Teaching Plot with Mo Willems!

Thursday, January 24, 2019 No comments
Let's be real for a minute. Mo Willems is pretty much the coolest thing since sliced bread. My kinders BEG for me to read more and more of his books. They make for great read-aloud books, the characters are always getting into trouble, and they're also GREAT for teaching plot!

Knuffle Bunny is and has always been a Mo favorite of mine. I love the way Mo used cartoon on top of photographs, and the way that Trixie talks always makes for lots of giggles in the classroom! What I love most about Knuffle Bunny, though, is how simple the plot is at its core. When I teach plot, I love to keep it as simple as possible, without too many steps. 

I am OBSESSED with Lyndsey Kuster's Reading Comprehension Organizers and Posters. I bought the 1st grade set when I was still teaching up there, but SO many of the organizers are still relevant in kindergarten land. 

How adorable are these...

Do you have a favorite author or book for teaching plot?

Busy busy busy!

Monday, July 30, 2018 No comments
Howdy, ya'll! I've been creating like crazy the past few weeks and wanted to share some of the new things I just posted in my TPT store!

I taught a jumpstart program for incoming kindergarteners this summer and was looking for a little extra phonics practice... so I came up with these two fun phonics coloring packs!

I've also been making loads of mystery picture math fact pages. I used them at the end of last school year with my kindergarten students and they kept begging for more... so I figured I'd whip up a few over the summer!

AND, last but certainly not least...
I started this one a looooooong time ago and finally got around to finishing it! I wish I still taught first grade so I could use it! Here's what's included in this close reading pack...


Subtraction Smash Freebie

Thursday, April 5, 2018 2 comments
Oh my goodness, my little ones had a BLAST playing this game today in math! We just started our subtracting within 10 unit, and I was looking for some new additions to our math centers. This hands-on subtraction game was just what we needed... and, duh, PLAY-DOH!
Click the picture to download this FREEBIE!

All subtraction facts within 10 are included in this fun little game. I put the pages in sheet protectors, and laminated the subtraction fact cards. All your students have to do is pick a card, make play-doh balls, and SMASH! It was SO much fun, and an excellent way to introduce and reinforce early subtraction skills.

You can find it on my Freebie Tab... Enjoy!

Easter Writing

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 No comments
This fun little Easter writing prompt is always one of my favorites! It's always so funny to see what the students come up with... Would YOU want the Easter Bunny as a pet?

 He will jump and hit the lights... love it!

I agree... I'd LOVE to have him as a pet. Candy all day every day!

You can snag the writing template on my Freebie Tab!