Sunday, October 28, 2012

Halloween Freebie

In ELD, we are working on describing words.  With Halloween looming, it seemed fitting to describe our Halloween costumes.  I created this graphic organizer to help my students.  Afterwards, we will write about it.   Click on image for your copy.

I won the graphics from Krista Wallden who sells on TPT her Creative Clips Digital Clipart.
With a new textbook adoption, I feel like I haven't gotten to enough of the "fun" stuff lately.  Am I the only one?

Hope you survive the week.  It will be a busy one.

Happy Teaching!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pumpkin Life Cycle


Our class has had a wonderful time learning about pumpkins!  I love how the bulletin board display came altogether.  I could have easily spent another week on this topic.  Here are a few ideas that I used last year.

This year, we focused on the Pumpkin Life Cycle.  I created two projects which my class completed that I am sharing with you.  First, we made a Pumpkin Life wheel similar to the one seen on our bulletin board display.  For the student version, they had an orange cover which when all put together looked like a pumpkin.






I also made an emergent reader for my students to read independently during Daily 5.    



Here are a few books that we've read so far.



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Happy Teaching!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Red Ribbon Week

Next week is Red Ribbon Week at my school.  This year's theme is The Best Me is Drug Free.

With limited funds, we had to get creative about promoting this healthy lifestyle without the ability to purchase expensive bracelets or ribbons.  So, I created these simple bookmarks that could also be used as ribbons by our school's teachers just by laminating them for durability.  They are in English and Spanish.  Click on the image for your copy.







Does your school participate in Red Ribbon Week?  Have you created a great bulletin board or door display? Share your ideas in the comment section.

Happy Teaching!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Gingerbread Exchange - Sign Up is CLOSED

This year my class has participated in the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Alphabet exchange hosted by First Grade Found Me.  We have had so much fun reading our letters and discovering which alphabet letter they have sent us based on the clues from the letters.  We were members of Group 2 and received letters from all over the United States and even Canada. We made the letter Y using yellow and yarn. (If you are in Group 2, we'd love to finish our tree. It is not too late to send your letter.)


I would love to host a Gingerbread Boy/Girl Exchange with other classrooms this December.  This is what our Bulletin Board looked like last year.




Here's what you need to do:
1.  Leave a comment with your name, grade and email. (I can only host 25 people.  Due to postage costs open to US residents only.  Sorry.)

2.  During the last week of November, make your 26 Gingerbread  people and mail with a letter about your class and your Gingerbread person.  PLEASE BE PROMPT as many of us go on Winter Break the later part of December.

If you know you can do this, comment and get ready to participate.

I will organize who is participating and send you an email with all the information.  Please watch for an email with the subject line of Gingerbread Exchange.

As of 10-15-12:  The exchange has reached the maximum number of participants and sign-up have closed.

Friday, October 12, 2012

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything


Of all the books that relate to the Fall season and/or Halloween, this is my absolute favorite.  Why?  I love how children naturally begin to participate and read with me.  You can not help to get involved with the story.

Listen to my class from a few years ago reading the story.  :)



Last year, I shared how I love to use this book to teach prediction.

Towards, the end of the story, the Little Old Lady hears a knock at the door.  The narrator asks, "Should she answer it?  What do you think she saw?"  At this point, I stop and have the students make their predictions.

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The students draw their prediction using this template that I created.  Afterwards, we see if our predictions matched what actually happened in the text.  Many times, students will draw a few parts of the story but not the entire scarecrow.  The conversation is always lively.

This is a

Happy Reading!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fall Is Here


Fall is my favorite time of year.  Inspired by this, we painted the trees using wine corks instead of q-tips as our medium.  The kids did great! Better yet, not one child went home wearing paint.


Today, we made sight word trees.


Each year, I begin the unit singing Leaves are Falling; a song I found on a teacher website eons ago.

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Later, we make a class book.
Each child will write their name and draw a picture of themselves.  


Here are a few books that we are reading as we explore Fall.




Happy Fall!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Our Treasured Words

This year, we are implementing a new reading program, California Treasures Reading.  It is a very comprehensive program that I am adjusting to after many years of another reading series.  Along the way, I am tweaking and adding components which I feel meet the needs of my students.  One of the things that I am adding are Rapid Automatic Naming Boards; which I call Fluency Boards.  I first read about them here and used them successfully with my students all last year.


Here is how it works in my classroom.  
I create the Fluency Boards for the skills (letter(s) or high frequency words) we are learning.  In class, I project the Fluency Board and we quickly read it as part of our daily morning routines. Some days, we go over more than one Fluency Board.  This depends on our needs and time.   I also send the Fluency Board for homework.   On Friday, I use the homework Fluency Board to quickly check if they can read the words or letters.  I send home a quick note to parents about which need additional practice.

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Using these Fluency Boards has helped to keep me and my students accountable to our learning.  Since we practice these often, most children are successful.  For those who are not, I can meet with them during small group instruction to help close the gap in learning.



I love them!  Would you like a copy?  I created two sets; a teacher and parent version.  That is 30 weeks of Fluency Boards organized by Unit and Week.  Free just for you.

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Happy Teaching and Learning!