Sunday, December 2, 2012

Gingerbread Decorating Fun ~ With Freebie!

Hello friends! While getting ready for Christmas, my teaching partner and I have decided to do gingerbread all the way until Christmas break. This is due in part to deck the halls that my school has started doing each year. Each year we work together to decorate our hallways based on a Christmas book. Our hallway theme this year is gingerbread men so basically all the finished products in the classroom will find its way to our hallway for deck the halls.

Here is what I have created for my math and literacy centers to go along with our theme:



Here are a few pictures of these set up in stations in my room. Most were put in baggies and baskets so they can be easily cleaned up.

The Gumdrop Number Sequencing is my freebie to you to use for sequencing numbers to 20. Enjoy!
A wonderful parent bought every student in my class a gingerbread man to decorate. Oh my word, we had so much fun with this!
 We decided that the one below was the most likely to run away.
This week each student is going to be given a cut out of a gingerbread man and students are going to decide which part {head, leg, arm} they are going to bite off first. They will cut that part off of their gingerbread man and then we are going to write about it and do a data collection and graphing activity. Afterwards we are going to eat a gingerbread cookie.
The first 2 followers to comment can choose one of my 4 new Christmas/Gingerbread packets. Just leave your email and tell me which one you want!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Turkey Time {with FREEBIE}

Hello friends! I don't know about you, but I am almost turkeyed (is that even a word?!) out!  We have been doing a lot of work from my Turkey Math and LA unit. We did write the room for the first time today. Somehow I just have not squeezed it in until now. My kinders really did awesome and enjoyed it. I can now put it in one of my literacy stations. :)


Their awesomeness was hung up on the wall.

Here is a math station for students who are still working on numbers to 10. *Fingers crossed* that these little sweeties pick it up by Christmas. I made it a clippy station, because they need the fine motor work as well.

They have LOVED making their own turkeys! Little do these little turkeys know that they are practicing skills with each feather (heehee). You can get this little packet for free!

And finally here is my Fry word station completed. Our turkey now has all of his feathers covered in words. :) My kinders actually pinned the feathers on themselves without any "help" from me. I am amazed at how the feathers are placed. 
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Working With ABCs and Fry Words

Hello Friends! Shew, has this year flown by, or is it just me? I cannot believe we are almost done with the alphabet and my kinders have got it! This week we have really been focusing on alphabetic sequencing. I got this packet from Marsha from A Differentiated Kindergarten{all of her stuff is awesome and you can get it here}. It has been a huge hit with the kiddos. Here are some pictures of it in action.

I couldn't believe how quickly they just picked it up and went with it. They LOVED how the clothespins helped hide the answer and getting to check when they were done.
On to some turkey fun. Below is one of the language arts activities from my new unit - Turkey Math and Language Arts Craftivities
As the kids make them, I am going to hang them around our Fry word station.

 At the Fry word station, I have a turkey without his feathers! My kiddos will get one feather when they are at the station and write as many Fry words as they can on it, then pin it to the board. I don't know what it is, but they get a kick out of pinning things to the board. For fall this station was a tree and they added fall colored leaves and then pumpkins with Fry words on the board. I have a feeling this station will stick around all year, I'll just change it to match the seasons/holidays. This was a great idea from my partner in crime - Becky - who always has fun creative ideas.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Help Teachers Affected by Sandy

Laurah from The ESOL Oddessy is organizing a way for you to donate one of your TpT or TN products to teachers who lost their materials from Hurricane Sandy. All you have to do is click on the picture below and it will take you to her blog. From there you can fill out the google form to designate an item of your choice to donate to these teachers in need. I could not imagine losing all of my materials. It would be devastating and I know you would feel the same if it was you. Here is a small way to help. :)
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If you are one of the teachers affected by Hurricane Sandy and you need help just click on the button below. It will take you to the google form to fill out to receive help. Praying for all of you affected by this storm.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Giveaway Winners & Thanksgiving Freebie

My birthday giveaway is now over and here are the lucky winners:

PreK-2 Bundle: Karen Cassels   
3-5 Bundle: Gale Reed 
Middle and High School Bundle: Kirra Lehmann
My new Thanksgiving unit was bundled in with this giveaway. I'm really excited about it and can't wait to use it in my classroom. Here are some freebies from it for you and a link to the unit. :)

Just click on the picture to get your freebie!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Birthday Giveaway

Giveaways are so much fun, so I have decided to do a giveaway for my birthday. 30 awesome teachers have donated a fabulous item from their store for this giveaway. There will be one winner for each bundle. Use rafflecopter to enter and good luck!

PreK-2nd Giveaway Bundle
1. Thanksgiving Math and Literacy Unit by Lindsey Levis
2. I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie – Learning Packet by Karen Cox
3. Sight Word Mega Pack { Be a sight word detective } by Vicky Moore
4. Morning Work Level 1: Packet 1 for Kindergarten and First Grade by Grade One Fun
5. Long e Tennis Teams {an /ee/ and /ea/ phonics unit} by Foxwell Forest
6. Jan Brett Author Study with Kindergarten & 1st grade Common Core Alignment by Karen Jones
7. Digraph Pond Matching Game by Primary Paradise
8. Winner’s Choice from Liv to Teach
9. Practical Patterns Practice by Love Laugh Teach
10. Tricky Word Help Spelling Posters by Teacher’s Toolkit
11. Winner’s Choice from Flying Into First Grade
12. English Shape Posters by Doodles and Kreations
13. Fact Family Turkeys by Ms. A from Peace, Love and First
14.  Sight Word Candy Land Dolch Version by 2nd Grade Snickerdoodles
15. Winner’s Choice from Marie Craven – It’s a Jungle Out There
16. Sight Word Cat Bingo Game by Marcia Murphy
17.  3 Level Beginning Writing Rubric Super Pack by Lori Smith – The Reinspired Teacher
18.  Math Puzzles: Base Blocks Matching Numbers 1-30 by Diving Into Learning
19. Red Riding Hood Retelling Cards by The Fun Factory
20.  Daily Math and Literacy Winter {December and January}Common Core by Stef Swanson
21. First Grade Dolch Sight Word Student Workbook by Mrs. Nutter

3-5 Giveaway Bundle

1. Writing Strategies: Goin' Fishin' for Good Hooks by A Series of 3rd Grade Events

2. Vocabulary Development Strategies by Ann Fausnight

3. Even or Odd? {Spiders} by Creation Castle

4. Classroom Election Kit (2012 Presidential Election by Miss Martin

5. Kelso's Choice Behavior Chart by Realistic Teacher

6. Frosting Frenzy- All Operations Bundle by 4mulafun

7. Using Your Senses Poetry Activity by Jen – msob123
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Middle and High School Giveaway Bundle

1. Starry Night - the painting and 2 poems by Tammy Manor

2. Introduction to Chemistry - Powerpoint Presentation and Sample Student Notes by Cate O’Donnell

3. Writing in Math Class? - A collection of math journal starters by Teaching by Hart

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Monday, September 3, 2012

Halloween Common Core {a little early} With *FREEBIES*


I have just finished my common core Halloween Math and Literacy Unit! I know it's a little early, but I LOVE Fall!! I already have my Autumn scented Yankee Candles out, have started planning for trick-or-treaters, and shopped around for Halloween outfits for my babies - Tank the English Bulldog and Charlie the poodle. :)

I can't wait to use this unit with my kinders.

You can cover these Common Core Standards with the unit:
English Language Arts:


Activities included:
*ABC letter matching - match uppercase to lowercase or uppercase to uppercase and lowercase to lowercase
*Station Mat to sort letters that are in name/not in name
*Station Mat to sort letters from numbers
*Fact fluency game-sum of 5
*2 fact family games both with recording sheets for stations
*Word work activities
- 8 pages with fall words, students cut letters apart and glue them according to what letters are in their name
-6 pages with fall words, students cut letters apart, create and write new words made
*8 Write the room pages
*Data collection and graphing activity - can be done whole group or independently
*Short vowel word family word sorts - 2 per short vowel
*2 writing prompts on writing paper
*fall writing paper
*book covers for class created books           

And your *FREEBIES*from my new unit!
Just print the pictures :)

Happy Fall!!

Mrs. Lindsey

Saturday, August 4, 2012

New Math Unit and *FREEBIE*

I LOVE that I am moving back to kindergarten this year, but I have been working super hard to make sure I have enough station activities. With our evaluations we have to make our stations are differentiated AND include choice. Whew! It's a lot of work, but hopefully once I get it together I'll be good to go. Here's what I just finished for math stations with working on 5 and 10 frames. It's 56 pages of 5 and 10 frame fun!

Click on the pictures above or below to check it out!

Here's a little freebie for my followers from my new unit! Click above to get it through Google Docs.

Mrs. Lindsey

Sunday, July 29, 2012

My Room is Ready!, Donors Choose & *FREEBIE*

My classroom is finally DONE!! YAY!! I moved classrooms this year, again. I finally have everything ready to go!
This is the back of my cubbies. I have them set up for stations.

My reading corner.

My "Bravo" board to hang up awesome work.
Board for station groups and schedule.

Our meeting area. Love my purple rocking chair. So thankful my hubby painted it for me. It was a very dark green that didn't match anything.

More stations.

Computers and listening center.

My teaching table with my stuff behind it.
One of my 3 doors...these owls will have my kiddo's picutres on them after the first day.

How we go home and behavior chart from Really Good Stuff
View from the door.

I  had to make a hallway in my room so students from the room beside me can easily go through my room to get to the bathroom and main building without distracting my little ones. I can just see a wild child running through during an evalution.Since taking the picutres I have acquired a chalkboard and purchased a fishtank it's the kind with a black light in it for GloFish. I'm pretty excited about it! :)

Have you ever used Donors Choose??? I have posted 2 projects to get a kidney table and an easel for my classroom. **Fingers crossed** I hope they will get funded!!
Be No. 1... Give to Public Schools in Need! - Go to
Clicking on the picture will take you to my project page. :)

And now for the *FREEBIE*! I love freebies! I found some great word work ideas while blog stalking and decided I needed some mats for them. The pictures are what I have made from the word work ideas.

And here is the freebie with directions for the games at my TPT store.

If you choose to download it, please leave feedback! I hope you all can use it with your word work activities!!

Mrs. Lindsey