Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sweet Treats for Sun(Satur)day: Delectable Fall Math Freebies!

It is almost fall, y'all, and I can't wait for all things pumpkin, apple, and cinnamon! In celebration, I'd like to share some FREE fall math resources and ideas with you! Enjoy...

How cute! I love this math "...Any Way You Slice It!" craftivity idea from Sunny Days in Second Grade! This really could be adapted for any grade level! Think tally marks, base ten blocks, and ten frames for younger grades, and decimals, fractions, and scientific notation for the older kiddos!

Check out 14 pages of awesome autumn math printables by The Moffatt Girls, focusing on concepts such as sequencing, adding, and counting by 10s! So handy! 
I discovered this autumn "Rounding...Matching Game" last year, after searching for a fun way to review rounding rules with my then 4th grader who I still tutor. :) Helpful and hands-on! Thank you to The Fabulous Life of an Elementary!

Lastly, the "Pumpkin Pie Puzzles" by FlapJack Educational Resources are a newly found activity I plan on using with the two 5th graders I tutor, as they are currently working on place value to the thousandths and changing decimals into equivalent fractions, vice versa! I'm excited to use it this upcoming week...

Thank you to all of the bloggers and TpTers who offered these fantastic fall freebies! I hope you're all enjoying a beautiful (almost) fall day with lots of fresh air...Sam, Dudley, Baby, and I should be off on a nice hike within the next few hours! Did I just say baby?!?! YES, I DID! A special blog post to come! <3 <3 <3

XO <3, C

Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Sunday Scoop, a New Linky Party!

Happy Sunday Night, everyone!

Tonight I am linking up to Teaching Trio's "The Sunday Scoop", a brand new linky party that just started today! For once I am on time with this blogging thing...even though it's 11 pm and I should be in bed! I guess that's what happens when you take an hour and 1/2 nap during the late afternoon...

Anyway, here goes nothing! :) the looks of this my life looks a little ZZZzzzzzzzz, but if you only knew what my "secret" appointment and "mystery" classes are all about...hehehe. Any guesses?!

Night night!

XO <3, C

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Sweet Treats for Saturday: Delectable Freebies!

Hi everyone,

I thought I'd start a little blogging theme for Saturdays to encourage myself to keep more up-to-date with A Chocolate Dudley.  This Saturday marks the first edition of "Sweet Treats for Saturday", a *hopefully* weekly blog post I will write offering delectable freebies and ideas!  I'd like to share a lot of Pinterest finds at this point, because Lord knows I pin a TON, plus a few of my own freebie creations/ ideas from time-to-time.

First thing's first (I'm the realist)...

Courtesy of Mandy Douglas
Snap some pics of your students to make a perfect little flower garden decoration for Open House and/or your classroom all year long!

Try something more along this line for something that is a little more kid-friendly. My 3rd graders from a couple of years ago made me those cute little tulip cups as a "Welcome Back" gift for my return after being out of school for over a month with mono. Instead of "Welcome Back" messages, place student pictures on die-cut flowers.

Today's K-2 freebie is all about Pete the Cat!  Yesterday, my school had an assembly for the kids to discuss school rules and get everyone pumped for the year. The speakers shared a cute little Pete the Cat video clip from the Harper Collins Publisher site. You can also download some great Pete the Cat songs from here as well. Click on the picture to go right to the website.

Check on these other FREE Pete the Cat resources...

Courtesy of Peace, Love, and Learning

Courtesy of The Groovy Teacher

My 3-5 freebie for this Saturday is a "taste" of my "All About Me" Autobiography Poem resource, which is perfect as a Back to School or End of the Year writing activity, but really can be used at ANY POINT throughout the year. This freebie includes an example autobiography poem as well as a fun graphic organizer to help students brainstorm! Click on the pictures below to download it!

Happy Saturday, everyone!

XO <3, C

Sweet Treats for Saturday logo & buttons were made using clip art by Krista Wallden, Ashley Hughes, & Glitter Meets Glue Designs, as well as fonts from Kevin & Amanda.

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Currently

I can't believe it's September already! I am so super excited for fall this year, which is kind of a new thing for me.  Usually I have a love/hate relationship with it. I LOVE warm fall weather, but hate the gray raw days of November. I love heading back to school, but hate the stress that it brings. I love looking forward to autumn activities, but dread the winter blues that pop up after the fall. This summer wasn't my favorite for a variety of reasons, mostly due to feeling quite sick for weeks on end, so this year I am welcoming September with OPEN ARMS!

Today I am linking up with Farley from Oh Boy 4th Grade for her "Currently" par-tay.

Listening ("Reckless", "The Bridge", "Mistresses")- Pretty obvious.  Those are my favorite summer shows! "Reckless", a cop/lawyer drama + romance, is new this year, and I'm really hoping it will be renewed!

Loving (warm days and cool nights)- Yup, I'm just ready for this fall! I would like to try out our new fire pit, a 1st anniversary gift from my brother, sometime very soon! S'mores, anyone?! I'm also really loving this September "Currently" template! I would so love to go camping this fall, as long as it's not too chilly.  My number one camping goal: spot a moose for the FIRST time (a wish I've had since I did my first report ever on moose in the 2nd Grade)!

Thinking (family and first grade)- I've spent a lot of time thinking about my family recently for so many reasons. I've realized that my "first baby" isn't really my little Dudley pup, but instead my little brother, who continues to melt my heart every single day. First Grade has also been on my mind a ton. Since I'm new to the grade, I've been reading a lot of First Grade blogs and researching First Grade literacy ideas/lessons on Pinterest. I'm wondering when I will be able to start planning for my small groups...eeek! :)

Wanting (OIL and a shower!)- Ummm...yeah...we ran out of oil AGAIN for the 2nd time this year. I suppose I should probably be held equally accountable for the household responsibility of ordering oil, but c'mon that's really Sam's job....!!! I'm really wanting a warm shower right abut now!

Needing (new fall clothes)- This is both unfortunate and fortunate! Love to SHOP, hate spending money!

3 Trips (Greece, Alaska, Switzerland)- Sadly, these are not 3 places I've traveled too, but instead 3 DREAM vacations. Sigh...

Happy September, everyone!

XO <3, C