Friday, November 23, 2012

It's a Gingerbread Holiday!

To get in the holiday spirit, I thought it would be appropriate to begin making some Christmas classroom materials. I might be a little biased, but the math activity pack that I just made is super cute and I can't wait to use it in a few short weeks!! If you are on the lookout for some fun and effective math activities or centers to use right before winter break, look no further! 

It's a Gingerbread Holiday - Math Activities & Centers
It’s a Gingerbread Holiday - Math Activities & Centers includes seven different math centers and/or activities to use with your class! Plus they are all aligned with the Common Core Standards....BONUS!!! :)

1. Gingy Memory Match - using ten frames and numbers 1-10.
2. Help the Baker Decorate Gingy - Composing & Decomposing Numbers 3-5.

3. I Have, Who Has with Santa Gingy & the Elves - Extra "finish" cards are included to work for any group size.

4. Roll & Cover the Snowballs - 3 mats for 1 dice and 3 mats for adding 2 dice together; students cover the number they roll with a counter or other manipulative until all numbers are covered.

5. Gingy Match Mats - mats have ten frames and are covered with the correct number; number cut-outs are included.

6. Hurry! Color the Blocks Before the Holidays! - 2 color by shape worksheets; shapes included are circle, triangle, square, rectangle, & hexagon

7. Help Santa Gingy Make it Down the Chimney - Hundreds Chart Writing Practice - a blank and fully completed hundreds chart are accompanied by two partially finished hundreds charts.

I hope you like what you see, maybe even enough to hop on over to my TPT store to download it for yourself! Happy Holidays to all of you and thank you for stopping by!! Hopefully I will have more holiday materials for writing and reading coming soon, but for now my eyes are taking a break from this computer screen! :)

- Mrs. Berns

Clipart was purchased through Scrappin Doodles. Fonts are from Rowdy in Room 300 & Kevin and Amanda.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Calendar Notebooks

So the night my Thanksgiving break begins and I get home from school, what do I do?! Relax? Yeah, maybe just a little! Somehow I found the inspiration to create a little something for our calendar time at school. This is part of my day that my kids and I have struggled with this year and we are always changing it to try to keep them engaged. We started the year off doing the traditional calendar, but we then switched to doing it on the smart board. I felt like we are able to do more with it and get more out of it. I still feel like something is lacking though, so I decided to make a Calendar Notebook for the kids. This way, everyone will get to participate in calendar time hands on. I'm anxious to see how this will work and how they will like it. Check out my Calendar Notebook at my TPT store to grab your own copy. 

Calendar Notebooks

What have you done with your calendar time? Please share your ideas in the comments below. 

- Mrs. Berns

Monday, November 12, 2012

Giving Thanks

There is so much to be thankful for these days for sure! I know that with this being my first year of teaching, I have even more to be thankful for. I have an amazing staff and principal to work with, a wonderful support system, kids that make me laugh everyday (no matter how rough the day might be), days off like today, Thanksgiving break right around the corner, and oh so much more!!! :) I am also thankful for my friend, Jennifer Brown, for inspiring me to start my TPT store. For those of you who don't know about TPT stores, it is a website called teachers pay teachers. Teachers from all over create awesome things and share them on the website. Some things are free and others cost a small amount of money (usually). Why not try to sell some of the stuff you are making for your kids anyway? Right?! 

Well, with this long 3-day weekend, I couldn't think about much else. I finally got started...purchased some different clip art packages to start jazzing up my creations. I love, love, love to make things on my computer that are cute and useful in my classroom. Now finding the time to really hit on the cute part is minimal, but somehow when I have a load of planning to do and a free weekend I manage to make the time....apparently! :) I still wish I had better programs to use, more "extra" money to spend on cute clip art, and of course extra time to spend creating, but what I have now will do...

The good news is, the things I created this weekend I get to use this week in my classroom! Sooo....technically I have been productive, but maybe not in the most effective way!

If you are interested, I would LOVE for you to check out my TPT store, take a look around at the few items I have posted, share with a teacher you know, and by all means download or pin something if you like it!! Since I'm just getting started, I can use all the help I can get! In advance, THANK YOU for helping out this teacher! I appreciate it more than you know!!

A little picture preview of two items I created today:

Please leave any comments or suggestions below. THANKS for stopping by and have a super week...the countdown to Thanksgiving is on!

- Mrs. Berns