Thursday, October 16, 2014

Fall Fun with VA Teacher Bloggers Blog Hop

Happy Fall, Ya'll! (I am not a "native" southerner, so even typing that feels odd to me, haha). With the leaves changing and air getting cooler, what better time to give away some freebies?! I was fortunate enough to meet some wonderful VA bloggers over the summer and am so thankful for the relationships - both professional and personal - that have been made.  We are teaming up this weekend for the Getting Festive for Fall with VA Bloggers Blog Hop.  Yay!
I've been loving the fall weather and fun festivities that are going on locally.  My husband and I went to our favorite pumpkin patch a few weekends ago (because I just couldn't wait!).  Aside from him getting pulled over on the way was a great day! We go to Ashland Berry Farms in Beaverdam, VA.  It's the cutest place ever. Once we got there, we were taken out to the massive pumpkin fields on a hayride and then were left out there to start "pickin."  The way it works at Ashland Berry Farms is the best part - you pay $20 for as many pumpkins as you can joke! There is one rule - you must be able to take 3 steps with the pumpkins in hand.  So, I loaded up the hubs with our colorful and diverse pumpkins.  He couldn't see, but he could walk...that's all that really matters!  
We came home with 9 pumpkins of all different colors and sizes (for 20 bucks!).  If you are somewhat local, you've got to check it out!

Onto some fall first grade "stuff!" I spend much of the beginning of the year working with shapes and patterns, but we are beginning to get into working with numbers - simple addition and subtraction strategies.  We will begin with Part-Part-Whole relationships and introduce strategies for solving equations.  One activity I like to use during my math rotations is my Sums to 10 - Turkey Talk Addition activity.  Here's a peek at what you'll on the image to grab your FREEBIE while the hop is "hoppening!"
It's been in my store for awhile (one of my "firsts", actually), but you can snag it for FREE this weekend! I can stretch this activity for several days by only putting out a few sums with the corresponding addends each day.  My kids can write their equations on the recording sheet for those sums, and by the end of the week...poof!  We've done them all! 

Head on over to Hanging Out in First to see what other amazing goodies my VA gals are sharing. :)


  1. We're heading to Ashland Berry Farm tomorrow! We go every year and load dad up with pumpkins, then stand back and pray he can take those three steps!

  2. I used to go to Ashland Berry Farm with my youth group when I lived in Richmond. Tomorrow we are heading to the pumpkin patch that is about a mile from my house! We don't get quite that many pumpkins, but it will be fun! Love those pumpkins!

    Reading Toward the Stars

  3. I can't do the happy fall y'all either. It sound ridiculous with my mesh of MA and NY accents! I'm going to have to look in to Ashland Berry Farm! It sounds like a wonderful place! I hope that you and I can plan our own fall get together soon! Maybe we could get a few other bloggers to Williamsburg with us too! Happy to hop with you again! :-)

  4. This is awesome,Leslie! I think building math fluency is a great challenge for some. This is great for centers.

  5. Thanks for this great math center!

  6. Very cute! I can imagine the different ways people carry out as many pumpkins as they can! :)

    Owls & Lessons, Etc.