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Sweet Summer Measurement with mini erasers!

So I love mini erasers. LOVE them. The obsession is real. So now that I collect every mini eraser that exists for every month/season… I need a reason to use them, right? Especially these adorable summer PINEAPPLE themed erasers, and especially now that, thanks to a bunch of snow days, I’m teaching til mid-June for the first time ever.

IMG_2658So I did! I decided they could be used as measurement tools and I made some summer themed measuring cards to go with them! The red lines are so that the students can easily identify which way they’re supposed to measure and when they should STOP measuring! 🙂

IMG_2670I also made the cards in black and white so they can be easily printed on color cardstock, for those that don’t want to/can’t print in color (though seriously, HP instant ink is the best invention ever and I think every teacher should be using it!)

IMG_2659Weren’t able to find the erasers? Well, first of all I totally understand – my Target never got any and I had to do a lot of begging before kind, generous people send me some… but also… I made paper rulers to go with this. That way your class can still use those fun pineapples, popsicles and rainbows to measure. Oh and if you have other mini erasers, those could totally be used too.

IMG_2668Need a recording sheet? It comes with one! Personally, I plan on writing the answers on the back and letting students just check their work (because I don’t like dealing with so many worksheets) but if you want to hold students accountable, you can!

img_2661Just keep in mind that erasers come in all sizes so students may come up with different answers, based on the size of the erasers they’re using.

Slide21Want your own? It’s available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store, or just click on the image above to get it!

Now I’m starting to think about other mini eraser measurement activities I could make… gotta put all those erasers to use!

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Mystery Puzzles – CVC and CCVC words 

Oh I had so much fun making this center! It made me wish I was a student so I could play… being a detective, using foam tiles (a big hit in my classroom), and making words – recipe for fun!

My latest creation was another must do center… all the kids wanted to be at and stay at this center. I even found one little girl try to come back and do some more. 🙂

How does it work? Well, there are picture clues and the students have to figure out the initial sound/letter for each picture.

It comes with an alphabet chart, or what I refer to as a “cheat sheet”, so students who aren’t confident on their letters and sounds can still match the beginning letter.

Once the student has all the letters, they sound out the word and find the picture that matches. On the back of the picture, I wrote the word so they can check to see if they got it right!

I love these 4″x6″ photo cases for storing centers and everything in this one fits inside nicely. I color coordinated the cards and pictures so the kids have 6 different sets to choose from (and if something falls on the floor, it’s easily to find its home).

Everything put away in the 6 case storage box. This center comes with 36 cards – 28 CVC word cards and 8 CCVC cards for a bit of a challenge. I plan on making some CVCe word cards in the future… and I’m open to more ideas on what I can make after that!

Want your own? It’s up on my Teachers Pay Teachers store, click here to get it! BUT WAIT…

Slide23Check out my growing bundle… at a VERY low price. This bundle will eventually have CVC words, CVCe words and digraphs – the alphabet chart will be the same throughout the different products so children will get very comfortable with those initial sounds and will feel confident each time they do this center, even as it grows more challenging. Want it? Click here and grab your own!

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Spring counting cards

Within the last few weeks I’ve really tried to change up my math centers – I noticed that my kids gravitated to the ones that aren’t paper & pencil or using dry erase crayons. In fact, those centers usually end up empty. Why am I using centers they won’t use… why can’t I make some they’ll love?

So… I made some! 

These are counting cards, with a twist. Students pick a card, count the number of objects and then put the tile down to match in the first square. But wait, there’s more! Then they need to practice counting on…

6 flowers, after 6 comes 7 and then… 8!

This student figured it out pretty easily. 

Yes, I could’ve used dry erase markers/crayons on these but I thought foam tiles would be a fun change… and they were. I got some foam sheets, cut them in 1″ squares and wrote numbers on them with sharpie. Easy and the kids loved it. Foam made it super quiet and the numbers were color coded so every once in a while I’d hear someone ask, “what color is number 3?” Super cute. 

It makes my teacher heart happy to say this center was a success! Every student wanted to go to it and they were happily working the entire time. I printed 8 cards in each box (Iris photo cases, I love these!) so everything they needed was all in one place and easy to tidy up. 

Need to differentiate? There are 2 sets of cards and instructions… for students that aren’t ready to count on, they can just count and put the number. Write the number on the back to make it independent and self-correcting. I will probably have these ready to go in the fall. 

Want your own? Click here to get them! I’m thinking about adding more cards so this is a great price!

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Extended savings!

The Teachers Pay Teachers sale was such a success that teachers kind of broke the Internet. Whoops! I heard of some people having trouble using the code, using their rewards points, checking out… No fun.
So I decided to join some other sellers and set my store at 20% off for one more day. Did you miss out on any of my most wish listed items:

Hurry, the sale is good today only. And don’t forget to check out my latest product:


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Hundreds Chart Puzzles

This summer has been one where I’ve spent most of it working on stuff for next year. That’s not really typical for me, usually I try not to think about work all summer long. But I’m excited because I think this means I’ll really be ready for the upcoming school year. I hope so anyway! 

I’m so tickled by my latest product because it was something that I wanted to find early in the summer. Then one night it just came to me – make your own! And so I did. 🙂
One of the skills I try to work on with my students is writing their numbers to 100. It isn’t required, they only need to write to 20, but I try to challenge the ones that can and start preparing the rest for first grade. I have to admit though, I’m not great at practicing with my kids and at the end of last year I wondered if a Hundreds Chart puzzle would help. They could start seeing the patterns in the chart, recognizing the numbers… all important skills.

The bonus? It’s NOT yet another boring worksheet for them to fill out. It’ll be fun for them, most kids like doing puzzles, plus puzzles lead to good problem solving skills. And if I have them working with a partner, then that’s even better – they’ll have to learn to work WITH someone else. All important.

So, as goes the trend this summer, I made some. There are 13 puzzles in this download, perfect for back to school – the pictures include school supplies, fall and basic shapes. I made two copies of each puzzle, one in color and one in ink saving black and white – no need to choose what file to pick, everything is all together this time. Print on cardstock (I would print the black and white pages on colored cardstock), laminate and cut out.

You can make them as hard or as easy as you want, focusing on certain numbers or patterns. I love that I’ll be able to differentiate for those students that are brand new at puzzles and the ones that are pros.

If you’re interested in purchasing my Hundreds Chart Puzzles, they’re currently on sale, thanks to the Best Year Ever sale. Click below and don’t forget to add the code bestyear to save even more on your purchase!



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Teachers Pay Teachers sale!

I’ve always loved TPT sales, there’s nothing like getting a big discount on stuff I’ve had on my wish list for a few weeks/months. This’ll be my first TPT sale as a seller, and I’m excited to share my products at a discounted price.

Check out the savings!




And there’s more at my TPT store, click on the image below. Happy shopping!


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Reading and Math Toolkit bundles

Yesterday I talked about math toolkits, which is where/why my Teachers Pay Teachers store began. They are easily my most popular item in the store. After I had posted them, I had a request to make a matching set of reading toolkit covers: this person planned on using the 16 kit and splitting it in half, 8 for reading, 8 for math. What a great idea!

So… I did!


Now, this kit just contains covers, which is why the price is so low. The idea is that you would label the containers with them and add your own materials. I’ve heard of adding magnetic letters, magnifying glasses, pointers for tracking print, reading strategy cards/bookmarks…

IMG_6029And then everything gets tucked away all nice and neat. 

I can definitely see myself having a set of 6 (you can buy the containers individually at Michaels or Amazon) on my guided reading cart for small group time. It would definitely make passing out materials a lot easier.

You can get my Reading Toolkit covers by clicking on the image below…


Or you can save money and get the bundle of math and reading toolkits combined here: