TPT Spring Cleaning Sale

Hello all! Since my spring break is almost over, I’m teaming up with a a bunch of other folks from Teachers Pay Teachers for a huge spring cleaning sale! I’ve cleaned out drawers and closets wall week, and now it’s time to clean out my TpT Wish list!  Thanks to Valerie at Georgia Grown Kiddos for organizing this sale and Beth Ann at Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Design for the cute graphics.

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I’ve been super busy the last could of weeks trying to get some products ready for spring.  I just finished this little fella last night and posted it.


spring math logic cover Get ready for spring testing and challenge your students to become mathematical problems solvers with this fun set of 24 addition and subtraction puzzlers task cards.  Each card contains a set of 4 problems using pictures and numbers. The students must figure out the value of each picture. Students are using addition and subtraction within 20 to solve problems with unknowns in all positions.   They are solving equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem. It’s such a fun way to challenge your high achievers and is perfect in a center or for early finishers. These activities lay the foundation for problems in which students use variables in mathematical expressions in later grades which will help them succeed in algebra.

All task cards are available in both color and black and white. There are answer keys and recording sheets included.

The whole pack of 48 task cards (24 color and 24 b/w) are on sale for 20% off!  That’s a bargain!


You can use the cards several ways:

1.  Project one each morning on the SmartBoard or whiteboard and use them as a daily morning challenge

2.  Use them in a math center for students to solve during small group

3.  Use them for those early finishers and those kiddos who always come up to you and say, “I’m done, now what?”

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I love these cards!  They’re actually harder than you think.  Try this one!

Next, I want to give you a sneak peak of a unit I’ve almost finished and hope to have up this weekend!  It’s my Chicken Sunday unit!  Here’s the cover, what do you think?

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I have been having so much fun creating this unit!  This book is one of my all time favorites!  Of course I love everything by Patricia Polacco.  On the surface it looks like a cute little story about some children who want to buy their grandmother a new hat for Easter, but there is so much more to it!  The big ideas or themes that are presented really make you want to think.  It’s also great for character analysis and seeing how a character changes.  I always want to link this story up to Rachenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco.  I have even included some information about Pysanky eggs and a fun activity to design a Pysanky egg.  Hope to have it ready by Sunday!

Thanks for stopping by and remember to always…. Keep ’em Thinking!







I Spy Compound Words! Flash Freebie

It’s 8:30 Central time, and I am going to make my new I Spy Compound Words!  FREE for the next two hours until 10:30 Central Time!  Hurry over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store to download your free copy now.
I have had so much fun with compound words this week!  I found some fantastic new clip art by Kate Hadfield, and just had to use it to make some great new products!  The first thing I have finished is my I Spy Compound Words!  unit.
I know how much kids love to search and find objects in pictures, and I Spy Compound Words! has children having fun while searching for pictures of compound words in a set of 8 different scenes.  There are between 12 and 17 compound words to be found in each scene.  Aren’t they cute?  I just love how they turned out!  I have 8 different scenes I created:  School Days, Life on the Farm, It’s Apple Picking Time!, Snowy Days, Springtime, Fun in the Sun, Under the Sea, and Under the Stars.

I Spy Compound Words!

These can be used with children as young as Kindergarten and they are great for students in grades 1-3.  If you have ELL students, they are a great way to help them with vocabulary.

You may project the scenes on your Smartboard  or whiteboard for a whole class activity. Wouldn’t this be a fun way to start your morning each day you study compound words?  They’re also great to use in a center.   You simply print out the 8 scenes and the accompanying compound word cords for each scene.  Laminate the scenes or put them in sheet protectors for the kiddos to use overhead markers to circle the compound words they find.

There are accompany compound words cards with just words, or words and pictures so you can differentiate based on the needs of your students.  For advanced students, have them find the compound words without using any cards. There is even a recording sheet for the kiddos to record the compound words they find.

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Understanding and knowing compound words is an integral skills in the new CCSS.  I Spy Compound Words!  Addresses the following Common Core Standards:
Kindergarten : K.L.6 and K.RFS.3.c
1st: 1.L.6 and 1.RFS.3
2nd: 2.L.4.d
3rd: 3.RFS.3, 3.L.2.e, 3.L.4 and 3.L.6
4th: 4.L.4.c and 4.L.6
5th: 5.L.4

Click on the pictures above to go to my Teachers Pay Teachers store to check them out!

I have another really cool product for Compound Words that should be finished this week!

That’s all for today!  Remember to always…. Keep ’em Thinking!


Huge Teacher Appreciation Sale!


Teachers are the backbone of our society.  They work harder than any other group of people I know, they spend thousands of their personal dollars on materials to teach our kids, and sometimes they are greatly underappreciated!  In honor of teachers everywhere,  I am having a sale at my Teachers Pay Teachers store on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 6th and 7th.  Everything in my store will be 20% off!  But wait!  Teachers Pay Teachers is offering an extra 10% off everything you buy those two days, so you can purchase some fantastic materials at 28% off!  Be sure to use the code TAD13 when you checkout to get the extra 10%!    Just click on the sale graphic to go to my store!  It can’t get much better than that!  I already have my wish list filled with items ready to be purchased during the sale!  Here is a little shout out to Zip-a-dee-doo-dah Designs for their great sale graphics.  I love her clip art and use it in many of my products!  Just click on her store name to get to her site!

Teaching Time to 2nd Graders

watch me tell time grade 2 - tpt finalHave you ever fallen in love with a product/activity you created for your classroom?  Well, I am absolutely in love with my Watch Me Tell Time unit for 2nd graders. In first grade, students worked with telling time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest hour or half-hour.  In second grade, students build upon that knowledge to tell time to the nearest five minutes using a.m. and p.m.  Watch Me Tell Time uses individual student watches to get your students up and moving  and actively involved in learning to tell time to the nearest five minutes.  The unit includes 48 individual watches for you to print out, laminate and have students wear during  activities to teach time to 5 minute intervals. The watches are available in both color and black and white so save printing costs.

In the unit you will find:

  • Cards and directions to use the watches to play the game I Have Who Has
  • Cards and directions to use the watches to play  the game Find Someone Who Has – 4 different sets of questions using both digital times and words.
  • Directions and cards for using the watches to have students create a circle
  • Tick Tock, Different ways to read a clock.  Worksheet and directions for an activity in which students show the time on their watch in different ways.
  • Directions for groups of students to put themselves in order according to the time on their watches.
  • Directions and worksheet for students to illustrate the time on their watch in both am and pm.
  • Directions for using the watches as equity sticks and other classroom management ideas

Just click on either of the pictures to take you to the unit on my Teachers Pay Teachers Store!

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To prepare for this unit, you will need to print out the watches, the I Have Who Has cards, and the Digital Time cards on cardstock, laminate them, and cut them out.  You may
print them out in either color or black  and white to save on that expensive ink!  I have tried to make the black and white versions as attractive as the colored ones with cute designs on them, so the kiddos should enjoy them as much as the colored ones!

You have two options for attaching the watches to the students’ wrists.  1. You may simply tape the two ends together, or 2., you may use Velcro.  I used Velcro simply because I didn’t want to deal with sticky tape residue possibly getting on the watches when the kids took them off, but that is strictly up to you.  It is cheaper to use plain ole scotch tape.  With the tape, you will probably have to tape them on the students’ wrists, and with the Velcro, they can take them on and off themselves.

Domain:  Measurement and Data (MD)

Cluster:  Time and Money

Common Core Standard:  2.MD.7.  Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest 5 minutes, using a.m. and p.m.

Standards for Mathematical Practices (MP) emphasized:

MP.5.  Use appropriate tools strategically

MP.6.  Attend to precision

Connections to Other Standards:  (2.MD.7-8)  Building fluency with addition and subtraction, and beyond  are the critical areas of focus addressed in telling and writing time.

Prior Knowledge and Skills:  Students should know how to tell time to the nearest hour and half hour.  They should be able to skip-count by 5’s to recognize 5-minute intervals on a clock.

Common Misconceptions:  Some students have difficulty distinguishing between the hour and minute hands.  For example, when looking at the time 2:30, they might say the time is 3:10, or 3:02. Also, students sometime name the numeral closest to the hands.  For example, for the time 4:55, they might say the time is 5:00; therefore, it is important to provide many opportunities for them to measure times to the nearest five minutes and the nearest hour.

Common terms and phrases:  a.m., p.m., digital, analog, clock, watch, quarter till ___, quarter after ___, half past ___, 5 after ___, 5 before___, 5 past ___.

Well, that’s all for now!  Remember to always… Keep ’em Thinking!

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Teaching Primary Students Ordinal Positions, Sequence, and Logic

paper doll chains coverI absolutely love to incorporate logic into math whenever possible, so when a friend told me she was teaching ordinal positions and sequencing, I couldn’t resist creating something for her to use with her students!  What better way to teach ordinal positions and sequence than paper doll chains!  I had so much fun creating this packet of 28 paper doll chain puzzlers.  They range from three doll chains to five doll chains.  The kids use the clues on the task cards and colored paper doll cards to create the paper doll chain in the correct sequence.  The cards require the kids to use some logic to figure them out which makes it all the more fun! The task cards come in two versions, one with the ordinal position under each paper doll, and one without the ordinal position.  This allows you to differentiate the activity according to the needs of the students in your class.  You can also start the kids out doing the puzzles with the ordinal positions on them, and then once they are proficient, they can move to the task cards without the ordinal positions.

Because I’m so conscious of the cost of colored ink, I made the task cards in black and white and only the individual paper doll cards are in color. There is a recording sheet for kids to color in or just write the color letters for each paper doll chain.    These puzzles are great for your math center.    They’re  designed for kids in grades 1-3, but I do know one 4th grade teacher who wanted to use them and her kiddos loved them.  They’re especially great for those early finishers in your classroom!

Here are a couple of pictures of what the center and cards would actually look like

You can find this packet at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  If you click on the cover graphic, it will take you directly to the product page.

Well, that is all for now!  I have a fun new product which should be ready next week, so check back!  I also have a couple of freebies I will be posting this weekend which I hope you can use with your students!

Remember to always…  Keep ’em thinking! 

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Beginning Logic Puzzles and Activities – Spring Themed for Grades 1-3

Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!  If you know anything about me, you know how much I love to teach kids to think and use logic and deductive reasoning.  Well, I combined that with my love of all things spring and created a huge pack of spring themed logic puzzles which I just put up on  my TpT store!  This pack has 48 puzzles in all – 24 matrix logic puzzles, 12 magic square puzzles, and 12 Sudoku type picture puzzles.  That’s enough to keep your kiddos busy until the end of the year.  Like everything else I create, there are different levels of complexity to  all the puzzles so you can differentiate according to the needs of your students.  I am so excited about this new product!  The clip art is fantastic.  I found a great new clip art source at Lisa’s Country Clipart – You’ll have to check her out.  I love all the kid faces I can use in my logic puzzles.  It makes them so much more colorful.  Here’s a great preview of the puzzles which you can also check out if you go to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store by clicking on the picture below!



That’s all I have time for today!  Remember to always…  Keep ’em Thinking!



The Perfect Square

perfect-square2 Recently I bought the book perfect square by Michael Hall.  It is the story of a square who was perfectly happy, but throughout the week things start happening to him – he is shattered, crumpled, torn, etc., but each time the square turns lemons into lemonade and transforms himself into something wonderful.  I loved this book.  I bought it because we are teaching a unit on geometry this year, but when I read it, I realized there was so much to this very simple story.  It’s a story about overcoming obstacles,  turning bad situations around, persistence and so much more!  I loved all the art and things the square turned himself into so much that I made my own versions which then led to creating a unit integrating art, math and literature using this one simple book.  The images on the front of the unit are the pictures I created from the book.

This unit contains:

  • How many shapes can you find? activity page
  • Vocabulary cards for word sorts
  • Comprehension question cards
  • Cause and effect graphic organizer
  • Sequencing cards
  • Templates to make the squares for each day of the week
  • Template for creating your own square

Click on the book to download a FREE copy!  I hope you enjoy using this unit with your students.   Also look below for a YouTube video which is great to use with this unit!  Always remember to Keep ‘Em Thinking!  – Susan Morrow


Free Multiple Intelligences Posters for Kids

Since the students in the elementary gifted program have been doing a unit on the brain,  I decided to create a set of multiple intelligence posters for kids. Be sure to click on the picture below to download your FREE COPY!  Every chiild is smart in a number of ways, but  they often only think of kids who excel in academics as smart.  Refer to the posters often in the classroom when doing different types of activities.  It’s fun when you are studying biographies of famous people to talk about the different types of intelligence they demonstrate.  Lastly, it is important for students to realize that you can increase your intelligence in any area.  Mike Phelps was not born an Olympic swimmer, but through practice, persistence, and hard work, he was able to grow his “body smarts” to win many Olympic gold medals.  It is the same in the classroom.  The more the students practice and perservere, the better they will become at reading, math, logic, art, music, etc.

I hope you enjoy these posters as much as I enjoyed making them. 

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