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Monday, April 30, 2012

Possessive Nouns - Freebie -- AND HearALL Winner!

Both second and third grade Common Core standards require students to use possessive nouns correctly. This is an introductory activity on just making the possessive nouns.

Click on the pic above to download the doc.

PLUS....it's time to announce the winner of the cool HearAll recorder from Learning Resources!



...and the winner is....
 I'll be sending you an email, Fancy Nancy, so check your inbox! Congratulations!


Saturday, April 28, 2012

Fishy Nouns -- Freebie

Here's a quick matching activity for reviewing irregular plural nouns for second and third grade Common Core standards.
Just click on the pic above to download the activity.

Don't forget that I've teamed up with Learning Resources to give you a chance to win their HearAll recorder. Go HERE to enter! Drawing ends Monday morning at midnight.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Fishing for Collective Nouns -- Freebie

The Language Common Core standards require second graders to use collective nouns. Yes. You heard me correctly. Collective nouns. 

So.....here's a game to help students identify collective nouns in sentences so that they can start using them!
After your students have played the game and are familiar with the words, use the collective noun cards I included for writing sentences.

Just click on the pic above to download the two activities in one file.

Don't forget that I've teamed up with Learning Resources to give you a chance to win their HearAll recorder. Go HERE to enter! Drawing ends Monday morning at midnight.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

HearALL Giveaway!

THIS CONTEST HAS CLOSED!
Learning Resources sent me a HearALL Assessment Recorder to try out in my room. I can sum this handy little device up in three words.

I.  LOVE.  IT.
(Click on the pic above to go to the Learning Resources webpage.)

I turned it on while my kids were reviewing in small groups for our big TCAP test. They were playing games and one group was getting a little off track. I put the recorder beside the table, hit the button, and let it run for a few minutes after I walked away. I came back in a few minutes, turned it off, and played back the group's conversation.

Let's just say it wasn't on topic.

Silence. Furtive looks around the table.

We talked about the goals of the game they were playing and appropriate comments. Then I started the HearALL back up and walked away.

When we replayed the recording a little later, everyone was on topic! Imagine that.

We have also used it to record our fresh reads for fluency practice. The kids are getting a little bored with fresh reads by this time of year, so using the HearALL and playing the recordings back made it all new again.

The possibilities for this are endless....playing samples for parents at conferences, recording the directions to learning stations, listening center activities...
It's so easy to use that the kids can handle it themselves.

The best part of all this? Learning Resources offered one of these for me to use as a giveaway for my followers! And since I just reached 500 followers, the timing is perfect! We can all celebrate!

So if you want a chance to win this amazing little device, you have several ways to do so. If you are a follower of my blog already, leave me a comment below by midnight, Monday, April 30. If you aren't a follower yet, please consider joining my readers now. You'll want to keep in touch, because Learning Resources has given me a Luna document camera to give away, too! Aren't they wonderful?

You can also "Like" Learning Resources on their Facebook page by clicking HERE
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Follow them on Pinterest HERE!

So that's FIVE ways to enter! But be sure you leave me a separate comment on this post for each entry so you will be in the drawing five times!

I'll draw a name using a random number generator later on during the day on Monday. Be sure you include your name and email address in the comment so I can contact you.


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Treasure Chest of Verbs -- Freebie

Third graders must meet the Common Core standards of (a) forming and using regular and irregular verbs and (b) forming and using the simple verb tenses. These pirates make hunting for verb treasure fun!


Click on the pic above to download the doc.....and please leave me some treasure in my comment box!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Long and Short Sort -- Double Freebie

Second graders must be able to distinguish long and short vowels when reading regularly spelled one-syllable words in the new Common Core standards. 

Use this freebie in two ways!

(1)  Students sort the words according to the long and short vowel sounds.

(2) After they have practiced reading the words, give them a timer and let them time themselves reading the words. Have them record their time and try to beat it on the next go-round!
Click on the pic above to download the doc.


Monday, April 23, 2012

Cats, Cats, Cats! - Freebie


I've been catching up on email, posting, and blogging this weekend. I was sur---prised when I opened my inbox and found an invite from Teaching Blog Addict to be an author for their site! Surprised doesn't really cover it.....thrilled....ecstatic..nervous....mostly nervous!
If you haven't been to their site yet (but I bet you have!), then go now and I guarantee you will find something you like!


To celebrate, here is some help getting your second graders to meet the Common Core Standard of mentally adding and subtracting ten or one hundred from numbers up to 900. 


Click on the pic above to download the doc.





Sunday, April 22, 2012

I'll Show What I Know -- Freebie!

It's TCAP testing week! We have practiced, reviewed, practiced, and reviewed. One of our last discussions was on how we can show all that we have learned. The students made a list of things they can do on testing day to be sure they are doing their best on the test.

I took their pictures and added star stickers with an app on my iPhone called PhotoSticker. We added the pics to the lists and posted them in the hall.



Click on the pic below to download the doc!

And please show some love with a comment!



Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ready Robots -- Freebie

These robots will give your third graders some fun practice on multiplying by multiples of ten.
Click on the pic above to get the activity. (I would love "multiple" comments, too!)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Skip Counting Frogs - Freebie!

Common Core standards require second graders to gain an understanding of place value by skip counting by fives, tens, and hundreds within 1,000.
Click on the pic above to download the doc.....and don't skip the comment!




Monday, April 16, 2012

Suffix Houses -- Double Freebie!

Here's a "twofer" for you!
First, you get a learning station activity for students to practice determining the meaning of words with suffixes for practice on related 3rd Grade Common Core standards.

But the freebies don't stop there!

You also get a larger version of each suffix house to use in a whole group activity. Attach the larger posters to chart paper and post around the room. As students read throughout the day, they look for words with the suffixes from the station activity, write them on post-it notes, and attach them to the posters.


Click on the pic above to download one doc that contains both the station activity AND the poster activity.

Please leave a comment and let me know if you use the activities!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Buggy Multiplication and Division -- Freebie

Practice solving multiplication and division sentences with unknowns in this station activity.
Click on the pic above to download the doc.
And remember...comments don't bug me!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Rounding Sea -- Freebie

Practice rounding to the nearest ten or hundred to meet the Common Core Math standard for third grade.
Click on the pic above to download the activity. Please leave a comment if you use this and let me know how it went!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Ice Cream Place Value -- Freebie

Practice place value of numbers up to 1,000 with this sweet treat of an activity. Students build ice cream treats based on place value.
Click on the pic above to download the doc.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Boat Race! - Freebie

Be the first to get your boat to the lighthouse in this practice activity based on the third grade Common Core standard of multiplying whole numbers by multiples of ten.
Click on the picture above to access the doc.....and be the first to leave a comment!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Ship Shape Tens - Freebie

This activity is based on the Common Core standard that requires third graders to multiply whole numbers  by multiples of ten. 
Click on the above pic to access the doc.....and please leave a ship-shape comment!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Be an Informational Text Rock Star! -- Freebie

These cute, cute, cute graphics from Spring Hill Farm make analyzing informational text fun! 
Just click on the pic above to start the rock star fun! 
Don't forget to rock on with a comment!

Monday, April 9, 2012

It's Raining Facts! -- Freebie

I guess you can tell I've been on a Math kick AND a KPMDoodles.com kick. I L.O.V.E. her graphics!
This activity is adding practice to help our second graders get that addition fluency they must have by the end of the year. You might not want to put all the cards in your math station, so just choose the ones you want to review.
Click on the pic to download.....and you know I would love it if I was "flooded" with comments!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Whooooo Can Work with Numbers? -- Freebie

I've used these cute little owls from KPMDoodles.com before, but they are so stinkin' cute I had to bring them back!
This activity gives second graders practice in figuring 10 more, 10 less, 100 more, and 100 less of a number.
Click on the pic to download the doc.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Whale of an Activity -- Freebie

Second graders must be able to mentally figure out 10 more, 10 less, 100 more, and 100 less of a given number up to 900.
This math station activity can also be used a whole group review activity.

Click on the pic above to download the doc.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Even and Odd -- Freebie

Second graders must determine whether a group of objects has an odd or even number to help them gain foundations for multiplication. This activity is a good beginning review on even and odd.




Click on the pic to download the doc.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Multiplication and Division Practice -- Freebie

Cock-a-doodle-doo! Wake up and practice multiplication and division facts with these cute little roosters from KPMDoodles.
Common Core requires Third Grade students to relate multiplication and division and to solve these problems for unknowns in equations. It seems harder and harder each year to get the kids to realize they have to memorize these facts! I'm giving them lots of practice in our Math stations.
Click on the pic to download the doc. 
.....and if you feel like crowing about it, please leave a comment!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Planting Subtraction Facts -- Freebie

Here's another station activity to help students develop fluency in subtraction.


Click on the pic to download the freebie!

Thanks to all of the readers who have left comments on my freebies. Several have suggested I put them up on Teacher's Notebook or open a TPT store. I think anything anyone can do to help out teachers is a good thing, so I'll keep the freebies coming for free as long as I can! Thanks for all the kind words!




Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Yee! Haw! -- Subtraction Freebie

Second grade students need lots of practice with addition and subtraction facts since they must know all sums of two one-digit numbers from memory. These cute little cowboy and cowgirl graphics from KPMDoodles will make practice fun. 

Click on the pic below to download the doc.






Monday, April 2, 2012

Bugaloo Multiplication Practice - Freebie

Common Core requires third graders to determine the unknown whole number in a multiplication or division equation, to understand division as an unknown-factor problem, and to fluently multiply and divide within 100. By the end of third grade, they must know all multiplication facts from memory.


Click on the pic above to download this activity based on fact families to practice these standards.

Please leave a comment and let me know how you used this in your class.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Adding Monsters! - Freebie

Common Core Standards require second graders to fluently add and subtract within twenty and to know all sums of two one-digit numbers. These cute little monsters make addition practice fun.
Click on the pic above to download.....and please leave me a monster of a comment!