Thursday, August 30, 2012

My week... in details!

Hey there!  So today was the 3rd day of school and it was fabulous!!  I can tell we are going to have a great year.  They know how to stand quietly, walk in a line, raise their hands, and they have all mastered writing their names!  I LOVE Kindergarten!  Shh! We better keep how fabulous it is a secret or the others will be trying to trade us! :)

It was totally my fault to give you plans without any details!  So, here it is really detailed.... you can skim and I won't be offened! :)

7:55- Students come in the classroom, sit at thier tables, I call students over 2-3 at a time to give me their folder & put their backpacks away in the hallway.  I then quickly take attendence and lunch count {our students now have a choice for their lunch so this all new}

8:05- I call tables down to the carpet for Calendar.  We talk about the date, today, yesterday, tomorrow, weather, season, days in school {we keep straws, place value chart, and place fish into the fish bowl poster for days in school}.  We then sing the days of the week, months of the year, and the pledge.  I am eventually going to start the Calendar Books I purchased from Growing Kinders!

8:15  This is our opening for our reading series.  It is filled with quick but effective mini lessons.  The beginning of year we start with rhyming and phonological awareness activities.  We end the year with substituion and blending. 

8:25 Restroom

8:35  Reader's Workshop: This is also covered in our reading series.  We have a read aloud story on Mondays, Big Book on Tuesdays, 2 decodable readers for Wednesday & Thursday and Fridays we have poems.  The start of the series in which we are on right now calls for a poem/song read aloud and 2 concepts {letter names, names, book handling, rhyming, etc}

8:55-9:55 Daily 5- Reading Groups.  After Daily 5 is up and running I will be meeting with 4 reading groups each day at 12-14 minutes each.  Right now we are establishing Daily 5 Routines.  I am following the 5 week slow start to the Daily 5.  We will spend one week on each Daily 5's {read to self, read to someone, work on writing, word work, and listen to reading}  We will continue to build stamina with read to self during each of the weeks.  Today we first talked about the 3 ways to read a book {read the pictures, read the words, ad

Monday, August 27, 2012

My week... detailed!

Hey there!  So today was the 3rd day of school and it was fabulous!!  I can tell we are going to have a great year.  They now know how to stand quietly, walk in a line, raise their hands, and they have all mastered writing their names!  I LOVE Kindergarten!  Shh! We better keep how fabulous it is a secret or the others will be trying to trade with us! :)

It was totally my fault to give you plans without any details!  So, here it is really detailed.... you can skim and I won't be offended! :)

7:55- Students come in the classroom, sit at their tables, I call students over 2-3 at a time to give me their folder & put their backpacks away in the hallway.  I then quickly take attendance and lunch count {our students now have a choice for their lunch so this all new}

8:05- I call tables down to the carpet for Calendar.  We talk about the date, today, yesterday, tomorrow, weather, season, days in school {we keep straws, place value chart, and place fish into the fish bowl poster for days in school}.  We then sing the days of the week, months of the year, and the pledge.  I am eventually going to start the Calendar Books I purchased from Growing Kinders!

8:15  This is our opening for our reading series.  It is filled with quick but effective mini lessons.  The beginning of year we start with rhyming and phonological awareness activities.  We end the year with substitution and blending. 

8:25 Restroom

8:35  Reader's Workshop: This is also covered in our reading series.  We have a read aloud story on Mondays, Big Book on Tuesdays, 2 decodable readers for Wednesday & Thursday and Fridays we have poems.  The start of the series in which we are on right now calls for a poem/song read aloud and 2 concepts {letter names, names, book handling, rhyming, etc}

8:55-9:55 Daily 5- Reading Groups.  After Daily 5 is up and running I will be meeting with 4 reading groups each day at 12-14 minutes each.  Right now we are establishing Daily 5 Routines.  I am following the 5 week slow start to the Daily 5.  We will spend one week on each Daily 5's {read to self, read to someone, work on writing, word work, and listen to reading}  We will continue to build stamina with read to self during each of the weeks.  Today we first talked about the 3 ways to read a book {read the pictures, read the words, and retell a known story}  We also discussed building stamina and how it takes practice, practice, practice! We brainstormed the Read to Self I-chart.  Under the word students we have: read quietly, get started right away, stay in one spot, and build stamina. I then had a student come up and model how to do read to self!  We then had the chance to practice- we made it to the 3 minutes with only 1..."I'm done!"  Very good!! :)  Next week we will move on to read to someone, but still keep building stamina each day.

9:55-10:30 Today and tomorrow I am using lessons from the Meacham learning website.  Wednesday-Friday I will doing lessons from DeeDee Wills and Deanna Jump's Writing through the year unit.  My reading series writing will start in about 2 weeks and we will move back and from that along with Writing through the year.

10:30-11:30 Restroom, Lunch, Recess

11:30-12:00 Tiger Time {this will eventually be our grade level intervention time}  We will begin grouping & switching students in a month or so.  Right now we are working on skills that are new to a lot of Kindergarten students.  Today and tomorrow we are working with how to safely use our scissors and then we will move onto strokes.  Strokes are a vital component to teach before you really get into a lot of letter formations.  To a student slant down, slant down, across can be quite confusing!  This week I will introduce the stroke by "moving to the stroke."  I will have the students stand up and we will use BIG motions to make the stroke.  If we are going down I will remind them to start above their head and move down towards their belly buttons.  BIG  motions are great for the brain.  We will then move to these fabulous stroke cards.  I got them {here} for FREE! oh yeah!  I will begin by having the students trace with their fingers the stroke, we will then move onto dry erase markers.  I have laminated my stroke cards!  We end by working on stroke practice pages.

I will continue on with my afternoon plans tomorrow & I'm very sorry for any typos- it's past my bedtime... have a great Tuesday and if you're down south please stay safe... you are in my prayers!

Sunday, August 26, 2012

A peek into my week... and a {freebie}

Hey there!  Wowzers!  Last week was most definitely a roller coaster!  It was back to work Monday, Open House Monday evening, and back to school for students on Thursday.  Well all of that in its self would have been quite the week.  However, last week was also filled with fertility treatments, several trips to the DR and hour away from my hometown, and some sad tears.  I made it through and as soon as Thursday came and I had 22 students yelling Teacher!  Teacher!  my mind had wondered away from the tears and I am now focusing on the 22 youngsters I get to make a difference for. 

Our first 2 days of school seemed like a whirl wind!  Here's what it looked like on the first day:
Meet students on the playground, come in and while students are coloring a picture I am taking attendance and lunch count, meet at the carpet and discuss carpet expectations, move to discussing restroom expectations & use the restroom.  Afterwards, I read my Recess: Rules and Safety book.  They loved having Tommy teach them how to be safe.  {see more for this below}  After reading this book we made our way out to the playground.  The teachers discussed how to play safely and then the students had the chance to show us how to play safe.  Next, we went back inside and the students colored themselves playing safely at recess using a printable from the recess book. 

Afterwards, we read the Lunchroom: Rules and Safety book, went to the restroom, and practiced doing our jobs at recess.  After lunch, recess, and specials we met Pete the Cat... ate snack and it was time to go home!  Such a great start to the year.

Day 2 we made these portraits...grab your freebie below!
Click Photo to download


I thought some might enjoy taking a sneak peak at my lesson plans so I am attaching those below.  My district uses a Reading Series, Journeys, this covers Reading Workshop & Phonics/Word Work.  We also use a Math Series, Math Connects.  Let me know if you have any questions about my plans!
 

Above I mentioned my Recess & Lunchroom: Rules & Safety books.  Well.... I also have 2 more versions- restroom & hallway.  I just love how these books & corresponding printables turned out.  After making the recess packet I contacted Scrappin Doodles about corresponding clip art and she came through completely!  The clip art is adorable and so practical.  Here is the complete bundle.  It sells for $8.50. You can also purchase the packets separate.  Click below to view on Tpt!

Have a great week!

 

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Pinterest Loves & Lucky Duck Freebie!

We all know how fabulous Pinterest is!!  Here's some of my new loves....


Lucky Duck!!
Original pin..click picture to visit

Here's my Lucky Duck cup


Click {here} to download the duck graphics!

Click {here} to download the lucky duck graphic for your cup!



Next... I found these adorable Pete the Cat school tour cards.  They are beyond adorable.  Pete the cat goes to visit each room of the school and leaves the kiddos a little note!  Click the picture below to visit the original pin. and grab this freebie for yourself!


I am responsible for writing my objectives on my whiteboard each day.  Last year I wrote out the subjects every day.  This year I found these adorable free schedule cards to use instead.  Click the picture below to visit the pin.


We all jump for joy each time we have a new kiddo learn how to tie their shoes!  Here is a super cute way to encourage more kiddos to learn.  They get to join Pete the Cat's shoe tying club.  Click the picture below to visit the original pin and grab the free!



I will leave you with a picture of my adorable niece Lolah.
She is having a blast using my snack mats!
Click {here} to view my snack mats on TPT. They are Common Core aligned...oh yeah!

Well, it's that time...back to school tomorrow for Teacher Work Days!  The kids come back on Thursday!  I'm very excited to get this year started... good luck to all of you starting this week!! :)

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Key to Fluency... Punctuation?













Several of you probably already know Yo! Yes?  However, for those of you that haven't seen the book I'm attaching a video reading!  It's short but right to the point!

Download the punctuations slides from below as well as  freebie punctuation cards click below!

The additional 10% off at TpT has expired.  However, my store is still on sale for 20% until 8/15!
Click to visit my store!


Have a great day!  I am thinking of those that are back in the classroom this week!  Teacher work days and Kindergarten Open House is Monday, 8/20 and school starts Thursday 8/23! 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Roarrr! Tiger Themed Classroom & Math Challenges! {freebies inside}

My district is home to the Tigers!! It's so nice having all of the schools share the same mascot... and tigers are just magnificent! To honor my Tigers I have put together a tiger themed classroom decor kit. Included in the kit: days of the week cards {2 fonts}, months of the year cards {2 fonts}, desk plates, blank labels, locker tags, & an alphabet strip! The kit sells for $5 but it on sale for $4 until Wednesday, August 15th! Click the pictures below to check it out!
 


Here's a freebie!!   Dress up your curriculum notebook with this insert!
Click the picture to download!


Now on to Daily Math Challenges!!  I purchased these super awesome journal prompts from DeeDee Willis a couple of weeks back.  If you haven't seen them go check them out while they are on sale!  If you click the photo it will take you to her blog post about them and there's a link to a freebie version to preview!

Anyway like I was saying... I absolutely love these and it gives students a chance to really problem solve.  I'm guilty myself of teaching a concept and giving the students a practice sheet to review.  However, with these journal prompts the students get a chance to really show what they know and to *think*  So many of our older students face these kinds of challenges on their standardized test...why not start them early? 

I love how DeeDee has it all set up for a composition or spiral notebook.  That makes it super easy.  However, in my classroom I already have a calendar notebook, writer's folder, daily 5 writing folder, etc etc.  I wasn't sure if I had the patience for another item that they would need to hold on to.  So, I decided to make little printables that the students glue their journal prompts to.  Same exact concept just without the notebook.  I've made several different versions {see below}.  I am working on a note to parents about how they can go over the daily math challenge with their student and give the student an opportunity to be an expert!  This is still a work in progress and I will give you updates to how it goes.  No doubt that these journal prompts will make a huge difference in my classroom!  Yay!



I can show my answer using pictures.


I can show my answer using pictures and words.


I can show my answer using pictures and an equation.

If you are interested in checking these out click before for the freebie!





Saturday, August 11, 2012

Common Core aligned snack???

Oh now I've gone and lost it?  Haha!! Kids are so eager to learn and especially when they are having fun!  We know that kids LOVE to play with their food- so why not accomplish some Common Core Standards while munching on their snack?    I really had this idea pop up the other night and I was telling my husband all about it and how great of an idea it was and he just doesn't understand my excitement! However, I knew you all would!!

Some of my examples!
I can sort by attributes!

 I can sort and graph by attribute.

1 to 1 correspondence!

I can make groups of 10.  {great for 100's day!}

Greater than/less than!  KPM Doodles adorable graphics!

Addition & Subtraction

The packet includes 22 snack mats all aligned to the standards.  The standard addressed is labeled at the top of each mat.  Print out for 1 time use or laminate for daily use!  The packet sells in my store for $4, but will be on sale for 20% off August 12th-15th!  Click the picture below to view on Tpt!




Friday, August 10, 2012

Back to School Sale!!



There are plenty of things to look forward to at the start of school...but a Teachers Pay Teachers Back To School Sale has to be on the top of that list!!

I will be offering 20% off my entire store Sun. August 12th thru Wed. August 15th.
TpT is offering and additional 10% off Sun. & Mon. ONLY!! Use the Code BTS12 at checkout!

Biggest BANG for your buck?
Grab this file jam packed with the Common Core! It consists of 17 of my best-selling Common Core packets... a $60 value, regularly priced at $50..... 20% off sale price is $40!  However, when using the TpT bonus percent off it will be even less!  The packet contains 340+ pages.  ONLY during this back to school sale 8/12-8/15 if you purchase this packet you get 1 item from my store for FREE!  All you need to do is email me at taradc87@hotmail.com.  Leave me your Tpt user name so I can verify your purchase and the FREE item you would like! 

Click the picture below for a full description.


Here's some of my newest & greatest! Click the previews to view on TpT!            Are you ready for some football??

Sight Word Super Bowl: 20% off Price: $2.40

Score! Football Fun for the Common Core! 20% off price: $4.80

Ten Fram Decor {6 colors} 20% off price: $2.40

Numbers 1-20 Part 2 20% off price: $2.40

Sort, Graph, & Tally 20% off sale price: $2.40

Building Mats {3 sets} 20% off sale price: $2.80

Literacy Center Match-Ups {3 sets] 20% off sale price: $2.00

Election Fun!  20% off sale price: $3.20

Click the school bus to visit my TpT store!

My classroom is coming along!

Tuesday afternoon I was able to get into my classroom and start setting up!  School starts August 23rd but teachers are back August 20th!  I am finally feeling like things are coming into place.  However, we all know that the night before school starts we are still adding to our "to do" list! 

I have found this Summer that blogging, blogs, Pinterest, & Teachers Pay Teachers are simply put; awesome!!  Below I will share some of the things in my classroom that I have blogged about, found on other great blogs or Teachers Pay Teachers.  Also, one of the best places to get teaching ideas.... it's your teaching buddies! It does make perfect sense. Teaching buddies have the same interests and love for teaching like you do!  I will share some great ideas I have gotten from my across the hall teaching buddy!


This shelf hold my 8 math center tubs and my math manipulatives are in matching white/clear containers.  The idea is that I will have 2 students at each math center tub= 16 and then the other 4-6 students will be with me at my table partaking in math interventions! 

A blurry but close up version of my math manipulative tubs!  If you would like the free labels click
{here}.  My math center tub labels sell for $2 in my store, click {here}.

Did I mention how TpT has changed teaching?  I found this fabulous packet from Growing Kinders called; It's Calendar Time!  I LOVE IT!  It will be such a benefit for our math skills. Click {here} to view the packet on TpT, it sells for $10- but it has everything you'll need for the whole year!


I have placed the calendar pages inside a three ring binder.  To save a little money I used the Pinterest idea to place duck tape along the side of a ziploc bag.  It works great and it is a lot more sturdier!  I did buy the super cute duck tape at Walmart.  I placed 1 pencil and 2 crayons inside each pouch.


My calendar board is a little less busy this year because I will be doing some portions of calendar on the smartboard!  The owl cards up in the corner I will use for "WHOO" is the leader.  The specials' cards are a freebie click {here}.  I use Singapore Math place value cards {the orange/red/white cards} and I wanted them on my calendar board so I cut the top of a Ziploc bag off and placed them inside of that and stapled it to my board.  It's not the cutest but hey it works!



These are super adorable poster sets that come from Christie at First Grade Fever!  She has been posting some awesome freebies and did I mention- they are so cute! 

I can be a Good Listener!

Whole Brain Teaching Rules & Callback Posters!

Click {here} to go to First Grade Fever!

Classroom Library!!

I'm just sure I have talked about these before but they are so beneficial that I must share with you again!  These are reading comprehension strategies!  I purchased the matching beanie babies from eBay.  So, when I am teaching the kiddos about digging for details I pull out Digger the Dog!  The kids love these!  I purchased the posters from TpT!  Click {here} to check them out!


Behavior Clip Chart!!  Last year it seemed like a large percent of my paycheck was going towards treasure box toys!  So, this year we've combined the clip chart with our behavior punch cards.  Here's how it works; if a student stays on green they will get 1 punch, blue 2 punches, purple 3 punches.  Obviously if they move their clip down they will not receive a punch..wahhh!  Once their punch card has 20 punches they get to go shopping from the best behavior catalog.  You can grab the punch cards & best behavior catalog {here} for only $3!!


Here are my ten frames!  I just know this is going to be sooooo helpful!  I also believe that the more they see it they more they believe in it!  Do you know what I mean?  If they see it a couple of times it doesn't mean too much.  However, if they see if over & over again something clicks!  I have these in my TpT store for $3. You can choose from 6 color choices! Click {here} to view!


Another great TpT find!!  This has been very popular on pinterest! Bless their little hearts but we all have a few kiddos that need to change their transportation  a lot!  This clip chart help so much....just switch their clip and your done.  I placed the bus icon on the bottom just so it would be the easiest to read for a substitute.  I am also going to place their bus numbers on the clip along with their names!  Click {here} to see it on TpT.  It sells for $3 in Miss Nelson's store! 


We had an organization donate stuffed animals to our kinders!  I made this cutsie sign and placed the animals in a laundry basket.  If you would like this sign you can click {here}.


Here's a picture of my guided reading chair pockets!   I love having chair pockets at my guided reading table.  It makes for quick and easy access to supplies.  See that pink bowl...keeping reading!


I found these little bowls at the Family Dollar.  Get this- they are 6 for $1!  That to me is an out of this world buy! 


I saw this idea on Pinterest to keep a "trash bucket" at each table during times when students are doing a lot of cutting.  Grab your trash bucket free labels by clicking {here}.  2 versions are included- trash bucket and paper please!

I think as a teacher we have to be willing to learn and grow just as we expect our students to do!  I am constantly learning from those around me!  Below are a few ideas my teaching buddy has shared with me!!  The first 2 go along with our reading series, Journeys. 

This h-u-g-e blue box is what the reading series company sent for us to store our picture cards in.  My teaching buddy had the idea to condense down to a smaller versions...here's mine!


That is a huge difference in size!  I have a lot more room on my counter now! Yay!

Do you follow a reading series with set questions or do you have certain questions you like to ask for a story?  Well maybe this idea has been around forever but my teaching buddy showed me what she does to be sure she is asking all the right questions without her teaching manual:


Photocopy or print off the questions and tape onto the back of your book!
Why didn't I think of that? :)

 Now I have to admit that I don't always like to change things up...If it's working why change it? Well what if it could save you time, energy, and paper? My first year of teaching I sent home a weekly progress report for each student. It was one sheet per student per week per year...yeah that's a lot of paper and filing!  So last year my teaching buddy showed me her idea for progress reports! I loved the idea I was just unsure if I would get the progress reports back each week.
I gave it a try and it was a success!!

Here's how it works...print off the progress report {below} and the labels {below}.  Staple the progress report onto a piece of construction paper, fold in half, and place the label onto the front.  The parents initial and return each week.  You only have to file once per quarter...yes please!!!

Click below to grab your freebie!!

Thanks so much!!