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Happenings at Primary Graffiti

Hi Hoppers!  I'm back to share a few units, happenings, freebies, and upcoming news.


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My class has begun learning basic addition and subtraction facts.  I've been working with them on playing the game UNO (a simple games of numbers and colors).  We've had a ton of fun!  I modeled this game after the classic.. with it's own Tutti Frutti Twist!


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Preparing for the 100th Day of School always sneaks up on me.  It's only a blink away from Valentine's Day.  It collides into Groundhog's Day.  And always seems to be lurking around the end of our nine weeks.  Wiping my brow!  So I created some activities that revolve around the cute book Centipede's 100 Shoes.  I just love integrating literature and math!

Check out the video of the book on my blog!  Link Here!!!

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I have extensive pictures in my post here!  You can see detailed pictures of each idea provided!  Please take a minute and link over to view.  


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Math isn't the only thing on my mind.  Informational Writing began this week.  I'm hoping to be back on Sunday to update you with all the cute happenings with this file!  My hubby is a police officer who speaks police jargon to his buddies.  This language has helped to inspire this pack!  I picked up on a few key phrases, giving a new spin to "All About Me" writing.  Our Intelligence Bulletin: BOLO Alert has made my kinders smile! 


Oh. Man!  Speaking of writing.  My kids had a blast creating and writing about how to make crayons.  This crayon maker cost under 25 dollars at Target and still continues to be a favorite topic of discussion weeks later.  

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My puppet theater from Land of Nod continues to be a favorite center.  This room divider hangs in the door frame.  I hung two clothespins with hot glue!  Seriously, isn't it darling?  We just hung this bad boy back up and kids are diving into all my Swallowed Sub Tub Retelling Props.  Yay!!!


Back to Math with a FREEBIE
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 A few months ago, I posted this freebie.  We were working on composing simple shapes from smaller shapes.  In an attempt to help struggling students, I created this file to ensure students were meeting objectives that came and went while trying to tackle the current objectives.
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Now we've moved on from Solid Shapes and comparing their attributes AND still I'm working with a few students struggling with their numbers, I created this file to extended.  After learning about dimes this past week, I felt my kids were ready to identify the coins associated with each number.  For those not in the US, I still provided a page for each number resembling the first freebie (without coins).  


Did you see this post?  My kids created a little class book and the file is a free grab on my blog!  Link here!


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One of my favorite books is Cherry Blossom Friends by Corkey Hay DeSimone.  This story takes you on an adventure within the Cherry Blossom Trees of Washington DC.  Predict and Infer with this loveable text written in riddles and rhymes.  Learn about the National Mall and all the animals that thrive within the Cherry Blossom Trees.  Great for Sequencing!!!


The remarkable Kathleen Wainwright, author of Summer in the City, will be a guest on my blog today!  I'm stop number three on her book blog tour.  She has discussed her connections to this story, provided a freebie, and provided a giveaway of her newest book.  The illustrations are vivid and unique.  I made lots of magnificent personal connections with the text.  Please stop by and say hi!


Thank you for sticking out this long, jammed pack post.   


  1. Wow what a great post! So many things to see! I really like your shape writing and we are starting shapes next week so I'll have to use that somewhere ;)


  2. Thank you, Sarah! =)


  3. Great share--- love the crayon maker, your centipede's shoes unit, and that great puppet theater. I am going to have to make one of those. How does it hang in the doorway? Off to the material store...:)

    Granny Goes to School

  4. Thank you, Cindy! The theater has a string sewn at the top with a loop on the ends.