Teacher Appreciation Week! (And a TPT Sale!)

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Here's a peek at the two doors Natalie decorated for her two kids' teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week:

As you might know, I decided to stay home from teaching for the past two years. It's fun to be on the parent side of teaching! Although I miss having my own classroom and my own group of students to love, I appreciate being able to be a room mom, PTA mom, and chaperone all the field trips for my own two kids! 

Here's a true story for you: I had already gone to the school earlier in the day to drop off teacher appreciation gifts to my kids’ two teachers. Then after lunch, it hit me - I forgot to do something for the specialty teachers and secretaries at the school! (I was a specialty teacher for 3 years and I always try to remember them and help them feel special, but this time I totally forgot!) So, of course, I hurried and made these candy bar wrappers, drove to the closest store, and was able to deliver these right as the bell rang! Moral of the story: Don’t forget your specialty teachers! They work hard and deserve to be appreciated too!

These Candy Bar Templates will be FREE in my store all week! Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! 
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Here are some of our favorite end of year resources you might need to help you get through these next few weeks.




Also, if you have changed grade levels or are new to teaching, you will probably want to purchase your copy of our Common Core Checklists! They are a great way to stay organized and on top of the Common Core standards!


Math Activities and Games for 1st Grade

I've got some math tubs ready for next week so that I can pull my guided math groups. Also so I can keep my sanity as the weather gets warmer and the kids get "more excited". We just finished with our time to the hour and half-hour unit and I want to meet with some groups to re-teach and enrich. I also want to throw some review of ALL THE THINGS because, spiral review. ;)

My kiddos love memory/matching games for place value and this one is from my

I feel like time is so fun to teach! It's awesome to see the kiddos telling you what time lunch starts {only if they raise their hand, of course!}. They are loving this game, "Rock Around the Clock" from my Telling Time Packet:

You play music and the kiddos dance around the classroom, when the music stops, they find a different desk and write any time {whatever time you are working on} they want {digital}. Then, I start the music again {they dance} and when the music stops, they find a different seat and draw the analog clock time to match the digital time. I check them off, they erase their boards, and we play again. :)
The mats are laminated and we use dry-erase markers on them.

This one is also from my Telling Time Packet. Why are kids so obsessed with spinners?  They spin the spinner and make that time on their analog {Judy clock} clock. If you don't have a set of Judy Clocks, you can use the DIY cardstock clock that I provide in the packet.

Here's one of the most popular games that my kiddos loooovvvee to practice time!

Here is a game for teaching/practicing time! I have left the clocks blank so that all grade levels can insert the times that they are working on. In partners, each player takes a turn drawing a card. Then, they write down the digital time on their recording sheet.  Watch out for that fly in that pile! If you pick one, you lose a turn!  The first player to fill up their sheet is the winner!

Click {here} for the game!

St. Patrick's Day

Next week is time to pull out my St. Patrick's Day Unit

Here are some of my favorite activities...

This is a differentiated opinion writing:

 This missing addend math game is a HUGE hit!

 The leprechaun application makes me laugh every.dang.time. It is also differentiated!

This estimation math lesson is fun and educational!

This HUGE pack {91 pages} is full of fun, meaningful activities!  It's available in color and black/white! This Common Core aligned St. Patrick’s Day Unit has everything you need to integrate this fun holiday with math and literacy! Each activity has variations to meet the CCSS for kinder, 1st, and 2nd grade.

Blocks Rock STEM Game!

(This post is sponsored by Blocks Rock. All opinions are my own.)

My school has recently become a STEM+A school, so I'm always looking for more resources! Two summers ago, I was given a Blocks Rock STEM pack and my students love using it in our classroom. I posted about it last school year and I'm here to tell you that they've added some features to the program and there's even more (free) fun!  They've included the cards for FREE, added all difficulty levels on the app for FREE, and of course the app is FREE! 

My favorite part of this block game is the technology component.  Although you can play this game without using the app, the app brings another element that my students just LOVE!  

I love the 3D aspect of this game and how you can differentiate the difficulty level on the app. You do not need to use the app for this game, but it is such a great extension (and it's free too).

Here's how the students play Blocks Rock:
  • The students get equal amounts of blocks (the game is for two players, but I had my students play in pairs so there were 4 students playing).
  • Player 1 flips over a card and both players create the picture using the blocks (I love that they can build it flat or 3D like a tower). There are two types of cards (Level 1/2).
  • The blocks have to be touching.
  • The first player to build their structure will ring the bell and they win the round (you can also have students touch their head when they are finished if you don't want to hear the bell).  If the structure isn't correct, the round continues...and the pressure builds! HA!
  • The player who wins the round, keeps the card.

My favorite uses for Blocks Rock:

* STEM rotations
* 3D shape introductions
* Indoor recess
* Rewards for positive behavior

What do your students learn while playing?

Color Identification: Players match the colored blocks to the colors on game cards.

• Problem Solving: Players arrange the blocks and fix when necessary.
 Shape IdentificationPlayers match block shapes to the shape of blocks on game cards.
• Spatial Learning: Players must build a structure to match the structure on the card.
 Hand-Eye Coordination: Hand-to-eye coordination is key to building a block structure
in the shortest amount of time.
• Math Skills: Points on the cards can be added up at the end of the game to determine
the winner, or younger players can count the number of cards each player has to find the

You're probably wondering if my students enjoy these activities and if it challenges them. 
If your principal is wondering if there is research behind the game, the answer is YES! 
Want to get your admin to pay for it? 
Show them this study on Blocks Rock and the effects it has on the brain!

Are you interested in trying this with your students?
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