Friday, November 30, 2012

Gingerbread Unit and Christmas Fun

I am so excited!
I put my first items on Teacher Pay Teachers!
Check them out below!!!

Here are some pics of my little cuties using some of these activities:
 Baking Up Some Sight Words! Students scoop up gingerbread cookies
and match the sight word to the candy.

These are the ingredients and the gingerbread recipe. 
We made a gingerbread man together as a class.

We made our very own gingerbread man!!!!
While were making him, the students wrote the cooking steps.

 How many words can you build with the words "Gingerbread Man"

 Building CVC words with magnets and tiles.

Baking up rhyming words!

Rolling Pin and Tally Game!


Comparing and Contrasting all the Gingerbread stories

On the last of school before winter break, I set up gingerbread man literacy and math stations.
Almost all these fun activities can be found in my
Here are some of the activities we did:

 We used gingerbread man play-dough and gingerbread play-dough mats from
to practice counting.  

Matching letters with pictures that make the same sound

Sight Word Practice (scoop a gingerbread man from the tray and search for the matching candy)

Roll a Gingerbread Picture (woman, gumdrop, fox, gingerbread man, etc)
 and find the matching letter

Put a gingerbread baby puzzle together

Ipods: Play "Oven Break" (a gingerbread App)

Computers: Create a gingerbread man on


I Have...You Have Games

These are some fun 
you can play whole class or in small groups with your class.
These games focus on ABCs, numbers 1-30, and short vowel word families.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Daily Starters

I love Scholastic Online!
I found this  activity called DAILY STARTERS to do with my cutie patooties each day.
It helps build language, math and has a fun fact.
I will attach this to my morning campfire flipchart on the Promethean Board.

This is an example:
What is this a picture of?
Who builds it? Why?
What letter stands for the first sound of the picture name?
Find the letters n and N in the classroom.
What numbers are missing?
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, ___, 7, 8, ___, 10, ___
Fun Fact
Huge balloons are a special part of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Many of the balloons are shaped like famous cartoon characters, such as Elmo, Spiderman, and Ronald McDonald. The balloons are inflated the night before with helium, which makes them float. It takes a car and many people to hold on to the ropes that are attached to the balloons so that they don't fly away.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tech for Learning

Thank you TECH FOR LEARNING for this innovative educator award!!!!
This was from last year, but I just found it on the web while doing a search.

December Tech4Learning Innovative Educators

"It is better to create than to be learned. Creating is the true essence of life."
~Barthold Georg Niebuhr

This is my favorite time of the month. I get to annouce the newest members of the Tech4Learning Innovative Educators. These are educators that have a passion for teaching and sharing, especially with our products. They show creativity and excellence in all that they do. That's one of the reasons I selected this month's quote to be "It is better to create than to be learned. Creating is the true essence of life." These educators know this and take it to heart. You'll see blog posts from them as they share what they are doing with their students,conference sessions, and samples that inspire possibilities in your own classroom. (Check out the Pixie Sample projects on Kellie's page!) They know that lecturing and worksheets are not the only way to teach a child, but letting them create and explore their own possibilities will help them grow in life.
So without further ado, I'd like to introduce December's TIE's:

Amy Benford, AS Woodward Memorial School, Southborough, MA
Cynthia Fordham, Ravenscroft School, Raleigh, NC
Jan Tell, Dodge Elementary, Grand Island, NE
Kathy R Williams, Fort Daniel Elementary School, Flowery Branch, GA
John Ellison, Hillsborough County School District, Tampa, Florida
Brad Smrstick – Hillsborough  
Ashley Fredo, Decker Elementary, Manor, TX 
Julie Villegas, Blake Manor Elementary, Manor, TX 
Kellie Arnold, Manor Middle School, Manor, TX
Jaimie Knudson, PRIDE Academy at Prospect School,Santee, CA