a quick giveaway

I got this adorable box from The MAILBOX.
 
It was filled with some fun freebies that included...
 this ball.
 I wrote everyone's name on the ball and put a smiley face on each child's thumb. 
We passed the ball around and they had to read the name on the ball that was closest to their smiley face thumb. Then they had to pass the ball to that classmate. We had a lot of fun and learned how to read our friends' names at the same time.
The MAILBOX has been a great resource for teaching ideas for years. 
Check out their site and enter to win a free Gold membership. To enter leave me a comment about your new school year. {A book that you have read, how many students you have or an activity that you have done.} Please include your email address in your comment. I will pick 10 people that leave comments to win a free Gold membership to The MAILBOX tomorrow, August 31st at midnight. 
#BeTheDifference
Mrs. Bell

what's for lunch? graph freebie

My new "What's for lunch?" center...
I ordered this metal oil pan from Amazon. 
The kids decorated their name card and
 I attached them to business card magnets. 
I am so happy with how it turned out.
You can download the "What's for lunch?" graph HERE
Mrs. Bell

classroom tour 2014

This book area includes leveled books and books organized 
by characters, authors and themes.
I got my the parts of a... posters from Andrea Knight.
This book area includes nonfiction books and big books...
My guided reading area...

TpT creations and purchases all organized and ready to go...
My desk and planning area. 
The end of my desk is my focus board for our workshops. 
You can find these workshop signs in my TpT Store
Organized art supplies.  My new art cart from Michaels 
that I decorated with my Shilouette. 
The front of my classroom...
{I am still in love with my Ladybug's Teacher Files Alphabet.}
The back of my classroom...
The sides of my classroom...
I am looking forward to sharing this space 
with my students this year. 
Mrs. Bell

my reader's theaters are ready to go

I am looking forward to doing Reader's Theater again this year. 
I ordered these Smead top loading envelopes...

 and this fabric drawer
From Amazon.
My Reader's Theaters are laminated, organized and ready to go!
Mrs. Bell

toss, tell and take

I am super excited about this new packet. This is an organized, fun way to practice kindergarten math skills. This is a great guided math activity or can be used to provide math intervention. Head on over to my TpT Store and check out...
The following Kindergarten Common Core Standards 
can be assessed and practiced with this packet...
K.CC.A.2 Know number names and the count sequence.
K.CC.A.3 Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 
(with 0 representing a count of no objects).
K.G.A.2 Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.
K.G.A.3 Identify and describe shapes 
(hexagons, cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres).
K.OA.O.5 Fluently add and subtract within 5.
Mrs. Bell

new book bin labels

One of my summer organizing projects was updating my book corner. I found the perfect book bins at Steps to Literacy. They are long enough for picture books, but skinny enough that the books don't fall over. This week's Friday Freebie is a 
Facebook Fan Download of my labels for my book bins. 

Mrs. Bell