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End of the Year Memory Book

Need a cute idea for an end of the year memory book?

We made this super simple, cutie patootie Surfboard craftivity and writing project to display for our Pirates and Parents Open House.  They turned out so stinkin' cute!
The memory book is cute enough on its own but the surfboard makes it extra cute!

close up of the cute toes

cover page of the book

This year I learned how to....

be a kid that is smart.

speak like a pirate.

read to my teacher.

These are my friends.
We like to...

play hide and seek.   
(Notice that Maci is it!  I love the details in this illustration). 

play on the monkey bars.

This is what my teachers look like.
My teachers are...


 so sweet.

the best teachers in the world.

My favorite thing I learned about this year is...

I learned that if you don't cook it right you will get killed by it.

(My word this one cracked me up!!!  When we were learning about sharks we read that more people get killed by pigs than sharks.  We scratched our heads and said, "HUH?"  so of course we had to google it and find out.  We found out that more people die from eating pork that wasn't cooked properly than from a shark attack.  OH!  Why didn't the book just say that!  We were picturing Pigs that attack!  :)

I learned that they roll in the mud to cool off.

A Bonus section of writing templates are also included :
START in August or September next year compiling a monthly writing sample!!!
This packet also includes a monthly writing sample if you want to use these surfing books to show your kid's writing growth as they surfed through the year!  

Note:  The packet has two versions for the teacher page.  Teachers (for classrooms that have a teacher and a parapro) and Teacher (for classrooms that only have one poor teacher who has to do everything on her own!)

If you are interested in this activity you can view it here.

Mother's Day Gift idea

Flowers for Mom.  I bought a vase of artificial flowers and took pics of the Littles holding them.  
You could let the kids make a frame for the pictures out of popsicle sticks or make a cardstock frame and let the kids decorate it with their thumbprints.
I used the pictures to put on the front of our Mother's Day books that we make each year.  

 If you need a quick and easy Mother's Day idea these gift books have always been one of my favorite things to do with my Littles.   So STINKIN'  Cute!  Seriously! I loved their pictures and writing and their mommies  loved them too!  This is such a simple gift to make but it is a keepsake that the mommies will want to keep forever.  

Here are a few examples of the pages:

When my mom is driving she yells at people.

I love the speech bubble!  GO PEOPLE!

When my mom is driving she smokes a cigarette.

(wow!  that is one big cigarette!)

When my mom is driving she talks on the telephone.

When my mom is driving she listens to the radio.

To relax my mom likes to lay on the trampoline.

To relax my mom likes to lay out in the sun and tan.

(love the bikini!)  Note to self:  Start working out.  Seriously!
Put down the Sonic coke and work out!!!

To relax my mom likes to take a bubble bath.

To relax my mom likes to lay down in the bed.

Lucy's drawing of her mom for the cover.  LOVE it!

The packet also includes a Grandma version for the little ones who live with a grandparent instead.
These quick and easy gifts are only $3  

Click on the pictures below to view the packets.

There is also a Dad/Grandpa version if you want to get a head start on your Father's Day gifts.  

Mega Math Giveaway, a Freebie and a Bonus!

Last summer Deedee and I talked about how our District's math curriculum just wasn't cutting it.
It wasn't fun to teach and it wasn't engaging for the kids.  AT. ALL!
Out of those conversations our math units were born.
We are amazed at the growth we've seen in Number Sense and Problem Solving.
And the best part?
These units make math workshop so much fun!  We've had lots of feedback from teachers telling us that their students love the hands-on math lessons and activities.  

Deedee and I are pleased to have added our 8th unit to series.  Unit 9 should be available within the next few weeks.  The final unit (Unit 10) will be completed in May.

We have the units available individually and in bundles.
Click HERE to check out the First unit.
Click HERE to check out the complete Bundle.  

Here are some of the photos from the unit.

Our math vocabulary word wall.

Just a few of the math anchor charts...
 Fluency cards
1.  Fluency cards and task cards.
2.  Number bond fluency cards.
3.  Stored in a basket by my desk.
4. Skip counting cards and Base 10 fluency cards.

Because there are so many fluency cards, Deedee created a little spinner to add a little fun to this daily routine.  You can grab it for free by clicking on the image below.
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LOTS! and LOTS of hands on learning!

Here is the curriculum map for units 1-10
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How would you like to win a boat-load of math resources?

Here is what you can win

After you sign up here make sure you hop on over to Crystal and Deedee's blog for more chances to win.  :)

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Insect Learning Fun, Freebies and a Sale!

We read lots of Eric Carle books and created our own papers to use in his style.

No patterns, please! 
The kids use rectangles and squared to create their own unique insects.
I LOVE the results.  Much better than if I had given them patterns to trace.

Building insects with pattern blocks.
The unit includes a sheet for them to tally, graph and add the pattern blocks
 they used to build their insect. 

We always start out by charting what we think we already know about our topic.

Then, we add our new learning as we go.

Opinions please?
If you want to get kids writing about their opinions just ask them a question!
They all have an opinion. :)
This was our math survey.  They surveyed their friends to see how they felt about bugs 
and then wrote about the results.

What Bugs YOU?

The picture on this one cracks me up.

Looking through a bug viewer to see what a bug sees.

We read lots of great insect books and charted the story elements.

Building an "edible" model of an insect.  YUMMY!

My friend, Tara sent me a picture of the praying mantises her class made while using my unit.
So cute!!!

If you don't already have the insect book and chit chat message you can click on them to download them.

Unit planner for my insect unit.  Everything is all planned out for you.  :)

ON SALE 25% OFF  Now through Wednesday
I will be completely redoing this unit this Summer and the price will be going up!
Get it now while it is on sale and then you will get all of the updates at no additional charge.

Click on the cover to check it out on TPT


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