Monday, 26 May 2014

Place Value Beans for Grouping Tens on Craft Sticks

We were counting in tens last week using beans on craft sticks. I first demonstrated making a set by squeezing out a line of glue along the center of the craft stick, then I placed ten pink beans along its length. My students were given craft sticks, glue, and beans, and they worked on their own sets.
From this activity, their knowledge of the place value system of grouping in tens was reinforced (they are accustomed to using the Dienes blocks) and they were able to see that this was another way of showing grouping to one hundred. We used them to count in tens, and we also used them as counters for some addition and subtraction. For older students I could have also used them for demonstrating the 10 times tables.

We made them on Monday and left them to dry (the glue). From Tuesday and onward, they were dry and ready to be used.
I used craft sticks from Bazic, these are cheaper and just the right size (the pink beans fit well with them). We call these craft sticks 'palette sticks' but you may know them by another name. I also have the plain wooden kind that is not painted but for this project, I chose to use the colorful version to make it more appealing for my students.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Humorous Books for Children

When it comes to selecting fiction, I tend to look for the funniest silliest books I can find. My students prefer the books that make them laugh. These books below are all about school life, pets, writing, or everyday life situations from the eyes of a child.

Grade 1 list: 
Too Much Glue                                        The Day the Crayons Quit                       I Wanna Iguana
by Jason Lefebvre                                      by Drew Daywalt                                    by Karen K. Orloff

Grade 2 and 3 list:
  Silly books - Chicken Cheeks
Miss Malarkey                                            Testing Miss Malarkey                        Chicken
Leaves No Reader Behind                          by Judy Finchler                                    Cheeks
by Judy Finchler                                                                                                     by Michael Ian Black

The Perfect Pet                                           The Plot Chickens                                    The Best Story
by Margie Palatini                                         by Mary Jane Auch                                by Eileen Spinelli

Grade 4 list:
A Chocolate Moose                                   The King Who Rained                        Amelia's Notebook
for Dinner                                                   by Fred Gwynne                                    by Marissa Moss
by Fred Gwynne                               

Friday, 9 May 2014

Quick Mother's Day Cards

We made Mother's Day Cards out of index cards today. I used index cards because I wanted them to do some writing, using adjectives, to describe their mothers. Most students followed this format. Others did the adjectives in a cluster with the drawing done at the center. This was one of the easiest types of cards I've ever done because the preparation time is short. All I needed was assorted index cards, tape, scissors, and foam heart shapes. We just started the final term for the school year and it will be over soon by the start of July. So, I did not go 'all out' with our Mother's day stuff this year. 
Excuse the spelling errors...

Monday, 5 May 2014

Teachers Appreciation Week 2014 Sale

TpT Hearts Teachers and that's the name of the 2-day site-wide sale happening on Tuesday and Wednesday at TpT! My entire store will be on sale at 20% off but if you use the promo code: TPTXO upon checkout, you'll get an additional 10% off! 

TPT <3 Teachers!

This is a Teacher Appreciation Thank you card, on sale now!

Feel free to check it out.

Have a great week!

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Some Simple Tips for the Thank-You Sale

Hi, it's Teachers Appreciation Week again! Thank you for being a teacher! These are my handy-dandy sale tips to help you to navigate the TpT sale easily (it runs May 5th-6th):

★ Browse your favorite stores early so that your wish-list will be a no-brainer when you're ready to shop.

★ Leave feedback on what you already bought to get extra credits that you can use for the sale.

★ Check your TpT mailbox for the latest news from your favorite shops.

★ Visit the TpT fan page on Facebook for important announcements from TpT.

★ Use the TpT search tool to find resources you need; narrow your search by grade, resource type, and price.

★ Read all product descriptions carefully, view the previews, and you can also read the ratings to get a clear idea of what you are buying.

★ Do your shopping at off-peak hours (early in the morning or very late at night) to avoid site congestion.

★ Do not forget to enter the promo-code upon cash-out!

I'm having everything at Nyla's Crafty Teaching on sale for you. Get 20% off plus an additional 10% with the promo code: ThankYou

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I have great news for those of you who bought the resources below, they have been recently updated so please re-download the newer versions. 

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Have a wonderful week!

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As a Caribbean primary school teacher, I share my unique classroom with the world through this blog. Readers step into my class through the pictures, articles and classroom samples of games and lessons used in my class. I have been teaching since 2005 at the std. 4 primary level in Trinidad and Tobago. I am particularly interested in sharing my own personal lesson plans, tests and activities. Teachers need to share ideas and support each other because in doing so, we help to educate our students and develop ourselves as teachers. Technology is ever evolving and we as teachers should get on board with it, collaborate and keep up to date with this new age that we live in. Our students belong to this technological era and we must embrace opportunities to learn from each other in this global community. I also love to express my creativity in the classroom. I am a bit of a craftster . So I'm always cutting, gluing or making something... a game, a chart, a learning center, etc. So, teachers and parents, feel free to stop by and see what's new at Nyla's Crafty Teaching!