July 30, 2014

Let's Count Money!

I'm always looking for a fun and engaging way for students to practice counting money, so I wanted to come up with a new activity.  Everyone likes money and everyone likes to eat- right?!! So the Tortoise and Hare Cafe was born!  I created a menu with simple prices for my students.  To begin this activity I gave each student a cup of money ranging from $1.10 to $1.30.  I wanted the students to have different amounts so they all didn't come up with the same answers or bought the same items! In each student's cup I included pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters.  If your students aren't quite ready for quarters then just leave them out.  

Once I gave the cups to the students, I welcomed them to the Tortoise and Hare Cafe and handed out their pages. Students took out their money and sorted by value.  I then had them record it on their page.  After we looked over the menu together, pointed out some prices, students then chose their items. Some decided to try and use all their money and others did not.  I pretended I was the waiter so everyone had to pay me! 

Overall, my students loved this activity!!!  They had so much fun, and most everyone said they enjoyed their visit to the Tortoise and Hare Cafe! 
Please click on the image below to grab a copy.

Here are a few samples below:

July 15, 2014

Markdown Monday

Markdown Monday on a Tuesday for me! I'll take it! Seriously in the summer I lose track of the days, I have to stop and check my phone and see what day it is and the date!!! I think it's because my summer is always so busy and goes by way too fast! Which I'm sure you all feel the same way! How is it the middle of July already?!! 

Dear Summer, 
Please slow down, I want you to stay!! 
A little less humidity would be great!

Hahah anyways! I was so excited to come across this linky party from Kelly and Kim's Kindergarten Kreations.  I just love their idea of Mark Down Monday! I can't wait to check out everyone's stores! 

I have submitted my newest product...Month-by-Month Writing Prompts.  It will be on sale for $7.00 until Friday!  It takes you through the year with 4-5 prompts for each month plus more!  

These prompts are great for independent writing, morning work, or even as homework!

Here is what is included:

Summertime Memories
My First Day
Back to School
My New Classroom
Apple Picking with Johnny Appleseed

All About Me
Pumpkin Picking
Columbus Day
Fall Fun

I am Thankful
Veterans Day
The Perfect Plate
Thanksgiving Day

Happy Holidays
Building a Snowman
Hibernation in the Winter
Winter Weather

Cheers to a New Year
Snow Day
Martin Luther King Jr.
Winter Vacation
Arctic Animals

Hooray for the 100th Day
Groundhog Day
Valentine’s Day
If I Were President

Rainy Day
Let’s Celebrate Dr. Seuss
Spring is in the Air
St. Patrick’s Day Fun

Design Your Own Kite
Earth Day
Create Your Own Insects
Growing a Garden

Teacher Appreciation
Field Trip Fun
What a Great Year
Design Your Own Flag

The Fourth of July
Sweet Summertime
Create Your Own Ice Cream Sundae
Design Your Own Treehouse

Anytime of Year:
I Love Recess
My Favorite Book
The Pet That I want
Invent Your Own Cereal
Favorite Season

Acrostic Poems:

Have a great day!!! Happy Tuesday!

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