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Monday, January 27, 2014

I Spend My Day in a PETRI DISH! & A FREEBIE!

My son tells me I have the Immune System of a "GODDESS"...
Well, This Goddess...has GOT IT!
UGH! 
I work in a Petri Dish & my little GERMAPHOBES
have shared their BUGS with me!
DEAL WITH IT, Mrs. McCarty.
Life goes on...
( I think I'll check my SUB TUB ...just in case I need it!)
We have been working on
WRITING WRITING WRITING!
We use my
WRITING GOALS CLIP CHART
to allow my kiddos to 
CHOOSE 
their writing goals for a week or two..
(Depending on assessment)

Click on pic to view...
Reading Benchmarks DONE!
Now I just need to score them & input to computer.
Well, I'm off to SANITIZE my world.
I wonder how my families would feel 'if I put a mask on
ALL of their kiddos? :)
I know...& one on ME!
Happy MONDAY!
PS...When is SPRING BREAK? SOON? :)
Here is a FREEBIE for YOU!
HAPPY MONDAY!



Wednesday, January 22, 2014

New Units!

I LOVE FOOTBALL SUNDAYS!
Not that I REALLY follow football...I don't know WHO plays for who
or what's the team's stats are.
But..
On Sundays hubby & I sit and watch FOOTBALL!
He doesn't mind my laptop work while I am sitting next to him
watching his fav sport!
And I have NO GUILT about spending time working on new units!
WIN! WIN!
So here are my newest units ...for YOU!
This unit includes:
Differentiated lessons for students to 
build sentences in a pocket chart,
& then write them on a printable.
Great for beginning Writer's Workshop!
Here's the LINK:









NEXT...
My Word WALL needed updating...
so...
156 new word wall cards!
YIPPEE!
Here is the LINK:




AND for VALENTINE'S DAY.....




Great for PLACE VALUE practice!

So...here's to the SUPERBOWL!
(Wait...who's playing in it?)  HAHAHA :)
Have a great week!

Monday, January 20, 2014

A Day In the Life...& A FREEBIE

Hi everyone!
Happy Dr. Martin Luther King DAY!
For me....NO SCHOOL! ( Thank You! )
SO...I am LINKING up with 
for a...DAY IN THE LIFE...of my classroom.

 Sorry...no pics
Here's a synopsis of my day.

I start my day with Daily 5 rotations.
 (If you don't know Daily 5...go to THE 2 SISTERS..LOVE IT!)
I teach at a Title 1 school...lots of "tardy" kids 
and LOTS of interventions!
So my first grade TEAM decided to 
POOL our Resources...
We leveled our ENTIRE grade level!
ALL 80 kiddos leveled!
Then we chose the lowest 35...just out of small group space
to be given small group interventions DAILY!
We have 4 paraprofessionals & we, 3 teachers, who provide
INTERVENTION groups daily!
Lots of scheduling & assessing , but works like a charm!
(If you want more info on this...I will blog later..email me if you want it NOW!)
1stgradefireworks@gmail.com
Stations are:
Reading ( Fiction & Nonfiction )  -  Partner / Self
Writing - Independent Workshop Time
Word Work - Spelling, games, pocket chart. poems
Computers - I have 6 laptops ( No ipads )
What am I doing for 75 minutes?
GUIDED READING! :)
Best part of my day!

After recess & daily DUTY ( either AM recess or PM recess)

We do our whole class ELA Curriculum.
My district chose McGraw-Hill  CA TREASURES...
Then....LUNCH! :)
After Lunch, my kiddos get out their BOOK BOXES ( independent levels )
and they READ...Read to Self!
 Not to me, not to your neighbor, to yourself!
It's NOT quiet...I try to keep it to a low "HUMMMM"
Then 
Mon & Tues my kiddos go to
 Mon. Music & Tues PE...my prep time!
Then my whole class goes to the Computer lab!
30 min. daily of Scholastic iread.
(Working MUCH BETTER now!)
WED, THURS, & FRI
we do math...LOTS of MATH!
(On Mon & Tues we do some math in AM too!)
After PM recess...
More MATH!
We do math timed tests...40 leveled math facts in 3 minutes!
There are 28 different levels & when they pass one they move up!
(more on that later)
Then we have mandated English Language Development (ELD)
15 min. daily LEVELED in class & 15 min. daily platooning.
So I have 16 kids leave my class & another 16 ( from other firsties) join us!
My EO's work on unfinished work, computer time, or QUIET games!
After ELD...
AUTHOR'S Chair...4 groups weekly...
They can choose to sit in the TEACHER CHAIR & read a story from their journal
or PASS!
Working on LISTENIING to others & READING to an audience.
Do they ALL read ...NO...Some are just REALLY good 
STORYTELLERS!
During Author's Chair...my CLEAN UP CREW (helpers)
stacks chairs, cleans floor, checks center materials,etc.
Then we pack up our stuff 
and
GO HOME!
WOW!  No wonder I am tired!
Thanks for staying with me ..
Here's a FREEBIE for you! :)
Enjoy!





Friday, January 17, 2014

New Giveaway!

I am teaming up with 
for a JANUARY GIVEAWAY!
I teamed up with some of my favorite teaching friends 
to bring you some "Winter Love"

 My sweet friends are insanely talented, holy moly!!!  I want all of this...like yesterday!













                                            Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Friday!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Shout OUT!

OK...
January is OFFICIALLY
the month of
Martin Luther King, who is 100 days old, likes Chinese food, has a pet penguin & Loves the SNOW!
It's the ONLY way I can fit EVERYTHING
I need to do into ONE MONTH!
I want to give a HUGE shout out to 
Tamara Russell
(feel better soon)
for her 


GO GET IT TODAY!
My kiddos are LOVING it!
(Sorry bad pics)




Happy MLK  Day!
Yeah 3 day weekend!



Sunday, January 12, 2014

Bad Blogger...Five for Friday..OK SUNDAY! :)




I know...
Bad blogger...
I wanted to participate in 5 for Friday..
BUT FRIDAY CAME & WENT ...and so did Saturday
SO...here is 5  for  SUNDAY! :)
Linking up with 
for 5 for FRIDAY!
  

First we started with Great Gma's Bday! ( My MOM)
WHO has their birthday the DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS!?
My MOMMY!
So, what do we do?  
We take ALL friends & family...BOWLING!
Anyone who wants to OR CAN ...bowling at noon!
This year we had around 25 people! 4 generations BOWLING!
Happy Bday MOMMY!


I want to Thank the US NAVY for NOT sending my son to the EAST COAST!
(Not that I don't LOVE the East Coast)
...but
he has a 20 month old ( my granddaughter )
and ALL of his support family ( us ) lives in California!
He has NO support in Virginia. So..
HE GETS TO STAY! YIPEE!
He & daughter will be staying in San Diego!
New job...same housing & daycare for baby!
I am sure they US Navy did this for us! :)
Thank You!
Isn't she CUTE!?  Proud Nana!

New Bike...Ummm...Daddy? Where is her helmet? :)


My other granddaughters are close to us. ( 30 minutes away )
Oldest (4 yrs) is now in KARATE!
Don't get too close to her "new kick"...Daddy!
Her kick is just where you DON'T want it! :)
Her little sister...who is going to be one-year-old soon...
has a new smile!
Isn't she cute!

BTW...just found out these 2 are going to be 
BIG SISTER'S!!!!
Baby on the way in September!
I'm going to be a Grandma ...AGAIN!
( Gotta start saving for Christmas!)
YIPPEEE!

Hubby surprised us with a mini-vacation!
Short 4 day cruise to Mexico!
Lotsa laughs, food, drinks, more laughs!
Here's some pics...
Family Fun!

Dinner...I take pics of pics....CHEAP MOMMA!
(Don't worry...Carnival got their money from me!)

 Didn't want to walk. We took the "buggy" back to ship.
NO RUBBER on the wheels, no back on the seat!
Laughed until I thought I would WET MY PANTS!
My new friend!
Yes....this Cali girl does know how to BARTER!
Don't mess with me! :)
I    REALLY like Pina Coladas!

Did I mention...I also like MARGARITAS, too?
OK...Number  5...

I always bring home some liquid from Mexico!
( You think you know!)
NOT TEQUILA!
VANILLA!!!!
I know...REALLY?????
My last bottle lasted 2 YEARS!
I brought home 12...family gifts...HUH?
Glad it's not YOUR birthday!? :)
 Cheap & good!
Sounds like ME!

Had a BLAST! Laugh, eat, drink...REPEAT!
Now I am off to the GYM!
 I don't think I get to eat until FEBRUARY!
Happy January!