Saturday, March 30, 2013

Peek at my week-Oviparous stuff! (Linky)

Guess what is happening in my room next week?

The eggs will be there waiting for me on Tuesday... YAY!

So sets of the frenzy of studying animals that come from eggs.  Thank goodness I am surrounded by clever folks!

I found some great resources that you will find in my lesson plans... links and all!

This poem is from March's Poem unit...I know it is April!

You can click on the image to find the poem with the resources and sorts that go with it.

This is a reader I made last year... you can grab it for free!

This little video makes me laugh!

Here are my lesson plans!

Now for the linky part!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Common Core Writing and Kindergarten

I have been working on the this common core writing correlations document for a school district that is purchasing our writing curriculum.

I thought some of you might be interested in it.

You can see these units in Deanna Jump's store by clicking {here}

Now... my plans for the day include...adding the large "teacher cards" to my
You can get those later today at no additional charge by going to "My Purchases".  

AND... I will start on the 1st grade edition...Yippee!

Monday, March 25, 2013

I feel the need for SPEED!

Last week I wrapped up my assessments for the 3rd quarter. Here is what I noticed.   My babies conceptually understand addition and subtraction, but now we need to work on automaticity!

Research tells us that students must be fluent with adding and subtracting in order to free up their mental energy for higher level thinking... so this got me thinking.

I will continue to focus on the concepts of adding and subtracting, but in order to meet the needs of my little mathematicians AND meet this CCSS:


I need to do more!

So one weekend plus a snow day later...

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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Peek at my week-Linky and Giveaway!

Happy Sunday!   

I have a short week this week, but I got BUSY yesterday!

I finished this bad boy!
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and bundled these units!

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Like I said, this is a short week.  We had such a great time talking about the moon last week that I decided we would extend our learning to the planets.   

Sarah's cute unit makes it simple!
and my friend Paula made these cute, CUTE constellation cards for the overhead.  You KNOW how I love the overhead...Ha!

Here are the rest of my plans.

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Friday, March 22, 2013

Fly Me To The Moon...

This will be a photographic reflection of some of the awesome fun we had last week!  

1. My students love STACKS!  This is a game I invented that is sort of like a solitaire-ish game.  It really makes them think strategically!  BTW...they are learning at the same time.

2.  We had a little math journal fun!
3.   And we had several versions of Sequence going in my room depending on the student's needs.   Yes...I still have a few who benefit from beginning sounds.   Here are some of the other versions:

4.  We then took off to the moon!   We read a few books on the moon, then completed the Moon Matter of Facts from Cara Caroll's cute unit.  We also made her phases of the moon mobile.   Way easier than I thought it was going to be!   Whew!!!

 We made craters and wrote about it.  I'm pretty sure they loved EVERYTHING about this activity!!!   Even my shell collection went in!
Then we surveyed the class to decide if we wanted to go to the moon.   I loved their responses.

Top row
[I would like to go to the moon] because I could hit a rock and it wouldn't hurt my knuckles.
[I would not like to go to the moon] because it would cost us a lot of money.

Bottom row
[I would like to go to the moon] because I could do back flips.
[I would not like to go to the moon] because I would be away from family and friends.

5.  I found a fun video on You Tube. It was a little quick for us to get all of the lyrics, but it got us humming a long.  We listened to it a few times during the week... so it sunk in!

And who does not love Bill Nye?

For more adventures in the great unknown, I highly recommend this unit.  I love it!   I had not intended to study the solar system, but Sarah's engaging unit is on my list!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Peek at my Week-Spring, Moons...Linky

I am pretty much in love with Cara's Moon Unit!   I am excited to work with this in my class next week.  You can see her activities in my content are this week... awesome!

and I was excited to see Growing Kinders new CVC {e} set was available. I will be using this in my small group word work over the next few weeks.

Here are my plans for next week.

Naturally, you may link up!

Shades of Gray

Easy now... it is not THAT Shades of Gray!

A few weeks ago we had the most amazing assembly at school.
The assembly started out with a Josh Gray and Brett Cue speaking about perseverance and about believing  in yourself.  
Then we went outside.

 Boys and not try this at home.
 I really can not wrap my head around how this is possible.

 It was insane!   
They finished the show and he took our principal for a spin on his bike!   Brave woman!

Then the guys stayed after school and signed autographs forEVER!  They were mobbed by our students, and yet, a smile never left their faces.  Did I mention that they gave their time freely... as in...they did not charge one cent?

These guys are hoping to be invited to participate in the X Games.

Help these awesome guys out and... like his Facebook page.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Peek at my week Linky

This week we will start our end of quarter assessments.   This usually takes a few weeks...let the good times roll.
I will be giving the DRA and  I want to reinforce I am hopping to my Frog and Toad unit to help with this. I added some reading response pages, so if you have previously purchased this unit, you can download the revision at no charge.

This is what is included.
Click on the image to find the unit.

Here are my lesson plans for next week...totally sorry!!!

Do you have lesson plans to share? Grab the graphic and link up!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Talking about writing in Transylvania!

Yesterday was amazing here in Pennsylvania! My students have been referring to this trip as my Transylvania trip! Ha!  

This trip started a little rocky... I got to the airport in St. Louis to find out that my connecting flight through D.C. had been cancelled due to weather, but they could get me to Harrisburg by 2:00pm on Thursday...AHH!!!   I was due to start my presentations at 9:00am.    Pan-ic!  Thus began the geography lesson I WISHED I would have payed attention to.  After involving the entire ticket agent counter at United Airlines, we decided that I could fly to Allentown and rent a car to drive to Harrisburg (like... less than 100 miles away).  That would get me to my hotel room by 2:00am-ish... I can do that!   

Delay, delay, delay... My flight landed in Harrisburg at 3:00am-ish, the Hertz guy STAYED 3 extra hours to make sure I got my car (love him), and I made it to my hotel and was tucked in by 5:00am.

Seriously!   I can NOT make this up.  I felt like I was IN one of THOSE movies.

Here is what I learned... Pennsylvania teachers and Hertz rental car guys are AWESOME!


One of the things that I have started in my class was adding a micro mini-lesson to my writing.  After I have finished my whole group mini-lesson, I invite a few students to stay on my carpet so we can do some goal setting or reteaching. I try to group the kiddos who have similar needs.

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 Here is what it look like!

I laminate this page and write on it with an Expo marker.  It is easy to update each day.   As you can see, I meet with them on the carpet one day...then the following day I confer with them.  In this way, I can follow up on the goal they set.  It helps the student and me focus.

We are almost done with unit 6 of our writers workshop series. This upcoming unit will be on zooming in on smaller narrative stories.

Previous units:

**Book making is introduced

Have a great Friday!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Peek at my Week- So Silly! Linky

I started looking at all the stuff I had made for the Month of March... Yikes!

A few updates... I have made the St. Patrick's Day "Time Me" Fluency Station Editable.  So grab the update at no additional charge.

Here are the links to all of these products!

You can find some other St. Patty's fun by clicking on the image below.

I did create a new Read, Trace, Glue, and Draw to celebrate our reading this week.

This is a short, but hopefully sweet, post...I am putting the final touches on my presentations for next week.   Who is going to be at the SDE Kindergarten Conference in Pennsylvania?

And here are my plans!

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I would love for you to Link up your visual plans... Please follow the guidelines... I don't want to send anyone on a wild goose chase!

Have a happy and healthy week!   

Friday, March 1, 2013

Silhouette Giveaway!!!!

I love my Silhouette!   Love! It!
I grabbed the cut file from Silhouette's Gallery and in a matter of minutes I had these cut out.  I am not convinced I will use the ribbon... I think I might look for an alternative, but I think my sweeties will love finding a pot of gold on their desks in a few weeks.

Here are a few other adorable ideas I found for the day of green!

This is an adorable little t-shirt I LOVE this idea!!!

Here is a Pinterest board that we created last summer with all things Silhouette! is the good news!

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