Monday, April 30, 2012

Dice & Problem Solving Math Center

I like my students to solve different problems each week, and to have Problem Solving Cards Addition and Subtraction Freesome “choice” in their problems.  We have been using problem solving cards in my problem solving center, where students choose a card, glue it to their sheet and then solve the problem.  You can grab a free copy of these from my TPT store.  However, I have been having issues with my students losing and drying up glue sticks.  So, here is what my students will be using in the problem Problem Solving Sheet Using Dice Freesolving center from now on.  In order to make sure students have different problems to solve, they will roll a dice to fill in the needed numbers on their problems.  (You could also have them pull a playing card out of a deck.)  Then, they will fill in the number and solve the problems.  Still the students have a little bit of “choice” in their problems, but I don’t have to deal with gluesticks!  Grab a free copy of this 2 page sheet (8 different problems) from Google Docs if you’re sick of gluesticks too!
I recently wrote a blog about ways you can use dice in your math activities, feel free to read about those at Raki’s Rad Resources.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources    Raki's Rad Resources

Farm Freebie and Unit

Hiya Peeps
Ms. Patterson here from

Pocket Full of Kinders

I just finished up my new farm unit

I would love for you to check it out
Click pic to check it out
The price of the unit is only $10

I also have a freebie from the unit that you can check out also
Click pic to get your freebie

See you over at my little spot

Here are your next 2 sight word freebies

Hi everyone!

Thank you for the positive response so far for my 'Sight Word of the Day' activity sheets!
Click on the picture below to get the next 2 word sheets. 

***The picture only depicts the activity not today's featured words ***

Visit my blog for more of these activity sheets and for other resources, ideas and printables!
Please, please, please leave a comment!  Thanks!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Super Math Centers Link Up!

This is the perfect time of year to use centers! Kids are a little antsy right now, and centers provide a bit of movement as well as a change from traditional approaches to teaching math. If you are looking for resources on how to implement math centers, please hop over to Corkboard Connections and check out the Super Math Centers Link Up! The link up is for FREE math center tips and materials, and over a dozen bloggers have already linked up. If you have math center ideas to share, I invite you to add your blog post to the link up or describe your tip in comment section.

Rockin' Teacher Materials: A Math Linky & Winner of the Easi-Speak!

Rockin' Teacher Materials: A Math Linky & Winner of the Easi-Speak!: I found this awesome blog and they have a Math Linky party going on! There are already some great blog posts listed and there are only 8 hours left to join! Oh, and did I tell you . . . we have a winner of the Easi-Speak!

See you in a few!


the next 2 sight word freebies

Hi everyone!

Thank you for the positive response so far for my individual sight word activity sheets! (still needing a more catch name! lol)

Click on the picture below to get the next 2 word sheets. 

Visit my blog for more of these activity sheets and for other resources, ideas and printables!
Please, please, please leave a comment!  Thanks!

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Critical Thinking Games

Am I the only one, or are your kids starting to tune you out too?  I think it might have something to do with their only being 28 days of school left.  Anyways, the one thing that really still grabs my students attentions are critical thinking games.  So, this week our computer center is Cool Math Games 4 Kids.  If you’ve never visited their site – it’s an amazing compilation of math games that work on tons of math skills, including critical thinking.  Here are three of the games they feature on their site.
Be warned – these games are addictive to ADULTS as well as children, and can be played happily for hours, thereby draining you of your grading time!  Smile

B-Cubed - Critical Thinking Game for KidsB-Cubed is a great critical thinking game.  It is like a 3-d maze.  Every time you move the yellow cube on top of a grey cube, it makes the grey cube disappear.  The object of the game is to make all o the grey cubes disappear before you make the red cube disappear.

Bloxorz - Critical Thinking Game
Bloxorz is a greatly addictive strategy game.  You must twist and turn the tall box to get it through the hole.  There are many, many levels!

Phit - Critical Thinking Game for Kids
Phit is a tetris-like game where you use all the pieces and try to get them to fit into the yellow box.  It’s a great visual thinking game!

Need more websites for your computer center? Click HERE – I write a website suggestion every Wednesday on Raki’s Rad Resources.

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources  Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

Celebrate Mom's...

Mother's Day is coming up on Sunday, May 13th.  What better way to celebrate Mom's, than to have kids make a hand made Mother's Day card. A wonderful keepsake so Mom will know just how much she means to her family as well as a reminder to relax and enjoy some time for herself! :)
Below is a link to download a free Mother's Day Teapot Card Pattern from Crayonbox Learning!   This pattern set includes the teapot card template, teacup with or without text, and an instruction sheet with photo. 

Download Here

This is my first post for Simply Centers, and I am very happy to be here!  Some of you may be familiar with my past work with Kinder Printables, and my newer website Crayonbox Learning!  I've been designing original learning resources including learning centers since the late 90's, but professionally since 2002. Most of my designs originate from my imagination, and then are combined with child friendly, hand drawn images that I have illustrated and digitized.  

In the coming weeks and months, I will be sharing learning center activities that you can download and add to your existing curriculum.  Many of my new products and freebies are aligned with Common Core State Standards!  

If you haven't already, please follow me on Pinterest and Facebook!  

Happy Teaching!

Spring Fling

Hi there!  I took a little SLC vacation so to speak.  I didn't go anywhere fun, but I stopped creating games.  I'm not sure what that's all about.

During my little nowhere staycation, I did create a cute spring themed game.  Check out Spring Fling.  It practices double digit subtraction without regrouping.  Click on any of the links to head to my TpT store to download your copy.

Free Game Boards!

Hey everyone!

This is my first post here at Simply Learning Centers and I am so pleased to be joining this terrific site! You may know me from my blog, Minds in Bloom, or TpT.

Lately, I have become obsessed with Task much so that I even created a website dedicated to them! Anyway, one great way to use task cards at a center is to use them in conjunction with a game. That is why I created these three free game boards. Each game includes student instructions along with the game board. All you need to do is glue them into file folders, add task cards or flashcards, and markers and you have an instant center!

Rachel Lynette

Word a day sight word freebie

Feasgar Math! (Good Afternoon!)

Well, thanks to the lovely and helpful comments from you all I have decided to update the individual sight word activity sheets.  I will try to post a new one each day... I have so far managed to create 39 common words and will make more when I can.

The beauty of blogging is that we are world-wide and so I have saved each word as an individual 2 page pdf... the first page is the English spelling and the second page is the American version.  hope this helps you all out. 

So far, I have only tackled the 1, 2 and 3 letter common words, but I will be creating the longer words too.(please note that the picture below is a sample of the activity, not the specific document!):

so... here are the links for the words 'A', and 'a'... click the picture!

Please don't forget to leave a comment or helpful feedback... Thank you so much.

Seeds Graphic Organizer and Writing Activity

We just started learning about plants and seeds...seeds in particular. 
We then filled out a graphic organizer and listed all the different ways seeds can travel.We watched an awesome video on how seeds travel on YouTube! The kids loved it! can imagine after watching the video which one was the kids favorite.....head over to my blog to check out the video.

After we filled out the graphic organizer we read the book The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle. This book prompted some great discussion on the different things that can happen to seeds along the way. When we were finished they wrote me a story about what would happen if they were a seed. The PDF's are below for the graphic organizer and writing activity! Enjoy!

The Wonderful World Of First Grade

Friday, April 27, 2012

Playing Card Centers

Do you ever use playing cards in your centers? I love to use games so much that each Friday I write a Board Game Friday blog post on Raki’s Rad Resources with suggestions about how to use a particular game in your classroom.  Here are two blog posts I recently wrote about how to use playing cards in your classroom. Both posts include free playing card mats to use with your students in centers. Click on the pictures to read more.

Cards in Literacy             Cards in Math       Using Cards in Vocabulary and Writing Activities - Free playing card matUsing Cards in Math Activities - Free playing card mat

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad ResourcesHeidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Freebie for introducing sight words individually

Hello everyone!

This is a sample of my new sight word activity sheet... hope you find it useful!

It is a sample for a new individual sight word a day activity sheet that I am creating for my class.

I like to focus on just 1 word at a time for my little ones.  Many of the activity sheets I find are for a mix of sight words together.  I hope to have a full set of common/ sight/ tricky words eventually.

I'd really appreciate your help in making this activity even better... any suggestions gratefully received! I will post the other word sheets that are similar to this one when:

1.  I have created them (so far I have about 15 done)
2.  I get some feedback/ helpful suggestions from my clever and lovely blogging friends to help make the activity better and more useful for you :-)
3   I have a more snappy name for the resource than "Individual Word a Day Sight Common Word Introduction Focus Activity Sheet Thingimajig" haha

Moran Taing (Many Thanks)


Create Emergency Kits for Student Review

There are a few kids that need a little review.   What do you do?  Create emergency kits!  Stop by my blog to learn about how you can create emergency kits that students can use to review concepts if they get stuck.  Click Here

Literacy and Math Ideas

For The Love Of Lapbooks

It is no secret that I LOVE lapbooks!  This is such an awesome tool for learning and studying, as well as, promoting creativity and creative writing!  These could easily be incorporated into a center!  

Come by to see our latest lapbooks here!

Classroom Blessings,

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Make Your Own Puzzle Center

makeyourownpuzzle Here’s a double dip freebie.  This simple sheet makes two centers.  First, give students a topic and allow them to draw and color on that topic during a center rotation.  Then, cut apart the puzzle, laminate the pieces and put them in a baggie.  Put those puzzle pieces into another center for other students to solve.  Grab a free copy of the puzzle sheet from Google Docs.

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Fraction Bowl!

Look what I found at my local grocery store!

It's a colorful bowl with 4 quarters that can be rearranged or removed, plus a sturdy snap lid. Here's another pic of my valuable find ;)

 Most customers probably thought it would make a handy travel-bowl, but I'm sure you immediately had the same idea I did...FRACTIONS!
I'm SO excited to use them for reteaching with my "Math Club" intervention group! I've been using my "Solve the Room Fractions" cards, but instead of having the cards set up around the room, I've been using them to identify fractions as a small group, i.e.: "Show me 1/4" while displaying:

and students point to the correct card to identify the fraction.
I CAN'T WAIT to add this 3D component tomorrow!
Please come follow me at my blog to see what else my students are up to!
Thanks & have a great week!

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