Drum Roll Please...
Yes you read the title correctly. There is more than one winner this week!
I decided since it's our first contest, and I love giving stuff away, that I'd pick a winner from several different categories.
I tossed all the new subscribers into a bowl and chose a name, all of the people who purchased something this week went into the bowl next, and finally all the people who commented or shared a tip this week were in the final drawing.
If you were counting, you discovered that I am sending out 3 bracelets.
Here are the winners names:
Doreen a New York 1st grade teacher, is our "Subscription" winner, Dana, a New Jersey kindergarten teacher, is our "Purchased a Product" winner, and Donna is our "Posted a Comment" winner.
I thought it was pretty interesting that all the winners' names started with the initial D like mine!
Congratulations to all of you!
If you didn't win this week, your name is still in my pile and will remain there for the remainder of the contest, but continue to enter as many times as you want.
Click on the link for complete CONTEST details.
I will run the contest through the last week of August. Next week's winner will be announced Monday the 8th instead of Friday the 5th.
Thanks to everyone who participated.
An Old Favorite:
I chose Mary Wore A Red Dress for this month’s book pick, because young children enjoy it.
It’s one of those “Read it again; read it again!” stories.
Learning colors is one of my report card standards and having color words as part of the word wall and doing a variety of things with colors, is a big part of most teacher’s back-to-school activities, so I thought this was a good choice to dream up some activities for you to do with your students.
The Gist: Why I Love it:
Mary Wore A Red Dress is an old Texas folk song. I love it because it provides the perfect Segway to the introduction of colors.
In this particular version, animals are on their way to a birthday party. I also like that the author includes the music at the end of the story.
Story Telling Tips:
Magic Tricks: I use my change bag to produce different colored scarves to teach secondary colors. “What color was Mary wearing?” Yes, red. Did you know that red and yellow make orange?”
I put a red scarf and a yellow scarf in the change bag and have children exclaim:
“ _______________ wore an orange shirt!” Then I pop out an orange scarf. I do the same thing when I produce a green scarf (blue + yellow) and a purple scarf (red + blue).
If I have time, I let students smear what ever primary color combination they want together, to turn a white paper tee-shirt into a secondary color. I then hang these on a clothesline with mini clothespins.
Math: 5 graphing extensions, connect the dots, & count how many and write the number skill sheet.
Writing Extensions: 2 Class books: We Wore __________ To School! and On the First Day Of School Who Did You See?
Art Activity: (T-shirt idea above.) Click on the link for a copy of a t-shirt to paint.
Language Arts: Trace to pre-write skill sheet, matching colors, alphabetical order, rhyming words.
Bibliography for Back-To-School: Click on the link to view my favorites.
Be sure and check out our FREEBIE reader of the month: Where Are The Coconuts? This is a great booklet to go along with any of your Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activities.
If you’re a big fan of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, be sure and check out the Arts-Crafts and Activities section. That is my major theme this month.
Our free "Easy Reader" this month is The Students On the Bus, a great math extension booklet and a real keepsake when you add a few photographs.
Whatever you're reading this month, I hope it's simply T-riffic! Happy August.
Chomper, the Alligator Alligobbler To The Rescue!
Less than and greater than can be confusing symbols to a young child. Make it fun and easy to understand with Chomper my alligator-alligobbler.Here’s how:
How to play the game.
Remember leaving a comment or sharing an idea are two easy ways to register for our back-to-school CONTEST! Click on the link to check out the details. Thanks for participating.
There is quite a bit of chatter on several of my mail rings about Smart Boards.
Unfortunately, I am not one of the lucky ones to have one.
I think they are an awesome addition to the classroom that would be very valuable in helping students stay current with the latest technology.
If you do have a Smart Board, I'd be interested in hearing the pro's and con's of it and how you use it in your classroom with your students.
Remember, commenting anywhere on any of the blog sections, automatically puts you in our CONTEST! Click on the link for details.
In the meantime, I've found some awesome smart board sites for you. Simply click on the links to zoom there.
It seems "THE" place for "anything" smart board is the SMART exchange. Lots of info here.
A plethora of lessons at Longwood School's site.
Smart Board has a variety of all sorts of different things from lessons and tips to links.
Summit MO school district's wonderful list sorted by subject.
Rockingham VA also shares a long list sorted by subject.
Smart Board Resources + links.
I hope these helped you in your endeavors of staying current with all that's out there! Enjoy surfin' smart!
Since some schools head back to school as early as the 2nd week of August, I wanted to post some art projects and activities that would go with that theme.
A favorite book that many teachers read the first week of school is Chicka Boom Boom, so I wanted to dream up some new ideas for that, as many teachers also make a Welcome bulletin board with that theme, and gear several days around letter activities as well.
I'm trying to design more things around favorite books and did two huge projects for Chicka Boom because of its popularity.
The first is entitled Trunk Tricks and has a variety of activities based around the trunk of the coconut tree.
I've seen others make painted handprints for fronds, which is cute, but sometimes messy and difficult and time-consuming to do if you're teaching a bunch of little ones by yourself.
I decided to trace my handprints to see how they would turn out and I really liked the affect.
You can have a room volunteer do the tracing and cutting for you, or send the green paper home during open house and have parents do this step
With the handprint portion out of the way, this adorable keepsake artwork can be whipped together in about 10 minutes.
For extra pizzazz, I used brown textured wallpaper for the trunk of my tree.
Brightly-colored foam letters also added that bit of 3-D pop and the picture on the coconut makes it all the more precious.
Click on the link to view/print the masters for the Chicka Boom handprint tree.
In Trunk Tricks you can also make a Name Tree, a Vowel Tree, a Color Tree and a count by 10's to 100 Tree.
Any of these would make quick and easy bulletin boards: "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Look What The K's Did In Mrs. Henderson's Room!"Click on the link to see the rest of this fun-filled activity book. Trunk Tricks
Chicka Boom Envelope Letter Game:
There's nothing like a game to help students learn lessons. Children can play with a partner or in a group of 3.
You can make a class set of Chicka Boom trees, or allow each student to make their own "Chicka Boom Name Tree". Play the game several times in class and then let children take them home to enjoy with family.
Children glue construction paper to a sealed envelope making a trunk so that they can insert letters into the back of their tree's "pocket". Students roll a dice to determine how many letters they put in their envelope.
If they roll a 1 they take a letter out, if they roll a 6 they lose their turn.
Click on the link to view/print the Chicka Boom Envelope Letter Game patterns.
Chicka Boom Popsicle Stick Puzzle:
I love making Popsicle stick puzzles. They are easy and inexpensive and fun for students to put together.
I've also made a Welcome To School apple puzzle for you as well. They'd make a cute gift for each of your students.
You could print their names with a black marker across the center of the apple. A great "learn-to-recognize-your-name" activity for little ones.
Click on the link to view/print that pattern. Back-to-school Apple Puzzle.
A is for Apple and A is a VOWEL.
As mentioned above, apples are a big theme for back-to-school, so I wanted to toss in an apple project.
One of the things that I taught my first graders was a Vowel Song to the tune of Bingo that I made up. (There was a class who knew their vowels and this it what they sang oh: AEIOU-AEIOU-AEIOU They were a very smart class!)
When I designed this project for my first graders years ago, I thought it was funny how they would break out in song while they worked on this vowel apple! They really enjoyed both! I hope your kiddo's do too!
Run off my master on red construction paper, have your students cut and assemble the parts and glue either the vowel song or a words on the back.
Punch a hole in the stem and hang from the ceiling with fish line.
This makes a great decoration as well as a reminer of what all of the vowels are.
Click on the link to view/print the vowel apple pattern.
The Very Hungry Student!
A fun activity for the first week of school.
Your students will enjoy writing what they learned each month in this adorable booklet; it's sure to become a cherished keepsake!
Remember... sharing a tip or commenting on an article are two ways to enter our back-to-school button bracelet CONTEST!
Click on the CONTEST link to see all the details.
Be sure to pop in tomorrow to print another adorable keepsake booklet entitled The Students On The Bus. This one is a great math extension!