Friday, January 26, 2018

Decomposing CCSS K.OA.A.3

Do you need a new idea for decomposing practice during this long winter month? Try my favorite decomposing activity.
If you are interested in these worksheets, they are available HERE

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter! 
Who says we can't do eggs (jelly beans) and baskets after Easter. I have done these decomposing activities with little cups or mini baskets but I love this cool zip lock bag method because students get some extra practice with fine motor skills AND the "eggs" don't get lost. Students push the eggs around in the sealed bag, putting some in the basket and pushing some out. The goal is to find all the combinations of 10 or whatever number you are working on. Recording sheets are provided for sums of 5 through 20.
I drew the baskets on ahead of time. Older students could do this part if you trust them with permanent markers:)

Eggs in the Basket Printables
If you would like all of the printables for all combinations of 5-20, hop on over to pick up this product HERE.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Lucky Pots 'o' Gold

Time to start getting ready for decomposing with a St. Patrick's Day twist. Learning this common core standard with pots of gold doesn't get any more fun than this. Lucky for you this product is on sale until Wednesday, so enjoy "Lucky Pots 'o' Gold!"

You can find it here!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

10 Apples Up On Top

September was apple time in room 10. We integrated apples into all subjects with a plethora of educational, but fun activities. 
{1} We did some graphing...
{2} After reading Dr. Seuss's Ten Apples Up On Top, we did some crafting...
{3} Gotta use all 5 of those senses, so we made applesauce...

{4} We made this playdough, which smells heavenly...
{5} Then we got our STEM groove on and did some apple stacking, using the scented playdough and apples from our school garden...
Have you noticed all of the great STEM stacking ideas out there? Here are a few more that I want to try. We just might have an excess of structural engineers in the 2020s!
Happy October! 
Now head on over to Kasey's for more fabulous ideas!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Summertime . . . makes me feel fine:)

{1} Watermelon Art
Super, simple watercolor fun!
The best thing about this art lesson is that the wedge size and precise shape doesn't really matter. When your students rock red and green watercolors and some marker-drawn seeds, you can almost taste this juicy fruit!  

{2} Volunteer Gifts - check
Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft came through with yummy smelling, monogrammed hand soap, cutesy bags and craft paper. Don't you just love one stop shopping?

{3} Open House - check
Africa in the house

{4} No Prep Idea-of-the-Week
Write the word "summertime" on the board and have students make as many words as they can out of the letters.

{5} Freebie of the Week
Kamp Kindergarten's CVCe Write the Room is
perfect for the end of the year!

Now head on over to the Doodle Bugs linky for more inspiration. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mother's Day Cards/Five for Friday

For our Mother's Day cards, we will be doing a version of this post from last year.

I love the illusion that these sweet photo cards create. When you think the arm and fist have jumped right out of the photo, you'll be doing a double take!
Step 1/Pose
Have your subject stand with an outstretched arm and tight fist. Their arm should angle upward, with your camera being higher than their head. 
Step 2/Shoot
To enhance the illusion, take your shot with your camera close to their fist, so that it looks out of proportion to the size of their head.
Step 3/Cut
After printing your 4X6 photo, using a utility knife, cut small slots, slightly inside the top and bottom of the fist.
Step 4/Insert
 Weave a flower, handmade or real, through the two openings. 

Step 5
Mount the photo on cardstock or construction paper for a finished touch.
My students made these cards for Mother's Day. They would also make great birthday cards, get well cards, thank you cards etc.  I have seen them with lollipops for Valentines' Day as well. What other ideas do you have? How about a candy cane at Christmas time?

Thanks for stopping by and have a Happy Mother's Day!

Link up time with Kasey!

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Spring Break Eve

So this is going down today.
{then the real celebration begins}
The best part about having spring break detached from Easter is that Peeps are almost free now!

Peeps Catapults are prepared and ready to launch. More info can be found at Playdough to Plato, HERE.

Link up time at