Saturday, 23 July 2016

100 Chart Puzzles for the Whole Year!


Hi friends! 

Today is the last day of Christmas in July!

I am joining with the sweet Blog Hoppin girls to celebrate, by putting one of my favourite packets on SALE!

100 chart puzzles are a very easy way to differentiate for every learner in your K-3 classroom! These puzzles will encourage students to become very familiar with the position and placement of numbers on the 100 chart, counting forwards and backwards, numbers before/after and counting on and off the decade.


You can differentiate by using plain or numbered base boards and also cutting the puzzle pieces into different arrangements. 


Once you have your varying levelled piece sets (just put into baggies), just switch out the base boards and you have a whole year of engaging and differentiated activities!



Find my Year of 100 Chart Puzzles bundled resource in my TpT store HERE


I just did a Facebook video to show you ways to use the 100 chart puzzles. Find my page HERE


Have a wonderful weekend, friends! 

Friday, 22 July 2016

Five for Friday - July 22nd 2016

Hi friends! I am here for Five for Friday! 2 weeks in a row, mind you.

Advance warning. These are dreadfully random. 

1. More Notepads 

Clearly having 75 on my desk already is not enough. Found this adorable cutie from Kmart. 
Discovering how amazing their online store and delivery is, was also a supreme highlight of the week. Possibly the year.


2. Obsessed
I am obsessed with this bathroom cleaner. The fragrance of it to be more precise. It's a little minty and a little apple-y. I am a slightly crazed bathroom cleaning-ninja this week. When I am not cleaning the bathroom I am wondering if I could clean other things *with* the bathroom cleaner. Just so I have an excuse to spray it.
#truth
#IpromiseIamnotweird
#maybeonlyjustslightly


3. Serving Snacks
I have had my first full week of school after winter break. My winter break consisted mostly of staying in my PJs till 1pm, sorting Lego, spraying bathroom cleaner around the house, and making platters of healthy snacks like this one for my two sweeties. 
#theyneverstopeating


4. Bachie is back.
A new reason to LOVE hump day. 5 days and counting. 



5. Ideas
It's an ideasey time of year, and I would love to help you find some cutie patootie things for your classroom. Hop on over to Pinterest and click the follow button! 



Head over to sweet Kacey's blog to find more Five for Friday fun!



Have a super-fan-fabulous weekend my friends! 
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Thursday, 21 July 2016

5 Times Tables Craft


Hi friends! 

Today is the fourth day of Christmas in July and I am joining again with the sweet Blog Hoppin girls to celebrate!

Today, I have listed my new mathtivity {for the 5 times tables} - 'The Five Hive' at 50% off!  

Kiddos LOVE making their learning visual and combining a bit of arty crafty creativity with rigorous content will cement their understanding. 

Students will draw an array and write the answers to the multiplication problems and create a 'hive' of facts!



Find this new resource in my TpT store HERE

Be sure to pop back tomorrow to find my next daily deal!



Have a wonderful day friends! 

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Pineapple Labels


Hi friends! 

Today is the third day of Christmas in July and I am joining with the Blog Hoppin girls to celebrate.

Today, I have made my newly-listed 'Pineapple Classroom Labels' a FLASH FREEBIE!  I hit 12K followers on Instagram today and thought it was the perfect way to say thank you.

You can print these labels out and write on them, or edit the text in the MS Powerpoint file if you prefer. 

Find this new resource in my TpT store HERE

Be sure to pop back tomorrow to find my next daily deal!






Have a wonderful day friends! 

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Be a Pineapple!


Hi friends! 

Today is the second day of Christmas in July! Each day this week, I will join with the Blog Hoppin girls to mark an item from my store on sale. Ho Ho Ho!

Today, my newly 'Be a Pineapple' printable banner pack is on sale!




My printable banner packets provide teachers with an easy and practical way to add some 'wow' to the classroom with a bright and fun display! They also provide opportunities for students to become 'classroom decorators'. Simply use the backline versions and get the paints or crayons out! Your kiddos will enjoy being part of the banner-design process.

Remember, you can mix and match any of the pieces to create an arrangement that is perfect for you! Mixing pieces from different packets would also be a fun way to make something unique for your classroom. 

The 'Be a Pineapple' theme will encourage your students to celebrate diversity and foster positive feelings about themselves. A pineapple has thick skin, stands tall and is sweet on the inside. It will help you discuss with your students how they can be assertive and protect their self-esteem, yet remain a happy, friendly and 'sweet' person!


Included in this packet is also a writing prompt pennant - students can describe how they they they are similar to a pineapple! Should be interesting to read ;) 


Find this new banner packet in my TpT store HERE

Be sure to pop back tomorrow to find my next daily deal!


Have a wonderful day, friends! 



Monday, 18 July 2016

Christmas in July!


Hi friends! 

Today is the first day of Christmas in July! Each day this week, I will join with the Blog Hoppin girls to mark an item from my store on sale. What a great way to celebrate!

Today, my newly listed frame write-n-wipe cards are on sale. There are themed cards that will provide your students with lots of opportunities to practice number skills. Use them with a dry-erase marker or play dough, like we did today!


There are clever-owl frames!


Pencil Frames


School Bus Frames


and Schoolhouse Frames!



Find them in my TpT store HERE

Be sure to pop back tomorrow to find my next daily deal!



Ho ho ho - have a wonderful day! 



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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Times Tables Made Easy

This poster has been hanging in our house for a few months. 
It makes us do this:

SO many numbers and such a big task for little ones to muster some enthusiasm for. 

We crossed out the ones we already knew to make it more manageable and 'The Great 38' was born!

 It is a fun and motivating strategy for learning the 'juicy' times tables that are just a little bit tricky and the ones that we need to devote time to memorising. 

We removed the x0, x1, x2, x10 and most of the x11 facts that we know. We talked about why these are so easy.

We also removed all the 'TWINS' - for example, 3x4 is included but NOT 4x3. 

In my printable packet, I have included a students reference sheet clearly showing all multiplication facts and the 'Great 38'. 

This could be used as a desk mat or reference during activities. 

With times tables, I have no problem with 'copying' answers for a while, especially when first introducing them - the goal is memorization, not a conceptual understanding, so a visual aid will boost achievement of our aim, not diminish it. 

After several weeks, I would challenge students to not simply 'copy' answers, but test their memory! A poster for each set of times tables, with the 'Great 38' clearly shown in bold black boxes, is a visual reminder of just how few facts need to be worked on! 

I have included 2 sets (with and without answers) of drill / fluency flashcards and 5 timed test worksheets for practice.


Get your students ready to PARTY with these fun printables and celebrate the fact that their work just got a whole lot easier to manage!


Let's take a look at this x5 poster as an example. I am NOT asking students to attend in focus to:

5x0 - we know anything x0 is 0
5x1 - we know anything x1 is itself
5x2 - we have already covered doubles in addition, and my students would know these
5x3 - we covered that on the x3 poster when we learnt 3x5
5x4 - we covered that on the x4 poster when we learnt 4x5
5x10 - we know that when we times anything x10 we just add a zero
5x11 - we know that we just repeat the digit in the answer (for up to x9)

The remaining facts belong to the 'Great 38' and we will focus on them!


I have included other little reminder tips on the posters, applicable to each set. 




I see huge merit in repeating each of the practice pages more than once. Memorisation comes with systematic repetition!




A teacher reference page will explain the process of eliminating most of the facts, in more detail. Make sure you have a good understanding of why they have been removed and ensure your students know these well before moving onto the 'Great 38'! 


Find this packet in sale this weekend in my TpT store:

Thanks so much for stopping by today - have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, 15 July 2016

Five for Friday - July 15th 2016

Hi friends! I am here for Five for Friday finally!

1. Classroom Rewards and Motivation 


I use a combination of Super Bucks and Reward Coupons in my classroom. The kiddos earn bucks for all sorts of things and collect them to spend. We are half way through the school year and I finally had time to make sorting boxes for my dollars and reward coupons. I purchased these organisers from K.Mart for $5! 

I made a 'bank' and am contemplating having a 'banker' each day to assist with the notes. 


And I created a $5, $10 and $20 'shop'. My kiddos get to shop on a Friday afternoon. 


2. Tidy Up

I've spent some of my winter break tidying various locations in my house. I am a Type A person with undertones of Type B (who wants it be labeled anyhow?!) - and over the year, by office drawers have progressively developed into something like this:


I tried all sorts of things, but cheap take-away food containers worked the best to sort and store. 


3. Banner Bonnanza

My sister and I got a bit barney for banners while we were enjoying a well-deserved catch-up. I returned to full time work this year and she has been studiously finishing her teaching degree. We no longer have time for daily hour (ahem... 3 hour) phone calls. There was much to chat about. 

Banners featured heavily in her 10 week teaching internship and she has helped inspire me  to make more printable banners for my store! 


Find my weather banners (as shown above) in my TpT store along with the beginnings of an expanding series of  banner packets.


4. Donut Beanbag.

Just because we can. 
I channelled my inner fat-Monica last night and got stuck. 


5. New Fonts

I added some new fonts to my big bundle through the week, in case you missed the revised listing notice, here they are! 



Head over to sweet Kacey's blog to find more Five for Friday fun!



Have a super-fan-fabulous weekend my friends!