Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Teaching Addition at The Monster Mall:

This is the perfect time for your students to shop at the 
Monster Mall!  
We met Common Core State Standards in the most un-common way!
Here are some of our monsters and one of our menus.

I started by cutting squares of green construction paper to 7" X 7".

I created some monster pieces (like eyes, noses, scars, hair, necks with bolts, and mouths) and made a menu:
I gathered or made hair, eyes,
noses, mouths, necks, and scars.
I got my craft supplies from Oriental Trading Company. They have wiggle eyes, pom-poms for the noses, yarn for the mouths, and foam sheets for the head, neck, and hair.
Each item on this menu cost one cube.

Then, I called up 4 students at a time and I gave them each 5 cubes, counters, or plastic coins to use as money.
Each of the 4 children I met with used a different
colored set of five cubes so I could keep track of
how many cubes each child gave me.
Each item cost 1 counter, so they did not have enough cubes to buy every item, but they did have enough to buy 5 items.

You can also use any counting blocks or play coins.
You can use stacking counters for money.
Plastic coins are always fun for children to use as they shop for pieces for their monsters.
(Available online at Discount School Supply.)




This menu used 1 cent
 instead of 1 cube for each item.  

Some students bought hair, some did not.  The ones who bought hair got to decide if they wanted the hair to point down like bangs or up like spiked hair.

Some bought a scar to use on the side of their monster's face.  Some used the scar as a mouth.

If they bought a yarn mouth, they got to decide if they wanted the mouth to smile or frown.

Each monster looked different from the others, but they all cost 5 cubes.

We put them up in the school showcase.
Our monsters look great in the showcase
along with our stories.

We displayed our menu in the showcase too.
I love how each monster looks different.  
You can add more parts or increase the prices of the items to make it work for your own class. 

I have shopping receipt templates for 3 other stores:  
Meow Mall:  Students shop for parts to decorate their black cats.
Snowman Shop:  Students shop for parts to decorate their snowmen.
Leprechaun Store:  Students shop for parts to decorate their leprechauns.
You can find these receipts and directions here.

And, I created all of the parts you will need for a Meow Mall, Snowman Shop, & Leprechaun Store.
You can find that set by clicking HERE.

Click the image above. 


https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Lets-Go-Shopping-Addition-Subtraction-Halloween-Cats-Snowmen-Leprechauns-2786201

Click the image.

The Common Core State Standards call for real world math.  Shopping is as real as it gets, even at the Monster Mall!  Here are the CCSS covered in this lesson:


  • CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4 Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality.
    • CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4a When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object.
    • CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4b Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted.
    • CCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.B.4c Understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.
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Sunday, July 7, 2019

Buttons, Bows, Eric Carle, & Van Gogh!

Art Really Teaches!

Join us for some hands-on fun this summer, 
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Discover how you can link math 

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favorite art activities!

Come and create an adorable hat 
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and learn how your students can 
"buy" everything they need 
to embellish their creation.


This workshop is Presented by


the CKA Art Team with special guest 


Palma Lindsay!


For Pre-K/TK/Kindergarten 

and Grade One Educators


Tuesday, July 30th

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

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Contra Costa County Office of Education
77 Santa Barbara Road
Pleasant Hill, California

A Gift from the Art Team:


Each attendee will receive a copy of CKA’s publication, 

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This book is filled with amazing art ideas.
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Your day will include: 

~both CA Visual Art Standards 
& Pre-School Learning Foundation Standards

~the style of 7 master artists

~techniques on how to integrate 
oral language, literature, and math with art

~a rich portfolio of project ideas

~a hands-on session where you will 
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Monday, April 29, 2019

2 Give Aways & 2 Sales!

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This is a GR8 time to stock up on my most favorite products AND win a gift certificate so you can create the cutest flyers, classroom signs, or custom products for use in your classroom!

The 2 DJ Inkers gift certificates give-away will ~run for a week (April 29-May 6).
~the 2 winners will be announced here, 
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My TpT sale will run from April 28-May 6.
I will feature different products each day. 
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Students get to cut out 
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You get 6 pages nouns,  for the subject, verbs, and nouns for the predicate which gives you 48 images for each category!





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 Students glue the 3 colored cards to their writing template and verbally express a sentence. 
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The teacher helps the child to locate the additional "extra words" needed to write a complete sentence. 
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Students LOVE to create silly sentences
 and have fun writing!
Create a copy of 1 of each of the 6 pages on cardstock and laminate the cards to create a writing center. 

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Saturday, March 2, 2019

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

12 Days of Giving from DJ Inkers & KFUNdamentals!

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That is why I use their clipart and fonts so often.
And, I LOVE to make learning FUN, so I created a fun math activity using their newest set:
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 It's called The Llama Pajama Shop and students get to "buy" the parts to help their llama get dressed for bed. 

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Now, we all know that llamas don't wear pajamas, but they can wear warm blankets, cuddly scarves, and soft nightcaps. 
And they might also like toys like a stuffed cactus, an aloe plant, or just some surprise presents. I also included some decorations like flowers and tassels! Just follow the easy directions and your students will be "shopping" and using their mental math, problem solving, and decision making skills! 
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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Over 20 FREEBIES Just For YOU!

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Scientific Method Signs:
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My Days of the Week Song:
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Friendship School Bus:

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Are you looking for a cute craft that integrates social studies topics like friendship and transportation with fine motor skills and following directions? This cute school bus can be made out of egg cartons. Use copies of your students' school photos to create a "friendship bus" to brighten your classroom. Find the FREE templates by CLICKING HERE

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and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Back to School Tips part 3

Setting up the best classroom EVER!


Here are a few time-saving, "make my life easier" ideas that I like to do at the beginning of the year:

First, I take a photo of each child when they come in for pre-testing.  I hang up some fabric and use it as a background for the photos .  Then, when I attach their photos to the inside of their cubbies, they all coordinate with the bulletin board above it and the red checkered theme I have in my room.

Photo spot.
We will write about our favorite sandwiches on a sandwich
template and pin them on the plates.
Their photos, with the checkered background ,
will replace the old photos inside the cubbies.
I print the photos in all different sizes to use in different ways.
One way is to attach a 2" X 3" photo to card stock, laminate it, and add a sticky Velcro dot to the back.
Then, we use them to graph all kinds of things on a huge graph I made that has Velcro in each square.

Front of graphing card.
Back of graphing card.

1st Day Certificates:

Next, I printed up our 1st Day certificates:
This year, I had to change my master to "first day of TK".
Click the image to get the certificates for K.

1st Day Photo for the Memory Book:

 We took our "First Day In TK" photos!  I am hanging the frame on the bulletin board and placing the individual photos all around it for Back-To-School-Night!

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Hope your new school year is awesome!

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