Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fall Favorites Blog Hop!

I am SO excited to be participating in the Fall Favorites Blog Hop this weekend with some of my favorite primary bloggers! I hope that you have enjoyed your hop so far and have been getting some fun classroom ideas for Fall. 

My absolute favorite thing about Fall (and really just teaching in general) would have to be children's literature! I just LOVE BOOKS!! And I think that Halloween, and Thanksgiving have some wonderful children's literature. If you follow me on Instagram, you might be sick of seeing me post about my two favorite Halloween books and the activities that go along with them, but let me just tell you… my firsties are still SO into both of these stories! I have been able to use these books to teach about: plot, sequencing, characters, 
setting, and other story elements. 
My two favorite Halloween stories are definitely 
Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman, and 
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson. 


This week, my kiddos did a double bubble map to compare both of these Halloween stories. This was such a fun activity for them, and it hit so many of  the standards that I am supposed to be teaching as well. It was a win win for sure!

As a FREEBIE for you, I have included the double bubble map. I have ALSO included a blank double bubble map for you to compare two of your favorite Fall stories with your kiddos. Click on either picture below to download your freebie! 

Coming soon… 
I am in the process of updating my Thanksgiving literacy unit about my favorite Thanksgiving book: Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano. 

I absolutely LOVE this story!!! It is also a great book to teach story elements to your students. This product is available in my store now, and an updated version is coming next week, but I wanted you to have a "sneak peek" freebie! Click on the image below to download. :) 

Ready for some more fun!?? I decided to have a mini giveaway 
in honor of my favorite Fall books. 

I am giving away BOTH of my Halloween literacy packs for Big Pumpkin and Room on the Broom
Click on the pictures below to see these packs on TPT! 

I am ALSO giving away $10 to Amazon 
for you to spend on children's books for your classroom!! Woo hoo! Happy shopping :) 

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Thanks for stopping by friends!! Continue hopping to the next blogger, Amber, from The Sunny Side of Second Grade to see what she has in store for you. Have a great weekend! 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Introducing The Primary Pack

I am so excited and blessed to have the opportunity to work behind the scenes with the fabulous bloggers of The Primary Pack!  We have been working hard and collaborating together to bring you a rainbow of ideas!  Make sure you follow along to grab
a BUNCH of colorful FREEBIES,
as well as enter our giveaway with
$300 worth of prizes!
Keep reading for a FREEBIE from me, as well as a chance to head over to some other fabulous Primary Pack Bloggers!

Hi! I'm Kelly blogging from Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten.  I am a Southern California teacher who loves crafting, coffee, musical theatre, and pink! I taught Kindergarten in a Private School for four years, and am now teaching 1st grade for a local public district. 
I developed my true passion and love for teaching during my 4 years of teaching Kindergarten at a private school. I was able to create the school's first full day Kinder program, along with my own curriculum, and I absolutely loved every minute of it!
This classroom was and still is very special to me :)

Here's the final picture I took of my first classroom. Such fond memories!
Here's my new first grade classroom!!! I LOVE it already! First grade is so much fun :)

I have been married for 1 year now to my wonderful hubby Cameron. We love traveling, wine tasting, and spending time with our families! We are so blessed :)

My favorite thing I have ever created for my classroom is my addition cups! My kiddos in both Kinder and First have loved using this to practice adding during centers. Dropping any kind of manipulatives through those little cups is such a thrill for some reason! I also laminated the card stock on the back board so that the kiddos could write the numbers with dry erase marker while they are adding!

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about me!! The fun doesn't stop here, friends! :)

To celebrate our new collaborative adventure, The Primary Pack is hosting a giveaway with tons of fabulous prizes!

Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

AND here's my "colorful" FREEBIE!
Just click on the image!

 Hop along to meet our other bright bloggers and to grab a rainbow of freebies!