Common Core App

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Collaborative Pinterest Boards - Kindergarten Writing, Reading, and Math

Pinterest Boards
Collaborative Pinterest Board for Kindergarten Teachers or TPT and TN Sellers of Writing, Reading, and Math Items
I have set up a Collaborative Pinterest Board for Kindergarten Writing, Reading, and Math. I will add more collaborative boards in the future.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are a TPT or TN seller and you would like to be a contributor, you can use this for both free and paid products, but please include that it is a paid product in the description when you post it. TPT and TN items and blog posts are welcome, but please keep it grade specific.
If you are a Kindergarten Teacher, TPT or TN seller of Kindergarten Writing items and would like to be added to this board, you can do so by following me on Pinterest or following this board on Pinterest, and then leaving a comment with your Pinterest URL below, and I will add you. Thanks for participating!

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

OPEN HOUSE - Hassle Free

I know it is summer time and teachers hate to even think about this right now, but before we know it, the first day of school will be here. With all the running around trying to get your classroom ready for those eager little ones, open house can be very hectic. It seems as though all the parents arrive at one time while you are trying to greet parents and students, answer questions, and get forms filled out and signed which makes open house a little overwhelming at times. While doing all of this, we must continue to smile and be organized. 
I created this FREE PowerPoint to make open house a little less chaotic. This PowerPoint allows parents to see what they need to do before leaving your classroom at open house. It also gives parents important information they can be reading while they are waiting for their opportunity to talk with you which will also help reduce the number of questions they have for you. This PowerPoint contains important information about name tags, lunch numbers, arrival times, developing independence, bookbags, lunch times and prices, student behavior, and dismissal times. Hopefully this will give you an idea of how to make your open house more effective and smooth sailing. To make it even easier, this open house PowerPoint is editable so that you can delete or create changes to make it appropriate for your school and classroom. If you find this useful, please leave me a comment below. Thank you for stopping by!

Click on the pictures below to download the FREE editable Open House PowerPoint!
and much MORE!!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Opinion Writing (FREEBIE included)

How many of you LOVE to teach writing to your students? I am amazed at how well kindergarten students can write by the end of their kindergarten year. Some students come to school not even knowing how to hold a pencil, others may make random marks on their paper, while others may be able to write recognizable letters or maybe even a few beginning sounds. Then by the end of the year, most of these students are writing stories including a beginning, middle, and ending with characters and a setting. I am so amazed at how well my students write. I am excited to begin my blog so that when school begins in August, I can share some of my students' writing with you.

One of the common core standards (ELACCKW1) under writing includes opinion writing where students draw, dictate, and write to compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader the topic or the name of the book they are writing about and state an opinion or preference about the topic or book. My students love to write their opinion about books and topics.

I am always looking for ideas to put in my writing center. These opinion writing topics below make a great item to add to a writing center or just for a writing workshop lesson. Take a look at these topics and feel free to visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store for more opinion writing ideas and topics. While visiting my store, please follow me for updates of new products posted and to be notified of free products posted. Feel free to download my free opinion writing product on the topic of favorite playground activity. Thanks for stopping by!

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Opinion Writing: Favorite Farm Animal

Opinion Writing: Favorite Food

Opinion Writing: Favorite Insect

Opinion Writing: Favorite Ocean Animal

Opinion Writing: Favorite Sweets

Sunday, June 9, 2013


Here I go. I am so excited! I am desperately trying to create a blog for my classroom. Please be patient with me as I learn how to maneuver on this page. I hope to be able to share some activities in my classroom for this upcoming year.