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Saturday, November 30, 2013
Friday, November 22, 2013
WHEW! I don't know about you but this week has been CRAZY! Crazy fun but still crazy!! The highlight of my week was going to Muffins with Mom at my son's PreK. There is nothing I love more than being with my kiddos one on one! This was a very special time for me and him!
I ordered my Christmas cards! It is always nice to get this checked of my list AND they have some great card deals this week at Shutterfly... 40% off WOOT WOOT!! You may wonder why I have "Team Buck" on my Christmas card. Well....our family has a chant and really tries to work as a team by encouraging each other at all times. It doesn't happen all the time but we sure try! The kids have really bought into it so, I am all about it if it works! What a blessing it is to be a mama!
I made my first printables bundle and really LOVED doing it! It includes Common Core Math, Reading and Writing activities. You can check out it by clicking on the above picture!
I am lumping four and five together this week because the highlight of my week is planning for Thanksgiving! I am hosting this year and am truly blessed with a wonderful extended family! I can't wait to spend time relaxing and enjoying my time with them!
Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Thursday, November 14, 2013
I also started using sticky notes and anchor charts all of the time! Each kid got a stack of sticky notes and would be expected to jot down their thinking as they were reading. We would call this making tracks. Just like an animal makes tracks in the snow, I wanted to see their thinking while they were reading. I expected them to jot down things on their sticky notes and stick them in the book they were reading! I created a "Making Tracks" anchor chart the that you can download by clicking on the picture below.
I would also use these fun graphic organizers weekly in my classroom. I mounted them onto a file folder and laminated them. The kiddos would use white board markers to fill in the information they could find while reading. After sharing what they found, we would wipe them off and use them again! It was just a fun and different way to motivate my students to use their strategies. You can download this freebie by clicking on the pictures below!
The last thing I would always use with my reading strategy instruction is these anchor charts! I made them simple but effective for teaching the strategies and the kids utilized them a lot! These are available in my store!
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Step 1: Introduce the four reciprocal teaching tasks. They are retelling, clarifying, questioning and predicting. You will want to spend a lot of time modeling each skill so your kiddos can eventually perform these tasks on their own.
Step 3. Assign a small portion of text for students to read aloud or silently. When the assigned text is completed have students will complete a graphic organizer for accountability. This is something I added....and I highly recommend using one of these. I saw a great improvement in the group discussions if students had a moment to preplan what they wanted to share with the group. I could also do a quick assessment by collecting these when the groups were done. Then students will perform their tasks. Example: The Reteller will retell the portion of text, the Predictor will predict what happens next etc.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Monday, November 11, 2013
I have spent eleven years as a Reading Specialist and a classroom teacher and always needed help finding time to plan the MANY guided reading lessons that needed to take place in my classroom. I created a few guided reading spinners to help with the comprehension portion of these plans. If I was running short on time and didn't have time to create FAB comprehension questions I would just pull these out! The kids loved them and so did I! I hope you love this FREEBIE!
Another one of my favorite timesaving tools that I always used in my Kindergarten classroom is....EPR cards. I could quickly assess my students knowledge of various things by using cards like these! This one is part of my color word bundle in my store but I am giving you the EPR cards for FREE! Check it out by clicking on the picture!
Ok...one more and then I am done! This is not a FREEBIE but it has saved so much time! I created this as a Reading Specialist when a classroom teacher said she had trouble keeping parents updated on their kiddos reading progress. So, I created this Guided Reading bundle and included some great monthly progress monitoring letters that include reading tips for home! You can check it out at my TPT store by clicking on the picture below!
Friday, November 8, 2013
I didn't get to this last week because our house revolved around Halloween sooo...here is a picture of my sweeties! I actually took about forty pictures and this was the best one! The life of a mama of three!
We decorated for Christmas! My husband joked that we have pumpkins on the porch and our Christmas tree up...funny man:)! We LOVE Christmas and just couldn't wait to get the house ready!
My son always puts the star on top of the tree! One of our many traditions!
I finished my December Learning Links homework packet AND my Snowman on the Go homework packet. Click on the picture if you would like to check it out in my store!
I made a FREEBIE Thanksgiving activity that allows students to discuss how they celebrate this special day. It includes mix and match question cards and a compare/contrast graphic organizer! Just click on the picture to download it.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
My FAB friend over at Second Grade Smartypants has reached a MEGA milestone at TPT! This is amazing to me because she is a mama of three under the age of two...including twins:) Her products are great so make sure you check her out! Just click on the icon below! WOOT WOOT!!