Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Sock Puppet App and A Review

Too cute, 30 seconds of fun, and a great reinforcement tool - that's what the Sock Puppet app offers.  Has anyone else used this app?  The first week I allowed the students to explore (well play around with) the app.  They quickly figured out the ins and outs of the app.  This week the students are using the app to demonstrate their knowledge of antonyms.

We had a mini lesson focused on an antonym rap.  When presented with the task of using their own words to the antonym rap students rapidly started rapping!  How cute!!! Give the Sock Puppet app a whirl, it will certainly bring a smile to your day.

On side note, I was wandering the Internet and found this little goodie, Top Masters in Education.  When I scrolled through the page I was pleased to find my little old blog site listed! 
Happy Wednesday!

Quotation Marks

This week my kiddos will work on quotation marks.  GR groups will focus on this skill as a follow up to our group mini lesson.  Thanks to Pinterest Teachers for pinning the Quotation Mark Poem.  My students will gluestick their own quotation mark poem into their word work journal.  They will also complete the three sentences as examples for their journal.

During their D5 rotation students will work with a high school peer tutor to identify where the quotation marks should go in each sentence.  Lamination was a must for these sentence strips.  Turn the sentence strips upside down and one at a time the students select a strip.  They must tell where the quotation marks go in the sentence.  My students will want to know how do you win.  Lately I've been telling them, "Knowing the answer is winning!"  or "You will have our congratulations!"  A little character education mixed in with skill building never hurts.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Five for Friday


Oh well, even though it's Sunday I thought I'd share my five random things from the week.

1. I'll start with a freebie.  Here is a guided reading group freebie.  97 Ways to Train a Dragon is my newest unit that I'm using with one of my guided reading groups.  Visit my TpT store for your freebie!

2. I made new bags!  I've seen these on Pinterest and fell in love immediately!  My dear hubby searched and found these pretty birdseed bags.  My daughters have been searching for bags also.  They've found bags with horses and birds on them. 
3. "Be the teacher" was a popular choice during our last classroom reward drawing.  My students filled our classroom 100 chart and three of the seven students selected be the teacher reward.  What an enjoyable experience!!!  I had so much fun listening to the conversations as they were teaching the lesson.  It my teachers got stumped they just quietly walked over to me for further directions.  One little girl said, "That was so much fun!  I'm picking that again!"
4. On a personal note... I attended a bridal shower for a dear friend's daughter and came up with good ideas for my daughter's bridal shower.
5. Even though I teach in a public school I was very pleased to have some students ask about Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter.  Many students were happy to share their beliefs and faith!  This was all done with student led conversation!  What a great opportunity to share my faith and talk about Jesus.
Have a great week!