December 31, 2011
December 27, 2011
11. Favorite movie you watched: The Help
10. Favorite TV series: I am a true GLEEK and love Glee. Lately I have also been enjoying "Once Upon a Time." I love the writing and I have always been a fan of fairy tales!
9. Favorite restaurant: Carrabba's (YUMMY!!)
8. Favorite new thing you tried: I have not tried anything new, so this is a difficult category. About 12 weeks I tried the black bean burger at Friday's and it was DELICIOUS! Sad - I know... I need to try more new things in 2012!
7. Favorite gift you received: The gift of "time." By this I mean the time I have to spend with DH, family, and friends!
6. Favorite thing you pinned: I love looking, but I have not pinned anything because I don't have an account. : (
5. Favorite Blog Post: Happy Poetry Month
4. Favorite Accomplishment: Maintaining my weight loss. A few years ago I worked hard to lose 50 pounds. I have managed to keep it off and still love working out and going spinning.
3. Favorite Picture: Anniversary Dessert at Epcot
2. Favorite Memory : Being at Disney World (Epcot really) Celebrating my 7 year wedding anniversary - Best relaxing vacation in a LONG time, Yes, I said - relaxing! Sitting by the pool in 90 degree weather after a cold NY winter is heaven!
1. Goals for 2012
Professional: My Own Classroom - I am SO OVER subbing!
Personal: Save more
What are your reflections and goals?
December 25, 2011
December 20, 2011
Also, I showed the students a PowerPoint I found on the web about writing a persuasive essay. Here is the link: Persuasive Essay Ideas
This is a great website!! We talked about the language of a persuasive essay. We did a sample graphic organizer and essay together.
All week, I read books about winter and snow for a week. We made a list of fun things to do during winter. On the day we went to write our essay, I also read one of my favorite books - Snowmen All Year
I asked the students if they liked winter or summer better. They then wrote their own persuasive essays. I will have to take a picture of the bulletin board. It turned out so cute!
December 5, 2011
Santa is left by his reindeer and needs to deliver the rest of his gifts. With some Santa magic, he has the farm animals help him deliver presents!
After reading this book, I plan to have students write their own version/ending. The possibilities are endless: zoo animals, desert animals, Arctic animals, puppies, or even some Australian animals.
I just love holiday books!
November 24, 2011
November 19, 2011
I love using this book with 3rd grades. After reading aloud the book a few times, I gave students a sheet of paper that had sentences from the text. For example:
There is a whale in my backyard pond.
I fed him cornflakes.
Whales live in salt water.
Students work with a partner to cut out the sentences and put them in a T-Chart which is labelled Facts and Fiction. I check students' answers before I let them glue the sentence stripes. As students finish I give them a crossword puzzle to work on in case I need to help kidos who need more assistance.
I am sharing a copy here: Crossword Puzzle
(I hope this link works. This is the first time I am trying this.)
Another lesson I teach with this book is letter writing. Students pretend they are Emily and they want to find out another new fact about whales. We go over the rules of a friendly letter and then the students write to Mr. Blueberry. I give the letters to a different student. Then, they research the question and write a follow up letter. The students really love doing this activity!
November 14, 2011
Ten Fat Turkeys by Tony Johnston
Thanksgiving Rules by Laurie Friedman
Five Silly Turkeys by Salina Yoon
The Littlest Pilgrim by Brandi Dougherty
Click Below for one of my old favorites I try to use every year:
Thanksgiving Read Aloud
Happy Reading !
November 12, 2011
This is when my quick poetry activites come into play. One of my favorites is using the poem below and then having the students draw a picture for the poem. Some years I have the students draw what they are thankful for and other years I have them draw a picture of something they are doing on their day off!
I am thankful for many things
That I just want to sing.
I am thankful for all the food that makes me drool,
And for the day off from school.
** I have had this poem for so long I am not sure where it came from maybe from http://www.gigglepoetry.com/
November 6, 2011
Veteran's Day Ideas
Veteran's Day by Fun in First
Two Books Below:
Before reading , I sometimes make charts to prepare for the text. For these books, Ask. " What is a Verteran?" We then add more answers after we learn new ideas throug hour reading!
Story: Emily’s Pop-Pop is shocked when he hears that Emily and Vincetta Louise don’t know what a veteran is. With Veterans Day coming up, he volunteers to talk to their class about the holiday and the people it honors.
** This book also talks about narcolepsy.
Story: Through the eyes of a little girl named Claire and her friend Robbie, children learn about our nation's veterans and why we honor them on Veteran's Day.
Hope these links and books help you teach this week.
October 23, 2011
Here is what I came up with:
1. Read some of Laura Numeroff's books. Have several copies available for the students to use for their own writing.
2. Begin a writing templet for your students:
"If you give a witch a cauldron... "
"If you give a witch a broom.... "
" If you give a ghost some gum..."
" If you give a vampire a vegetable..."
3. Have students write their own stories.
With younger students, the teacher and students could write the story together. It could be illustrated by the students and made into a class book. I cannot wait to do this activity!
October 16, 2011
I have used these books to help build sequence. I type out the text on several strips of paper. I put them in a bowl. After several readings of this book, I have the students pull out the text strips and then place them in the correct sequence. For my struggling readers, I let them look back at the pictures to help them put the text in sequence!
October 9, 2011
I loved telling the students they are the "STAR" of their personal narrative.
S = Story about me
T = Tells about my feelings
A = Always use I
R = Reader will learn something about me
( You could also use R = Remember to write in sequence)
Students are going to write personal narratives which will be posted on the bulletin board. I will keep with the "star" idea and write "Now Starring....." across the top. Stars with their names will be attached to their writing.
October 8, 2011
I was so pleased with the lesson and it was so much fun! The students came up with some great writing ideas! Here are two pictures of the writing. We wrote a sample together first.
The students decided to cast a spell on me... LOL.
One student had a very creative writing piece. I took the picture with my IPhone. I wish it was bigger! Here is part of one student's story:
If you take a vampire to the drive-in he will want to see Twilight. He will want to drink fruit punch because he thinks it's blood.
Other students had some clever beginnings:
"If you take a zombie to the arcade..."
"If you take a vampire to the zoo..."
"If you take a ghost to the movies..."
September 30, 2011
Have you ever loved one idea and used it in several different lessons?
I have and it is when I have students make flip books!
Today two classes were making flip books in social studies. They students had to read and article that was about five different time periods. Then they had to used premade flip books to write five key ideas about each time period and also illustrate that time period. The students were really into the project.
This reminded me of what I have used slip books for in the past:
1. Sequence a Picture Book ( Setting, Characters, Problem, Climax, Solution)
2. Writing a paragraph ( used 5 pages with the first page the topic sentence)
3. Reading a non-fiction text then write and illustrate main idea and details
4. Writing directions ( For example: How to make a PB&J )
5. Prefix and Suffixes
6. Character Traits
7. Book Summaries by Chapters
My friend is a math teacher and she has used flip books to teach students place value!
What is your favorite must use idea in the classroom?
*** Picture taken from Thinking Education
September 28, 2011
Nonfiction Reading Response Idea
This project really rocks!
September 19, 2011
Confessions at Kindergarten Teacher Tales
Here are my confessions:
- I am subbing this year, and yes, I am good at it.... BUT.. I HATE IT!
- I miss being a reading teacher!
- I love GLEE and I cannot wait to watch the new season.
- I watch football all day long on Sundays. My DH thinks I am crazy!
- I hate seeing miserable teachers who have jobs when I don't!
- I love pumpkin lattes and could drink them all day long. LOL !
- I am addicted to watching the Housewives of New Jersey. OK.. I am really addicted to reality t.v. I watch WAY TOO MUCH of it!
Go join the party!
September 18, 2011
Here is a great link that has a ton of scripts that can be used across several grade levels:
September 12, 2011
Here are the blogs I read and grab ideas from:
Mrs. Carrol does not have a blog button, but I wanted to share a pic from her blog title. Click on her link below the pick.
First Grade Parade
September 11, 2011
September 6, 2011
September 1, 2011
August 31, 2011
Here is the website:
If you have computers in your room, this website is a great addition for a literacy center. I have been playing the "Spell a Picture" game. I love how two partners could team up and take turns to spell words. The partner could try and guess which word their partner was spelling.
I also tried the "Tell a Story" page. This would be a great way to publish stories! There is also a "Make a Card" page where students could make thank you cards, open house invites, and several more!
Enjoy playing around with this website... the possibilities are endless!
Happy Reading !
August 30, 2011
This attendance book starts a daily routine that allows children to see their progress in writing their names. Use those individual photos from your class pictures to make a supply of sign-in sheet. Each morning, date one of the sheets and place it by the door. Have each youngster find his/her photo and sign his/her name beside it. Store the completed sheets in a notebook. During conference time, the notebook is a handy way to show a part of each child’s development. Not only can the teacher glance at this list in the AM to see if everyone is present, but I think this is a great way for students to become familiar with the names of their classmates.
This is also a great tool for a substitute teacher to use during the day to call on students!!
August 26, 2011
August 24, 2011
Here are my "words of wisdom":
1. Get a good night's sleep !! You may want to grade one more paper, read one more book report, look up one more idea on the Internet. SET A BEDTIME and STICK TOO IT! It will be better for you, your health & your students!
2. Don't try and do everything your first year. You will want to, but it will become too much, too soon!! Choose one subject area you want to really focus on and give that subject your all! Try different things, develop some great lessons for that subject. Then next year, move onto another subject!
3. Choose ONE day to stay late. Do you plans, organize, gets your supplies and copies ready for the next 5 days, make a few back up plans. Then REPEAT!
4. Pick one day a week and leave right away. Grab a cup of coffee, go to Target, go to the gym. Take this time to treat yourself to a non-school thing for at least an hour!
5. Talk to your students individually. Spend 15 minutes a day and just talk. They really just want you to like them. Make them feel like they are your favorite student for those precious 15 minutes. It will pay off on so many levels!
6. Take the time to sit back and reflect. It really does make one a better teacher!
Happy School Year Everyone!