Sunday, November 27, 2016

Gingerbread - Solid Read Aloud

     Are you getting ready for the busy month of December in your classroom?  I love to have my kiddos complete a gingerbread unit.  A fantastic variety of gingerbread books, compare and contrast activities, lots of glitter, and now a poetry connection with...

     Rachel and I have been busy getting the Gingerbread Solid Read Aloud ready!  This read aloud contains: poetry, comprehension work, writing work, gingerbread house glyph, and penmanship activity.

     I love connecting with my students during our read aloud time.  Adding poetry to our read aloud is a win-win for me and my students.  The Solid Read Alouds have incorporated poetry throughout the school year not just for a short unit.  I know you would enjoy making the connections with your students also.

     Pick up the Gingerbread Solid Read Aloud freebie and check out the full version.  Both products are in my TpT store.  

What's coming next for the Solid Read Aloud series?  
Popcorn Day is January 19.

When will the Popcorn Day Solid Read Aloud be released?
Stop by during your Christmas break.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Happy Thanksgiving!
I'm taking off this week - busy cooking a turkey, baking pies, and enjoying family time.  Oh, and before I did those things I cleaned and prepped for 8 guests who are staying for three nights.  Lots of family time with my daughters and their families!

I'll be back next week with more thrifty ideas for your classroom.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Hi Friends,

I have a thrifty game for your classroom.  This game can be modified for just about any math operation and it takes special prep from you.  It doesn't have a name but one student thought it was bingo.  So maybe the name should be Bingo with a Twist!

Today my students played the game connected with two digit addition.

Students create their own game board like the one shown. We just use scrap paper to make the game boards. Sometimes the students like to take the game home to play with their families.

Today my students filled in the spaces with the following math statements:
     odd number                               >90
     even number                             >80
     <50                                            <40
     >100                                          <100
You can see that my students repeated some of the math statements.

To play - 
     -partner                                   -2 dice
     -each partner gets 8 linking cubes
     -students may want individual whiteboards and markers to compute their answers
     -first player rolls both dice, they use the dice to make a two digit number, (for example roll a 6 and a 5, the two addends are 65 + 56)
     -the player places one of their cubes on a space that corresponds to the answer (note that more than one space would correspond to the equation but players can only cover one space)
     -play continues until a player has used all their cubes

This was a fantastic teaching time for the partners.  Some of the students caught on that if they roll a 2 and 4 for example, all they had to do was add 2 + 4 = 6 and the two digit number was 66!  Don't you love the numeracy development some students have!

My math students played the game for 20 minutes.  As I walked around and listened to the conversations everyone was on task.  If they weren't completing an addition problem they were helping figure out which space to place the marker.

I think next time I might only use boards with nine spaces and shorten the time to play.

The activity involves reasoning skills and strategy.  I like a game that makes my math kiddos think!

Friday, November 11, 2016

Five for Friday

My oh, my where does the week go?  Here we are again, back together for another Five for Friday.  Thanks, Kasey for hosting!

Like so many classrooms across America our kiddos had the opportunity to vote on Tuesday.  Nothing big and fancy just a discussion about voting and Scholastic News reading.

It is heart warming to a teacher's heart to see so much reading activity!  The kids grabbed their reading books and spent time reading with a partner.  Of course, picking a just right spot can be a bit difficult to agree upon.

If you haven't checked out yet, what are you waiting for!  It has many, many activities you can create with the few clicks of your mouse.  The word generator is great, Dolch and Fry words are available, simply pick the level your students need.

I like to create flashcards for one struggling reader to practice at home.
Tasty Treat day is always a big hit with the second graders!  This week we made our turkeys.  I really appreciate the two volunteers that come to my classroom every Thursday, they do a fantastic job helping the kids get their treat made.
Hip, hip hooray for our school!  Our students read 25 million words in the first quarter of school!  The reward - Flashlight Friday!!!  This was our first Flashlight Friday, I do have to say I wasn't so sure about the event but the kids really enjoyed it.  I even brought my book and was able to get a few pages read between students asking me, "What is this word?"  I may include this in my classroom incentives.
It has been a busy week.  Now that I look back I didn't even include our math activities!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Happy Thursday!

This week my math students worked on money skills during their exploration activity time.  Some students excelled at counting money groups and others needed more direction/instruction to count the money groups.

A scoot activity is a good way for me to work individually with students to count money groups.  As my para and I walk around the room we are continually assessing who needs extra help and who is ready to take off and soar with this skill.

Here is the scoot activity I created to work with my students on counting money groups.  Enjoy this freebie, leave some positive feedback if you would.  I included two ways to incorporate this activity into your classroom.

Until next time,

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Five for Friday

Just like you, Friend, I'm glad Halloween week is behind us.

  Our school allows students to wear their costumes the entire day!  Last year was our first year doing this and I thought things would be CRAZY all day long.  I was pleasantly surprised with the great students both last year and this year.  They get a little excited when they first arrive but after everyone has a chance to show off their costume they quickly settle into our daily routine.  

I think the kids feel like they are partying all day long since they are wearing their costumes.  Our class did play a few 'just for fun' games throughout the day, so maybe we did party all day?!?  

What a great bunch of writers!  This is the first week that I've let the kiddos move around the room to write.  Up until now we have been practicing our procedures and expectations.  Can you hear the relaxing classical music playing in the background?  We even turned off a few lights!
I switched it up for these three girls this week.  We went into the hallway for our guided reading group.  To practice writing fluency I had them write their spelling words on the wall.  They were so cute when they even erased their answers.  One girl covered her answer so no one else would copy!

Students had a fun time playing Greater Than War.  Check out more details here.  Don't forget to grab your freebie.
It was a beautiful fall Saturday!  I enjoyed my day, I hope you did the same.  Looking forward to the extra hour of sleep tonight!

Thanks, Kasey for hosting this weekly linky party!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Thrifty Thursday - Teacher Style

Hello Friends! 
I don't know about you but I can't believe that it is November already!  That means there is little time to get the November themes into the classroom curriculum.  

I created this freebie for my writer's workshop time.  Sometimes my students need a little inspiration when they are generating ideas for their writing.  This format is beneficial for my students that need that little extra. 

Download it here for free.

Happy Thursday!