Veterans Day Emergent Reader, Videos and More!


Veterans Day is a big deal in my home and my community. Not only is my husband currently serving in the Army, I am also an Army Veteran. My father and my uncle were also veterans. We live on a military base, and a lot of my students have family members in the military.  
This is my husband and I, right after we met during advanced training! He's been in the Army for almost 20 years, and we've been married for 19 years!

So as you can imagine, we celebrate Veterans Day in a big way! Here are some of the books and videos I use in my classroom, and a freebie for you as well! Affiliate links to Amazon are provided for your convenience.Enjoy, and don't forget to thank a Veteran!

Veterans Day videos:
Kibboomer's Veterans Day song - your students could easily learn this to sing at an assembly.

Informative kid-friendly video about Veterans Day

Video highlighting reunions of soldiers and their families. Well put together and a tear jerker! 

Read aloud of "Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood" book!

3rd Graders singing "I Still Believe" in honor of Veterans Day!

Great read alouds:


 Veteran's Day Songs & Reader - just click to grab this freebie!

Fall Math Activities - with 2 FREEBIES!

Are you a Target mini eraser fiend? I stalk that Dollar Spot every chance I can, hoping to snag some mini erases! My students LOVE them, so much so that they'll happily practice math skills all day long, just for the chance to work with the erasers!
When I saw the Halloween erasers this year, I just had to create some activities to go with them!
Find them here: Fall Mini Eraser Pack
 Ten frame mats and number cards for the jack o'lantern and black cat erasers!
 One mat for 0-10 and one for 0-20 so you can easily differentiate!
 Spiderweb cards from 0-10 for practicing 1-1 correspondence with the spider erasers!
 2 patterning mats for practicing AB, AABB, AAB and ABC patterns with the spider erasers!
 Need a fun pumpkin activity? Check out this Pumpkin Math FREEBIE!

And if you're working on graphing, you'll want to check out my Fall Graphing Pack:
 2 Count & Graph activities.
 4 Graphs with charts - slip them in a page protector or laminate for reuse!
 2 Roll & Graph activities - students LOVE getting to roll the dice and graph!
 4 Spin & Graph activities.
Tip: just use a pencil and paperclip to create a spinner!
2 Pictographs! Students color and cut out the pictures to glue on their graphs!

Want to grab a FREEBIE? Check out my Thanksgiving Dinner graph!

And finally, the winners of my Facebook contest for a Utopia 360 4D VR/AR Bundle were announced, but if you didn't win don't worry, you can still get these STEM toys at MyRetrak and use the promo code "Herding Kats" for a 20% off discount on your entire order!

New! Supersonic Letter Song That You Need To Know!

I'm so excited to bring you a new Superhero Alphabet Activity Pack! I've teamed up with Stephen Fite of Melody House Music to create resources that go along with his songs - in this case, his Supersonic Letter Sounds song that your students will be begging you to play over and over!

The pack comes with an MP3 of the Supersonic Letter Sounds song, so you can play it  for your students at your Listening Center or on your computer. There's also a WMV file to project on your Smartboard or Promethean board!. The WMV file includes the song with easily-identifiable pictures and the corresponding letter (upper & lower case) next to it. Check out this sample:

Also included: 

 Beginning Sounds Clip Cards
My students LOVE these and they're a great SELF-CHECKING, fine motor work out! Three matching cut and paste worksheets included. 52 Cards total – 2 different pictures for each letter.
Alphabet Match-Up Cards 
26 Upper & 26 Lower Case cards combined with 26 Picture Cards. Easily differentiated, so your students match upper case to lower case or letter to beginning sound picture. As a challenge, your students can arrange them in alphabetical order!

“I have __, who has __?” Cards 
27 cards for a whole group activity featuring letter sound and visual recognition.Easily differentiated so you can play all year - start off with letter recognition i.e. “I have C. Who has F?”  and progress to letter sounds i.e. "I have /c/. Who has /f/?"!

 Write the Room
This set includes 26 cards and 2 different recording sheets so you can differentiating according to student ability and the time you want the activity to take. If your students are starting out learning their letters or your center time is short, only place a few cards around the room. Advanced students or a longer center time? Place all 26 cards out and give students the corresponding sheet! They'll love have to find all of the cards and figure out the beginning sound!

This pack is now live on both in my TPT store and on Stephen's site, so be sure to check it out! There will be more collaborations coming in the future - Stephen Fite has some AWESOME songs that my students always love. We all know that music and learning go hand in hand, and I'm so excited to be able to create activities that go along with Stephen's songs!


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