Thursday, December 18, 2014

Silhouette Portrait GIVEAWAY!!!!

Hi friends! Today I am SO excited to share with y'all an amazing giveaway that is happening on my Instagram. I'm partnering with Silhouette to giveaway one Silhouette Portrait Cutting Machine! Say what?!? If you don't know exactly what a portrait is, it's essentially the same as a Cameo, except smaller. This means it's more portable. Perfect to use an home and then bring to school when need be! I have a cameo and LOVE it! Seriously, it is the best for crafting and creating things for my classroom. I had a Circut and hated it. You could only use cartridges and they were expensive! The cameo and portrait both connect to your computer, so you have the ability to cut any font or image you have on your computer. You also have access to the fabulous Silhouette Design Store which sells a ton of images that you can download and cut out. Most are 99 cents! 

I've used my cameo for both home and school. I made my Dip Tray Centers with them.




I made labels for my task card storage system


I saw this cute idea for a student shoutout box on Pinterest and I made my own with the Cameo.




We call independent work iWork in my classroom and I made these letters with the Cameo. They are actually magnets! I used the Silhouette Magnet Paper (obsessed) and cut out scrapbook paper to stick onto them. How easy and fun is that!



I've also started using it on home creations like these pillows and labels for the bins in my pantry.


*************GIVEAWAY TIME**************
 The only way to enter is through Instagram. If you aren't on Instagram yet, you are missing out! I'm not a huge social media person, except when it comes to Instagram! It's the easiest way to get ideas and keep up with your favorite bloggers! Here's how to enter.
*Head over to Instagram and follow me (@msleslieann01) and Silhouette (@silhouetteamerica)
*Like this photo below on Instagram
*Comment on the picture about what you would love to use your Portrait for!
*For bonus entries, repost the picture and/or tag friends. 

Now it's time to enter! Giveaway ends Monday (12/22) and I will post the winner on Instagram, Facebook, and here (of course!) GOOD LUCK!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Prepositions with the rabbit and the log (C.Jayne Giveaway Winner!)


Do you remember how you learned prepositions? I'm sure we heard about them earlier, but I don't remember learning what they were until 9th grade! My wonderful 9th grade English teacher taught us the phrase "The rabbit ran _____ the log. If the word fits, it's most likely a preposition. I LOVE teaching this skill and teach it the same way. That little trick always stayed with me and I was certain it would help my kids, but to my surprise last year, the kids did not understand it AT ALL! This year, I started off simplier. I downloaded some cute rabbit and log clipart and had the kids write a write using a preposition in place of the blank. Then they had to illustrate the sentence. I created a preposition board to display their work so when we get into prepositional phrases they will hopefully understand it a little better. 






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Now for the winner of the C. Jayne Teach Clipboard Giveaway!
Congratulations Ashley D.! 

Friends, be sure and visit tomorrow for a HUGE giveaway!!!! I'm so stinkin' excited about this one. I'll leave you with a little picture hint...
    

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Big Nate in 5th Grade: The Great Debate



My kids LOVE Big Nate and I love any book that gets my "not so keen on reading kids" to read! I was shocked to find that these books are only a 2nd grade level on Accelerated Reader. I couldn't imagine a 2nd grader being able to read the entire book and successfully take a test on it. Plus, it's a graphic novel.  Graphic novels were always so challenging for my 1st graders. And while I teach 5th grade, a lot of my kids are on a 3rd grade reading level. Still, my high readers love this series, so I'm torn. Is this series appropriate for 5th graders? What do you think?

Click below to get these Big Nate books for your classroom.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

C. Jayne Teach Clipboard Giveaway!



When I'm teaching, I find it helps to surround myself with pretty supplies and these C. Jayne Teach goodies are definitely a mood lifter! I absolutely adore her products and when I saw her new line of clipboards, I knew they were a must have. Just look at how grogeous these are!




My personal favorite is this one. I'm constantly checking people off certain lists when they turn something it and this makes it so easy to do so...the cute little personalization is just icing on the cake! :)

I am so excited that Chandra agreed to let me giveaway one of her new clipboards! 
Follow the directions on Raffelcopter to enter. Giveaway will end Tuesday (12/16) and I will announce the winner Wednesday. :)

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Five for Friday (On Saturday!)

Yesterday was just too crazy for me, so I was unable to link up with Doodle Bugs for my favorite linky! Here's my five for Friday on Saturday :)

Kahoot is quite possibly the best thing ever. My kids BEG to play this and I've noticed a HUGE difference in their vocabulary scores after playing this. I love seeing their funny, creative nicknames. Someone asked me about using nicknames on Instagram. We always play the first round using our real names so I can pull the excel sheet afterwards and see who missed what. Then as a reward, we play a round using nicknames. 

I'm loving this sweet picture of my Reese. It might not be the best background, but how sweet is that face? Love! 

Christmas gifts already? Yes, please!

One of my former student's dad is a flight nurse and all last year the student would bring me different things from the different countries his dad traveled to. He brought in this little chocolate from Africa! So sweet and thoughtful! IHe's also shared with me a Coke from Japan and coins from London. 

I'm preparing these Christmas Conventions centers for next week...Crossing our fingers that we survived this crazy busy upcoming week! 5 days 'til Christmas break, people!! :) :)


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Quick Draws: A 1 minute vocabulary activity: Freebie!

 Sometimes you plan and plan a big elaborate lesson and sometimes, the best lessons come to you about 10 minutes before class. This activity is one of those. Tuesdays are when we tackle most of our vocabulary work. I had several things planned and while the kids were working on the warm up, a neat little "game" popped into my head and I can't wait to share it with y'all!

If you teaching Reading Street, you might have noticed the vocabulary resources online. If you aren't a reading street teacher, I'm sure you have vocabulary cards that you use as well. I've started using these to show the kids different examples of the words, and today I decided I wanted them to come up with their own example for each word. The problem was we were pressed for time and I had a million and one things to cram in. I needed an activity that wouldn't take up a ton of time, yet provide enough practice to be beneficial. So I decided to create Quick Draws!

Here's how you "play"

Step 1: Have students write each vocabulary word in the smaller boxes. I've included a template with six boxes and one with eight depending on the number of words you have. 
Step 2: Set the timer for 20 sec. This is called "Brainstorm Time" During this 20 second period, students sit with their eyes closed and brainstorm how they want to illustrate the word. There is no talking and no writing/drawing during this time...just thinking!
Step 3: At the end of the Brainstorm Time, set the timer for 1 minute. Students will have 1 minute to draw their illustration to show the vocabulary word. Now isn't the time for details! It's just a quick sketch or doodle with just enough detail to figure out the meaning of the illustration as it relates to the word. 
Step 4: Repeat steps 1-3 for each of the vocabulary words. 

My kids did so well with this little activity! We did a vocabulary assessment afterwards and the grades were really good! I'm going to make this a staple in my weekly vocabulary lessons.  
You can grab your free copy of the template here


Monday, December 8, 2014

Weekly Word Lists


This post is all about getting the study material into the kids hands! How do you do this in your classroom (I would really LOVE to know!)? Ever since I taught first grade, I make a weekly word list each week and give to the kids. On the list are the spelling words, vocabulary words, and the weekly skills. I realize that a lot of you make the kids look up the vocabulary words and write the definitions, but we simply don't have time. I teaching 3 classes of Reading/Language Arts/ Spelling and only have each class for around 1hr and 15 min (give or take). After trying to cram the whole group lesson and meet with small groups, there isn't enough time to make sure everyone has copied down the words to study for the week. 
Word lists have worked really well for me, but I want to give a little more responsibility to my 5th graders, so I created a new board in our classroom: the weekly word list wall.
Each Monday the first thing we do is copy down the word list for the week. Once they have done this, I give them a piece of colored paper to staple to the paper so it will be a little easier to keep up with. 

I like having the words in one place so I can easily refer back to them and now I know that my sweeties who never pick up that word list are at least being exposed to it.  We go over what they need to be aware of for the test each Thursday and I feel like they are better prepared now. The "Study This" box is added to throughout the week as we cover the material each day. 

How do you do word lists in your classroom? I'd love to hear your ideas! Comment below! :)