Monthly Archives: April 2015

Kathleen in Apple April 27, 2015


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The Lapbbook

I need a few editors to look over my new resource about polygons, quadrilaterals and parallelograms. The first 3 people who respond on my Facebook page with their emails addresses will receive a final copy of the resource with any changes that were needed.  Any names left after the first three will be in a raffle and one person will win the unit.  The resource can be used in grades 3-6. Good for any student who needs help classifying polygons.

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Kathleen in Apple   April 25, 2015

Stop, swap amd roll

Thank you, Melissa

I am so excited to be collaborating with other teachers for this Stop, Swap and Roll adventure. It is so much fun to share resources. There is always something new to learn. Before I begin to brag about the new resource I chose,  I want to thank  Melissa from Jungle Learners for organizing such a dynamic product swap. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of hard work to organize so many participants and their resources.  I hope you will start right here on my blog, and hop from blog to blog, to observe vivid illustrations of many resources in action, as well as to have opportunities to win some creative resources demonstrated on each blog.

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I was fortunate to collaborate with Mollie and Amy, from over at Two Nutty Teachers.  Mollie and Amy are both teaching partners and business partners. They have been teaching fourth grade in West Michigan for the past three years and started their business, Two Nuts Teachin' from the Same Tree, in 2012.  In addition to a deep love of creating teacher-friendly resources that challenge students to dig deep and think big, they also share a love of crafting. Their  partnership is a perfect fit and they enjoy creating beautiful resources together.


 Math Vocabulary:  Geometry for the Common Core Classroom

The rules of the swap allowed me to shop in their store to choose an interesting resource. It was a difficult choice! There are so many goodies in the shop. Because I am interested in additional ways to teach and reinforce geometry concepts, I knew I had what I wanted when I found Math Vocabulary:  Geometry for the Common Core Classroom.  What a great resource this is!

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There are 16 anchor charts with vocabulary terms and illustrations to define them.  I love these anchor charts! The description of each term is clear and concise.  Use the charts as they print with two terms to a page or cut in half to have an anchor chart for each term. They can also be stapled together to form a handy booklet for students. The anchor charts provide a great reference for students to use independently when they need support.  They are definitely kid-friendly.


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The take home cards act as flash cards. Preparation to use these cards is so simple your students can do it independently.  Just print, cut the page in half, and then fold in half. (See the pictures above.) Now you have a set of cards.  I really like that there is no pasting, just folding, and they function perfectly.  Vocabulary words are printed on one side and a pictorial explanation is printed on the reverse side. These cards could be used in a number of ways:  1)  students look at the pictures and determine the vocabulary word, 2)  students look at the vocabulary word and draw the correct symbol to demonstrate an understanding of the term,  3)  Students would enjoy working as partners to practice the use of these terms.

I have . . . Who has?


The 16 card "I have . . . Who has?" game is a great culminating activity. The student who gets the card with the star on it begins the game.  Two Nutty Teachers has prepared a comprehensive review of the geometry vocabulary words for the kids who are sure to enjoy playing.

Visit Two Nutty Teachers

Hop over to the Two Nutty Teachers to peruse their store stocked with all of their great resources. I hope you enjoy shopping there as much a I did.  They are sharing a copy of  Math Vocabulary:  Geometry for the Common Core Classroom with one lucky winner. Be sure to enter below for your chance to win.  


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Continue the blog hop to read the fun posts of all the participants and to participate in the giveaways. Every blog has a special giveaway! Wishing you good luck!



Enter the Giveaway

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Math Vocabulary: Geometry from Two Nutty Teachers

Winner's Choice from A+ Kids


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Visit A+ Kids

Just as I have demonstrated the math vocabulary game from Two Nutty Teachers, Quinnessential Lessons is demonstrating Homophones and Trivia from my store on her blog.  To add to the celebration I will have it on sale for only $2.00 for the duration of the product swap. In fact all of A+ Kids will be on sale for the duration of the product swap.

Happy hopping.

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Kathleen in Apple April 11, 2015

Instagram 100 Followers Party (1)


Sarah from Kovescence of the Mind has reached a milestone and is having a big celebration. I am happy to help.  Sarah has organized an amazing giveaway with lots of great resources to giveaway.  Visit Sarah's blog to get in on the action.  Here are some of the packages Sarah has put together.


100 Followers 3-5 Winners Choice (1)

100 Followers TPT Card (1)

100 Followers Shopping Spree (1)

100 Followers Secondary

100 Followers K-2 Winner Choice

100 Followers 3-5 Specific Product

100 Followers K-2 Specific Product



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Kathleen in Apple  April 11, 2015


Clip art courtesy of Laughing Deer Studio  


Happy Easter everyone! I hope you are all having a restful break from school. Teachers certainly need and deserve a nice spring break. Once this break is over the end of the year isn't far behind. So much to do, so little time! I thought I would share with you some fun I had this Easter.  Every year I have an Easter egg hunt on the back lawn for my grandchildren. They love it and look forward to it. This year three of them were here for the festivities.

Usually I fill about 150 plastic Easter Eggs with candies, coins, and any other small goodies I can find. After a few hours of work on my part to shop for goodies and stuff and hide the eggs we have the BIG HUNT.  Last year it took all of 10 minutes for the kids to collect the eggs and open them. They are getting too big for the basic Easter egg hunt. I decided we needed a change.  So I created a new Easter Egg hunt based on luck but was engaging and lots of fun. The eggs were stuffed with numbers.  Just for fun, the numbers over 10 were printed in yellow to be recognized as having a higher point value.  There were more numbers under 10 but, of course, they were not worth as much.  Here are the sheets of numbers waiting to be cut and stuffed into the eggs.


Each kid got a sheet with 16 numbers. The kids had to choose 12 numbers, to match the number of eggs in a carton--one dozen eggs. These are the only numbers they would get credit for finding.



Then the kids ran around the yard looking in the garden, on benches, in flower pots, in window boxes, etc. until they were sure they had found all of the eggs.   


Each child was given an egg carton with the 12 numbers they chose--one number in each section.

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When they opened the eggs there was a number inside (or two if it was a special egg) from 5-20.  Then they sorted the numbers from the eggs into the egg cartons. If they had chosen the number in the beginning they were awarded that number of points.  If the number in their egg was not on their list, it was discarded.  We computed one number at a time, starting with 20 and working our way down to 5.  "How many 20s do you have? How many points is that?" Then the next child was asked, "How many 20s do you have? How many points is that?"

Next the numbers had to be tallied. It was interesting to see the 9-year-old who "doesn't like math" adding those points--all of a sudden interested. "I found five 9s. That's 45 points."  The 7-year-old twins had no problem concluding "I found three 10s. That's 30 points."  Finally, the 9-year-old used a calculator to add the total number of points for each of them.

Slightly larger eggs were stuffed with a $$$$ to create 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes.



And, of course, they each received a present from their grandparents. Here they are holding the prize eggs.


Hope you all had a joyous holiday!


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Kathleen in Apple April 7, 2015


I can't say too much about it yet - but there is something SUPER exciting in the works in blog world.  I'll just say that it involves about 50 bloggers and a whole lot of freebies and fun!  I'm giddy with anticipation.  Right now it's all top secret but many bloggers are busy preparing for the big event!  Check in here regularly to be among the first to know exactly when all the fun begins!  Hint: It will be some time in May.

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Kathleen in Apple April 2, 2015


A product swap is a fun way to collaborate with other bloggers to share ideas and resources.  Right now is the perfect time to signup for a new product swap and giveaway hosted by Jungle Learners. Hurry on over to Jungle Learners to read all about how to sign up so you can participate too. Hurry because the swap is set to begin April 25, 2015 and we're all busy getting ready.



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