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I also wanted to share a photo from Easter....Hercules (a golden doodle) is such a good sport!  My fiancé is out of town for the weekend, so it is just me and Herc...wish me luck, it's my first time puppy sitting.  I guess I need to get used to this! ;)


Ice Cream Addition Printables

I have been wanting to make an ice cream unit for forever and the time is finally here!  Here is a no-prep. printable pack to help you reinforce addition with your little ones.  There are several activities, and then differentiated sheets among each activity...take a look!

Cherry on Top: the students count the cherries, and find an addition sentence to match!

Sweet Sums Sort: the students sort the scoops according to the sum.

 Addition Sentences:  the students unscramble the numbers to make an addition sentence.

Color by addition: the students solve the addition problem and color by number according to the sums.

Here are some more examples of what is included in the Sweet Sums pack!

Hopefully this addition unit will be helpful to teach the beginning stages of addition!  Head over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store to find out more details!


Earth Day Ideas and a Freebie

I have been on the hunt for some cute Earth Day ideas!  I wanted to share with you some creative crafts that I found on Pinterest!

This super cute sun-catcher is from No Time for Flash Cards.  There is a great tutorial on how to make this at home or in your classroom.  

I am kind of obsessed with these recycled flowers!  They are from old magazines and newspapers.  Splish Splash Splatter had a great idea with this cute project.  It would even be an adorable present for Mother's Day!

One of my favorites, from A Cupcake for the Teacher, is her recycling craft!

This little footprint earth, from A Little Learning for Two, is the most ADORABLE kid's project.  It is isn't practical in the classroom, but if I had kids I would definitely do this with their little feet!!!

Here is a little hand print craft I did with my students last year...they LOVED having their handprint as the land.  :)

I have a little labeling activity that you can do with your kids that incorporates recycling!  It's a freebie in my TpT Store! :)


On the Farm with Click Clack Moo

Who doesn’t love to talk about animals? Whether big or small, they are just so cute and exciting. Therefore, I love to bring animals into lessons whenever possible. They are an easy way to add engagement to the standards. Thus, students focus on learning without realizing how much work they complete. One of my favorite animal-themed lessons includes going down on the farm with Click Clack Moo. When utilizing the Welcome to the Farm Pack, creative lessons unite the love of animals with learning. 

Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type 

Author Doreen Cronin and illustrator Bety Lewin made a quirky, hilarious story! 

Sadly, Farmer Brown has a problem. No matter the time of day, he hears click, clack, moo. This is because his cows love to type! Additionally, the cows start to leave Farmer Brown notes. Students will love to see how Farmer Brown handles his challenging cows. 

Welcome to the Farm Pack 

Students will love Farmer Brown and his crazy cows. Thus, they will be eager to learn more about animals on the farm. Thankfully, this pack includes 34 worksheets, 2 crafts with writing activities, and 3 centers. Honestly, there is so much to ensure students learn essential content while loving every minute in the classroom. 

While on the farm with Click Clack Moo, students will work on ABC order, brainstorming, and response sheets. Additionally, there are writing activities, animal labeling, and comparing activities. On top of all this, there is vocabulary practice and pattern practice. For math, students will work on playing in the mud with fun addition problems. They will even work on graphing! 

Students can pretend they are on the farm with a cow and pig craft. They will love designing their animals and writing creative sentences. 


While animals do not need to learn letters, students do! Thus, letters and animals unite in literary centers. Students will have a blast working on word families and sound-letter matches. 


Click Clack Moo Freebie 

Sometimes, teachers want to try out a lesson before buying a new resource. I completely understand that! Therefore, there is a FREEBIE for email subscribers. 

The FREEBIE includes a letter to Farmer Brown that allows students to write like a particular animal. They get to tell Farmer Brown something they want while on the farm! Additionally, there is an interactive decodable reader about what each animal wants from the farmer. 

Taking students on the farm with Click Clack Moo will be a unit students never forget! From the minute the story begins, students will love to see how Farmer Brown handles his funny cows. Then, the worksheets, centers, and crafts will ensure students learn while staying engaged for every minute of the lesson. Honestly, bringing the farm to the classroom will be so exciting! 


Spring Carrot Shakers for Division FREEBIE

Welcome to our Freebie Spring Blog Hop!  You can hop along between our blogs, and pick up a freebie along the way!  Thank you for coming from Learning with Mrs. Leeby!

I am really trying to get creative with practicing division in our class.  Surprisingly, it is going smoother than when I taught 4 digit multiplication, so that's a good thing!  I saw cute carrot "Easter eggs" at the Dollar Tree, and I thought of a fun way to use them while practicing division! 

The first thing I did was write numbers on cardstock that I would put inside my carrot.  I used 4 digit numbers that they could use to divide. 

I filled the carrot with Perler Beads and a pipe cleaner (it is always fun to use pom poms!) 

The name of the game is the students shook the carrot and looked through it to find a number (the divisor), they rolled the dice (the dividend), then they wrote the problem on the recording sheet and solved!

If you wanted to do this for primary, you could fill the carrots with letters, numbers, addition problems...anything!  Here is the recording sheet for FREE!

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Community Helpers

One of my favorite social studies units to teach in Kindergarten is about Community Helpers!  The students get really excited to learn about firefighters and police officers, and everyone else in between.  Last year, I decided to do a community helper report.  Each student chose a community helper to visit at work.  This was a home project where the parents took their child to visit a helper, take a photo with them, and ask them interview questions.  

I made a little Community Helper Report for the students to fill out at home.  They filled out the writing prompts and either drew pictures or taped in photos from when they visited their community helper.  Another element of the project was to decorate a cardboard person and make them look like their helper.  I found the cardboard people at Lakeshore, and they could use any material to decorate it!  On the due date, the students gave an oral presentation, sharing their community helper cutout, and their research journal!  

In class, I frontloaded and reinforced different elements of being a community helper using different learning centers.  Here is my Community Helper Pack that incorporates the project and minimal prep. activities!

You can see more details about this Community Helper Unit in my TpT Store!