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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

I'm linking up with Christina from
Sugar & Spice
for...

It's that time of year..
STAYCATION!
Here's my favorite STAYCATION SPOT!
(My backyard!)
Where do you choose to 
STAYCATION?
SPA?  NOPE...in the Summer it's ...POOL!
Garden

Grapes

MY  FAV  SPOT!

More grapes & more GARDENS...

Monday, May 26, 2014

I'm getting ORGANIZED!

Hi ALL!
Just a quickie post today...
IT"S BBQ DAY!
Happy Memorial Weekend...
Thanks to all who keep our FREEDOM  FREE!
( Proud US NAVY MOM )
Anyways...
I am getting ORGANIZED!
Whether I like it OR NOT!
I LOVE  Read the Room.
I want my kiddos up, moving, talking, interacting with learning!
BUT...How do they know WHERE to GO?
I have come up with a perfect SOULTION ( for me!)
I print & laminate these backgrounds
(FREEBIE BELOW)

and put them on
CLIPBOARDS!
The clipboards are on the walls & NEVER MOVE!
I can change the task cards, games, whatever
BUT I NEVER CHANGE THE LOCATION!
My kiddos always know where to go to
READ THE ROOM!
Suggestion...Keep them LOW...firsties are not 6 feet tall!
Here's for you!
Happy Weekend!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Can you tell it's almost ...the END???

Can you feel it in the air?
Do you SEE them wiggle? 
AND talk, so loud?
And where did my classroom management go?
WOW!
But....we must go on!
We must teach!
So....
even though we have FINISHED our MATH Curriculum...
Done the quarter assessments...
started report cards...
WE must teach!
WHAT??????
I began to introduce my kiddos to 
PLACE VALUE USING 100's.
They had seen the 100 flats, but had not used them to build bigger numbers!
So away we go!


Hundreds, Tens, ones... WOW BIG NUMBERS!
We needed some quick practice that would make an impression!
In comes every teacher's FRIEND..
WHITE PAPER!
Folded and modeled, guided &,practiced,
 and then they made their OWN BIG NUMBERS!
Hundreds +  tens + ones =
They did great!
Even my little ones, who don't always "Get It"..
They "GOT IT!"
So Proud!
( Now if they will just RETAIN it!)
So we are winding down..
How about you? :)
Hang in there, it's ALMOST Friday!




Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wordless Wednesday



I am linking up with
I am linking up with 
Christina @ Sugar & Spice for...
 


YUMMY!
What more is there to say?
What is your favorite summer TREAT?


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Happy Sunday!

To those who have kids
and those who
WORK with kids....
THANK YOU!
( Mommy is a "relative" term...you can "MOMMY" without giving birth!)
Ask my single parent, son!
So to all..THANK YOU!

I have a new packet...
I want to share with YOU!
Click on picture to go to my TPT store!
I needed a VISUAL to help ensure my kiddos were making progress.
Don't get me wrong...I assess..I assess A LOT!
But a formal assessment is done "on a schedule".
I needed MORE than observation & LESS than formal.
So out of need...comes the HFW Assessment WALL!
We have done Assessment Walls before ( as a grade level ) in the Literacy Lab.
But, I need it in my room AND accessible to ALL!
It's NO SECRET!
 I need to know WHO needs more support 
and who needs more challenge!
We want to celebrate ALL GOALS!
I put the bulletin board up ( this year mid-year ),
next year BEGINNING OF THE YEAR!
Brown Paper for dirt, Green paper (Twisted ) for stem
 LONG enough to hold 26 leaves,
 BIG Flower CENTER (any color)
  I have 26 kids...the center needs to hold 26 seeds on the inside
 & 26 PETALS on the outside! 
The PETALS can be ANY color you choose!
THAT'S  ALL!
We build it ALL year LONG!
I put class list on name cards.
They READ ( not SPELL ) the first 1-25 HFW list with me...
DO I HEAR Beginning of the Year ASSESSMENT??
If they pass ALL 25 ( fluently...not sounding out each phoneme )
they move their name card to the ROOTS!
(The roots of the plant are the FOUNDATION..)
I can assess in small group, whole group, individual,etc.
I can assess today, tomorrow, next week, next month.
No schedule!
Kids can SIGN UP on a chart for me to assess when 
THEY are ready!
After they move to the ROOTS...
The next move is to the LEAVES..
Then to the PETALS..
Then to the SEEDS! 
After they pass the first 100 WORDS...a little flower certificate...
They can work on the next lists 25 at a time!
I have included HFW 1-180.
I let them choose an INSECT they want to add to the WALL
for each list of 25 they PASS!
The competition BEGINS!
Here is some more pieces of the packet..
SAMPLE BULLETIN BOARD

Word Lists  ( give to kids...use for assessment)

Labels for WORD RINGS

Printables for additions to WALL

Printables

Leaves for Students

SEEDS for the FLOWER CENTER

SAMPLE flower ( BLOW UP BIG!)
I use my doc camera to enlarge!

I would like to give away 3 copies to my BLOGGY FOLLOWERS!
Enter to win!



UPDATED VERSION AVAILABLE!
WINNER WILL RECEIVE UPDATED VERSION! :)



Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Is it Wednesday already?
YIPPEE!!
HUMP DAY!
OK...NO WORDS..
I am linking up with 
Christina @ Sugar & Spice for...


My twins are growing up!
Happy birthday BOYS! 
Love, MOMMY!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

I confess...

I am linking up with 
Jennifer at Rowdy in First Grade

Shhh....don't tell ANYONE...
1. I eat chocolate when my kids are working!
NO...I don't share!
2. I have NO lesson plans since Spring Break!
Who wants to see "Review" & "Assess"?
3. I never correct homework!
I look at it, mental check, & recycle!
Do I care if Mom & Dad can do grade 1 work?
4. Don't open a cabinet...not sure what's in there! 
Until Summer when I clean!
5. When "boss" is at meetings,
 I use the COLOR PRINTER & LAMINATE!
Big NO NO w/o permission!
Bad teacher, bad teacher!

So, I feel renewed...relaxed...rejuvinated!
I think I will find something new I got at the TPT sale...
and color print & laminate!
oooooo...gonna get in trouble! HAHA  :)

Monday, May 5, 2014

The Best for the BEST! Teacher Appreciation Week



It's here! It's finally here! 
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!
I have been able to join up with over 
100 teachers and bloggers
to bring YOU...
The BEST of the BEST blog hop & Giveaway! 
( Do I hear a YIPPEEEEE!!!??)
106 Bloggers have donated one of their 
BEST selling items in their TPT store!
Make sure you ENTER the GIVEAWAYS!
The most creative & thoughtful people have 
made a prize pack for YOU!
Check out HOW we use these products in our classrooms!
Of course...FREEBIES along the way!
WHO doesn't LOVE a FREEBIE??!!
Grab a snack, relax, & enjoy those of us who celebrate...
YOU!
Here is MY donation:


Book Clubs Book Reports!
The "club" members start with
a picture walk & predictions.
Then...
THEY READ! 
Yes...READ!
These discussion starters 
help keep the "book talk" focused

After the READ...
Story Summary!

A little WORD WORK...


And ...some connections!
Reflections are a good thing!
This packet can be used for 
ANY book at ANY level!
Book Clubs Are GREAT!

FREEBIE ALERT! :)
Discussion Cards ...
(click on first picture)

OK...
So Enter the Rafflecopter 
Continue on The Best for the Best Teacher Appreciation Blog Hop by clicking the picture below.

Proud to be Primary
and continue the HOP!











Friday, May 2, 2014

It's FINALLY MAY :)...Currently

YIPPEE!!!
It's May...
Flowers blooming..birds singing...SUMMER COMING FAST!
(Teachers will be dancing in the streets...after report cards, testing, packing up, etc)
So , I am linking up with Farley at Oh, boy 4th grade
for MAY Currently...


Surprise Stacey!
Love my nails!
(Don't you love surprises??)
Thanks Farley!
Happy MAY!
How many days so you have left? :)

OH....1  MORE thing..
TPT BIG SALE
 Stock up & get ready for beginning of the year...
that way you DON'T have to do it during SUMMER!
2 day Sale May 6-7...Don't forget PROMO CODE!
Check out my store
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/1stgradefireworks