Author Archives: Kristen Poindexter

Interactive Number Line

I took a STEM (mostly Math) workshop the first two weeks after school got out this year and after listening to our instructor talk about Number Lines, I decided I wanted to make one that was more interactive than just a line of numbers stuck on my wall.  I wanted my kiddos to be able to use it and grab parts of it if they needed to; so I came up with this number line!

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I’m super excited that my kiddos can un-Velcro any card they might need to help them identify numbers.

Right now, the number line only goes to 10, but I may increase it to 20 if I think my students need it.

I’ve represented each number in a variety of different ways to meet the needs of my different learners:

  • tally marks
  • dice
  • ten frames
  • unifix cubes
  • rekenreks
  • finger counting
  • number word
  • number
  • base ten blocks

The number symbol goes at the top and it permanent. Each of the cards below hangs on a ribbon and is attached with Velcro. {The Velcro is not included}.

Photo directions are included {and so is a diagram!}.  You can get yours from my Teachers Pay Teachers store! :)

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Camp Go Noodle!

Have you heard about Camp Go Noodle yet?

Go Noodle saved my sanity this past school year! My kiddos need the time to get up and move so that their brains can take a break!  A few times a day, we would do a brain break together on GoNoodle and watch our “Monster Points” add up! My kiddos LOVED when our monsters would level up and when we got to trade in for a new monster.  We proudly displayed our champ certificates and covered an entire bulletin board by the time school was out for the summer.

What’s even better is that Go Noodle has introduced Camp Go Noodle–just in time for summer (and to save your sanity too!) You can be the cool mom who secretly helps your kiddos stay fit this summer by sharing these fun activities and challenges with your kiddos! I can’t wait to try them with my son.

Here’s How It Works:

  1. Head to “camp!” Each Monday starting June 29, a new set of five adventures will appear at campgonoodle.com.
  2. Go on new adventures every week! Each adventure uses GoNoodle.com’s active videos and games for inspiration, and challenges kids to use their imaginations, get moving, and be outside. Picture building your own DIY jetpack, creating an obstacle course race, or making sushi with things you already have at home.
  1. Sing along! Each week includes two brand new camp songs to inspire creativity and movement!
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  2. Connect with fellow campers! Share your adventures using the #campgonoodle hashtag on social media to join the camp community. Each week, “Campers of the Week” will be recognized as “All-Stars” and earn exclusive Camp GoNoodle prizes.
  3. Earn badges! Complete each week of adventure by printing the weekly badge to hang up, loud and proud.

All you need for Camp is…

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Ready to register for camp?

Simply go to campgonoodle.com on Monday (June 29th) and let the fun begin!

Note: If you are a teacher who already has a teacher/school GoNoodle account, you will need to go to this link to sign up to receive Camp GoNoodle emails:

http://gndle.me/1IdCN2F

{This is important because Camp emails are only being sent to parent accounts. GoNoodle knows lots of teachers use their school accounts at home – which is completely fine, they just need to make sure they get those teacher-parents in the Camp email list too!}

So who’s going to join us in celebrating summer with Camp GoNoodle???

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Grab this blank Linky poster and link up with us!

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Once you’ve linked up, display this linky on social media so others can join in the fun

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Join the link up here:

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#TeacherFriends Birthday Celebration

I CANNOT believe that our #TeacherFriends Chat is turning O-N-E tomorrow!! What started as a fun idea to get teachers using Twitter in their classrooms has turned into a education celebrity A-list of guests we’ve had over the last year! It has been an AMAZING year and some of the BEST Professional Development I’ve had as we have swapped ideas with THOUSANDS of other teachers from across the country (and sometimes even the world!).  To say thank you, we and MANY of our past guests have put together a MIND-BLOWING amount of prizes to be given away during the chat.

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First up, here’s a look at the questions for the chat tomorrow night…so you can plan out your responses. :)

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It’s going to be a FUN, laid-back chat, filled with TONS of ideas and CELEBRATIONS!!

If you are new to Twitter…I recommend using TweetDeck…a much simpler way to keep track of the conversation! :)

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Here is a look at some of the prizes being given away during tomorrow night’s chat.  There are more than this, but this is a sampling with more to come! :)

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I hope we “see” you tomorrow night! Come EARLY (8:30 EST) for a fun pre-chat and a chance to get used to tweeting, then stay for the fun starting at 9!

Make sure you’re following each of our moderators so you can see their tweets during the chat!

@KweezleQueen (Debbie Clement)

@EducatorsSpin (Kim Vij)

@fuzzlady77 (that’s me!)

@maggieskinder (Maggie Hufstedler)

Even if you’re not a big Twitter fan…try to send out at least one tweet tomorrow, so we can “see” that you’re there! Don’t forget to use our #teacherfriends so that the whole group can see your chat.
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Debbie Clement, Moderator Kim Vij, Co-Moderator Kristen Poindexter, Co-Moderator Maggie Hufstedler, Co-Moderator Image HTML map generator

Who’s Who and Who’s New Post- “Reken-what?”

I am honored to be guest posting again over at Who’s Who and Who’s New! Today I’m sharing a post about making your own class set of Rekenrek’s.  I’ve wanted to make some for awhile and during a workshop I took 3 weeks ago, I learned more about them, how to use them, and the benefits to my students.  Head on over to check it out! (Just click the picture below)

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Let me know if you make them! I’d love to see them in action! :)

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Tuesday Tweet Chat 6/23/15

I hope you’ll join us for another exciting #teacherfriends chat tonight! We start with a slower chat at 8:30 EDT and our guest will join us from 9:00-10:00 to talk about Brain Based Learning.  Our guest tonight is Dr. Ellen Weber.  Dr. Ellen is renowned for her work in brain based communication and learning and we are excited to be able to “pick her brain” this evening to learn more about what we as teachers can do in our own classrooms.

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Don’t forget there will be prizes as well!

Next Tuesday is our 1 year #teacherfriends Birthday Celebration and we are HARD at work planning lots of surprises for you! See you tonight!

**New to Twitter? Here’s a tutorial to help you get started on TweetDeck (a simple way to see the chat)

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Frog Foldable

We’ve been learning about tadpoles and how they grow into frogs ever since we got our tadpoles in our classroom.  Because I had just attended our state science conference and learned how to make these super cool foldables, I thought I would try them out with my Kinders to organize our thoughts about tadpoles and frogs.

Dinah Zike is the master behind this foldable and I got this foldable from this book.

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I used a 9×12 envelope and folded it as instructed in the book.  We glued the side under the envelope flap into our Inquiry notebooks.  I put a different colored “x” on each of the flaps and parts so I could show the children where to glue each part.  On the two inside flaps, we glued a 5 green and speckled frogs song booklet and the life cycle of a frog accordion booklet.  On the top back panel, we glued a model of a tadpole that can grow and change with our tadpoles.  We hid the extra back and front legs in the secret pocket that you can open from the flap.  On top of the secret pocket, we glued a life cycle fold up book.

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On top of the envelope (when its all closed up and folded), we glued a frog tree map that we completed together.  They turned out really great and I’m working on creating them for sale.  We are going to create a new one next week for farms, so I’ll show you those soon!

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Doctor Bag

A few weeks ago we studied Community Helpers.  As part of that study, we looked at the tools that different community helpers use.  This is the Doctor Bag we made to include in our Inquiry Notebooks.

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We took these items (cotton balls, band-aids, stickers, tissues, tongue depressors) and glued them inside the Doctor bags we made.  We took a 9×12 piece of black construction paper, folded it in half, rounded the corners, and cut some handles out of scraps of black construction paper.  We then added a white circle and two red strips of paper for the first aid sign on the outside of the bag.  The kiddos labeled each of the items so they could use those words in their writing.

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Informational Writing

We’ve been working on writing for a purpose and after reading Zinna’s Flower Garden we wrote in the same style as Monica Wellington and created informational posters about our tadpoles.

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In this book, Monica Wellington places the text in the center of the page and then surrounds it with information about tools, seeds, plant parts, weather, etc.

So we created our writing to reflect that. These pages are samples that are about 1/2 way completed. The children put text or an illustration with labels in the middle and then added tools, objects, materials, other animals they would see or need in the context of their text.

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This sample is all about catfish and is surrounded by items you would need to keep a catfish in an aquarium.

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This sample is about tadpoles living in a pond, so you can see other critters you might see in or around the pond.

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The last sample is about keeping tadpoles in our classroom.  The image in the middle shows where we keep the tadpoles and around the outside, you can see the beginnings of the tadpole life cycle.

This was a fun way to incorporate what we were reading and what a real author had done into our writing.

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Measurement

We started our new math unit about measurement and got out the balance scales to practice measuring weight. We compared different kinds of plastic foods.

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What kinds of things do you like to have your students weigh?

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Spring has Sprung!

We are getting geared up to start out Ponds and Plants unit and I can’t wait to get out my unit to get my planning started!

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This pack has 6 math, 3 Literacy, and 7 Science Notebook pages!

This is a sampling of what’s included!

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Happy Spring!

I’m glad its here! I can’t stand winter (and my arthritis hates it too!), so I’m glad to see 60 degrees again! :)

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