Teacher Stuff: One Fish, Two Fish Math!



Let’s have some fun with math!

Whether you use this for Dr. Seuss Day, a beginning or end of the year inventory or just fun math, your kids will love this!

The file includes:
– a sheet for students to create their own patterns of fish
– fish bowl addition and subtraction

Differentiation ideas:
– children can use colored tiles to create patterns before coloring
– use fish crackers as manipulatives to add and subtract
– students can work in pairs
– work together in a group under a laminate overlay

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Enjoy! and Come back soon!




Teacher Stuff Friday Freebie: Fraction Book


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Happy Friday!  Since last week’s gift was Fraction Bingo, I decided to continue with fractions and give you the Fraction Book template, too!  I have used this book with 1st through 3rd graders, but it could potentially work for older kids, too.  You’ll need to copy as many inside pages as needed for the fractions you’ll be expecting students to cover in the book.

The file includes:

– a cover sheet
– a book page template

Each book page allows students to write the fraction with a numerator and denominator, ___ out of ____ parts and how many equal parts are needed to make 1 whole.  Students can then represent each fraction using a circle, square, triangle and rectangle.

To get your own copy of the Fraction Book template, click HERE! As always, my files are free for personal and classroom use.  I love to share, so print, share and enjoy!

Looking for Reading and Writing? I’ll have more Language Arts freebies in the next few weeks!!

Thanks for visiting,

– T

Teacher Stuff Friday Freebie: Fraction Bingo!


Picture 2Happy Valentine’s Day!!  I hope your weekend will be full of love, chocolate and mushy stuff!…or movies, wine and relaxation, at least!  Today is our class Valentine’s party, which is always fun!  The kids are making Valentine crafts, doing Valentine Math (Sidenote: Pinterest is AWESOME!!) and eating cookies out the wazoo!  Funny thing, when you ask parents for cookies and juice, they don’t play around!!  We already have had them flowing in, so I can only imagine what’s going to show up today!

Anywhoooo, since today is the Day of Love, I figured I’d shell out something big!!  Fraction Bingo!!

**UPDATE: This product has been moved to Teachers Pay Teachers and is no longer free, however, for only $2.50 you can have your own set of Fraction Bingo!

The file includes:

– 22 different bingo cards (2 per page)
– cards for random drawing
– fractions from 1/2 to 5/6 shown in various ways.

* I made sure that there are multiple draw-cards for the fractions that are shown multiple ways so students might get 1/2 twice, but there’s another card for that!

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I introduced this to my kids by having them work in pairs, but most of my kids are playing on their own now!  I also made sure to read the fraction as parts of a whole, also, to differentiate for some of my kids who’d mastered parts of a whole.  For example, I would read 1/2 as “one half”, “one out of two” and “one out of two equal parts” as I walked around.  Doing this helped my kids catch on quickly and become independently successful.  All my kids loved it and had a great time practicing fractions.  This could be used for any age, though!  In fact, one of our 4th grade teachers is using this with her class to review before teaching equivalent fractions!!

To download your own Fraction Bingo, click HERE to get your own from TeachersPayTeachers!

Have a great weekend! Eat a sweet treat for me!

– T

Teacher Stuff Friday Freebie: What’s Missing?


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Welcome back!  The weather here in Austin has been crazy!  The ice/snow hasn’t been much, but people around here lose their cool when it rains too hard, so you can imagine the panic when it gets cold and icy!  Today, school was canceled because it dropped to 26°F and there’s a 20% chance of freezing rain.  Craziness.  BUT since we’ve already had 2 weather days, we don’t have to make this one up!!  DOUBLE SCORE!!

As promised, I’m adding more teacher stuff to the blog!  Fridays are about to get better with FREEBIES!!  You know I love to share, so everything on here is free to use for personal or classroom use.  Print, use, and share with your friends to your little heart’s content!!  Just don’t go selling my stuff!! ; )

This week, it’s “What’s Missing?” a practice sheet for finding the number that comes Before, After, or Between a given set of numbers.  Amounts go up to 30, perfect for 1st graders or a Re-teach for 2nd graders.  My students used this and loved it!  My struggling students used a 100 chart to help them find the missing numbers.

To get your own copy of What’s Missing, click HERE!

Have a great weekend, stay warm (or cool, lucky!) and come back soon!


First Grade Fabulousness: Back to School File Share!


Well, most of us have gone back to school!!  Are you ready? I’m NOT!!!  There is a TON to do still, BUT you know I’m good at sharing : ) so I am here for YOU!!  Today is a big day, because YOU are about to get lots you might need for FREE!!  Look how nice I am!!!

Ready, OK!!

You need a Student Info Sheet – because even logging into the student portal takes WAY too long in an emergency. AND even better, it’s in English and Spanish!!


You will need a dismissal sheet because, let’s face it, there are a lot of them and 1 of you!


Need a Clip Chart for your Busy Bees?  My kids loved this one!! Come back soon for more info on how I use the clip chart and how to implement this in a meaningful, consistent way and minimize stigma related to many clip/color chart systems.


If you have the clip chart, you’ll need a reference for parents, so here ya go!


Need an example of a weekly folder chart?  Here’s one!  If you want the editable (word?) file, let me know, but you will need the fonts CK Handprint and MTF Jumpin’ Jack, both are fun and I use them ALL the time!


We are also using a Today’s Number chart each day as a warmup.  Later, we will make them smaller and put them in a folder for kids to do, but for now we are blowing it up, laminating it to use with dry erase markers and doing Today’s Number whole group as a warm up!

* Side Note: The fonts used are Wish I Were Taller and Smiley Monster.


So there you have it!  A few basic files to get you started!  I hope you enjoy them and let me know if I can help in any way!  I know as teachers, we spend WAY too much time creating things specific to what we want!  My philosophy is that I wouldn’t be the teacher I am without the help and ideas from other amazing teachers.  When I create things I use all the time, I love being able to share them with you – in hopes that I can help someone else work a little smarter!  So enjoy and share!!  Send your teacher friends on over!  The more the merrier!!

Here’s to a FABULOUS new school year!!  And remember to sign up for updates to get all the latest First Grade Fabulousness!