Classroom Hand Signals for Silent Communication

Silent Communication Classroom Hand Signals from Kat and SquirrelI started using these hand signals a few years ago and they have been a wonderful way to keep the classroom running smoothly with little vocal distraction.

This product contains 16 posters to help promote silent communication using hand signals.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Note from Squirrel:

I stopped in Kat’s classroom at the end of last year and was able to witness the hand signals in action. WOWZA! It totally blew me away. It was the most well behaved  and calm elementary classroom I have ever seen. Do this with your class and you will not be disappointed!

P.S. The kids got a huge kick out of it when I looked at Kat and raised one finger. (You need to get the artwork to find out why. hehe) 

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How Many Kids Are on the Bus – Subitizing to Ten

Math Lesson from Kat and Squirrel - How many kids on the bus?Covers Math Common Core Standards for Kindergarten and First Grade – Understanding Numbers and Operations in Base Ten – Students will represent a number of objects with a numeral.

Each card displays a school bus with the windows in the shape of a tens frame. Faces are showing in the windows. As cards are flashed students write or say the number of faces they see on the bus.

Includes 26 large demonstration cards that can be flashed to a group of students and they write the corresponding number.

Also includes 26 smaller cards that can be used at a math center or as a game. Shuffle and divide cards. One child flashes a card and if the partner gets the correct number he/she keeps the card. If the number is incorrect the card goes to the bottom of the first child’s pile. Take turns flashing cards. Play until all cards have been correctly identified.

Goals of the lesson Goal/Common Core Standard:

Understanding Numbers and Operations in Base Ten – Students will represent a number of objects with a numeral.

Bonus!! Recording sheet for students to write answers as an independent counting activity.


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Writing Captions

Writing Captions with Kat and  SquirrelThere are 3 lessons which employ a gradual release of responsibility approach to writing captions for photos.

Included are photos with captions for a large group lesson, photos to use to model the lesson, photos for partner work, and photos for an individual contribution to a whole-class game.

This was designed to be used in a first-grade classroom, but it could easily be used for older groups.

Story to go with the lessons:
Kat and Squirrel have been asked to fill in at the Pigeon Post
Newspaper. Their new boss, Pigeon, wants them to write captions
for the photos. They do not know how to write captions!
Can you help?

Goals of the lessons:

With guidance and support from adults, focus on a topic, respond to questions and suggestions from peers, and add details to strengthen writing as needed.

With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce an publish writing, including in collaboration with peers.

Participate in shared research and writing projects (e.g., explore a number of “how-to” books on a given topic and use them to write a sequence of instructions).

With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.


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Did you come up with a fun caption from the “Writing Captions” lesson? If so, write the number and your caption in the comments below. We can’t wait to read them!

Pair It! Parrot! Colors and Shapes

Goals of the lesson

Pair It Parrot Shapes and Colors - Kat and SquirrelCorrectly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall size.

Distinguish between defining attributes (e.g., triangles are closed and three-sided) versus non-defining attributes (e.g., color, orientation, overall size)

Shapes included:


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Colorful Zebra Classroom Theme Art (Part 2)


Materials Included:

This beautiful product contains original colorful zebra artwork to give you more of what you’ll need to set up your zebra-themed classroom.

11 pages of color-word posters that you can use to set up your
color-word word wall.
11 numeral posters (#s 0-10) which each include the numeral, written word, and a visual representation of the number.
26 letters-of-the-alphabet posters with vowels in a different color.
12 months-of-the-year headers with beautifully patterned backgrounds to fit pocket-chart calendars.
7 days-of-the-week headers to fit pocket-chart calendars.
31 numbers to fit pocket-chart calendars.
21 “special class” cards to go behind the days-of-the-week cards or the number cards.
75 “special days” cards to go behind the number cards.

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Be sure to check out the first Colorful Zebra Classroom Theme. All artwork in this product will match the first product:


Counting Snowballs for Math Intervention K-2

Goals of the Lesson:

Snowball Count - Kat and SquirrelCCSS.Math.Content.K.CC.A.3

Includes 20 printable cards with a set of snowballs to count and answers to choose from. You can use these as a counting activity in a number of creative ways.

Also included is a “back of card” to be printed on the reverse side of the snowballs, and a recording sheet.

2 Bonuses!
A Snowball Color Sheet
A Snowball Number Line

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