Friday, August 26, 2011

BlogHoppin': Friday Free For All

Can I just say how excited I am my first full week is over?  It's been long and sometimes frustrating but my kiddos are already showing improvements!  Which means I'm starting to remember why I love this job! ;)

Friday means the LAST DAY of Teacher Week!  I'm kind of sad, I'm really enjoying my first linky-party type event.  However, I am really excited about all the freebies I'll be seeing out there today!  Here is my small contribution.  I am always using my SmartBoard and I try to make my own activities that are themed to go with what we are reading/learning.  So I though I would share two of my SmartBoard programs that I made for the beginning of the year.  I have no idea how to embed a SmartBoard file so I've posted links to them on the Smart Exchange.

First up is my abc order and letter matching that is themed for "The Kissing Hand."  It's nothing fancy, but I always start the year with that book and this is a nice and easy activity that is a good introduction to the SmartBoard.  My kids liked it!
Kissing Hand ABC Order and Uppercase/Lowercase Letter Match

This one is a palm tree with all the letters at the bottom.  I used it for retelling the "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" story.  I also played an "I Spy" game.  I would call a student and say "I spy the letter A" or "I spy the letter that is the last in the alphabet" and ask them to find it and put it in the tree.  Again, pretty simple but a good activity for beginning of the year!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Retelling Tree
Here is an image of the chicka chicka boom boom tree.

I hope you find these files useful, I'm very excited to share what I have! :)


  1. Thanks for the freebies. I couldn't get either to load. Would you mind emailing them to me directly?



  2. I was not able to access these great smartboard ideas either. Would you mind emailing me them as well? Thanks so much!

  3. Hmm..the links take me straight to the Smart Exchange website. You do have to have a free account to download items, do you ladies have accounts there? I don't mind emailing them to you but I would like to figure out the problem as well, so if you could try with an account and let me know I would appreciate it!

  4. I joined Smart Exchange for free (thanks for that!) :) but the link says "The Digital Resource you are trying to access is currently undergoing moderation, please check back later"
    Crayons and Curls

  5. Ahh...that must be the issue since I just uploaded them on Friday. I'm not sure how long it takes to pass moderation, but I will send them to you through email. Maureen I don't have your email address but if you get it to me I will send you a copy as well!