Friday, August 31, 2012

Back to school freebie and a FLASH SALE!!!

Hey everyone!  If you are back to school... did you survive?? I am LOVIN' this school year so far!  Don't you just love when you finally get a class that is actually NICE to each other?  Ahhh it's so refreshing :)

We've been having so much fun building a community of learners who work together.  I am so thrilled that I have my desks in teams this year.

The lanterns organize my desks into teams of kids.

 I have the desks in groups of 4-6 depending.

If the "team" is ready with their materials out, they get to fill their team bucket with a "puff" ... this is a HUGE motivator and I love seeing the kids help each other out.

We spent the last two weeks doing a lot of get to know you activities.  My favorite is "Math About Me."  This gets the students thinking about numbers that relate to their lives.  For example, my numbers are:

Curious what they mean?  Yeah, the kids were too! :)
4- the age of my son
7- the number of years I have been married
14- the number of years I have been teaching
22- the number of students I have this year!

Here are some student examples:

Isn't second grade sooo cute??!!  I love that Lizzy wanted to just draw and Marc ventured into sentence land!  We had fun sharing our "numbers" and I learned about numbers in relation to teeth, sports, birthdays, family members and so much more!!

This super fun paper is in my back to school pack (with tons of other cute papers just like this!!)  You can take a look by clicking {here}

We also spent a lot of time talking about what it means to be a good friend.  We read stories, wrote about friendship, and we even did a super fun making word activity where the "mystery word" was friendship.  I love to do this activity every year.  It is so easy to differentiate this activity for all your students AND the kids who figure out the mystery word first are usually the ones to challenge through out the year.  You can grab this GREAT freebie by clicking the pic below:

***Ok so BIG NEWS*** I will be picking random items all weekend for a flash sale.  Each day a few "mystery" items will be marked at ONLY $1!!!!  You have to stop back to check what is $1 and if you spot it... pick it up because It won't last at that price for long!!  This will begin RIGHT NOW and will happen all 3 days this weekend :)  hehehe... what's it going to be??

If you are here... go find out....


Oh yeah... and because I HEART my followers SOOO much... the first two people to comment will get my back to school pack... FOR FREE!!  Must have your email and be a follower! :)

Linking up to a fun linky!
Happy 3 day weekend!!!

(ps... 400 giveaway COMING SOON!!  Still looking for anyone who would like to join my giveaway!  Email me or leave me a comment! :)


  1. Hi Tori! I love your kids "Math About Me" pages! I think I'm going to try this with my kinders a little later in the year!

    MaMa Goose’s Kindergarten

    1. AWESOME!! Well you will get to because you will be getting my back to school pack (with this included) for free! There's also other fun things that Lil' K's can do too! :)

  2. I love your math about me pages! Thanks so much for joining my linky! (I'm a new follower.)

    Teaching Fourth

    1. I was excited to find your fun linky! I look forward to following you too! :)

  3. That math about me is super cute! The kids really seem to have grasped the concept!

    Pixy Stix and Teacher Tricks

  4. Hey Tori! I'd like to help with your giveaway!

  5. Hi Torie!

    I love your Math About Me charts. How clever! {and looks like a fun activity}.

    First Grade Schoolhouse

  6. I love your lanterns! What a great way to add color to the class:)


    Kelly Teach