Top 10 Insta Pics of 2014!

I'm linking up with Natalie at Teachery Tidbits to bring you the top 10 pictures on my Instagram feed!  It has been a great year, and I am looking forward giving you more "looks"- into my classroom life and into my home life - in the year 2015!  Follow me @sommerlionpride

Here they are!



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Happy New Year Sale!

Let's ring in 2015 with a sale, shall we?

My entire store will be on sale December 31st through January 1st!

Here are some of my winter products that you might like.  Click on each product to learn more!

And for all year long!

You can also click on my picture below to access my store. :)
Click {HERE} to see more stores on sale!

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Let's Compare Numbers!

We have been working on comparing numbers and we have been playing a fun game with our subitizing dot plates!

We call it, DRIVE and COMPARE!

Here's how to play!

1.  Each student gets a dot plate.
2.  While you play some music, the students walk around the room with their dot plates.  {We like to pretend that we are driving cars or spaceships!}

3.  Turn off the music and have the students stop walking.
4.  Each student finds a partner.
5.  They compare the dot plates and discuss the numbers.  Which number is greater?  Which is fewer/less?  Or are they the same?

Students use these sentence frames.
6.  Then turn the music back on and play again!

You can pick up a fun holiday FREEBIE for comparing numbers in my TpT store! After you download it, please be sure to leave feedback!

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We have been reading this book a lot!  * Crankenstein by Samantha Berger*

My class enjoys listening to all the things that get the boy upset.  And when he gets upset, he turns into Crankenstein!  

So I thought it would be fun to have the students create a collage as themselves as Crankenstein, and then write about what turns them into the cranky monster.

After reading the book a few times, I had the students do a Think-Pair-Share about what makes them Crankenstein.  

We created this circle map with some of the results.

Then they got started on their collages!  I copied the head shape onto green paper, because otherwise most of the heads would be the size of a quarter!!! But I let them create the rest of the monster head on their own.

I showed them how to cut and curl hair.

When the head was done, they wrote about what turns them into Crankenstein.

Here are some of the finished creations!

I am CRANKENSTEIN when... tells me to take a shower. sister spills water on my Legos. tells me to clean my room.

...I do my homework.

...I stay up too late

I can relate to that last one!

I did a similar feelings lesson last year with the book Sometimes I'm Bombaloo by Rachel Vail.  You can read that blog post {HERE}.
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Giveaway at Tales From a Very Busy Teacher


Marine, from Tales from a Very Busy Teacher, is celebrating her new blog design and has organized a fabulous giveaway!

I have donated my latest product, Mouse's Lunch!

Mouse's Lunch is an interactive reader.  The book has a moveable mouse as the main character!  As students read the book, they move the mouse onto each page!

And this fun book coordinates well with the book Lunch by Denise Fleming.

There are lots more products that you can win! 
Head over to Tales From a Very Busy Teacher and enter!!!
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