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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Fall Math Poster

Just barely got this unit on the computer and then went shopping.  When I stayed home from work last week, sicker than a you know what . . . my son made sure to alert me when any store had a PS4 in stock.  His tenacity paid off and I landed one on-line through BEST BUY.  It was sold out in 10 MINUTES!  So today we went to purchase the games to go with.

Anyhow, as soon as I get a toolbar to organize this chaos, I will separate these posts.  Thanks for looking! 

Just going to throw this out there since it was a fun and engaging activity for the kiddos . . . not to much prep and could be used as stations too! Once they do one - they will be be able to complete the other units like this one on their own or with a sub.  Should have the Christmas one up next week and the others soon to follow.
Click on the picture above to take you to this unit

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Post Rewind October

Yea, I know, a lot of good this is now but the activities were so engaging that I wanted to throw it out there so you have a whole year to think about it!  I am going to post some activities with a brief explanation, some were inspired by other pinners, some were bought units, and one is project based and quite easy to do.  Up first is the Great Rot! 

I saw this idea on Pinterest for decomposing and since we had a rotting pumpkin and a cool pretzel container left over from snack - it was a match made in heaven.  I didn't teach the children about any of it.  I wanted to get them nice and CURIOUS about the whole thing and get them to write questions on post-its.  So It sat and as days past there curiosity began and so did the questions.  We are actually still observing it and adding more questions as they arise.  We will eventually get to the answers . . . but not yet.

Next up . . .  A great Spider Unit by Kristen Smith found HERE and an inspiration from a Pinterest pin that looked similar to this.
I used this chart to help review and teach about nouns and verbs then the children wrote spider nouns and verbs on colored post-its for the chart.  The words were then used to create a poem about spiders.  We added painted hand print spiders.  I looked for the original source to link it but cannot find it.  If you know, please send me the information so I can give credit where credit is due.  Here is the hand print with the poem.

Finally, the best project ever and the kids absolutely loves was the model of a Haunted HouseVillage made from a 2-D map that they created. 

They had to position everything on the model according to the map they created then I placed the roads where they drew them on the map.  They make the stop signs, houses, trees, cars, signs for community buildings (using names from our own community).  When I locate the 2-D map picture I will add it.  We display the village at our Harvest Festival but I leave it in the class for the children to use directional words.
I used the back of my library bookcase to place the spider vocab. words on.  I stapled black felt to it, a black border around it, then spray glued laminated vocab. words from the spider unit to felt.  That way they just stick.  No tape and no magnets that keep PEELING off everything!  Yea, I know . . . Excuse the mess!  It is a first grade classroom and we get BUSY in here! 


Thankful Heart

This year I needed a change for the traditional Thanksgiving writing and turkey craft that followed.  I wasn't quite sure what I was going to have my 1st graders make for their family thanksgiving project until I ran across inspiration  HERE and HERE with their "Project Gratitude."  Though I wasn't about to sew a bunch of fabric hearts I set out to find a way to incorporate the concept in class.
The children wrote" I am Thankful" books, they partner edited and rewrote their books. They drew and painted large orange hearts on brown craft cardstock ($4.00 -40% off coupon).  They used their finger and a brown ink pad to make fingerprint scallops around the hearts.  I took them home and used washi tape to bind the books and ripped strips of fabric for bows.  I hot glued the bows on the fronts.

Supplies: Orange paint, brown ink pad, washi tape, scrap fabric, brown cardstock (front and back)
They were so excited to get their published books!

 I made orange construction paper "Thankful Hearts"  you can download HERE or click on the picture for the black and white template.

We discussed acts of kindness and I made an anchor chart with their recollection of kids and people who  showed acts of kindness.  I precut the hearts and gave out "Thankful Hearts to students who showed acts of kindness without being asked throughout the week.  They gave them to others at school as well and I also gave them one to take home to give. 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

High Frequency Words

I am actually home sick today with no voice and not well at all. This is a go to activity when I have a sub because they like it and they learn quickly how to do it independently.
If you click on the picture or link, it will take you to my TPT store.  Download the preview for Free Number and Color Word Sheets to try it out. 
UPDATED July 2014 (150 Pgs)
Story Town Resource 1st Grade
The gray cover is the old cover.  I have since added another set of graphing activities - that's 4 a week!  The kids love these.  Practice high frequency words while working on probability, tally marks, and bar graphs.   There is an early finisher box on each probability sheet. 

If you use Storytown, these sheets correlate with lessons 1-30 plus color words and number words 1-10.
High Frequency Words Story Town
New Sheet (2nd sheet)

In case you missed FREE Color and Number Word pages click the picture above or HERE

Anchor Chart Chart Paper

 I was out of space and needed a way to display anchor charts  when making them with the kids.  I also needed a way to flip them easily, and remove them when I needed my small white board.  I absolutely love how easy and inexpensive this project was.  Make as many as you want in advance to the size you want then remove them and place somewhere else in the room when done for students to use.  The paper is really durable and easy to flip with the duct tape topper.  Hope you find this useful!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Doubles Plus 1

So, these sheets definitely stretch their brains and make them think beyond the rule Saxon gives:  Find your smallest number, double it, add 1.   Seems simple right?

Well I didn’t want to teach them the rule this year as I wanted them to see the meaning and the why behind doubling the smallest number.  These sheets work from the inside out. 

A teaching tip for you when doing these sheets.

Start from the equation at the bottom.  Have them build it.  Have them put their built number side by side and say, “what double do you see when I put these side by side?”   Oh my word!   Seemed simple enough but it proved difficult for some.  I do know they can see the why when doing doubles plus 1 though!

Doubles plus 1

I'm not going to say much about this unit except I made it because I couldn't quite find what I was looking for.  I do plan on having the kids build the doubles +1 flashcards with cubes. They will also play some doubles +1 games that I found on Pinterest and TPT while I was on a hunt for doubles plus 1.  It has been quite difficult helping parents understand the use of strategies in math so I hope this unit will help with the pictures.
Doubles +1

Click HERE  or on the pictures to see more  or to get the unit for $2.00

Saturday, November 16, 2013

It's that time again - Time to Revisit Routines and Procedures in January

It's that time of year again.  I want the rest of the year to go well and I want my students to learn as much as they can.  I will be changing what I do and adding a reflection corner.  

Click on the Picture Below to take you the Unit.  Download the preview to see a clearer document of the pictures shown below. 

As some of you may know, I switched to a new school in a new district and a new grade.  Everyone in the grade has to have the same rules posted and follow the same format sort of speak so - I DID.  We had to have the whole clip chart going with  Good Day, warning, time-out, etc.   It was so disheartening for me.  I was the newbie so I could not break the RULES and step on toes plus I need to keep my JOB!  Anyhow, I am bringing this out after break.  Yep - I am.  Why?   Because I believe in it and the clip chart does not work for those kids who are always moving their clip - and guess what?  The other teachers in my grade level are talking about poor behaviors, not listening, etc. and revisiting routine and procedures when they get back.   I will tell you right now that my hardest 3 kids - the behavior chart does nothing to help or change their behaviors.  My 1 (cute as a button) but oh so difficult child when it comes to following rules constantly was disheartened when he did not get a happy face at the end of the day.  He said to me one day,"I just can't be good."  So - there, I was done. Good-buy Chart! Again.  My other little guy (cute as a button too), shut down every time he moved his clip and stopped working.  At the end of the day, he would say, "I superstar?" He honestly had no clue why he was not a superstar.  He proceeded to say, "My dad is so happy when I Superstar."  Okay, so my job is to help him get there and moving a clip doesn't address his issues.  My 3rd little guy struggles with doing the right thing and wants to but "walks the line" most of the time.  Moving a clip doesn't help him either.  He really needs to identify what his strengths and weaknesses are so he can put himself  in good situations.  I have other students too but those are example of my toughest 3.  So when I get back - I am implementing parts of this unit (not all) and the unit by another teacher (posted below).  
The Way I Teach Tonya Leslie
January might be the middle of the year  but it sure is a good time to go back and teach classroom routines and procedures.  It's also a good time to reflect and change what has not been working for you or your students.  This is an older post but I wanted to revisit it.  There are revised portions of the above unit and I will continually revise it.  I will be adding editable slips for you to customize.  

Here is a reflection piece too that has 30 pages for different levels if needed.  Each one matches the symbol (sort of a re-thinking letter).  Can be done at school or at home.

There is also ones that are blank with just the symbols for students who are not writing yet.

I have been using this behavior management system in my class this year.  I spent 2 years researching self-regulating students for my masters and after trying the many different and sometimes very popular behavior management charts and systems . . .  I felt my students needed something different.

*My main question about previous plans I used was how did it help the student change their behavior or for that matter recognize it?

This kit has behavior slips with the same symbols that are on students nameplates. Each slip has the most common occurring behaviors students do.  There are 9 of these slips all together and some OUTSTANDING slips as well (which is not part of the 9).  This makes it easy on the teacher for time sake and it helps communicate the behavior with the parents.
The other concern I had was the interruption of children getting up to turn a card or move a clip.  This often resulted in the child missing further instruction as they got up or other students losing instruction from watching them.  Thus, the nameplates where students or teachers can move the clip.  Students can have more than 1 clip on their nametag. The kit includes a variety of nameplate options with or without a star for students to get to outstanding.  If you don't like the idea of a nameplate, I did include "frames" with the same symbols and wording to make a clip chart that can be displayed on the wall.

 I strongly believe that many younger students don't know what being responsible, respectful and safe is.  We use pictures when we teach and I think it is just as important for them to have pictures for learning expectations which is why I used the symbols.  The symbols are in the same order on everything.

*I included an editable parent letter, teacher tracker, and information on how I use this in my class and how I organize it.

IT's too late!  School already started!   No, it's never to late to try something new especially when what you are doing isn't working.  My teaching partner started using just the slips a week ago!

I am reprinting my name tags because I do think children who go above and beyond should be rewarded so I added the outstanding piece. 

I included a variety of options for the outstanding slips to save you from trying to remember or write a note at the end of a very hectic day.

If you are interested or want to read more about it, click HERE  or on the picture below to download the preview.

This post and this unit is about helping students help themselves.  I ran across this post by another teacher if you want to read more about not using a clip chart.  I don't think they are beneficial.  What this teacher does I studied in a "Helping Children Change their Behavior" Professional Level Masters Course.  A student who is disrupting class lessons may benefit from going to a time out place as mentioned in this post rather than going to move a clip.  In my kindergarten class this year, I have used a lot of social stories to address problem areas in the classroom.  They are nit social stories that I make up but I was given a book with a zillion of them and the kids love them. 

Monday, November 4, 2013

Meet the Triplets

Suffix -ed

You can get this unit by clicking here or by clicking on the picture below

Suffix ed 1st grade Grammar

No, there are no real triplets around here but I was excited enough about these 3 that I went ahead and created this blog that I had been putting off for a few years now. As I am testing the unit in my own class, I am adding pictures and notes.  I don't want to throw something out there that hasn't been tried in a classroom yet!   

Suffix -ed

Suffix -ed

     Interactive Reader with 4 pages front to back (8 Pages total)

Suffix -ed book

Before the reader, I used the words with the velcro triplets.  They read the words without _ed first then as I added  _ed they read the word again (removable _ed triplets with velcro).  You can use this in a variety of ways

Worksheet 1 is definitely a little more challenging and makes them think.  A few of my students colored the wheel first on their own and said, “I colored the wheel to match the triplets so it can help me know what sound -ed makes.  Brilliant! Why didn’t I think of that as it definitely wasn't in my instructions!

Today I pulled small groups to work on the reading passages.  There are two differentiated passages with differentiated flow maps using order words in this unit.  The one shown below was difficult for my two students that I work with everyday.  Today we color coded some of the sight words, circled ordered words, colored -ed, and I read the passage to them as they tracked and worked on decoding strategies.  The 2nd group of students I thought would have a difficult time with the passage as well but they surprised me and even color coded the _ed the color of the triplets without prompting.  They kept saying this is FUN! I'll add the 2nd passage tomorrow as I have yet to give that to my more fluent readers.
Suffix ed K-2


I made this anchor chart for them to chart words on over the next few days. They can write on it as they find words, you can give them colored red, blue, and purple post-its during reading time and they can add their words that way.  It's just butcher paper cut to the size you want.

Printable Triplets Post-its and smaller words to use with small group, in a station, or give post-its to students as a reminder when reading.

Some other Items Included
Suffix -ed Graphic organizer
Suffix -ed Notebook 

In case you missed the link . . .

To get this unit click here

Suffix _ed  DIY (Cost $7.00)

I made these to go with the unit and to hang on the wall as a reference.  I wanted something other than an anchor chart.  It cost me $7.00 to make these.  Instructions are at the bottom of picture.

Suffix -ed

What you need:

*3 unfinished frames . I bought mine at Michaels Crafts(4 ½” x 6”) for $1.00 a piece in the unfinished wood section.  There is no glass.

*unfinished wood letters (ed, d, and t) .  They were $0.99 a piece.  I had to buy a "p" and turn it upside down because they were out of d’s!

* 1 copy of the "Meet the Triplets" colored from  the unit.  I printed them 2 to a page to shrink them small enough to fit.

What you do:
Use any colored paint you have available and paint frames and letters.  Laminate black paper and cut to size.  Laminate the triplets and cut around them.  I used velcro dots to place in the center of frame to help them stand out.  Hot glue or use Velcro dots to attach letters.  You can hang them, set them on shelf, or drill holes in the frame and hang with ribbon.


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