Earth Day Fun!

Hello Science Friends,
We are having so much fun cooking up some projects for Earth Day fun. And you know that Earth Day is just no fun unless you share it with others! So we invite you into the lab to learn how to make the best Earth Day hat you have ever seen.
The best part is that these hats are made out of items that you would recycle and everyone can get their hands in on this project. So what are you waiting for? Hop on over to the lab for your tutorial and some free fun.

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Freebie Friday Fun!

Happy Freebie Friday!!!

I hope you had a great week!!! I wanted to share with all of you a strategy I use in my class that I use regularly to help activate my students' background knowledge as well as wrap up the lesson with it.

I love using Anticipation Guides with my kids. It helps me trigger their interests and quickly assess how much knowledge {if any} they come with. It is also a great alternative assessment tool and very easy to use for differentiated instruction.

I use it in whole group & small guided groups. 
Best part is that is so versatile and can be used across the curriculum.

To learn more about it & how to use it hop on over to my blog 

Click on the image to learn more about the strategy & grab it for FREE!

Happy Friday!!!!!

Hope you have a great weekend!!!!!

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Marshmallow Math!

Learning and food- they go together quite nicely!  Who doesn't love a little snack while working?  The best part of mixing young learners and food is...that sometimes, they don't realize they are practicing valuable skills!
The little ones at my house love those themed marshmallows!  So, I decided to add some learning fun :)

I have created some printables to use with JetPuffed Bunny Mallows.

In this pack of  little gooey marshmallow learning you can find...
Sorting-graphing-counting-a circle map-predictions-patterns

Come on over to snag these freebies!

Me and Marie Learning

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It's National Pencil Day!! (FREEBIE)

Kids love new pencils.  Hey...I LOVE new pencils:)  There is something about the smell and look of a new sharpened pencil!  I love the way they write.  I love how they look when they are all the same size and sharpened in a nice container. (Kind of nerdy and a little OCD...I know)

Did you know that March 30th is National Pencil Day?  I created some pencil flags for you to help encourage your students as the year is quickly ending.   But first, let me give you some FUN facts about pencils:

1.  A single pencil can write 45,000 words or draw a line that is 35 miles long!
2.  A pencil can write in water!
3.  Manufactures painted the first pencils in yellow because the color was associated with royalty and honor.

So happy National Pencil Day and enjoy this FREEBIE!!  Hop on over to The Moffatt Girls blog to get your free pencil flags!

The Moffatt Girls

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Easter EGGstravaganza!

Can you believe it's almost Easter? 
This month has flown by!
I've found a TON of  Easter resources
 for you to use with your students as we approach Easter next week!

There is everything from egg designers to games to super cool 
virtual Easter egg hunts to Easter printables! 

Hop on over and see for yourself! 

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Zilch. Zero. Zip. (We're talking freebies people!)

Do you have a freebie that you'd like to share with teachers everywhere?
Then join TBA's Freebie Friday and link up with us! 

Each week on TBA we love to offer you the opportunity to link up
your freebies from the past week and have one place to find them
from all over teaching-blog land!

Only post-specific links will be accepted.
No links to personal stores please. 
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Home School Records

If the thought of keeping home school records makes you feel like hyperventilating - RELAX! Keeping records is really a very simple process. Whether you have your child assessed by a certified teacher at the end of a year or whether you have your child tested, you'll want to keep at least a sample of your child's work in each subject.

The easiest way for me to do this is to have a folder on a bookshelf set aside for completed work. When my children complete anything throughout the year it goes into their folder. Then at the end of the year I make piles of subjects and choose from there.

Some parents like to make fancy scrapbooks or notebooks to feature their children's work. If this is something they like to do, then they should go for it. For the rest of us, having a place to keep records that can be sorted later is usually the best option to keep our sanity.

Here is my post on Home School Records and all I have to say about this subject, but remember to relax!


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TBA Celebration Week begins April 1st!

Teaching Blog Addict turns one year old very soon, and we are celebrating our birthday with lots of FUN events! The TBA authors and TBA's celebration coordinator, Miss Kindergarten, have been planning a spectacular party for over a month, and we can't wait to get this party started! Below is the schedule of events so you can plan ahead. We'll be kicking off this celebration the week of April 1 and that's no joke! :)
And believe it or not, our first birthday is on Easter day! So we will be giving out tons of awesome goodies while blog-hopping down the freebie trail during our celebration week.

Mark your blogging calendars now and start preparing your favorite/most popular posts to share on TBA through a linky party, as well as any wonderful ways that you celebrate birthdays in your classroom or with your families to share through a linky party and a pinning party. You can also share any fantastic spring/Easter/birthday freebies on TBA's Freebie Friday, too! There is so much to get ready for! 
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Kindergarten Timed Tests

I proudly announced to my husband today that I have SEVEN recess duties left! Which really means, yep... seven weeks left of school. Wow, I'm not one to count down starting so soon but knowing that there are only two calendar months left to accomplish all that we have to do is quite... something.

Looking to continue on in our move forward I recently shared with KindergartenWorks readers about building my kinders skills in math, especially with these standards:
  • K.OA.5.a. Add fluently, orally or in writing, within 5.
  • K.OA.5.b. Subtract fluently, orally or in writing, within 5.
We've worked on them in many different ways and I know we have not yet arrived! So in brainstorming with my favorite teacher down the hall, we determined the right move was to bring in a "timed test," helping them develop their confidence in the skills they've learned and see growth. What?! A timed test in Kindergarten? I made them as kinder friendly and parent friendly as possible. Starting out at five minutes, so far this week it has gone great giving them a trial run. I gained a lot of insight from watching my kinders give it a go, seeing a base line of how they were solving completely on their own and in what time frame they could accomplish it. My goal has been focusing on understanding our math concepts, but this standard is structured differently because after all it does say fluently and in writing.

You may not want to use these as a typical timed tests in your classroom, but give 'em a dollar tree timer and photocopy these onto overheads and place them into a center. Independent work just feels fun when you're allowed to use a vis-a-vis marker!

You'll notice that the first download has a parent explanation sheet. Yet each one has a parent note that I am copying on the back for parent help. I've learned that helping teach parents the same strategies has been as important as teaching the kinders. The last few tests increase in number of equations to help build their stamina. If you grab one or pin this, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Share a comment below!

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Fun with Factoring

Factoring ... fun?  Today it was!

We had a great hands-on three-part math activity to practice prime factors that kept my students engaged from beginning to end.  Our lesson covered prime and composite numbers, factors, and prime factorization.  We started with a fun review on the smartboard, engaged in some deep math conversation during on paired minds-on-math, and finished with a very productive bansho activity.  Want to read a little more about it, and find out how we figured out what was in this bag?  Head on over to my blog to read more about it.


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Classroom Couture!

Photo Credit: Schoolgirl Style by Melanie

I love when I find something truly amazing on Pinterest!

I'd love for you to stop by my blog and see the super cute classroom design ideas by Melanie Ralbusky.  I was so excited to find the many examples she shares on her site.  I think you'll love them, too! 

{click here to see more great classroom designs}

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Home School Placement Test

If you're looking for a home school placement test to help you know which level of a book to buy, there are several of them available from different publishers. It's hard to tell whether a curriculum will be too hard, too easy, or just right for your child just by looking in a catalog. I have never used placement tests for my children and things have worked out just fine though.

Parents of special needs students probably need these more than anyone. Their student might need a sixth grade language program but a second grade math program. Once your child starts in a certain program and finds a level that is good for them, then a home school placement test is usually not necessary anymore because you can just buy the next book in the series when they finish one. When switching books or curriculum, finding the right level can be a little more tricky.

Sometimes a Learning Style Assessment can be even more helpful to a parent than a placement test because the parent finds out how their student learns best. If their child is a hands on learner, getting the right level workbook still might not be what this child needs to develop a love for learning and be able to remember what they learned.

The page I have written includes all the placement tests I have found along with a discount link to a Learning Style Assessment that you can do with your child. I hope these are all helpful.

Home School Placement Test


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FREE Sight word board game

We all know how much kids love playing games.  So, I just couldn't create a full set of Dolch sight words flashcards and sight word sentences and then not create a fun sight word game to go along with them!  Look out Milton Bradley, the Sight Word Safari is the newest game in town!
This games includes all the words on the Dolch first grade sight words list.  Best of all, it's FREE!  Head over to my blog and grab your own copy of the game today.

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Nursery Rhyme Fun FREEBIE-- Do You Do Humpty Dumpty??

I love teaching my kindergarteners Nursery Rhymes, but I don't just teach them the rhyme and call it good once they know it.  I build on the rhyme's topic and provide opportunities in each subject to enrich their learning experience.  Nursery Rhymes provide a natural way of learning phonemic awareness skills, as well as phonic experiences for your students.  You can easily integrate the topics throughout the curriculum for math, science, and art as well.  I always use Humpty Dumpty as the springboard for my oviparous unit in the spring and this spring was no different.  It is so fun to guess what could be inside Humpty's egg because there are so many creatures that come from eggs.  Come on over to see what else we did with Humpty during our oviparous kick off and grab my FREE Humpty Dumpty problem solivng packet.  Who wouldn't love to solve problems for the egg that all the king's horses and all the king's men could never put together again??? 

Mrs. Miner's Kindergarten Monkey Business
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FREE Easter Bunny Color by Sight Word!

I just made a FUN FREEBIE...Color by Sight Word Sentence Easter Bunny!

Kids will use the sight words and the color code to color the picture.  The sight words in this picture are used to make a sight word sentence that children can read!  Bunny hop on over to The Moffatt Girls blog to pick up your FREEBIE!!  Hoppy Easter!!
Click on the picture...

The Moffatt Girls

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Cinco de Mayo Pinning

Find fantastic Cinco de Mayo activities, ideas and photos {and share yours!} that are pinned and now collected all in one place. Be sure to repin your favorites and grab the Teaching Pin Addict Button. We are accepting links to Cinco de Mayo pins or pinboards.

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April words

Do you think words are important? 

So find an important place in your classroom for them. Use a special wall to display and organize new words, grammar words, seasonal words, etc

A word wall is an organized collection of words prominently displayed in a classroom. This display is used as an interactive tool for teaching reading and spelling to children. There are many different types of word walls including high frequency words, word families, names, alphabet, etc
Word walls have many benefits. They teach children to recognize and spell high frequency words, see patterns and relationship in words, build phonemic awareness skills and apply phonics rules. Word walls also provide reference support for children during reading and writing activities. Children learn to be independent as they use the word walls in daily activities.
These are some cards I made for my monthly word wall corner.

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Home School Mom

Have you ever wanted to talk to a home school mom that was homeschooled herself? I was able to interview a lady that has been on my email list that fits this description. I have always wondered what it would have been like to have been homeschooled. My children can tell me some, but it's fun to hear it from the viewpoint of an adult.

She shared quite candidly about why she ended up being homeschooled, what they used, why she homeschooled her own children even though she didn't intend to, and what materials she uses now. I love to look over someone else's shoulder and see how and why they do things. I hope you enjoy this interview.

Home School Mom


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Elapsed Time Video Story Problems and Linky Party

A video story problem is an easy way to bring the real world into your classroom through the use of video. Recently, my students created video story problems on elapsed time. The students were given the task to create a word problem that included an elapsed time problem.  They were responsible for writing the word problem and film it using a Flip camera.

The activity only took about 30 minutes from beginning to end. The rewards were great! The students had to understand the concept to create an effective video story problem. Collaboration was key for a better video. The videos were also publish on our class website for viewing by outsiders. Visit Teaching...My Calling for an example and a link to view each group's work. You will also find other ways to incorporate video story problems into your curriculum. There is also a Linky Party going on where you can share examples of video story problems that you or your students have created.

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Time Out Tuesdays: Self Control

Join us in the last episode of the 7 week challenge to transform your teaching and parenting with theTeaching with the Fruit of the Spirit study. For 7 weeks we are having a mini-study (approx. 10 minutes each week) to motivate, encourage and inspire you to be the BEST teacher and/or parent you are intended to be! {CLICK HERE} to listen to the introduction on TBA Today and get all the details now. You don't want to miss out on this challenge!
This week we will be talking about how self-control  is so important to our teaching and parenting!  Self-control is an attribute that ties into all of the other Fruits of the Spirit and can totally change the way we teach and parent!  You don't want to miss this final episode!

Use the widget to listen or click {HERE}:

Did you miss previous programs? No problem. You can listen below.

Feb. 14- LOVE
Feb. 21- JOY
Feb. 28- PEACE

We hope you'll continue tune in on Tuesdays (anytime) and listen to Time Out Tuesdays on TBA Today, which is located on the right sidebar.  We'll also be posting a new scripture each week for you to download and memorize on our blogs so make sure to hop on over. We'd love to hear from you!
The Moffatt Girls
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Time Out Tuesday!

 Good Morning TBA

Rise and shine because it is going to be a great day!
To the teachers who inspire and uplift us each day...we thank you!

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