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Monday, October 31, 2016

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Friday, October 28, 2016

NO HALLOWEEN PARTY?????!!!!!!

 WHAT???

NO  COSTUMES AT SCHOOL?


NO Candy....No  PARTY!

WHAT!??????

So  how to
"CELEBRATE"
without
"celebrating" ?

( think OUTSIDE of the box )..

We are having a "rotation" party!

The kids rotate to each of 3 classrooms.
The teacher prepares a "project" for 3 different classes.

One-time  prep.   Stay in MY classroom.
Kids get to do 3 different projects.
They move!

WIN!  WIN!!

So here are our 3 projects:

Room  4 :
SCIENCE!

Bat Hats!

We just add some  BAT FACTS 
to incorporate our 
informational writing!

Room 7:
Skeleton Bones!

Cute  craft!
Counting!

Room 3:

Candy  Necklaces!
WHAT? 
 ( Yes... We will have CANDY!)

Here  is  the  HOW  TO...

Need  :  Plastic Wrap


Yarn:   2  long pieces  and  4  small pieces  per  person


5  candies  per  person


Lay the plastic wrap horizontal.
Put candy  in a line...in the middle of the wrap.


Roll the  candies in the wrap "like a burrito".


Tie the long yarn to the ends. 


Use the small strings in between each candy. 
I tie them in a knot, then a bow.

TA DA!

Wear   them home!
(Can't  eat candy until they get home!)

and  so.....

We "really" aren't  having  a 
HALLOWEEN  "PARTY"...

Just a little
"FUN" in room 3!

and  a little candy to take home!

So we wish YOU a safe and happy
HALLOWEEN!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

What's UP in Room 3?

Have I mentioned...

I  LOVE  FALL

OK...Many times.
I live in NORCAL.

We don't have the  TRADITIONAL 
4 seasons.

DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE  4   ????

In NORCAL...
we have
Summer ( 90-100 degrees )
Fall   (  80-90 degrees)
Winter   (  foggy...  60-70 degrees...sometimes cooler )
Spring  ( 70-90 degrees )

It'sOK...I LOVE my HOMETOWN.
Sometimes.

OH...well...  :)

And so on.

SO now that it's 80 degrees & FALL..

What's UP in ROOM 3??







We use Brag Tags on rings during the month.

They earn BRAG TAGS 
for
 following classroom / school rules
AND
Lifeskills

At the end of each month...
They  transfer  their earned BRAG TAGS  from RINGS..
To  string  necklaces.
They get to wear their necklaces ALL DAY AT SCHOOL
and then
HOME!

( Parents are told at BTS night
 to REWARD their kids for necklaces
 at the end of the month!)  :)



English   Language   Arts


Word  Sorts...NO GLUE!
Pick 3 crayons.
Color the words according to the KEY!
Write!




Back from 2 week vacation.
TEACHER.....CLEAN   YOUR   TABLE!

 I don't have a teacher desk.           #bestdecisionever


Reading  ROCKERS!    #alternativeseating




Birthday  Books.

On each student's brthday  ( or close  to ),
We make a class BIRTHDAY  BOOK!

We  do these during  MUST DO TIME!
Independent  work.

We have a "FRAME" style we use.
Everyone makes a page.

We STAPLE together and VOILA!
CLASS   BIRTHDAY  PRESENT!

We sing and dance as we PRESENT ( haha )  it to the birthday  student!

LAST..( whew..what a  week !)



GUIDED MATH

My  newest  &  favorite time of the day!








 We are doing
MATH  MUST  DO's  &  MAY  Do's

( Same format as ELA centers in the AM )

KEEP  YOUR  ROUTINES  THE  SAME!

We go the the MATH  Calendar  (  next to ELA  Calendar  )
after  lunch.

Math  Calendar  

After  we go through the "math board"...

We NOW ( Quarter 2)  do MATH MUST DO'S.
(  Approx.  45   minutes  )

Must DO's
#1    MATH    JOURNAL
Story  Problem  with  illustrations &  number  sentence.
#2    Math  Paper
A  Workbook Page FROM  YESTERDAY ( review ) 
#3    MATH   TUB  (center)  with a PARTNER

I do the whole class MATH lesson  BEFORE  centers.
SOMETIMES we do the workbook page together...sometimes they do.
Depends on the Lesson.  We  have a district curriculum to follow.
( Approx.  time    45  minutes  )

What  am I doing?

GUIDED   MATH   GROUPS!

I meet with 2-3  kids at a time.
We work on a STRATEGY.
NO  worksheets!

They need  to have independent  strategies to do ON THEIR OWN!
I  can't  take the assessments  FOR THEM!


So...

Here  is  what's  UP  in room 3!

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Friday, October 14, 2016

1stgradefireworks SPOOKTACULAR Giveaway!


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October  14-16,2016.

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Friday, October 7, 2016

My Dilemma...DO you Teach Halloween? October? Fall? Want a FREEBIE?

So my dilemma.
We have a two week vacation
 from Oct. 1-Oct. 17.

(NO COMPLAINING HERE!)



BUT...

We return on Oct. 17.

 MONDAY

14 days (exactly ) until....

YOU  KNOW  IT

MONDAY, October 31, 2016


HALLOWEEN!
Parties,
CANDY,
Kids who can't wait to get home ( highly DISTRACTABLE!)
(some schools...not mine....)
COSTUMES!

So ...
My  dilemma.

When we go back,
Do I put out HALLOWEEN themed centers?
Do I keep it OCTOBERish with Columbus, Halloween, Fall, Pumpkins,etc?
Do I just "touch" on the "HOLDIAY" stuff...and Promote the FALL  stuff?
Do I  add  THANKSGIVING?

Should I keep it ALL going until THANKSGIVING?

What to do?  What to do?????


BTW...   I  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE   FALL!
My favorite  season.


YUMMY!


But...
CONTENT is EVERYTHING!
My student's MUST take a BENCHMARK ASSESSMENT in December.
I want them to do well.

( I don't tkink there will be a HALLOWEEN question on it.)
Unless it's about 

HOW MANY CANDIES DID YOU EAT ALL TOGETHER?

So ..what to do?   What  to do?

INTEGRATE!

I must teach SCIENCE and SOCIAL STUDIES!

( Living things...life cycle...Plants/animals...Lifestyles Long Ago..)

So here is MY plan:

Reading:
  • Nonfiction about pumpkins, apples, plants
  • Biography about Christopher Columbus, Squanto
  • Fiction about Fall, Halloween, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving
I am checking my district curriculum ( yes, we have one )
for REQUIRED (Tested )  Skills & Strategies for this quarter.

As we delve into our reading...I make SURE to incorporate TESTED strategies.
Questioning? Sequencing? Retelling? Etc..etc...

Vocabulary?   Again...check NECESSARY vocabulary for success!
I spend A LOT of time on necessary vocabulary. I have 10-12  English Language Learners.
They need visuals, modeling, & practice before they can "TAKE ON" the new information.

Phonics?   Spelling?   Grammar? 
 Required phonics skills for this quarter.
What to use for  Spelling? 
BOTH!
  Required spelling skills AND  thematic vocabulary words. 
WHAT?      WHY?

Because...I want them to have some  INTRINSIC vocabulary to use easily in their..
WRITING!

I want MY Mummy!  :)
Sorry....couldn't  resist.

Writing:

  • "How To"..grow..carve...etc... about pumpkins, apples, plants
  • "Informative"  about Christopher Columbus, Squanto,Pilgrims
  • "Narrative"  about Fall, Halloween, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving
  • Thank You cards, Invitations, Lists, Etc.
Again....I am checking my district curriculum 
for REQUIRED (Tested )  Skills & Strategies for this quarter.

Whatever our REQUIRED writing prompt will be
( I already know mine  is INFORMATIVE)

We will practice, practice, practice!
I won't skip the other genres.
Just FOCUS on the INFORMATIVE!

BUT wait!
I want crafts! I want CUTSIE! I want products! 
I Love BOOKS!

And so...we will make CUTSIE lapbooks, paintings, charts, stories & crafts
 about???

Fall, Halloween, pumpkins, apples
, plants, Christopher Columbus, 
Squanto, Pilgrims, Thanksgiving

DON'T  tell  our FIRE MARSHALL..

I might HANG THINGS UP!
Definitely!

I won't tell,  if YOU won't tell.

MATH:
  • addition / subtraction
  • missing addends
  • place value
  • graphing
  • story problems

And MATH??
Lots of Graphs, addition & subtraction, problem solving, story problems
ALL ABOUT THEMES!

How many apples, pumpkin seeds, candies, turkies, indians, etc, etc.
(Math Journals are GREAT for this!)

and, yes..

I will need to keep it going until Thanksgiving.
And I will need to use EVERY MINUTE of EVERY DAY!
And yes... it will take planning, and prepping...

BATS! 


Black  Cats


Growing  Pumpkins


Making APPLESAUCE!
Happy Birthday Johnny Appleseed!


And YES


I WILL LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT!

You see...
FALL IS MY FAVORITE SEASON OF THE YEAR!

To those of you who hung in there to the bottom of this LONG POST...
A FREEBIE FOR YOU!

Happy FALL!