Saturday, October 29, 2011

Peek at my Week Nocturnal Animals

We will be looking closer at nocturnal animals this week.  Here are some ideas I have gathered... so far. For the most part, we will do these as a whole group. You can either click on the link or the picture to find the source.

We will do this activity during our Word Study/Morning Meeting.  
Love, Love, Love Katie's Nocturnal Animals unit!!!
 This is from the Accidental Teacher, Mother Runner! So cute!
 This is an adorable emergent reader from Climbing the Monkey Bars
 We are going to be doing LOTS of activities from Deanna Jump's Owl unit! AWESOME!!!! I love the tree map. We will duplicate this idea as we look at raccoons,opossums, foxes, and other nocturnal animals.
 This will be introduced in my small groups this week. Students will learn how to time their partner as they practice their fluency.  I used this in my class last year and it was a big success.  You can read about it here.  (It includes a FREE version but the ABC cards are not included-you can always use your own flash cards)
Click on the picture to go to my TpT store for this one.
 These cookies are A-DOR-A-BLE!  I am going to have to channel my inner-Betty Crocker.  These are from Oopsey Daisey

~Now onto my Peek~
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Daily Math Journals

Here are today's math journals...  I love how they must visualize the problem, then create an image to match the daily prompt.

Click on the picture for my October prompts.

I have finished and uploaded my November prompts.
Click on the picture for my November prompts.
Not sure if Daily Math Journals are for you?  Click here to download my FREE sample.  This will show you how I set them up and give you journal covers if you want to create your own prompts.

Happy almost-Friday!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

So... How are my stations going? Missouri Day

Today we celebrated Missouri Day which means a full day of learning about Missouri's history and resources.  The high school's FFA came over with their animals and spoke about crop and food production... But hello? I feel in love with this guy.

 I digress!  My students were introduced to this game in my small reading groups.  Some students are ready to play it independently, but my intervention group really needs more practice with me.  I love that even when it was not their turn to flip over an alphabet card they were fully engaged because they wanted to be the first to say, "SNAP!"
Click the image to find this game.

Click the image to get your FREE response page.

Click on the image to find this activity
 Little Warrior's Nocturnal Animals unit is AWESOME!  We love the bat activities.  My students are having no problem with using the greater than, less than symbols when comparing numbers.... not really sure why I don't have a picture of this, but will you trust me?
Click on the image to find this activity

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 This is from Learning with Mrs. Parker... Love that you can edit it!!!
Click on the image to go to her blog.... FREE!!!!
Hope your week is going well!!!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Word Explorers-Word Study

Now that we are practically through our alphabet introduction, I have launched our Word Explorers.  This is how I introduce the bulk of my high-frequency words and word families.   This takes about 10 minutes per day (a bit longer when we make words)... but we are moving fast!

We start off my writing, boxing, and cheering our words. I quickly write the word and show it on the document camera.  I ask for someone to read the word, then the students write the word.  I walk around the room to reinforce good handwriting skills as they write the words."Make your tall letters tall and your short letters short".

I then tell the students to box the words. This is helpful for those students who see words as shapes.  They love telling me what they think their box looks like.

Then we cheer the words. This gets them out of their seats and helps those auditory learners.

The bottom of the form is used in a variety of ways.
I select a different activity each day.
Today we did "Since I can spell..."  I just don't tell them the word to make.  Here is an example of my language, "I'm thinking of a word that is in the -ap family and it is what a baseball player wears on his head.  This next word is something I might look at if I am lost on the road somewhere.  Now change a letter to make the word for what I am doing with my foot right now.  If I am really tired I might want to take one of these. The last word is tricky because you will need to add two letters. After Albert Pujols hit his home run I did this."

You can also help their oral language by having them use the word in a sentence... Awesome!

Click on the picture to find this on my TpT Store for $5.00
We also LOVE to sing! This is my favorite go-to resource for word family songs
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  I typed up the songs so  the students can add them to their poetry notebook.
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Not all word families are included in the flip chart so I supplement with this resource.
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I have ordered this book from Amazon, but I have not gotten it yet.
It was highly recommended by The Inspired Apple so it HAS to be good!

What do you use for word study?

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Peek at my Week Going Batty!

Happy Sunday Morning!  I have been feeling a little lazy lately, so this is out REALLY late... Sorry!

I'm going to get right to it!

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Now that parent teacher conferences, endless assessing, and teacher PD is behind me, I am looking forward to a "normal" week!  Enjoy yours!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

A Little Bit of This and That

I am pleased that the majority of my students know their letters... not everyone... but most.  Now I want to strengthen their letter sound skills.  

As students take turns, I am noticing that some students let their attention drift when it is not their turn.  I wanted to create a game that would keep them alert throughout...so I created this version of SNAP!

Here is the "I Can...." chart!



I have it at a reduced price right now at my TpT store!

AND

Here is a little Halloween FREEBIE!
Happy Saturday.... I will be back tomorrow for my Peek at my Week!
Go CARDS!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Path of Motion FREEBIE

Whew... Am I the only one who feels like this week slipped through their fingers? 

Remember weeks and weeks ago when I promised I would put the D'Nealian Path of Motion posters in a single page format?   I FINALLY got it done tonight!!!!

Click on the picture to get your FREEBIE!
 While I was at it...I made a Fall Version of my Read, Trace, Glue, and Draw.
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Have a great Friday night!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fall Goodies...Monsters and a Pumpkin FREEBIE

Here is a little emergent reader I made for my class. I will have my students add white dots for the seeds.
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Here is a game I made for my advanced kiddos. We will do this in my small group. However, this could easily be an independent activity for 1st or 2nd grade students.
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Happy Tuesday! Now I am going to get my GLEE fix!

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Peek at my Week and Parent Teacher Conferences

Hello my friends... I am late in getting this week's Peek out... Shewww! Saturday was a busy day with my family.

 Anyhooo... this week we have our parent-teacher conferences.  I always feel pressed for time during these conferences. There is a lot of information exchanged and I am sure the parents feel it is a little overwhelming as well. My very smart, very dedicated teaching and running partner showed me a conference form she had found. We made a few modifications and TaDa!  I think this will help keep the conference focused.

UPDATE:   I found out where the original form came from!   Emily Rocha! Click on her name to find the link.
She left me a comment that it looked like her form.  So I looked her name up on TpT and THERE IT WAS!   Thank you Emily!
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 I also had planned to revamp my parent tips letter... but then I found  THESE!!!!

They are from the ever-fabulous Meredith at

Keen On Kindergarten



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