And the winner is…….



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Please e-mail as soon as you can so I can get your December pack out to you and you can start making all the wonderful goodness that is in these packets!!

If you didn’t win this time, keep watching and reading, I know there will be more give a ways!  Also, hop on over to TPT and BTB to grab Kim’s, Deanna’s, and Wendy’s packets!


Thanks you SOOO much to all that entered this giveaway and for the wonderful notes about my blog! You really filled my bucket Smile

I told my husband last night that I have 118 (wow!) followers, and he said, “You’re just like Amy Adams”  (Julie and Juliet…) Husbands are so funny sometimes (can you sense the sarcasm?)


Stay warm! (Please don’t tell me that you’re warm and cozy (a-hem Kim and Deanna) because it’s FREEZING here in ND!)  Smile


I will be starting my last semester of graduate school in January, and will soon begin working on my scholarly project.  My topic is vocabulary instruction.  I would love to hear how everyone teaches vocabulary in their classroom.  (I’m talking about  tier 2 words as well as academic vocabulary.)  Have you seen a decrease in the amount of vocabulary kids know?  How are you addressing this issue?  I’m excited to get going on this project and blog about the activities that I will do with my kinders for my project!!  Be watching in January!! 

PS – There’s still time to enter the FANTASTIC HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA GIVEAWAY!! Scroll down…….

Black Friday Giveaway!!

UPDATE #2!!! ADDITIONAL ITEM ADDED!!!! – Be sure to read below to add another entry!


Okay, here it is!!!  Here is your chance to win a holiday-extravaganza of resources from Kim Adsit and Deanna Jump!!  You will have a chance to enter more than once!

Here is what you can win:

1.  Kim’s  Rudolph is Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree resource pack.

2. Kim’s Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa resource pack.

3.Kim’s Christmas Game Pack

4. Deanna’s Christmas Math and Literacy Fun resource pack.

5. Deanna’s Gingerbread Man Math and Literacy Fun resource pack.

6. Deanna’s Reindeer Math and Literacy Fun resource pack.

**NEW** 7. A $25.00 gift card from!!

These resource packs are a value of $34 $59!! I have seen all of these packs, and they are all adorable with incredible ideas! So…what do you have to loose?! 

Here is what you need to do to enter…you will get one entry in the drawing for each task you complete (don’t worry, they’re easy!)  YOU MUST ADD A COMMENT EACH TIME YOU COMPLETE A TASK!

1. Follow MY blog.

2. Follow Deanna’s blog.

3. Go to Kim’s Facebook page and become a fan.

4. Go to Deanna’s TPT store and comment on your favorite resource.

5. Go to Kim’s TPT store and comment on your favorite item.

**NEW**  6. Go to and browse through Wendy’s items…comment here on your favorite item!

So….if you complete all 5 tasks, you will receive 5 6 entries into this drawing!  Your next few weeks could be completely planned using Kim’s and Deanna’s resources!!!

So….no need for a credit card here (unless you are so inspired by one of Kim’s and Deanna’s other resources and just want to purchase it right away – which, by the way, how can you NOT be?!!)..start clicking and start winning!!

This giveaway will end on cyber Monday! (November 29) at MIDNIGHT!  I will announce the winner Tuesday evening (sorry, I have class that night!!)


Thanksgiving, part three!

Wow – what a whirlwind week! The snow was falling, and we enjoyed a lovely last day before our four day break!
Here is what we squeezed in today:
This great venn and pilgrim people came from Cara over at First Grade Parade.
We did this writing activity earlier in the week: (This is from Deanna Jump’s Thanksgiving pack)
Our sight word for the week was “on” and this was our predictable chart for the week.  It gave us a good opportunity to review positional words as well!

From Kim Adsit’s Thanksgiving pack!

Thanksgiving, part two

More gobbling fun yesterday and today! One more day of school for the week – as long as the snow doesn’t stop us! (And in North Dakota, it NEVER does!)
We started off the week reading:
Even though the pictures in this book are illustrations, we still decided that this is a non-fiction book because it gives us many interesting facts about turkeys!
We continued by making a tree map about turkeys:
The children wanted to keep adding facts about the turkey long after we were finished! My favorite was turkeys are “yummy.” (I was thinking that, but a kiddo actually said it!”
We created this pie graph from Deanna Jump’s Thanksgiving Unit.  There is a student response page to go with this as well, but we didn’t get time to get to it! Bummer!
One of our reading para’s did this activity with some of our kindergarten kiddos.
Here are a few of our turkeys in disguise.  This was a family project that the children did.
We read this book:
We sequenced it as we read with our “large” old lady.  (the kids really got a kick out of her!!)
Then we drew pictures of every thing she ate and sequenced it ourselves.
We made special handprint poems for our mom’s and dad’s:
(idea from a friend)

We read, “Where Is Mr. Turkey” from Kim Adsit’s Thanksgiving Pack and circled sight words.
And, we read this adorable book:
We started this shared writing, but haven’t finished it yet!
Phew….busy, busy days!!

Thanksgiving (updated)

We’ve been busy with lots of fun Thanksgiving centers and activities for the past week.  This week is packed full as well!!  Here are some of the literacy and math centers that we are working on!
Turkey Friends:  lift up the turkey and find a friend underneath.  The children write their friends’ names on the corresponding line.
(original idea from a friend)
The children have been very successful with this center this week (even my lowest kiddos!)  I put the corresponding letter tiles into the baggie with the picture.  The children build the word, write it on their paper, and then do a quick illustration.
Syllable Sort: How many drum beats?  You can find this adorable activity on Kim Adsit’s Thanksgiving Pack.
Sight Word Memory:  A colleague sent me these cards. The children turn all the cards upside down and find the matching sight words.  When they find the matching words, they write it down on their paper.
Listening Center:  The children listened to this book, and did a response activity in which they had to recall one disguise that the turkey used, and how he eventually disguised himself in the end.
Turkey Alphabet and letter/sound match:
  We also did the usual letter sort (R,S,M and roll a sight word – color words)
Math Centers:
The children measured different turkeys with links.
Number Sequencing: The children sequenced turkeys by counting by 10s.
Finding number combinations to 5.
Patterning with different colored turkey feathers. I laminated the feathers and the black construction paper and attached velcro to the back.  The children build their pattern with the feathers first and then color in the response sheet.
Roll, Count and Compare:  The children roll the dice and place that many of their colored unifix cubes on the board.  When the board is full, they stack up their cubes and determine the winner using the more/less spinner.  Kim Adsit has a great pack of all of these games on Teachers Pay Teachers.   (This version is not in her pack)DSCN4390
PIlgrim Number Words: The children match the number card to the number word and find the corresponding number on their sheet and write the word.  I made the cards match by color to help my lower kiddos.
Turkey Addition:  The children used a dice in a dice for this game.  They rolled the dice, placed the correct number of feathers on each turkey and counted the total.  The math mat is available on
Thanksgiving Graph: The children counted how many of each item is on the table and graphed it.
We also read this book:
The children came up with their own ways to rescue a turkey! (This story is about a team of turkeys that rescues chickens from a fox, but we took it one step further!)
We played this totally fun game from Kim Adsit’s Thanksgiving pack!  The children were divided into 2 groups.  Each team got a swatter (these happen to be gigantic!) I would call out a sight word and they would rush to swat it!  The children had a BLAST!
And we made some turkeys…. I demonstrated one time for the kiddos how to make these turkeys.  It was a good assessment to really see which children can pay attention to directions!
Up this week:  Mayflower, being thankful, swallowing a pie, and children then and now!