The Week before Christmas (Star Notes Freebie)

Phew! So, between my husband's citizenship ceremony and all the craziness of it being the last week before Christmas, I've been a little internet MIA (which is probably not a bad thing!). Here are some pictures of the gifts I gave and some math groups we did on measurement conversions.

 For my students, I purchased these finger lights from and affixed them to some star notes I made - "¡Gracias por hacer este año tan brillante!" ("Thanks for making this year so bright!").

 You can download these star cards for FREE in English and Spanish here (TpT) or here (Currclick) (a blank template is also provided).

 I prepared these Coke bottles for my immersion team with Feliz Navidad stickers on top.

  Here are some gift card purses with Starbucks cards inside that I gave to my 4th grade team.

Now for the learning piece this week! One day we did small group rotations covering mainly measurement conversions with US units and the metric system.

 Cookie Conversion Center Game

 Capacity Paper Quizzers (this game and the above cookie game can be found at my TpT store or my Currclick store).

 Division Facts Bottle Caps (You can download the labels for FREE at TpT or Currclick.).

 Talk Point Buttons Center (Students copied Spanish sentences about Christmas and then translated them into English. You can read more about how I incorporate Talk Point buttons in my classroom at the Organized Classroom Blog.).

So, that was my week in a snapshot. I hope you all had an amazing week with your students. What did you do?

New Blog "My Green Classroom" and Freebie!!

I am so excited!!! My new blog, "The Green Classroom," is finally up and running! How did I come up with the idea to do this blog?

Well, last summer I watch the documentary "Bag It" just by accident really. I was laying on the couch with my hubby being lazy and it just happened to be on. Well, Like seriously. To the point where I began to refuse straws at restaurants (and if I forget, I keep them afterwards, disgusting, I know!), got depressed when I forgot to bring reusable bags at Walmart, and even grabbed plastic bottles out of a colleague's trashcan to put in the recycling bin when she wasn't in her room (I'm a little shady, sorry!)

So, I've always been soooo nonchalant about school communities, but this year, before school even started, I went up to Sra. Shealy (a.k.a. the Green Queen or la Reina de Reciclaje), and I asked to be put on the school's green team. There I have come into contact with several amazing teachers who are showing me the ropes of what it really means to be green. I have so much to learn, but it's really all about just taking one step at a time in the right direction. You don't have to start off sprinting.

I don't want to preach, but it really is ridiculous the enormity of plastic we are using here in the US for no dang good reason! And from what I've heard, many things we think are recyclable actually aren't. Or they barely are, and they get shipped off to China so women and children can do our dirty work.

Oh my goodness, I'm preaching! I live in the South, so ya'll will have to forgive me. Anyways, the whole point of this bunny trail post is that we as teachers can make a difference! It really is important! If you have seen the light about the necessity of being green like I have, then you are probably already trying to actively reuse materials in your classroom and educate your students on the important of taking care of the earth.

There are so many teachers already doing just that, so The Green Classroom blog is really just a database for teachers to share their green ideas or find ones they need for specific materials or subject areas. I hope that you will stop by, become a follower, and even contribute! That would make my day. And I think the earth might even smile a bit! :P

Oh, and the freebie. Go to the Organized Classroom blog, and there you will find a free title for making cupcake number word lids. There are no real cupcakes involved. Sorry!

Thanks for reading! Happy Teaching!

Measurement Paper Quizzers (Cootie Catchers)

My kids and I had a blast today with these metric system paper quizzers (cootie catchers). At first I was going to have them play with partners and see who answered 5 correctly first. But what my students ended up doing was going to one student and doing a couple of questions back and forth and then finding another friend to do the same thing with that person (I have amazing kids. Normally this would not work for me, but with this group of kids it turned out to be fun, active learning with lots of movement).

I have also made paper quizzes on US capacity units and US length units. They are included in my Merry Measurement Conversion pack that is full of fun, holiday-themed activities to help students master measurement facts and how to convert among them. Click here to see the title at Teachers Pay Teachers.

Frosty wishes you a Merry Christmas!

Recycling Activities LINK PARTY!!! I need your help!

Christmas Spanish Vocabulary FREEBIE

¡Hola everybody! I've kind of slacked on creating Spanish freebies. I've been totally stuck in math mode. So, here's a freebie to anyone who needs something cute and fun to practice Spanish vocabulary during the holiday season. ¡Espero que disfruten!

Did you hear about my Multiplication Paper Quizzers freebie? Click on the title and read the title description at TpT for details.

Happy Teaching!

Paper Quizzers (Cootie Catchers) FREEBIE

Lately I have really gotten excited about using cootie catchers (fortune tellers) in my classroom. I had actually thought that I had come up with the idea of using them in the classroom, but no, they're all over the place! I just had never hear of the phrase "cootie catcher," and maybe I have a degenerated mind but that name sounds a little off to me, so I use the name "paper quizzers."

First, I created some to practice measurement conversions (You can find them in my Merry Measurement Conversions title here).

My kids have had fun with that, so now I've created some multiplication paper quizzers. At first I had all the students make one and play with partners. They kept score and the first to 5 points would win the game. But it really seemed like a waste of  paper and loss of time having all the students make one. So, now I've created a paper quizzers notebook.

Early finishers can pull out one to play with, and I can direct students who need extra reinforcement in a skill to the notebook (I teach Spanish immersion so the photos show the Spanish templates).

I label quizzers inside one of the petals so students know where to return it afterwards.

I think there are a lot of possibilities with this activity:
  • Spelling words
  • Vocabulary words
  • Foreign language vocabulary and expressions
  • math problems
And I also created a blank template for 8 problems or for 16 problems, so quizzers can be created for any skill needed.

And a green side note - You can print these on the back side of paper that has already been printed on since all the text is on one side.

So, I would love for you to have the multiplication paper quizzers for free. All I ask is that if you aren't already, that you become a follower of my TpT store. If you aren't one yet, just click here and click on "Follow me" beside my photo (you need a TpT account, but it is free and easy).

Then just email me at to let me know you are following me at my TpT store.

Here is the link for the multiplication paper quizzers title to see if you are interested.

Happy Teaching!