Monday, April 30, 2012

The Problem of the Day: An Easy Math Routine

If you didn't read my April post about the problem of the day, you can get all of the information about how I do the routine by clicking the picture below!


This is one of my favorite routines because it's quick, easy, and tons of fun!

In April, I focused on subtraction, but this month's set of questions includes both addition and subtraction word problems.  This will help the students work on whether they need to add or subtract when they hear a math story.  We focus on whether the story gets bigger or smaller, and on the key words in the story!

I'm going to keep this post short to give you time to read up on the original post with the details about the routine!

Download the new questions for the problem of the day by clicking the picture below!


This freebie is linked up with Manic Monday! Head over there to check out some other wonderful freebies!


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Sunday, April 29, 2012

How to Number Your Blog Comments & Winners!

I tried so many different tutorials online to number my blog comments, but none of them were working and I was not about to count through all of the 146 comments on my 100 follower giveaway to find the winner!

It ends up that in addition to inserting the HTML from this tutorial, you also have to change one of your settings in Blogger!


Once you change the HTML based on that tutorial
  1. Go into "Settings" on your main blogger.
  2. Click "Posts and Comments."
  3. Where it says "Comment Location," change it to "Full Page."
  4. Save it and check out your numbered comments!
 I hope that helps some of you who are getting frustrated playing with HTML without any progress!

Now.... drumroll please, it's time to announce the winners!


You two can expect your items via email in just a few moments!  Congrats and thanks for entering!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Library Organization Update!


Do you remember my post about my library organization system from the other week?  Well, one of the coolest parts of the library system is you can email me at aturntolearn@gmail.com with any labels you want me to add.  Some people already emailed me their lists and here is the first update of the product!




This update added the following 30 labels, bringing the file total up to 112 labels!  (To see the original list or 82 labels, click here).  For only $8, you can get labels for you books and your bins to organize your classroom library forever!  Click either of the pictures above to bring you to the TPT page!


Authors and Series
Fancy Nancy
Patricia Polacco
Magic Tree House
Henry and Mudge
Pinkalicious
Flat Stanley
Book of the Month
Caldecott
Ready Freddy
Froggy
Black Lagoon
Judy Moody
I Can Read Books
Robert Munsch
Chapter Book Series
Bailey School Kids

ELA
Fantasy
Chapter Books
Biography
Folk Tales/Fables
 
Social Studies
Friends and Family
Our Country

Science
Living Things
Matter
Water Cycle
Simple Machines

Misc.
Farm
Sports
School Days
Wild West

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A Fun End of Year Gift Idea!

All over the blog world, everyone is talking about the end of the year!  I'm not even close to it!  I still have about 50 days left and two more report cards to write!  My school does start a bit late though... it starts after Labor Day, so it evens out.

Anyhow, I've come across two linky parties with some end of year gift ideas, and I figure I'd do a quick blog post about the gift I gave my kids last year!



Their gift included:
-a beach bucket and shovel
-7 books (see my previous post here to find out how to get books for dirt cheap)
-a wiffle ball
-bubbles
-a toy car
-a necklace for the girls (the boys got two toy cars)

The kids loved it because it was simple and fun!  And it was pretty inexpensive thanks to dollar store deals.  But.. this gift had a catch!  Their end of year gift may look fun (and it was!) but it also was academic!  Check out my letter below to see how this gift helped them practice key skills over the summer!  Click the picture to download it via Google Docs!

Note: This preview uses the font Janda Manatee Solid.  Once you download the file off Google Docs (File > Download), it will look different if you don't have the font installed.  Feel free to install the font using the link above, or use a different one!

Let me know what you think!

This post is linked up with some linky parties:

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

How to Give a Picture a Transparent Background (A Technology Tuesday Post!)

How annoying is it when you're designing a worksheet or a poster and the background of the image gets in the way?  Based on the poll in my sidebar, most people wanted to learn how to get rid of that pesky background and make it totally transparent!  And today... I'm going to teach to how to do it, for free!



First things first, download Gimpshop so you can practice along with the following directions!  Gimpshop is like photoshop, but for free!  And... it works on Macs and PCs!

If Gimpshop doesn't install properly on your computer, download Gimp.  It's literally the exact same program, but Gimpshop looks more like Photoshop when it's open.  Either will work!

I kept the same format as last week with the step by step directions with images... let me know how you like the format!





A common issue that I run into is images that are light/white in color... so here's a troubleshooting tip!  If you run into any other problems doing this, leave me a comment and I'll walk you through how to fix them!


You can download this tutorial as a PDF by clicking this picture!
Note: This tutorial is hosted on Google Docs.  To save it from there, just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!

Thank you for visiting technology Tuesday!  Speaking of technology... I made three banners for the contest going on over at TPT.  If you like them, please vote on them (be sure to vote on all three!).  All you have to do is click the picture below and click "Like!" on facebook!  It'll take five seconds of your time and I'd really appreciate it!




Monday, April 23, 2012

-ell Word Family & Mega Giveaway Reminder!

Are you looking for instant student engagement?  Well, if you are, Prezi is one of the ways that you can easily get all of your students focused and excited about anything... even a simple word family!  Click the picture below to see how much Prezi can be!  I just completed another fun Prezi on the -ell word family! 



If you want to check out the Prezis that I've made previously, click the collage below!


Also, if you haven't entered yet, be sure to enter my mega 100 follower giveaway!  The contest ends this Saturday, April 28, 2012 so there's still plenty of time to win $50 worth of prizes! Click the picture below to see how to enter!



Sunday, April 22, 2012

TPT Contest! & MEGA Giveaway Reminder ($50 of Prizes!!!)

Hey everyone!  For those of you who saw the Teachers Pay Teachers newsletter this morning, they're having a contest to redesign their TPT Banner and they're offering 3,000 worth of prizes! 

I designed three banners for the contest, please, please, please vote for them!  All you have to do is click the picture below and click "Like!" on facebook!




If you enter the contest, please leave me a link in the comments section so I can vote for you!  Also, please note that the poems/phrases written above were written by me.  Please DON'T use them in your own submissions!

Also, if you haven't done so yet, head over to my 100 Follower Giveaway for your chance to win $50 worth of items!!!

100 Follower Giveaway!

Hey Everyone! While I was posting about my new update to my writing anchor chart, it happened!  I got to 100 followers!!!! I'm so excited!  Obviously, this is a reason for celebration!  It's time for my 100 follower mega giveaway!



That's right... now is your chance to win $44 worth of AMAZING products!  I have teamed up with 5 other teachers to offer you some amazing prizes!  

Here is what you can win!  (Click each picture to bring you to the TPT product page for more info!)

My new writing anchor chart and writing goals set!


 My complete library organization kit!

ALL of my Sight Words Uno Games!





Word Explorer - Daily Word Study from Mrs. Will's Kindergarten!

Inchworm Measuring Center Activity from First Grade is Fantabulous

In a Garden - A Literacy-Rich Science Common Core Unit from First Grade is Fantabulous


Spring Fever - 11 Math and Literacy Stations from Rowdy in Room 300!

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! - Seven Activities for Number Skills from Pocket Full of Kinders

Mother's Day Coupon Book Craftivity - from Jillian's Just Tinkerin' Around

6 Fun Froggie Common Core Math Stations - from Can Do Kinders


So are you excited!?!  I'll be picking two winners for this giveaway, and you actually have ten ways to enter!  Here they are!
  1. Follow my blog and TPT store - leave one comment
  2. Follow Deedee's blog Mrs. Will's Kindergarten and TPT store - leave one comment
  3. Follow Tanya's blog First Grade is Fantabulous and TPT store - leave one comment
  4. Follow Nicole's blog Rowdy in Room 300 and TPT store - leave one comment
  5. Follow Shuna's blog Pocket Full of Kinders and TPT store - leave one comment
  6. Follow Jillian's blog Just Tinkerin' Around and TPT store - leave one comment
  7. Follow Pam's blog Can Do Kinders and TPT store - leave one comment
  8. Leave a comment on one of my free items on TPT - leave one comment telling me which item you commented on!
  9. Blog about this giveaway - leave TWO comments giving me the link to the blog post

Be sure to leave your email address on each comment!   This giveaway ends Saturday, April 28 at about 12:00pm EST.

Making Sentence Structure Easy for Kindergarten Students!

Hey everyone!  As promised, I've added some really exciting updates to my "Writing a Winning Sentence" anchor chart!  I am so excited about all of these additions!  There is now:
  • a coordinating writing goals chart, where you can post your students' names next to their individual goals (Pinterest inspired)
  • a self-check skills card, to help students check that they've addressed each skill
  • two writing conferences charts - for if you have one teacher or two teachers in your classroom
  • a SECOND writing anchor chart and set that is better suited for 1st grade and 2nd grade
  • a THIRD writing anchor chart and set that is suitable for 3rd and 4th
All of this is only $2 in my TPT store!  Click the picture to head over there and purchase it!

I started using this set with my kids and they just love it!   And for all of you blog hoppers, I'm offering part of this set for free!  Check it out below...



I printed out copies of this page for each of my students.  During writing time, I put these at each of their seats so that they can check their work.  The constant visual helps remind them of the skills they need to include.  Click the picture below to download the freebie! 


Note: This preview is hosted on Google Docs.  Once you open the file, click File > Download to save onto your computer!


This post is linked up with Manic Monday!

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Friday, April 20, 2012

Sight Words Game for Dolch Pre-Primer Words

In case you haven't done so yet, be sure to download my free Dolch Pre-Primer Sight Word Uno game!  It's one of my students' favorite games to play!





The game has a full color version, and a version that uses less color ink!  Click any of the pictures above to take you to my TPT store to download it!

The cards for the other Dolch words are also available, for $2 each.  Check them out here.

I also just updated my writing set, below... click the picture to check it out!



This post is linked up with Mrs. H's Resource Room and Manic Monday!


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