Monday, October 20, 2014

Bloom's Taxonomy Ladders: Non Fiction!

It's finally done! My Fiction Bloom's Ladders can be found here and you can grab the Non Fiction Blooms Ladders here. Don't know what these are? I've described how I use them and make them into a video game here. :) 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Halloween Language Arts Centers

When I found these adorable Frankenstein containers in the Dollar Spot at Target, I knew I had to create some fun Halloween centers! Want to win the unit that contains 6 CCRS aligned LA centers? Head over to the facebook page and enter! Or you can grab your copy immediately by clicking here.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Organizing Vocabulary Cards

Hey y'all! If you're anything like me, you LOVE the Target Dollar Spot. Seriously, it gets me every time! I find myself getting things that I have no idea what I need them for, because I KNOW I'll find something. For example, I always grab several of these things (I don't even know what they're called. anyone?)

Turns out, whatever these things are called are perfect for organizing vocabulary cards! I divide mine up by units. I also use them to store my blooms ladders and task cards. 

I'm sharing my 5 favorite things about fall over on Southern Belle Inspired, plus a new site where you can get discounted gift cards to stores like Target and Michaels! Come check it out and follow me on Bloglovin'! :)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Catching Up and What's in my Bag?

Hi y'all! Today I wanted to play a little catch up and update y'all on what's going on in my classroom. 
We have been knee deep in novel studies. We finished up Frindle and we are now tackling Shiloh. For Frindle, I created this story board to introduce the novel, brainstorm and predict, and talk about facts and opinions. It also generated a lot of excitement about the book!

We're now on Shiloh. Last week, we divided into groups and created a character chart of either the protagonist or the antagonist. They had to list at least 10 events/things that happened with that character, plus at least 5 traits with evidence. They did WONDERFUL! I made it a little more interesting by picking a winning group in each class and they received treats :) 

I've been working hard on my lifestyle/fashion blog Southern Belle Inspired. I'm sharing what's in my bag and my favorite types of handbags. Come check it out and follow me on bloglovin'! :)

Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall Nail Polish

Yep, this has nothing to do with teaching, but sometimes we need a break from all the lesson ideas and charts and data. Nail polish and fashion is one of my favorite escapes! Come over to my lifestyle blog Southern Belle Inspired and check out my top ten fall nail polishes :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What I'm Loving

Hi friends! I'm been slacking here lately on sharing what's going on in my classroom and I'm sorry! I have lots to share and I promise I'm going to share it all with y'all this weekend! For now, you can hop over to my lifestyle blog, Southern Belle Inspired to see what I'm currently loving :) 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Fun Vocabulary Review Activity with Materials You Already Have!

One of my goals this year is to increase vocabulary and do a better job of vocabulary instruction. I am loving Babbling Abby's Interactive Vocabulary notebook. We have been doing this for the past three weeks and I LOVE it! 

We've also been doing a new vocabulary review "game" that has helped SOOO much! I can't tell you how much better the vocabulary part of the test has gotten each week! The best part (aside from the great grades!)? Chances are, you already have the materials on hand to "play"! Here's what you need.

tissues // individual marker boards (depending on the number of teams you have. I have 5 teams, so I need 5 marker boards) // dry erase markers

Here's how to play:
Number your kids off 1-5. All the 1's are a team, 2's are a team, etc.
Assign a team captain. The team captain is responsible for collecting materials for their group (a tissue, marker, and board)
Assign spots in your room for teams to gather. 
Call out a vocabulary definition. The team that can come up with the correct word and write it on the marker board first gets the point. 

They LOVE this game! I came up with it at the end of last year and gave the winning team bonus points on the test. It has helped the kids practice vocabulary words tremendously! 

What are some fun activities you do to increase your students' vocabulary or review?