Sunday, September 29, 2013

A Peek at My Week (Sept.30) with freebies

I'm back this week to share my Visual Plans. I really enjoyed making these last week so I decided to make them again. 

You can find more Visual Plans by heading over to Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

This week, we are working on contractions, author's purpose, proper nouns, and writing a biography.

 We are going to be finishing up the September centers this week and start my October centers on Monday.  
Many of my reading plan ideas came from Readworks. If you haven't checked out this free site, you really need to. They have some awesome ideas and free reading passages.

 In math, we are working on place value.
 We have just begun math rotations so the math groups activity is the activity that they will be doing with me at my teacher table.
 I will post more about my math rotations later this week.

 In unit, we are working on economics.

Click on any of the images to download my visual plans. You can get the links for the freebies through the PDF.

For this week, I am using the books below.


Hope you have a fabulous Sunday!

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

I'm Over at Owl-ways Be Inspired

Hello all! I'm posting over at Owl-Ways Be Inspired today. I hope you'll come check out my post.

I'll be back here tomorrow with my Visual Plans.

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Guided Reading Tools

I'm linking up with my friend Jen from The Teacher's Cauldron to share my favorite Guided Reading tools.

 I have to admit that guided reading is the part of the day when I feel least confident. I think it traces back to me never seeing a guided reading group during my student teaching. So once I started teaching, I had no idea what to do. I've learned a lot through the years but I still feel like there is so much to learn especially with close reading and the Common Core.

I'm gonna back up and bit and talk about my guided reading organization. I somehow managed to only have 3 reading groups this year. This is the first year for that and I love being able to spend a little bit more time with each group. I have a fourth group plate ready in case I need to readjust as the year goes on. Also, sometimes I use the time for a fourth group to call back students who need extra help in a skill that we didn't work on in their reading group time.

I bought these plastic drawers at Target. (By the way, I'm obsessed with organizational items.) I use them to store materials for each reading group. This is right behind my reading table so it's easy for me to get to before each group.

Each child has their own reading group bag with their name on it. I store these in the plastic drawers from above. In the bag, there is a dry erase marker, whiteboard, and a highlighter.  We usually work on word building on Mondays so these bags come in handy.

I've been meaning to put some felt in the bags to use as erasers but I keep forgetting. Right now, we are using these dusters that I got at the Dollar Tree. My students love using these and they erase really well. 

 Another thing that really comes in handy for reading groups is my stand up pocket charts. I got several at Target a few years ago. They are perfect for storing my key word cards for the phonics lesson. They are also great for showing students key vocabulary words they may see in the text they are reading.

I'm horrible thinking of questions on the spot. My school bought each teacher this flip book a few years ago and it really comes in handy. It's fairly small so it's easy to store and it's great for helping with questioning. I think it's around a $1 and we got them at The School Box. 

I am also a Post-It note fanatic. I love the Post-It easels for quick writing at reading groups. 

The smaller version is perfect for the reading group table. 

I can't wait to read the other posts and find some great ideas. 

What are your favorite tools for guided reading?

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

A Peek at My Week (Sept. 23)

If you are like me, Sunday is the day you plan for the week. I decided to try making Visual Plans for this week. I am a very visual person so I love seeing them on other blogs.  There plans are pretty ambitious because we have an inservice day on Friday. My district also has second grade doing Discovery Ed. testing on Monday and Tuesday with make-ups on Wednesday. We are also doing a research report that has been prepared by the district.  I love teaching nouns and cause and effect so I am hoping I can get most of this in.

There are some great freebies from my bloggy friends linked on my plans. If you would like to use the links to the freebies and other things, click on the images to take you to Google Drive. Download the PDF and the links are there.

Here are the books that I am using this week:

I'm linking up with Mrs. Wills Kindergarten to share my plans. I hope you'll check out her linky party.

Have a happy Sunday friends!

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sentence Showdown + October Centers

Happy Sunday! I thought I'd pop in today and share a great group activity that I did last week. It worked really well with my kiddos. We have been learning about declarative and interrogative sentences. This is a complete change for the kids because our last reading series called them statements and questions so I've had to do lots of teaching about what each word means.

To practice recognizing the sentences, I put the kids in group and had them do a sort.

 To prepare, I put all the things the kids would need in a pencil box. This saves some time in the long run because they are rummaging for their scissors or glue in their desks.

Each group also got half of a piece of drawing paper. You could also do half of a piece of poster board. I also went ahead a glued down the headers that they would be using for the sort. In second grade, they aren't very good judges of how much space they need to save for each section. I've learned the hard way from having to pull up lots of things that they've glued down and tearing the paper in the process.

We started our review by gluing down the descriptors for each type of sentence. 

 After that, we did a whole class sort and put the sentences where they need to go on our whole class chart. 

After we finished the sort, I divided the groups into fours and fives. Each group was already selected by me and typed on a piece of paper. Here is a screenshot of what the paper looked like. I removed the names of my students for this image. Before each group started on their sort, they had to decide on their jobs. I like to give each child a job in a group so one child doesn't just take over and do the entire job. For this task, the jobs were fairly simple.

After they decided on their jobs, the kids had to read each sentence on their sheet and use the marker to add the ending punctuation mark. I gave each group enough sentences so they all had to mark one.

After they were done sorting and gluing, the presenter shared why they decided to put the sentences where they were on the paper.

This week, we are learning about Imperative and Exclamatory sentences and we will be doing this same activity.

You can get a copy of the Declarative/Interrogative sort and the Imperative/Exclamatory sort on my Facebook page.

You have to be a fan to grab the freebies. Once you are a fan, click on Facebook Fan Freebies and you will find the files there.

In other news, I posted my new October centers yesterday. Click on any of the images to view on TPT.

Enjoy your day!
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Friday, September 13, 2013

Five for Friday

Happy Friday! It's time for Five for Friday and I'm finally linking up again.

(1) I finally got my Boggle board done. I just couldn't decide how I wanted it to look and when I wanted the kids to use it.

I found some cute cardstock at Hobby Lobby that can be used for cardmaking. I cut the cards in half on the fold and laminated them. (Sorry for the bad quality picture. Classroom lights don't help!) I used some big glittery stickers I had for the letters. I attached them with Velcro so I could change them out each week.
My kiddos were so excited to see this hanging up. We had worked on Boggle together on the Activboard so they will be doing it independently next week.

(2) We've been working on declarative and interrogative sentences this week.
We did a group sort with some sentences that turned out really well. I'll post more about that this weekend.

(3) We went on a field trip this week. It was so but we had fun. The kids got to drive little police cards and ride bikes after learning about road and pedestrian safety.

We also learned about fire safety and practiced escaping a fire safety house.

(4) Have you heard of The Container Store's organized teacher newsletter? I love seeing all the ideas
in this newsletter. You should definitely check it out.

I was so excited to see myself in their newsletter this week. I have been lucky enough to contribute to the Organized Teacher Pinterest board and some of my pins made the newsletter. So cool!

(5) Last but not least, I found this adorable onesie for my nephew.

Go Vols!

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Dismissal Routine Printables

I'm back from baking in the sun at the UT game today. Boy, was it a scorcher!  I am so ready for fall!

I'm just dropping by to let you know that I've added something new to my TPT store. I've added a set of Dismissal Routine Printables to my store.

If you haven't seen my Morning Routine Printables, this is how I have them displayed in my room.

I have some kids who need constant visual reminders of what they need to do next so this has really helped.

Hope you are having a fabulous Saturday!
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