Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Interactive Notebooking

Happy Hump Day to you all! :)
It's time for another installment of Wordless Wednesday with my buddy Christina over at Miss DeCarbo! :)  

So, I have to admit...I am TOTALLY late to the party on this trend, buddy Tammy from the Resourceful Apple made these interactive notebooks for phonics and they are SO. MUCH. FUN.  I'm glad she saved me the time of making this myself!  Each day the kids add something new to their journals! :)  It's really been something that adds to what I'm already doing in the classroom and I totally love it! :)

So, my question for you is...
Do you use interactive notebooking in your classroom?  What subjects do you use them for?

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Peek at my Week: Learning about Pets

Thanks DeeDee for hosting this fun linky about our plans for the week! :) 
Last week was a fantastic week! :)  We had so much fun!
We learned all about the differences between urban vs. rural.  The ideas worked out so well, I put them into a brand new pack!

This week, we are learning all about PETS! :) 

I'll be integrating our science studies into my reading block this week to create some time in the afternoon to try out our first STEM task!

I've planned for three days of integrated lessons.
There's a bit of math and also literacy included as well.
I am still working on the craft, and when I'm all done with that, I'll put it in my store for you guys! :)

Word Work Centers: Initial L Blends This week, I'll be using a few of my centers from this unit! :)  I love word sorts!  They are simple and easy to prep, and the students can do them independently in first grade!  There are four stations in this particular set.  They have a mix of words and differentiated response sheets so that I can craft the activity to specific students.  Want to see these yourself? Click HERE.

Now, on to my visual plans! :)

Need a copy with the links?
Click HERE.
Hope you have a wonderful week! :)

Friday, September 5, 2014

Five for Friday: September 5, 2014

Happy Friday to you all! :)
I am thrilled to be linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching again this week! :)  Even though it was a short week, it was a full one! :)  Take a peek below at what we were up to!

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This week, the focus of our instruction was on the city and the country.  We read several different texts on the topic.  At the end of the week, several of us got together and dressed up to support the theme!  We even got my intern into it! :)
My intern was born and raised in the area where I teach.  He is as country as they come--bless his heart! :)
I drafted him to be a city slicker with me  for thirty minutes! :)  I think he's got the gangsta face down a wee bit better than his mentor teacher! :)  Bwahahaha!!
One activity we did was to use hula hoops as a Venn Diagram!  Thanks, Krystal for a great idea! :)  I made some cards that had images that reflected the city and the country. 
The kids did a great job taking turns and sharing what they recalled from our stories!
We transferred our learning to this paper pencil version of a Venn Diagram.
If you'd like this worksheet for your class, please click HERE. :)

We used our writing as a spring board for two different writing assignments this week! :)
I think it's HUGE to have students peer edit each other.  I started teaching them how to do it last week.  Their finished product this week was about a special place.  Each student had a peer editing rubric.  They read each others work and helped them to make it even better!  I was so proud of my littles this week!  They were so dedicated to getting this right!

Here was our craftivity for the week to round out our learning and integrate the social studies topic into our reading block!
 This student writes...
'I like the city because there are big buildings and at night it is beautiful.  It makes me want to cry.  I like the country because there are horses.'
I loved the wonderful complexity of her sentence structure and the vividness of her language in this piece!  I have truly talented writers this year!  I can't wait to see what the future holds with this bunch!
To keep things organized on crafts with many pieces, I put all of the pieces into one gallon sized bag.  These bags if laid flat can fit in their seat work folders.  They use the bags to collect their personal garbage, and then they dump out the scraps and save the bag for the next project.
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We use reward coupons from Mel D in our room! :) One of the rewards is lunch with the teacher.  This fine young man was my first date for the year! :)  He loved taking this selfie and eating with us! :)  No one gets this excited to see me except my mom and my husband!  I love this little face! :)

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On Thursday, our administrator announced that we could wear jeans to work with our spirit shirts once a month!  We NEVER get to wear jeans at our school...unless its for a fundraiser! :)  My teammates and I celebrated with this fun picture that we sent to our boss!  She loved it! :) 

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One of my new teammates found this on her car today.  She was parked on the line.
Can you believe people would behave like this in a school parking lot?  Oh my word! :(

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To all my friends who work out, you'll be happy to know that I am still going to the gym several times a week!  I went to my first back to back class this week.  Zumba and then Yoga.  I did my first headstand in class! :)  Oh. my. word.  That's all I'm going to say about that! LOL!  I got to use the straps to help me stretch and blocks to help me balance with new positions.  It was really intense, but I tell ya...I never felt better afterwards!