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Coverall games are so much fun for my students.  They can play them independently or with a partner and are so easy to prep.  These Johnny Appleseed Themed Apple Coverall Games are a great way for your students to practice identifying numbers 1-6, as well as recognizing different representations (numerals, fingers, and ten framers) for numbers 1-6.
 
To prepare this game, just print the game boards (included in the download below).  I like to laminate the game boards or put them in a plastic page protector sleeve for durability.  One dot cube and some manipulatives for covering the apples are needed to play the game. Red/yellow counters work really well to cover the apples, but you could also use cubes, buttons, pom poms, etc. to cover the apples.

To play this game students roll the dot cube.  After rolling they cover the number on their game board that matches what they rolled.  Students continue rolling until they have covered all of the apples on the game board.  This game is a great addition to a math station in your classroom.  It is also perfect to use when working with a small group of students in a small math group.
 
Included in your free download are three versions of the coverall game.  The versions included are: numeral representation, ten frame representation, and counting fingers representation.  This is a great way to differentiate the game for your students.  It is also important for students to see numbers in different ways because this helps build number sense skills.  
 

Are you ready for some Johnny Appleseed themed Apple Coverall game fun?!  Just click the image below to grab your FREE game boards!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-kLuB6C2FdhUXRZWmY5Um1NUVU/view?usp=sharing
 
Looking for more apple themed resources?  Check out these apple themed ideas from some fantastic bloggers!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Apple Lacing Fine Motor Bag // Coffee Cups and Crayons
Apple Life Cycle Printable Book // Stay at Home Educator
Apple Number Match // A Dab of Glue Will Do
Apple Life Cycle Hat // The STEM Laboratory
Apple Tree Counting Puzzles // The Kindergarten Connection
Oatmeal Apple Crisp: A Recipe for Kids // Liz's Early Learning Spot
Apple Play Dough Surprise Activity // Play & Learn Every Day
Apple Counting Book // Fun-A-Day
Balancing Apples Up on Top // Sara J Creations
Apple Seed Counting Busy Bag // Powerful Mothering
Apple Alphabet Puzzles // The Letters of Literacy
Apple Subitizing Cards // The Simplified Classroom
Apple Tree Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Apple Ten Frames // Still Playing School
CVC Spelling Mats // Fairy Poppins
Apple Color Matching Activity // Frogs Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
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I love giving a little gift to my students on Back to School Night.  I also love giving my teammates a little gift when we go back to school.  I created a gift tag for a student gift, as well as a gift tag that you can use on a gift for your coworkers.  
 
I picked up some bubbles from the Dollar Tree.  They come in packs of 3 bubbles for $1.  What a great deal!  I printed the gift tag, punched a hole in the gift tag, and used some ribbon to tie the tag around the bubble.  Such a fun back to school gift for my incoming kindergarten students!
 
I also like to give my teammates a little back to school gift.  I had picked up these adorable buckets from Target sometime during the summer.  I stuffed some purple tissue paper down in the bottom of the bucket, added a bag of mini Reese's cups (yum!), and a $5 Target gift card.  Teachers LOVE Target!
 
If you want to use these gift tags just click the image below to grab your FREE gift tags for back to school gifts!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-kLuB6C2FdhUUp2aHF6UnI5OTQ/view?usp=sharing
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Bubbles are so much fun for kids!  This Blowing Bubbles Math Game is perfect for students to pretend they are blowing bubbles while counting out gems that look like bubbles.  This activity could be used as a math warm-up, a math lesson, at a math station, or at home with your own children to practice counting.

The Dollar Tree has these amazing blue gems that I am pretty sure young kids think are jewels. They are always an engaging manipulative for my students and they are perfect to use for this activity because they resemble bubbles.  To prepare this game, just print the Blowing Bubbles game board and recording sheet.  Laminating the game board and recording sheet or putting them in a plastic sleeve is a great idea.  A pencil and paper clip are all that is needed for the spinner.  If you want to have your students use the recording sheet, they will need a dry erase marker and eraser. 
 
The game board is organized so that two children can play this game while sitting across from one another.  Students use a paper clip and pencil for the spinner.  They just put the pencil on the center of the spinner, inside the paper clip, and give the paper clip a flick.  When the paper clip stops spinning, they look to see what ten frame it landed on.  This is how many blue gems (bubbles) they count on their Blowing Bubbles game board.  Their partner does the same thing on their side of the board.  Students can then share with their friend how many bubbles they each have and who had more/less.  They can also compare who has more/less by recording on the recording sheet.  The recording sheet is optional for this activity and is a great way to differentiate for the needs of your students. 
 
Included in your FREE download are two versions of the game.  One version has a spinner with ten frames representing numbers 1-5 and the other version has a spinner with ten frames representing numbers 1-10.  This allows you to meet the needs of your students when they are playing the game with a partner or in a small group with the teacher.  
 
 
Ready from some Blowing Bubbles Math Game fun?!  Click the image below to grab your FREE download!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-kLuB6C2FdhMFhUMHVJOVRsZkU/view?usp=sharing
 
My friend Alex, from The Kindergarten Connection, and I have teamed up to share two FREE bubble themed downloads using these blue gems from The Dollar Tree.  Just click the image below to head over to her blog and grab your FREE "Fishy Bubbles" alphabet activity!
http://thekindergartenconnection.com/fishy-bubbles-alphabet-match/
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Taking pictures of my students on the first day of school is always something I do my best to fit into our schedule!  The first day is always so busy, but having that picture on the first day is such a great memory.  I typically use their first day of school picture for a lot of things in the classroom right away.  Some of the things I use their pictures for are lunch cards, a class book, class name cheer, and a pocket chart that has their picture and name next to it.  Having pictures posted in the classroom is a great way to build a community of learners and it really helps for students to get to know the names of their classmates.  
 
I wanted to share the First Day of School Signs that I used with my students last year with you.  I like to take their picture with the sign on their first day.  These signs can also be used with your own children on their first day of school!  It's always so neat to look back on the first day of school when the end of the year rolls around!
 
To grab these First Day of School Signs, just click the image below!  I have included pre-school, pre-kindergarten, transitional kindergarten, kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, middle school, and high school within the download!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-kLuB6C2FdhRXJPM2xyMHVEMFk/view?usp=sharing
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School will be starting back before we know it!  If you are like me, you are always looking for classroom management ideas.  Classroom management is so important, but it is especially important to establish at the beginning of the year with your students.  Setting up rules, routines, and expectations will really help to make your school year run smoothly!
 
I have previously blogged about using a Mr. Potato Head for classroom management, but I thought I would share more about it in its own post!  I do want to say that using a Mr. Potato Head for classroom management is not my original idea, however I did create the printable to go along with it.  Using a Mr. Potato Head for classroom management is one of those ideas that I have seen on Pinterest and I'm actually not sure where the idea originated, but it is FANTASTIC!
 
I keep all of the Potato Head pieces in a basket from the Dollar Tree.

Some of the ways that my students can earn a Potato Head piece are the following:
*Receiving compliments from other teachers
*Working nicely in the classroom
*Following directions
*Doing a nice job in music, art, PE, and library
*And many other ways!
 
When the Mr. Potato Head earns every piece and is all filled up, we decide on a treat as a class.  Often times I will turn this into a math activity and they have no idea that we are even doing math!  I have my students suggest different treats and then we vote for the class treat.  
 
Some of our class treats have been the following:
*Donuts
*Pajama Day
*Class trip to the prize box (everyone gets a trip to the prize box)
*Extra recess
*And many others! 
 
Those are just some of the ideas my class has come up with, but there are many other class treats that you could use with your students!
 
My students always love this and it's really a fun way to encourage positive behaviors in the classroom.  
**I also have a Mrs. Potato Head so we switch back and forth between using a Mr. Potato Head and a Mrs. Potato Head!
 
To grab your free printable to use in your classroom, just click the image below!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-kLuB6C2FdhZHR6SHN0NEhOalE/view?usp=sharing
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Letter recognition is so important for our youngest learners.  Since words are made up of letters, it is really important to make sure that our young learners are able to identify uppercase and lowercase letters. 
 
I love to use activities that I know are of interest to my students.  Since many young children love anything ocean related, I created some alphabet cards with an "Under the Sea" theme.
For this set of alphabet cards, the uppercase letters have a mermaid on them and the lowercase letters have a fish on them.  

It is important to give our students a lot of opportunities to practice with alphabet activities.  There are a lot of ways that these could be used in the classroom or at home with your own young children.

Ideas for using these alphabet cards:
*uppercase and lowercase letter match
*uppercase and lowercase letter sort 
*pick a card and identify the letter
*pick a card and identify the sound 
*making words 
*send home the cards for alphabet practice
*use the cards in an ocean themed sensory bin (grab some of the blue crinkle paper from your local craft store, add some shells, and these letter cards, and you have a fun way for students to learn letters)
 
These cards would also be fun to use in a small reading group of students that you are working with on alphabet recognition. 

To grab your FREE set of "Under the Sea" alphabet letters, just click the image below!  I have included the images in color and black and white for different printing options.  Enjoy!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-kLuB6C2FdheGYzT0ZRdDgwZWc/view?usp=sharing
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It's Shark Week!  Watching sharks through the television screen is about the closest I would like to be to a shark!  You can find out more about Shark Week on the Discovery site by clicking here, but for now I have a FREE "Counting Sharks" book to share with you!

 I created a "Counting Sharks" little book.  This book focuses on numbers 1-10.  It is great for early readers and kids can count the sharks on each page while reading.  They can then add their own color to the pages after reading.
 
Each page includes: high frequency words, repetitive text, and shark clipart images for one to one counting opportunities
 
This is perfect to go along with your summer school teaching, an ocean themed unit, or for your own little ones at home to read while watching Shark Week!
 
To grab your FREE download, just click the image below! 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-kLuB6C2FdhVnJ6Wl9jMlYxd2s/view?usp=sharing
 
To check out more books for young readers, check out my Book Bundle in my Teachers Pay Teachers Store!  Grab it at a HUGE discount for a limited time - 50% off!!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Book-Bundle-2255754
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