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Saturday, June 29, 2013

The 3 Billy Goats Gruff

The 3 Billy Goats Gruff is one of my most favorite stories to use in the classroom!  It lends itself to so many wonderfully engaging activities.  We have a new pack for you! It is called The 3 Billy Goats Gruff Common Core Literacy Pack and it is now for sale in our TPT store.  You can click RIGHT HERE to get it!!!  It covers many common core standards including:
Kindergarten: RL.K.1, RL.K.2, RL.K.3, RL.K.10, W.K.3, W.K.9, L.K.1, L.K.1a, L.K.2, L.K.2a-d, RF.K.1b, RF.K.2, RF.K.2a,

1st grade:  RL.1.1, RL.1.2, RL.1.3, RL.1.7, RL.1.10, RF.1.1, RF.1.2, RF.1.2a, W.1.3, W.1.8, L.1.1, L.1.2, L.1.2a-e
We hope you will check it out and leave us some feedback!

Nicole and Susan

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Calendar Math Journal

Susan and I have created another freebie for you!  Here is a calendar math journal that can be implemented into your classroom with ease!  It covers a variety of common core standards!  You can use it a daily routine, weekly routine, or for centers.  Any way you use it, it is bound to build up number sense, counting and cardinality, and life skills (using a calendar).  There is also a place for your learners to write a sentence about the date!  Hope you enjoy!  You can get your FREE Calendar Math Journal right HERE.  There is a picture below.  Thanks!


Thursday, June 13, 2013

A reflection on the school year!

Summer break is in full swing and I seem to be as busy now as I was when school was in session.  At the end of each school year I always take the time to reflect back on things that worked and things that didn't work.  I thought I would share a few things that really worked for me this year.  

The first thing was a game that Nicole shared with me earlier in the spring.  She actually saw the game on Pinterest, I mean where else do you find cool ideas now.  Anyway, the name of the game is Winning the Pencil War.  I don't know about you, but pencils drive me crazy.  We either don't have enough, or they're in the floor, or the dog ate them.  Either way...I have issues with pencils.  I've posted the link to this  TpT freebie. ( Please check it out...your life will be changed forever!  On the freebie it mentions giving students a small treat or reward.  This leads me to my second thing I wanted to  I can't decide what I love more, classdojo or the pencil game.  Classdojo is a free online classroom management system of positive and negative rewards.  In my classroom students bank their points to earn different incentives.  Such as 50 points= sitting with a friend for a day.  Points are reset every two weeks.  On reset day students can trade points or keep their points.  If they keep them I simply write them on an index card with the date.  It is the student's responsibility to keep up with their point card.  So, at the end of each week, if you have all your pencils, then you receive 5 dojo points.  Students love this.  I don't think I will ever go back to changing colors or moving sticks...thank your

Last thing I wanted to share with you was a website called  This is also another great thing Nicole shared with me.  This website allows you to remind parents of things happening in your classroom.  It allows you to send a group text and phone numbers are not revealed.  You can use this feature for many things.  Don't forget to become a member of your class so that you receive the text also.

I hope these ideas are helpful.  Have a fantastic summer!


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

K-1 Sorting by The 2 Teaching Divas!

It's here, it's here!!  We are finally finshed with our sorting centers!  And they are pretty awesome, if I do say so myself!  You can look at the pictures below and see what they are all about!  These sorting activities were originally made for centers or small groups, but can be used however, you like!  Check them out RIGHT HERE.  Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

11 Month Calendar Set!! FREE!

Happy Summer, y'all!  I don't know about you, but I am ready for some rest and relaxation!  HA! We have a cute freebie for you!  It is an 11 month calendar (July not included).  We left it blank so that you can use it year after year.  :) I know when I taught kindergarten and 1st grade, we sent home a daily behavior log to communicate with parents. When I taught 2nd grade, we sent a weekly behavior log, but daily homework we thought this might be useful for also....IT'S CUTE!!  Oh, and FREEEEEE!!!!  Click HERE to get your copy now!  Please leave us some feedback and we would really love to hear how you might use these calendars!  Pics are below!Thanks so much!

Nicole and Susan

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Ten Frames Galore!!

As we all start to bring our school year to a close (sniff, sniff), Susan and I are creating some things to place on Teachers Pay Teachers and in order to do that, we had to make a few things...LUCKY YOU!!  Well, you can download them for free right HERE!  I don't know about you, but I love using ten frames in my classroom!  They help develop great number sense in your kiddos and are a great visual representation to refer to. I also like how they lend themselves to addition and subtraction!  FUN FUN!!  These ten frames can be used for center work....cut them out and have students match a numeral to the ten frame....calendar time (use the ten frames to create the date)...matching number sentences to ten frames...etc...please leave a comment if you can think of any ideas for using ten frames!  We would love to hear from you! Here are a few pics!