Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Falling Into Fall!

It's Fall....
Can you smell the crisp air?
Do you see the changing color on the leaves?
Agh...it sure does feel like fall here in England! I love it!!

Since we are in the thick of Fall now, I wanted to highlight one of my most favorite units that I've created! It's one of my favorites because I just love the color and graphic combinations! The skills were all ones that my students needed practice with and so it was easy for me to pick the skills to focus on!! 

Take a look at a few of the activities included!
First up, pattern sheets! These {and the rest of the sheets} focus on AB, ABC, ABB, and AAB patterns. Some sheets require the students to color in a pattern based on the different leaves given and other sheets give the same leaves and students must color the patterns in by the pattern names given.
Next, students can practice tally marks!
I've included a recording sheet to keep students focused and accountable. Students will write the letter found at the top of the card, then record how many tally marks that letter has! 
This next activity is one my most favorite in the set!! I love these adorable owls! Students match up the number, number word, ten frame and dots. With four cards in each set, the teacher can easily differentiate with what cards out of the set that they would like to use! {Numbers 1-20 are included!}
Here, students must identify the beginning letter for each picture. I've laminated my cards so that students can use a dry erase marker to show their answer. 
I hope you find these activities useful in your classroom!!
Happy fall y'all!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

November Classroom Ideas And Activities!

Here we are.... today is officially November 1st! 

I love November---its the month when fall is in full effect, scarves and warm drinks are starting to make their appearances and most importantly.... it's my birthday month! Yay!! 

Besides scarves, warm drinks, fall and celebrating my birthday, November is also awesome because it's when students really start to fall in the groove of the classroom. Bad behaviors seem to start settling down, students understand the rules and centers and work stations seem to start flowing nicely, with little guidance about what is expected! November seems to bring growth and with conferences right around the corner, it's nice to be able to share all the good things with parents!! 

Now on to the planning of some pretty cool activities that your students will love in November! As always, Pinterest is my go-to site for ideas!! Here are some awesome ideas that I recently found!

Look at these awesome colors on the rice!!
I love the natural items found in this sensory bin!! Most of which can be easily found outside.
Here is an array of ideas to fit any of your needs!
How cute are these turkey's?? I love them! This is a great teacher-directed art lesson. This would make a great hallway display or a writing lesson below the pictures! 
Here is another cute and super easy turkey craft for kids!
Here is an AMAZING list of 100 books that are great for November and fall! Take a look at these great titles!
In addition to these great ideas, I have a created a pack of "save your ink" printables! This unit is filled with sheets that will help your kiddos practice those skills that they have been working on in class. All the sheets included are black and white---no color--which saves you money!
Take a look at some of the sheets included!
I hope these ideas and my 'save your ink printables' are useful to you this month! 
Click on any picture to view the link to each picture!!