Trade and Grade


Hey friends!!! I am so excited as I type up this post. I was able to trade an amazing product with Elyse from A is for Apples. I already LOVE everything that she makes anyways, so this was awesome that I was paired up with her. I got to try out her Winter Task Cards AND she also sent me her very AWESOME Winter Print and Go. I loved both of them so much that I worked them into our weekly math stations and Daily 5 word work tubs.

I'll let the pictures do the talking!



This is GREAT with my struggling and reluctant writers that have difficulty coming up with their own sentences during D5 writing time or our Writer's Workshop time. These students are still able to write on topic and get in that extra practice without "pulling teeth" to get them to write.

I was excited when I saw syllables included in this pack. We will NEVER get enough practice with this skill. I was speaking with some first grade teachers a month or two ago and they were saying it's still a HUGE challenge in first grade. What's the deal with syllables being so difficult?


Like I said..... STILL a challenge. He wasn't happy with me when I checked over this.



This is probably my favorite. I love how many skills are included in one simple activity. They have to count, check their counting, practice coloring inside small spaces, graph their data, and so much more can be done with this! They had so much fun checking with friends to make sure we all had the same numbers. I loved this!







I also got to use this VERY awesome resource in my room. Task cards are so close to my heart. I LOVE them. They can easily be differentiated by taking away cards from certain children and then allowing other sets of children to work on larger numbers. We're already focusing on numbers to 20 and beyond so this was PERFECT review for my kiddos. They LOVED these. We were able to use the ten frames task cards and the addition task cards. I haven't actually "taught" addition, but we've been playing games whole group and they've gotten the terminology down already. When it does come in my math series, it will be a total BREEZE.




I also LOVE that there is more. We do a lot of saving papers for tomorrow if you didn't get finished since our math workshop time is usually about 15 minutes or so at each area. This has helped my kids to actually pay attention to what they are doing and not worry about "being finished" when it's time to clean up and go to something else. I just want them to practice in the ways that I've taught them and have time to check their answers before they move on. 20 cards is EXCELLENT for saving some for the next day. Most task card sets that I already own are maybe 10 or 12 cards. I was very happy to see that this set included more cards.




Feel free to check out the sampler that Elyse put together of her Winter Print and Go. It's so easy to use and SKILLS that I needed right now.



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Peek at last week: Arctic Adventures

The last two weeks we have had SO much fun learning about Arctic animals. I planned to only talk about the Arctic for two weeks, but I've been hearing so much feedback from parents about them talking about the animals at home. We're going to finish up with the animals we didn't discuss next week. I'm super excited about how excited they are.

Here's a view into what we've been doing...





My kids are literally OBSESSED with Arctic animals. During their Daily 5 time every day last week at least five or six of them chose to go to writing first to write about the animal from the day before. Some of them even  wrote about animals we haven't gone into detail about yet. They've been using the animal cards from my All About the Arctic pack to help them spell the names correctly.







Each day, we've covered a different animal. On the first day (it was a Wednesday), we just talked about the Arctic. We watched a video on the Northern Lights and looked at some pictures of the Arctic. I just wanted them to get a feel of how different it is from where we live. It RARELY snows here. It may freeze over, but snow is a slim to none chance of happening. All of my information that I taught them came from my All About the Arctic unit.

 
I have 18 animals FULL of very interesting and conversation-starters worthy. Is that a word? I just open the Powerpoint on my computer and make it full screen. We just read each page every day like it's a book on the screen. Easy peasy.


The next few days of the first week was an animal a day. Our first was the Arctic Fox. We discussed how they eat, how they blend in and all of that. Then, one of my sweets asked to see a video on it swimming. Of course, I couldn't find one that was suitable for my kinders. However, I did find a rather interesting video on a fox looking for food in the snow. {Beware, he does talk over what they can comprehend, BUT it is awesome to watch. He also says 'heck' which I didn't let them hear. I turned the volume down.}



Friday, we discussed Walruses and started on a cute Walrus to go along with some Walrus writing. We got our craft done and will work on the writing on Tuesday. How cute are these?





We ran out of time to write about the Arctic Fox, but we picked it up the next day.





I'm so excited to finish up Arctic animals next week. I love that my kids are SO into them, but this teacher is slightly over it. I'm ready for Valentine's Day to be honest lol.

Oh yeah!!!!! I've linked up with Sassy, Savvy, Simple Teaching for a MLK Holiday Sale. My ENTIRE store is 20% until Tuesday night. If you've got anything in my store on your wishlist, now is the time to get it!

My All About the Arctic is on sale for 6.40. If you're already planning for Valentine's Day, my Sweet Treats is a great grab as well.







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Happy 2015: Get Organized

Hi friends!!!! I'm linking up with my collaborating buddies over at The Elementary Entourage.


I'm so excited for this linky this month!!! I love reading easy to use and manageable ideas! This week, we're bringing you ways to GET ORGANIZED. I'm pretty sure we can use ALL the tips, tricks, and easier ways to help maintain the crazy lives we lead as teachers.




The number one way that I stay organized is by organizing my COMPUTER. It is where I do all my planning, thinking, planning, procrastinating... yup and more planning. It's all done on the computer.

Ashley Schroeder from Schroeder Shenanigans in Second has this AMAZING product that I've had for a really long time. I may have gotten it the week it came out... I LOVE IT.

I got this picture from her facebook page.

I use the organizing your resources part the most. It is a powerpoint that basically helps you to see what the heck you already own. How many times have you forgotten about a resource that you had during the month that you actually needed it? *raises hand* I get so tired of forgetting what I own. This has SAVED my life. I found it really easy to just add in the actual pdf instead of trying to get an image of the covers. However, I've done it both ways. 

If you create your own resources as well, it is SUPER helpful to remind you what clipart, frames, backgrounds, and other little goodies that you have.

I use my binder to keep me organized. Everything goes in this binder. EVERYTHING. Do you have a teacher binder where you keep all your things? I put all my student information, lesson plans, sub information, and just about anything else that you can think of. It has my calendar to write on and everything. This saves me so much time looking for things because I just add EVERYTHING to this binder. Saves me so much time and it's so easy to stay organized if I know everything is here.






Don't forget to check out everyone else that has linked up and leave some love on their blogs. Have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!



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