Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Best Things in Life are Free

In celebration of this glorious 4-day holiday weekend and to show how thankful I am for the TPT community, I've uploaded two new flash freebies available in my TPT store.

The first one is called Part Part Touchdown!  I saw this football chips and dip tray at The Dollar Tree and knew I had to use it for something in my classroom.  Right now we are working on our fluency with addition and subtraction, so this activity is great for when your students are ready for part-part-whole relationships.

The next freebie I've posted follows the learning sequence for addition and subtraction fluency.  After our kids demonstrate understanding of how addition and subtraction are related, they practice balancing equations by applying their knowledge of those operations.  I love this activity because students can hands-on manipulate and analyze the equal sign in these equations.

I hope you enjoy these freebies!  After all, the best things in life are free, right?  As this year is winding down, I'm especially thankful for my friends and family who've been there to hear my never ending rants and take care of me when I'm down ...and hungry.  ALSO huge shout out to the Dunkin' Donuts app because well, it's free too.  And it blesses me with free iced coffees which have gotten me through countless Mondays and Fridays.  And most of all the other days in between.  :) 

Until next time, 

Friday, February 12, 2016

Maryland, My Maryland

Ohhhh yes, an entire post devoted to the best state ever! I mean really, just Google search "Greatest city in America." What do you get? Baltimore, MARYLAND. And which state is called, "America in miniature?" None other than MARYLAND... and for good reason! We've got oceans, rivers, mountains, the city, country, and the beach. What more could you possibly ask for from a teeny tiny little state? (The 9th smallest state to be exact!) As soon as I saw that the Techie Turtle Teacher started a Maryland Blog Hop via TPT, I was ecstatic to get on this and collaborate with some fellow MD teacher bloggers!

First things first, be sure to click the picture above to download my new measurement FREEBIE!  Please note that this will only be free during the blog hop, and will be available for sale starting February 21st.  

My first grade friends are exploring measurement by different non-standard units.  Using a variety of units helps them understand that the length and height depend upon which unit is being used.  Super glue these game board spinners onto 4" x 4" CD cases so that the spinner templates can easily be changed out.  If you don't want to use CD cases, you can always use transparent spinners.  They can be purchased from Amazon.

Here's Target saving my life again- I love this little lazy susan organizer!

I'm also offering a giveaway to one lucky winner to receive my Monster Math 1st Grade Centers which includes more measurement and place value activities.  (Side note: I created this before I changed my TPT name.)  Complete the rafflecopter for a chance to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


There's so much to love about this state and somehow I've been lucky enough to experience living in the suburbs, the beach, and the city.  What I love most about Maryland (besides the crabs) is the fact that you can always find new adventures nearby.

Here are some of my favorite things to do in Maryland:
  • Go to any concert/festival/event at Merriweather
  • Go to concerts in the harbor at Pier Six
  • Snowboard in the winter / camp in the summer in Deep Creek
  • Go hiking at Patapsco State Park
  • Explore the restaurants, bars, and shops in Fells Point
  • Walk around my neighborhood where the city meets the harbor and the park in Fed Hill

I honestly think I could brag to people all day about how amazing Maryland is.  
For a small state, there's always something going on and so much to do.  Maryland friends, what are your favorite things to do here?

Thank you for reading!  Don't forget to click the button above to go to the next stop on the blog hop!  

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Snowy Day

^ The snowpocalypse weekend to be exact.

Maryland hasn't seen this much snow in quite a while, and this blizzard sure did some damage.  Living in the city, I had the luxury of being able to leave the house every day whether it was to go for a short walk to the bars (which all were in fact open) or head up the street to the park and go sledding.  Of course parking has been and will continue to be a nightmare until the mounds of snow finally melt away.  Believe it or not, there are still many streets here that have yet to be touched by a plow.  People here have been territorial of the parking spots they broke their backs to shovel out, but come on guys, we're all in this together.  I think the cabin fever has got to us all.  Hopefully, if you were affected by the snow this weekend, you were able to get out and enjoy the beauty of it all in some way.

Before all the snow fell, we read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats.  Then we made magic snow paint and created these snowy day illustrations.  It was SNOW much fun!  (Eh, eh? No?)  Alright, well whenever I return to school, I know my kiddos are going to have many snow stories to tell me about.  What better time to practice narrative writing?  We'll be writing about our snowy days which will be displayed with our snowy day illustrations.

How adorable!  Can you believe this only took about 15 minutes to make and complete?!  One of my kids said, "You know, Ms. Chin, that actually was a really fun activity!"  (Thanks... I think?)  If you want to try this in your classroom, I got the snow paint idea from Stephanie at Primary Theme Park and you can download the snowy day writing template here or click the picture below:

Along with shoveling, more shoveling, crafting, watching too many Nicholas Sparks movies, finishing report card grades, and eating Chinese food left overs, I also got to play around with my GoPro this weekend!