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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Money - Counting Coin$... giveaway!

My class had a ton of fun with money this past month... I hope someone else can use these activities to help boost the confidence in your student's ability to count coins.
My hubby and I are off to celebrate our ANNIVERSARY, however, I'd love to give this unit away to a few bloggie friends when we get back in town... leave a comment and share 1 idea you use to teach money in your classroom... I'm off to back a bag ;)

Monday, December 26, 2011

1100 Followers and Friends... Sale!

How fun... my circle of friends is growing... thanks for stopping by my little corner of the world. To celebrate 1100, I've put everything in my Tpt store on sale until 11:00!

Snowy Fun Math Centers

The snow still hasn't made it to Utah so I'm living vicariously through clipart :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Let It Snow... Decor

Growing up in Utah... snow is a must for Christmas. As of right now when I look out my window... I see grass and black asphalt... tomorrow we shut the classroom door for winter break and relaxation. I'm hoping for a white Christmas... Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

1st & 2nd Grade Common Core - SNOW MUCH FUN - Math Centers

Wiping my brow...and celebrating with a happy dance... I'm giddy to announce that SNOW MUCH FUN is complete and posted. I hope we all find great success and enjoyment with these complete common core centers. I appreciate your suggestions and encouragement!! I added Math Talk Cards for each center and a sharing time SNOW MUCH FUN spinner to conclude each day of math stations.

First grade has been requested... here is the 1st Critical Area for preview the entire 140+ page unit is available at TpT!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas Math-Goodie-Freebie

Yesterday my second graders loved reviewing their graphing skills with Holiday Marshmallows... so... if you can grab a few bags at Walmart or Target this weeked... download this freebie this weekend and enjoy a sweet review in your class, too!!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Common Core Math Stations and freebie

I've really been enjoying the math stations this year and feel they are very benefical for the students (and enjoyable... they LOVE them). The kiddos saw my lamination of MUST BE SANTA and they were giddie with delight... anyways... we (Davis District in Utah) are preparing to switch over to the common core and I've been doing my research up the wazoo. Basically the common core math is divided into 4 critical areas:
1-Base Ten Notation
2- Fluency with Addition and Subtraction
3- Using Standard Units of Measure
4- Describing and Analyzing Shapes
In developing my newest unit... I've incorporated my new information and I'd love your input (those of you that ARE teaching by the common core and those that are preparing like myself).
The Unit is SNOW MUCH FUN! It will have 12 stations (3 in each critical area) along with box/chart numbers and punch card. Each station will have:
task card and directions
hands-on activity
independent assignment
station booklet
for the entire class to complete 1 page on the subject
math facts game (to soak up the remaining time difference for each station PLUS get those math facts memorized!!! :)

I've attached the first part of the unit (as I'm still up to my elbows in the rest ;) ... it is the BASE TEN NOTATION section. It will give you an idea of the entire unit and let you see a bit of each station. As I said before, I'd love your professional input and suggestions... please leave me a comment if you download this freebie...and help me make this valuable for all of us. Thanks so much... Lory

Snow Much Fun

Critical Area - Base Ten Notation

Sunday, December 4, 2011

12 Days of Math Class

I was asked to show the contents of the 12 Days of Math Class file.
Basically... there is a one page copy of the song (for the projector or overhead)
...large print posters for group singing...
...a student booklet with the song illustrated to help with memorization.
The booklet also provides math problems for the students to complete.
It started out as a fun, holiday math activity that snowballed into a ton of fun.
Beware ... the holidays end, the snow melts and the kids are still singing the song :)

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Winner! Winner!

12 Days of Math Class - 1/2 off... Sunday only!
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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Deck the Hall-way at school!

Enjoy30% off everything in my TpT store on Cyber Monday.

Use code CMS28 at checkoout.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Count Your Blessings!

I was happy to lock the classroom door and walk out to the car with my kids and head home for a long weekend. It's time to count our blessings and enoy our families... and that is just what I plan to do. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Christmas Cheer!

The temperature has dropped, the snow is falling and it's beginning to feel like Christmas... so... I've uploaded my December math units. One includes Santa and elves... the other ginger and spice and everything that makes Christmas smell nice!! I hope they might be helpful to your students and reduce your stress level at this busy time of the year!

I'm celebrating 1000 followers... my store is 20% off this weekend... thanks for following along!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Gobble, Gobble Giveaway!

It's the time of year to express our gratitude... and I am surely grateful for many blessings (for starters... we took mom into the doctor today and she will NOT need chemo!!! We feel so lucky and appreciate the many prayers in her behalf... we'll FIGHT LIKE GIRLS and win breast cancer ;) besides health, family, friends, career and the gospel... I am so grateful for my many new friends throughout the country. Blogging has given me so much and I am thankful for the support, encouragement and advice so many give to me... so... let's
Yvonne at Sassy in Second

Denise at Sunny Days in Second Grade and

myself at Lory's Page

have teamed up to have a turkey day giveaway!
This is our way of saying thank you to all of our followers.
All you have to do is follow our 3 blogs and Tpt stores and leave a comment.
Get a bonus entry is you post this giveaway on your own blog, Facebook page, Twitter account or Pinterest board!!
Giveaway ends Thanksgiving at 9:00EST
The winner will be announced Friday morning. Don't forget to check back after your busy shopping day to see if you won!!
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Turkey Trot ...FREEBIE

I have a few more freebies to add tomorrow when I get to work.
Hope your weekend has been fabulous!!
This week is SEP Conference week at Creekside Elementary... love them, however, they make long days :)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Thanksgiving Feast of Fun

I cleaned out another file while by my mother's bedside...my Thanksgiving file.

These activities include a bit of language arts, math, craftivity, mini book, reading/comprehension, art, poetry, etc. It is now nicely tucked into my file cabinet in 35 pages...ready to be copied and enjoyed. Anyone up to cleaning out my Christmas files? :)

Sunday, November 6, 2011

11/11/11 - Veteran's Day...FREEBIE

November 11, 2011 will only come around once... what a fun day to celebrate and remember Veteran's Day!! I uploaded a 16 page booklet to Tpt and a couple of freebies on google docs.
This is an updated copy to correct military :( sorry

Thank you for the many prayers and kind words... mom is home recovering and surrounded by family who loves her deeply.

Friday, November 4, 2011


I apologize for the lack of blogging lately. My family was given a huge surprise a couple of weeks ago... our sweet mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Yesterday we brought her home from the hospital after receiving a double mastectomy. She is our rock and backbone of our family and we all plan to help her in anyway possible to make things as smooth and comfortable as possible.