Can I Get a YEE HAW?!

For those of y’all that live in Texas, you know how crazy we are about our state.  For those of you that don’t live here…I’m sorry ;) HA!  I kid!  Sort of…but seriously…you must know that us Texans are PROUD to call Texas our home.  Honestly, I can’t imagine living anywhere else…except maybe Hawaii…or a remote island in the middle of the Caribbean…cabana boy optional ;)

We spent the last week before Spring Break celebrating all things Texas.  While a certain Doctor was celebrating his Seussy-ness, we were knee deep in Texas symbols, Armadilly Chili, and lots of country music :)  Our precious music teacher coordinates this big Texas ABC play every year.  This was my first year to witness the cuteness and ohmiword…it was DARLING!!!! 

We  started off the week learning about Texas symbols.  This was a great way to extend & reinforce our vocabulary from learning about US symbols just a few weeks earlier!  I went back and drew this AFTER we made a list and quick sketches of the symbols during a whole group activity.  There’s NO WAY I would’ve had time to do this with the kids!  But I love that this helped us to anchor our learning and serve as a visual for the week.

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We read lots of books about cowboys, Texas, and our favorite state roadkill…er, small mammal…the armadillo.  One of our favorite stories to read was Armadillo Rodeo by Jan Brett.  The kids thought Bo was hilarious!  Silly lil’ ‘dillo!  We worked on summarizing and I had the kids write about what happened at the beginning/middle/end of the story…this is a concept we just can’t work on enough!  Then we made our cutie little armadillos using a little black garage sale dot for the nose…y’all…the kids were OBSESSED with them!  I left the template at school, but I’m happy to come back and share if y’all want it.

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We also turned ourselves into cowboys and cowgirls.  I’ve done this little craftivity for several years, but I always used a paper plate for their face and yarn for their hair.  My cutie teammate had the darling idea of using pictures of their faces and ohmiword…I LOVE!!!  SO stinkin’ cute!  We did a little writing to go along with it, but I guess I didn’t take a pic of that.  The prompt was, “If I were a cowboy/cowgirl…”

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Of course, we extended the theme into our literacy and math stations as well.  Here are a few math activities my kids worked on last week.  Since our state dish is chili, we used beans for counters.  Then I made some construction paper beans for a few activities. 

For this activity,  the kids pulled two construction paper beans out of an old, cleaned out chili can and then counted out a matching number of pinto beans.  Then they practiced making number sentences to go along with it.  Super simple and great for reinforcing addition.

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Next up, we worked on subtraction.

We did a little “Delicious Difference” activity using tens frames for help.  First up, the kids rolled a couple of dice.  Then they used the counters to fill that amount of spaces in their tens frame.  Next, the kids turned over a construction paper bean and then filled up that amount of spaces in the tens frames.  We counted the total amount and then removed the smallest number and practiced making matching number sentences.   

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We also practiced subtracting from 10.  SUPER quick and easy.  The kids were given a template with 10 beans.  Then they had to turn over a construction paper bean to determine the amount they would REMOVE from the set of 10.  Of course, we practiced writing number sentences to match our work, too!

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We’ll be doing a lot more math activities just like these  in the weeks to come using all sorts of things for practice…sunflower seeds, Easter eggs, etc.  The simpler, the better!!!! 

If all that Texas sized fun and excitement doesn’t make you wanna move to the Lone Star state, I don’t know what will!!! HA!!!!

44 comments:

  1. Texas was my favorite thing to learn about growing up. I can't really get away with teaching it when I live in Arkansas! Such cute ideas, I love everything that you do!

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  2. Very cute but I don't think this CA girl will leave her home but a visit to Texas would be fun.

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  3. I'm from Texas and this is stinkin' adorable!! Are you on TpT because I would love some of those worksheets to go along with the activities.

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  4. Your cowboys and cowgirls are just ADORABLE!

    Jessica
    The Littlest Scholars

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  5. Would love to find out if you are offering those printables up on TpT any time soon! :)

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  6. Why, yes ma'am Texans sure do LOVE Texas! I wasn't born here, but I got here as fast as I could, lol! As always, *LOVE* the activities. You make Kinder look like so much fun! =)

    ~Tanya
    A+ Firsties

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  7. You are seriously so precious. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your little Texas map/symbols thing. Too cute.

    Lindsay
    My Life as a Third Grade Teacher

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  8. Hi Cara,
    I am a Texas girl, too. I know Our TEKS mention Jose Navarro. I wrote a book about him that's on my website:
    http://www.teacherweb.com/TX/Copperfield/MrsCrowder/Jose-Navarro-Book.pdf

    I hope you can use it. He is a random leader to discuss. Thanks for sharing all of your fabulous ideas. :)

    Erica
    Sprinkles to Kindergarten
    erica_crowder0612@yahoo.com

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  9. Makes me want to move to Texas!
    Love it!
    Amy Burton

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  10. Yippie -ki-yi-yo! Get a long little doggies! I have been to and love Texas! We almost moved to Plano 15 years ago ... But my dad got a job in CA . Loved my two week Texas experience though!

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  11. You just have the best ideas! I am obsessed with everything you do in the classroom! It is adorable!

    ThePolishedTeacher

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  12. Too cute. I love everything you do. You need to make a big Texas Unit! One of these days I am coming to Texas to hang with you!

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  13. OMGOSH! That is too cute! I love it! BTW...your armadillos have made their way to Missouri!

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  14. Absolutely adorable! I just love reading your blog to see all of the wonderful things you do in your classroom! I teach second grade but taught first grade and Kinder for a long time and they will always have a special place in my heart!
    Linda
    AroundtheKampfire

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  15. Wow, what a fun week - so many great things. Love the map and your little cowboy cuties. I love Hawaii and I have my own personal cabana boy - highly recommend it, lol.

    Terri
    The First Grade Princess

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  16. I live in Florida now, but I grew up in Houston. I love all the Go Texan/rodeo posts from the Texas bloggers. Makes me miss home!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    Jenny
    Suntans and Lesson Plans

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  17. Super cute, as always!

    ~Heidi V.

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  18. Love, Love, Love your ideas. I too teach first grade here in Texas. Do you have a TPT store or do you ever share your ideas?? I WILL NOT share or sell with others~would love to just use in my classroom!

    Renee'

    stewartr@greenvilleisd.com

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  19. Adorable as always!!! Would you mind sharing/selling your cute activities? :)

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  20. I love your Texas! Super Cute! And I would love your armadillo craft! We taught Texas the week before Spring Break too and I think I may extend it to this week! :)
    Cheryl
    crayonsandcurls(at)gmail(dot)com
    Crayons and Curls

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  21. I love Armadillo Rodeo! Your armadillos are adorable! I love visiting Texas!
    Chrissy
    First Grade Found Me

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  22. Yee-haw! Loving your anchor chart. We had a Texas week before spring break also! The kids love learning all about their GREAT state, so fun!

    Lindsay
    For the Love of First Grade

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  23. I grew up in McKinney! My family came to Texas with Stephen F.Austin. Sadly our family moved to Florida and then to Georgia. I LOVED Texas Public School week. I still have a box with all my books and collection of Texas Highways magazines. I don't think my little Georgia kids would truly appreciate the bluebonnet or the state song. Thanks for sharing. Brought back lots of great memories.

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  24. I would love any Texas worksheets you would be willing to share. I love the anchor chart. Armadillo Rodeo is a favorite book of mine. Thanks! rosyashish@gmail.com

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  25. So I was born in Texas and I just wanted to ask your permission to Pin that awesome anchor chart of Texas. It's adorable and I love it.

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  26. Ek! I have followed your blog for quite a while now and didn't realize you're a Texas teacher, too!! :)

    Super cute and looks like y'all had a blast learning about Texas!!

    Kelli
    Survivng the Little People

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  27. I love your ideas and buy lots of your tpt stuff! Any chance you are gonna put those bean and any other subtraction recording sheets out there? They are perfect for keeping it simple as you said in your post and I love that you subtract with your Texas theme!

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  28. I am always looking for hands on addition and subtraction activities. It looks like your class gets plenty of practice. I love your ideas and the connection to Texas.

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  29. Here in Joshua, TEXAS we're about to start our Texas theme!!! Are these printables available for download or purchase??
    LOVE, love, LOVE these ideas! Thanks for sharing!
    Rachel
    rachelkelder@gmail.com

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  30. Are your super cute super simple subtraction sheets in a TPT unit?? :0)
    christy.inglis@sendit.nodak.edu

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  31. Ahhhhh, teaching in Texas. Just adds another level of fun awesomeness to be job doesn't it?! I love your ideas and will definitely be using them next year! Thanks!

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  33. Yes! Yes! I would love to purchase these precious worksheets on TPT . We are right in the middle of our Texas unit. Plz let me know when U can send them.
    A Texas girl. Born and raised in San Antonio,Texas. Educated at Southwestern University in Georgetown.

    Love your stuff!
    Rrblessedguzman@gmail.com

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  35. I would love to have a copy of your armadillo craft and B, M, E sheet. I'm starting a Jan Brett author study in January and these would be perfect!
    morselw@vestavia.k12.al.us

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  36. Hi,
    I would love a copy of your armadillo pattern and the beg. middle end worksheet and patterns for your cowboy/girls!
    guyc@friscoisd.org

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  37. Hi,
    I would love a copy of your armadillo pattern and the beg. middle end worksheet and patterns for your cowboy/girls!
    guyc@friscoisd.org

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  38. I would love that cute Armadillo stuff too!

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