Math Centers for Use with Google Classroom™

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Math Centers for Use With Google Classroom™

Hey, y'all. I've gotten several questions about how to run centers either digitally or while socially distancing. I wrote a post about social distancing centers here

For digital centers, either at home or in the classroom, Google Classroom and Boom Learning are both great options. I have added a TON of digital centers to my Teachers Pay Teachers store if you want to check them out. 

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Each of these units has a matching Google Classroom and Boom Learning option. So many of us are using different platforms, I didn't want to limit anyone so I made them available on both. 

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The first two pictures are 2-digit addition and subtraction for Google Classroom. Each set includes options for adding or subtracting with and without regrouping. Google Classroom is super easy to assign sets and differentiate learning. 

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The next two sets are the same as above but with 3-digit numbers. You could assign the set without regrouping to one set of students if needed and the set with regrouping to the other set of students. Click the pictures for more information. 

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Each of the addition and subtraction sets come with two sets of 24 task cards. Students simply type their answers in the text box and submit it when they're done. 

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Students can also practice rounding on Google Classroom. While these slides aren't self-checking, students can go back in and edit their work if needed, or you and your class can pull the slides up at the same time to do some guided practice. Students simply move the check mark to the correct answer on the slide. 

This unit includes 5 sets of rounding units with 20 cards in each set. These sets include rounding to the nearest ten, hundred, or thousand, mixed practice with tens and hundreds, and mixed practice with tens, hundreds, and thousands. This makes it super easy to assign different students different units if needed. 

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For younger students, adding coins and base ten blocks are always a hit in the classroom. Like the sets above, students type their answers into the text box and submit it when they're done. The adding coins set includes an anchor chart on the first slide to help kids along. If you don't want them to use the anchor chart (if you were to use it as an assessment), simply delete the first slide. It's that easy!

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This school year is going to be an adjustment, but centers can still take place. They just may look a bit different. There are lots more centers and instructional units in my TPT store and I am always adding new ones so stop by often. 

I hope you found some new ideas for your classroom. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week. 

Stay sweet, 

Fall Digital Resources for K-2

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Fall Digital Resources for the K-2 Classroom

Hey, y'all. Fall is upon us and it's time to get planning! Things go so fast at the beginning of the year. That's why I like to prepare early for #allthethings. 

We start school the last two weeks in August and Patriot Day is so close to the start of the school year that I sometimes miss it. (Patriot Day is September 11th in case you didn't know the official title.) This little unit for Google Classroom was designed with primary kids in mind. It goes over the big idea of what Patriot Day is without all the scary details many of us grown-ups remember. (I hate when we talk about history and a kid gets scared!) This unit has 6 slides with reading passages and writing prompts on each slide. 

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For your kindergarten and pre-k (and some firsties) students, these letter matching Boom cards are just right for the beginning of the year. Not only can your students practice matching capital letters and lowercase letters, you can also assess their learning quickly and easily. Boom cards are so easy to setup, making it a snap to practice centers anywhere your students have access to the internet. 

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The fall set matches the capital letters on the cutout shapes to the lowercase letters on the right. The pumpkin patch set has the capital letters on a sign and the lowercase letters on pumpkins. And the Halloween set has the same setup with a spooky theme. The similar format makes it easy for students to move from one set to the next seamlessly. 

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If your little readers are ready to move beyond identifying letters, sight word work and phonics are the next step. In case you hadn't noticed, I LOVE seasonal activities. The novelty of doing the same tasks but with different seasonal elements takes activities from bland to BAM! 

But seriously, digital fall sight word cards are a great way to practice reading and spelling sight words without having to find enough plastic letters for everyone to work with. These fall sight word units are available for both Boom Learning and Google Classroom

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Each November, we talk about the difference between the things we use now and how things were "back then" when the pilgrims landed in America. We usually do this whole group, but it's hard to assess who really gets it that way. Then and Now Boom Cards are a great way to assess students' understanding after the whole group lesson. These card can be used in a center or worked on at home, anywhere students can access the internet. 

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I'm loving using Boom cards and Google Classroom with my students. It makes checking their work so much easier and there are no papers to grade! Woo hoo! 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you found some new ideas for your classroom. I am always adding new resources to my Teachers Pay Teachers store so check back often for the latest and greatest! Have a wonderful week and I'll talk to you soon.

Stay sweet, 

November Social Studies Units for Google Classroom™

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November Social Studies Units for Google Classroom™

Hey, y'all. November is one of my favorite months to teach in. The kids are starting to get the routine, there are no major tests this month, and there are so many holidays! In case you haven't noticed, holidays and seasonal activities are my jam. Holidays and seasons equal learning opportunities!

First up is election day. Regardless of your political leaning, it's important to teach our students the facts about how elections work and how they can use their voice and votes to make positive changes in our world. This Election Day unit has the process spelled out in simple, easy to understand slides. In this unit, students learn what an election and a campaign are, how to vote, when to vote, the importance of voting, and the difference between the Democratic and Republican parties. 

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Right after Election Day is Veterans Day. In this unit, students read about what Veterans Day is, who it celebrates, and each branch of the military. Each slide has a reading passage, a simple question or two, and a response box for students to type their answers into. At the end, students can write a thank you letter to a veteran. 

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And it wouldn't be November if we didn't talk about Thanksgiving. This simple little unit explains what Thanksgiving is, how it got started, what the first Thanksgiving was like, and how we celebrate it now. It even discusses who Sarah Josepha Hale was and why she's an important part of the holiday. 

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I love using Google Classroom because students can work on it at home or in school. It's paperless so there's no dragging papers or notebooks home to grade. Plus, students can use the text to speech function to have passages read to them if they need it. 

I am always adding new resources to my TPT store, so check back often for more great ideas. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you got some new ideas for your classroom. Have a wonderful week and I'll talk to you soon.

Stay sweet,

Mindfulness Moments in the Classroom

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Mindfulness Moments in the Classroom

Hey, y'all. You've heard about mindfulness, right? Slowing down, being present in the moment, focusing on one thing at a time. Even if you didn't know the name of it, you probably know what I'm talking about. 

This year especially, with all the quarantines, riots, and whatnot, mental health and mindfulness are going to be key to getting your students back on track. There are some great kids books about it. I love Breathe Like a Bear and M is for Mindfulness: an alphabet book about calm. (affiliate links)

For teachers, I recommend Happy Teachers Change the World. It's a great place to start for adding calm and mindful practices into your classroom. I absolutely love this book. I read most of it while camping, which was the perfect place to practice being mindful!

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This year, I'm also adding these posters to our classroom. Each letter of the alphabet has a different mindful word to go along with it, and it includes the definition. You could put them all up during classroom setup or add one letter a day for the first few weeks of school. These make great SEL lessons when taught one letter at a time. 

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There are two versions of the alphabet lines as you can see above. For kindergarten and first grade, I would use the print version. For second or third grade, I might have the print version already up in the room the first day of school and add one cursive letter a day below it (as pictured above). This way, I can teach the word and the cursive letter at the same time. Setup this way, there's no need to teach the words in alphabetical order either because you can just line them up under the print version. 

The beauty of mindfulness is that it can happen anywhere--during a writing or handwriting practice, standing in line, lunchtime, on the class carpet or at desks, pretty much anywhere. It calms the class and brings the energy level way down helping your students and you to focus better. 

You can grab a set or two of these posters here. I'm always adding new resources to my Teachers Pay Teachers store so be sure to check back often. I hope you got some new ideas for your classroom this year and thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful week and I'll talk to you soon.

Stay sweet, 

Digital Daily Calendar Slides for Use with Google Classroom™

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Digital Daily Calendar Slides

Hey, y'all. This year, we were told we had to keep the walls pretty much bare for cleaning and all the things. And with some of our kiddos going digital and some in the classroom, it looks like calendar time is going to be digital this year. 

I did this with my kindergarteners a few years ago and it worked really well. Obviously the Power Point slides I made '09 aren't going to cut it anymore, so I gave them a little facelift and converted them to Google Slides

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We start each calendar time by going over what the date is. We write it in two different ways so that students can see the correlation between the numbers in the numerical date with the full date written out. 

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Then, we talk about the days of the week. This is a great place to insert a song or two about the order of the days of the week and the months of the year. 

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We talk about the weather, including what is appropriate to wear with the day's forecast. Then, we graph the weather on the next slide (not pictured) and tally the number of days with each type of weather. 

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We talk about the number of days in school. We illustrate it with base ten blocks, coins, tally marks, and ten frames. We add markers to our chart to determine if the number of school days is even or odd. 

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We practice telling time, graphing, fact families, 1 more/1 less, 10 more/10 less, patterns, missing numbers, making ten, and a problem of the day. Of course you don't have to do all of these things each day. These slides are highly editable and easy to rearrange or delete tasks to fit into your scope and sequence and time allotment. 

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Slides that need counters, tallies, coins, etc. have these pieces included on the side of the slide for ease of usability. Teacher notes are included at the bottom of each slide for prompting or ideas if needed. You can find out more about this set in my TPT store here

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you got some new ideas for your classroom this year. I'm always adding new resources to my store so stop by often or follow me for the latest ideas and lessons. Have a wonderful week and I'll talk to you soon. 

Stay sweet, 

Digital Phonics Resources for Primary Grades

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Digital Phonics Resources for Primary Grades

Hey, y'all. Do you teach phonics skills in your grade level? I do, but I'm always struggling with keeping up with those little tile letters. I can never seem to keep them organized like I'd like them to be. So I decided to take some of the kids' independent work digital. 

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We start off the year with short vowel sounds and making CVC words. Gradually, we add in other spelling patterns, but we turn our focus here first to solidify blending skills. The pictures above and below are short vowel sets available for Boom learning. As you can see, the vowels are red and the consonants are blue like the plastic letters so many of us have.

Students look at the picture, click the speaker if they need help figuring out what the picture is, then drag and drop the letters to spell the words. Boom cards are self-checking, so if a student makes a mistake, it will let them know immediately giving the student a chance to correct their thinking. 

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Each of the five short vowel sets are available individually for Boom Learning™ and as a bundle for use with Google Classroom™.  You can find the Boom sets here and the Google Classroom bundle here. They include the same things, just designed for different platforms. 

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Another option is to have your students "read" the picture, then choose the word that matches it. This Boom deck includes 85 cards with mixed vowel practice. 

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More phonics sets will be added soon, so stop by my TPT store often for some more ideas and resources. I hope these things gave you some new ideas for your classroom. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week. I'll talk to you soon.

Stay sweet, 

Back to School Digital Math Centers


Back to School Digital Math Centers

Hey, y'all. As we head back to school, centers and checking student work is going to look a little different this year. Different can feel scary, but it doesn't have to be!

If you've followed me for awhile, you'll know how big of a fan I am of Boom cards. They're self checking, easy to differentiate, and give you and your students instant feedback. 


This year, we'll be starting off using this platform right away. Students can work on them anywhere, which makes it super easy to use for distance learning or blended learning. The kindergarten back to school set is perfect for getting students used to using the app (which can be accessed on computers or mobile devices). Students practice counting, identifying shapes, and comparing numbers (which number is bigger, not using the comparing signs). 


First graders work on reviewing simple addition and subtraction within 10, counting to 20, and skip counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's. Second graders review adding and subtracting within 20, comparing numbers, and number order.


These are great for whole class practice in using Boom or reviewing skills, for center work, or for small group intervention. Each of these sets is also available for use on Google Classroom as well. Click the links for kindergarten back to school, 1st grade back to school, and second grade back to school. 


Missing numbers was always a big thing when I taught kindergarten in Texas. There is a set for numbers to 20 (great for pre-k and kindergarten) and a set for numbers to 100 (great for 1st or 2nd grade). Students look at the leaves, then click and drag the number that is missing to the empty leaf. It's very similar to summer missing sets


And when your students are settled in to the routine a bit and everything turns apples and pumpkins and lattes (oh my!), grab these September math centers. Kindergarteners will enjoy counting objects, using ten frames, comparing numbers within 10, and practicing number order. 


First graders will love adding and subtracting numbers, practicing skip counting, counting base ten blocks and 1 more/1 less, 10 more/10 less. 


And second graders practice the same skills as the first grade set, but they'll use bigger numbers. These are also available for use with Google Classroom. You can find each set here: Kindergarten September centers, 1st grade September centers, and 2nd grade September centers


Each of these digital centers work well with the print-based centers in my Teachers Pay Teachers store as well. With so many unknowns for the school year, it's a great idea to have options for students to show their work. 

I am always adding new resources to my store so check back often to see what's new. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you got some new ideas for your classroom. Have a wonderful week and I'll talk to you soon.

Stay sweet,