Thursday, September 29, 2011

Some Pictures from the Week

Here's some of what we've been doing this week. I had lots of fun things planned but my kiddos are big talkers so transitions are taking forever. I am having a really hard time fitting everything in.

We are finishing our unit on plants. We worked a few days on a flipbook of plant parts.  First we read "From Seed to Plant" by Gail Gibbons.

We drew a flower and wrote the function of each part underneath the flaps.

We also have been working on nouns. Today, we reviewed nouns with a group activity. Each group had 10 minutes to write down as many nouns as they could. They came up with a great deal of nouns. The aha moment of the day came during this activity. As I was walking around, I heard one of my struggling students say, "Guys, we can use the things we see around us." It was a great moment for him.

Hope you have a great Friday! This has seemed like the longest week ever and I am ready for the weekend!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Thank you and Cute New Clipart

I want to say thank you to several bloggers who have nominated me for some awards over the past few days. It's amazing when you realize that other people actually appreciate what you post.
Thank you Meghan! Check out her blog below.

Also, thank you to 4 other bloggers for "The Versatile Blogger" award.

Thank you Ms. Payton!

 Thank you Victoria!

Thank you Rebecca!

Thank you Mary!

Also, be sure to check out Scrappin' Doodles new sets. They are really stepping up their products for teachers. I've always been addicted but now I'm loving them even more. Here are some of their new products. Click on the image to go view the page.

I'm hoping for more great stuff this week! Have a great Wednesday!

Monday, September 26, 2011

My Favorite Science Book

I love science books! My all-time favorite book is "A Fruit is a Suitcase for Seeds." I found out about this book when I taught first grade. It was my favorite story in the first grade Treasures series.

This is an amazing story for plants and I love the imagery in the book. I love to do a writing activity after reading the book where students choose a fruit and give clues about their fruit.

I also love all the Magic School Bus books and the kids do too. 

Link up with TBA and share your favorite science books.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Lesson Planning with Post-its and New Treasures Unit

Hello all! Hope you are having a fabulous weekend. I am having a hard time concentrating on my lesson plans so I thought I'd blog.  It is taking me forever this year to get my plans done. I think part of it is due to having to write down the teacher standard for each activity and the student friendly standard. Since most of our standards stay the same all week, this can become tedious so I came up with a great solution. I found a post-it note template on Pinterest. You can find it here.  I printed off the template and then attached my post-it notes.

I used the 2x1.5 template because the smaller Post-its fit better in my lesson plans. Then, I typed up the teacher friendly standards and the student friendly standards for the week. I sent the template with the Post-it notes through my printer when I printed and I have my standards for the week.  I'm hoping this will end up saving me time in the long run.

I'm finished the Treasures unit for "A Harbor Seal Pup Grows Up." Here are some things included in the unit. The graphics from Thistlegirl were just perfect for this unit.

 Plural Noun poster
Plural noun sort
Comprehension game for the main story
Vocabulary match game

And much more!

You can find it in my TPT store or my Teacher's Notebook store.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

What's in My Bag Linky Party

I'm linking up The Inspired Apple's "Inside My School Bag Linky Party." I am a bit obsessed with bags for my school stuff.  I love bags and purses so this is my ideal linky party. I just got some new bags from 31 gifts to carry my gargantuan pile of school stuff. I love this large utility tote. It collapses down into a smaller size but is very sturdy for carrying lots of things.

It also matches my lunch bag. I'm loving the new 31 lunch bag because you can easily wipe it off.

This is the bag I've been using for most of the year. I got it at Target this summer on clearance for under $10. It's a pretty good size and it easily slips over my shoulder. 
Here's some things in my pile of stuff in my bag. It's a bit scary too look in there because I have so much junk. I have the October book catalogs from Scholastic. 
Some Mailbox magazines
My beloved Mac laptop with my new hardshell case
My lesson plan binder
Link up with Abby and share your school bags.

Monday, September 19, 2011

All Kinds of Freebies

This week, we are working on a hard skill for some kiddos...quotations. They have such a hard time figuring out where the darn things go..before the period, after the period, and the comma really throws them for a loop.
Today, I had the kids write a sentence on a sentence strip with elbow macaroni as the commas and quotation marks.

We also did this rhyming poem from the book "Punctuation Celebration." If you don't have it, you should definitely check it out from Scholastic. There are cute poems for all types of punctuation.

I've made this resource to practice this skill. I am going to cut them in half so each child gets a different person. There are 11 different pages so that makes enough for 22 kids. There are two version available. One with the quotes already added and one where the kids need to add the quotes themselves.

Click here to download the pages.
Quotation marks

No quotation marks

We are also working on changing a y to an i and adding es when we do irregular plurals. I made a sign for my kids to help them remember.  Click on the picture to download.

I've also had some questions about how I display my standards. Here are a couple of photos from my classroom.
 I use a little pocket chart to display the teacher standards. We have to have these posted every day.
I use part of my whiteboard for the student cards. I use Stikki Clips to hold the cards up. This makes it easy to change them out everyday.

I've also posted the Tennessee standards in reading and math as they go along with the Treasures series and the enVision math series. I've had many requests for these because they are more detailed than the common core standards. You can find them in my TPT store.

Have a great Tuesday!