Farm Theme! Visual Plans, a Freebie, a Flash Contest, Nashville Recap, and More!

15 October 2013

This week we are visiting a farm.   I love this trip - 12th time and it still does not get old.  I just love feeding farm animals!  To make the trip more meaningful to my students, I created a farm themed unit called Down on the Farm Literacy, Math, & Science Centers & Activities.  It is a huge 143 page unit!   I normally charge about ten cents a page, but I have slashed the price temporarily to nine dollars .   I hope you check it out.   You can have a chance to win this unit by scrolling down below!

You can see the unit in action, in my visual plans from last week, just click any image to download:

New units utilized last week:

This Columbus Craftivity and Printables Packet is by the talented, A Cupcake for the Teacher.  I did not get to use the whole packet this year, but I plan on using more of it next year.  I love the ship craft.

I am linking up with Deedee again for a Peek at My Week.

 This week's plans:

New units utilized this week and the freebie:
I created this math center packet a few years ago and it is still a favorite of mine.

Here is the FREEBIE.  It is for a dice roll spelling type activity.  The students roll the dice and see which animal comes up.   Then they write the word on the recording sheet.  They continue until one of the animal words has "won."  Then they complete the back of the recording sheet.  I have included this file in the link for my visual plans, just scroll down after you download it.  
I place the animal cards in a Kiddocube.  It is a foam and felt cube with clear pockets.  A friend of mine invented it and I have been using them in my classroom for years!  I just love them.

More photos!

Literacy Centers, Science, and Writing:


In the packet, I give you two options for math manipulatives:  1.  Print and punch them.  2. Spray paint lima beans.   I did both and I have to say that the students preferred the lima bean counters and seemed to be more focused, plus they were easier for them to grab.

Here is the flash contest:

You might have seen on Instagram that I was in Nashville visiting some of my blogging besties.   Here is one photo from the amazing weekend.  For more photos go to What the Teacher Wants.  Natalie brought her talents and took some awesome pics!  We were very lucky to meet up with Chandra of C. Jayne Teach and Elizabeth of Kickin' it in Kindergarten.  They were both so sweet!

My cousin got married this weekend!  It was so much fun.  I instagrammed some photos.

I hope you have a great week!!


  1. Erica, you are one of the most creative people I know. Always so impressed by your posts and the packets that you put together....clearly painstakingly! I don't think you left a single idea out of this Farm integrated!

    Carla M (

    1. Thank you! You are so sweet to comment.

  2. Tomorrow is our farm trip. This resource looks great! LOVE the Lima Bean counters so fun to use and I am sure they were fun to make as well. So happy to follow you and thank your for the chance to win.
    :o) V.
    Special Teacher for Special Kids

    1. Have a great farm trip! Thanks for comment.

  3. Thank you for sharing your wonderful creativity and lesson plans! And I love that fun!!


    1. Thank you! I am so glad you like the Kiddocube. I am hoping my friend will make some sales.

  4. Lima bean counters=adorable! I am having a giveaway on my blog. Come and see!

    Keep Calm and Apple On

  5. As always super cute goodies. And works great too!! Thanks for sharing.


  6. I just noticed that you use the same reading series as I do. I am about two weeks ahead of you in the series. I so wish I was a little behind you so I could grab all of these goodies! You make such great connections to the stories and expand on the stories so well! I am so bummed.... I wonder what you're doing for little red hen week?..!! ;) So fun!!


    1. Thanks! We don't have The Little Red Hen but we do have The Enormous Turnip in the series. We don't have to use the reading series anymore, but I use it for the good stories like, I Went Walking. I started visual plans last year if you want to check some of them out, click my "visual plans" tab.

    2. That's how our school is too. I use it when it fits well with the lessons I am doing for the week!! I will look at your plans from last year! Thanks!!


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