Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Enhance Your Calendar Math

Have you ever considered including calendar math into your June Calendar Math Book - Freemath centers?  Often, we only think of calendar math as a whole group activity.  However, with my Calendar Books, you can make calendar math one of your centers.  Students have a learning page (one of 6 different levels) that they can complete at centers each day.  Then, during whole group calendar math, students are ready to review and participate.  I love using calendar math to get my students looking more at numbers in a more in depth way, but by using the calendar books my students have become more engaged and they have started to take ownership over the learning that happens during calendar.  Download a FREE copy of June’s Calendar Book at Raki’s Shop, or get a whole year’s worth, complete with 12 covers and 6 leveled learning pages that encompass math standards for grades K-5, for just $7.00 from Raki’s Shop.
 I’ve also made a little video for you of how I use these calendar books in my classroom.

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

Monday, May 28, 2012

Hey!!  How are you doing out there???  I wanted to remind you that I have these great freebies that you are welcome to try!  The graphic organizers in this freebies were developed when I was at my wits end and needed  SOMETHING to motivate my second graders while they were in their centers. It can actually be used with older kids, too!

My Squiggles file has been downloaded about 800 times, but I consider it my best writing center.  I have kids that sneak back over to it because they would rather do that than some of my other centers.  =)

Also, you can click HERE for another freebie!!  It has had 10, 498 downloads, but only 19 votes.

I hope you enjoy it!  To read more of my blog posts, just click on the pencils below!!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Seasons Poetry

Seasons Poetry Journal FreeNeed a quick, easy writing center?  Here’s a writing journal on the four seasons that you can grab free from Google Docs.  It will be a great way for your kids to stay actively writing in centers during these final days of school.


Grab more free teaching resources for your centers from Raki’s Rad Resources.

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

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Caterpillar Families

A while back I created and posted about my CVC word family centers I created using some cute caterpillars from Graphics from the Pond.

I recently created CVCe/Magic E/Silent E/Sneaky E (whatever way you refer to them) centers that match.  I love creating the same activity for different skills.  It makes the introduction easy peasy.

Come on over to get yours!

Rockin' Teacher Materials: Back Among the Living & Memorial Day Sale!

Grandma settled and finally using her call button at the nursing home . . . check!

Report cards done . . . check!

Class video completed and all the copies burned . . . check!

Say good-bye to my little cuties-tears and all . . . check!

Last day of school . . . check!

2 youngest sons & an exchange student graduated . . . priceless!

So now, Here I am . . . back among the living . . . at least for the moment, so I decided to join in with some other awesome teachers for a Memorial Day sale. I went ahead and marked everything in my store 20% off.

I know some of you are still in school . . . I have some really cute memory books that my kids just loved . . . and they totally loved collecting signatures and phone numbers on our autograph day. Check out my blog post to find your grade . . . I have grades  1 - 6 available . . . and even 2 different versions for 2nd grade. 

Now that I am out of school, I'm really going to try to better about my posts . . . Hopefully I will have some things that will help you get yourself ready for next year!

Talk to you later friends! I've missed you!


Friday, May 25, 2012

Brown Bear Ideas

I am getting ready for next school year.
Each year, I begin with the story Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You Hear?

Here are some center ideas!

Make the color words using the mats and letter provided. There is a mat for each color.
Grab it here.

I just made a new unit for patterns... plus a new more ideas.

Grab it here.
 This unit has...
 And printables for color words and/or sequencing the story.

And last... (I saved the best for last!)
Grab it here. FREE!

I know these ideas will work for centers, small groups, and The Daily 5!
When do you read the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You Hear? with your class?
  Mary Amoson, Sharing Kindergarten

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Hi Ho Cherry O! Centers

Do you ever use board games 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. Normally, I use a new game in small group first. Then, once my students are comfortable with the rules of the game, and the various variations, I put it in a center to continue reinforcing the skill while students think they are playing.
Here are two blog posts I recently wrote about how to use Hi Ho Cherry O! in your classroom. Stop by and check them out to see how to use Hi Ho Cherry O! for skills well beyond counting and sorting.  You can use Hi Ho Cherry O! to practice skills like making numbers, addition, graphing, syllables, and rhyming words. Click on the pictures to read more.

  Math               Literacy
hihicherryomath    hihicherryoliteracy   

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

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

word of the day freebie for older kids

Pop over to my blog to check out my new word of the day activity sheets for older children.

Click the picture below.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Free Antonym Task Cards!

Task cards make great centers! Here are two sets of Antonym Task Cards, one for grades 2-3 and one for grades 4-6. Both sets have 32 cards each as well as a student answer sheet and an answer key. The multiple choice format makes them perfect for test prep or games.

You can also find out more about how to use task cards at centers at Totally Task cards. There is lots of information as well as a few more freebies!

Rachel Lynette

Computer Based Reading Center

Here’s an easy computer center.  It uses a great website called WeGiveBooks.  This website is full of great books students can read (no read-to feature). We Give Books Charitable Organization - Free Books for Your Classroom Let students choose the books they want to read and record them on this simple “Independent Reading Sheet” (which you can grab FREE from Google Docs), and voila, easy little computer center.  The books on the site are great - a combination of classics (like the Snowy Day) and contemporary (like Good Night I-Pad), Independent Reading Center Sheet Freefiction and non-fiction.  There are even books in Spanish.
Also, when students are done reading their book, they can click the “Give a Book” button and a book will be donated to kids in need.  So, it’s also a great wayWe Give Books Charitable Organization - Free Books for Your Classroom to build global awareness in your students.  (WeGiveBooks is run by Penguin Group and Pearson Foundation.  It is part of their non-profit division.) 

Need more computer center suggestions?  Check out my Wednesday Website Suggestions at Raki’s Rad Resources.

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

End of the Year Kindergarten Poem!

Hello Simply Learning Center Friends,
With the end of the year just around the corner I was thinking of things I could send with my students so that they would remember their Kindergarten experience. I also wanted a parent gift that was quick and easy to do with the kids at the end of the year. I made this poem for handprints and I wanted to share it with you!

Come on over to my blog and grab yours today!

Number grid freebie

I like ready to go centers.  I created these number grids as a center that you can print, laminate, and then use immediately.  There are 20 different pages with a variety of numbers missing.  The grids go up to 120 in order to meet the Common Core State Standards. Click on the pictures to come on over to get yours!

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