March 19, 2017

Learning Using Kinetic Sand in the Classroom

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Hello Friend!
So glad you are stopping by!
When my class gets their hands on Kinetic Sand they are fully engaged and when you toss in learning materials, it is a win-win!
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Kinetic sand offers a variety of colors and the texture is interesting. It offers the ability for your students or children to be creative when they mold it. Kinetic Sand also has very little clean up when you keep it in a tray or tub.
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If you have not tried it, please consider it. There really are some great benefits to just putting your hands into the mixture and manipulating it through your fingers.  Kinetic Sand has a calming factor to it. Even adults love the sensory benefits. 

It can also help kids develop their fine motor skills. Adding tools to the sand can improve their fine motor even more.
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During our animal study, I created a beach habitat using the sandcastles, plastic animals, blue glass blobs, plastic scenery materials, and Kinetic Sand.  The kids were able to create any way they wanted the habitat to look and then write about them. It was so engaging!
All of the materials for this tub came from the Dollar Store!

You can also add letters, numbers, math manipulatives, etc.
So many possibilities ... Be Creative! 
Here are some photos of materials I have added in my classroom.
I hope they give you ideas!
Kids can make letters & words using glass blobs!

 Adding Mr. Potato Head pieces is a class favorite!


 
 
Cookie cutters are a great addition and so cheap! 

Dough tools are GREAT, too!
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 So many items you would add to your sensory bin, would be great with Kinetic Sand!

You can find Kinetic Sand at Walmart or you can purchase Kinetic Sand from Amazon.
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The students LOVE these molds! (affiliate link)
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March 6, 2017

March Giveaway ... Feeling Lucky? $75 to Teachers Pay Teachers!

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Hello, Friends!
We are so excited to bring this giveaway to you!
You have a chance to win $75 dollars to TPT.
If you are like us, you have a cart full of items you are just wishing you had to help save you time!
Best of Luck!

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Prize: $75 Teachers pay Teachers Gift Card

Giveaway organized by: Kelly Malloy (An Apple for the Teacher), 
Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter.  Giveaway ends 3/13/17 and is open worldwide.
Wishing You The BEST!
Happy Teaching!

March 4, 2017

OSMO is Out-of-this-World!

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Hello Friends!
Have you seen or used an Osmo?
If you already own one, I am sure you LOVE it!
If not, read on to find out why I LOVE it for my students.

Osmo provides hands-on materials to use with your iPad.  The students really enjoy the variety of games you can purchase to go with the Osmo.

Here are some of my students using the tangrams! They are really excited to make the tangrams match the screen. Once they match it correctly they will receive a check mark. 
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Here is a short video on the tangrams:

One of our little boys LOVES the coding so much and he asks to use it daily! He really enjoys creating codes and he is beginning to understand coding so much better because of the system!
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Here is a short video on how the coding game works:
I purchased the Osmo Genius Kit for the variety it offers. It has several games I use in the classroom.
Here are a few of the sets I have found to be fun and students are very engaged with them!
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*Note: We do receive any compensation from Osmo.  We just love their products!

We hope you LOVE Osmo as much as we do!
Happy Teaching!

February 21, 2017

Yee-Haw ~ Texas and Cowboy Resources for the Classroom

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Yee-Haw!  We LOVE our state ~ TEXAS!
Our students LOVE it, too!

WOW! You are going to LOVE what we have created for you! A resource full of our Texas materials in one HUGE bundle!
Texas Bundle ~ 16 Resources all about Texas, Planet Happy Smiles

We also put together a Cowboy Bundle for everyone who may teach about cowboys but not Texas.
Cowboy Bundle ~ A Growing Bundle, Planet Happy Smiles

Here are some of our individual files if you are looking for something specific ...
Texas ~ Writing Activity: The Important Thing about Texas,  Planet Happy Smiles Texas Writing Activity ~ Texas Flag Facts,  Planet Happy Smiles Texas Symbols Reader ~ I Love Texas! Interactive Flip Book, Planet Happy Smiles
Texas Writing Activity ~ Texas Animals, Planet Happy Smiles Texas Poem and Activities ~ T-E-X-A-S, Planet Happy Smiles Texas ~ Vocabulary cards/header and Reader, Planet Happy Smiles Texas Write the Room (EDITABLE)  ~ Texas Hunting, Planet Happy Smiles Texas Write the Room (Boots A-Z)  ~ Boot Scootin’ Boogie, Planet Happy Smiles Texas Writing Activity ~ Texas Sunsets, Planet Happy Smiles Texas Bluebonnet Labeling  ~ Reader and Activity, Planet Happy Smiles Texas Activities ~ Deep in the Heart of Texas Reading & Writing, Planet Happy Smiles Texas Syllable Sort ~ smart board and student activity, Planet Happy Smiles Texas Chili Pepper Activity ~ Math, Reading and Writing Activities, Planet Happy Smiles Texas Number and Number Word Cards and Activity, Planet Happy Smiles Alphabet Detectives ~ Texas and Cowboy Crack the Code, Planet Happy Smiles
Texas Bluebonnet  Poem  ~ Poetry Page and Writing Activity, Planet Happy Smiles Cowboy Clothes Labeling ~ Reader and activities, Planet Happy Smiles Cowboy Writing Activity ~ Howdy Cowboys and Cowgirls, Planet Happy Smiles Cowboy Writing Activity ~ Cowboy, Cowgirl, What do you see?, Planet Happy Smiles Cowboy Writing Activity ~ Most Wanted Poster, Planet Happy Smiles Cowboy Reading and Writing Activity ~ Here is the Cowboy, Planet Happy Smiles
"I'm a Little Cowpoke" ~ Reading, Writing, Poetry, & Character Traits, Planet Happy Smiles QR Codes ~ Texas Counting with QR Codes, Planet Happy SmilesYes/No Graph Questions about Texas (Western), Planet Happy Smiles

Here are some of the books we use in the above activities, check them out!
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Another GREAT place to look for fun videos is YouTube!
Like this fun counting to 100 video by Jack Hartmann! Make sure you subscribe to his channel while you are there. Kids LOVE him! 
We hope you love these great items!
Happy Teaching!

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