Saturday, August 2, 2014

TpT Back 2 School Sale and Freebie

Hey everyone!  I'm starting (key word starting) to get back into the school mode.  I've been so busy this summer because I taught ESY summer school, we moved, and I'm planning our wedding!!  So exciting but it was a hard working summer.  I also worked hard on TpT products to help in my classroom and hopefully yours this fall.

Subtraction Scavenger Hunt with QR codes Freebie


All you need to do to receive this freebie is email me innovativetothecore@gmail.com or you can leave a comment on my blog with your email address.  In the subject line type in subtraction hunt freebie and I will send it to you for free. I have many other scavenger hunts for practicing math skills (addition, multiplication and place value)  so you might also want to look at those after you try it out.



TpT Back To School Sale

I hope you've heard about the TpT back to school sale....if not then it's happening Monday and Tuesday August 4th and 5th.  My store is already marked down for the sale so you will save 28% off all the products in my store.  All you need to do is use the promo code BTS14 in the checkout.  I know my cart is already full of great products and I can't wait to purchase these new items for my classroom.

You can find my TpT store HERE



Hope you all have a great start to your school year!

Monday, April 28, 2014

End of the Year - Classroom Awards

I'm so excited to use these awards in my classroom this spring.  Here is a picture and a link to this product so you can use them too!   These awards are a little bit different than most, because the kids vote for their classmates to receive the awards. It is a little bit more work to calculate all of the votes and determine the winners, but one tip is to have kids vote then you just assign awards. This way, the kids "think" that they are voting.

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/End-of-the-Year-Classroom-Awards-Students-Vote-1202008




Here is a list of all 28 awards.  I've also included a more ink friendly version of all of the awards if you are planning to print them in black and white. They are perfect for the last week of school as a memento from their amazing school year.

Fantastic Friend
Rockin’ Reader
Math Magician
Super Scientist
Homework Machine
Out of this World Organizer
Happy Helper
Awesome Artist
Talented Techy
Agreeable Attitude
Tremendous Teamwork
Shining Sportsmanship
Responsibility Award
Trustworthy Award
Respectful Award
Hard Worker
Honesty Award
Most Active Girl
Most Active Boy
Social Studies Whiz
Library Fanatic
Super Speller
Happy Helper
Peace Prize
Perseverance Award
Class Clown
Super Smile
Class Cheerleader


Thanks so much for reading! Happy Teaching!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Adding and Subtracting Fractions Crossword Puzzles Freebie

I wanted to share a free product that I created for my TpT followers!  They are crossword puzzles but the skill is to add and subtract fractions. We are currently working on this common core skill in class, so I use these pages as morning work to give my kids extra practice. This is great for kids that need support, to send home as homework, morning work or during your math block.

My kids absolutely love them and it provides fantastic practice for these tough common core skills.

You can find these pages HERE.  I also created similar pages for decimals and you can find those PUZZLES HERE




Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Kansas Monopoly - State Research Projects


I'm so excited to share about our Kansas Day projects.  Every year we celebrate Kansas' Birthday by doing a fun project! So, this year I had my kids create a Kansas Monopoly game!  They have been having so much fun and love learning about the history of Kansas.

We started with a blank sheet of poster board.  Then, we measured out the board with a meter stick which was much more challenging than you might think. I would love to share the dimensions with you, however, I didn't write them down and we had to make some spaces smaller to fit more spaces.   To get this entire board measured for 24 kids, it took us a full hour!

The next day, we started filling in the spaces with Kansas facts and people.  Here is an example of what our boards looked like after day 2.


On Day 3, we kept working together to make our board similar to the Monopoly game. Here is an outline of our colors and what facts are located on the spaces. 


Purple: Basic Kansas Facts
Gray:  Forts located in Kansas 
Blue:  Famous Kansans  
Pink: Kansas Universities  
Orange: Cities in Kansas  
Red: Numbers that represent Kansas; January 29, 1861 
Yellow:  cattle towns in Kansas 
Green:  Famous Bleeding Kansas Battles 
Blue: Wizard of Oz and The Capital of Kansas* 
White: Oregon Trail and Santa Fe Trail  

*(most Kansans hate the Wizard of Oz references, but I was running out of ideas, so it had to work)

My kids were so creative with this project.  Instead of the jail, my kids decided to have Leavenworth Penitentiary and instead of a free space we created "Free State." Showing how proud they are that Kansas was brought into the union as a free state. 

Here is our finished product!





Here is an example of the property cards with their research.




What do you do to celebrate your state's birthday?  I'd love to hear what happens all over the county!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Reading Journal

I don't know about everyone else, but I have the hardest time making sure my kids are reading during independent times throughout the day.  I mean, who knows that they are actually doing during silent reading or during read to partner time.  We all have that 1 or 10 kids that they just glare at the page and end up reading like 2 pages during a 20 minute silent reading time.  So, I created this reading journal to hold them accountable for their own learning!

I started using them this past week.  I printed off the pages, made them into individual books.  The best part, is that all kids can use the organizer for ANY chapter book they are reading.  I like how kids are required to write down the page they started on before reading and the page they finish on after their reading.  They are also required to answer one or two questions with a variety of reading skills.

Here is this link to this journal  
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Reading-Journal-for-ANY-chapter-book-1065808


 Reading Journal


Here are the skills addressed in these journals:
Predicting
Summarizing
Main Idea
Text to Self Connection
Text to Text Connection
Compare/Contract
Character Traits
Setting
Ask a character a question
Ask the author a question
Conflict/Resolution


 How do you hold your kids accountable for learning?  I'd love to hear ideas.  The first 3 people to leave a comment on my blog, I will send you this product for free! Make sure to leave your email address in your post.