Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I Am Feeling A Bit Dotty Right Now

Warning: Dot markers will give you spots in front of your eyes if you use them as much as I do!

Here is a preview of next week's giveaways!

I have 2 weeks left and about a month's worth of paperwork and clean-up to do so I am feeling a bit crazy right now. I am trying to keep things interesting but this is becoming a challenge. I am up next and will be hosting Chapter #4. Are you ready to party with me? Okay, I sound like a DJ. This is a mat you can use at the beginning of the year with lots of different manipulatives.
1. It comes in 2 pieces so you need to glue it together
2. Can use with teddy bears, linking cubes, number cards to match the dots, etc...
3. I like the idea of use the dots as Debbie suggests so they learn the configuration quickly and will not have to count. (hummmm, some of my little ones will need to anyway !)  Click here to grab this gift! Happy Wednesday!

Tip of the Week: The Dollar Store has bingo markers for yup, one dollar.  Grab some today!

Please leave a comment about how you can use this next year.
Have a great day of teaching....  or relaxing (What is that?)


Heidi Samuelson said...

Can't wait to start Chapter 4 even though I'm still in the midst of Chapter 3!
Thanks for the shares and the tip for Dollar Tree...may have to check these out!

Swamp Frog First Graders

S. Parker said...

I always chuckle reading the blog title.

The dot cards do help kids visualize sets. I think the way the mats are set up are great for differentiation. Pg 1 for lower level kiddos. Pg 1 and 2 for at level or above. I love when things look the same so kids won't notice such a difference.

Karen LeBlanc said...

Love all your math mats! I'm going to make some blank sorting mats for some open-ended sorting. Thanks for sharing :)

Kari said...

Fran, you amaze me!! Today is my last day of kindergarten and with all of the end of the year craziness I am very behind in my chapter reading and I haven't had time to create anything from what I have learned so far in the book. You have shared so many great resources and you still have 2 weeks of school. Wow, again I am amazed. Thank you for everything!!
Kari :)

Jill said...

Thanks so much for the tip about the bingo markers! I was just wondering where I could get some cheap ones!

Magnificent Multiagers!

Eilis said...

Thanks AGAIN for sharing your ideas and printables! I teach Pre-K, so at the beginning of the year I will have the kids do one-to-one correspondence with tiny pom poms. Later in the year they will be able to match the numbers.

The Lesson Plan Diva- A 1st grade blog said...

Thanks so much! Great site! I just bought those bingo markers!!!

Lesson Plan Diva

Emily said...

Thanks for sharing all of your great ideas!! I love coming to your site because I know I will always find great ideas!!

April said...

You know those dot candies would be fun to give as a little treat after doing this sort! (Not that I give my kids candy or anything.)
Thanks for sharing!

April said...

You know those dot candies would be fun to give as a little treat after doing this sort! (Not that I give my kids candy or anything.)
Thanks for sharing!

Katie said...

Love this! I can not wait to read your post about Chapter 4. Will there be story mats??? Once again thank you for sharing all your wonderful ideas.

Fran Kramer said...

I am creating millions of downloads. Brace yourself!

laura said...

oh my goodness gracious....
are you reading my mind?....i have been wondering where to get the bingo markers i see that so many of you use (smile here thinking of mrs. lees blog)....and low and behold.....i find these comments about i am sure this is a crazy question....but what do you do with them when they are empty/....what do you fill them up with?...where do you buy the ink?
help....does regular ink pad ink work?...or is this too thick....can you water the stuff down?....please advise oh dotty-wise ones!

laura said...

wow....just thinking about the bingo daubers....about where to get them....when they are what ink do you fill them up with?...can you reuse them or do you start over?
thanks, new follower
laura hardin

Fran Kramer said...

Dear Laura,
Lakeshore always has them in primary and soft pastel colors but they are a bit pricey. I bought my at the Dollar Tree and you guessed it- $1. No, they cannot be refilled but someone should come up with one that does! Love that!

laura said...

thanks for your reply fran...
i did some checking today...and discount school supply does offer refillable bottles and other types of dot art bottles. You can refill with colorations watercolor liquids...or even a brand of tempera paint made for the bottles. They have the bottles unfilled or someone thought it up. They do come more expensive...but less than lakeshore...i saw that they had a type of marker (not crayola brand)...but instead of a regular tip they had the foam bingo dot tip.
good to know. i am going dotty and am going to get some ....i had heard of the liquid watercolor before and that is a good product. The colors are beautiful.
thanks again,
laura hardin