Friday, November 7, 2014

Stop, Swap and Roll!

I'm so happy to be part of a group of elementary educators participating in this awesome Stop, Swap and Roll adventure! 

Before we get started I want to say THANK YOU to Melissa from Jungle Learners for putting this together for us. She has been working very hard at getting everything up and running. Thanks so much Melissa! 

http://junglelearners.blogspot.com/

So, here we go...

I was paired up with the talented Emily from Emmy Mac's Class. 


Emily is a 1st grade teacher from Ontario, Canada and has a ton of creative and useful materials in her store. When given the opportunity to pick any item from her store to swap and review I wasn't sure what to choose! There truly were so many amazing products. I chose her Breakfast Bonanza: A Bonanza of High Frequency Word Games because I felt it could be used all year long with my students. I love that it is adaptable for the different levels of kiddos in my classroom.


This product has endless possibilities. Emily created four different games in the set. They all have a breakfast theme (obviously!) and are awesome for word work, sight word review and RTI. Here are some pictures of the different games that are included. Click on the pictures to visit her amazing store!



There are over 150 1st Grade high frequency words. I teach Kindergarten, so I adapted it to work with my students. We used the words we have already learned and I added in some of the harder ones for my more advanced students. I also used the blank game pieces to write in extras of our newest sight words. 

One of the awesome parts of this set is that Emily included black and white versions too! I printed one of the games in color but the rest were printed in black on colored paper. She also included various spellings for Canada and the US. :) 

            


Here are some pictures of my kinder kids' favorite game from the set - SPLAT! We used some of the utensils from our dramatic play area to make the games even more interactive. 


The students took turns using the spatula to flip over the pieces. If they could read the word, they put the food on their plate. If they couldn't read it we put it back and mixed them up.


But beware of the SPLAT cards. If you find one, you need to empty your plate and start over!


This is just a small sampling of the pieces for the SPLAT game!


You really should try this game with your students. They will "flip" for it! :) 


Want a chance to win the Breakfast Bonanza games? You can enter to win one below!



Don't forget to check out the product that Emily chose from my store by clicking here. I will have all of my "In a Snap!" products on sale through the weekend. So be sure to stop over and get them now. :) You can see ALL of the bloggers participating in the Stop, Swap and Roll by clicking here

Thanks for stopping in - hope to see you again soon! :) 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Happy Halloween

I love this time of year! The crisp apples, the carved pumpkins, the ability to wear bulky sweaters that hide the enormous amounts of Halloween candy I have indulged in... I just wanted to share a few pictures from my Kindergarten team. We ordered shirts online that said, "Kindergarten Rocks" and dressed up as rock stars. The kids loved it! One little girl kept telling her that I was tickling her neck every time I would walk by her seat. :) 



Last year we were Kindergarten Super Teachers, this year we were rock stars... now it is time to think ahead to next year. There are already a few ideas that we've thrown out there. Any suggestions for a group costume?