Thursday, May 25, 2017

Summer Bridge Practice for Fourth Graders Going to Fifth Grade

Stop the summer slide and bridge the gap between fourth and fifth grade with this summer practice pack!  Math, reading, writing, grammar, research, science, social's all here!  There's also a parent letter explaining the packet and the importance of keeping the brain active over summer, a reading log, suggested reading list, and much more!


This is one of those projects I've been working on for a while.  It seemed to go on and on and on.  I'm finally finished and it's available to you in my TPT store!

Every subject is covered and it is all stuff a fourth grader should be able to do independently (other than a parent possibly driving them to a library) and uses items from around the house.  

Just copy and send it home!

Get yours now!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

5 Things I'm Loving Right Now

We still have 7 weeks of school before we get out.  I'm soooooo ready.  In an effort to focus on the positive, I'm thinking about things I love right now. 

1- This book.  I might have to make another post just about this one soon.  It has a bit of humor and a bit of a message about over-scheduled kids.

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2- Zillow - I know, weird.  But I'm a serious planner.  I plan waaaay ahead.  My husband and I are planning to relocate in 2-4 years and I love surfing houses in the areas that we're looking.  I especially love that I can easily satellite view the map and see what's nearby and what the whole property looks like. 

3- Homemade nut milks.  I have discovered that dairy is the main cause of both my seasonal allergies and my adult acne.  In an attempt to cut most of it out, I have been making nut milks.  They are fast to make and don't have the added ingredients that store bought nut milks have.  My favorite is macadamia.  (This one isn't my picture - it's from

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4-  The warmer weather.  This is a catch 22.  I was ready for warmer weather, but it kind of skipped over warm and went straight to hot here.  It's in the 90's this week!  

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5-  Being in the garden- The garden is planted and beginning to grow!  I can't wait to add more berry vines, but thus far all the tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and zucchini are in the ground and getting bigger!  We even have a few baby grapes on our young grape vine.  (Pay no attention to the weeds ;) )

What are you loving right now?  Take a minute to remind yourself of the good things in life and share them in the comments!

Friday, April 21, 2017

The End of the School Year is Almost Here!

Can I get an "Amen!"?  Seriously, it has gone by fast but I am soooooo ready for summer.

During this time I always liked having my kids reflect on their year and their growth, but also set up next year's students for success in my classroom.  

I put this pack in my store quite a while ago and it continues to be a top seller.  It has ideas for BOTH the end of the year, the beginning of the year, and tying the two together.

There are lots of ideas and quite a few printables as well.  More than 32 ideas are included!  That's less than 20 cents per idea!

 One of my favorite things about the end of year activities are that it gives you things to put on your walls before the new year starts.  No more starting off the year with blank walls!


There's a preview file next to my product on TPT so you can see the table of contents with a more accurate picture of what's included.

What do you think is a 'must do' at the end of the year?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Easter Jelly Bean Learning

Easter is this weekend!  Have you not thought of something fun to do to keep kids engaged while learning/reviewing?  I have jelly bean math and more products in my store for both k-2 and 4-6!

Go and print ya somethin'!

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Multiplication Bundle is Here!

Ok, in all truthfulness, it's been here.  I just forgot to blog about it.  ;)

All mini support packs (2-12) are in my store, and the bundle is there as well!

The bundle has all the support packs PLUS two additional exclusive freebies that are only available in the bundle.

And did I mention the bundle is discounted? That's right!  If you were to buy the mini packs separately, you'd pay $17.  While that's a fabulous deal for more than 30 practice activities, when you get the bundle you only pay $12.50!  Can I get a "Woot Woot!"?

And you get two exclusive freebies with it!  You get the Multiplication Pattern Mini Book and Factors and Multiples Puzzle Pieces which are only available in the bundle.

Head on over to my TPT store and download it right now!

Here's the rundown of what's included (copied from my store description):

Save money by buying this packet - get all of my multiplication mini support packs plus two exclusive freebies that are only available in this bundle!

Multiplication mastery is such a key component in other math skills for the remainder of a child's education. This packet provides practice and games in ways that engage students more than regular timed drills.

This bundle includes everything in all my multiplication support mini packs at a discounted rate and also includes 2 freebies you can only get in this bundle!

All activities are either low prep or no prep. Each of the packs include practice for the specific table being focused on and for cumulative review from 0-that number. For example, the twos pack includes two ways to practice twos, plus a review game for 0-2 mixed facts.

Included activities:
-circle the 2's
-2x2 art
-0-2 square garden cumulative practice game
-3's odd or even products
-Make a chain 3's game
-Race to 100 0-3 review game
-Missing product 4's practice
-4's array art
-multiplication concentration 0-4 mixed facts
-5 facts maze
-Fast Facts 5s game
-Cumulative review 0-5 mystery picture
-Missing factors with 6s
-Bump with 6s
-Domino War 0-6 mixed practice
-Circle the 7's
-You're on a Roll! practice 7s
-Square garden game cumulative review 0-7
-Roll and Solve 8s
-Make a Chain game with 8s
-Race to 100 mixed practice 0-8
-Missing Factors 9s
-5 in a Row with 9s
-Multiplication Concentration review 0-9
-Multiplication Word Search with 10s
-10s maze
-War with cards cumulative review of 0-10
-Matching Elevens
-Bumping Elevens game
-I Have Who Has cumulative review of 0-11
-True or False? with 12s
-Fast Facts game with 12s
-Speed Grid review of 0-12

The freebies included:
-Multiplication Pattern Mini Book
-Factors and Multiples puzzle pieces

This is meant to supplement your regular multiplication program by providing extra games and critical thinking printables for students in order to have repeated engagement with facts.

Click here to get it!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Introducing the Multiplication Practice Series!

Finally!  This one has been rolling around in my head for a while.

What it is:

-A set of multiplication practice mini packs created for each separate multiplication table.

 -Practice in that number and cumulative practice for 0 through that number.

For example, today I put the twos pack in my store.  There are two activities to do with the twos tables and one no prep game for mixed practice of zeros, ones, and twos.

Why do you need it?

When you're teaching multiplication (or reviewing it in upper grades), you sometimes need to target a certain set or table repeatedly.  This set of mini packs allows you to pick and choose.  Also, most teachers teach multiplication one table at a time.  Then they mix it all up at the end.  I prefer to keep reviewing what they've just learned along the way, so I've included cumulative review in each pack.  It can be hard to find mixed practice for only certain tables!  It also helps reinforce the previous tables for those students that are little slower at picking it up.

What's next?

The threes!  I'll be posting these in order.  Then at the end I'll bundle them for those of you who want the whole set.

Why did you start with twos and not zeros?

I have found that most students really don't need much practice with zeros and ones.  The twos are where it starts to get real. ;)

Head over to my TPT store and download yours today for only $1.50!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Root Beer Floasts STEM lab for Grades 4-8

I know you've all seen the cute root beer float lab for first and second graders where they see all three states of matter.  But you can use the floats in upper grade too!


I created this one for 4-8 graders.  


Review states of matter and explore the law of conservation of matter as well as physical and chemical changes with this root beer float lab.

Students measure the parts of the float as they create it to show that the mass stays the same. They also discuss whether a physical or chemical change is happening.

This lab uses the 5E method (engage, explore, explain, extend, evaluate) and includes step by step directions along with a student lab sheet. The lab sheet is 2 pages and there are several pages of detailed teacher directions with pictures.

The lab takes 45 minutes to an hour to complete.

Only $3 in my store as of NOW!