Here's a hint!

OK, let's face it, we know that every child is special.  But do you know those children who just touch your heartstrings...the ones you carry around with you even when they're not sitting right in front of you...the ones that you always wonder about, maybe even hug a little tighter than others?  
It may be a child you don't even know personally, but love them all the same.

My dear, sweet friend Samantha, better known as Ms. Smarty Pants, has taken on a wonderful deed for just such a child.  This child's name is Miracle and she is a first grader at Samantha's school.  Miracle has been diagnosed with Leukemia.  Can you imagine as a parent hearing those words?  
"Your child has Leukemia."  
That would be so devastating.

 You know when we hear news like this, our gut instinct is to ask what we can do to help.  Our friend Samantha stepped up and contacted some fellow bloggers, including myself and put together an amazing collection of 31 activities.  This collection can be yours if you make a $25 donation to help Miracle.  Talk about a win/win situation!

If you would like to find out more about Miracle and get the link to purchase the packet, 
please follow this link.

I sincerely hope that you will consider helping out this beautiful girl and her family.

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
Yep!  It's that time again!  Gotta love Charity over at Classroom Freebies for hosting this each week.

So with

in full swing, how many of you have had to use this...
 and eat this...

and call in sick with just a moment's notice?  Knock on wood, it hasn't hit our home like it has others.  

I know many principals require teachers to have emergency sub plans on hand all of the time, 
so here is a FREEBIE just for you. 

Enjoy! And here's to wishing you only healthy and happy days!

P.S.  These adorable graphics used in the post came from Digi Web Studio and the adorable graphics used in the sub plans came from ThistleGirl Designs.

Well, we are creeping up on 
and I think it is definitely time for a
Who's in?
There are
that you could win!

Prize #1 is 
The Magnificent Math Bundle
Apple Number Games - 10 Frames, Tally Marks & Number Words 
Graphing Activities
Fishing For Fact Families - Worming Our Way Through the Common Core

Prize #2 is
The Lovely Language Arts Bundle
Let's Learn About Poetry
Spelling Posters
Love Me True - A Common Core Dolch Sight Word Game
First Grade Dolch Sight Word Packet
Little Red Riding Hood Center Activities Bundle
Word Sliders Fairy Tales Theme
Take Me to Your Reader

Prize #3 is
The Marvelous March Madness Bundle
The Luck of the Irish - Celebrating St. Patrick's Day 
Looking for Leprechauns - A Common Core Math Unit
Bunny Hops - A Common Core Math Unit
Easter Treat Tags
Easter Activities to Keep Your Students Hopping
Lions and Lambs a Common Core Subtraction Game

Prize #4 is
A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That Bundle 
The Friendship Fairy Unit and Craftivity 
All About Frogs Scoot Game
Student Data Notebook with Common Core Checklists
Calendar Companion
Editable Daily Scheduling Cards
Teacher and Coworker Gift Tags

Prize #5 is
A Room Theme of Your Choice from My  TPT Store
(and the coordinating add-on items) 
Many Themes to Choose From 

Prize #6 is 
$25 Worth of Merchandise from My TPT Store
1st Grade Teacher

How amazing are all of those fabulous prizes???!!!?!!?

So here is your chance to win!!!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Of course, this would never have come together without some amazing ladies that I know.
to the following:


Have you been hopping along with us?  Did you get all 14 FREEBIES?  If not, stop on over here at my dear friend Martha's blog, Primary Paradise, for a wonderful Valentine's Day FREEBIE!  You can also get today's FREEBIE over at my fabulous friend, Wendy's blog, Teacher's Toolkit,  
Both are math-related and both are very, very CUTE!

Remember, if you missed a day or two, or all fourteen, you can hop backward using the 
buttons at the bottom of each post.

Doing the 
has been so much fun!
I am very thankful to have teamed up with an amazing group of ladies/bloggers/teachers!
And just one more thing before you go...

I have this DARLING boy in my class named Eddie.  He is just the sweetest.  It is nothing for him to give me a big hug and proclaim, "I 'lub' you!"  Melts my heart every time!

Eddie moved to the US from Mexico just last year.  It is hard to believe that he is the same boy I heard crying in kindergarten EVERY day last year.  Who could blame him?  I can't imagine being 5 years old and put into a situation where nobody spoke the same language as me.  

While he is learning some English, we are really trying to work on building up his English vocabulary.  
So, I created this picture word book.  

Whenever he has a few minutes, he will take the book and find a friend and they will quiz him on the words.  He has set a goal for himself to learn all of the words by the end of the year!  That's a LOT of words!

That was the main use of this book.  However, the other day, one of my students wanted to spell the word "tiger".  I saw the lightbulb pop on as this student realized that "tiger" was one of the words in Eddie's book.  
They grabbed it and quickly copied down the correct spelling.  GENIUS!

Here are a couple of examples of what the pages look like:

A big, thank you to Eddie for the inspiration!

So, I am sharing this FREEBIE with you.  
It is not the entire book, but it is definitely enough to get you started!

You can find the FREEBIE right here!
I'd love to know what you think!

 Also, be sure to hop on over to Manic Monday at Classroom Freebies today and EVERY Monday and collect some AMAZING FREEBIES!!
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday
So how many of you went TPT crazy on Superbowl Sunday?
Yes, I confess, I did!  
One of the fantastic units that I bought was this one by my sweet friend Christina DeCarbo entitled, 
States of Matter for Kids! {A Unit on Solids, Liquids and Gasses}.  
(Please take a moment to visit her store or hop on over to her blog, Second Grade Sugar and Spice.)

My students have been having a BLAST all week long learning about various states of matter.
This is an excellent collection with a wide variety of activities.

 Day 1
We introduced four of the vocabulary cards included in this unit.  Once my students had the idea, we verbally brainstormed forms of matter that would fit in to each category of solids, liquids and gasses.  They all had fabulous ideas and grasped the concept very quickly.  
However, there was one child...isn't there always one...that had to inform us all about his favorite form of gas...the toots!  He just killed himself laughing and took the rest of the class with him!  Fortunately, he was smart enough to save it for the end of the lesson.  (and never mind the fact that he is the COLTS fan highlighted in my Superbowl post...but more on him later).

I also found this cool song from They Might Be Giants on YouTube!

Day 2
  Here the students worked on a paper where they were to give examples of matter that would fit into one of the three categories.  Then we moved on to having them use the page from the unit where they sorted the pictures into the correct form of matter.  

Next, I used butcher paper to create solid, liquid and gas "costumes".  Together, we decided where each item fit.  These cards were great, because they matched exactly to the cards that the students
 had on their sort.
(This is where I exacted my revenge on the "toots boy" by making him The King of Gasses!)  Bwa-hahahaha!  

Here is a picture of their outfits.

Day 3
Hooray!  We were able to do an actual experiment and discovered what can happen when we combine a solid and a liquid.  Yep...we made Jell-o!  We were able to examine the steam (gas) when we combined the boiling water (liquid) to the Jell-o (solid).  Then we got to see it change form again after we
refrigerated it (solid again).  And the best part of all...they got to eat their project!  
There was an excellent experiment recording sheet in the unit that we used, too.
However, this is also the day that I realized I cannot teach, make Jell-o, monitor students, record AND take pictures, BUT what luck, my sweet friend Christi Fultz over at Ms. Fultz's Corner took some...and she has those pics and other fun stuff to share.
Be sure to hop on over here and she what she and her students have been doing.

Day 4
We were shorted a day of science this week, because of a special project, so this is
Day 4 of the unit (Day 5 of the week). 
All week long, my students had been warned to be on the lookout for purple cows!  "HUH?" they all said.
I brought it up often during the week.
During computer lab on this day, I even took control of all of their computers...right in the middle of their work...and popped up a mooing purple cow.  It had a speech bubble that read, "Have you seen Ms. Dunn's kids?  I'm supposed to hang out with them today!"  
The looks on their faces!  
I really did nearly fall right off my chair because I was laughing so hard!

So here are the real purple cows.  I don't want to give away Christina's secret recipe, but you can 
find it in the unit.  This was our concluding activity for this unit (minus the assessment) and needless to say a BIG HIT!  There was another great recording sheet for this activity, as well.
Here is a photo of some of their creations.

As you can see from the pictures below, the purple cows were a HIT!

Only one student did not care for her purple cow, but they definitely all LOVED the activity!

Oh, and as a bonus lesson, we got to watch our solid turn into a liquid.
Quick tip...get your ice cream out about 20 minutes before you're ready to scoop!

So, now you know just exactly what IS the MATTER!
My friend and I have a situation that works out perfectly for us.  She teaches both of our classes writing and I teach both of our classes math. This works out so well for us, because it allows us to 
focus on our own strengths as teachers.

But we've always encountered one problem.  We have never been able to switch on Fridays because of assessing, schedules, etc.  We are still responsible for covering those subjects on those days and that is when I decided to create some portable math tubs.  I've seen math tubs online for years,
but never really used them.

I went on the good ol' TPT store and found this perfect unit to use.  

It was created by my sweet friend, Laureen, at Teach With Laughter.  In fact, you can pick up a FREEBIE from her unit over on her blog, Teach With Laughter.

The reason that I loved this unit, is because it covered a variety of standards.  
It covers, addition in a variety of ways, including Doubles Plus One, which is one of my students' favorite games.  There is also skip counting, finding numbers that are the greatest and the least, place value, missing addends and graphing!  

Not only were there enough activities for my whole class in this one unit, but I was also able to take a game at a time and work with a small group based on where they needed additional practice and instruction.

My friend's granddaughter and I stayed after school one day and played with some of the games.

 This was a fun game and she beat me!  Aren't the graphics a-dorable?

My son would love this one...he's a S'mores-aholic!
This one was a very popular game in our class.
Love the missing addend practice!

My friend's granddaughter LOVED this one, because she could play it independently.

Do any of you use math tubs in your classroom?  How do you like them?  What do you use for the activities.  I definitely want/need to make more, so I would love to hear from everyone. 

I almost afraid to let this amazing secret out of the bag, but it's too fabulous to keep to myself.  Have you heard of My Cute Graphics?  It is a website of simply adorable graphics that are FREE! read that correctly A-DORABLE and FREE!  Her terms of use are beyond kind, especially if you 
happen to be a teacher.

She has graphics for nearly everything under the sun, such as this one... 

or this one...

or  this one...

I used her a-dorable graphics to create my latest unit, 

which you can find here.

I just have to say a HUGE 

for her amazing talent and her kindness to teachers!

Just sayin'!  LOL!

Welcome!  Welcome!  

I hope you just LOVED Ms. Smarty Pants' FREEBIE from yesterday as much as I did!
She's so talented!  Love that tally game and it is PERFECT for my first graders!

Here is today's FREEBIE!

It is a variety of Valentine's to give to your kiddos.

You can choose from

 these cute cards that you can give alone or finish them off with a sucker or pencil


 these toppers that you simply print, fold in half and staple to the top of small plastic bags (available at Michaels and Joanns) filled with goodies


 maybe you'll want to give out these bookmarks...perhaps after you give them a little 
run through the laminator.  I just punched a hole in these and threaded a little bit of ribbon through the top.

Or maybe you'll want to give  all 3!  
Whichever you choose, you can't beat the price!
And the graphics from Scrappin Doodles are just A-dorable!
You can download this fun FREEBIE right here.

I hope you enjoy these along with the other FREEBIES being offered on this Blog Hop!
And...if you're not already a follower of Chalk One Up for the Teacher,
I would sure love for you to consider becoming one!

For tomorrow's Blog Hop you will be heading over to my dear friend Cynthia's blog.
I know she will have something special waiting just for YOU!

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