Spring into Math

I love to do crafts in the classroom.  Unfortunately, seems there is never enough time.  So... I decided to integrate math and art!

Skills: Symmetry and and Three Digit Addition and Subtraction

Trace the butterfly pattern.  This is in the download.  You will need to enlarge it on the copier.

I forgot to take a picture of just the drops but I just hold the bottle of paint upside down and let it drip out.  Try to overlap the colors but not too much because you do not want brown!

Fold the paper in half and smooth out the paper.  You may want a newspaper underneath because sometimes the paint leaks out.  Open up the paper and allow it to dry overnight.

This is a great book for looking at things in our world that have symmetry!

The next day fold it back and cut on the pattern.  Add a folded pipe cleaner to the head.  I like to staple rather than glue so they stay on!!

Add some cute googly eyes and a mouth!

 Give each child 2 or more addition problems and the blank subtraction problems.

Students add the three digit problems with regrouping and then check their work with subtraction.

Glue them to the butterfly and you have some very cute hallway decorations!!

Click the cover to go to my TpT store and pick up the butterfly template and addition problems.

Have fun!

4.G.A.3Recognize a line of symmetry for a two-dimensional figure as a line across the figure such that the figure can be folded along the line into matching parts. Identify line-symmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry.
2.NBT.B.7Add and subtract within 1000, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method. Understand that in adding or subtracting three digit numbers, one adds or subtracts hundreds and hundreds, tens and tens, ones and ones; and sometimes it is necessary to compose or decompose tens or hundreds.


A Pollution Solution and Earth Day Freebie


Earth Day is such a great way to inspire your class to show empathy and compassion.  They show their love in a most beautiful way!  They really want the world to be beautiful!

Inspire the class with the book, Earth Day from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler.

$3 at my TpT Store

Previous Posts about Earth Day

Day 1 on making shirts!

Day 2 on finishing shirts!

Earth Day Persuasion Posters

Earth Day Unit for $4

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There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick and Freebie

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick

This is a fantastic story to read the week of Easter and end it with this very fun retelling activity!

To make the basket use a plain white lunch sack and fold it over about an inch, reach in with your hands and pull it out and it will get straight again.  It's hard to explain.  You just have to try it. Then keep folding it over til you get the height you want. When they were all making their baskets with paper bags it sounded like a thunderstorm!

I let them decorate them with markers.

For the retelling of the story.  Students put items in their baskets.  For the chick I gave them a peep!  Yummy!

Do you want another fun retelling idea? This is made out of poster board. Make sure you laminate it for durability. Then add a ziplock bag or sheet protector to the back and the students can drop the pieces into the pocket.  Tie a string around the top so they can wear it. 
They loved reinacting the old lady eating the items.
Make sure you allow enough time for everyone to try it!


This is such a cute and fun unit! 
Check out the other goodies that I used with this book!
Have a great Easter!




April Fools' Day from the Black Lagoon Literature Companion and Freebie

There is nothing better than having a special bonding moment with the whole class! 
Kids love word searches so I made them a special one just for them!

We will be on spring break during April Fools' Day so I had a little fun early!
This special word search doesn't have any answers!

Look at this serious thinking!
Soon there were shout outs, "I found fool - oops no I didn't" "I found..." "I found..."
"This is hard!"

I let this go on for a few minutes and then asked them, "Did you find the words, got you?".  
It was so funny. They started looking for the words and shouted when they found them.

Then it quickly dawned on them and I shouted, "April Fools'"

Hey You!!! You tricked us!!!

This is a fun book to read aloud. Hubie finds himself in another dilemma!  What prank should he pull on his friends? He gets all worked up over this and even has a bad dream.  Read this funny story and find out what Hubie decided to do.

This super fun mini-unit is only $3!  
You can also find other Literature Companions to help you with your lessons! 
Be on the look out for Earth Day and Field Day!
I can't believe we are coming into the last stretch of the school year!

Pick up this freebie to start off some fun!!


How to Own the New Literature Companion with a Lower Cost

Not sure why kids get so excited over St. Patrick's Day but they do!  They sure put a lot of faith in those little leprechauns! So let's use that excitement and inspire them with a Black Lagoon Adventure book and some Irish History on Luck!!

Click Here to purchase it through Paypal for 3 days until 3//10/17 
then it will go up to $5 on TpT.

Check out my previous St. Patty's posts for freebies!


Informational Text - Ireland and a Freebie

Not sure about your kiddos but my kids just love learning about factual topic.  Their book boxes are full of nonfiction books.  They get so excited when I add a new book to the library.

We have been focusing on the word "genre"!  They feel so grown up saying that word. I have posters of all the different genres on the wall.  First we preview the cover to see if we get any clues for the type of genre.  I catch the kids looking up to the posters.  You can find some great resources on TpT to use in your room too.

In the younger grades we tend to focus on the holidays but I also like to teach them some of the history and background of the holiday. The book St. Patrick's Day by Gail Gibbons is a nice nonfiction choice.  I like how Gail Gibbons lays out the facts and makes it easy enough to understand but yet fun with her illustrations.

After reading the book we work on a fact sheet to help remember some key details and learn on the map where Ireland is and color the flag of Ireland. Pullout your globe and travel from Ireland to the USA.

Here's a template of the Irish flag.  It's a simple flag of green, white and orange. Discuss with the class what the colors mean just like our flag has meaning.

The green represents the native people of Ireland, orange represents the people who supported William of Orange and settled in Northern Ireland and the white is the peace between the two groups.

Click on the flag to pick up a copy for your kiddos.


St. Patrick's Day Adventures and Freebie

It won't be long and your kiddos will be talking about The Leprechaun and how naughty he was the year before or how he brought them gold candy!  I'm not the teacher that likes to mess up my room or build leprechaun traps.  I'm glad they do this in earlier grades.  They ask why we are not building a trap but I just tell them we do different activities in different grades and they tend to be ok with that!

Let's start by getting a collection of books together.  There are so many great choices.  
These are few of my favorites.

When I taught first grade I loved using the story, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover!
With all the books she's written you can read a new one every month.

I put together a few of the pages we used when I read this book.  Their favorite part was wearing the old lady dress and eating the sequence cards.  This is a picture from when we sequenced the story for Easter.

This mini-unit is available at my store for only $3.
It includes sequence cards, descriptive writing, ABC order, and counting money.

Enjoy this freebie from the mini-unit!
Click on the picture to get it now or Pin It for later!

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