I am linking up with Kindergarten Dragons to share my new pirate activities! I have 18 boys next year and no girls so far so I am trying to change some of my themes to be a little more boyish to keep them excited. 

Here are the two adapted books. These are included in the Pirate Math Games or you can buy them separate. The Pirate Adapted Books sold separately are available here. 

These are great for working on shapes and 

Counting pennies 1-10 cents. I love to use these books for early finishers because you can check the work the students did. 

Here is what is included in the Pirate Math Games. 

Activities Included:
Pirate Puzzles 1-10 p. 4-7
Pirate 10 Frame Cards and Numbers (2 uses) p. 8-10
Scoop , Count, and Write Mat p. 11-12
Pirate Count and Clip 1-12 p. 13-15
Counting Treasure Adapted Book p. 16-22
Pirate Shapes Adapted Book p. 23-29
Walk the Plank Pocket Chart Activity p. 30-32
Spin, Count Tallies, and Trace or Write p. 33-36
Cannonball Number Order 1-20 p. 37-41
Measuring Pirates p. 42-48
Sorting Pirates (3 Ways) p. 49-56

 Here is ordering numbers 1-20 in Cannon Ball Order. There is also a recording sheet not pictured.

There are three different ways to sort the pirates and also has recording sheets. My kiddos either get sorting or really struggle with it. This is great because it is more than just sorting colors and shapes. 

Here are the number puzzles. Great for work box tasks. 

Here is the Five Little Pirates Poem. It is similar to 5 little monkeys, but with a twist. You can find it here and here is what's included:

Directions: Print Book on cardstock and laminate. 2 ways to use. 
Use as whole group poem. 
Use as interactive book. 
For interactive book put p. 20 on left side and attach velcro in the same positions as on p. 9. Students can reread the book and place the pirates in the same places as in the book. 
p. 21 will be the interactive pieces. 

p. 10-21 Pocket chart cards and poems.
p. 22-27 emergent reader
p. 28-29 retell popsicle sticks 

I know my boys will love this fun twist on The Five Little Monkeys. My son was singing it all around the house the other day.  

All of these activities are fun and engaging (especially for boys...I tried them out on my son!). :)

Also, coming this Monday is a back to school special ed blog hop. Make sure to check it out!


I am linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching to share what I was up to this week.

1. This week I was busy laminating, cutting, and assembling activities for next year. This is going to be great for my early finishers. 

This matching common signs is from Simply Special Ed and you can find that here. 
This is going to be a great work box task. 

This book is from Teaching Special Thinkers. You can find it here. 

2. I finished my backsplash with the Smart Tiles. It was super easy and really affordable! It was about $250 and I had some tiles left over just in case. It definitely makes my kitchen look a lot nicer and it doesn't look fake. I saw some tiles at a different store that were similar and was worried about that, but it looks great. 

Here is a little closer up. 
3. I went to Target and here are some of the things I found. 
These are great for sorting or making patterns. 
I am going to add these to my sensory bin for back to school. 
I am going to make these into a work task for my kiddos. 

I have been trying to save some money. I have been using Ebates, which if you aren't using it...you should be. If you do a lot of online shopping it is great! Different stores offer a percentage back and it is free to sign up. You can check that out here:
I also just started using ibotta and this is great for grocery shopping. All you have to do is answer a survey, watch a quick commercial and it unlocks coupons. Some of the coupons are pretty good too and really generic. So no matter where you shop you can redeem it. On my last shopping trip I saved $5 by using it. You check that out here if you are interested: ibotta
Do you have any great money saving sites that you use?! I love the cartwheel app  and mPerks (Meijer- a grocery store here in the midwest) too. I am all about saving a little bit of money! Who isn't?! I'd love to hear of any other ones to try though. 
5. This coming Monday I am participating in a Special Ed Back to School Blog Hop! Make sure to check back Monday for some fun freebies and giveaways!

This week we didn't do too much crafting, but I did have the opportunity to make my birthday gifts for the kiddos. Glow sticks with this tag. 

You can grab the tag here. 

2. We also made some birthday cards. 
A caterpillar

and a lobster. 

Check out Fourth Grade Frolics for some more fun crafts!
Fourth Grade Frolics

So here is what we do at our fine motor center. My aid runs this center. Some of the activities we do are sensory bins finding items with tweezers or tongs. 
Play-doh activities. 

Clothespin activitie

Building matman, a gingerbread man and other themed animals or things. (Great for listening skills). 

Stringing Beads
Chalkboard drawing. We also have done shaving cream and gel bag writing. 
Arts and Crafts
Sorting Activities
We are slowly moving away from doing a lot of arts and crafts because the students are needing more practice with pre-cutting and pre-writing skills than making arts and crafts. I try to do one to two crafts a week, otherwise we do other pre-writing and pre-cutting strengthening activities. 

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