I think one of the best things about summer is not really knowing what day of the week it is and not caring what time you go to bed. So bring back June, it is going by way to fast.
So lets go back to May and I will show you some things my students did at the end of the year.
I love animals and I know that most of my students do too. They love to learn about different animals. They love to create pictures too of their animals. At the end of this year we were studying habitats. My class loved learning about the desert habitat. Wisconsin is so different then the desert that my students were engaged and enjoyed everything about it. We made non-fiction text feature books about the desert animals this year. Each child was given a desert animal. They did the research and turned it into a book that includes text features. We did this book last year also so it wasn't new to many of my students. Some of the pictures below are from my students African animal reports.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
I am so happy with my new blog design. Thank you Dianna.
The count down has begun, we are looking at 13 more days of school. Trying to get everything accomplished these past weeks have been exhausting. Testing, projects, field trips, memory books and the list goes on. My students have been working very hard. I will share their work shortly. I do want to share with you a journal that my students will be completing these next couple weeks.
It is called Memories of My 2013-2014 School Year. There are 22 pages in this book. My students will complete the memory book and then it will go home with them on the last day of school along with their portfolio. All the pages have Melonheadz clipart and are in black and white, and on each page there is a space for students to add their own pictures. I decided to bind this together, with the black and white cover copied on cardstock.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
It was during my Martin Luther King Unit a couple of years ago when we read a great book, called Back of the Bus, by Aaron Reynolds. When I asked the students what the theme of the story was, I got a lot of random answers, many that focused on the boy in the bus and what he did, not the main idea of the story. It was one of these moments that you go, REALLY! You have no idea what I am talking about! Then you go, well then, I need to teach it to you. So out of a really bad need for this big idea thinking in my classroom I made this Theme Lesson. It is to be used on a continual basis and added to as you read stories. It includes the most common themes in literature and when you get done reading a book, discuss in class the theme of the story. Then you photo copy the book and add it to the bulletin board.
Now that I have had this bulletin board up for over a year, my students get "The big idea." My students are young so it isn't always easy but they are focusing on the author's message now more than random events in the story. My themes lesson is on my teacher sites. I hope some of you will find it helpful.
These posters also look great when you print two to a page and then you have more room in your classroom for more wonderful posters. Look for this here.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Thursday, February 20, 2014
I love teaching math to my youngers (first graders). They are so much fun and so eager to learn. It was recently that I found the pace I was going in math to be too fast and if I continued we would be done with our textbooks at the end of March. That has never happened before usually I can never finish our math books, but this was a new series and well, I didn't know that.... So I have slowed down a lot and brought back a lot more games, centers and fun into my math class. The kids are enjoying it too. It cracks me up when we get done working on math centers and someone says, "Hey we didn't have math today!" "No, honey that was math." This actually happens a lot, I kind of think that is bizarre, I mean we worked with numbers we added and subtracted but apparently it is not math class because we didn't work out of the math book.
In our math book for the school year it teaches these strategies as well but at a pace that seems to confuse some students. These remedial students needed more help in knowing exactly which strategy to use when seeing the problems. Do I count up? Do I think of tens partners? Do I know my facts of ten? What do I do to solve these problems quickly? I think that we see the students in these early grades puzzled on what to do all the time and not just with the struggling students.
I decided to make some math centers that focused on these simple strategies that when used could really help students with their automaticity and fluency with their facts. I first made 14 strategy posters that explain these strategies.
This product is available at both of my stores. I am excited to be using these centers in my classroom and well my kids haven't figured out we are doing math yet, so it is all good. You can check it out here.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Hello! Happy snow day or in this case frigid below zero for the 100th time this year day! There is a little sad and happy in that sentence. Today I cleaned house, did some more laundry and worked on some more fun teacher stuff, last night I bought more vitamin D at the pharmacy and stocked up on groceries to avoid going outside. That was what I did for fun. Ok, so this winter I am starting to feel a little like that movie "The Shining" with Jack Nicholson when he goes psycho because he is locked up all winter in that lodge. Funny, I might have to watch that tomorrow because there is no school again because of weather. That is four days this month and we are pretty hearty people up here in Northern Wisconsin. School doesn't get closed because of the cold very often but wind-chill warnings are out again for tonight and it is suppose to be pretty bad.
Enough already! Ok so "enough" is my word for this year. So what is with the word, instead of a New Year's resolution you find a word to live by for the year. My husband saw it on a talk show or something like that. It took me a few days to think of a word but "Enough works for everything" Enough buying, enough eating, enough talking, enough complaining, enough working, enough well you get the idea. It is really a good word. My husband's word is "Relax" which is a good word for him but when I see he has done that too much I just say "enough!" See "enough" works, and I am going to keep that word for next year too.
|My husband and son Logan. The one day it was warm enough to be outside. My husband would ski everyday, that is why he needs the word "relax." My son did not have fun, we dragged him along. |
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
|Here is a look at what is all included in the unit.|
|The "Below Zero" class book is on my to do list for Wednesday.|
|Many activities can be used as a center too.|