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8 Feb
Left Right Post Office Dice Game for Vday Party!

Excited to play this at my daughter’s school when all the third graders will get to roll the dice and play a game of Left, Right, Center (Post Office)!!! SET UP: Each die in LRP has a single envelope on three of its sides; the other sides are marked with an L, an R, and a picture of a Post Office Box. You need at least three people to play, but there is no upper limit on number of players. You will need three dice and each player needs three envelope graphics (used as tokens). Place the large US Mail Box in the middle of the table. Put the dice in the middle of the table and give each player... 

7 Feb
Cupcake Math for Grades 2 and 3

It’s almost Valentine’s Day!  I thought I would share a free printable that would be great to use this week as your morning warm-up in grades two to three or just to print and use as extra practice of math facts at home. But before that…  have you had the 100th day celebration yet?  I was in grade two this week when they were celebrating the 100th day… so I had to think quick for some fun activities to celebrate this fun day of being 100 days smarter… Luckily, I had roll to 100 with me from the Teaching Heart 100th Day packet and the kids loved playing the games... 

1 Feb
Kindergarten Subtraction Ideas Topic * Envisions

My extended time working with the best Kindergarten team is over.  I am sad because it reminded me of the people I use to work with when I was teaching in the Seattle area.  I am sad it is over but happy that the teacher I was in for is better and ready to return. I had so much fun teaching subtraction lessons in Kindergarten the last week and a half using Envision Math Topic 8.  I supplemented and differentiated the lesson with a few fun activities that I thought I would share…   Printables will be free at the end of the post. To teach the vocabulary in the lessons, I created picture... 

21 Jan
VAlentine's Day Themed Cootie Catcher

My daughter loves to make Cootie Catcher / Fortune Tellers.  There are many blank templates online and she enjoys making her own from the blank templates.  We made one this past weekend for her school Valentine’s Day party as a filler.  It has fill in the blank spaces and it can be colored.  Thought I would share the printable and directions.  It could be used at home or at school.  It will be going in my substitute bag in February for a filler if needed.Above you will see the folding direction and below is a picture of what the blank Cootie Catcher looks like… Click Here to... 

20 Jan
Sight Word Learning Activities and Extra Practice

A quote from the Journal of Educational Research: “The most convincing rationale for teaching sight words is that if they are well selected they will, because of their high frequency in printed materials, have high utility at all levels of reading development. Furthermore, they help to make possible a focus on meaning as well as decoding in early reading, and at the same time they can serve as a basis for analytic phonics instruction.” Here’s a free activity sheet for you today. Did you download this CRACK THE CODE???  Here is another way to review!  It is a cut, paste, trace,... 

19 Jan
Valentine's day Party Centers and Activities

Are you thinking about Valentine’s Day?  Are you a teacher or homeroom mom that has to plan the party?  You are in luck —  here are some of my favorite party ideas.  Many could be used as Valentine’s Day centers as well!  Have fun! The best classroom bingo around.  I love this because it will mean - Everyone’s Engaged Bingo!  The nice thing about this game is that every picture called will be on the card (just in a different order) – this allows for everyone to cover a picture at every turn but still just one winner.  (Keeps all engaged knowing they must find the... 

11 Jan
Yoga Balls In The Classroom

One of the perks of subbing is seeing so many ideas (some good and some not so good) from many teachers in many grades.  I was in a classroom a few weeks ago and the teacher used the Yoga balls for her teacher led reading groups and for her computer chairs.  I have used the squish disks when I taught special education to keep squirmy kiddos in their seats and it worked… so why can’t we use them in the regular education classroom. This deal on Amazon for today was posted and I had to share…  50% off the balls and disks for today.  Here is the link! Yoga Balls Deal on Amazon Here... 

10 Jan
Left Right Center Valentine's Day Party Game

Hey everyone!  Hope your New Year is off to a great start.  I am happy to announce that the Teaching Heart Facebook Fan Page is at 60,000+ fans.   If you are a fan, thanks for being there and if you are not, come join us.  As much as I love Facebook…  I hate that those who want to see all my posts on Facebook, will not…  because Facebook only let’s you see some unless you click over to the page and scroll through it to see what they did not put in your newsfeed. We will celebrate anyhow with a giveaway in this post… so keep reading! Before I get to the giveaway I... 

1 Jan
New Years Wish Teaching Heart 2015

Hey Teaching Heart Peeps.  Thanks for being here in 2014 and now in 2015.  Teaching Heart is in the 16th year of being online.  Each year brings changes; some good and some not so good…  but as God plans and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Not sure where the site will go in 2015 since I have decided to go back to teaching full time in 2015-16 school year (if I get lucky enough to land a job).  Even if I do not post enough in 2015, there still are 16 years of ideas scattered all through the website and I don’t plan to remove the resource!  Thanks... 

16 Dec
Gift of Reading Props

I shared this idea a few years ago from my son’s third grade teacher.  Now, my daughter was lucky enough to get the same teacher for third.  I just love this idea, I had to share it again!!! First she sent home a letter explaining that each student would be sharing the gift of reading with a first grader.  They would be selecting a book to read to the first graders.  After they read the book they would be giving them a gift to open that would contain small items that matched the story they read.   They were to bring five items to school that matched the story in a unwrapped box. You... 

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