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Saturday, January 28, 2012

Heart Calendar Numbers

Here's a little freebie for your Saturday.  I know February doesn't have 31 days but I included all 31 in case you wanted to use them for another month.  The hearts form an ABAB pattern (pink, purple) and an ABCD pattern (different hearts).  I had to make the pattern more difficult as my kids at getting so good at picking them out.

Monday, January 23, 2012

What to do when it's due tomorrow?

This post isn't about my class but about one of my kids.  On the weekend my oldest, who is in grade six said, "Mum, I have to make a 3D model of the universe". 

I said, "Sorry, I am NOT buying that many Styrofoam balls.  Are you sure you don't just have to do the planets?". 

He thought that yes, maybe it was just the planets and the sun. 

Well as life goes, we forgot all about it.  YIKES.  This is project is now due tomorrow and we have no 3D model. 

I did a quick Internet search (thank goodness for the Internet) and found this great website Crafts For Kids that had wonderful instructions for making a 3D model.

So I bought the Styrofoam balls and we got out the paint and the toothpicks and the brushes and wooden dowels.......

 We  He painted the balls and we let them dry (thank goodness it didn't take long).

 We cut the dowels to the right lengths depending on the distance to the sun.

 And stuck all the planets into the sun.  Phew! I wonder how he's going to get it to school?

Friday, January 20, 2012

Freebie Friday

Valentine's Day is on the way.  Here is a little alphabet matching activity for you.  Just match the upper case to the lower case letter.  I would love a comment if you download.

Don't forget to enter my Pizza contest from yesterday.  You can read about it here.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Look what I'm doing CURRENTLY

Ugh, I can't believe that the holiday is over and I'm back to work today.  I have a feeling it's going to be a long day.  I'm joining in on Oh' Boy 4th Grade for the linky party.  Head over there to link up what you are doing CURRENTLY.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Friday Freebie

Woo Hoo!  I reached 400 followers.  Here's a freebie for you to celebrate.

Match the mittens and hat.  Match the number word to the number to the tally.  Enjoy.  Leave me a note if you download it.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What is your Go-To book?

Stephanie over at Teaching in Room 6 is having a linky party.  What is your Go-To book?  I think that one of best books around about teaching literacy to children with severe disabilities is "Children with Disabilities: Reading and Writing the Four-Blocks Way" by Karen Erickson and David Koenhaver.

I saw Karen Erickson at a conference and she is absolutely amazing.  If you ever get a chance to see her, you should.  This book will give you some excellent literacy ideas for children with mild to  severe disabilities and for children that use augmentative and alternative communication.

The book is written with sample classrooms and children, offering practical real life examples, and sample IEP goals. It is not necessary to have an understanding of the the Four-Blocks framework to use the ideas in this book.  The suggestions can be used in any literacy program.  If you have a special needs child in your class, you need this book.

What is you go-to book?  Head over to Stephanie's blog and link up.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Another Giveaway

Melissa over at

is having a giveaway for her 40th birthday.

It features one of my units so follow me here and click on the picture above to head over there to let her know.

Don't forget to also check out my give away here.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

New Snowmen Sight Word Activities

Happy New Year everyone.  I hope it has started off well for everyone.  I have uploaded four new sight word activities to my TpT store. 

Simple and easy sight word matching game for children working on identifying sight words.  Match the sight word hat to the correct Snowman. Each kits contains all the words on each of the Dolch word lists.  The grade one and three kits also contain one blank. Perfect for literacy centers. Print, laminate and cut out.  Click on each picture to go to the file.

Don't forget to enter the give away here