Double Digit Addition FREEBIE

Hi everyone,

I'm here to show you what we did today in math class!

We have been working very hard on double digit addition these past few weeks and my students are really getting good at it! I decided to get them up and moving today with an add around the room activity. Sometimes, it's nice to give them a variety of ways to practice the same skill. What better way to get them excited about double digit addition than using a fun activity that gets them moving around the room, right? 

"AND we get to use clip boards, Miss Valerie?!"
How sweet is that? ;)

I hid the cards around the room and got my kiddlets ready with their recording sheets on their clip boards.






They LOVE add around the room activities because, in my class, we have ONE rule... 
We are not allowed to make ANY noise! 
Just like with our class surveys, I *trained* them to walk around and act like mimes while they search for the cards and write their answers on their clip boards. We pretend that it is a FRIENDLY competition and we do not want our opponents to hear our answers. 
They really get into it and love to pretend that they are hiding "classified information"! HA!







The number line at the bottom of the page was a lovely bonus for those little learners who need that helpful tool!


We had a blast with this add around the room activity!

If you want your own copy of this game, you can grab it for FREE at my TpT store.
I included cards for both addition with and without regrouping.
I also included instructions for those of you who want to differentiate this activity in your class ;)

Enjoy!



Later gators,
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Bright Ideas: SPRING Art Projects!

Hi everyone,

I'm linking up with the FABULOUS Bright Ideas Crew once again to give you a fun idea to use in your classroom!

This month, I'm sharing an easy art project idea that can be done in ALL grade levels.
Painting is great because it doesn't matter how old your students are. Your students' creations are their own and do not depend on their abilities! Painting is for everyone and gives each child the chance to SHINE in his/her own way :)

We made these beautiful Spring paintings to decorate our hallway and I was blown away with the talent in my classroom... 
Take a look!


This project was really easy!
Here is how we did it:

First, I showed my students some pictures of flowers on our Smart board. This helped everyone picture their project in their mind. They were able to see different kinds of flowers and they all chose which flowers they liked best. 

We drew our flowers with pencil first. This made it easy to erase if we had to make changes to our drawing.
We then traced our picture with BLACK markers.


Once we had our picture done, we got started on the painting part!

I took a minute to show my students how to use watercolor paints. I explained to them that it was important to use water to wet the paints but that it was just as important to not use TOO MUCH water. I showed them what it looked like when we use too much water. I like showing my students what MISTAKES look like before they happen. This helps them pay close attention during the art process. It also saves me from lots of tears ;)


I had a BLAST walking around, taking pictures of my students hard at work. 
It seems like every time I take out my camera, they get VERY serious about what they are working on. 
It's a WIN-WIN, really! ;)









Take a look at our final projects! 
Aren't they beautiful??








Our hallway is so bright with these masterpieces on the wall :)

I hope you can use this idea in your classroom!

For more BRIGHT IDEAS, be sure to use the link up below.



Later gators,

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Unite For Literacy - FREE Online Books!

Hi everyone,

I recently stumbled onto this website, thanks to my friend Stephanie over at Falling Into First.

I'm so glad that she shared this website with me because it is absolutely AMAZING!
Who doesn't enjoy a free online book once in a while, right?


Unite For Literacy has such a HUGE collection of books to choose from!

I used this one in my class, because we were starting our insects unit
I projected it on my Smart board for the whole class to enjoy!


What I really love about this website is their narration feature!
Kids can click on the microphone and have the story read to them. 


Some books have simple sentences and repetitive text.


Others have more text on a page.


There is a large variety of books to choose from so you are sure to find 
something you everyone in your class!



You can read all about their website HERE.

Be sure to EXPLORE THEIR LIBRARY.

I hope your class will enjoy this resource as much as mine does!

Later gators,
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Farfaria App GIVEAWAY!

Hi everyone,

Have you seen this fabulous app?
I heard about it from the fabulous Michelle over at  Just Wild About Teaching and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to show you what it is all about!

Farfaria is seriously an AMAZING app that provides the perfect story time experience. With more than 600 amazing children’s stories—and five new ones added each week—story time has never been easier!




Created for children ages 2-9, FarFaria helps children develop a passion for reading and encourages families to spend quality time reading together. FarFaria’s engaging story-discovery experience encourages children to stumble into new stories they’ll love forever.


Farfaria has awesome features!
     Unlimited reading from our library of more than 600 stories.
     Five new, engaging stories added every week.
     Interactive experience is fun for kids and easy for parents
     Every story can be read aloud with a Read-to-Me feature.
     Reading-level badge on every story cover.
     Offline access to read Favorite stories
     No advertising. No hidden fees.




I started using this app at home with my son and he LOVES it!

In my classroom, we use it in our reading center on one of our iPads. Kids love being able to choose books that both meet their reading levels and interests. What better way to motivate your kids to read!

The "Read To Me" feature is great for those struggling readers who need to be guided during the reading process. They can LISTEN to the story and then READ it when they feel ready.

If you use the Daily 5 model in your classroom, this app is perfect for both "Read to Someone" and "Read to Self". Students love reading together and checking for their understanding after every couple of pages!


GOOD news: This app only costs $3.99 for monthly subscriptions! Crazy, right?

BETTER news: I am giving away a FREE 3 month subscription to one of you!
All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter below and I will choose a winner on SUNDAY.

Good luck!


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Insects Literacy Activities

Hi everyone,

I have been a busy BEE this week, updating my insects literacy activities!

Take a look:






Here is what I included in my insects literacy pack:
- Word Wall
- Word Wall Activities
- Sentence Writing
- Building Words
- Describing Insects using Adjectives
- Venn Diagrams
- Mini Insect Book
- Scrambled Words
- Writing Prompts 
- File Folder Word Wall
- Word Searches

I made ALL pages in black and white for easy photocopying!

You can find these activities at my TPT store.



I also updated my BUGS craftivity pack!


If you want to get both, you can grab the BUNDLE and save! :)


I'm off to prep these for my class!

Later gators,
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