Monday, October 15, 2012
Here's a copy of what I'm doing - check it out. Fables & Folktales Trifold and Fables & Folktales Study
Leave a comment and let me know what you think - can you use it in your room?
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
I'll be back to myself soon - in the mean time, please be patient with me and don't give up on me! :)
Also - if you'd like to help support the cause - order a shirt from the Adoption Bug link or order coffee from Just Love Coffee!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
My kiddos and I are making progress on our classroom library. HOPEFULLY by the last day of school we’ll have it up & running correctly! I’ve read and researched; pinterested (is that a word) and googled; and thought about this overwhelming library for weeks! Throughout all of this searching I have found several WONDERFUL sites for labels. I’m a BIG believer in not recreating the wheel when you don’t have to, know what I mean?!?
You can find labels on these sites:
Here are some before pictures:
And here are some “in progress” pictures:
MAYBE by May 18th (last day of school), you’ll see some after pictures!
We found out this week, (keep in mind that we have 9 weeks left) that we need to have students continuously writing book reviews. SO….in our library, I have created and implemented a Book Review Binder. My kiddos are LOVING it! You can see the binder here. I’m also attaching some freebies that you can download in my TPT store. It’s a great way to see what your kids are reading and how they feel about the books they are choosing. It’s really interesting to see two Read to Someone and have completely different reviews!
Blank Book Review Pages for students to fill out and place behind their tabs. My babies have to fill one of these out each time they go to the Book Nook. They have to choose a book to write about and log the other books on the form below.
To grab this freebie, click HERE!
If you like the freebies, then please do me a favor, review them and follow me!
Friday, March 16, 2012
Enter to win my new regrouping activity on Teachers Pay Teachers!! FUN FUN FUN! My kiddos love this game and I think yours will too! It’s easy to enter. You need to follow me here, leave a message with contact details, and follow my TPT store! On Sunday evening I’ll use random.org to choose the winner. Here’s to Hoppin’ Good Luck!
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Five months ago this award was created to encourage teachers who blog.
Since that time, there have been MANY new bloggers who deserve some high fives from the blogging community.
Click here for more information.
Are there certain blogs that you return to day after day that continually provide you with inspiration? Then why not give them an award to say a big thank you! Here are some Top 10 blogs! (I'll add more as I come across them!)
Betsey @ http://trendytechtipsbd.blogspot.com
Krystal @ http://secondgradesuccess1.blogspot.com
Katherine @ http://thirdgradeteacherfiles.blogspot.com
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
On a happier note, my hubs brought this little fellow home yesterday to cheer me up!
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Seriously, my classroom library is
LITERALLY going to make me pull my hair out! in need of a makeover! My kids & I have worked really hard all year to keep it organized in subjects & genres. Our book piles keep growing which is driving me crazy fantastic! However, our boxes and strength to keep organizing is not growing! As you can see below, we have books coming out of our ears. (I spend a lot of time at Goodwill and yard sales buying books!) I love being able to put my hands on books when I need them. That’s what I love about sorting books by subjects or genres. HELP! What do we do? How do you organize your library? Genres? Reading levels? Free for all? I want something easy for my kiddos to manage. They LOVE being in charge of the library! My goal for the next two weeks is to fix this situation…I’ll keep you posted.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Sunday, January 22, 2012
You can find our first attempt on TPT. It covers author’s purpose, main idea, setting, characters, text connections, etc. I think you’ll love it! It’s free – check it out!
Super Story Elements
If you like it, please rate it & follow me! :)
Sunday, January 15, 2012
We've been told we do not have stick strictly to the reading program - HALLELUJAH! I absolutely love teaching standards and reading skills rather than a story a week. However, I am struggling with all of our basal resources while teaching standards to mastery. We have some great leveled readers. I just don't know how to organize & utilize all of the resources!
To start with - I think I'm going to take all of my leveled readers and sort them first by levels and then by skill taught. So...I talked my hubby into stopping by Big Lots after church. It was organizing HEAVEN!!! Colors, colors, colors! IF you're looking for baskets, rolling drawers,etc...try big lots!!
How do you sort yours?? How do you use all of the county given resources? Leave a comment and let me know. I need all the help I can get & I'm sure others will love the help as well!
Thursday, January 12, 2012
We have added working with words and my kids are TRULY engaged. My school uses Word Journeys (Differentiated spelling/phonics) and it's perfect w/ the Daily 5.
I've created a menu for our Working with Words that I'm attaching. It does take a few times of doing it with your kids for them to really get it. Each one of my kiddos have a folder with the menu stapled inside the front cover. It's a requirement that they complete all four activities. They can choose to do one a day and then a word game when finished or they may complete them on the same day and have word games for the remainder of the week. Word Work Menu
I've also tinkered with our spelling contract so that it contains some of the same activities. I'm attaching that as well. Spelling Contract
If you haven't tried Word Journeys (or Words their Way) - research it and try it. It takes a little more work but it's also very impressive the way my babies are actually STUDYING words rather than memorizing.
This has been a big concern of mine. I come from a kindergarten background, it’s my first year in 2nd grade. Letters/Phonics/Words were our life! What do you do for word work in 2nd grade? I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts! Please leave a comment.
Here is the WTW assessment that we do weekly. It takes more time & a little work but it's worth it. My kiddos are recognizing and understanding the spelling/phonics pattern rather than just memorizing.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Wow! I'm so excited!! Thank you for the award!
It started my day off with a smile! :)
1. Copy and Paste the award on your blog.
2. Thank the giver(s) and link back to them.
3. Reveal your picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog.