I am so excited! The week before the Super Bowl is my favorite week in my classroom! You can read a couple posts about my party last year HERE and HERE . It was so fun that I plan to keep most of it the same this year. I am just adding a few new things! First of all, I wanted to give my students a chance to read informational text about super bowls. They will be reading THESE close read passages every morning. I think that the kids will love the passages so much that they won't even realize they are learning and practicing their informational text comprehension! I am also adding a couple new math games to our party. They will be practicing their division facts with THIS fun football game. And we can always use some more practice with our multiplication facts. We will be using the football roll and cover from THIS sports bundle. I can't wait to start my Super Bowl of reading tomorrow! That is my favorite activity! I will post some pics dur...
If you follow me on FACEBOOK (which of course you do!) then you know that recently redid my reading groups and literacy centers. Last quarter I was team teaching during reading groups. I was working with the enrich and on-level students. I had great reading passages to work with and groups were pretty simple and functional. I had taught procedures and routines so my students knew exactly what to expect which made my groups run smoothly. The plan was to continue these groups this quarter. In fact, I had three weeks of reading groups planned and prepped! I was feeling very accomplished! Two days before reading groups were scheduled to start back up, I found out that I would no longer be team teaching. BUMMER! So I got a bit angry. Then that turned to sadness. And FINALLY it turned into determination to create something new and better! And sometime around 4 AM, I think I figured out how to make it all happen!!! We are two days in to our new routines, but it looks so smooth that you w...
I love book clubs! I decided this year that I wanted ALL of my students to get to participate in a book club. Often times, just the enrich groups get the opportunity. Here is how I did book clubs this year: I split my class into four groups and assigned them a book based on their ability level. I assigned a certain number of chapters to read each night. This was different for each group since I wanted them to finish the book at the same time and they were all reading different books. I also assigned a writing assignment for each week. This assignment is done in a composition book that is due once a week. I told the students that they could do the reading and the writing during their read to self center if they chose. Otherwise, they needed to do it for homework. I also gave the groups time to meet each week and discuss what they read and wrote. This helped with my speaking and listening standards! And at the end of the book, we did a project IN CLASS. No parent homework! This made m...
Last year I really struggled with teaching writing. The hour seemed so LONG! And many of my kids seemed unmotivated. This year, I vowed to work on making writing more meaningful and engaging. I only made some small changes, but I think they made a BIG impact! One thing I knew I needed to do was to find ways to celebrate my writers. I was hoping to increase motivation and I think that is exactly what it did! I keep a published writing binder displayed on a shelf in my classroom. Of course I had to have something to match my sports theme... After the kids conference with me and make any needed changes, they can publish their writing on this fun colored lined paper! I found the paper at Wal-Mart and Staples. The kids can't wait to use the colored paper so they work really hard on their revisions! SCORE! AND to make it even more fun, I allow students to read their published piece to the class using a megaphone! Perfect for our class theme! How do you celebrate your stu...
A dear teacher at my school was in a serious car accident. Even more than two months after the accident, she is struggling with her health. In addition to her own medical struggles, her son is very ill. He has recently undergone surgery and the results were not what everyone had hoped and prayed for. Even so, this teacher has remained positive and optimistic through all of these trials. As you can imagine, the medical bills are steep. I wanted to do something to help. I was overwhelmed by the generosity of my TpT family. Talented sellers donated EIGHTEEN different products to help teachers plan for January and February!!! Every cent made from this product will be donated to the family for their health expenses. The unit can be purchased HERE . In this unit you will find: Super Bowl Close Read Passages Valentine's Day No Prep Centers ABC Order by the Second Letter- Winter Theme Addition Center- Adding 2 Three-Digit Numbers Odd or Even Center- Winter Theme Capit...
So last night I was so super proud as I wrote a blog post about how it was only the second day of the year and I was already blogging. I put photos and links in my post and clicked on "publish." And that is when I got an error message!!! My blog post was gone! I was too bummed to rewrite my post last night. So instead, it is the third day of the year and I am still proud of myself for blogging! The goal this year is to blog at least once per week. I am much better with updating my Facebook page . And I also do quite a few flash freebies on there. So follow me! :-) Now on to my exciting news... my best selling product is my Third Grade Common Core Math Journa l. It has 100 math prompts that ask students to provide evidence, examples or explain the steps they took to solve a problem. There are multiple prompts for every single Third Grade Common Core Standard! I use these journals in my classroom. I would show you a picture, but I dropped my phone in the toilet and lost my pi...