I am Jennifer Drake, a kindergarten teacher from Long Island. I am a wife, mom and coffee loving crafter. Teaching is my passion. Inspiring others is my goal. I started as a teaching assistant in a full-day kindergarten in 1999 (the first year kindergarten went 'full day') and secured a teaching position the next fall. I love kindergarten- I know it is the grade I am made to teach.
How is it possible that we are getting ready to ring in 2018?
I honestly feel like we were just welcoming 2017!
I prepped most of my 'New Year' goodies before I left for break, but do have some lesson planning yet to finish...I know what I want to do/will be covering...just have to get it all typed up!
As much as I would have loved to offer you a new New Year freebie, I just didn't get around to it, so if you didn't already grab this freebie I offered last year, here it is:
All the directions and suggestions for use are in the FREE DOWNLOAD!
Students identify what the 'missing number' is and then write it on the recording sheet next to the picture that was in the missing number's place!
If you are in a paper crunch, or trying to be more environmentally friendly, you can also have them use magnetic numbers to cover the picture...they can then record it on a dry erase board and/or a laminated version of the recording sheet so that it can be re-used!
After we use this in math center next week, I plan on putting it in one of our morning tubs with magnetic numbers and a dry erase board for them to practice writing the number
(aka my trick to squeeze in some extra number writing practice!)
You can click the pictures above or HERE to download it for FREE!
(There is ANOTHER FREEBIE at the bottom of this post too!)
It is also offered in both color and black & white:
We will be reading and coloring our New Years books the first week back when we discuss 'New Years' and then they will be added to our Readers Workshop book baggies for independent reading, sight word recognition and fluency practice!
(You can read more about the New Years books and see a video showing everything included on THIS POST)
We'll use this Winter Sports version as we approach February and discuss all the types of winter sports we will be seeing on TV!
Be sure to check out all the DOLLAR DEALS for 12/31/17 HERE:
In addition, each author is also offering one of their products for 50% off on 1/1/18!
One of my favorite things to do is have this puzzle on the kids' desks when they come in the first day from break! It's super easy- they cut, build the new year and color!
(Click the picture to find it in my TpT Store- I edit it each year so you'll always have it!)
We work through these New Year goodies during the week back
The kids each make a pair of monocles (see in picture below) and I take their picture wearing them with a New Years hat and blower in hand! Then I print the pictures and mount them with their New Years resolution foldable (see above). It makes a great bulletin board/hallway display!
We also make and read these books:
and watch the ball drop via YouTube!
In addition to the FREEBIES at the beginning and middle of this post, be sure to grab my New Year Countdown FREEBIE in my TpT Store too!
Wishing you health, happiness, peace and serenity as you head into 2018!
I would like to say that I am resolving to blog more in 2018 but I don't want to break my resolutions TOO quickly this year! I post a lot of ideas on Instagram and my Facebook page because it is easier and less time consuming, so if you don't already follow me via those social media outlets, I would love to have you join me this year!
It's hard to believe tomorrow is the FINAL week of Freaky Friday for 2017!
We're all hoping you found lots of great deals each week and will be ghoulishly happy with what we have to offer this week!
If you are new to 'Freaky Friday' here is how it works!
40+ Teacher Authors have teamed up to bring you a dollar deal each Friday in October.
The deal is good for ONE DAY ONLY, so you'll want to set a reminder not to miss out tomorrow!
To find all the deals simply:
1. Click this image:
It will bring you directly the the list of deals being offered on Teachers Pay Teachers!
2. Use the linky at the bottom of this post to find the participating stores. You can click the first image in the linky to find ALL THE DEALS for the week or click each individual seller's picture to find what they are discounting for the day!
There are 13 flip books in this set for the following winter themes:
Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years, winter, winter foods, winter clothes, winter sports, Martin Luther King Jr., polar animals, groundhog's day and Valentine's Day!
(If you need any flip books for President's Day they can be found HERE)
This pack of 13 flip books is normally priced at $4.75, but on Friday October 27th you can grab them for just $1!
These flip books are NO PREP, but have the benefit of a 4-page reader!
They help review sight words and build reading fluency and confidence in our youngest readers!
If you happened to grab the Fall set on Friday October 6th, you know all about these books and how they work, but if you missed it, this video will take you through the process:
Winter Flip Books - YouTube
But if you don't have time to watch the video, here is a pictorial version you can scroll through:
First decide which of the flip books you want your students to to create and simply print and copy:
Then have your students color the pictures:
Then they cut out the pictures by following the dotted lines:
Students stack the pictures in the order they want them (or the order you specify):
The pages are stapled in the box area (you can teach them how to use mini-staplers for more independence!)
To read the book, they simply flip each image up!
OPTIONAL- they can add another picture and label it in the box:
And/or add another sentence to the back:
***I also have my students use the back to writer their names since there isn't a space on the front to do so.***
Use them in centers, for guided reading/small group instruction, reading buddies, independent reading and more! When we learn about 'pattern books' in Readers Workshop, we use these a lot and keep them in our reading baggies so we can practice how to identify patterns!
I feel really bad for all the people that voted for a Thanksgiving resource....so I am selecting my super popular Thankful Mat and discounting it 25% off on Friday too!
Normally $3, you can grab it for $2.25 on Friday!
This is updated each year and makes a great keepsake for families!
We add a turkey hand print to the back and laminate them so the kids can use it as their place mat on Thanksgiving and share all the things they are thankful for with their families on the holiday!
Are you ready to find all the deals for the FINAL week of Freaky Friday?
If not, you can find them on several of my blog posts HERE or see the pictures below.
Here's a quick video on how to use the puzzles, as well as a quick tutorial on how EASY it is to edit the puzzles to match the words you are working on:
Halloween Sight Word Puzzles - YouTube
The pack comes with 12 Halloween themed puzzles.
There are 3 for 2-letter words, 3 for 3-letter words, 3 for 4-letter words and 3 for 5-letter words.
It is 'ready to go' with puzzles using 12 words from the Pre-Primer Dolch Word List and ALSO has an editable set of puzzles so that you can make additional puzzles using words you are working on, spelling words and/or cvc or cvce word building using the 3 & 4 letter templates!
The directions on how to edit are included in the pack and there are 2 ways you can go about editing! Here's a quick graphic on how easy it is to edit:
Once you have the word you want students to practice, simply print and copy the puzzles.
Students then cut the pieces on the dotted lines:
And then arrange them to spell the word:
After they check to make sure they are right, they glue the pieces and then practice writing the word:
From there they can color the puzzle:
Students can use the word in a sentence on the back for added practice and enrichment.
They can also build the word using magnetic letters that they match to the puzzle for added support and practice!
The puzzles also come in full color so that you can make puzzles for students to practice building with either before or after they complete their own puzzles!
Here's a breakdown of what you're students will do with the puzzles:
Hi, everyone! I'm Brenda Tejeda from Tejeda's Tots and I'm so excited to guest-blog on Jennifer's blog and share with you some of my fun Halloween and Fall center ideas!
Fall! It's my favorite season of the year! One of my favorite things to do in the fall is go pumpkin-picking with my family. We have an amazing local farm and they have the BEST pumpkin pie, apple cider donuts, sweet corn.... so yummy!
Another thing I love about the fall is Halloween! Throughout the month, I have themed centers that are fun, meaningful, and easy-to-prep!
AND, most of them are absolutely free! By signing up for my free newsletter, you'll get all the templates you see in this post FREE! Most can be used with classroom supplies you already have, but a few require some extra materials.
I hope you can use some of these ideas. I'd love to hear how they worked out, or any other fun and easy ideas you have!
Let's get started!
Fall leaf rubbings- Kids simply place the veined side of a leaf face-up under a sheet of paper, then rub a paperless crayon on its side over the page. See the veins and leaf shapes come to life! Try with different fall colors too!
Leaf sorting- Go on a leaf hunt, then have students sort the leaves by colors, shapes, , edges, sizes, or any other attribute they can think of!
Leaf art- Have kids glue a leaf onto a piece of paper, then draw around it to turn it into an object!
Halloween Word Wall- I have some picture word walls in my store (and I have included a FREE one with writing stationery), but you can also create one with your students to make it even more effective! Have them brainstorm words while you write on large chart paper. It takes some time afterwards to add pictures (either drawn or from the web), but I highly recommend this step to help those who need extra support. Once displayed, you can use this for various centers: write about your Halloween, write a riddle about your costume, or...
Sticker Story- IN FREEBIE- get some themed stickers from the Dollar Tree and provide stationery. Ask students to take up to 5 stickers to make a scene, then complete by drawing and writing their story.
Stamp-a-Story- Same as above, but with themed stamps. I’ve collected a TON of stamps over the years and have them organized by themes/ months.
Halloween card- IN FREEBIE- Simply fill out for a ghoulfriend or boofriend!
Making Words- HALLOWEEN- IN FREEBIE- two options- Place the letters that spell HALLOWEEN on a cookie sheet or magnetic file cabinet. Have kids manipulate the letters to build words, then write in a notebook. OR, if you don’t have enough letters, or want to use this whole-group, use the enclosed slips and have kids cut apart the letters before using them to build words. They can glue the top of the slip into their notebooks and list their words. Extension: use some to write sentences.
Bingo- IN FREEBIE- Use the blank template enclosed and have kids complete it by writing words from your fall/ Halloween Word Wall (see above) in random boxes (make sure to tell them not to write the words in order). Write the words on slips of paper and place into a bag. Pull out a word at a time and kids can use counters, torn paper, or candy corn as bingo markers!
ART & more CENTERS
Photo booth- You can buy props, OR you can have students make their own- fun! Have them draw big mouths, eyes, horns, and speech bubbles with monster sayings, cut and glue to popsicle sticks, then pose with them!
Standing Jack-o-lantern- see picture- Students cut out 3 pumpkins, color and add a green stem to each, then glue back to back
Decorate-a-Cupcake- If you don’t have allergies and your school allows it, kids just LOVE to decorate cookies and cupcakes. Bake or buy plain cupcakes, provide icing, toppings, plastic knives, and plenty of wipes and napkins!
Mask and Monster Mash- Have students create a mask, glue onto a large popsicle stick and parade around the room to the song Monster Mash!
“Book and Bite” Kid favorite! Read a book (I usually have a parent volunteer at this center) and have students take a bite of their cookie every time the FUN word is said. The student with the largest piece of cookie left at the end of the book is the winner! I use There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Bat, or There Was an Old Lady who Wasn't Afraid of Anything, and the fun word is BAT. It’s so cute to watch them to take tiny nibbles for fear they won’t have any left at the end of the book. Here is the 2nd book on youtube: YOUTUBE video of There Was an Old Lady who Wasn't Afraid of Anything
Buddy Reading! Simply place themed books in a basket and have them read along with a friend!
I hope you found some of these ideas useful and your kids enjoy them! Thanks for reading and here is the link to get your freebie :):
The sellers listed below will also be posting about their deals on their Facebook pages too...just another reason to follow and 'like' your favorite sellers!
So what will you find from me this week?
It is a pumpkin patch slide show, reader & pocketchart word and picture cards pack!
Here's a video explaining what is included and how I printed some of the materials:
Pumpkins! - YouTube
Last year while I was at the pumpkin patch with my own children I took photos because I found many of my students had never been to a pumpkin patch. I turned the photos into a slide show so that I could project it onto my EnoBoard for my students to take a 'virtual field trip' to the patch and learn about pumpkins!
Our PTA is awesome and they set up an area for our students to 'pick pumpkins' but it's not the same as being at a real pumpkin patch.
So last year I brought in the slide show I created at home:
and projected it on my screen:
Then we explored a real pumpkin:
*We looked at and felt the weight of the pumpkin, touched it's skin, flesh, pulp and seeds.
*We could smell the pumpkin once it was cut open (many did not care for the smell!)
*We listened to how the pumpkin sounded when we 'knocked' on it and the 'squishy sound' it made when we touched inside!
I didn't throw the pumpkin away! We set up a pumpkin exploration station on our back table for the week! Students could go over and look inside, feel the sensory bag and read about pumpkins:
So that we could share what we learned about with those at home we made these 'peek inside' pumpkins:
Each child put some pulp and seeds in a ziplock bag. I had pre-cut the pumpkins for them (so that I knew the bag would fit in the space). We taped the bag to the back, added a stem, drew some flesh and then labeled the parts! The 'seeds and pulp' label was written on an Avery address label so that it could stick to the bag.
I could not find a 'Poem of the Week' that taught about pumpkins yet was simple enough for my students to read, so I created this one:
(Tune: I'm a Little Tea Pot)
Feel free to chart and use it too! The images were grabbed from a Google Image search, so if you like to include picture cues on your poems/charts as well, you can get them there too!
After our week of exploring pumpkins, my students created pumpkin shape books from the pre-cut books I found in Target Dollar Spot!
I saw them there again this year, so if you're looking for something to put inside the cute books, you can find these printables HERE:
My students were able to learn so much for the photos I had taken at the pumpkin patch and I would love for your students to experience the same!
So this week's Freaky Friday item includes all of this:
As you can see from the picture (or if you watched the video) I made the black and white book into a mini-book! It's super simple...
(Want to make it even easier for yourself? You can also print the book 'as is' and then copy it in 'collate' & 'staple 2- left side' mode. Once all the sets are copied, simply cut in 1/2 and you have 2 books stapled and ready to go!)
Well summer surely FLEW by...and so did September... And now it's time for FREAKY FRIDAY to return!
It's hard to believe this is the 4th year this promotion is running!
Which means 4 weeks of incredible $1 deals on over 40 products each week are on their way!
If you have followed me for the past three years, you might remember that each October I join a group of sellers to offer $1 Deals each Friday in October! AND...we have decided to 'get freaky' again this year!
Here is how it works:
Each Friday the participating sellers will select one product from their store (normally priced $3-$5) to mark down to just $1 for the day!
My ABC flip books have been pretty popular, but with this set you'll be able to add in some Fall Fun to your centers and reading instruction!
There are 10 flip books in this set for the following fall themes:
Apples, Fall, Fire Safety, Columbus Day, Halloween, Election Day, Veteran's Day & Thanksgiving!
It is normally $4...but on Friday October 6th, as part of 'Freaky Friday,' it will be discounted to just $1!
These flip books are NO PREP but have the benefit of a 4-page reader! They help review sight words and build reading fluency and confidence in our youngest readers!
This video will walk you through the process:
Fall Flip Books - YouTube
But if you don't have time to watch the video, here's the pictorial version!
Decide which 'book' you want your students to create, print and copy:
Then have your students color the pictures:
They then cut the dotted lines (3 pictures on the bottom):
Students stack them in the order they want (or the order you specify):
The pages are stapled in the box area (you can teach them how to use mini-staplers for more independence!)
OPTIONAL they can add another picture and label it in the box:
Lastly students read their flip book!
I have my students write their names on the backs of their flip books. For students that are ready for a challenge, I have them add another sentence on the back:
Use them in centers, for guided reading/small group instruction, reading buddies, independent reading and more! When we learn about 'pattern readers' in Readers Workshop, we use these a lot and keep them in our reading baggies so we can identify the pattern!
Ready To Find All the $1 Deals for Week 1 of Freaky Friday?