11/21 :: Friday Favorites

Hola, Friday!

I am armed and ready for the weekend (and by armed I mean there is a bottle of wine chillin in the fridge).

Any plans for you this weekend?

No big plans here, other than maybe making the first fire of the season in our fireplace... That sounds cozy, now doesn't it?


You ready for a few favorites from the week?


First off, this week, my big project was making a set of "Take-Home Math Games" - in the same fashion as my "Take-Home Science Experiments" that I posted last week.   Here's a sneak peak:


Speaking of math - while I was researching for said project above - I came across a super cool blog called Kids Activities Blog with these fun math games!


Remember this game for Valentine's Day?  Well I love this version of it - perfect for this time of year!  You can make it for any skill - it's just your standard memory game.

 {WARNING - when making this game you WILL mysteriously consume more Hershey kisses than originally planned}


I've shown this idea before, but I think it's worth showing again.  Got some old winter/Christmas themed borders that need retired?  Use them to make a game board and dice:  Check it:


One of the most frustrating things to see as a teacher is students who don't appreciate your hard work ,the gifts that you give them, or the special things you do for them.  GRRR.. Not that they need to understand your job and all that goes into it - but when you ask them to something - they shouldn't be asking "what will I get for doing it."  This article is a good read for helping to foster gratitude in your students.


And finally - to end on a funny note.  Remember when I posted this funny back-to-school video?  Well, the same family posted a hilarious Thanksgiving parody to the song "All About That Bass:"  Perfect for the weekend before T-giving.  Enjoy:

Alright - Have a weekend to end all weekends :)


Three for Thursday! {Money Games}


Happy Thursday!

Thanksgiving is a week from today.  Are you wearing your stretchy pants yet?  

{I'm a stay-at-home mom and a fitness instructor - I'm always wearing stretch pants #ionlylookdecentonsundays}

I've got something fun for you today!

Will you be teaching money any time soon?  I'm gonna share 3 fun money game/center ideas that you can include in your teaching plans.  I'm callin' it, THREE for THURSDAY!

Ya' ready?

This game helps students to quickly identify coin value, add them up and then compare the value to $1.00.  

You can find it for free here.



This activity combines money with spelling.  Each letter has a value.  Students add up the values of all letters in a word.  Simple yet effective :)  Kills 2 birds with 1 stone.  BOOM!  Another freebie comin at you....here.



I love this idea from The Star Spangled Planner {cute blog name, eh?}.  Using some fake coins and popsicle sticks, make up some money sticks with different values and put all of the sticks in a cup.  Students pull out a stick and quickly add the value.  If correct, they keep the stick.  Some sticks have "KABOOM" written on them.  If a student pulls out KABOOM, they must return all of their sticks to the cup {aka "a sneaky way to make kids count and recount the same values}.  You can more pictures and instructions here.


Now it's your turn:  

Add to my list.  What ways do you have kids practice their money skills?  Leave your ideas in the comments below.

Hang on my friends, Friday is tomorrow and next week is a short week.  It's practically Christmas break... :)



Fun Christmas Bag Toppers {Freebie!}

Hi. Happy Tuesday!

How's the week going so far?

I'm just poppin in quick to tell you about a freebie I just posted on TpT last night.  

Last week I told you about my Take-Home Science Experiments that I recently posted as an easy and inexpensive gift choice for your students.  With the science experiments, I created cute little bag toppers to put the finishing touch on your gift.  Here's what the science version looks like:

{P.S. I am making a take-home math games version as well - stay tuned :) }


The topper just makes a cute, easy way to present your gift.  

I created these freebie generic holiday gift bag toppers that you can print off and use on any gift you might be giving your students this holiday season:

Simply fold on the solid line and staple over a gift bag and wala!  Insta-cute :)

Check them out here!

Hope you can use them :)


Sunday Save-Day {GRAB IT: Types of Sentences}

Hi there!  Hope you're having a great Sunday afternoon.  It's been a chilly weekend here!  Cozy though - love that.

Time to start the week off again, and what better way to do it then with a freebie?

This game is as "print and play" as it gets.  Theres very little prep other than to cut out the cards.

It's called Grab It! {Types of Sentences}


The full set of directions are shown belown (and included in the download), but basically, students hear a sentence and decide which type of sentence it is.  They quickly race to grab the correct "Type of Sentence" card from the center before they are all gone.


You can turn it into a quick assessment by having them record each sentence on a recording sheet and include the correct punctuation.


It's a fast pace game that your students will LOVE!

You can download the freebie at the bottom of the post!  I've love for you to pin and share it with your friends!

Enjoy what's left of the weekend!



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