I have SOOOOO enjoyed my wonderful 5 day break! Ah, the joy of having a new kitten and a Christmas tree at the same time! I don't know if the tree will make it till Christmas or not!
But (unfortunately) it's time to get back to business! Besides doing lesson plans, printing and laminating, I'm filling up my cart on TPT!
If you are in a shopping mood, too, everything in my store is on sale!
I have just finished and posted my new pack of Math and Literacy activities to use with the "Pete the Cat" books to TeachersPayTeachers. It's called "Groovy Cat's Shoes, Shades and Buttons! (There's a NEW book coming out in October called "Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses" so I included those.)
I LOVE using the Pete books at the beginning of the year, so most of the activities are geared toward that time of year, but could really be used all year for review. Click on the image to stop by my TPT store and check it out! (That's my cat Elmer in the small photo. Isn't he a stud?!)
Waaaaaay back in October, when we started addition, I thought of making this..... thing. It was sort of like a rekenrek, but adaptable. This is what I came up with! What makes it so awesome is that it can be changed very quickly for whatever numbers you need because it's just clothespins. When you are trying to find all the ways to make 10, just put 10 clothespins and slide them from one side to the other to make sets. To subtract, the clothespins match your first number, then slide away one group. This is not only great for "take-away" subtracting, but "how many did we take away" or "how many did we start with" subtraction! I made this slider? with 2 of those really strong white magnets with hooks on the front. I cut the bottom section off a wire coat hanger (it has to be something rigid) and hot glued it in the two hooks. Then I glued monkeys on the fronts and colored the clothespins yellow with a Sharpie to make "bananas." EASY!