Sunday, April 22, 2012

Celebrate EARTH DAY

It’s time to celebrate this remarkable planet we live on. What are you doing today or everyday to help planet Earth? A kinder class in my building picked up trash around the school.

One of my favorite quotes from a kinder gal, “Guess what we did today, Mrs. Freshwater… We picked up smelly trash to help make Earth a better place.” (I loved the additional little word “smelly” to sentence.)

I am celebrating today by putting my Earth Day Unit on Sale. Head on over to scoop it up. Don’t delay as the sale ends tomorrow. Teaching your kiddos about Eco-Friendly Habits is something that can be incorporated all throughout the year.


Have a great day!!!

Always, Melissa

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Yo Ho Ho… It’s Pirate Time

Over the last few weeks, my mailbox has been running over with sweet comments and unit requests. First, I have to “thank you” for being so kind and generous. My bucket is running over and I can’t express how appreciative I am. The requests for themes is growing at a rapid pace. (I have been writing down your ideas!) I have been trying to update my units from last year, but I have not gotten to them. ( I am trying, but time is definitely getting away from me.)
I am loving the numerous different pirate theme activities and décor ideas I have gotten from pinterest. {Click Here to follow my pinterest pirate board} 
Here are a few of my favorites. (Just click the picture to head over to the original owner.)
 Pirate Theme Word Wall Freebie from
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Pirate Voices Freebie from
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Pirate Math & Art Activity from
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Pirate Classroom Decor from School Girl Style
Considering polka dots is one of my “favorite things” I see a pirate theme in my future classroom someday. Last year, I grabbed some adorable pirate themed items from the Target Dollar Spot during the summer. (Confession- Oh My!) I have a fetish with the dollar spot. Okay, maybe a borderline addiction- heck let’s be honest it’s a full-blown addiction. I can not seem to get enough. (It’s only a dollar, right…)
Without further ado, I present my newest theme unit.
Math & Literacy Centers
There are 20 different math & literacy concepts. (10 of each) Here is a glimpse at the titles and concepts within the units.
  • Buried Treasure (Coin Recognition)
  • Batten Down the Hatches (Time Analog)
  • A Pirate Voyage (Time)
  • Hoist the Anchor (Tally Counting)
  • Ahoy Matey (Counting By 10’s)
  • X Marks the Spot (Counting 20+)
  • Sunken Treasure (Double Digit Addition)
  • Pirate’s Cove (Before & After)
  • Walk the Plank (Number Order and Number Writing)
  • Ahoy Me Hearties (Measurement)
  • Blimey Blends (Blends)
  • Polly Parrot Rhyme (Rhyming)
  • Oh Captain, My Captain (Vowels)
  • Ship Shape Words (Silent e words)
  • Yo Ho Ho (Syllable Counting)
  • Thar She Blows (Digraphs)
  • Shiver Me Timbers (Sight Word Recognition)
  • Mystery Maps (CVC Words)
  • Aaaarrrrgggghhhh (Real/Nonsense Words)
  • Final Journey (Ending Digraphs)
Just for you
A Pirate Theme Freebie {Click to download}

Hope you enjoy!!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

It’s Fiesta Time

It’s hard to believe that the end of the year is rapidly approaching. After reading a story in our first grade reading series, “Mama’s Birthday Present” I have been addicted to anything related to the word fiesta. My favorite place to eat is Moe’s.

I just can’t seem to get enough over achiever taco’s or queso and chips. Mmmmmmmmm!!! To celebrate my Moe’s addiction, I decided to create a Cinco de Mayo Mini Unit!! This unit has 14 different activities 7 math and 7 literacy to help you make your Cinco de Mayo Celebration quite FESTIVE!!

It is 96 pages- I have included both black/white and color coded cards by popular request. This way you can choose whether or not you want to print and go or copy, cut, and paste. (Everyone likes to do different things and my mailbox has been swamped with requests for color coded cards!!)


Terrific Taco Tally (Tally Counting)
Pedro’s Pesos (Coin Recognition)
Hot Chili Peppers: (3 number addition)
Nacho Nacho Man (Teen Number Counting)
It’s Fiesta Time (Time)
Dance the Cucaracha (Before & After)
Viva La Fiesta (Patterning)

South of the Border (Ending Sounds).
Mariachi Madness (Vowel Sounds)
Feelin’ Hot! Hot! Hot!(CVC Words)
Taco Grande (Sneaky E Words).
Sunsational Sounds(Beginning Sounds)
Cha-Cha Chant(Digraphs)
Cactus Clusters (Blends)

I was also inspired with April Larramore’s of Chalk Talk posts about Cinco de Mayo!! All I can say is cute! cute! cute!

Head on over to Chalk Talk and check it out for yourself!!!

I already grabbed my copy of Cinco De Mouse-o by Judy Cox

Plus if you have extra plastic eggs laying around. Head on over to Playing it Cooley for step by step instructions on how to make these adorable Cinco-De-Mayo inspired maracas.

Viva La Fiesta





Congrats to Rachel!!

You are the lucky winner of our Earth Day Giveaway!!!!!

Rachel Apr 11, 2012 12:43 AM

I follow all 7 TPT stores!


To Celebrate Earth Day!! I am putting my Earth Day unit and my entire TPT store on sale for today only!!!


Celebrate Earth and have a lil’ tax break on me!!! Hurry on over- SALE ends tonight!!!



Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Earth Day Giveaway

It’s not easy being green!!!

I am teaming up with some fabulous bloggers for an Earth Day inspired Giveaway!! Some items are Earth Day/Nature Related while other participants simply offered a winner’s choice (How exciting is that!!)

Drawing will be held Saturday night at 10:00 est.


There are 3 ways to enter!

  • One Entry for Following all 7blogs
  • One Entry for Following all 7TPT stores
  • One Entry for Reposting this giveaway on your blog or facebook page (please link in comment)

Please leave a comment for each one you have completed. I have put links under each person's giveaway.

From Deedee Wills of Mrs. Wills Kindergarten


Deedee Wills TPT Store

Mrs. Wills Kindergarten Blog

From Amy Lemons of Step into 2nd Grade 


Mrs. Lemons TPT Store

Step into 2nd Grade with Mrs. Lemons Blog

From Amanda Nickerson of One Extra Degree


One Extra Degree TPT Store

One Extra Degree Blog

From Yvonne Dixon of Sassy in Second


Yvonne Dixon TPT Store

Yvonne Dixon’s Sassy in Second Blog

From Nicole Shelby of Teaching with Blonde Ambition


Nicole Shelby’s TPT Store

Teaching with Blonde Ambition Blog

From Amanda Myers of A Special Kind of Class


Amanda Myer’s TPT Store

A Special Kind of Class Blog


From Melissa Freshwater of Mrs. Freshwater’s Class


Melissa Freshwater’s TPT Store

Mrs. Freshwater’s Class Blog



Sunday, April 8, 2012

Hoppy Easter

Hoppy Easter to You and Yours!!!


I am throwing a SALE just for today so you better “HOP” to it and don’t delay!!

Fill your basket to the brim and don’t forget to add my newest Eggstra-special treat.

My Earth Day Unit is up just in the knick of time!! This 84 page unit is filled with 20 different math & literacy activities all centered around an eco-friendly theme.


Hip-Hop to it!! The sale ends tonight at MIDNIGHT!!!!

I figured this was much better than chocolate!!!



Saturday, April 7, 2012

Reality or Bust

Good Afternoon, I just returned from my mini-cation visiting with my momma. Can you say Beach or Bust? We had a great time going to the beach and then heading out looking for new items for her bathroom. Oh the joy, TJ Maxx and Marshall’s brings to my life. Along with the necessary bathroom items (towels, rugs, décor) we found quite a bit more. I found a darling polka dot bucket/caddy. (I think it is meant for utensils, but I am going to use it for my markers and grading supplies) So darlin’!!!

Only thing that wrecked havoc on my min-cation was the fact that my allergies flared up. Thank goodness I was with my momma. She went straight to Walgreens and got me hooked up with some meds. It may take a few days but feel a lil’ better already. I think my netti-pot may be calling my name.

On a brighter note

While visiting, I was able to finish up my latest unit. (Thanks for previewing and critiquing Mom!!) On The Go with Transportation This sweet unit will have your kiddos excited about learning all the various forms of transportation. I really enjoyed working on this unit, but have to apologize that it took so long. I got sidetracked.

This unit has 20 different math & literacy activities.


The math titles and concepts covered in this unit include:
Taxi Cab Fares: (Coin Recognition and Counting Money)
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: (3 number addition)
All Aboard (Digital Time)
Are We There Yet? (Time Analog)
Mighty Motor Mania: (Measurement)
Row, Row, Row Your Boat: (Teen Tally)
Keep on Truckin' (Counting 1:1)
Need for Speed: (Odd/Even Numbers)
Up, Up and Away: (Counting by 10)
Tow Away Zone (Subtraction)

The literacy titles and concepts in this unit include:
Blast Off Blends (Blends)
Rhyming Railroad (Rhyming)
Peddle To The Meddle: (Middle Sound Recognition)
Soaring Sounds: (Final Sounds)
Flying The Silent Skies (Silent e words)
The Wheels On The Bus: (Syllable Counting)
Chattanooga Choo-Choo: (Digraphs)
Oh The Places You'll Go: (Sight Words)
Whirlybird Words (CVC Words)
Fender Bender (Beginning Sounds)


I have also uploaded a transportation freebie on TPT.

There are 3 different activities in this freebie.

Yes, You read correctly. There are three different activities included in this one download for you to use.

Red Light, Yellow Light, Green Light, GO!!

(An addition activity)

By Land, Air, or Sea!

 (A transportation sorting activity)

Stop Sign Sounds

 (Stretch sounds to form word.)

Hope you enjoy the unit and the freebies!!!



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