Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Student Self Assessing with Levels of Understanding

Hi friends! I'm currently enjoying day 2 of my Spring Break and lovin' every minute of it! I'm catching up on some things I've been wanting to share with y'all and just haven't had time so let's get started!

Today I wanted to share a little something I've been doing to get my kids aware of their thinking. Using these levels of understanding posters, the students self assess BEFORE and AFTER the lesson. At the beginning of the lesson, I have the kids write a number (using the levels of understanding as a guide) on the top of their paper showing what they know about whatever the topic of the lesson is. Then, at the end of the lesson, they write another number beside their original number and circle it. This way they can see how much their learning has changed throughout the lesson. 

You can download a free copy of these levels of understanding posters here! :)

Sunday, March 20, 2016

April Comp Files

Grab the April Comp Files here

Psst! I'm giving away one copy! Just comment below and tell me when your Spring Break is! Leave your email and I'll randomly pick a winner tomorrow night. Good Luck! :)

Monday, March 7, 2016

Accountable Talk Stems- Freebie!

Happy Monday, friends! Today I wanted to share with y'all a new thing I'm trying out in the classroom. I always have the kids talk with each other about the text and discuss their thoughts and views. For the most part, they always do well with this and stay on task, but there's always a few that need a little extra guidance. I thought these Accountable Talk Stems would work perfectly! If you want to try them out in your own classroom, you can download them here! :) 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Spice Up Your Literature Circles!

Hi friends! Do you use literature circles in your classroom? I always seem to forget about how wonderful they are until around this time of year and then I'm kicking myself that I waste the first part of the year not using them! I find literature circles especially beneficial during a novel study, but they can be used with pretty much everything (weekly stories, passages, etc.)

I decided it was time to spice up my literature circles to make them exciting again. Here's what I did!

In order to make the jobs or roles of each student a little more fun, I decided to create little badges for them to wear. You can get the plastic buttons at Michaels or here

Then I redesigned the Job Description sheets. I love the look of just text!

Now, you could just pass these sheets out to your students, but I'm loving the idea of using file folders!

I ALWAYS stock up on the Target Dollar Spot file folders and let's face it, I'm always looking for an excuse to incorporate them into a project. I LOVE how well these work out! Simply tape the description sheet to the left and make copies of the role sheet and place to the right. 

I also decided to create tubs for each group to hold any supplies the kids might need. Of course, I had to make a label!

You can find all of these resources in my Literature Circles unit here

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

This Kid is on Fire! Freebie!

Do y'all ever have a kid that really shines during a particular lesson? Today we were working on level 4 questioning and one of my kids (who typically doesn't participate or volunteer to answer questions) was really on fire! We gave the kid a 10 finger whoo, but then I started singing "This kid is on fire", which tickled everyone! It gave me the idea to start rewarding kids that shine during certain lessons or parts of class. I made these bookmarks when I got home and thought I'd share with y'all in case you want to try this idea out! :) You can grab your free copy here!

I'd love to hear other motivational/reward tips and tricks! Leave a comment below! :)

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016

Teaching Story Structure

Happy President's Day, friends! Do you have the day off today? Thankfully I do! Usually by now we've had a few snow days, but there's been next to nothing this year! I really need a day off to catch up on things! I'll be spending all day work, work, working! 

Last week we discussed story structure and I thought I'd share with y'all. We did several different activities and they seemed to finally be understanding it.

I introduced the skill with this anchor chart.

To start the lesson, we completed this interactive notebook printable, which also serves as a study guide for the quiz.

If you used my Teaching Story Elements resource, you might recognize this passage as the same one in the interactive notebook printable for that skill. I purposely did this to talk with the kids about the difference between story elements and story structure. I worried that they might confuse the two because there are 5 parts of story structure and 5 elements of a story.

We then watched this video clip and identified the structure on the back of the interactive notebook sheet. We did this part as a whole group activity.


The next day we started on practice passages!
We used these graphic organizers to help us identify the beginning, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution of a story.

I displayed these posters for the kids to refer back to.

You can check out this resource here :)