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When I taught Kindergarten, I would begin each year with a Nursery Rhyme theme. 
I did this for many reasons. Most children came to school knowing a few of the rhymes, and this familiarity made them more comfortable- pretty important when beginning a new school year or even starting school for the first time.
I also love how Nursery Rhymes can be used to learn essential literacy and numeracy skills, such as rhyme, cause & effect, sequence of events, counting, and more!

I have created a set featuring 10 favorite Nursery Rhymes. Each rhyme includes a colored poster for teaching or display,
a black and white version for coloring,
a literacy activity page {the pack includes skills such as rhyme, syllables, letter recognition, ABC order, beginning sounds, ending sounds, and more},
a math activity page {the pack includes skills such as counting, patterns, sequencing, measurement using non-standard units, comparing numbers, time to the hour, number before and after, and more},
a sequence activity page,
an opinion page,
a text-to-self connection page,
and Nursery Rhyme retell puppets.
To wrap up the unit, I've included instructions and a materials list for Nursery Rhyme Olympic games!
 And of course some Olympic medals :)

You can find the entire unit {here}

You can see the Nursery Rhyme Olympics in action {here}

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Over 25,000 people have downloaded my free Daily 5 poster pack, so I thought I'd add a free download set that includes matching EEKK and I Pick posters!
 The set is a supplement to my free poster set that describes each of the components of the Daily 5.







Download the EEKK and I Pick poster pack {here}

You can find my free Daily 5 component poster pack {here}
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Here's a free download for April Fool's Day!
A couple years ago I gave my class a fun word search to do on April Fool's Day.


Too bad for them that none of the words are hidden in the puzzle!




It took them awhile, but after some time of frustration they realized the trick!

You can find the download {here}
Have fun!
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It's finally spring! 
Let's talk about kids' favorite books with a spring theme!
THE TINY SEED
 Eric Carle's book The Tiny Seed is a fantastic book for spring! It takes us along on a seed's journey as it blows off of a plant and gets planted itself, growing into its own seed-bearing flower. I love how Carle describes what may happen to seeds (they may get eaten by birds, dried up by the sun) and what happens to plants (people may pick them, step on them). 
I have created a pack to go along with the book The Tiny Seed. It includes book activities as well as scientific teaching with photos of the life cycle of a plant. Find it {here}

THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR
Another Eric Carle favorite for spring is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This book takes us through the life cycle of a caterpillar as it turns into a butterfly.
I have created this pack of activities that go with the book, as well as scientific learning that includes photos and activities to learn about the life cycle of a caterpillar. Find it {here}

NO, NO, GNOME!
 This story is a fun read! Students in the story plant a garden at their school to learn about plants, and a pesky gnome causes lots of trouble for them!
You can find an activity pack for this fun story {here}.

DIARY OF A WORM
 This is a class favorite! Students LOVE to read the worm's diary, to see what life is like underground.
I've created this pack to go along with the book. It includes a writing activity section called "Diary of a Kid', where your students can tell about their own lives! Find it {here}

THE TURNIP
 This book by Jan Brett is about growing plants, teamwork, and sharing. It's a fun spring-themed book!
I've made this pack to go along with the book, which includes a community-building theme! Find it {here}

WE'RE GOING ON A NATURE HUNT
 This book takes students on a trek in the outdoors, exploring what you would see on a nature hunt in spring. It's also a great book that emphasizes sequence of events.
Find my companion pack {here}
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Hey K-2 teachers! 
We’re giving away four $50 Amazon gift cards!

Enter our short Rafflecopter: http://gvwy.io/nueep4l

Runs March 4-10, 2018.
Good luck!
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CONTEST CLOSED- THANKS FOR ENTERING! Congratulations to Lisa!
I have a $10 gift card to spend at TPT...and you could win it!

Just answer my {super simple} question to win.

QUESTION:
What Valentine's Day book study in my TPT store begins with the letter N?
Begin your search {here}

When you have the answer, email it to me at mrsbremersk@gmail.com by 8PM on Wednesday, February 14.

If your answer is correct, you will be entered to win the gift card. I will forward the gift card via email to the winner on Wednesday after 8PM. 

Good luck!
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It's almost time to change the calendar to February...so let's talk favorite books for Valentine's Day!
Here is a list of six Valentine themed books that kids absolutely LOVE, and some fun resources and activities to go with each one!

A CRANKENSTEIN VALENTINE
This book is sure to make your students laugh! Crankenstein is a regular kid who turns into 'Crankenstein' because he hates all the lovey-dovey yuckiness associated with Valentine's Day...until he finds someone else who feels the same! It's written by Samantha Berger.
Find the book study companion activities {here}

LOVE, SPLAT
On Valentine's Day, Splat wants to give his crush, Kitten, a special card he made himself. Unfortunately another classmate, Spike, also wants to win her heart. A cute story by Rob Scotton.
Find the book study companion activities {here}

THE DAY IT RAINED HEARTS
This is a very popular Valentine's Day book, written by Felicia Bond. In it Cornelia Augusta makes special Valentines for each of her friends, made from the unique hearts that unexpectedly rain down from the sky.
Find the book study companion activities {here}

JUNIE B JONES AND THE MUSHY GUSHY VALENTINE
During her class Valentine Card exchange, Junie B. Jones receives a mushy gushy Valentine from a 'Secret Admirer'. Of course she needs to figure out who gave it to her! This fun story is by Barbara Park.
Find the book study companion activities {here}

FROGGY'S FIRST KISS
Froggy has a crush on the new girl in his class, Frogilina. Your class will enjoy their sweet, silly interactions and the surprise ending in this book by Jonathan London.
 Find the book study companion activities {here}

NATE THE GREAT AND THE MUSHY VALENTINE
Nate has a Valentine's themed mystery to solve- who left the mushy valentine for his dog, Sludge?
Find the book study companion activities {here}
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Oh the weather outside is frightful...so let's talk favorite books for the winter season!
Here is a list of ten winter themed books that kids absolutely LOVE, and some fun resources and activities to go with each one!
THE MITTEN
A winter classic, The Mitten by Jan Brett is a book that all kids LOVE! This book is great for sequencing events, story retell, and of course a good laugh! You can find the companion activity pack {here}.

FROGGY GETS DRESSED
Kids just love Froggy, and this is one of their favorites! Froggy wakes up in winter (a great springboard for discussion on hibernation) and decides to go out to play...but it doesn't really word out so well for him. You can find the companion activity pack {here}. 

THE MITTEN TREE
This book is fun because it is a mystery...who knits the mittens and leaves them on the tree?! It's also a sweet story about giving to those in need. You can find the companion activity pack {here}. 

THE JACKET I WEAR IN THE SNOW
The character in this story has a very difficult time getting dressed to play outside in the snow. From bunchy, itchy clothes to a zipper that gets stuck, I think we all know this child. A wonderful book for story retell and sequencing the order of the clothing, as well as receiving help when we need it. You can find the companion activity pack {here}.

SNEEZY THE SNOWMAN
Kids love Sneezy because he keeps doing things that make him melt! It's a good thing he has friends to help rescue him from his poor choices. You can find the companion activity pack {here}.

SNOWMEN AT NIGHT
What do snowmen do at night? Your kids will LOVE to make predictions and guess! You can find the companion activity pack {here}.

TACKY THE PENGUIN
Poor Tacky the Penguin is an awkward fellow. But when he needs to, he becomes a real hero! You can find the companion activity pack {here}. 

THE SNOW GLOBE FAMILY
Ever imagine what it would be like to live in a snow globe? Find out what this snow globe family likes to do in the FREE pack listed {here}

OWL MOON
Your class will love joining the characters in this book as they go owling on a cold winter's night. You can find the companion activity pack {here}.

FIVE LITTLE PENGUINS SLIPPING ON THE ICE
What happens when five little penguins go out slipping on the ice? And what does the doctor tell mama when the penguins get hurt? You can find the companion activity pack {here}.

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'Tis the season to get out your favorite Christmas books!
Here is a list of ten Christmas books that kids absolutely LOVE, and some fun resources to go with each one!

HOW TO CATCH SANTA
This fun book by Jean Reagan has children planning out ways to catch Santa on Christmas eve. My activity pack explores the book and includes planning pages where students can devise their own ways they would try to catch Santa! Find it {here}

OLIVE THE OTHER REINDEER
 Olive the dog hears a line from a Christmas song 'all of the other reindeer' and thinks it's 'Olive the other reindeer'. She becomes Santa's helper and saves Christmas! Find the book study pack {here}


THE POLAR EXPRESS
This Christmas classic is written by Chris Van Allsburg. It is a Caldecott Medal award winner, and has been translated into stage productions and a movie.
Classroom activities to go along with this book can be found {here}


MRS. WISHY-WASHY'S CHRISTMAS
We LOVE Mrs. Wishy-Washy, and this adorable book features Mrs. Wishy-Washy and her animal friends...all about making mistakes, being sorry, receiving forgiveness, and showing love. The spirit of Christmas at its best!
Classroom activities to go along with this book can be found {here}

THE GINGERBREAD MAN
There are so many versions of this story! I love this one by Eric A. Kimmel- it has fun characters, and a refrain that students love to chant together.
Classroom activities that go along with ANY Gingerbread Man book can be found {here}

THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE IN THE SCHOOL
 Your students will LOVE the adventures of the Gingerbread Man as he searches the school trying to find the class of children who created him. In my activity pack, students will design a MISSING poster! Find the book study {here}

THE GINGERBREAD GIRL
Kids love how the Gingerbread Girl outsmarts the fox and escapes the fate of her brother. Lots of activities to go with this book can be found {here}

MOOSELTOE
 This fun Christmas story is about a father moose who works very hard to make Christmas 'perfectly perfect' for his family, but he forgets to get something very important! He saves the day thanks to his giant 'moostache' and antlers!
Classroom activities for this book can be found {here}

SNOWMEN AT CHRISTMAS
 Similar to Snowmen at Night, this book leads its readers to imagine what snowmen do at Christmas time!
Classroom activities for this book can be found {here}

THE CRIPPLED LAMB
 Joshua the lamb has a crippled leg, and can't follow the other sheep to the pasture. He heads back to the stable for the night, where he witnesses a wonderful scene...that he would have missed had his leg been healthy. This book study is found {here}
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CONTEST CLOSED- THANKS FOR ENTERING!

I have a $10 gift card for TPT that I will be giving away on Sunday! 
To win it, you just need to answer a {super simple} question: What Christmas themed book study in my store begins with the letter H? 

DO NOT POST THE ANSWER HERE! 
Email the answer to mrsbremersk@gmail.com for your chance to win. 

Start hunting in my shop for the answer! https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Anita-Bremer
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