Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sit Spots!



Sit Spots: How they are working in my classroom

Hey everyone!  I wanted to let you know about SitSpots! Have you heard of them?  Did you know they were created by a kindergarten teacher in 2012? She had switched from 5th grade to teaching 25 kindergarteners and quickly realized spatial management would be one of the keys to success.  She created them to help her class and now they are shipping across the country to teachers like us. 

SitSpots will send you a sample so you can check and see if they are compatible with your carpet. You can also write on SitSpots, however, traditional markers and traditional Sharpie may smudge or come off. SitSpots recommends you use oil based sharpies. SitSpots even sells them
Sit Spots: How they are working in my classroom
I decided to try them out because I was noticing kiddos having trouble choosing where to sit and in particular how close to sit to others - and we don't have tons of space.  So some would sit thisclose to their friend and even when I told them to move over they would inch their way back so their bodies were touching again! Other kids would sit so far away from everyone else in the back or on the side that  I doubted they could see the lesson at the easel. Also, some kiddos were sprawling out like they were lounging on a beach towel, taking up precious room in our small space so other kids were stuck in tiny areas. I was always trying to get them to sit criss cross applesauce but tiring of having to say so multiple times each day.

To be fully transparent, SitSpots did send me a class set of  them with the understanding I would publish an honest review on my blog. I always write with integrity and you can be certain that everything in my post is true and not influenced by the situation.

I chose the heart shaped SitSpots because HEART is our school motto and we talk about HEART every day.  I looked at our rug area and estimated about how much room each child would need to sit criss cross applesauce on the rug. Then I had them try it out.  A few kiddos were a little squished so at the end of the day, with a forceful lift, I pulled a few hearts up and moved them. I had one kiddo who told me she was squished , but when  I looked,  she had tons of room compared to some of my students who were truly cramped. SitSpots helped me evaluate what was a reasonable amount of distance between students.
Sit Spots: How they are working in my classroom
Here is a side view of our meeting area. I had to instruct kids to sit right on them because at first I had two students during the day at different times started playing with them. They work kind of like velcro so that was creating distracting velcro noises. But I didn't have to worry that the kids could take them off because they are pretty strong. I can move them around but it is with a forceful lift. My second graders can't seem to lift them off easily.
Sit Spots: How they are working in my classroom
Overall, the SitSpots have been really helpful! They allow my students to sit close enough to see the lessons, but not so squished that they are uncomfortable and distracted. There are so many options available  that you could use them for lessons too. The 2-D geometric shapes looked intriguing and like they could have been used for math lessons. I can also see using them for random grouping, like "If you are sitting on a pink heart, you are in group one". "If you are sitting on a red heart, you are in group two".

I also informed the cleaning staff that they could vacuum right over them because I was thinking they would just avoid vacuuming that area. It is pretty convenient they can be vacuumed over. They are also great because they are way cheaper than buying an expensive area rug with stripes or squares to manage student seating. I also have assigned seats on the rug this year but because SitSpots have been so helpful I have recently been able to let them pick where to sit. A benefit is there are only as many hearts as there are kids, so if Timmy wants to sit next to his friend Keith (who distracts him) but the hearts next to Keith are already taken, Timmy has to pick a different seat. I also have a child who sits in a cube chair so I have him sit on the left side of the heart on the end of the 2nd row. That way he has a good view but isn't blocking anyone else's view of the easel.

The only thing I wish is that you did'n't need special Sharpies to write on them, but I think the fabric stickiness is more important than writability. The SitSpots website has a great, helpful information section. Click here to see it. Here is their store: SitSpots store. SitSpots has definitely been a hit and I have definitely given them a thumbs up to  my colleagues who have asked, "What are those"?


Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Tips to Get Organized for the End of the Year NOW


Hey everyone! A few months ago I did a Periscope discussing how you can be prepared for the end of the year in advance. Now, I know in some parts of the country the school year is ending in a month, but a few of the tips may still help you AND there are always things to keep in mind for next year, right? I also have a little freebie to go along with this so if you'd like to find it, keep reading. I know I hate scrambling to get things done before the last day so let's try and plan ahead.
1. Get Organized in Advance
Just this basic concept is important, but can be tough to do. Think back to what you had to the last month of school last week. Make a lists, or if you had a hard copy list last year, find it. You can also search for teacher end of the year to-do lists online. Reminding yourself what you will need to deal with will help you know how much time you need to get things done and when you should really start. Here are a couple free lists or guides to ending the school year that I like and have used:

Clutter Free Classroom's Ending the School Year Guide
Scholastic's Closing the Year List (not a printable pdf, but you could print it out so you could actually check it off)
Sam and Scout's End of the Year Checklist
2. Think About and End-of-the-Year Gift for Your Students
Before you get stressed or worried, different people have different opinions about this one. First, mull it over and decide if you think it is appropriate to give your students a gift and if you would like to do so. If you would, think about what gift would be great for your kids. Research on Pinterest and online teacher blog. If you want to personalize it, you want to start working on it soon. For me, I always love giving  a book to each child and I use my Scholastic bonus points so it is free (thank  you so much Scholastic!). So  I start in the fall once I get to know my kids and each time we do a book order I grab 3-5 low point/low cost books that would be great for students. By the end of the year I have a book for each child and a couple backups (in case I find out June 10 that Sasha has just read Mr. Burke is Beserk and that was the book I had picked out for her!).



3. Figure Out When You Are Going to Do Report Cards
I dislike having to do report cards the last month of school but that I don't have a choice. Plus with so many extra tasks piled on and on, I get so overwhelmed. This trick works for me. I look at my calendar a couple months before school ends and find a weekend to mark in my calendar (not just in my head) that that is when I will do report cards. I simply cannot do report cards on weeknights, so weekends is my only option. If you want to work on them on weeknights, simply choose however many nights you need, and put them on your calendar, preferably NOT at the last minute. I find June is REALLY busy outside of school with class reunions, graduations, family parties, birthdays etc. so I do not want all of my weekends to fill up and then be stuck doing report cards the night before the last day of school. Plus it is always good to have them done, printed, copied, sand in the envelopes sealed one or two days in advance. One year I ended up in the emergency room the last day of school and luckily my cards were all set - my friend just double checked them and had the sub pass them out. Yikes, right? If I hadn't had them in the classroom, all done, my mom would have had to leave the hospital, go to my house, get them, drive them to school and drive them back!
4. Schedule End of the Year Activities Early
The other second grade teachers and I began to choose dates for end of the year events in February this year. For us the end of the year calendar fills up fast and we have to work around other grade levels. Plus we have special school-wide events to work around. Getting first dibs on dates for things like the field trip or the parent-student picnic saves so much stress! Also you can spread your end of the year events out better, like during a four week or so period if you get those dates in advance. If not you may end up having 2-3 big events in one week and being super busy or stressed!
5. Put Things Away as You Go
This is a tough one for me to keep up with but it really helps. If you put things away as you go, it will make your life easier. In my school, we have to put away or pack up almost everything in our classroom. That is a big job, and a few times I had to come back after to last day of school to do this packing up, especially with no air conditioning around the end of June. So, to save that from happening, as you finish units and finish using seasonal materials, get them in a box and labeled. I also would recommend that as you organize and put things away, that you leave items that you will need the first few weeks of school in clearly labeled bins or boxes and put those boxes at the front or on top of your classroom materials. That way when you open your door in the summer, what you need for day 1 will be right there and easily accessible!

Now, what is the freebie? The freebie is a PDF with a shorter version of these suggestions if you'd like to keep it handy without having to come to my website, or you can print it out and put it in your teacher planner. All you have to do is click on the Purple HELLO Bar at the top of the page and submit your email or on the HELLO pop up button on this page. You will also be subscribed to my newsletter and each month I send one newsletter with tips, freebies, and sometimes I even run giveaways through my newsletter! Your information is safe with me and never shared and you can subscribe at any time.
Thanks to Creative Clips for the fun and beautiful frames used to make the headings! 




Wednesday, April 20, 2016

What have you Missed on Periscope?

Reading and Writing Redhead: What have you missed on Periscope? Everything from organization tips, to tips from Jen Jones, to book suggestions for kids and more!
So if you haven't gotten on the Periscope app yet, you might have missed some helpful scopes! I have been on Periscope several times a week with tips for both classroom teachers and for Teachers Pay Teachers sellers and bloggers. If you have not seen my scopes, they do disappear after 24 hours on Periscope but I set my account up so  you can watch my replays on the website katch.me. 

I can also share a few of the katch replays here but let me give you a rundown of the Periscopes I have done so far (give or take a few).

Periscope is a great way for classroom teachers to get some PD in the exact area they need from home. You can be in your PJs for all we know. Whether you are looking for inspiration  to keep up a positive attitude, or ideas for differentiating math games, or organization tips, someone on Periscope has scoped about it.  Here are some of the topics of my past Periscopes for Teachers.

Periscopes for Teachers:
Tips to Set Your Class up for Success when you have a Substitute
IKEA Haul for the Classroom
How Teachers Can Securely and Privately Text Message Parents
Tip to Help you Stay Organized with all of those Student Papers
One Way I Keep my Reading Center Materials Organized
Flexible Seating
What are Interactive Notebooks?
Great Websites for Math Games and Resources for Teachers
Getting Organized for Parent-Teacher Conferences
Books for Black History Month
5 Things to Think about Now for the End of the Year
Fitting Exercise into a Busy Life
AND MORE!

Periscope is a terrific opportunity for  bloggers and TPTers to get advice and tips on running their business and managing their time. There have been scopes on scheduling pins for Pinterest, juggling family, teaching and blogging and many other topics, too!  Here are some of the topics of my past Periscopes for teacher bloggers.

Periscopes for Teacher Bloggers/TPTers:
Many from the Northeastern Regional TPT Meet Up including
Jen Jones of Hello Literacy
Tabitha Carro of Smartphone Marketing School and Flapjack Educational Resources
Erin Cobb of  Lovin' Lit
Jodi Durgin of Clutter Free Classroom
E-mail Scheduling
Tailwind for Pinterest
and tons more!

Here are a few of them:
For the rest, head over to katch.me!

Hope to see you on Periscope. I've also been trying out Facebook Live on my Facebook page so feel free to stop by and check me out there.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Fun with Magformers!

I'm definitely excited to share some information about the awesome magnetic toy called Magformers with you. I first saw  these at my friend's house. Her son loved them and I enjoyed playing with them too! Check out the info and grab them over at Educents.
UltimateMagformersGuide Building with Magformers encourages children to use their imagination and show their creativity while developing skills and knowledge critical to their developmental success. Magformers uses high quality “always attracting” magnetic technology that provides endless constructional play. Educents offers all of the following sets of Magformers and more! Learn more about the educational value of each set, and find the special set that your child will love.

The Beginner Set

Good For: Ages 3+ Magformers are super powerful shapes that transform into colorful geometric builds that adhere on every edge with magnets. Build simple forms from houses to rockets that spin freely to ensure that every side attracts to other pieces. The possibilities are endless with this 30-piece sets which include 18 squares and 12 triangles! Magformers_fine motor practiceBuy Now
"I definitely recommend Magformers for a few reasons. I love how sturdy they are, the creations don’t fall apart! You can do a lot with a few pieces, we have the smallest set and it has already provided hours of play. I love the colors and the way you can add other sets onto your first set to keep expanding. The appeal to young and older kids is a big plus, it’s a great family toy. So much learning happens through play and this toy is no exception!" -Carisa, Blogger from 1+1+1=1
This is a great toy for children with special needs.
"Focus on colors. Combine the two shapes when introducing colors. Begin by only introducing one color by laying the shapes flat on a table. Name the color. Eventually, have the child sort colors and connect shapes of the same color. Keep the shapes flat as each shape is double-sided and possesses two different colors." - Gabriella V., Special Needs Homeschool Blogger

Magformers Walking Robot Set

  Do your kids like superheroes? They can build a superhero robot! Maybe they like spacemen instead. This robot kit comes with a guide book that has directions for 8 different robots for your little engineer. Or, maybe your child dances to the beat of her own drum and would prefer to use her imagination instead of a set of rules. Your child can even create their own robot character since the possibilities are endless with Magformers! Once they are built, their robot can walk at two different speeds. Magformers set Buy Now

 

The Light Show Set

Good For: Ages 4 - 12 The Magformers Light Show Set allows boys and girls of all ages to light up their imagination and create out of this world designs. They will have magical fun bringing out all the fun colors of the magnetic shapes when adding the light. Kids can build stars, space ships, shiny diamonds, the designs are endless! The only activity kids won't be afraid to do in the dark! magformers light setBuy Now

The WOW Set

Good For: Ages 5 - 12 Kids can speed away with the Magformers WOW set by forming mini vehicles with squares, triangles, and wheels! Kids will have endless hours of fun in the driver seat with this 16 piece set designing 20 mini vehicles to start. Once they put their imagination and creativity to work they can design their own vehicles with this set. Vroom, vroom! magformers wow set Buy Now

The Deep Sea Set

Good For: Ages 6 - 12 Kids can go on a deep sea adventure by building a variety of deep sea creatures such as a dolphin, shark, or whales with this set! The Magformers Deep Sea construction set comes with 46 pieces for building. The pieces come in different shapes and connect together on any side. Kids will be able to explore the bottom of the sea by creating over 10 deep sea creatures and much more! magformers deep sea Buy Now  
"The children in my class all want to make new creations...helping each other to make better and better ones." - Kathryn C., Educents customer

The Emergency Cruiser Set

Good For: Ages 6 - 12 Your kids will come to the rescue with the Magformers XL Cruisers Emergency 33-Piece Magnetic Building Set. Whether they want to be a police officer or firefighter they can create a police car or fire truck, by constructing red and blue shapes and accessories, lights and sound included!

magformers cruiser set

Buy Now

The Magformers Math Activity Book

Good For: Ages 6 - 12 Give kids a fun way to learn basic math skills, recognize shapes and create patterns with the Magformers Math Activity Book! This book is full of great ideas to help the little ones develop their basic math skills while using Magformers magnetic pieces. magformers Buy Now  

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Follower Thank you Giveaway!

 Hello folks! I could not believe it last week! I hit some amazing milestones on social media and it is all thanks to all of you! Check out what happened below!

 
On Facebook, I hit 4,000 followers! WHAT?! Yes! On Instagram which I have been loving lately I hit 700 followers last week. And finally on my newest social media app, Periscope, I hit 100 followers last week too. I can't beieve it! Thank you so much for your support, dedication, and love. I am so glad that my posts and videos have been entertaining you, inspiring you, amusing you , and helping make teaching a little more fun and easier for you.

 To say THANK you, I am hosting a giveaway! Woohoo! Who doesn't like a giveaway? I will be giving away a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble AND I decided to throw in $10 to my TPT store! Wouldn't you like to grab some books for your class in B&N or some goodies for yourself (a few months ago I bought a cool Wonder Woman cup there for ME)? And I bet you would like to find something in my TPT for your class! It's easy... just check out the Rafflecopter below and there are a bunch of easy ways to enter! Thank you SO much and good luck!
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Saturday, March 12, 2016

25 Oldies Songs to Use with Students

25 Oldies Songs to Use with Students from Reading and Writing Redhead

As a follow to my post on 25 Pop Songs to Use with Students, I thought you might like some suggestions for oldies or classic songs you can also use! I love music and it can make my day better and it can certainly change things up and keep things fun and interesting in the classroom. 

Here is how I chose the songs on this list? For the list of "classic" songs I considered songs at least 15 years old, and most from the 20th century.  I checked out 60-70 songs I thought might be okay and  then read the lyrics and decided what would make the top 25.  If you'd like to read the lyrics yourself, try AZ Lyrics' website. Most of the songs, like most songs in music, are love songs, but can be interpreted in other ways or more general ways. 

I will post links to the videos for the songs so you can hear the song but I can not vouch for the videos themselves. If you need to find music videos that are okay for elementary students, please search through videos on your own.    I am only vouching for the songs themselves.  Please comment and let us know if you have any other songs that you think could have made the list!

ABC by the Jackson 5
How can you go wrong? Of course this one has got to be a hit with teachers.  "Reading and writing and 'rithmetic are the branches of the learning tree".


Hero by Mariah Carey
I kind of forgot about this song but came across it in my research. This is not about someone else being your hero, but instead finding the hero is in you. That when you feel hopeless you can find the strength in you to carry on. Plus this is Mariah at her best - gorgeous, stunning voice and flawless (in my opinion) performance.

Dancing in the Street by Martha and the Vandellas
Just a fun and happy song about celebrating, community,  and dancing.

All You Need is Love by The Beatles
Probably don't need to explain this one, but since it mentions love a lot, it might be "uncool" to older elementary school students but the younger kids would probably enjoy. Plus, who doesn't enjoy The Beatles? And I think of that wedding scene from the movie Love Actually with Andrew Lincoln, Chewitel Ejifor, and Keira Knightly with the surprise performance of this song.

Sir Duke by Stevie Wonder
This is a great song by an amazing artist which would be great if you were celebrating music. Also I played this for my class after we read this picture book about Duke Ellington during Black History Month (clicking on the book cover will get you more details from Amazon).


Don't Worry be Happy by Bobby McFerrin
Most of you probably know this song already. It's just happy and fun and reminds me of the 1980s! Do you remember when it came out, or were you born after the 80's and only know it as "retro"?


Three Little Birds by Bob Marley
This is just such a sweet, positive song of hope.


What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
No need to explain it, right?


My Girl by the Temptations
Yes, this is a love song really, but I think it could be also thought of a celebration of any girl or woman: sister, daughter, friend, etc.

Superstition by Stevie Wonder
This might be a fun  song in October if you are talking about superstitions with your class such as black cats, walking under ladders, etc.

Your Song by Elton John
"I hope you don't mind that I put down in words how wonderful life is with you in the world".

Help! by The Beatles
This is a song you probably know but maybe you have not listened to the lyrics. It about appreciating the support of friends and knowing you don't have to go it alone.

You'll Never Walk Alone by Rodgers and Hammerstein
This is a show tune from the 1940's musical Carousel  about never having to be alone and staying strong in tough times that was turned into a pop hit by the Merseybeat Band.  It is VERY popular in Great Britain and often played and sung at football games. Your kids would probably not prefer this version but I feel like since it is the original it should get to be shared here! Google the song to find more recent covers.

I'm a Believer by the Monkees
A cynic changes his attitude when he meets the right girl. Kids may not even notice the lyrics but they will probably enjoy the chorus. Of course they might recognize it from Smash Mouth's version from the movie Shrek!

Bridge over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel
I remember some kind of Talent Show at my elementary school and someone was singing Simon ad Garfunkel. I don't know if it was this one but the lyrics of loyalty, support are sacrifice are timeless.

I'll be  There by Jackson 5
Originally written by Bobby Darin, this song's theme is again about love and support. It has been covered countless time so even though I love this version you could find another one if you like. Watch out though, little Michael Jackson's gorgeous voice in this video makes me tear up, along with the sentiment of the song.

Stand by Me by Ben E. King
So many terrific songs about loyalty and devotion. In this one, he does say "darling" a lot.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland
It's a song that we probably all know, but our students may not.

Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles
This video is a version by George Harrison but we love this song, right! Cheers me right up!

I Can See Further Now by Jimmy Cliff
A wonderful song about thinking positive, having triumphs after hard times and reminds us that things get better.


I Believe I can Fly by R. Kelly
Very inspirational lyrics and similar to Hero, he talks about finding strength in yourself. Your students won't know who he is, so if you feel it is acceptable to use, it might be great for elementary school classrooms.

The Twist by Chubby Checker
If you read the lyrics, there is a little innuendo, but elementary kids will not get it. Check them out before playing but I think it's okay for kids.

You are my Sunshine by Johnny Cash and June Carter
Beautiful song about possibly losing a love that has made your life better.

Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino
A song about remembering a past love - where? On Blueberry Hill of course.

Just a Kid by Wilco
Written for the 2004 Sponge Bob (yes I know it's not 15 years old yet - I could not resist sneaking it in), it's a fun song that kids will totally relate to.

Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out this list! Comment with any additional ideas and be sure to check out my related post of 25 Pop Songs to Use with Students!

25 Oldies Songs to Use with Students from Reading and Writing Redhead




Sunday, March 6, 2016

Wild Sea Otter Gives Birth Behind the Monterey Bay Aqaurium

Wild Sea Otter Gives Birth Behind the Monterey Bay Aqaurium

Have you heard about this? Yesterday, I was getting Periscope notifications that the Monterey Bay Aquarium had live footage of a wild sea otter giving birth. So, I had to watch, and follow up today. Here's the story! The Monterey Bay area had really stormy weather this weekend and they noticed a wild sea otter had made her way into their protected tide pool area for shelter. She was exhibiting some behaviors that made the aquarium staff think she was in labor, they got an expert to observe her and he agreed she looked really bloated and like she was going to give birth within an hour. Patrick from the aquarium scoped about it for almost 45 minutes and they also took some high quality video. She did end up successfully giving birth to a healthy single pup. It was also interesting on Periscope because viewers asked questions and Patrick was able to answer. A couple of the questions  and  answers were:

Q: Why is she spinning around in the water? (this is not shown on the Youtube videos below but could be seen on the scope) 
A: She was doing a lot of grooming behavior. Before they give birth, sea otters groom like crazy.
Q: Is  this a common occurrence at the aquarium - that wild sea otters come in and give birth in their sheltered area?
A: No. It almost never happens - they did have another one happen about a year ago though.
Q: Do sea otters have twins? 
A: Yes, but usually singletons. If a sea otter, like many wild animals, has twins, she can only care for and keep one alive, so she abandons the weaker pup.  Occasionally, the aquarium will rescue an abandoned sea otter pup.

There is a short article about it at the local Fox channel website here.

And below are the videos from the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Youtube channel. You can follow their channel or follow them on Periscope. Maybe you can share the videos with your students or fellow teachers!

Also feel free to follow me on Periscope too for teaching tips and occasionally information and advice for other teacher bloggers and TPTers! My account is @rwredhead .
Rwredhead on Periscope



This one is closer up and be warned, the miracle of life is a little graphic in this one.


Friday, March 4, 2016

March Teaching Resources

Happy March everyone! I am so glad for March's arrival. I don't know about you but February was rough. Looking forward to some changes this month! I have compiled some March teaching resources for you - some are St. Patrick's Day related, some to March Madness and of course some that welcome the start of spring and the end of winter!
March Teaching Resources  from Reading and Writing Redhead - St. Patrick's Day, March Madness and more! 

March Teaching Resources  from Reading and Writing Redhead - St. Patrick's Day, March Madness and more!
First, I have a brand new St. Patrick's Day Writing freebie for you! Looking for a little writing practice? This includes a prompt when students write about what they would hope to find at the end of the rainbow. It includes three types of writing paper and a checklist for student accountability. Click here to grab it or on the image above.

March Teaching Resources  from Reading and Writing Redhead - St. Patrick's Day, March Madness and more!
If you are looking for a math freebie, you might enjoy this graphing practice with a St. Patrick's Day theme. It's a fun way for kids in grades 1-3 to practice graphing skills. Click here or on the image above to see if it would work for you and your class. 

I have a couple of paid items too which might be beneficial to your students in grades 1, 2, and 3. Check them out, then keep reading to see free and paid resources from other teacher bloggers that are terrific for March!
March Teaching Resources  from Reading and Writing Redhead - St. Patrick's Day, March Madness and more!
I love using a wide variety of writing prompts with my class all year round! I created some fun prompts for spring that help students practice expository, persuasive and opinion writing as well as letter writing. Below are a few images including just a few of the prompts. Each prompt has a checklist for student accountability and I included several kinds of writing paper for each. To grab it, click here or on any of the sneak peek images.
March Teaching Resources  from Reading and Writing Redhead - St. Patrick's Day, March Madness and more!
March Teaching Resources  from Reading and Writing Redhead - St. Patrick's Day, March Madness and more!
March Teaching Resources  from Reading and Writing Redhead - St. Patrick's Day, March Madness and more!
March Teaching Resources  from Reading and Writing Redhead - St. Patrick's Day, March Madness and more!
If your students are working on double digit addition and subtraction like mine are, this could be just right for you! Check out the sneak peeks below and if it seems like your thing, click here or on any of the images to get the full details.

                    March Teaching Resources  from Reading and Writing Redhead - St. Patrick's Day, March Madness and more! March Teaching Resources  from Reading and Writing Redhead - St. Patrick's Day, March Madness and more!
I even included some frames  and arrows practice in this product too, which would help if your school uses Everyday Math like mine.
March Teaching Resources  from Reading and Writing Redhead - St. Patrick's Day, March Madness and more!
How fun is A First for Everything's How to Catch a Leprechaun creative writing project? See if it is right for your class by going to her TPT store here or by clicking the image below!
March Teaching Resources  from Reading and Writing Redhead - St. Patrick's Day, March Madness and more!
If you're only interested in the writing prompt, it is free from her store. Click here or on the image below to grab it.
March Teaching Resources  from Reading and Writing Redhead - St. Patrick's Day, March Madness and more!
Also, if you're giving your class a little gift or if the leprechaun stops by and leaves something, you can use her free treat toppers! Get them here or by clicking the image.
March Teaching Resources  from Reading and Writing Redhead - St. Patrick's Day, March Madness and more!
Sally from Elementary Matters has a math freebie at her TPT store. It includes 2 digit addition and subtraction with and without regrouping. Pick it up here!
March Teaching Resources  from Reading and Writing Redhead - St. Patrick's Day, March Madness and more!

Here are some other fun St. Patrick's Day resources and ideas! 

Jason's Classroom's Bingo Squares (free)  

Art with Jenny's K's  Shamrock pattern coloring pop art page  (free)

Education to the Core's Notes to Students  and  Math Playing Cards (free) 

Marlie Rose's Color Word Freebie

Clutter-free Classroom has a a great blog post detailing a St. Patrick's Day Bulletin Board 
and another blog post with her own collection of fun St. Patrick's Day resources!

Laura Lanzi's St. Patricks Day coloring book (free) 

First Grade Schoolhouse's St. Patrick's Day pack , which includes About St. Patrick's Day, KWL, Writing and Illustrating about St Patrick's Day, Main Idea/Details, and more 

Mamas Like Me's Shamrock Craft and Poem 

Pinfeather Press' St. Patrick's Day Activity Pack - great for grades 3-5 



East Coat Mommy's Leprechaun Traps and Bait 

Reading Confetti's Shape Leprechauns 

And here are a few for March Madness and to welcome Spring!

Rockin' Resource's March Madness Persuasive Writing

Mandy Neal's March Madness Collection

Renee Dooley's March Madness Basketball Math Fun Freebie

Kendra King's Welcome Spring Bunny Craft

Linda G's Spring Windsock Craft

Also, here are my favorite books to share with my class in the month of March! Click on any image to get more information about the book from Amazon.