Sunday, January 20, 2013

Creating Common Core Activities...& FREEBIES!

I have been having fun working on new activities for my classroom, but that means I've been a less than fabulous blogger.  So, here is what I've been doing instead of cleaning my house to help my students!  Since our district does not have a good math program or a current Common Core math adoption, we always have to buy or make our own materials.  I wanted to have some materials for Operations and Algebraic Thinking, so I created my Associative Property of Addition Pack!  It has twelve reproducibles, plus a color and B&W mini-poster for the focus wall, and a math packet cover in case you'd want to put them all in a little workbook for your kids.  Here is a little peek:

You can read more about it HERE at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  If you download the preview, there is a freebie sheet in there for you.  I have found that creating my own materials to meet Common Core State Standards has made me A LOT more familiar with the standards than I was before!  Do you find that as well?
I also was able to overcome my technology issues and posted my Winter Math & Literacy Activities Pack.  It has quick and easy centers and reproducibles for your Common Core classroom! These can be used as seat work and/or centers. These are adorable in color or in grayscale. The centers have just enough color to be cute and not deplete your colored ink supply!  I have printed them in black and white and mounted them on colored paper and they are still adorable.  Did I mention that I love things to be cute?!? 
Included are:
  • Pauly Polar Bear’s 120 charts (includes counting multiples of 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s)
  • Pauly Polar Bear’s Commutative Property of Addition
  • Polar Pals Place Value Match-up
  • Winter Count, Group, & Tally
  • Polar Pals Evens & Odds Game (with Expanded Notation)
  • Eskimo Expanded Notation
  • Pauly and Penny’s Greater Than Less Than Sort
  • Arctic ABC Order
  • Snowy Sight Word Bingo
  • Blizzard Sight Word Card Game
  • Winter Making Words
  • Winter Nouns
  • Cold Contractions
Here are just a few of the activities and reproducibles:

I was going to offer a freebie from this pack, but I can't due to graphics terms of use.  I do not have the license to distribute freebies from Scrappin' Doodles.  Please check them out at my Teachers Pay Teachers store and let me know what you think.

I'm linking up with TBA for Sometime on Sunday Freebie Friday!  We had a fun day at school where it actually SNOWED during RECESS!  This was very unusual for us Oregonians!  It was the first time that I could remember it snowing A LOT while we were at school.  Since the kids were really hyper excited to work since it was snowing too cold outside, I had them do a writing activity where it was OK to really think about snow.  We used a 4-Square writing format to plan out a paragraph.  Since my Firsties are just beginning writers, I provided the topic sentence and the "wrap-up" sentence.  They had to write three details explaining why they were going to have so much fun on our snow day.

I thought they'd all be whining mentally exhausted by all of the thinking going on, but they actually wanted to move right on to using the 4-square to write their paragraph!  I was very proud of the work they did and so were the kids!  Here are some reproducibles for you to use if you'd like to try it in your classroom.  CLICK HERE OR ON THE FIRST PICTURE TO DOWNLOAD.  Please leave me a quick comment if you decide to use and download this activity.  Thanks, so much!  Now, go and explore other great bloggers' ideas for Freebie Friday!

Have a great week, Everybody!  What are you doing with your students this week?


  1. Everything looks great:) Thanks for sharing, you've been a busy girl, sounds like you're hibernating like me.

    1. You're so sweet, Leslie!

      Is "hibernating" code for "missing in action, blogger style?" :o) I'm still trying to balance the making of materials with keeping up on blogging/housework/family/etc... I am technically a newbie still, so I'm learning. :)


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