Saturday, December 21, 2013

Five for Friday........on Saturday

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs to take a look back at the super busy week before Winter Break.

 The children rocked their holiday book chats! This is a picture of the before and after Charlie Brown Christmas tree.......too cute.

The children made ornaments for their parents.
We finished up our persuasive writing unit. The children put ornaments on the trees that gave reasons for choosing either a live tree or an artificial tree.

One of my favorite things to do at this time of year is to play Christmas music while the children are working. They really enjoyed that this week also.

Finally, I'm ending with a life lesson I learned this week.  People who genuinely care about you will celebrate your success. I'm thankful for the people in my life who lift me up!

Have a Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cyber Monday at TPT

I'm sooo excited for Cyber Monday. My wish list is full and I'm ready to shop!  My entire store is 20% off . With the Cyber Promo Code you get an additional 10% off.

                                          (Thanks for the button Krista!)

Click the pic to enter my store. Happy shopping !!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Turkey Riddles

  Happy Friday! I'm linking up with TBA for Freebie Friday this week.

 I always enjoy the three days at school during week of Thanksgiving.  It's nice to do theme related activities on those days.   You can click to read last year's post on what I do with the book T'was the Night Before Thanksgiving.
   Another thing I like to do is give the children a turkey riddle each morning. They love trying to figure out the riddle. I reveal the answer at the end of each day. You may click the picture below to download a copy of the riddles.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving.!

Freebie Fridays

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Thanksgiving Freebies

  I enjoy creating holiday themed activities to reinforce skills we're working on in class. My third graders have been having fun exploring multiplication with area. Next week we'll get into the fluency of facts. I created a turkey color by code for my kiddos that I'm sharing. The children will multiply by ones and twos since we're just starting out with the fact fluency. You may click below to download.

Head over to Tales from Outside the Classroom for more Thanksgiving Freebies.


Friday, November 15, 2013

Five for Friday

Happy Friday! I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday. Here are my five randoms for the week.

 Our school had a Veteran's Day parade to honor our local veterans. My students wrote thank you letters to a veteran and traced their hands on red, white, and blue construction paper. Their hands were the feathers for the turkey on our bulletin board. I got the idea on Pinterest.  You can download my letter form and checklist by clicking on the picture.
We worked on forming linking and action verbs. They filled in mini anchor charts and glued into their writing notebooks. The kids enjoyed the Grammar Jammers video on verbs.

The children finished their character book projects. They had to identify two  character traits for the main character supported with text evidence. They also had to track the character's feelings in the story. The final products turned out great!  You can download my project for free by clicking the picture.
One of the good reader strategies we focused on this week was visualizing. The children practiced during guided reading and filled out an organizer from my Monster Reading Bundle. They presented their visualizations and words from the author during book share at the end of Reading Workshop.
I found this quote on Pinterest.  Thought it was a good reminder.

Have a good weekend!


Saturday, November 2, 2013

November Currently

November is here already and my baby girl turns 15 today. I don't know where the time went. Anyway,  I'm linking up with Oh' Boy 4th Grade for November Currently. Here it goes.......

                                       Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili
Football season...This stuff is soo good! Crock Pot Cream Cheese Chicken Chili  (that's a mouthful!)  2 chicken breasts, still frozen  1 can Rotel tomatoes  1 can corn kernels, do not drain  1 can black beans, drained and rinsed  1 pkg. Ranch dressing mix  1 T cumin  1 t chili powder  1 t onion powder  1 8-oz pkg. cream cheese  _________  Put the chicken in the crock pot.  Top with the corn, drained and rinsed beans,  ranch dressing, cumin, onion and chili powders,  stir to combine then top w...

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Tip Tuesday Grade Card Comments

Hi friends. I can't believe it's Tuesday already! I'm posting late for this week's tip, the day got away from me.

  I also can't believe that it's the end of the first quarter already. I've been working on grade card comments which can be challenging.  I sometimes feel like I'm repeating the same comments over and over. I have websites bookmarked that I go to for word variety. The links to the websites are listed below.

                          101 Report Card Comments

                         Education World: 100 Report Card Comments

                         Super Teacher Report Card Comments

I'm keeping this post short and sweet.  Have a great week!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Autumn Leaves Theme Day

Hello friends and happy Friday. I'm linking up once again with Doodle Bugs 5 for Friday and TBA's Freebie Friday.  My class concluded this week with an Autumn Leaf Day. It fit perfectly with our study of plants. Here's what it looked like.......

We started the day with a close read of a story called "Leaf Collection". The picture shows the third read of children reading for skill.  The focus skill was details. Click here for the format of my close reading and here for my post on supporting details.

The children brought in leaves for math. They worked in their learning teams to sort the leaves into like color and recorded the results in a tally chart. They used the data to create a bar graph. We worked on writing to compare in math this week and have an anchor chart displayed in the room with comparison words. The children compared their graphs with someone from a different team and used words from the chart to write comparison statements. Click the picture for this lesson freebie.

I made a guess the covered word activity to go with Photosynthesis. Through the activity the children learned why leaves turn colors in the fall. The words in context that they had to guess were photosynthesis, chlorophyll, glucose, yellow, brown, orange, green, and energy.

I also used the words to create a word search and added some other autumn words also. Click here for the puzzle maker.


I wanted to do leaf rubbings, but we ran out of time! We had a great day though.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

iPad for RTI

I'm lovin' my class iPad! (My wonderful husband bought an iPad for my class). Needless to say, I've been downloading apps like crazy.The first 30 minutes of the day I work on RTI. The iPad is a great tool for this.

 I found a couple apps  for fluency called One Minute Reader and K12 Timed Reading. The children practice all week to beat their time and do the last reading for me on Friday.

iPhone Screenshot 1

 Another way I'm using the iPad is for individual math practice or enrichment. Some students are working on multiplication zombies and some are on subtraction.

iPhone Screenshot 1

Students that need phonics can practice with the Phonics Tic-Tac-Toe.

iPhone Screenshot 1

I'm just getting started. I can't wait to try more. Do you have any tips for me about this? I'd love to hear more ideas.

Head over to Fourth Grade Flipper for Tried it Tuesday. I even downloaded the Spelling City App that she's talking about. :)


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