple weeks as a sort of progress monitoring.

We've been working on place value and really understanding what it means.  We keep talking and practicing and using base ten blocks and I'm hoping it sticks soon!  I created these Snowman Math centers to work with them on for the next few weeks before our next assessment.
They're focusing on adding and subtracting, number order, and standard and expanded form.  There's also a page where students practice a variety of skills including adding and subtracting ten and showing it with place value.  I targeted these skills based on my students NWEA results but I'm hoping they work for many of you.  You can check it out in my TpT store by clicking on the cover below.

I also made more missing number hundreds grid puzzles.  This time I made a cute snowflake border.  They're completely black and white to save on ink :)  There are ten different pages.  They're great printed, laminated, and used as a center.  We'll be using these as well.  You can click on the pictures below to head to TpT and download it for FREE!

Oh, and I got this bad boy finished today.  I've been wanting to make a yearlong set of my 2nd grade Common Core math warm ups and just haven't had the time.  Just like the first one it has 40 different pages and has a spiral review of *almost* all of the second grade Common Core math standards.  It follows the same format as all of the others in the set.  I'm hoping to get two more sets done while I'm off this weekend.  This is my best seller and I've had a ton of requests for additional sets.  Check it out.
I'm also linking up with Sunny Days in Second Grade for Show & Tell Tuesday with all these winter goodies!
Alright, that's enough for me today!  What do you use to work on number sense with your kiddos?  Any resources I need to be sure to know about?

Turkeys: Thanksgiving Resources

I finally got some focus in myself today and finished the first grade version of my turkey color by sight word sets.  You can click the picture below to download it.
You can click here to check out my last post with the sets for the pre-primer and primer words.  Or, you can click the picture below to head to TpT to download all of them for free.
I wasn't on the Thanksgiving ball at all {I sorta head straight for Christmas} but some of my friends have some great Thanksgiving items that you should check out!

Nicole from Rowdy in Room 300 has this great color word Thanksgiving book for free.  Click the picture below to head to her blog to check it out!

My friend Kelley from Teacher Idea Factory has a cute writing freebie on her blog that you should grab.  Just click the picture below to head there and check it out.

I hope you all have a fantastic week!  I'm working Mon-Wed, but we get to go home with the kids early on Wednesday.  Are you off all week?

Thanksgiving Ideas for Home and School

First up, I'm so excited to be joining in on First Grade and Fabulous's Holiday Recipes linky party.
So, the first recipe I'm sharing with you is for Apple Pie Moonshine.  I understand that it may not be a typical Thanksgiving recipe.  But, I know that many of you need some help to make it through the holidays so this might be the perfect addition to your recipe collection!  Plus, it's delicious!  
It's seriously one of my favorite drinks ever.  I will warn you, though.  It's addicting.  And you can't taste the Everclear.  And then you stand up.  And maybe fall down.   Consider yourself warned!

I'm not a complete alcoholic though, so I do enjoy some other types of Thanksgiving food.  I'm not a pumpkin pie fan.  (Gasp!  Shock!  How un-American of me!)  The texture is just too slimy for me.  But I like the taste of pumpkin.  One of my favorite things to make is pumpkin roll.  I just use the recipe from Libby's. You can find it by clicking the picture below.

I also make pumpkin cheesecake.  I have NO idea where I got this recipe from.  It's the first recipe that I had tried and it's the one I still use.  I sent it to a friend 7 years ago so I know I've had it at least that long.  Hence why I have no clue where I got it.

There are some great recipes being shared!  Click the first image to go see the other posts and steal some great recipes.  Thank you to DeAnne for hosting it!

Speaking of Thanksgiving, my Easter color by sight words with Dolch words were a HUGE hit.  It's been awhile and I saw this adorable turkey clip art from The School Supply Addict and was inspired to make more.

I got the Pre-Primer set finished first.  There are 6 different pages.  Each page has 5 new words.  It's clearly not all of the words on the list but I tried to ensure I included the words that weren't phonetic.

 I also got the Primer set finished.  There are 7 different pages on this one since there are more words.

You can click on any of the pictures to download the sets for free.

For additional pages check out my next post here.

Random #2

My post a few days ago was pretty random.  This one is no different.  At work I'm feeling stressed and that I'm running like a chicken with my head cut off.  I can't get a firm enough grasp on everything to make the plans I want to make.  So, you all get to see the ADD-oh-look-it's-sparkly thought process until I get settled down.

First, I've become OBSESSED with fonts.  Like obsessed.  Today, while I've been waiting for my brakes to finish getting fixed, I went through all of my fonts checking them out and reminding myself why I downloaded them in the first place. If you haven't seen the fonts from Rowdy in Room 300, you seriously should hurry and go download them all.  For free.  Girl has some serious font-making-skills.  Here's a few of my favorites but she has lots more!

She's also a fantastic kindergarten blogger.  I know many of you are kindergarten teachers so if you are, hop on over and check out her blog to follow her.  She has some great freebies on there I know you'd love!
I'm still on my digital paper and clip art kick.  Last weekend I created these striped digital papers.  
There are fifty different papers.  I'm a big fan of anything striped (and painted stripes in my last living room!) and so I'm in love with these.  I like the subtle color difference in many of the papers.  I know I'm going to be using them often!  You can click the picture above to head to my TpT store to check them out.
My first grade teachers asked for some help in creating posters for reality and fantasy.  They liked some of the ones they'd found on Pinterest, but many weren't realistic enough to show the difference between reality and fantasy.  I thought it would be most meaningful if what was used for the reality poster was something they could really relate to.  So, I asked one of our middle school students to be a model for our poster.  I didn't want her picture to be going all over cyberspace, so I thought I'd make the posters editable.  That way, you can insert your own picture of a student.

You can download it from my TpT store for free by clicking the images above.  It's saved as a Powerpoint file so you must have that to open it.  All you need to do is open, insert, picture, and select the picture you'd like to use.  It's easy peasy.
I'm hoping to get some pictures taken this week to share with you.  I get so busy with my kiddos that I don't think about it!