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Using Number Bonds During Your Daily Math Routine

How do you mix up your calendar routine? I love mixing in some of the elements from our daily math routine so students get to see a concrete example of the new skills we are working on. A great hands on tool is a number bond. 

This isn't something that I want to have on my board all of the time so it's super simple just to draw in 3 circles (I like to label them too). We use magnets to work out problems on the board. 

This one is on a poster so I can lay it flat in front of us while we work out the word problem together. Using this model allows us to use real life items to really have a concrete model.

Number bonds kindergarten activities don’t have to be complicated. These teaching ideas can be used with a simple anchor chart and zero daily printables as a whole group teaching activity or independent center. Daily practice with word problems will make learning fun for first grade students too. #kindergartenclassroom #firstgradeclassroom #math #numberbonds #learningwithmrslangley


For example, I may start a story problem like this:
Levi has 3 blocks to build a tower. His sister has 3 more blocks. How many legos do they have all together?
Students can use this model to show what is happening in the story.
Number bonds kindergarten activities don’t have to be complicated. These teaching ideas can be used with a simple anchor chart and zero daily printables as a whole group teaching activity or independent center. Daily practice with word problems will make learning fun for first grade students too. #kindergartenclassroom #firstgradeclassroom #math #numberbonds #learningwithmrslangley
 Then we physically slide all of the blocks down together to show that this is what Levi has with his sister all together.
Number bonds kindergarten activities don’t have to be complicated. These teaching ideas can be used with a simple anchor chart and zero daily printables as a whole group teaching activity or independent center. Daily practice with word problems will make learning fun for first grade students too. #kindergartenclassroom #firstgradeclassroom #math #numberbonds #learningwithmrslangley
Another example with fruit. Jack brought 2 tangerines in his lunch. His friend Max brought 2 tangerines in his lunch. How many tangerines do Jack and Max have together?

I love that the circles are nice and big and we can fit all types of manipulatives on the number bond and have a visual representation of the number problem.
Number bonds kindergarten activities don’t have to be complicated. These teaching ideas can be used with a simple anchor chart and zero daily printables as a whole group teaching activity or independent center. Daily practice with word problems will make learning fun for first grade students too. #kindergartenclassroom #firstgradeclassroom #math #numberbonds #learningwithmrslangley

Number bonds kindergarten activities don’t have to be complicated. These teaching ideas can be used with a simple anchor chart and zero daily printables as a whole group teaching activity or independent center. Daily practice with word problems will make learning fun for first grade students too. #kindergartenclassroom #firstgradeclassroom #math #numberbonds #learningwithmrslangley
 Once we use these with result unknown problems we can start to use the same model with more complicated problems like change unknown (2 + ? = 4) or start unknown (? + 2 = 4).

Here is an example of change unknown.
I went to the beach and found 3 sea shells. My brother found some too. We took home 7 shells from the beach today. How many did my brother find?

Number bonds kindergarten activities don’t have to be complicated. These teaching ideas can be used with a simple anchor chart and zero daily printables as a whole group teaching activity or independent center. Daily practice with word problems will make learning fun for first grade students too. #kindergartenclassroom #firstgradeclassroom #math #numberbonds #learningwithmrslangley


Number bonds kindergarten activities don’t have to be complicated. These teaching ideas can be used with a simple anchor chart and zero daily printables as a whole group teaching activity or independent center. Daily practice with word problems will make learning fun for first grade students too. #kindergartenclassroom #firstgradeclassroom #math #numberbonds #learningwithmrslangley

After working with these hands on models we are ready to work out problems on these Morning Math pages or in Math Journals. Both of these routines lead to great math conversations during our daily calendar routine because with practice students can explain their reasoning and make sense of complicated problems. It is the perfect supplement to our required curriculum!
Number bonds kindergarten activities don’t have to be complicated. These teaching ideas can be used with a simple anchor chart and zero daily printables as a whole group teaching activity or independent center. Daily practice with word problems will make learning fun for first grade students too. #kindergartenclassroom #firstgradeclassroom #math #numberbonds #learningwithmrslangley

What types of hands on activities do you like to use during your calendar routine? I love mixing it up! Want to save this idea for later? Pin it to your favorite classroom ideas board here!

Number bonds kindergarten activities don’t have to be complicated. These teaching ideas can be used with a simple anchor chart and zero daily printables as a whole group teaching activity or independent center. Daily practice with word problems will make learning fun for first grade students too. #kindergartenclassroom #firstgradeclassroom #math #numberbonds #learningwithmrslangley

5 Planning Tips that save you TIME!

I left school on Friday (practically on time) with a 3 day weekend ahead of me and EVERYTHING ready to go for the next week. I'm not bragging.....I'm just amazed that it actually happened! Sometimes the stars align and I actually get everything done that I need to get done. Here are a few tips that have worked for me and might just work for you too!

#1 Have a system in place for this week's copies
This blog posts highlights 5 teacher time saving tips when it comes to planning for centers, guided reading groups, math, and seasonal activities. Get your work done and don't take it home!
AND have a system for making your copies each week. My unit plans were already copied so I just loaded them all into the correct day and I am set! We make our unit plans 6 weeks in advance so they are ready for us and they include this one page MORNING WORK page that aligns with Reading Street. It's my go to every morning. As long as I have that copied I can pretty much wing the rest of the day. (just kidding, but occasionally that can be the case!)  

#2 Have a routine in place for centers
When you have a routine in place for centers, lessons, free time....you name it...your planning becomes so much easier. We have a super solid center routine in place in our classroom so all I have to do is fill the shelves. Sometimes that just means adding a few copies, sometimes I switch out hands on materials, but either way it doesn't take me very long. I reinvented the wheel for YEARS and it took a ridiculous amount of time. This is so much easier!
This blog posts highlights 5 teacher time saving tips when it comes to planning for centers, guided reading groups, math, and seasonal activities. Get your work done and don't take it home!


This is an example of how we store our centers. For this week all I switched out was a cut & glue page, some dabbers, an ABC center, and the write the room papers. Everything else was already there in the baskets and ready to go for the next week. Occasionally I'll add a new option, but I am sure to train my kiddos before I set them free with it. I use a Daily 5 model in my classroom so students choose what they want to do. I don't have to keep track of who has done what, they just do it!

#3 Store seasonal items together for easy access next year
I have large binders in my closet labeled by month. That way all of my masters for the month area easy to get to! I just have to flip to the unit plan and pull out the couple of centers I wanted to add in.
This blog posts highlights 5 teacher time saving tips when it comes to planning for centers, guided reading groups, math, and seasonal activities. Get your work done and don't take it home!

I also keep my unit binders handy for the same reasons. 
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Math tubs are seasonal and used throughout the month so I never have to plan for them again. I posted about them HERE if you are interested in learning more. I use math tubs as part of our math block rotations, 15 extra minutes at the end of the day, or just as a much needed hands on break during the day. They LOVE math tubs.
This blog posts highlights 5 teacher time saving tips when it comes to planning for centers, guided reading groups, math, and seasonal activities. Get your work done and don't take it home!
Here is an example of an activity in our math tubs. The cards were copied and laminated last year so all I had to do was add in a few blocks to make it a little more interesting. I took the picture so I could print it out this weekend to show the students the expectation at that center. 
This blog posts highlights 5 teacher time saving tips when it comes to planning for centers, guided reading groups, math, and seasonal activities. Get your work done and don't take it home!




#4 Have a plan ready for small groups and get that area ready
There is nothing worse than calling over a small group and not knowing what to do with them. I worked out all of my small group stuff before I left on Friday so I wouldn't have to search for stuff on Monday....I mean Tuesday morning. I blogged about the materials I needed HERE and it is good knowing it will all be ready for me when I need it!  
This blog posts highlights 5 teacher time saving tips when it comes to planning for centers, guided reading groups, math, and seasonal activities. Get your work done and don't take it home!



#5 Use your time wisely
This tip is just for me. I am horrible about wasting my time after school talking to people, making unnecessary trips to the office, and just not being productive. It's hard after a long day to get focused but if you can put the rest aside and focus on the job at hand it truly makes a difference. A few snacks on hand help and a little bit of music helps too!

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This blog posts highlights 5 teacher time saving tips when it comes to planning for centers, guided reading groups, math, and seasonal activities. Get your work done and don't take it home!


Easing Into Morning Meeting with HeidiSongs

Greeting my students at the door is my favorite part of the day. I love seeing their smiling faces as they unpack their bags and greet me back at the door. I hear lovely things like, 
"I missed you Mrs. Langley".....
"I made this for you Mrs. Langley"......and 
"My dog is missing and we haven't found him Mrs. Langley"...... 

I learn important things about my students through this one simple interaction each day and I wouldn't start my day any other way. I shake their hands and hug them tightly even though it means I will probably get sick... (I suspect that is how I got the cold I am fighting!)

Of course after I spend all of this time greeting and waiting for the SLOW POKES they are all sitting at the rug waiting for me like this.....
Practicing our sight words has never been easier thanks to Heidisongs! My students love the interactive songs and they especially love when I give them a white board to practice writing them. This quick no prep activity has saved me more than once! #kindergarten #heidisongs #sightwords

Well. Not Exactly. 

We start our day with a solid morning meeting which means we need to go right to the rug but I've been plagued with this problem for years. How do I allow for valuable greeting time at the door, and give my SLOW POKES time (seriously I love them dearly but how long can it take to hang up a backpack?) AND allow for the fast kiddos who go right to the rug and proceed to cause pandemonium because we are taking too long getting there? Can you relate?  

Enter Heidi Songs! We love Heidi in our classroom and use her daily for sight words, alphabet, math, and just plain fun. Parents even email me to ask me who Heidi is because their children request Heidi Songs at home for entertainment. Seriously! 
Well last week I thought enough is enough with kiddos rolling around on the rug while I try to happily greet my children at the door so I started our alphabet video right before they started walking in. 

IT. WAS. MAGIC. 
Magic I tell ya! Everyone went right in and started dancing and singing because it's our FAVORITE and the slow pokes? They hurried it up so they could participate too! Why haven't I thought of this before? 

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My top favorite Heidi DVD's are the Animated Alphabet, Musical Math Volume 1, and Sight Words aligned with Reading Street. The sight words aligned with RS are probably my number one favorite because they go in order and we can sing 2 or 3 songs each week and really cover our Reading Street words. We have great results using these songs. 

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Practicing our sight words has never been easier thanks to Heidisongs! My students love the interactive songs and they especially love when I give them a white board to practice writing them. This quick no prep activity has saved me more than once! #kindergarten #heidisongs #sightwords

Surviving November

Did you Survive October? We had the most wonderful Halloween week ever thanks to a little early planning that ended up being easier than I could have imagined! You can check out my planning post HERE and see the plans I used for the week of Halloween. I ended up with TOO MANY plans so I didn't get to everything I wanted to but too much is WAY BETTER than not enough when it comes to kindergarten!

Because my Surviving Halloween plans were so successful I decided to keep it going and create this Surviving November lesson plan. I have included things for Veteran's Day, All About Pilgrims, and Thanksgiving activities. I started writing in when I will do all of these fun things and it is really filling in some gaps in my month. I'm excited about that!

Here are a few highlights from this unit:
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All About Veteran's Day- We start with plans to teach before the Veteran's Day holiday. It includes book links and ideas to teach what a veteran is, writing pages to write letters to a veteran, and a letter home to get a list of people in our families that have served in the armed forces. It is always more meaningful when students have a connection to what you are teaching! I also included this fun apple stamping poppy activity for a fun art connection too. These are going to be beautiful in our hallway!
This blog post outlines what I am teaching the month of November. Thanksgiving kindergarten crafts and activities are a fun way to incorporate your Thanksgiving unit into your centers, art, math, reading, and writing time. These lessons will give you a month of lessons to use throughout the month, or just to survive those last two days before break. With very few worksheets, these hands on activities will keep your students engaged and learning. #kindergarten #thanksgivinglessonideas #teacherspayteachers

All About Pilgrims- The subject of pilgrims, Native Americans, and the whole Thanksgiving discussion can be a sensitive subject but I am a firm believer that this is kindergarten and I am a bit of a traditionalist. So yes we are making pilgrim bonnets and corn husk dolls and yes I understand that the whole idea of the first Thanksgiving can be controversial. That being said, here are a few fun ideas from this part of the unit.


This blog post outlines what I am teaching the month of November. Thanksgiving kindergarten crafts and activities are a fun way to incorporate your Thanksgiving unit into your centers, art, math, reading, and writing time. These lessons will give you a month of lessons to use throughout the month, or just to survive those last two days before break. With very few worksheets, these hands on activities will keep your students engaged and learning. #kindergarten #thanksgivinglessonideas #teacherspayteachers
 Have you ever made the little bonnets for Thanksgiving? They are super easy. Literally two cuts and a couple of folds. And I learned that the traditional hats the men wore didn't include buckles (although yes...I included it) because the pilgrims that traveled over were very poor and couldn't afford buckles (not even for their pants....they used pieces of leather). AND they didn't wear black and white, most of their clothes everyday clothes were pretty colorful. The black and white traditional dress we see were probably more what they wore to church.

I included a long list of books I like to read during this unit too. Adding in your own insights during these reads is an important way to steer clear of those stereotypes.
This blog post outlines what I am teaching the month of November. Thanksgiving kindergarten crafts and activities are a fun way to incorporate your Thanksgiving unit into your centers, art, math, reading, and writing time. These lessons will give you a month of lessons to use throughout the month, or just to survive those last two days before break. With very few worksheets, these hands on activities will keep your students engaged and learning. #kindergarten #thanksgivinglessonideas #teacherspayteachers

This is one of my favorite activities I learned from my mentor years ago when I started teaching kindergarten. These little corn husk dolls are surprisingly easy to make and spark a great conversation about toys and what pilgrim children may have played with. We use them as part of our "Then and Now" activities  and they actually go really well with our Reading Street story for the week George Washington Visits.
This blog post outlines what I am teaching the month of November. Thanksgiving kindergarten crafts and activities are a fun way to incorporate your Thanksgiving unit into your centers, art, math, reading, and writing time. These lessons will give you a month of lessons to use throughout the month, or just to survive those last two days before break. With very few worksheets, these hands on activities will keep your students engaged and learning. #kindergarten #thanksgivinglessonideas #teacherspayteachers


Turkey Fun! The rest of the unit is just a bunch of Thanksgiving themed turkey fun.  A lot of the lessons go with a book but some are just traditional, kindergarten friendly, Thanksgiving activities. Here is a sneak peek.
This blog post outlines what I am teaching the month of November. Thanksgiving kindergarten crafts and activities are a fun way to incorporate your Thanksgiving unit into your centers, art, math, reading, and writing time. These lessons will give you a month of lessons to use throughout the month, or just to survive those last two days before break. With very few worksheets, these hands on activities will keep your students engaged and learning. #kindergarten #thanksgivinglessonideas #teacherspayteachers
 Fine Motor Math centers: Roll a dice, add a pony bead to the turkey. This can be an individual activity or a partner activity.
This blog post outlines what I am teaching the month of November. Thanksgiving kindergarten crafts and activities are a fun way to incorporate your Thanksgiving unit into your centers, art, math, reading, and writing time. These lessons will give you a month of lessons to use throughout the month, or just to survive those last two days before break. With very few worksheets, these hands on activities will keep your students engaged and learning. #kindergarten #thanksgivinglessonideas #teacherspayteachers
 I paired these cute toilet paper roll/handprint turkey crafts with the book 10 Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston. Make the turkeys and then do the read aloud. Students act out the book holding their cute little fat turkey. It's an adorable book if you haven't read it!

This craft is ADORABLE hanging in the hallway with the cute little swirly turkey legs.
This blog post outlines what I am teaching the month of November. Thanksgiving kindergarten crafts and activities are a fun way to incorporate your Thanksgiving unit into your centers, art, math, reading, and writing time. These lessons will give you a month of lessons to use throughout the month, or just to survive those last two days before break. With very few worksheets, these hands on activities will keep your students engaged and learning. #kindergarten #thanksgivinglessonideas #teacherspayteachers

Another Fine Motor activity. I am really excited about adding this to our fine motor bins. The students cut the feathers up to the spine part without cutting all the way through. It is excellent cutting practice and they end up with a real looking feather.
This blog post outlines what I am teaching the month of November. Thanksgiving kindergarten crafts and activities are a fun way to incorporate your Thanksgiving unit into your centers, art, math, reading, and writing time. These lessons will give you a month of lessons to use throughout the month, or just to survive those last two days before break. With very few worksheets, these hands on activities will keep your students engaged and learning. #kindergarten #thanksgivinglessonideas #teacherspayteachers


Some of the other lessons include activities to go with the following books:


Sounds like fun right? I can't wait to implement these into our lesson plans. We will do the Veteran's day stuff at the end of next week and the Thanksgiving day plans will be the Monday and Tuesday before we break for Thanksgiving. Those are always "flex" days as I like to call them because you can't really teach your regular curriculum in such a short week. Why not do something fun (and memorable) that will keep them coming back for more?

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This blog post outlines what I am teaching the month of November. Thanksgiving kindergarten crafts and activities are a fun way to incorporate your Thanksgiving unit into your centers, art, math, reading, and writing time. These lessons will give you a month of lessons to use throughout the month, or just to survive those last two days before break. With very few worksheets, these hands on activities will keep your students engaged and learning. #kindergarten #thanksgivinglessonideas #teacherspayteachers

Pumpkin Dissection in the Classroom

Have you ever cleaned out pumpkins in the classroom? Messy right? I have and I can tell you there is a better way and it can be FUN and ENGAGING without causing you to lose your mind! Our pumpkin dissection day is our favorite day of our ALL ABOUT PUMPKINS unit and has surprising benefits that last into next school year. (read all the way to the end to find out how!) 


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Hate the mess? 
When I considered cleaning out pumpkins to dive a little deeper into our life cycle unit I told myself I was crazy. I thought about what our custodian would say. I pictured myself cleaning out all 6 pumpkins all by myself while the students watched. All I knew was, I DIDN'T want it to go that way so I came up with a plan. 

First......the mess. 
I stopped on my way to school and bought 6 under the bed type boxes (which I turned into storage later). Yes.....I shop on my way to school, it's the procrastinator in me. I lined each box with a large garbage bag and prayed for the best. I honestly had no idea how this was going to go the first time! I had 24 students in my class (times 2 with half day kindergarten) and 12 pumpkins to work with. Each class got to dissect 6 pumpkins so I went with nice small groups of 4 each. (now I do groups of 6....it works just as well!) 
Want to include more STEM activities in your unit plans this fall? This post reviews how I incorporate STEM into our literature, science, and math activities and highlights our life cycle of pumpkin unit that we do each fall. Student friendly journals, easy to follow lesson plans, and fun activities are all included in this unit.#pumpkins #lifecycles #kindergarten#science #stem #teacherspayteachers

Next.......the students. 
This was going to be all about the students experiencing the inside of the pumpkin and NOT the teacher. I have carved my fair share of pumpkins with my own children to know that the parent does all of the cleaning out and the kid takes all the glory at the end. This was not how it was going to go! I placed a pumpkin in each bin and used a knife to cut the lid. THAT'S IT....I didn't even lift the lids off, I left that to the students. 
Want to include more STEM activities in your unit plans this fall? This post reviews how I incorporate STEM into our literature, science, and math activities and highlights our life cycle of pumpkin unit that we do each fall. Student friendly journals, easy to follow lesson plans, and fun activities are all included in this unit.#pumpkins #lifecycles #kindergarten#science #stem #teacherspayteachers

Last......the discovery. 
I told students this was going to be their job to get their pumpkin as clean as they could. I gave each group a gallon size zip lock bag to collect their seeds in and the rest of the pulp went in the bottom of the bin. The results were amazing! Students dug right in and started working. Some did NOT like it at all so their job was to hold the bag and oversee the seed collection. There were atleast 2 in each group that were go getters and made it their life's work to make their pumpkin the cleanest in the land. We finished up by washing our hands (everyone at once, one big long line, just get it done) because I made sure to tell them we couldn't wash until the end to keep students from wandering all over the classroom with icky hands. 
Want to include more STEM activities in your unit plans this fall? This post reviews how I incorporate STEM into our literature, science, and math activities and highlights our life cycle of pumpkin unit that we do each fall. Student friendly journals, easy to follow lesson plans, and fun activities are all included in this unit.#pumpkins #lifecycles #kindergarten#science #stem #teacherspayteachers
Sorry for this blurry photo. They were too excited to slow down for a photo!
Here is a video of the fun! Please don't mind my inappropriate shoes for school (it was a weird dress up day) and it sounds noisy but listen to all of the learning going on! 

When we were all done we got back together and discussed their findings. Some were shocked at how slimy the inside of a pumpkin was because (shocker) they had never done this before. I guess their parents do all the work just like I did with my own kids! We looked at our bags of seeds and made a quick comparison to how many seeds each group pulled out. Every year I have the plan to cook them and use them in centers later but I have never quite made it that far. This year I will! I have grand plans of using them in crafts, counting centers, and a sensory bin. I will let you know how that goes.....

Now the last question........what to do with those empty pumpkins? 
No we don't carve jack-o-lanterns out of them although you could certainly do that. YEARS ago I actually did that with an entire class of kinders and it worked out just fine. I just made sure I had 6 parents in the room to do all the carving! This year we set our pumpkins out in our little garden boxes on our playground. We watched them change over time and it was absolutely fascinating to watch them decompose. Some of them of course had a few seeds left in them so we had the added benefit of volunteer pumpkin plants at the end of the school year. They usually don't make it just because of summer watering schedules getting interrupted but this year they made it! We have two beautiful pumpkins growing on our playground. 
Want to include more STEM activities in your unit plans this fall? This post reviews how I incorporate STEM into our literature, science, and math activities and highlights our life cycle of pumpkin unit that we do each fall. Student friendly journals, easy to follow lesson plans, and fun activities are all included in this unit.#pumpkins #lifecycles #kindergarten#science #stem #teacherspayteachersWant to include more STEM activities in your unit plans this fall? This post reviews how I incorporate STEM into our literature, science, and math activities and highlights our life cycle of pumpkin unit that we do each fall. Student friendly journals, easy to follow lesson plans, and fun activities are all included in this unit.#pumpkins #lifecycles #kindergarten#science #stem #teacherspayteachers


When we got back to school in August they were just really starting to take off so we got to watch the entire process day by day. This year our pumpkin unit will be even more exciting! 

So that's how we dissect pumpkins in our classroom. It really is one of the best days that I am sure (well I hope) students go home and tell their parents about. Here is a link to the pumpkin unit I use in the classroom. It gives me 2 weeks of lessons using all 5 senses to explore a pumpkin. Students work their way through the journal and all of the lesson plans are included to make this a stress free way to learn ALL ABOUT PUMPKINS
Want to include more science activities in your unit plans this fall? This post reviews how I incorporate hands on learning and highlights our life cycle of pumpkin unit that we do each fall. Student friendly journals, easy to follow lesson plans, and fun activities are all included in this unit.#pumpkins #pumpkins #lifecycles #kindergarten#science #teacherspayteachers

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Want to include more science activities in your unit plans this fall? This post reviews how I incorporate hands on learning and highlights our life cycle of pumpkin unit that we do each fall. Student friendly journals, easy to follow lesson plans, and fun activities are all included in this unit.#pumpkins #pumpkins #lifecycles #kindergarten#science #teacherspayteachers


My Favorite Pumpkin Books

After our fall break we study ALL ABOUT PUMPKINS and there are so many books I love to use in the classroom as we explore, inquire, and learn more about the life cycle of a pumpkin. Here are my favorites!

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The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons

Actually....ANYTHING by Gail Gibbons when you are talking quality non-fiction books for young students. I love the examples of text features she adds in. I use a lot of her books when I teach our How To unit in Writer's Workshop too. I can't say enough about Gail Gibbons!


Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White

This is a must read for me every year because every year we let our pumpkins decompose in our flower bins and (almost) every year we get a pumpkin plant out of it. We don't always get a pumpkin but this year we got two!
This fun book tell the story of a woman who doesn't like pumpkins at all. When a truckload of pumpkins dumps in her front yard she decides to ignore it. The results are amazing! We make all kinds of text to world connections to this book with our volunteer pumpkin plants in our bins.


The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis

This super fun rhyming book tells the story of a pumpkin that grows just a little bit too big and the adventures that ensue after it is pulled from the vine. A lot of text to text connections can be made to Too Many Pumpkins with this book.



Pumpkin Circle: The Story of a Garden by George Levenson

This book is a beautiful story of the life cycle of a pumpkin. It has gorgeous photos of every stage if your students have never experienced a backyard garden. This book is also a great introduction if you are headed to the pumpkin patch!



Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin, Pie (Pictures the Seasons) by Jill Esbaum
This book celebrates the seasons and has beautiful photographs that take you from seed to sprout and from pumpkin to pie. We use this book as we discuss what we do with pumpkins.



The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll
This book highlights the care it takes to grow a pumpkin. This fiction story of 2 mice caring for the same pumpkin is a fun book that highlights cooperation and can provide connections to the non-fiction books read earlier in the week.



I use all of these books when I teach my ALL ABOUT PUMPKINS unit and some with this week of HALLOWEEN plans. I love using read alouds to make our day more interesting! If you aren't already using these books I highly recommend them all. Here is a pin to save for later!
5 fun pumpkin books for preschool, kindergarten or first grade. Your toddlers will even love these! Whether getting ready to make a craft, do a project with pumpkins or learn about life cycles these books are great for kids. I use these when I teach All About Pumpkins in my kindergarten classroom. #kindergarten #allaboutpumpkins #pumpkinbooks
  




Mini Erasers! Easy Activiites & a freebie

I, like many of you, have fallen for the mini eraser craze. At first I bought them because honestly who wouldn't? They are adorable and a hands on manipulative that will SURELY keep my students engaged during centers, or math stations, or whatever. Right? 

Right! However......I kept buying them and then I didn't really know what to do with them other than throw them in a counting bin or have them cover their alphabet cards with them. I just got out an apple set I bought last year (or the year before) that was not even out of the package. I bought them just to buy them and then I didn't do anything with them! 

I went ahead and threw those in a fine motor bin for Monday morning but I still wasn't clear on how I wanted my students to use them so I messed around with them a bit. 
Here is what I came up with:



Such a silly little activity but my kiddos are going to love it because this is what they do most of the time anyway! Stacking things must be human nature because it seems like that's all my students want to do with manipulatives (especially pattern blocks).  I added a dice (dice is both singular and plural in modern English...I looked it up) and I think I'll throw in some tongs too to make it even more challenging. Students roll the dice and then add that many apples to their stacks. 

What do you do with all of your erasers? I have seen people use the little tool box systems to store them and I think they must leave them out all year long. I do not do that. I put them away with my seasonal bins in a simple zip lock bag. Works for me! I have started looking at all of my October stuff and my erasers are waiting patiently for me. I will probably change out these apples for pumpkins in a week or so. We are working on our ALL ABOUT APPLES unit now and will start learning about pumpkins once we get back from Fall Break. I'm not counting down or anything....but it is getting close! 

So if you are like me and have a growing collection of erasers and you don't know what to do with them this post was for you! Here is a fun little freebie I made last week while I was working on some apple lessons for my kiddos. It goes along with the book Apple Trouble by Ragnhild Scamell. Grab it HERE!


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Mini eraser activities don’t have to be complicated! Use this ideas for math centers, fine motor bins, or your small group activities. Perfect for preschool or kindergarten students. Students will have fun counting and manipulating the erasers. #kindergarten #minierasers #mathcenters