Next week is Red Ribbon Week! This year, my school is doing a competition between classes and grade levels to see who can come up with the most creative Red Ribbon Week door decor. I wanted a theme that would coordinate nicely with my sports themed classroom. Last year I did a basketball door with the saying "We won't lets drugs ruin our HOOPS and dreams." (I would show you a picture, but I dropped my phone in the toilet last October and lost all of my pictures from the month.) I wanted something different this year. I don't have any cheerleader decor in my room this year, so I decided to go that route. I was going to have all of the kiddos sign on the football field. But after putting it up there, I am not certain there is room for 52 kids to sign their names! Good luck to all my teacher friends this week. The week of Halloween can be SCARY at school! ;-) ...
I love using literature circles, or book clubs, during my guided reading groups! I love them because they make lesson planning simple, they give me the opportunity to introduce new authors and series to my students, they give my students the opportunity to practice skills learned in a mini lesson and most importantly...the kids LOVE them! They cheer when it is their day to meet with me and they grumble if we have to cancel due to assemblies or fire drills. Having my students get excited about reading, puts a huge smile on my face. I have written about literature circles before but I get lots of questions from coworkers and Facebook followers about my literature circles, so I thought I would share the answers here. When do you find time for literature circles? I meet with my literature circles Monday-Thursday during my guided reading small group time. My students are divided into four groups. I meet with two groups on Mondays and Wednesdays and the other two groups on Tuesdays...
Today was my students' first day back after a two and a half week fall break! After such a long break, I knew that my kiddos would need to review rules and procedures before starting into our normal routine. I did not want to just stand in front of my class and rehash the first two weeks of school. I wanted something more engaging. So, I came up with six topics that I wanted my students to review. I wrote them on the board and assigned a team to each topic. I gave each of the teams ten minutes to work together. They brainstormed the things students needed to know and a way to teach it to them. Finally, each group taught the class their topic. They were so cute and they sounded JUST like me! And the best part? I just sat and watched. They did all the work! And they liked doing it! I wanted to hear all about the kids' fall break adventures (and I was excited to tell them about my cruise and swimming with dolphins!), so I made this simple and cute creativity for th...
This year I am using interactive notebooks in math, reading and social studies. I absolutely love them! It was a bit intimidating when I first started using them and I often get questions about them. Let me share a little about what I have learned. If you want more tips and ticks for interactive notebooks, be sure to follow my Interactive Notebook Pinterest Board. Just click on the picture below. Are you ready for a FREEBIE?! Click on the picture to grab free notebook covers, table of contents, rubrics and student reflection forms. Happy notebooking! ...