Tuesday, July 29, 2014

New products 50% off!!!

The teaching Tribune has been continuing their Two for Tuesday linky and I thought that it would be a great way to introduce two things I added to my store.  I have used these in my classroom, but of course never took pictures before I packed them away.  These products will be marked off by 50% at least until sometime tomorrow (probably longer because I will forget to fix them!)

The first is my Community Helpers interactive book.  This book features adorable graphics from Whimsy Clips (Sister site to My Cute Graphics, I just love all of Laura's graphics!). The packet actually includes 4 copies of the book, color, black and white,  with blanks, and with out blanks.

Each book features 11 community helpers:
  • veterinarian
  • chef
  • dentist
  • doctor  
  • farmer
  • teacher
  • police
  • firefighter
  • mail carrier
  • crossing guard
  • repairman

My next new product is a sight word game called Strike!  This bundle includes the first 300 Fry Words for now.  I will be adding more and the price will go up.  (The next 100 words should be added in about a week).  This game features cute bowling kids from DigiScrap and can be used year round.  You can purchase each set of sight words individually if you would like.

To play students pick out one card from a basket (I would use something related to bowling, maybe there is a bowling pin basket somewhere in your attic. ) and read the word. If they get it correct (This is your preference, I usually have them keep it no matter what, they are still practicing!) they keep the card. If a student pulls “Strike!”, then he/she must put all of their cards back in the basket. If a students pulls "Spare", then they must trade their cards with another player. Winner is the student with the most cards at the end of play.  I also ask the kids to read me all of the cards in their pile at the end.  Just to sneak in some more practice. 

My students love these type of games.  I rotate them through out the year so the "rules" are always the same, but there is a different theme. 

Head over to the Teaching Tribune to check out all of the other stuff that is half off!!

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Ocean activities!

 One unit we in in my preschool class at the end of the year was a water unit. We spent some time focusing on the ocean since we live so close to the water. While I was out for a meeting I had the students work with the substitute to make jelly fish. I just love the way they came out. Unfortunately I don't have pictures of the process, but I do have a picture of the final product. To make them we simply cut a paper plate in half and colored half. Next the students counted out 10 tentacles from crepe paper. The students then glued the tentacles on. I retrospect I probably would have had the kids cut the plates themselves and use a stapler to add the tentacles. That way we could add some extra fine motor practice in.

 Also as part of our ocean studies we looked at seashells. I put them on a teacher's cafeteria tray (Shhh!! Don't tell!)and the kids used oversized magnifying glasses to explore them. This activity was a HIT! I left it out for a few the remainder of the week so that they could continue to explore during free time.

 Another activity we did that the kids really enjoyed was pretend to be turtles. We did this by crawling around on all fours while having a "shell" balanced on our backs. Our check was a carpet sample that I use to make places to sit in the class room.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Blog Hoppin' Scavenger Hunt

If you follow me on Instagram you may notice that I have posted a lot of pictures with the hashtag #bloghoppin2014.  The crew over at Blog Hoppin'  have put on a scavenger hunt that has a lot of teachers searching high and low.  I have been able to get my kids and friends involved also.  I may have also tried to get a sneak picture of someone wearing a fanny pack but was not quick enough to chase them down.....  You can join in the fun by going to this blog hoppin' post to find out all the details.  If you are not following me on Instagram you can find me at caorsborne.

Here are some of my highlights! B has been a real sport in trying to help me get all of my pictures.

This is where I tried to get the guy in the fanny pack

B and I made play dough so we could spell out my name and Blog Hoppin'!

B wanted to pretend he was holding up the bus.

Making slime! This was our science experiment

B hold a teacher bag full of books!

You can check out other pictures by going to the link up over at Blog Hoppin!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Teacher Toolbox: PECS organization (Freebie!)

A few years ago when the teacher toolbox craze hit I really wanted to hop on board, but it did not happen until last summer.  I decided to make a toolbox not only for my supplies, but also for my picture communication system.  I decided to wait to blog about it until I could see how it worked out.

 I must say, I  LOVE this system.  Anyone can come into my room and look for a picture they might need.  The drawers are labeled (Although, as you can tell by the pictures, I did not have enough labels, oops!) and all you do is pull out the pictures to locate the one you need.  The pictures are also easy to put away, although I do keep a small basket right in front of the toolbox to throw pictures in.  Then a classroom volunteer can quickly go through and put them away.  I found throughout the year that I needed drawers that were just for a certain student.  So I just wrote their name on one of the blanks.These worked great to keep student specific pictures organized.  

I also love my toolbox with all of my supplies in it.  This made is super easy for all the paraprofessionals I work with to find things in my room instead of having to look on my messy organized in my way desk.

To make this I bought the toolboxes from Lowes.  They are Stack-On 18 drawer Storage Cabinets. Right now they are $19.96 each, however you can go through Ebates and purchase it online to get 2% back.  If you do in-store pickup then there is no shipping costs  (You can find out more about Ebates by checking out this blog post.).  I then made labels, printed them, laminated therm and attached the labels to the insides of the drawers with double sided tape.

To save you some time I am going to share my labels.  I used graphics from MyCuteGraphics and fonts from Kimberly Geswein Fonts.  Ready to go get your copy?  Click here or on the picture to the right!!

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Pencil Sharpener Love!

So, I have this pencil sharpener and I kind of fell in love with it. (SHHHHH!  Don't tell my husband!). I bought my first one a few years ago with a fewer of my fellow teachers.  We bought a 3 pack to try out.  Well, they were a hit!  So much that this school year our PTO bought one for EVERY teacher in the building.  On top of that some teachers have 4 in their classrooms.  That way each table has their own.

These pencil sharpeners where made for classrooms by an elementary school teacher.  Who to know better what torture we put pencil sharpeners through?!  What I love about these sharpeners (besides they sharpen pencils) is that they are easy to use, you can buy replacement parts, and remember how when we were in school cleaning the pencil sharpener always ended up Ina big mess?  Well these awesome sharpeners have an easy to pull out drawer that makes those pen pick shaving messes a thing of the past!

Also, since I have bought my first sharpener, Troy has come up with new colors, designs, and what I am most excited about..... A sharpener for large pencils!  You know, those big pencils that are great for our early learners or special ed kiddos who need something larger to grasp.  Yes, those pencils..... I think this one is going on my wish list.

Are you ready to check it out?  Head on over to Classroom Friendly Supplies to see what the fuss is all about!  You can find lots of rave reviews, more pictures, FAQs, and more.  

I hope you love this sharpener as much as I do!

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Pirate Week part 2!

Well the boys finished up Pirate Camp last week with a demonstration.  They were a ship and the parents pretended to be a Merchant ship.  When we went to exchange our candy for their chocolate chip cookies they attacked!  They boys learned so much last week about being pirates and some of the marine biology and history from our area were snuck in also.  They made some really cool things also that I now will  put into my back pocket for my next pirate week such as a boat and a bandana. (The sword was really cool also, but I don't think I can get away with making that in school).

So anyway, on to my pirate week at school.  We made pirate spy glasses.  I think these were my favorite and the most of the kids favorite.  To make them we first talked about how pirates use a spy glass to see off of their ship.  Then we got to work making out own.  We used paper towel rolls (Upcycling!!) and decorated them with markers and ocean themed foam stickers.  Then I took a piece of clear saran wrap and attached it to the end of the spy glass with a rubber band.  That was it!  Simple and the kids had a ball during free play making up pirate stories and going on treasure hunts.

When we went outside, I told the kids they would have to walk the plank before they could go to the playground.  If they made it through the sharks they would be ok.  I wish I took a picture of the look on their faces when I told them this.  It was hysterical!  As you can see from the picture our plank was simply a ramp that they walked across, but they loved it.

In honor of my pirate week, I decided to link up with Teaching Tribune again (They are having some great linkys this summer!) and discount two of my products 50%.   The first product is Shipwrecked.  This is a sight word game featuring cute pirates!  The other one is Where is the Turkey? bundle (Yes, I know it is not a pirate theme, but go with it!!).  This is an interactive book that has a classroom edition and a student edition. It works on positional words.

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Throwback Thursday Pirate Style!

Picture Credit: David Willbanks
It is time for another Throwback Thursday over at The Teaching Tribune.  Keeping with the pirate theme for this week, I am reposting a game I made when I first began blogging.  This game continues to be a class favorite.  Of course, I do not have any pictures of the kids playing it!  I put the sticks in a sand bucket to help fit the theme. 

**This post originally appeared on Learning Ahoy!! on June 12, 2011**

Ship Wrecked! (math & sight word game!)

After seeing a game called Don't Get Zapped on Swap Frog First Graders (I love this blog by the way) I decided to add my own spin to the game to make it fit the pirate theme. The name of the game is Shipped Wrecked. Students pick a stick and read the work or solve the problem. If they get it correct they get to keep the stick, if they get it wrong they put it back. If they pick a stick that says Ship Wrecked then they need to put all of their sticks back. If they pull a stick that says trade with another player, then they need to give their sticks to another player and the other player takes the first players sticks. I think lose a turn is self explanatory :o)

To make this game, print out the game sheet on to address labels. Then cut in half and place on craft sticks.

Let me know your thoughts and if you have any other ideas on how this game can be adapted. Also, please check out Swamp Frog First Graders if you haven't already by clicking on the button.

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