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#4 Magic Tree House- Pirates Past Noon Novel Study

AARGH....Jack and Annie go on their fourth adventure to the time of pirates.

Here is a ready -to-go, complete set of chapter questions and 4 extra activities for Pirates Past Noon, Magic Tree House Book #4. An answer key is included!
Included throughout the chapter pages are basic comprehension questions, inferential questions, drawing questions, and fill in the blank questions.
The extra activities include a pirate word study, story sequencing worksheet, a maze, and a word search.

S'mores Sound Boxes for Segmenting

Help your little learners to be able to stretch out words like a gooey s'more and segment the word into phonemes (sounds) using this adorable s'mores- themed Elkonin box lesson, printables and activities unit. I am sure that they will love this and be begging for s'more practice!

The first four sheets are designed as printables for students to write the letter of the corresponding sound. Worksheets like the one shown in the picture are included for two phoneme words (two graham cracker squares), CVC ( three squares), CVCC ( four crackers) and CCVCC ( five graham cracker boxes) spelling patterns for more advanced students. Students write the letter for the corresponding sound inside the graham cracker!

The last four pages are the super-cute work mats to be used when introducing segmentation using chips. You can use anything as a chips- bingo markers, Hershey kisses, or chocolate chips (in keeping with the s’mores theme) or letter tiles. You may want to print these on cardstock and laminate them for durability! The last two have a landscape orientation (so the crackers would fit) but will print fine in portrait layout.

Also included are scripted directions for teaching segmentation to be used as a mini-lesson, for a parent station or to give to your support staff for use with your students.

You may use any word list that follows the spelling patterns. Word family words are great for this!

If you use this as a center or for Daily Five word work, consider using simple picture cards like that of a pig, cat, and nest so that students can practice the skill independently! 

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Come take a look inside my classroom to see s'more fun ideas I use with my first grade class! J. Moriconi                         

Fact Families- Smartboard Houses

Teach related addition and subtraction sentences in a fun and interactive way with the Smartboard!Fact families for sums from 5-10 are included in this cute 30 page Smartboard activity. Students drag the fact family members from the roof to make four related facts.

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J. Moriconi~CupcakesnCuties

Fact Family Smartboard Houses is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

Color Words Posters ~Back to School

These super cute bear-themed color word posters will be a great addition to your classroom decor!

Included are posters for red, blue, green, yellow, orange and purple.
(Graphics were unavailable in the bear theme for black, white or brown).

Thanks for taking a look here!

J. Moriconi~CupcakesnCuties

J. Moriconi
Creative Commons LicenseColor Words Posters ~Back to School is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. 

Welcome to the Jungle-Desk Name Plates and More


Going on a Safari in your classroom this year? Well don't forget your supplies! This packet will make life easier for you as you plan your classroom theme!

Here's what you will receive:

1- Desk Plates/Large labels with lines- 8 designs

2-Desk Plates/Large blank labels- 8 designs

3-Hall Passes-2 Boys, 2 Girls, and 1 Generic

4-Restroom Passes-2 Boys 2 Girls, and 1 Generic

5-Number Cards 1-12 for Group Work and Math Tubs

6-Medium blank labels-12 designs

7-Calendar Cards 1-31

8-Name Tags/Small blank labels- 12 designs

9-Days of the Week

10-Months of the Year

Hope you enjoy!!

Thank You Gift Tags Freebie

This is a cute and inexpensive way to show your appreciation for volunteers, parents, staff members and students. Four different designs are included~ all with cute polka dot backgrounds.

Print these using best print quality and staple to the top of a sandwich or snack-sized ziplock baggie. Fill the bag with candies of your choice and you have an easy and thoughtful gift.

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J. Moriconi~CupcakesnCuties 

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I love using technology in the classroom and I work hard to make every learning experience very meaningful for my students.

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Back To School Bingo Game

Colorful, ready-to-go Back To School Bingo Game.

30 Bingo cards and the calling cards are all included. With 30 different clip art pictures this Bingo Game will have your students excited about Back To School time! If you laminate the cards they will last for many years and can be reused over and over again.

Monthly Binder Covers Back to School or End of the Year

Organize all of your monthly and seasonal lessons, worksheets, notes and documents into monthly themes with these adorable binder covers! Included are covers for August-June, each decorated with adorable clip art and colorful backgrounds!

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Creative Commons LicenseBack to School or End of the Year Monthly Binder Covers is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. 

Kindergarten Common Core Based Summer Skills Review

I created this packet to send home with my kinders this summer in order to keep their math and literacy skills sharp! It includes one Common Core based math or literacy activity every weekday for 10 weeks. It also includes a 2-page game board (for some fun review) with 5 types of cards: Addition, subtraction, sight words, CVC words, and sight word sentences.

This packet addresses the following Common Core Standards for Language Arts and Math: 

RL.K.2. With prompting and support, retell familiar stories, including key details.
RL.K.3. With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.
RL.K.6. With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.
RF.K.1. Demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of print. Recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
RF.K.2. Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes). Recognize and produce rhyming words. Isolate and pronounce the initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in three-phoneme (consonant-vowel-consonant, or CVC) words.1 (This does not include CVCs ending with /l/, /r/, or /x/.) Add or substitute individual sounds (phonemes) in simple, one-syllable words to make new words.
RF.K.3. Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words. Demonstrate basic knowledge of letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary or most frequent sound for each consonant. Read common high-frequency words by sight (e.g., the, of, to, you, she, my, is, are, do, does). Distinguish between similarly spelled words by identifying the sounds of the letters that differ.
RF.K.4. Read emergent-reader texts with purpose and understanding.
W.K.1. Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose opinion pieces in which they tell a reader the topic or the name of the book they are writing about and state an opinion or preference about the topic or book (e.g., My favorite book is...).

W.K.2. Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing about and supply some information about the topic.
SL.K.4. Describe familiar people, places, things, and events and, with prompting and support, provide additional detail.
SL.K.5. Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.
L.K.1. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. Print many upper- and lowercase letters.
L.K.2. Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. Capitalize the first word in a sentence and the pronoun I. Write a letter or letters for most consonant and short-vowel sounds (phonemes). Spell simple words phonetically, drawing on knowledge of sound-letter relationships.
L.K.5. With guidance and support from adults, explore word relationships and nuances in word meanings. Sort common objects into categories (e.g., shapes, foods) to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.
K.CC.1. Count to 100 by ones and by tens.
K.CC.2. Count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence (instead of having to begin at 1).
K.CC.3. Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 (with 0 representing a count of no objects).
K.CC.4. Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality. When counting objects, say the number names in the standard order, pairing each object with one and only one number name and each number name with one and only one object. Understand that the last number name said tells the number of objects counted. The number of objects is the same regardless of their arrangement or the order in which they were counted. Understand that each successive number name refers to a quantity that is one larger.
K.CC.5. Count to answer how many? questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1 to 20, count out that many objects.
K.CC.6. Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.1
K.CC.7. Compare two numbers between 1 and 10 presented as written numerals.
K.OA.1. Represent addition and subtraction with objects, fingers, mental images, drawings1, sounds (e.g., claps), acting out situations, verbal explanations, expressions, or equations.
K.OA.2. Solve addition and subtraction word problems, and add and subtract within 10, e.g., by using objects or drawings to represent the problem.

K.OA.3. Decompose numbers less than or equal to 10 into pairs in more than one way, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record each decomposition by a drawing or equation (e.g., 5 = 2 + 3 and 5 = 4 + 1).
K.OA.4. For any number from 1 to 9, find the number that makes 10 when added to the given number, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record the answer with a drawing or equation.
K.OA.5. Fluently add and subtract within 5.
K.NBT.1. Compose and decompose numbers from 11 to 19 into ten ones and some further ones, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record each composition or decomposition by a drawing or equation (such as 18 = 10 + 8); understand that these numbers are composed of ten ones and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine ones.
K.MD.1. Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. 
K.MD.2. Directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has more or less of the attribute, and describe the difference. For example, directly compare the heights of two children and describe one child as taller/shorter.
K.MD.3. Classify objects into given categories; count the numbers of objects in each category and sort the categories by count.1
K.G.5. Model shapes in the world by building shapes from components (e.g., sticks and clay balls) and drawing shapes.

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