Saturday, March 31, 2012

1 in 88

That is the number of children in the United States that will be diagnosed with autism. Did you know that this statistic rises drastically to 1 in 54 in boys?  Go here to learn more.


As educators, we may have children in our classroom who have autism.  Sometimes, our students do not understand why their classmate behaves so differently.  Here are few resources that I used to teach myself, help my student with autism and to help my class; all with the hope of teaching acceptance of others. 


 I do not claim to be an expert on this subject.  I understand that all children are different. 

I am hoping that you will help me raise awareness. April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. On this day, you can wear blue or if you choose use the image below to post onto your blog or blog sidebar.   
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Together, we can raise awareness.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

How Rude! Teaching Grammar in Writing

My students love to write about their friends.  What five year old doesn't!  But, we have a little problem. Problem? Yes, problem.

Here's what our worked may have looked like.

Did you notice?  My students lacked manners in their writing. They talk about themselves first and then, mention their friend.

So, this week, we worked on changing our bad habits.  To begin, we read Manners at School. I wanted them to understand, the word, manners.  Then, I quickly created this anchor chart to help explain what to do instead.

Friends First Anchor Chart

I talked about how I liked my friend a lot and to show that I did, I would write her name first.  Here was the biggie. I also told them that it was bad manners to use the word me.  After much thought, the kids decided that I could use the word I.   

Since I have many English Language Learners, we practiced orally using the phrase ______ and I.  I had different kids come up and we just practiced the vocabulary.  Then, I sent them off to write. I watched and reminded them Friends First.  Almost all of them could do it. 

Here is what their worked may have looked like afterwards. 


There is still work to do but we are moving in the right direction.  Teaching grammar to young writers is important.  To help me, I love using this resource.  
Happy Teaching and Learning!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Anchors Away

 

I am joining Ms. M's Linky Party about Anchor Charts.  Here is photo journal of some the anchor charts I have used in my classroom.  As charts go up and down in my class, I like to store older ones for the kids to access on a clothes rack hung on hangers.  Sit back and enjoy the visual tour.












Looking for more ideas?  Go here.


Happy Teaching and Learning!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Cat the Cat, How Cute is That


Look what we made! As I mentioned in a previous post, my class loves the Cat the Cat series by Mo Willems.  The engaging pictures and repetitive text captures the interest of every reader in my classroom.  Our shared reading text last week was Cat the Cat, Who is That.



We decided to make this into a big book. First we learned how to make Cat the Cat.  I wish I had taken pictures of their work because they turned out adorable!  Then, we divided the work.  Each child had a character from the book to draw.


I typed up the text and used their pictures to make our big book.  What I loved about this project is the each child was involved in the making of the book.  And, now, I have a big book that I can use for many years to come!


Happy Teaching and Learning!


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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Engaging Books for Beginning Readers

Read Across America has sparked an awareness for some of my students that they have become readers.  It is amazing to see my students so engaged in a book.  They are so proud of their accomplishments and so am I!

As a teacher of beginning readers,  I am always looking for books that will "hook" my students to want to read.  I really believe in the reading theory that more students read for pleasure, the more successful they will become later.  I also realize, that I can help my students make good choices during their reading time by exposing them to literature which is high interest but "easy" enough for them to read; meaning there is an abundance of sight words or pattern in the text.

Here are a few books that our in my Teacher Favorites book basket.

Have you read this book? It is great for inferencing. Funny and witty.
The point of view from the illustrations are wonderful!


I love the Cat the Cat series by Mo Willems!
The repetitive text is perfect for many of my students.


In an age of technology, this book engages you as a reader.
It's magical in the most simplest of ways.


What books are your kids excited about?  


Happy Reading!






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Friday, March 9, 2012

Dr. Seuss - Week 2

It has been a long week.  I am fighting a cold, testing like a mad woman, and trying to finish our author study on Dr. Seuss.  I'm not sure how some of you folks do it, completing a theme each week.  It usually takes me FOREVER to get what I'd like to teach in because of the amount of time we have to complete these "fun" standards based learnings.

We read the Cat and the Hat and completed "our version" of Things.  It was a cross between this for the face and number and this for the hair.  I drew the body.  I was so "out of it" this week that I have no picture to share. :(

Instead I have these photos of some of our math centers.  We have been working on these for the last two weeks



I look forward to changing my math centers and I think so are my kids.  Here's a little freebie I have to share with you.
Graphics by Just So Scrappy

This work mat could be used for adding, subtracting, counting, etc.  The possibilities are endless.  If you choose to use this, please consider becoming a Follower or comment to let me know how you plan to use it with your students.

Happy Teaching and Learning!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Dr. Seuss - Author Study Week 1

It has been a fun filled week of celebrating reading!

Here are some highlights.

First off, The Lorax.  I wanted my students to read the book and view the classic Lorax movie.  Call me old fashioned but I think the book is always better than the movie.


Although, I saw many Lorax inspired ideas, I couldn't find the "right" one to fit my students' needs.  I created a very simple Lorax themed writing paper for them to use with stickers I found at Michaels.  Together, we came up with suggestions to help our environment.


Yesterday, we read and cooked Green Eggs and Ham.  This was a perfect opportunity to practice How to writing. Amazingly, I managed to facilitate this while cooking green eggs and ham.


Our finished writing!


Next week, more Dr. Seuss!


Happy Teaching and Learning!