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Mrs. P’s Write the Room Word Families!

The new school year has begun! The Write the Room Word Family Bundle is the perfect way to begin your language arts curriculum. This HUGE BUNDLE includes 20 sets of the Write The Room Word Families for short vowels a, e, i, o, and u. The set is great for kiddos in Kindergarten and 1st grade or even for children with special needs who are still developing at this level. Each vowel set includes differentiated recording sheets so learners of all abilities can participate without having to change the materials! Students can either write the word described in the picture or trace the word after they find the correct word card. 

This bundle is the perfect way to get the little ones up and learning. PLUS, it’s only $7.99 :)

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The diversity of this Word Family Bundle allows children at all reading levels to practice the short vowels at their own pace!

Mrs. P is mom, teacher, and blogger who loves to create materials for learners of all abilities.

AKA, she’s awesome!

Check out her blog here: http://mrspspecialties.blogspot.com/

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Yummy Butterfly Snacks

Butterfly snack packs are a fantastic way to get your little ones excited about healthy snacks!

You need less than 10 supplies AND your kiddos can help you make them.

If you have extra clothespins lying around the house, then this snack idea is right up your alley!

Juggling With Kids has put together a simple step-by-step list of directions that will have your little butterflies loving every minute of snack time!

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These snack packs are perfect for after-school snacks, car rides, lunch snacks and even sports games!

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How to Craft a Minecraft Story

With a new school year comes new writing prompts. Have you put together your list of must-do prompts yet? We have one that should sit at the top of your list! This Minecraft Writing Packet from Hilary Lewis will have your students excited about writing and learning!

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Your little ones can cut out their favorite characters and place them in their very own stories! Included in this packet is 50 pages filled with Minecraft images, graphic organizers to help with the writing process, spinners to choose characters for a story, step-by-step directions for children to work independently, PLUS organization tips to help teachers keep the activity organized.

This instant download is on sale on Educents for 57% OFF! For only $2.99 you can print it and use it as many times as you like! Both you and your little writers will be excited for them to CRAFT their own Minecraft story.

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Math Madness Wednesday: Tens Frames–what are they?

I can’t believe August is almost over!!  Where has the time gone?  We went to the beach this past weekend to have a bonfire and kind of say goodbye to summer.  It was beautiful, yet sad!
This week’s topic is Tens Frames.  Since it is the beginning of the year, I know many of you are using tens frames to introduce number identification and subitizing (if you are like me and had no idea what this term meant until recently, subitizing is instantly seeing how many.  So, when a picture or series of dots is shown to a child, they can instantly know how many pictures or dots are there).

 

Tens frames are also used to help with combinations that make 10, begin to understand place value, and even track their counting.  It is a very versatile and useful tool!
So, how are they used?  Traditionally, they are filled in from left to right, filling in the top row first.  However, they can really be filled in anyway you see fit.  You may want to introduce them one way and allow the kids to get pretty strong with that before you move on to another way.  {Here} is a YouTube video that is a great introduction to tens frames!
When using a tens frame for counting, it is important for students to understand 1:1 correspondence.  Therefore, having tens frames or mats available for students at a math center or at their desk is essential.  They can use buttons, cotton balls, Legos, unifix cubes, or any other type of counters for this.   One fun way to practice this is to use play-dough!  Set out mats with numbers to practice.  The kids can roll play dough balls to practice counting and even turn the play dough into the number itself!

 

 

To do this, we made some of our play dough!  I looked around at various recipes and combined some of them to make my own.  I may be slightly obsessed with fall foods and smells.  So, I decided to make mine orange and added some pumpkin pie spice to make it smell good too!
For number identification, students should practice being able to instantly identifying how many dots are in a tens frame (again, this would be subitizing!).

Students can use these puzzles to practice.  They include puzzles in 2, 3, and 4 pieces per number so you can differentiate in your class, or they can grow with your child.

 

And, of course, I had to create some games to help practice!  Here is one of my tens frames games with a fall owl theme.  Students use a spinner to decide how many orange owls to add to the tens frames.  Then, they spin the green spinner to determine how many green owls to add to the tens frame.  Now they can add the owls and write a number sentence (2 choices of recording sheets are included).

 

 

 

And, I made a Tens Frames version of my BAM! game (played like War).
My kids had fun playing this quick paced game!  And, my son lost and did NOT throw a fit!  (If you are a regular reader, you know how big of a deal this is!!).

 

 

 

 

 

This week, you can get all 5 products for only $5!  That is half off their normal price and ends up being only $1 each.  You can learn more about these by heading to Educents {HERE}.
 So, how do YOU use tens frames in your classroom?  I would love to hear from you!

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ALEKS Review: Top Homeschool & Classroom Award Winner!

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Educents is proud to announce ALEKS® as a winner of the Educents Top Classroom and Homeschool Award! A huge thanks to Krista from Teaching Momster for using and reviewing the ALEKS® program!
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MHE-ALEKSThis summer, I was looking through some math programs to use with my daughter. She is going to be in 5th grade and actually likes to learn new math concepts, even if she doesn’t always want to practice those that don’t come easy for her (who does, right!?). While I was planning on doing many hands-on things while I was with her, she was also going to my mom’s house for a couple of weeks and I wanted something that would not be difficult for my mom to help her use.  As luck would have it, I was contacted about a program from McGraw-Hill Education called ALEKS® that is web-based and focuses on math skills.  Of course I jumped for the chance to review it and use it with my daughter!

After receiving activation instructions from ALEKS, I was able to quickly sign my daughter up for an account.  I was also able to sign up for a complimentary Master Account for myself so I could view her progress (I also get automatic emails regarding her progress, so I don’t have to remember to login every so often!). The program was fairly easy for my daughter to navigate and use.  She was able to login and use it without many questions.  It started by giving her an assessment. Afterwards, it gave her a pie chart of her assessment results. She liked seeing where she excelled! I was able to view the same chart by logging in to my account.

You can hover over a pie slice to see what topics your student is ready to learn.  Clicking on a topic link will then take her to a problem to start working on.
Every problem includes an “EXPLAIN” button if your student isn’t sure about what to do.  After answering a question correctly, they get praise and will be told how many more times they must answer a correct question in order to add the topic to their pie.
My daughter liked being able to click and move around to different topics without getting “bored” by one topic.  As a parent or teacher, you could also direct them to work on certain topics.
Here are examples of topics that will be covered for my daughter (5th grade level).  Progress reports are also available that will tell you what the student CAN do and what they can NOT do.

In addition to the grade-level content, there is also a place for the students to practice their basic math facts.  It is called QuickTables.  This is pretty simple.  You can choose addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division.  There is a variety of questions asked and they are given a time limit in which to answer the question.  I like that they offer both horizontal and vertical questions.
Overall, we both liked this option for computerized learning.  While I would not use it as her sole learning curriculum (we would also add some games as well as some face-to-face teaching), it could certainly work for the majority of the content needed.  As a former teacher, I could see this being used for RTI or as a math center.  As a homeschooler, I could see this being used for independent work while I am working with another child.  If you are looking for a program in which your student can be independent, and yet held accountable, I urge you to check ALEKS out!
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