5 Free and New Math Christmas Resources for K-1

This is a great addition within 10 resources for k-1 students. Print this resource from KM Classroom and keep them on hand for early finishers or add them to your Christmas centers.
The next two math products both come from  Roo’s Trunk. The first one is a Mystery Picture 100 chart printable and math printables pack. 
If you are looking for a resource that incorporates a craft, then you’ll have to download this resource from Kate in Kinder
Download this resource from Mrs. Panda’s Classroom for fun math worksheets. I am always looking for fun ways to teach graphing with my kinders, and this would be great for them!

Marlie Rosenberg

5 Free & New ELA Christmas Resources for K-1

Here is a great resources from Two Pease in a Primary Pond. These are great quick print papers for your class. Students write about what presents they would like the most. There is also a picture sorting worksheet with one boy and one girl. 
This resources comes from ABCs and IEPs. There are 12 ready to print cards for your students to decorate for the holidays. You can also use these as a writing activity to practice letter writing.
This next freebie comes from Unforgettable First Grade. This is a great recourse to help students practice matching CVC words with cute stockings! 
I know my kindergarten students love any and all write the room centers! This one is free from Elizabeth Kallert. Visit her store for this great center.
My kindergarten students have a tricky time with Alphabetical order so this is a great product for them! Students build Christmas puzzles by alphabetizing Christmas vocabulary.  Grab this freebie from Miss Beck.
Marlie Rosenberg

5 Free Hibernation Resources

Hibernation is one of my favorite units in kindergarten. Here are some NEW and FREE resources from new sellers that will fit perfectly in your classroom! 
Product Description: Animals in Winter yoga brain break can be used independently as a science mini-lesson about animals that migrate, hibernate, and forage for food in the winter. It also goes along with the book Animals in Winter by Henrietta Bancroft and Richard G. Van Gelder, and can be used as a story sequence and vocabulary review.  The Boardmaker pictures can be easily displayed on an interactive white board or document camera and are appropriate and accessible for students of varying abilities and with multiple grade levels. This first resource comes from Spoonful of Love and Learning. In my opinion, we always need more brain breaks! Especially in the winter when recess can be foiled by the weather. Help your students relax and unwind with fun yoga poses with hibernating animals. 

o create the game pieces you will need to follow steps.  1 Make the category jugs by attaching the Hibernation Toss and Sort Category Cards to the jugs. I used some jugs that I had from candy last Halloween.  2 Cut out and hole-punch the Hibernation Toss and Sort Fact Cards. Use the yarn to tie them to the balls. I found and used plastic golf practice balls because they are light weight and have holes that I can tie the yarn through.  When you are done with these 2 steps you should be ready to play!This next resources comes from Enchanted Homeschooling Mom Shop. This is a great way to learn hibernating facts with a fun toss game. I will be passing this resource on to my higher grade friends. This product would be perfect for 2nd or 3rd grade. 
I am currently teaching kindergarten art and P.E. thi year. This video will be used this winter in my art class for sure! I think I enjoy teaching hibernation because bears are one of my favorite animals. This video is fromPatty Fernandez Artist. This store is filled with great directed drawing videos!

This resources is for all those ECE teachers out there! I love puppet stories and play time with those 4 and 5 year olds! This is a great lesson from Suzette’s Puppets. She is new to the TpT community, make sure to show her some love with positive feedback on this freebie!
This last resource fits perfectly with the new NGSS standards on animal adaptations. The NGSS standard i’m speaking of is for 3rd grade (NGSS.3-LS4-3) Thanks, Cara Baldree for this awesome free resource! 
If you are looking for a kindergarten-first grade friendly unit with printables and great centers check out one of my best selling units on Hibernation! My mentees will use all of these resources this year and I am excited to see how they will adapt the crafts and centers to this new group of kindergarteners! 
Marlie Rosenberg

Thanksgiving Book Favorites

Here is a list of my favorite books to read to my class for Thanksgiving.

1) The Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowitz 

This is one of my all time favorite stories to read to my kindergarten class. This is a wonderful story that you can read between Halloween and Thanksgiving. It is about the troubles an ugly “pumpkin” come across when no one wants him for Halloween. This book is great for social emotional conversations about feelings and acceptance. My students also love the ending and are repeating it all week. 

2) The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing

This is also a class favorite. The book is written in the perspective of a little boy named Gavin and his cousin Rhonda trying to escape all the obstacles you find at a family Thanksgiving to get to the swing set outdoors. 

3) Thanksgiving Rules by Laurie Friedmen 

Join Percy Isaac Gifford (P.I.G.) as he explains the rules to have a successful thanksgiving for loved ones. This story is cute and funny; one of my classes favorites! 

 4) Thanksgiving Is… by Gail Gibbons

All of Gail Gibbons books are amazing! I always include one of them in every unit. Thanksgiving Is.. is a wonderful book filled with facts and information on all everything Thanksgiving from the Pilgrims and Native Americans  to todays traditions.

5) Thanksgiving is for Giving Thanks by Margaret Sutherland

This book is always on my list to read to students around Thanksgiving. This book helps students understand the true meaning of Thanksgiving… giving thanks! This book has simple text and colorful illustrations portraying a family that gathers together to share in a Thanksgiving meal

What are your favorite Thanksgiving books to read in your classroom?

Healthy Hearts ~ NGSS Science for Valentine’s Day

My school has adopted the NGSS science standards and I have been busy trying to figure out the best way to incorporate them into lessons I already implement and have created. I have come up with a few science labs/experiments to do with the students. Here is one of my new ones that I am extremely excited to work on this week. I will update my post once I have conducted the experiment with the students.

NGSS Standard for Kindergarten: Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals need to survive. Organization for Matter and Energy Flow. We are going to talk about how we need exercise to help keep us healthy. Next week we are going to talk about how we need healthy food to keep us healthy, and our teeth healthy.

Lesson Objectives: 
Students will conduct an experiment to determine what is the best means of exercise to increase our heart rates. 
Students will test out their heart rates with the following activities: dancing, running, jumping rope, and yoga. 
Students will construct and create stethoscopes to use during their experiment. 
Students will use real stethoscopes to listen to their heart beats during their experiment. 

Engineering of Stethoscopes:
Students will create their own stethoscopes out of the following materials:
Materials 

Draw 1 1/2 inch lines around the tube. 
Cut the lines
Fan the tube over the tunnel. I cut off that little nubbin to help with taping 
Start to wrap the tub with tape around the funnel.

What it should look like when it is finished. 

 Now the students will have to do this on their own. This is very important when implementing the NGSS standards. The students need to come up with the best way to create this on their own. I am going to draw the lines on the tube and cut the tape for them, other than that…. they will need to make it on their own. Bonus: fantastic to help those fine motor kids!

Now on to the experiment

I will be using my science lab report poster that I created. I have created these science posters that you can print off with a plotter.

Problem: We know that exercise is great for our heart, but which of the following exercise will increase our heart rates the most. 
Hypothesis: The students will write down their hypothesis to answer what they think will increase their heart rates the most. The four exercises we will be testing are – jumping rope, yoga, dancing, and running. The students will record their hypothesis on these tickets. On the reverse is the conclusion that we will fill out later. 
Procedure: We will spend 5 minutes on each exercise. After each exercise we will use our stethoscopes to listen to each others hearts. We will also use real stethoscopes to listen to each others hearts. The students will record their heart rates on the following recording sheet. The first step to to have the students lay down, or rest their heads on their desks for 5-10 minutes. Tell your students that this is your resting heart rate and this will be the lowest on our recording sheet. We will compare what we think the speed of our heart is to our resting heart rate.
Observations: We will record our observations during each activity. 
Conclusion: We will take our hypothesis papers and on the back and fill out the conclusion. We will determine which activity got their heart rates up the fastest. 

I will update this post after completion of the experiment!