Monday, December 17, 2012

Skip Counting Mittens

I really love skip counting!  I think it is a great way to prepare students for multiplication--and it is still something I do all the time to make counting go faster.  I've made these worksheets for about every season--so here is my cold winter mitten season.  I hope you enjoy!
Skip Counting Worksheet
You can grab this as well as some other skip counting worksheet at my TPT store.   There are so many freebies at Classroom freebies--so check it out!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

Thursday, December 13, 2012

The Mitten, Illustrated by Evgenii Rachev

I love different versions of the same story!  I even love to write different versions of the same story!  I also have this in a Power Point version--just email me at ateacherwithoutaclass(at), and I can send it to you.  I love this version for its illustrations.They turn the mitten into a little house--with a front door, window and porch!  I would love to see how they decorated the interior.  Each animal is beautifully dressed in Ukrainian clothing.  In addition, each animal is given a name.  Who can pass up reading a book where the frog is named Hop-Stop.

The Mitten, retold by Yevonne Pollock and  illustrated by Evgenii Rachev

The old man walked through the forest one day with his dog.  He walked and he walked and he dropped his mitten.  

Just then a mouse came running up and when he saw the mitten he stopped and climbed right in and said:  "This is where I'm going to live."

After a while a frog came hopping up and when he saw the mitten he stopped and called out: "Croak, croak!  Who is living in this mitten?"
"I am.  Crunch-Munch the Mouse.  And who are you?"
"I'm Hop-Stop the Frog.  Let me in too!"  
"All right.  Jump in!"

So the Frog jumped in and the Mouse moved over and the two of them made their home in the mitten.
After a while a rabbit came scurrying up and when he saw the mitten he stopped and called out:
"Hello there! Who is living in this mitten?" 

We are. Crunch-Munch the Mouse and Hop-Stop the Frog. And who are you?"
"I'm Fleet-Feet the Rabbit. Let me in too."
"All right. Jump in!" 
So the Rabbit jumped in and the Mouse and the Frog

moved over and the three of them made their home

in the mitten.

After a while a fox came scampering up.

"You-hoo! Who is living in this mitten?""We are. Crunch-Munch the Mouse, Hop-Stop the Frog, and Fleet-Feet the Rabbit. And who are you?" 

"I'm Smily-Wily the Fox. Let me in too!" 

"All right. Jump in!"

So the Mouse and the Frog and the Rabbit moved over and the Fox climbed in and the four of them made their home in the mitten.
After a while a wolf came stalking up and when he saw the mitten he stopped and called out:
"Hello, friends! Who is living in this mitten?"

"We are. Crunch-Munch the Mouse, Hop-Stop the Frog, Fleet-Feet the Rabbit and Smily-Wily the Fox. And who are you?"

"I'm Howly-Prowly the Wolf. Let me in too!"

"All right. Jump in!"

So the Wolf climbed in and the Mouse and the Frog and the Rabbit and the Fox moved over and the five of them made their home in the mitten.
After a while a wild boar came sauntering up.
"Harrumph! Who is living in this mitten?"
"We are. Crunch-Munch the Mouse, Hop-Stop the Frog, Fleet-Feet the Rabbit, Smily-Wily the Fox and Howly-Prowly the Wolf. And who are you?"

"I'm Snout-Rout the Boar. Let me in too."
"Dear, dear! Everybody wants to get into this mitten. You won't find it easy to get in, Snout-Rout!"
"Never mind! I'll manage."
"In you go, then! But don't say we didn't warn you!"

So the Boar squeezed in and then there were six of them in the mitten and they were so cramped that they couldn't move!
By-and-by with a crackling of twigs a bear came stamping up and when he saw the mitten he stopped and bellowed:
"Hello, good people! Who is living in this mitten?"
"We are. Crunch-Munch the Mouse, Hop-Stop the Frog, Fleet-Feet the Rabbit, Smily-Wily the Fox, Howly-Prowly the Wolf and Snout-Rout the Boar. And who are you?"

"Ho-ho-ho! I'm Grumbly-Rumbly the Bear. And though you're quite a crowd I know you'll make room for me!"
"How can we? We're so cramped!"
"Where there's a will there's a way!"
"Oh, all right, edge in, but don't forget that you're not the only one."
So the Bear squeezed in, too, and now there were seven of them inside and they were so cramped that the mitten was fit to burst.

It was just about then that the Old Man missed his mitten and decided to go back in search of it. He walked and he walked and his Dog ran and ran until at last he saw the mitten lying in the snow and moving!

"Bow-wow-wow!" went the Dog.
And the seven friends inside the mitten were so frightened that out they jumped and ran away as fast as their legs could carry them.
Then the Old Man came up and he picked up his mitten and that was the end of that.

The End

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Mitten: The Animals

I searched all over the internet for animals for each version of The Mitten.  Tresselt's and Brett's version were fairly easy to find.  However, Aylesworth's version was very difficult.  I finally had to make my own.  So if you are looking for the animals from these three mitten books--look no further they are here!

The Mitten, by Alvin Tresselt
Animals from The Mitten, by Alvin Tresselt

Yellow Mittens--for Alvin Tresselt's The Mitten

The Mitten, by Jim Aylesworth
Animals from The Mitten, by Jim Aylesworth

Red Mitten for Jim Aylesworth's The Mitten

The Mitten, by Jan Brett
The Mitten Animals 

The Animals from The Mitten, by Jan Brett

White Mitten for Jan Brett's The Mitten

Venn Diagram
 You can find all three Venn Diagrams at my TPT Store.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

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Friday, December 7, 2012

Wild Christmas Reindeer

Now onto the wonderful freebies!  I have a lot of great ideas for lessons on reindeer.  

The Wild Christmas Reindeer, by Jan Brett
I have had a lot of fun making this packet of Jan Brett's beautifully illustrated book, Wild Christmas Reindeer.  Included in the packet: character maps, story maps, ABC order, 4-square writing organizers with writing prompts, illustrating activities, character trait poster and writing instruction poster.  12 pages in all--free at my TPT store!!!  To help achieve common core objectives: you can also use my informational text on reindeer.

ABC Order 

I have see so many ABC order worksheets of Santa's Reindeer, but Jan Brett didn't name the reindeer Dancer and Prancer.  Students can have more ABC practice by putting these reindeer in order.  Students can also name their own reindeer and give each reindeer a character trait.

Character Trait Map for Teeka from Wild Christmas Reindeer!

I love, love, love graphic organizers.  Something in my mind just clicks when I see a graphic organizer.  Teeka is such a sweet girl, with lots of different character traits.  This is one of three character trait graphic organizers included in the packet.  The other character trait organizer is almost a cross between this one and a story map.  It walks the main character through the story and how the character changes.  Because Teeka changes in the story, it is a great organizer to use for this book.

Character Trait Poster

Who doesn't need help with thinking of adjectives to describe people.  This is a nice resource to help the students and teacher to identify character traits.  If you want the Character Traits poster without the rest of the packet--you can get it here.

4-square Writing Prompt 

There are two writing prompts:  this prompt is how you would train reindeer.   The second prompt is a set of instructions needed to teach reindeer how to fly.  I also included my Instruction Verb poster.  If you just want the Instruction Verb poster--you can get it here from my   TPT store.

Instruction Verbs Poster
For all the free ideas--I put all the links here as well!

The Wild Christmas Reindeer Packet
Reindeer: Did You Know?  A nonfiction book about reindeer.
Instruction Verb Poster
Character Traits Poster

You can get more great free ideas from here!  So link up!

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Reindeer for Monday Made it!

Last summer Emily and I went to the zoo with my sister and her kids.  We had a great time.  We loved seeing the reindeer.  I thought--wouldn't that be a great idea to write a nonfiction book about reindeer--then post about it.  So I started snapping photos.  Now,  I don't have the best camera, nor am the best photographer, but I do have the best story.  My little girl really wanted to pet the reindeer.  Luckily she couldn't climb up and over the fence and jump into the wooded area.  However, she did have another plan.  She took of her shoes and slid them into the enclosure.  She thought we would have to go and get her shoes--then voila--she could pet the reindeer.  Luckily for me, they were old shoes so I didn't even try to retrieve them.  But sadly for her, the plan did not work.  

In the meantime, I have been studying and learning about reindeer.  I found a wonderful resource from the National Geographic.  Sami: The People Who Walk With Reindeer.  I love the Sami people.  Now, reindeer have never been tamed.  The Sami, unlike American Cattlemen, do not drive the reindeer, but follow them.  They live with the reindeer, rather than try to control them.  They are interesting people and a very interesting culture.  I hope it is as fascinating to you as it is to me.  

I also found this great book, by one of my favorite author/illustrators: Jan Brett.  

This might be my favorite book she has ever written.  
The Wild Christmas Reindeer, by Jan Brett

Teeka, a young girl, is asked to prepare Santa's reindeer.  She must round them up, clean them, feed them.  She acts like an army sergeant.  The reindeer stay in their wild form, not wanting to listen to the brute of a master.  
Teeka is trying to control the reindeer with little success!
But Teeka changes her approach, and treats the reindeer with kindness and love.  This approach helps   But soon her heart changes, and she is kind and gentle. 

I read this book after I had learned about the Sami--and it gave me a deeper understanding of this book, the reindeer, and of course Teeka.  The humans learn how to live among the reindeer, and pass on the understanding to the future generations.  Teeka, in this book, has learned how to treat these beautiful strong animals, and help them bring Christmas to the world.  

Now, for my Monday Made It!  

I wrote an informational text about reindeer.  I think the primary grades would enjoy it--well I hope they enjoy it!  

Reindeer: Informational Text

You can get it for free at my TPT store.  I hope you enjoy it--and it will spark interest in reindeer and the people who live in the Arctic Circle.  

 Head over the 4th Grade Frolics and join the linky!


Sunday, December 2, 2012

December Currently, December Bump-it & The Liebster

It's December so time for Farley's Currently!  Such a fun way to share blogs and learn more about all the fabulous teachers!

I have made three bump-it games.  I have them for free at my TPT store!  So have fun!

I love being nominated!  It is so fun to know that others love your blog.  I was nominated 5 times!!!  So am only going to do the random 11 things about me.  Please forgive me for not answering all the questions!

Please check out these wonderful and kind bloggers who nominated me!

I love the title of this blog--it goes along with Mo Willems Pigeon books:

Her blog is as good as the title!

The final two:

Thank you again for nominating me!  I feel very honored.  
  1.  I worked as a telemarketer-I was an honest one, and always hung up after the caller said no the first time!  I really disliked the job, luckily they moved me over to incoming calls/customer service.
  2. I grew up in a big family--I was 5 of 7--in a small college town in upstate New York.  
  3. I love dancing silly to kindergarten songs.  I get really silly--the kids love it!
  4. I became a teacher in 5th grade.  I would help the lows--and I loved it.  I have always loved teaching, and hope to have my own class.
  5. I love playing Ticket to Ride.  I have it on my i-phone and I spend way too much time playing it.
  6. I love chocolate Almonds.  I love any kind.
  7. My husband is a pilot, so I single parent it most days.  We don't fly very much--it is so stressful to fly standby.
  8. I love road trips.  Growing up we would drive from New York to Utah, spend the entire summer and then drive home. (My Dad was a math professor and my mom stayed at home.)  We had an old VW bus that my dad converted into a camper.  (He took out the middle seat and put in a platform.  We stored everything under the platform and then we had the entire platform/bed to play on.)  We had so much fun--even the years that the van broke down every time we stopped!  
  9. I love Red Mango!  I could eat breakfast, lunch and dinner there everyday.  
  10. My favorite color is black.  
  11. I have lived in Europe.  I used to be able to speak Flemish.  
I am going to nominate 5 random linkers people from Farley's Currently.  I can't be that random--so a skip counting we go! 12, 24, 36, 48, and 60.  

They are all great blogs--so take a look!  

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Suzuki Saturday--Piano Map

As anyone knows--doing Suzuki with a child takes preparation and work.  As part of my preparation, I started making visual schedules for Emily.  I even make the same visual schedules for her lessons.  It really helps that we use the same schedule at home and at lessons.  Someday, I may even laminate a blank schedule--then we can just Velcro the pieces in the order we want.  But for now, I just print up a new schedule every week.

Piano Practice: A Visual Schedule

As you can see we always start each practice with a bow.  We then play a game.  This time I put sections of the camel song under each cookie.  She would pick up a cookie, find the section and play the song.  Now, she can play Chant Arabe with two hands.  I found it was better to learn the new song before doing review songs.  If I did review songs first, she wouldn't have enough focus to work on a new song.  We reviewed songs using Little People, and ended the lesson with a bow.  We started keeping track of how many days we practice together with the fish bowl and a place value straw chart.

100 Day Fish Bowl

I found my fish bowl at Teacher Direct.  We have 70 fish in our fish bowl!  So, we have practiced together for 70 days.  It is such a fun way to end our piano practice.  She loves picking out the fish and taping them on the bowl. This new way of practicing and really helped us to focus on her pieces.  She is making incredible progress!  We only have three more songs in Book 1 to learn with both hands.  We are aiming for a graduation concert in February. I am so proud of my little girl--she loves the piano.  I must be doing something right with our practices--because she enjoys the time we spend together--and so do I!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Mitten

Did you know that there are three books called The Mitten?  I love each book!  

The Mitten, by Jan Brett

I love Jan Brett's version for the beautiful illustrations.

The Mitten, by Alvin Tresselt

Alvin  Tresselt's for its purity and simple lines.

The Mitten, by Jim Aylesworth
Jim Aylesworth's version for its humor. 

Now for a bit of learning:

Venn Diagram comparing The Mitten by Aylesworth and Brett

I made these Venn Diagrams--which you can download for free at my TPT store.

For your convenience, you can also order the books from Amazon.