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Saturday, September 24, 2016

October at the Guided Reading Table with a FREEBIE

I LOVE OCTOBER!
I Love Pumpkin Spice!
I Love cool evenings!
I Love HALLOWEEN!

Did I mention..
I LOVE OCTOBER!

AND

I LOVE the Guided Reading TABLE!

(MY HAPPY PLACE!)

I gave up my teacher desk years ago.
My guided reading table is our "base".

It's where we work, chat, cry, and
 where we learn to
READ!

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my guided reading table!

Sometimes...it's CLEAN!


Sometimes it full of WONDERFUL student work!

And sometimes...it's just plain MESSY!

But..
It's where MAGIC HAPPENS!

In October,  the magic starts.

Kids start to "get it".

They understand the letter sounds.
They recognize some HFW, over & over again.
They can blend sounds to make words.

THEY WANT TO READ!

And so...we do!

We read charts, books, poems, our journals.
ANYTHING with words!

And we TRACK.

We are trying to use our eyes.

BUT OUR FINGER
 SEEMS TO BE BETTER 
FOR NOW!

So I have found some
OCTOBER 
goodies
to help our fingers TRACK while reading.


EYEBALL  Rings
(from Target)





Finger Lights!
From AMAZON!

Witch's  Fingertips.
Dollar Store!
SCORE!

And so...they TRACK!
And they TRACK well!

AGAIN...and  AGAIN...and  AGAIN!
Oh, yeah.
And they read...and read...and read!
#HappyTeacher

Also.....
I found these gems.
I found mine at TARGET Dollar Shop.


Of course....

KIDS ALWAYS WORK FOR 
CANDY  CORN!

And WHAT do we do with them??

BINGO!

And a FREEBIE for YOU!

Of Course..HFW  BINGO!

If you can't find small erasers....use CANDY CORN!
Just let them "Snack" when they are done! :)

ENJOY!

HAPPY  OCTOBER!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Balanced Literacy in First Grade! Let's start with READ ALOUDS!

I can't  believe this is year 26!
MY own twins were in first grade MY first year of teaching!
( NOT in my class...TG...)

Each year things CHANGE!
CHANGE is NOT a BAD thing!
It can make you rethink, reevaluate, redo, remake, revitalize!

After 26 years...I can HONESTLY say..

I will NOT throw out the BABY with the BATHWATER!

WHAT????

OK...We have a new curriculum.  AGAIN!
EVERY  7 YEARS..
Whether you want it ...or NOT!

And so, here we go again.

It really doesn't matter  what "program" you give me.


BALANCED  Literacy
 is 
BALANCED Literacy


My "STRESS" level rises when I try to plan .
HOW TO FIT IT ALL IN?

Reality check...
Some days I can...some days I can't.

It's ok. 
Life won't end if you don't do it ALL!
BUT..

TRY!

Let's start with 
READ  ALOUDS!

I  start  my day with a READ ALOUD.
AND
I end my day with a READ ALOUD!

( I try to make ONE of those Read Alouds
 a SCIENCE,SOCIAL STUDIES, or HOLIDAY story)

INTEGRATE whenever YOU can!

After EVERY story...WE Discuss.

Characters.
Setting.
Problem.
Solution.

EVERY Read Aloud.  
Discuss for  10 minutes ...MAX!
Highly Effective! 

When students THINK about a story, "turn & talk"
about it, use the "academic language" from the story they are engaged!
They might NOT take it on for themselves the first time.....
but...over time, they will!

This week I heard some "reading partners"
 discussing  our anthology
story.

I heard "MAIN CHARACTER", "Beginning, Middle, END", 
"How did they SOLVE that Problem?"

WOWZA! 
 Teacher  Happy DANCE!

If you need suggeastions for Read Alouds...PINTEREST!






I use ANY Science Books,
 Scholastic News, 
MY Classroom Library,
 MAGAZINES ( use Non-Fiction also ),
and One Week a MONTH...
We read a chapter book!


Their current FAVORITE!

How do we ask kids to "SEE THE PICTURES IN YOUR MIND"...
If we never teach them HOW TO?

Chapter books are GREAT!
LOTS of dicussion.  Review what you read.
Make connections.
Change YOUR Speed &TONE as you read.
Remember...this generation is VISUAL & ACTIVE!
( Think Video games & Movies...)

So ...draw them in with your VOICE, FACIAL EXPRESSIONS, & Reading SPEED!
THEY will LOVE IT!
They ask if it's a chapter Book week on MONDAYS!

Read Alouds bring children into the WORLD of Imagination!
It allows them to go outside of their daily world,
into new & exciting places!

Think of reading on MOMMY & DADDY's lap.
NOT all kids get to do that!

( Sniff..sniff)

YOU
May be the ONLY one who does that!

DO IT!

And do it WELL!

Your kids WILL LOVE YOU for it!

If you need a BALANCED LITEREACY RESOURCE...


This  154 page resource binder is AMAZING!
It has ALL of the resources you will need to
create a
BALANCED LITERACY
classroom!

Happy Fall 'YALL!
From NorCal :)

Balanced Literacy in First Grade! Let's start with READ ALOUDS!

I can't  believe this is year 26!
MY own twins were in first grade MY first year of teaching!
( NOT in my class...TG...)

Each year things CHANGE!
CHANGE is NOT a BAD thing!
It can make you rethink, reevaluate, redo, remake, revitalize!

After 26 years...I can HONESTLY say..

I will NOT throw out the BABY with the BATHWATER!

WHAT????

OK...We have a new curriculum.  AGAIN!
EVERY  7 YEARS..
Whether you want it ...or NOT!

And so, here we go again.

It really doesn't matter  what "program" you give me.


BALANCED  Literacy
 is 
BALANCED Literacy


My "STRESS" level rises when I try to plan .
HOW TO FIT IT ALL IN?

Reality check...
Some days I can...some days I can't.

It's ok. 
Life won't end if you don't do it ALL!
BUT..

TRY!

Let's start with 
READ  ALOUDS!

I  start  my day with a READ ALOUD.
AND
I end my day with a READ ALOUD!

( I try to make ONE of those Read Alouds
 a SCIENCE,SOCIAL STUDIES, or HOLIDAY story)

INTEGRATE whenever YOU can!

After EVERY story...WE Discuss.

Characters.
Setting.
Problem.
Solution.

EVERY Read Aloud.  
Discuss for  10 minutes ...MAX!
Highly Effective! 

When students THINK about a story, "turn & talk"
about it, use the "academic language" from the story they are engaged!
They might NOT take it on for themselves the first time.....
but...over time, they will!

This week I heard some "reading partners"
 discussing  our anthology
story.

I heard "MAIN CHARACTER", "Beginning, Middle, END", 
"How did they SOLVE that Problem?"

WOWZA! 
 Teacher  Happy DANCE!

If you need suggeastions for Read Alouds...PINTEREST!






I use ANY Science Books,
 Scholastic News, 
MY Classroom Library,
 MAGAZINES ( use Non-Fiction also ),
and One Week a MONTH...
We read a chapter book!


Their current FAVORITE!

How do we ask kids to "SEE THE PICTURES IN YOUR MIND"...
If we never teach them HOW TO?

Chapter books are GREAT!
LOTS of dicussion.  Review what you read.
Make connections.
Change YOUR Speed &TONE as you read.
Remember...this generation is VISUAL & ACTIVE!
( Think Video games & Movies...)

So ...draw them in with your VOICE, FACIAL EXPRESSIONS, & Reading SPEED!
THEY will LOVE IT!
They ask if it's a chapter Book week on MONDAYS!

Read Alouds bring children into the WORLD of Imagination!
It allows them to go outside of their daily world,
into new & exciting places!

Think of reading on MOMMY & DADDY's lap.
NOT all kids get to do that!

( Sniff..sniff)

YOU
May be the ONLY one who does that!

DO IT!

And do it WELL!

Your kids WILL LOVE YOU for it!

If you need a BALANCED LITEREACY RESOURCE...


This  154 page resource binder is AMAZING!
It has ALL of the resources you will need to
create a
BALANCED LITERACY
classroom!

Happy Fall 'YALL!
From NorCal :)

Thursday, September 22, 2016

FALL FEAST? It's 97 degrees!

Fall has arrived at
1stgradefireworks

OK..It hasn't.
It's 97 degrees here in NORCAL.

It's just REALLY hard to want a


when sweat is running down your back!

And so.. we  FAKE IT!
While the A/C is running...I am printing & laminating!
GO LAMINTORS...GO!

Here is a
 NEW  FALL  Product
 to
MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER!

MATH TASK CARDS
for 
Addition  &  Subtraction
DIFFERENTIATED

FALL  Addition and Subtraction Task Cards.
40 CARDS   
 Differentiated by +/- to 10   AND  +/- to 20


40  cards  TOTAL.
Great for independent work, SCOOT GAMES, Guided MATH, etc.


Color...


AND   B/W.

Student accountability page
AND
Teacher ANSWER KEY
 ( who wants to figure these out at the end of the day?)
INCLUDED!

Click HERE to check it out!






Tuesday, September 20, 2016

I SEE PUMPKINS! Meet the "little ones"...

My hubby, AKA  Farmer Without a Farm, is growing pumpkins!
In our back yard.
On the fence.
Across the lawn.
In EVERY garden we own!

And FINALLY...Yes I say FINALLY..
WE HAVE PUMPKINS!

2 to be exact!

Meet the "little ones".


Clara the colorful..
She is turning ORANGE the fastest.



Sidewinder SAM.
He is growing SIDEWAYS ON my ladder!
Must like the "STEPS" he can take to grow!
HAHAHA   Pumpkin  HUMOR!


And this is Junior!
Junior is  was growing in our garden at school.
I work at a TITLE 1 school...someone STOLE him!
RIP junior. 
You would have made a great  PIE!   :)

To help my
FIRSTIES get into the FALL  SPIRIT...



I have brought out the FALL GOODIES!
( remember...it's 95 degrees in NORCAL this week.. hard to feel FALLISH!)


Fall BUNDLE

Falling for NOUNS ( Common Core Grade 1 )
and
FALL Fluency
BUNDLED TOGETHER to save $$



Includes:

Reading-
Reading Passage
Comprehension Printable
Reading Response Printables
Vocabulary Pocket Chart Cards
Poem ( And Cut a part printable )

Writing-
Spelling List Forms
Word Family Charts
HFW Lists
Journal Pages & Covers
Interactive Journal Pages
Flap Book Graphic Organizer

Assessments-
BPST printable
Fluency Assessment
HFW List

Grade 1 / 2


AND...

BRING ON ANYTHING  HALLOWEEN "ish"...



And

MORE TASK CARDS
These are  ADDITION ONLY!
Good starting PACKET




Now...If I could just get the PUMPKINS 
to
CARVE THEMSELVES!
( I Hate the SLIME!)

Oh, well.
Stay COOL my FRIENDS!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

What "READING AT HOME" Looks Like

I am a BLOG STALKER!
I admit it.

I am ALWAYS trying to find the BEST, FASTEST, & EASIEST ways
to make my classroom run smoother & more effective while being 
academically successful.

Aren't we ALL?

So each year I try to "change" a few things for the better.
NO THROWING THE BABY OUT WITH THE BATHWATER!

(  For YOU youngin's....  Don't get rid of the good stuff while trying NEW stuff! )

So here is something "NEW" ( or New to ME )  that I am doing this year!


I am NOT ( Ugh...),
NOT  
choosing the Student's TAKE HOME BOOKS each week.
( Let it go! Let it go!)

I LET THEM!
The power is in the CHOICE. 
I thought if I chose reading books that were ON their reading level
THEY would MAGICALLY fall in LOVE with READING!
NOT!
I have RAH ( Read AT Home ) envelopes...
Purchased at REALLY GREAT STUFF
BUT ANY envelope will do!

Each WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY they bring their RAH folder back.
I have them choose 2 books...YES...2 books to put in their folder.
( I place a pile 20 or so, of books at each level ...

*disclaimer...right now I have 5 Guided Reading groups..I group their 
PILES of books by the Guided Reading group level...

So they really are taking home books at THEIR reading level.
Just a little teacher "nudge" in the right direction!

They choose two books, put them in their envelopes, and put them in their cubbies.
They keep them for 2 nights..hence bringing them back WED. & FRI. 
We change them for two NEW books ... and here we go again!

Some nights I add a READING RESPONSE page to their homework.
USE ONE OF YOUR RAH BOOKS!
( Your choice!)

You can get my READING RESPONSE Packet HERE



Accountability?
I do have a paper...lined...for parents to sign each night.
DO ALL OF THEM SIGN IT?
 NO!
If YOU take a horse to water...Can you FORCE it to drink it?
NO!
Let it go! Let it go!



So then what?
If  you have a parent who won't support reading at home...
 READ, READ, READ at school.

YOU may be the ONLY adult who reads with "THAT CHILD"..
We ALL have "that child".

Don't fight it!
Don't PUNISH the child.
IF he/she could read it BY THEMSELVES.....THEY WOULD!

They can't.
So
Let it go! Let it go!



BUT....
I do REWARD those who make the continued effort to read at home
EVERY NIGHT!

When they bring their envelopes back , I check the paper.
IF the parent HAS NOT SIGNED...I highlight in RED that date.

At the end of the MONTH..
I give a reward (and a SPECIAL BRAG TAG ) to those who have read
EVERY NIGHT!

I know...NOT fair for "that child"
Fair is NOT Always EQUAL!

I want my kiddos who 
DO THE WORK
to know
I NOTICE!

And so my friends...
I keep stalking.

LOTS of great ideas out there in 
BLOGGY LAND.

And PINTEREST  LAND.

AND  INSTAGRAM LAND.

If you need some ideas..




Happy  Reading my Friends!








Monday, September 12, 2016

How to Make INTRINSIC LEARNERS! #Kinderfriends

How to Make 
INTRINSIC 
Learners!

I am right in the middle of Teacher-Parent Conferences.
I work at a Title 1 school with 99% FREE LUNCHES.
LOTS of LOW INCOME, struggling families.
WONDERFUL people..

Just that education is NOT one of the top 3 items on their survival list!
AND THEIR KIDS KNOW IT!

So how do I...1 person...help the kids WANT to LEARN?
(Especially because  a lot of them...are FAR FAR BEHIND?)

HOW can you MAKE someone an
 INTRINSIC LEARNER??

You CAN'T!
 You can't MAKE anyone "want" anything!

BUT, you can give them 3 three things to HELP:

#1


You can give them MOTIVATION!
Find the "carrot". 
Watch, listen, talk!
Find the "thing" that will help add some "DESIRE" to change!

What "thing" will help spark the desire?


#2
Make it FUN!
As we all know....
If it's FUN...exciting...enjoyable
WE WILL WANT TO DO IT AGAIN!

Spark their creativity! 
Do something THEY want...
Add some SPICE to the day!

Laugh!  DANCE!  Giggle!


#3
Make them believe they can do ANYTHING!


A little FAIRY DUST...
A LOT of  "I BELIEVE IN YOU!"

And ...They can FLY!
( You know what I mean...)

Show them how to be better, how to EXCELL..how to do it ALL!


 I think the conferences have made me rethink my day.
If I can keep them IN SCHOOL ( maybe even on time & ALL day!),
 If they know I BELIEVE IN THEM,
 and I give them fun & exciting reasons to be HERE...

We can learn.... from each other!

Help them, help themselves!

You can MAKE intrinsic learners!
Let's start TODAY!

My friends and I  at
KinderFriends are having a 
Blog Hop!

Lots of goodies & great ideas for 
BACK TO SCHOOL!
My store has some BTS goodies marked down for YOU!
And a FREEBIE!

Check out #Kinderfriends at TPT
( Type in #kinderfriends in the search bar...Goodies for YOU!)

 Giggles, Grins, Hugs & High Fives!
NOW...Hop on over to 

for more GOODIES!