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I would love to know what you think of the redesign.
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Students write their -all words on the fall leaves of their tree. My kiddos got a kick out of this craftivity. Just click on any of the pictures to grab your copy. Make sure to leave a comment if you use it with your students.
What kind of fun word work activities do you do with your students?
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
|My hubs with the fabulous ladies of Lucius.|
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Sunday, October 27, 2013
For each conference, I make sure to have multiple examples of student work, copies of assessments, a goal setting sheet, any papers that I still haven't gotten parents to fill out, and examples of what's to come.
On top of that, I prep strategy bags for each family to take home. I think of these as my "No Excuses" bags for parents to work with their children.
Here is what's inside this year's bags:
Each family will take home one of these bags with a witch finger, for tracking words, and a reading strategy book mark.
Here are some of the resources: My First Grade Helper, How To Help Your Child Succeed, Sight Words, In the Car activities.You can find most of these resources at the links provided, just click on the resource name.
I also included math facts and a number line.
What do you do to get ready for conferences?
Monday, October 21, 2013
I started our math lesson by dumping out a whole container of counting bears, and told my students we only had 3 minutes to count them all. I then took suggestions as to how we could count all of the bears in that time frame. As a class we decided that counting by 5s would work. Everyone jumped in and started grouping the bears into 5s.
We then learned that bats eat about 600 mosquitoes in one hour! I broke students into 6 groups and handed them a page of mosquitoes. Their job was to create a plate of 100 mosquitoes. They had to work as a team to cut, sort, and count their bugs.
What are some skip counting activities you do with your students?
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Sunday, October 20, 2013
Do you like bats? Interviews:
I loved listening to my students as they interviewed each other. These are the learning moments where I feel my students are truly invested!
What is an adjective?
My students SHOCKED me during our first lesson on reading for specific information. It was one of those lessons where I felt like I didn't scaffold it enough, but some how every student knew what to do, and how to succeed. I can only hope that this happens when we revisit the same lesson this coming week.
I am always amazed at how my students bring out their personality in a simple cut and paste project.
What are you working on with your kiddos?
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Saturday, October 19, 2013
As a whole group we discussed and charted the difference between main ideas and details. I read several excerpts from nonfiction bat books and had students pair-share as to whether examples I read were main ideas or details. After visual and oral practice it was on to the craftivity.
I have continued to use this same format with the recording sheet that is included in the pack. I am so impressed with the fabulous work my students continue to produce.
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How do you teach main idea and details?
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
After our math meeting, introduction to our week or day, we do a whole group activity and then break into math centers. Math Centers are categorized by each of the CCSS math strands. Check out our Math Center labels and checklist.
Each week's centers focus on each of the strands. This week my kiddos are working on the following centers:
|10 Frame Pumpkin Math (the template and cards can be found in my TPT store)|
|Pattern Block Numbers|
|Candy Corn Numbers|