Monthly Archives: May 2015



Welcome to "Splish-Splash! It's a Summertime Blog Bash" that Rachael from The Classroom Game Nook is hosting. Rachael has organized a dynamic collection of blogs with lots of fun surprises. Each blogger has donated a resource to giveaway. Be sure to enter each blogger's Rafflecopter for a chance to win some great resources.  As an additional a surprise, each blogger has posted an exclusive freebie just for you--our blog hoppers.  Download it and it is yours. Please keep in mind that most freebies will remain free only for the duration of this blog hop and will convert to paid products when the blog hop is over on May 29th. So be sure to do lots of hopping before then and grab all the freebies. In addition, you will get to know more about your favorite bloggers as you read their posts about summer plans and summer favorites.

Happy Hopping!


category_1Zoo Animals You-Know Addition

Endangered Animals You-Know Multiplication 

I wanted to offer a freebie that most teachers could use. That's not an easy task with such diverse needs at different grade levels. I decided to offer two brand new You-Know games, one for addition and one for multiplication.

Both freebie math computation games give students the opportunity to have fun in your class while learning or reinforcing math facts. It is your choice to download either the addition or multiplication game--or both.  Students play each game based on the popular card game, Uno.  Both resources are appropriate for any student who needs to reinforce or become fluent in addition or multiplication facts.



Slide5 These animal cards are not used in the game, but tell a little information about the four animals pictured in this resource.


Zoo Animals You-Know Addition

Students need to compute the answer (a number 1-9) to the addition problem on a card and match to a discarded card with the same answer. Zoo animal pictures can also be used to match the cards.  As in the original game, special cards add a twist to make the game fun and unpredictable.




 These animal cards are not used in the game, but tell a little information about the four animals pictured in this resource.




Endangered Animals You-Know Multiplication

Students need to compute the answer (a number 1-9) to the multiplication problem on a card and match to a discarded card with the same answer. Endangered animal pictures can also be used to match the cards. As in the original game, special cards add a twist to make the game fun and unpredictable.

There are also some fun holiday You-Know games available at A+ Kids. They add a festive air to your classroom at holiday time and your kids have fun while reinforcing math facts. In a post (Five for Friday #2) dated November 21, 2014, Kelly Malloy from An Apple for the Teacher demonstrated the Thanksgiving You-Know Multiplication version of the You-Know series. Her third graders were working hard to master all those multiplication facts.

I am offering both new resources, Zoo Animals You-Know Addition and Endangered Animals You-Know Multiplication as freebies exclusively for this blog hop. They will both become paid items when the blog hop ends, so be sure to get yours now--and if you like either or both games, please leave some nice feedback too.






Enter the giveaway for a chance to win Geometry Notes: Lines and AnglesThis resource helps students to understand geometry concepts that can be so difficult for some kids to master. Geometry Notes: Lines and Angles provides many opportunities for students to comprehend new terms and be able to demonstrate a clear understanding of definitions and geometry practices.  Practice sheets and constructing interactive resources provide students with a variety of methods to learn.  



The lapbook's contents and directions to construct a lapbook are included in this resource.

Anchor Charts


Anchor charts explain terms. There are four to a page. Cut them out and staple together to form a handy reference book. 



Students demonstrate an understanding of vocabulary definitions by constructing this foldable manipulative. All of the pieces needed are included in the resource for students to cut and paste. Students can use their reference books (above) to help them find the correct definitions.


Interactive Foldable to Classify Triangles


Students demonstrate an understanding of how to classify triangles by their angles and the length of their sides.  Descriptions of triangles are included to be cut and pasted on the large triangle.


Triangle Puzzles


Cut out puzzle pieces of all six puzzles. Mix them up and re-construct to reinforce characteristics of triangles. Keep the puzzle pieces in an envelope to construct again and again for reinforcement or paste to construction paper.



This angle foldable is used to define angles: right, straight, acute, and obtuse. Cut out pieces and assemble. This foldable is also available at A+ Kids as a freebie in a resource titled Geometry Notes: Classifying Angles. Feel free to download it now and if you like it, please leave some nice feedback too.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


I can't wait for summer! It is absolutely my favorite season. Whether I am working or not, there is something about summer that makes me feel free, happy and content. I love to go to the beach alone (my husband's not a fan) to read a good book, take a dip, and read some more.  When we can arrange it, another favorite thing is go in the afternoon with my best friend and sip a pina colada while watching the beautiful sunset. There's non-stop girl talk. We catch up on all the news.  Our absolute favorite beach day is when we are lucky enough to be able to schedule a whole day together and drive out to Montauk on the most eastern tip of Long Island's south shore. (For those of you who are wondering, Montauk is the last town on Long Island's south fork, only minutes from the Hamptons, yet it has a very different atmosphere. Montauk is the less pretentious of the two--usually no movie stars, unlike the Hamptons).  Montauk is definitely a beach community where the living is free and easy and we take advantage of every minute. We leave the husbands home. It's girls' day out.  After hours by the water, we change and look for one of the many great restaurants with delicious seafood.


Our family beach in Montauk in the late afternoon

Back in the day, when our kids were young, our families used to rent condos next to each other. It was the highlight of the summer, a great holiday for our families to share. We cooked out, ate out, shopped, did crafts with the kids, visited the historic Montauk Lighthouse commissioned by George Washington, and hung out at the beach, above, less than a block away from our condos. Those vacations are precious memories that both of our families, (and other friends who came every year), will always treasure.  We look forward to making more summer memories this year. Maybe we'll bring our daughters who used to play together as children and are now both mothers of three, both of our daughters with a set of boy-girl twins. Who would have thought?


 The Montauk lighthouse on the eastern tip of Long Island's south fork



Keep on hoppin' to collect all those freebies and enter all those giveaways. When you get back to my blog, you'll know you have completed the hop. For now, hop on over to the next blog, Techie Turtle Teacher.

Have a fun-time summer!



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Get ready! It's almost here. The SPLISH-SPLASH It's a Summertime Blog Bash begins tomorrow morning at 9 am. EST. Over 40 bloggers are offering freebies and opportunities to win awesome resources at their Rafflecopter giveaways.  Your favorite bloggers are also sharing their fun-time summer plans with you. So get ready and start the blog hop right here on A+ Kids Bloggin' -- 9 am tomorrow morning! It's going to be epic!


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My granddaughter Mia was getting ready to celebrate her 7th birthday. Somehow she heard about tea parties and decided that was how she wanted to celebrate. The funny thing is that neither Mia nor any of her friends drink tea and no one had ever been to a tea party.  However, that did not diminish her determination to plan the perfect tea party with her mom. (I helped a little too.)  Mia's birthday tea party turned out great and I will write more about that another day. Today I want to tell you about how much fun Mia and I had making large paper flowers for her very girly tea party.  Somewhere Mia saw pictures of large flowers and decided they would make a special decoration for her 7th birthday party.  Making them is easy and fun. All you need is tissue paper and pipe cleaners. Mia needed a little help, but did much of the work herself.



First, decide on the colors you want your flowers to be. Then take six sheets of tissue paper and lay it flat. Then begin to fold the tissue paper accordion style.


When the papers have been folded accordion style, fold the long strip of paper in half and tie in the middle with a pipe cleaner.



Then trim the edges on each end of the paper strip. Different cuts will make different flowers. This paper was cut to have a scalloped edge. (I actually trimmed the edges. Mia demonstrated for the camera.)



Working on one half of the paper, begin to pull the pieces of paper apart, creating  the large petals.



Half of the flower in the front is complete. Now begin to work on the second half.  Pull the papers apart as you did for the first half and arrange them to make a large flower.



Here is Mia holding the flower she just made. A round dowel was inserted through the pipe cleaner to make a bouquet-like arrangement to place in a vase. Purple and pink flowers are in the background. Mia was very happy with the outcome. Later we made different flowers by trimming the ends with a spike-like shape. Some flowers were placed in vases and some were hung from the ceiling. Mia was right. The large paper flowers were the perfect decoration. All the girls loved them.

Kathleen in 8 Apples

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Hi everybody! Memorial Day weekend has officially started. I hope everyone has some fun plans and is also taking time out to remember those soldiers who died protecting our freedoms. Our local scouts will go to national cemeteries on Long Island to put an American flag on every grave and remember.  All those flags in neat rows. It's so moving.  What a beautiful tribute.  It's a beautiful sight!

I love to read The Wall by Eve Bunting to children. It's such a poignant story and helps children to understand that Memorial Day is more than just a day off and sales at the mall.

How will you remember?

Kathleen in 8 Apples

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So exciting! It's Friday and there are only three more days until the SPLISH-SPLASH It's a Summertime Blog Bash begins! Can't wait for it to start! Freebies! Giveaways! Summertime blog posts by your favorite bloggers!  It all starts Monday, May 25th. Come back to A+ Kids Bloggin' and  start hoppin' to share all the fun!

Note: Grab all the freebies you can use during the blog hop. When the blog hop is over most freebies will convert to paid products.


Kathleen in 8 Apples

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Only 4 more days until the SPLISH-SPLASH It's a Summertime Blog Bash begins on Monday, May 25th. Don't forget to come back to A+ Kids Bloggin' at 9 am EST to start the blog hop and get some fabulous freebies, enter giveaways and read about your favorite bloggers. Happy hopping!

Kathleen in 8 Apples


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Get ready to kick off summer! For some of us summer starts next week and for others there are a few more weeks to go. Hang it there! It won't be long now.

I am joining a group of 40+ bloggers participating in SPLISH SPLASH: It's a Summertime Blog Bash!, a very dynamic BLOG HOP beginning Monday, May 25th, Memorial Day.  Each blogger is offering a great resource as a freebie (free only for the duration of the blog) and an opportunity to win some fabulous resources. SPLISH SPLASH: It's a Summertime Blog Bash! will be a week long event. Come back to A+ Kids Bloggin' on May 25th at 9 am EST to begin your journey to visit the participating blogs and begin collecting all those freebies, enter all the giveaways, and meet all of the bloggers. Hopefully, you will meet up with some new blogger friends to follow, too. Invite your friends to our summer celebration so they can also join in the fun! Happy hopping!

Kathleen in 8 Apples

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Kathleen in Apple  May 3, 2015



Welcome to May's Pick 3 Party!  Thanks for joining us!  If you are looking for some inspiration for your classroom this month, you have come to the right place!  Here are a few ideas that I have found on Pinterest appropriate to use in your classroom during the month of May.





This is the time of year to be sure kids can utilize the strategies you have been working on all year. So many kids get overwhelmed at the sight of long texts. This anchor chart reminds kids to use the strategies they learned to break down material to manageable chunks.






Instead of ignoring unfamiliar words as they are encountered, kids need strategies to understand new vocabulary. Learning to look for context clues and assess the information learned from them will help kids to increase both their vocabulary and reading comprehension.







My friend, Kelly Malloy, has created this very festive resource for Cinco de Mayo. The clip art and activities will make you feel like shaking your maracas. The resource includes activities to review math and literacy concepts. Math concepts include multiplication and division activities as well as a metrics system conversion game. Literacy concepts include activities for homophones  and cause and effect. Kelly has also written short passages on the history of Cinco de Mayo and the Mexican flag.  It is a perfect choice to use in  your classroom this week as Cinco de Mayo is a special day to celebrate and show respect for Hispanic culture.


There are many more great ideas to view on my Pinterest page.





Kathleen in 8 Apples

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