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Monday, October 29, 2012

Jiving With the 5, Senses That Is! Plus I Come With Gifts

Hiya Peeps

Shuna here

I hope you are staying safe and out of the path of Sandy

This week there will be a full moon AND Halloween falls on a Wednesday

This should be a fun week

I might not have any hair left after it is over

We shall see

'I'm so happy Halloween falls on a Wednesday this year!' said no teacher ever.

Anyhoo a couple of weeks back  did a fun unit on our 5 senses

We had so much fun 

I have been meaning to share but 

I have come down with a very dangerous disease called 


Does anyone know what the cure for this disease is?

It has completely taken over and I can't seem to get anything done



We went to the pumpkin patch about a week ago and met 2 fellows

Introducing fellow number 1

fellow number 2

Now fellow number 1 

Let's call he Sweets 

Was a true sweetheart

We petted and fed him and had a good time

Now fellow number 2

Lets call him Grumpy Pants

Did not like all the attention that Sweets got

So he can over and thrashed and kicked and head butted his way into the spotlight

He was so freakin disrespectful! 

Enough on the fellows 

Moving on


On Monday I introduced the 5 senses to students and they got to smell, taste and touch different things. After we finished we discussed some of the things

I set up different things on the students tables and let them walk around and experience each one

We watched the five senses jive to learn move about the five senses

Click here to check out the vid

and played with Sid

Click the pic to check out the game

Stupid me forgot to take pictures off all the activities that we did throughout the week but I did manage to get some pics of our tasting party

After we finished we put our listening ears to the test

I created a little powerpoint and recording sheet to use

I created this during my student teaching which was a little while ago


Don't shoot me for using, EEKS,  the dreaded Microsoft clipart

It gets the job done

You have been warned!

Peace Out Peepers

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Monster Math Freebie!

Hiya Peepers

Shuna P here

This is going to be a short post

I had  Parent Teacher Conferences all day today so I am dog tired!

I hate the end of the term! 26 report cards is a pain in the you know what

Anyhoo just wanted to stop by and share my latest freebie!

Click the pic to take you there

Peace Out Peepers

One of my best blogging friends also has a super cute monster freebie

Click  the pic to check Nicole's too

Peace Out Peepers

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Where Do YOU Get Your Graphics Linky

Hiya Peeps

Shuna here

I am linking up to share where I get some of my graphics from

Mine you I have a slight problem with collecting things

Let me show you what I am talking about

Here is a look at my clipart folder

LOoks normal huh?

Well let me tell you everything is not what it appears to be!

Each one of these folders is jammed packed with other folders that are jammed pack with others!

Peep my numbers out peeps!

Here are a few of my favs that are aiding my addiction

You know for all other addictions they have these little things called support groups

I might need one of those.......

This is just a small, small, small snippet of the clipart that I use 

Second Grade Math Mania is having an awesome link to share where to find some fab clipart and graphics

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Acorns, Squirrels and Freebies Oh My! A Linky Too

Hiya Peepers

Shuna Here

Fall is one of my favorite seasons!

The weather is cooling, the sky is so pretty, leaves are at their most beautiful right before they fall off

I love me some fall

Yesterday my kiddos got into the fall spirit

My students  went on a fall scavenger hunt and they love love loved it!

I hid acorns around our building and the kiddos had to read the clues to figure out where the next acorn

was located

Here is a peek at our fun

To begin our scavenger hunt I told the kiddies that I knew a silly squirrel names Squirrely Squirrel.

I told them that that silly squirrel was so nuts that she lost all her acorns and it was their job to help her

find her nuts

We are ready to find those acorns!

The kiddos had their recording sheets and they were ready to go

This was so much fun and the kiddos did really well with it

After we finished we went outside and found real acorns!

One little sweetie say, "WoW, Ms. Patterson 

Squirrely really lost all her acorns! What is she going to eat"

We used our acorns to count with using these work mats

Click the pic to pick them up for free

If you would like to pick up the fall scavenger hunt pack

Click the pic below

It is only 4 bucks in my store and includes all the clue cards, coloring and writing sheet, snack idea and

an acorn craft!

What are some things that you do for fall?

I would love for you to link up with your own fabulous fall ideas and tips!

If you link up please grab the badge and include it in your post

When you include your back link make sure that you don't include the http://

Peace Out Peepers!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Centers? Yes, please and a teeny tiny freebie of course!

Hiya Peepers

Have you heard about the new blog Kinderland that I am apart of

No, well you can check me out over there today!

Read all about my centers and how I organize and set them up!

Oh and you can pick up a teeny tiny freebie too

See ya over there peepers!

When you have time come and visit me sometime

Peace out Peeps

Monday, October 15, 2012

Learning Sight Words and Freebies

Hiya Peepers

Shuna here

Do your little shining stars struggle with sight words?

This year I have a handful of students that just can't remember their words

Try as they might they just can't get them

So I do a variety of activities with them to get them to learn those all important words!

Here goes my schedule for how I teach sight words


I first introduce the sight word. We use magnetic letters to build the sight words and practice writing  them. 

We also write the words in the sky and write them on the carpet for that tactile support


We practice writing them again ( sky writing, carpet writing, writing on our hand, writing on the back of a neighbor and finally writing with marker ) The more motions you can get out of students the more they will build that muscle memory and more likely remember the motions for each word

We build the words using letter titles and playdough

We practice spelling each word with a motion. For example if we are spelling see we might clap each letter or do scissors. When I teach spelling words I try to get the students to activate both their left and right brain so I do a lot of activities  that cross the midline

Man I should have took pictures of this but I am going to try to explain

Don't shoot me, please

Here goes


Students hold their arms straight on either side of their head

I say a word for example see

The students move one hand over to the other ( kinda like how you would for alligator chomps) while spelling the word

Snapping It Up

Kinda like the round of applause cheer but instead the students snap each letter in a circle motion


Students hold hands flat in front of them in front of their chest

I again call a word

Student crosses one hand over the other while until they spell the whole word

I have some more spelling motions but at the moment I can't for the life of me remember

Darn Monday brain!

We also sing the spelling words for the first time on Tuesday

I know that I have talked about this site before but it is a great way to give those singers in your class time to do what they like to do best: SING LOUDLY! 

I use Mrs. Jones room to practice singing our spelling words

There is a different song for words from 1 to 6 letters

Pretty amazing stuff in my book and it works wonders

On the spelling test I catch my little darlings singing the songs to help them spell the word

Y'all I promise that it sounds  like it takes forever for me to teach spelling but it doesn't

I promise

pinky promise

15 mins tops!

You believe me right

Aww shucks you do!

Now we can move on 

Wednesday, right?

Let me check

Yep Wednesday

On Wednesday we do everything we do on Tuesday we jut add finding the word in the sentence!

I write a sentence and the kiddos practice reading the word in context


I scramble up the letters and let them unscramble them to spell the word correctly

I also do spelling exercise to practice spelling the word

You can view this post to learn about my spelling exercises

On Friday 

We review all the words and play Sparkle or All Around the World 

Here are some morre spelling ideas that I use in my classroom

Use flour or sand and have kiddos use their finger of pencil end to practice writing the words

Spelling Recording Sheet Freebie
You can this sheet in my Visual Plans
Click HERE to download

To get a blank editable copy so you can add you own words you can get it HERE 

Bottle Top Spelling

Spelling Mini Station

Click here to read more about my mini stations

More spelling Mini stations

Click here to read more about these mini stations

Paint the Word Template Freebie
You can get this freebie by downloading my Visual Plans
Click HERE to go to the plans

I am also using sight words practice pages 

I send these home for homework

These are something that the kiddos know how to do by themselves and they find them fun

Now its your turn

Link up with your most fabulous spelling/sight word ideas!

Can't wait to check them out


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