Thursday, March 9, 2017

St. Patrick's Day Activities

Hello!  I wanted to share a few of the St. Patrick's Day activities that I have available in my store.  

I know many of you might have Spring Break next week, but you can save the ideas for next year or try them after break!  These would also work for parents who are looking for some fun activities to do at home! 

The first activity is my St. Patrick's Day Color-by-Number activity pack.  There are six pages that are perfect to use at school, at home, or in the car!  They require very little prep - just print and go!  My five year-old LOVES attaching a couple of my color-by-number pages to a clipboard and taking them in the car.  (Although I think she loves getting to use a clipboard just about as much as she likes doing the coloring page. ;))

If your students (or kids) like using jumbo push pins, they will love these St. Patrick's Day Pinning Pages!  There are eight pages and can be used with jumbo push pins or as tracing pages.  The word at the bottom of the page is traceable.

You can print the pages and use them for pinning as-is, or you can tape each page onto a piece of construction paper and poke through both pages.  Then, when you remove the pinning page, the construction paper will look neat!

The last activity is one of my favorite freebies in my store!  My "Where's the Gold?" number recognition game has been a favorite with students and my own daughter!  This is a pocket chart game that comes with a partner game that you can use for reinforcement.  It's easy to customize - you can use only numbers 1-10, or focus on teen numbers, etc.  I've played this game with my older daughter for a few years now. When she was three, we only used numbers to 10.  Now, we can use all of the numbers and it helps her with those tricky teens!

If you're in the classroom, you can modify this game for small group use.  You can use a tabletop pocket chart and pick a smaller set of numbers to focus on.

 Finally, if you're looking for looking for some thematic center activities, I have a St. Patrick's Day Centers Bundle!  It includes a total of 16 centers that touch on a variety of math and literacy skills.

Thanks for letting me share these activities with you!  Enjoy the rest of your night - it's almost Friday!!!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Teacher "Pot o' Gold" Giveaway!

Hey everyone!  I'm popping in quickly to share about a quick and amazing giveaway!

A group of my blogging friends and I are giving away $400 in gift cards!  We are giving away one $100 TpT gift card, four $50 TpT gift cards, and two $50 Amazon gift cards!
It's easy to enter!  Simply use the Rafflecopter below.  The giveaway ends March 7 at 11:59 p.m., so be sure to enter right away!

With a bit o' luck, you just might win your Teacher Pot o' Gold!  

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

March Morning Work Tubs


It's coming!  I just know it is!  And boy, am I ever ready!

Here in Kansas, Mother Nature has been teasing us these last couple weeks.  We had record-breaking highs in the 70s last week, only to end the week with temperatures in the 30s and 40s.  The high today is 41 degrees.

That's just mean.

Don't get me wrong:  I absolutely love living in the Midwest.  As far as winter goes, I'm good with snow one or maybe two times in the winter.  But after I've gotten a little snow, I'm ready for spring! These weeks and weeks of cold temperatures with no snow really get me itching for nicer days and time outside!


The real reason I'm here today is to give you a sneak peek at my March Morning Work Tubs!  As you may know, my Morning Work Tubs are currently a work-in-progress.  Every time I finish a month's pack, I think to myself that it's my favorite pack so far.  But this time, I really think it's my favorite pack!  (Until next month, anyway!)

As I've explained in my previous monthly morning work tub posts, I have gotten several requests from all of you to give a sneak peek of the activities to help you gather materials.  I really try to create these activities in a way that makes them flexible material-wise.  Usually, if you don't have the same exact materials or manipulatives that I'm using, you can still use the activity.  You may have to modify it to some extent.  I don't want anyone to feel like they have to go out and spend a lot of money to get materials for these tubs!

Here is a peek at all 20 activities.  I've included affiliate links to some of the materials on Amazon if you're needing to get anything!  

1. Rhyming Leprechaun Link-Up (these are the links I have)
2. St. Patrick's Day Pictures 
3. Rainbow Final Consonant Matching
4. Shamrock Cut and Punch

5. Colorful Pots of Gold (You can use pony beads, pom-pom balls, etc.)
6. Gold Subtraction Smash
7. Good as Gold Letter Writing (I used a mixture of white sand and gold glitter.)
8. Pot of Gold Transfer Activity (I got the sparkly gold pom-poms from Hobby Lobby!)

9. Word Building (You can use any letter beads, or you can stamp the words)
10. Spin and Graph
11. Echo Drawing
12. Leprechaun Letter Match

13.  Color-by-Number (There is also a Color-by-Sum version for added difficulty.)
14. Count and Cover 
15. CVC Word Clip-It Cards
16. Number Mats

17. Rainforest Animals 9x9 Puzzles
18. Scrambled-Up Sentences
19. Missing Gold
20. Push Pin Pages

I love to see pictures of these tubs in action!  If you have a great way of storing your tub activities or if you have some pictures of these in action (no student faces, please), you can share them with me on my Facebook page or tag me on Instagram (@kroltgen).


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Things We Love Giveaway!

Happy Valentine's Day!  I'm joining Kelly from An Apple for the Teacher and an amazing group of bloggers to give away some things we LOVE today!  I'm sure you love these things as much as we do!

Mr. Sketch markers are awesome for so many reasons, but mostly because they remind me of elementary school!  I had a teacher who would let us use them to check our papers and it was a big deal!  When I became a teacher, I knew I had to have a stock of Mr. Sketch markers on hand at all times.  I used them to put smelly stars on my students' papers!  They're way easier than putting stickers on papers, in my opinion. 

Oh, flair pens.  I'm pretty sure my husband has a genuine concern for my love of flair pens.  I'm not in the classroom anymore, but rest assured I use these on the daily.  Grocery lists just aren't as fun without them!  And we all know they're the best thing to use in our lesson plans and calendars!

I'll be totally honest:  My Scotch laminator  Seriously.  Having the ability to laminate my stuff at home vs. trying to find time to laminate at school was life-changing.  If I found a super awesome resource on TpT that I had to get ready to use the next day, voila!  I would laminate it at home.  Bonus: My kids (and my cat) are fascinated by my laminator!  Easy entertainment? Check!

Before my third year teaching, Target had dry erase pouches in the dollar spot and I grabbed two or three, thinking I might use them.  I should have grabbed a lot more!  I used them in centers almost weekly.  I almost always had a letter tracing activity popped in one of these pouches as one of my center activities.  They help save on paper usage, and I really feel like dry-erase marker erases off of these way better than things that are laminated!

Your classroom is really never complete without Expo markers.  And yes, it has to be the Expo brand!  I had these at my whiteboard, guided reading area, and even in my students' chair pockets around the guided reading table.  

Astrobrights paper is really the best and most fun paper I've ever made copies with.  And yes, I used "fun" and "made copies" together in the same sentence.  That's all thanks to Astrobrights.  <3

I don't know about you, but something about the Ticonderoga pencils just gets me excited to do some writing!  When my new kinders arrived at Meet the Teacher night with their school supplies in tow, I got an extra burst of excitement when I saw that a student brought these pencils.  When my oldest heads off to kindergarten next year (*tear*), these will be sent to school for sure.

Last, but certainly not least, is a TpT gift card for a whopping $50!  When I discovered TpT during my first year teaching, it looked very different!  It quickly became such an important part of my life as a teacher.  I could spend ten hours over the weekend creating a great resource on decomposing numbers (a.k.a. time not spent with my kids and husband), or I could happily pay another teacher for their time and talent creating something that I know will work great for my students.  I am constantly amazed at the variety of new resources and ideas popping up all of the time, and my wishlist is always full!  

So, there you have it!  Be sure to enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter below.   Good luck!

Prize: Things We LOVE prize pack including: Mr. Sketch Markers, Flair Markers, Personal Laminator, Dry Erase Pockets, Dry Erase Markers, Astrobrights Paper, Ticonderoga Pencils, and a $50 Teachers pay Teachers gift card.
Co-hosts:   An Apple for the Teacher
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter to enter. Giveaway ends 2/21/17 and is open worldwide.
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Monday, February 6, 2017

February Favorites! {Blog Hop + Giveaway!}

I'm joining several other bloggers today to share some of my favorite resources for February!  

If you haven't heard the news already, Teachers Pay Teachers is having a site-wide sale Tuesday and Wednesday (February 7-8) of this week!  You'll be able to save up to 28% on some amazing resources, including the ones I'm sharing about today!

In order to help you get even MORE amazing resources for your classroom, I'm giving away a TpT gift card!  You'll be able to enter to win many gift cards throughout the blog hop, so be sure to hop along!

One of my most popular resources is my Morning Work Tubs for Kindergarten Bundle, and the February pack is one of my favorites!  All of my morning work tub activity packs include lots of hands-on, thematic activities.  In February's pack, there's lots of interactive fun, like hole-punching and cutting, sorting words by word family, building letters with mini erasers, clip cards, and much more!  You can check out more activities in the February pack by clicking here!

One resource that is great for any time of the school year is my Kindergarten Task Card Bundle!  Task cards can be used in so many ways with your whole class, in small groups, or even for independent learning centers.  My Task Card Bundle is currently a growing bundle and I'm adding more task cards all the time!  Click here to check it out!

The last resource I'm sharing about today is my sentence practice pages.  I currently have a set for short A and short E, and I'm working on the other short vowels.  Your students will be able to practice their sentence writing and reading skills with this resource!  The short A set is here and the short E set is here.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by my blog!  Click on the image below to hop to the next blog, but don't forget to enter the giveaway first!  You can enter using the Rafflecopter at the end of the post.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

Kindness Craftivity + Giveaway!

Happy Monday!  It's the start of a new week and for many, a day off!  Here in my neck of the woods in Kansas, we were prepared for a horrible ice storm this weekend.  In the end, it didn't amount to much, just a little freezing rain here and there.  Yesterday was my birthday, and fortunately the roads weren't slick, so I was able to get out for a few hours to myself without kids.  I had a free birthday drink at Starbucks and *maybe* cheated juuuuussssttttt a little on my 21-Day Fix with a super amazing Smoked Butterscotch Frappuccino.  :D  I'm back on track today, though! 

Since many of you loved the free Making 10 Snow Globe craftivity I made last month, I wanted to make another type of craftivity.  I decided to create an activity based on kindness, and I came up with this cute little craft!

Although I created this with Martin Luther King Jr. Day in mind, it would be adorable for Valentine's Day, too.  You could talk about how we show love to others by being kind and go from there!  

The craft portion is pretty simple.  You can print the templates on paper for students to cut out and color, or you can have students trace the templates onto construction paper before cutting. Up to you!

I included four different writing page options, including two that just require a picture and no writing for younger students.  Then, there are the two options shown in the first image above where students can draw and write a sentence, or just write one or more ways they show kindness.

Also, I found this list of books that encourage kindness, and many of them would make a great introduction to this activity!

If you want to give this FREE activity a try, click on the picture below. 

And to show some kindness to all of you, I'm giving away a $15 Starbucks gift card!  Enter using the Rafflecopter below.  The giveaway ends Sunday, 1/22/17. Good luck!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

January Morning Work Tubs

Hello!  I know that this blog post is a little bit late and I'm sorry about that!  It's been hard getting back into the swing of things after the holidays!

Here is a peek at my January Morning Work Tub activities.  I hope that my morning work tubs help save you some planning time!  The January pack includes several new types of activities that I think your students will love, including this non-standard measurement activity:

 ...and pony bead pattern cards (these are GREAT for fine motor work!):

Although I incorporate literacy and math practice into many of the tub activities, there are some that are more fine motor-focused or seasonal in nature.  I do this to make sure I keep the tub activities interesting for your students and different than learning centers.  Learning centers are wonderful, but when it comes to before school activities, I like to include a little more variety!  Of course, it's always important to squeeze in learning opportunities where we can!!  Here's an example of some ten frame activities!

Like in previous months, I strive to create activities that require materials that most teachers have in their classrooms already, or at least make it possible to substitute materials that you don't have.  I do find some of my materials on Amazon, so I'll link to those below to help save you time!

Here is a look at all 20 activities:

1. Snowy Sight Word or Letter Writing
2. Snow Globe Ten Frames (I got the snowflake buttons here, but you could also use mini erasers!)
3. Mitten Count and Match
4. Spin a Snowman

5. Build an Igloo (I got the plastic cubes on Amazon, but some teachers have found them at Bed, Bath, and Beyond!  You can also use wooden blocks.)
6. Word Family Snowflake Sort
7. Missing Number Lines
8. Pony Bead Pattern Cards (I found the beads on Amazon.)

9. Rolling into Winter (If you don't already have any of these pocket cubes, you should consider getting some! They're extremely versatile in the classroom!)
10. Fuzzy Mitten Transfer Activity (I love these tweezers from Learning Resources!)
11. How to Draw Animal Cards
12. Healthy/Unhealthy Food Sort

13. Missing Letter Cards
14. Gumball Roll and Cover
15. Winter Measurement (The students will use unifix cubes to measure.)
16. Real-Life 2-D Shape Puzzles

17. Rhyming Dominoes
18. Beginning Sound Clip-It Cards
19. Winter Number Tracing Cards
20. CVC Word Tracing Picture Cards

I promise I will be a good blogger and blog about February's tubs before it's actually February!  If you want to grab February's pack now to get a head start, it's available here.

Let me know if you have any questions about the activities!  You can grab the January pack by itself, or get the discounted bundle!  Click on the covers below for more information.