Thursday, October 29, 2015

Natural Resources

Natural Resources
Here is a collection of youtube videos
explaining Natural Resources for children.


Saturday, October 24, 2015

Pumpkin Art and Bats Take Flight S.T.E.M. Activities

Halloween is almost here!
How is it that November is near?
I know right?!

Where did the time go?
Do you know?
Not sure because it feels like just yesterday
we were in the "August in Kindergarten is like
childbirth:  So painful you block it out."

I have no clue!
I've just been following all my Lists To Do!
If you're OCD like me,

you'll actually add things to your list
that you've completed that weren't originally on your list.

Teaching, teaching, makes time fly fast!
Blink your eyes and 2 months have passed!
For sure!

I feel like it was just yesterday
I opened my door for the first school day.
That was forever ago now!

Now that October is coming to an end,
I have something special for each blogging friend.
Of course you do.  You're cool like that.

To all of our blogging pals
Who are prepping for this week...
Here is a STEM freebie
that won't last long....
so quick! Take a peek!

STEM Science, Technology, Engineering & Math: Pumpkin Art 
This freebie will be available for the next 24 hours only.
Thanks for following our blog!

Have your students create a pumpkin
Out of paper, ribbons, and tape.
Just give them the materials,
And see what they create!

If you like this STEM, 
Here's another you may like to try:
Instead of making time fly....Let's make BATS fly! 
My kids are going to LOVE this one!

 STEM Science, Technology, Engineering & Math: Bats Take Flight
 My students love their bats so cool,
We had to mount and hang them at our school.
If you missed these freebies, I'm sorry!
Be sure to follow our blog and TPT stores to get future freebies!
Happy Creating!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

The Wheels On The Bus

I am so excited to share with you my new
Wheels On The Bus Homework Enrichment S.T.E.M. Activity!
I just finished it yesterday and had to post 
it free for the next 24 hours
for all of our blogging buddies!
Very cool!

STEM Science, Technology, Engineering, Math: The Wheels On 
If you missed this Freebie...I'm sorry!
Become a follower here to catch future blog freebies,
and a follower on TPT to catch store freebies!
It is very similar to my Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater STEM
that I posted free (for a short time) last year.
My favorite part is that my kiddos who need enrichment
will definitely get that, and all I have to do is:

                       1.  Print
                       2.  Choose a date for our classroom's Bus Race
                       3.  Wait for fabulous buses to show up!
Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!

My parents who are always looking
for enrichment activities for their children
 LOVED my Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater STEM last year.
I'm sure they did!

STEM Science, Technology, Engineering, Math Peter, Peter P

I taught 3 rotating classes of first graders.
Each class of 18 students,
brought in an average of  6 pumpkin houses.

 Keeping that in mind,
our Bus Race Day will be
comprised of small teams.
Whoever brings in a bus
will have a group of classmates
on his/her team.
The students will see if the bus has
wheels that "go round and round,
wipers that "go swish, swish, swish"
and a door that "opens and shuts".
Then they'll see whose
bus can roll the furthest.
They'll measure the distance,
and compare numbers
using inches, paper clips, or unifix cubes.
Fab, fab, fabulous math day!
You're like the STEM guru.
And I know you.
Just saying...

The teachers going to school say,
"Yay, yay, yay!
Yay,yay, yay!
Yay, yay, yay!"
The teachers going to school say,
"Yay, yay, yay!
I'm making plans for a fabulous day!"

Thanks for sharing!

And then...
Update: 9/22/15

Holy Toledo Batman!
I have GOT to share these pics
with all of you!
Seriously?!  Is there a little comic book
loving little boy trapped in your head?
You have GOT to be the only one I 

hear use that phrase!  LOL
I sent this Homework Enrichment STEM
home with my first grade students.
They came back
with the cutest buses....
with wheels that went
"round and round",
wipers that went "swish, swish, swish",
and doors that went "open and shut".
This was an optional homework activity,
and the majority of the kids (and their families)
decided to participate!  Woo-hoo!

The buses that look like they don't have actually DO roll...
the wheels are just underneath.

See the smiley face bus?
It's my favorite! One of my 6 year old students
made it with his 14 year old sister.
Notice the wipers?
Two striped paper clips did the trick!
So super cute...and 100% kid made!

 I hope your students and families
enjoy doing this activity as much as mine did!
Happy STEMming!
:) Regina

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Alphabet Letters & Sight Words

I'm so excited about
making some new 
language arts materials!
That's right.  You math
teacher you!
I just have to share some
sprinkles with our blog followers!
Here are some pages from my
Alphabet Handwriting Practice in Print:
Super cute!
How about I give you the letter Q page for Queen?
Thanks for sharing!

 and the letter C page for Chaos.

Here are some
Gray Scale Line sheets.
Angela these are for you!
Here's a letter A page for Attagirl....
Thank you my friend.
  and a letter F page for Funnies.

The last style is Modern Manuscript.
The first 2 schools I taught at ages ago
in Texas required this type of print:
I'm giving you a letter R page for Regina....
When I first started teaching,
I seriously struggled with writing this way!
I'm such a block printer that I was

so NOT used to these fancy tails!  LOL
  and finally a letter D page for Davis.

I feel like a cheerleader!
Give me a Q!
Give me a C!
Give me an A!
Give me an F!
Give me an R!
Give me a D!
What does that spell?

Which could mean:

Quick! Call a friend!
Quick! Catch a fast ride! 
Quick! A frog is there!
Quack! A friend rode a duck!

Don't you love reading your kids sentences
at the beginning of the year and seeing how much
they grow by the end of the year?
Teaching Kindergarten at the beginning
of the year is a lot like childbirth.
It's unpredictable and can be pretty painful.
Your brain allows you to forget this pain so
that you'll do it again another year.

But yes, it is very rewarding to see how much
progress your kids make from the start
of Kindergarten to that last day.
In that regard, our jobs are pretty awesome.
Just saying...

If you liked these pages,
check out the entire alphabet
available on Teachers Pay Teachers.

THEN....let's see...
I have a new
100 Sight Word Sentence Builder.
Here are three sample sheets that
you may want to try out!
I LOVE doing cut up sentences
with my kids!

BTW: I feel like the little, old lady at 
Sam's Club with my cart of cheese samples!
"Here my'll just love one of these!"
"Why thank you little cheese lady!"
 Here are the answer sheets so that you can
get a good idea of what the expectations are.
Students will count the number of
vowels and consonants
in a word...add them up for the
total number of letters in the word.
They'll trace the word repeatedly with rainbow colors,
they'll cut and glue the words to create a sentence.
They'll write the sentence,
and check their work with
an easy to use checklist.

If you like these sight word sentence builders,
check out the entire set of 100 words on
Teachers Pay Teachers!

A+ 100 Sight Word Sentence Puzzles...Building Sentences, Handwriting + Addition

I'm also working on a set of alphabet books,
but these are seriously going to take me a
while to complete....I don't know...maybe years.
Girrrrl, you have WAY more energy than I!
There is a reason that I have shied away
from committing to alphabet books....
I just keep adding and adding and adding.
I must have some kind of disorder that prevents
me from keeping it S-I-M-P-L-E.
It's called over-achiever!'s  small sample from my letter Aa book.

There are actually 27 different words
that can be found in the download
on Teachers Pay Teachers.
This set also has all of these words in
black and white, small books,
in a word wall, syllable counting,
with word finds and word puzzles.
SHEESH!!!  Did you not sleep or what?!
Whew!  See why this is going to take me a while?!
So far I have the Letter Aa Book:

A+ Alphabet Book: Aa ...Word Wall, Syllable Count, Word Search, Word Puzzles
The Letter Bb Book (Set 1)

A+ Alphabet Book Bb Set 1: Word Wall, Syllable Count, Word Search, Word Puzzles
The Letter Bb Book (Set 2)

A+ Alphabet Book Bb Set 2: Word Wall, Syllable Count, Word Search, Word Puzzles
The Letter Bb Book (Set 3)

A+ Alphabet Book Bb Set 3: Word Wall, Syllable Count, Word Search, Word Puzzles
The Letter Cc Book
A+ Alphabet Book Cc: Word Wall, Syllable Count, Word Search, Word Puzzles

Did you happen to notice that
there are THREE letter Bb books?
What is wrong with me?
Maybe there's a pill I can take.
Now do you understand why the complete
alphabet  may take me years to complete?
I have issues.

I hope you enjoy your little taste samples.
As always, thanks for being so generous!