Lip Balm Gift Tag

I am always trying to think of simple and cute little gifts for my teaching team during Christmas.  I have the perfect free lip balm printable to share with you!

Head over to Apples and ABC's to grab the free lip balm printable!

First day of school poem

Hi everyone,  It's Mandy from A Special Kind of Class

Do you start school on Tuesday like me?
Do you need a little something for the first day of school?

Head on over to my blog by clicking on the picture below to grab the free hand print poem.

Have a great first day.

Free calendar pieces

Hi everyone,  It's Mandy from A Special Kind of Class.
Are you ready for the new school year?

To help you get organized I've put together a list of all my free calendar pieces.  Whether you need something right now or pieces for Christmas, I've got a set for you.  

Head on over to my blog to see what I have and to grab them for free.

Use Osmo Like Never Before

Do you love Osmo? 
I do!
And I learned a trick to make CUSTOM activities on Osmo.

Click here to see how. 
You are going to love this. 

Counting Snowflakes Interactive Book!

Long time no see guys! Erin here from Creating & Teaching! I've made it a 2017 goal to be a better blogger again. Along with that, I can't forget about sharing awesome free stuff with all the readers here at Freebielicious!

I know it's February, but I'm still using some winter themed resources in my classroom along with starting to mix in some February/Valentine's themes.

I love interactive books and in my class of Pre-K up to First Graders there are so many different ways that I use them. They are great turn taking activities for my pre-k kiddos. We can practice wait skills, language, and social skills during these opportunities. For my older students they make great independent work, especially the counting books, so that I can work with other students 1:1, while keeping the others engaged at the same time. The possibilities are endless! I wrote a blog post with a bit more detail on how I use them in my classroom and some great resources for quality interactive/independent books! Read more about that {here}.

You can grab the counting snowflakes interactive book for {free} in my Teacher's Pay Teacher's store!

If you love it, there is a bundle available for Valentine's themed counting books. The bundle includes 4 books and works on counting 1-10. They are also available separately if you're just looking for 1 or 2 books.

Thanks for stopping in! I can't wait to be back with more great freebies to share with you!

Freebie Sight Word Reader!

sight words

Well hello there!  This post is all about my new program, PrimarySightWords and a FREE sight word lesson + reader is also included.   I was approached by several of YOU for a sight word curriculum program.  I knew what you were asking for... a comprehensive curriculum like my other curriculum programs!  I sat on it for a while because there was one HUGE road block I was facing, sight words are SO vastly different between districts, schools, and even teams of teachers!  So, I knew I needed to have a program that could be flexible and allow the teachers the freedom to teach their list of words and at the order they needed!

I asked in my Facebook group what list of words were used the most.  It seemed like I was getting a mixture of Dolch Pre-Primer, Dolch Primer, Fry's top 100, and Zeno top 50! So, that's what I included!  Below I will list the entire list and an easy to print list can be found ** HERE **

With the sight word list, you are able to teach the words in any order you see fit!  All of the curriculum is stand-alone so the lessons won't build on one another!  The best way would be to select the pages you want (I'll share a quick print tip for that later) and just print those.  Once you have your sight words printed, then place them in your sight word order and place them into a binder or bind!  Okay, enough about the words covered...let's get into the curriculum!  Below you can see an example of the sight words scripted lesson plans!


The lesson plans are broken down into four sections: skill introduction, applying the skill, independent practice, and assessment with data tracking.  In the skill introduction you will be introduced that sight word to the kiddos!  I like to use this time to teach the kiddos about the word itself.  It is no secret that generally sight words are "trick" words.  That simply means that they don't follow the common rules k-1 kiddos know.  In the lesson plans you'll teach to that skill.

If you are interested in trying out this program, you can do so for FREE!  Click ** HERE**  to download free material for the sight word "and" and read up on the program more!

sight words

The Snowy Day FREE Close Read!

Hi there and happy Friday! Let's get started with a close read that I am also sharing as a FREEBIE!  We all know and LOVE Snowy Day!  So, if you haven't had a chance to try out a close is your chance!  Okay, let's get started with Snowy Day!

Snowy Day is week one of the 4th unit in KinderLiteracy!  This unit is the first unit that really starts to teach kiddos that we not only read books to state characters, setting, and for an enjoyment purpose.  However, that we also read books to LEARN!  I think that it is so important that we relay to the kiddos that we can learn from EVERY book!  We teach them that nonfiction texts are great for learning facts, but we can learn from fiction as well!  In Unit 4 of KinderLiteracy, the students also take a new role on Tuesday's (vocabulary days).  I will speak more about that once we get there!  The Snowy Day close read is paired with a nonfiction text, Snow is Falling.  Remember that you don't have to use that paired text... any text you have that would pair nicely will work! This week's essential question, How does the author portray the conclusion of the story? The "life-based" essential question, Why does snow melt? Can you prove this?  Like I mentioned above, I love getting the kiddos to pick up on that factual knowledge!

To recap the process again in case you aren't as familiar with one is all about learning the theme of the text!  This week's theme is SNOW!  Below you can see an example of snow bubble chart!


As I mentioned above in unit 4 we take up the vocabulary a notch as well!  Below is a look at the vocabulary word cards and definitions! In unit 4, we will ask that the students think about the unknown words to more of a critical thinking level.  Instead of just focusing on what the word is, we will also determine HOW we figure out that meaning. I feel it's important to teach this "reversed" thinking skill so when they come to an unknown word in their reading they will have these same three tools to try!  In unit you are give these three picture cards.  I taped mine onto my teacher cart and then they were they to access each week thereafter! As we came to a KinderLiteracy unknown word we would stop to discuss the word, its meaning, the action and then end with HOW we figure out that word...did we use the picture, did we use the words, or did we have to infer AKA my teacher most likely had to give it ha!  These skills then become part of their tool chest for independent reading time.  Hmm.... I came to this word that I don't know.  Okay, I can use the words and pictures to help me.  If that doesn't work then I might just have to infer what it could be!


snowy day close read
Let's talk possible actions for the sight words!

piled: use both hands to motion a stacking action
pretend: have kiddos make animal noises to 'pretend' they are that animal
path: use both hands and  'walk' them in a straight line in front of you
firm: pretend to make a snowball, be sure pack it tightly
sank: make a sinking motion towards the ground

The KinderLiteracy Unit also included a "can/has/is" chart


Below are a couple of shots of the week's poem!



You also can't do this week justice without PLAYING IN THE SNOW!  The kiddos loved, loved, loved this! It also works for y'all in the warm know while we suffer here in the midwest, ha! Before starting the experiment, we started a snow anchor chart.  This one would contain descriptive words that we could use to describe the snow.  I got a few answers and then we came back to it after the experiment and added more!

snow day close read
This "recipe" is so easy! I mixed two boxes of baking soda and 3/4 cup of conditioner in a bowl. This was enough for five students! I had placed the conditioner in the refrigerator so that it would be cold! They kids had a blast!!! I did put down the tablecloths which helped with the mess tremendously! Fun times!

snow day close read

The consistency is so similar to real snow!  Also like I mentioned above...placing the conditioner in the refrigerator makes it so realistic as well!

snow day close read

snow day close read

I did not have recess duty so I was able to get the room set up prior to the kiddos coming in!  I put down the table clothes and then gave each kiddo a pile of snow!

snow day close read
snow day close read

Because our essential question dealt with melting, we also did this fun experiment!  We created three "snowmen" using frozen water bottles.  Technically to make the experiment completely accurate, I would have used the same sized bottles ;)  We poured salt in one, one was placed in hot water and the last was the control.

snow day close read
Here is a picture at the end of the day!  The one sitting in the hot water had melted the quickest!

snow day close read

Earlier I mentioned that this entire week would be a FREEBIE!  Below is a short video where I share about the units and what is included!  Directly below the video is a link for the download!

You can click HERE to download the freebie Snowy Day lesson plan *HERE* or clicking on the image below!

Also, while we are on The Snowy Day...have you seen this??? So Adorable and FREE if you are an Amazon Prime member! It is a Snowy Day MOVIE!!!!!


Have a GREAT weekend!

The Letter Uu

We love using the letter Uu to have FUN.
This week we dove into the letter Uu and worked on all these activities. 

We also use these FUN books to talk about descriptive writing.
These are some of my go to book that get your students giggling
but also excited to write using lots of descriptions.
                                                              Aliens Love Underpants

                                                             Monsters Love Underpants

                                                            Dinosaurs Love Underpants 

                                       You can grab these printables by heading to my blog
                                                and checking out all my letter Uu activities.

Halloween Bat Crayon

This year I am giving each student a melted bat crayon as a little Halloween gift!  Grab the tutorial and free printable over at Apples and ABC's!


Pumpkin Mat Freebie

 Work on fine motor skills while working on numbers at the same time.  

Head on over to my blog, by clicking on the picture below, to see how I use this and to grab it for free.