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Sunday, May 27, 2012

moving to second grade

well, I'm looping with my babies to 2nd grade.  In one way, I'm ecstatic, in another I'm nervous!  I've been in first grade for five years and three years of Kindergarten before that....Nevertheless, I'm looking forward to a great year with my babies!  I hope I can find some good blogs to assist me in my transition.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

My Newsletter

I really enjoy looking at other people's ideas, so I thought I would post my newsletter.  I include any important dates and information, what we are studying, homework information, spelling/vocabulary list, and my email address.  You are welcome to use my format.  It was a template from Microsoft Office I believe.

My Newsletter  <--------Click to see and download

For some reason, google docs doesn't seem to hold the formatting.  When it downloads it should look similar to the screenshot above.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Daily 5 Free Resources

As I was introduced to the Daily 5 this year, I have totally embraced it.  Teaching is fun again and I see my students progressing even further than they have ever been before when I taught by direct instruction, Reading First, or REA.  While I was surfing Pinterest for ideas, I came across this wonderful webpage with tons of resources that are completely FREE for the daily 5.

Teachers' D5 Share and Swap Stop  <-------Click here for free stuff!!!!!

These are two of my babies this year reading to someone (although not correctly but this was the first day) but granted, they were reading independently before October!

Here are two of my other babies reading with a partner correctly on the same day!  I'm so proud of them and the progress they are making.  I love the Daily 5!

Sight Word Jenga!

Though they're used frequently in print, sight words can be confusing for new readers because they don't often sound they way that they appear. But recognizing sight words is an important part of learning to read successfully.
Looking for a fun way to expose your first-grader to more sight words? Here's an activity that puts a new twist on a classic game to help your child's reading skills by creating wooden word blocks and playing Sight Word Jenga!

What You Need:

What You Do:

  1. Use the permanent marker to write one word on each of the blank blocks. Sight words (like "the", "always", "anything", and "every") are great to use. You can use the sight word list above, or use words and vocabulary from your child's spelling lists or favorite books.
  2. Stack the blocks up into a tower.
  3. Players will take turns. On each turn, a player will pull out one wooden block from the tower. If the tower does not fall, the player must then use the word written on the block in a sentence.
  4. The objective of the game is to pull out as many word blocks as possible without knocking the tower over. The first person to make the tower fall loses that game.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Money poem

I enjoyed the Money Poem my partner had, but I didn't not have it, so I created it!  It has the poem on the money fronts and it's available free at TPT.  Just go to my store!

Teacherslmf's store

Voices Chart

I have seen Debbie Diller's voices chart all over Pinterest.  I created a version similar to another I saw on Blogger. I have uploaded my copy for free at TPT.

This was my inspiration.  I didn't include the Noise-O-Meter Title, I am using positive classroom management this year, and the noise to me has negative connotations.  Plus, I want my students to make a positive choice.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Clip Chart Management System

This will change your life!  If you have not seen the Clip Chart Management System, then you need to check it out.  It is completely positive and the kids absolutely love it!  It has transformed my classroom into a better environment for teacher & students alike.

You can change the words to whatever you like.  It's a free download, all you have to do is make your own clipchart and get some clothespins.  Check it out!

Cute Tote Bag

I have been working on my writing folders for a couple of weeks now.  Well, I made me a tote bag with some of the extra fabric.  It's big enough to carry my grade book, some teacher's editions, and whatever else I need to carry from school to home.

Display Windows

Again, nothing on my blog is original, I "stole" it from another blog.  Blog Hopper is where I found this idea.  This is my display window made from Ziploc bags and colored duct tape.  We always write sentences with our high frequency words on Monday, so we will display them (I will type them so they are readable) and read them all week.  I forgot whose blog I got the idea from but thank you! I love it!  All you need is 9 Ziploc bags and a roll of duct tape.  I also added two handles for carrying and hanging.  I used the ones with labels on the back, I thought about putting their numbers on the back because 2 will have to share and that way they would know where their paper is every time.

Cost approximately $4.00

Also, all my art projects are kitty tested and approved!  This is my Russian Blue cat Zoey.  She has to check out everything I make and give her approval so you will see her all over my pictures.  I can't seem to shoo her away hardly long enough to get the picture without her in it.

Word Family Paint Chips - Word Work

I have been seeing these word family paint chips on the home school blogs and loved the idea.  The Snail Trail Blog is where I originally found the idea. As teacher's are, we love to "steal" ideas when we see a great one.  I took it one step further to ensure my students actually were reading the word.  They have to draw a picture to go with the words.  This means they should only be working on one strip per day at the Word Work center.

I housed them in a shoe box that looks like a drawer (yay for reusing something for free!).  I placed an example of what I wanted them to do on top, labeled the drawer, and placed the word families and worksheets inside.

I only have the short vowel families of a, i, o, and some e in there right now.  Changing this center will be fairly simple.  All that will be needed is replenishing the worksheets and adding more sets of word families as the students learn them.   For organization, I placed numbers on the back of the paint chips and on the bag to keep the sets together.  I also wrote the word family on the letter strip so the students will know what letters go with which family.  Nonsense words are ok with me, but for this activity I really wanted them making real words.  I can't wait to try this out!

Word Family Paint Chip worksheet free download!
Word Family Paint Chip Example for the top of the box free download!

Total cost of this center - almost nothing, everything was free or things I already had at home. Yay!