Monday, September 28, 2015

Carson Dellosa Goodies

Hi friends! I'm so excited to talk to y'all about these two resource books from Carson Dellosa. One is for 5th grade and one is for 1st, so there's something for everyone here!

Let's start with the 5th grade resource, Reading for Theme and Details. This is from Carson Dellosa's Spectrum Focus line, which is amazing! I always get questions about where to find passages and this little book has some great ones! The best part? It's aligned to state standards and provides questions/activities to assess students' knowledge of the topic and information. There are books for just literature text and ones that focus on informational text. 

Seriously y'all, this  is one of my new favorite go to resources right now!




Be sure and check out these amazing resources here!

Now let's jump to the 1st grade resource! These Front of the Class workbooks come in levels of Pre K to 2nd grade. They are perfect for reinforcing skills and strategies in both reading and math. They are also aligned to state statements. If I had discovered this resource when I taught first grade, I would have definitely used it for extra practice or as send home work for struggling students. 

I love that it gives an example before the actual work. Students (and parents!) can refer to this for help.
I think this would also be one of the books that parents would benefit from purchasing for their own child. This way they could provide additional support at home if they see their child is struggling with something at school.


You can find the pre k, kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade here

I always find the videos helpful when purchasing a new resource, so I included it for y'all!
             


I participate in the Brand Ambassador Program for Carson-Dellosa and have received this product for free to review.



Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Starting Off on the Right Foot

Hi friends! Today I want to share how I start off the mornings on a positive note. It's easy with The Mailbox Gold Toolkit!

Whenever I see good behavior or students that need encouraging, I simply place an award on their desk for them to find at the start of class. Not every student can be VIP, but whenever they need to be reminded that I see their hard work, an award does the trick! The Mailbox Gold Toolkit has tons of awards to choose from and many of them can be filled out online! 


I love this method of encouraging students and promoting positivity in the classroom because it's easy and effective!

Not a Mailbox Gold Member? Sign up here!!! :)




Monday, September 21, 2015

Plan with Me (Visual Plans for 9/21-9/25)

Hi friends! So blogging the last two weeks hasn't happened for me. I've been knee deep in anything and everything else and sadly blogging was pushed to the back burner. I'm back today to share with y'all my visual plans for this week and last week since I missed last Sunday's post!
Let me apologize in advance for the poor pictures. I photographed outside on a yucky, rainy, sunless day and the pictures aren't the greatest!

As you can see, we had a teacher work day last Wednesday and this completely messed up my week! I felt rushed all week and I feel like we didn't get to half of the stuff we needed to!
Our comprehension was figurative language. We used a Nearpod that I made last year and you can find here.
We also created this foldable to use as a study guide for a little quiz on the types of figurative language.



You can find this activity and more in my Teaching Figurative Language unit


We covered Independent and Dependent Clauses in Language Arts and I was thrilled with how well my kids did! We played SLIDE and did a group sort before self assessing. You can find these printables in my Strategic Teaching Lesson for Independent and Dependent Clauses. I've also bundled all 8 lessons for the first nine weeks, which you can find here



We were suppose to complete the story elements foldable two weeks, but didn't have time so we finally got to it last week. I had my kids watch this video from Flocabulary everyday as their warmup and then we had a quiz at the end of the week. I LOVE this little video and so did the kids! 

Flocabulary is a fabulous resource. You have to pay for it, but they have several videos free on Youtube and this one was free! You can check out their Youtube channel here

Here's this week's plans! Today was all about fact and opinion. We did a page from the Reading Street practice book on this skill before testing our knowledge with a Kahoot game. I'm thinking of writing a post about how I use Reading Street with other resources and/or novels. Let me know if you want to read about that! :)
I also had the kids create a Powtoon presentation that contained a situation that had a fact or opinion in it. Powtoon is an online animated video presentation tool that is so fun! I made ones for certain idioms last year and I often have the kids use it during a unit of study. It's creative and allows them to access those higher order thinking skills! 

Tomorrow is all about simple, compound, and complex sentences. I'm *hoping* this goes well because they did so good with independent and dependent clauses last week! You can find my Strategic Teaching Lesson on Simple, Compound, and Complex Sentences here

Wednesday we are reading the weekly story and using my Bloom's Ladders to respond to reading. You can find my best seller here


For small groups, we are starting Who Was Johnny Appleseed? You can find my guided reading activities for this book here







Here's the week's visual plans!

Bloom's Ladders (using the fiction ones, but you can find the nonfiction ones here and if you're a lower grades teacher, you can find the Little Ladders here!)
Comp Files (Aug/Sept) ***October will be posted this weekend!






Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Counting Dude, Bragging Dude & Word Colors

Happy Wednesday, friends! Today we introduced two vocabulary activities from Word Nerds and I was so pleased with how they went! We "played" Counting Dude, Bragging Dude and Word Colors. To build excitement, I've been talking about these two activities for the past two weeks and the kids were so excited to do them today. I sometimes call these practice activities "games" so that the kids have a positive view and don't think of it as "work". They don't realize they're learning because they just think they're having fun, which they are! :)

Counting Dude, Bragging Dude
If you don't know what Counting Dude, Bragging Dude is, I HIGHLY suggest you go read Word Nerds! This book is filled with wonderful strategies for teaching vocabulary. For this activity, you break your class into two groups. In one group, the kids are the Bragging Dudes, while the other are Counting Dudes. The two groups pair up with a person from the other group and the Bragging Dude writes a 7up sentence (a sentence with 7 or more words) that contains his or her vocabulary word that is on the lanyard

The Counting Dude verifies that the sentence is in fact a 7up sentence and adds additional details if needed. 

Once the sentence is complete, the Bragging Dude celebrates by doing a little dance (think NFL Touchdown!) or simple giving themselves a pat on the back. These two sweet girls were celebrating a fabulous 7up sentence with a little square dancing! :) :)

Then they move on and repeat this process.
I was thrilled with this activity because it not only allowed for vocabulary practice, but it also helped us get in some writing practice! I even heard some of my kids saying "You need to add an adjective here!" Insert smiling teacher face! :)


Word Colors
For Word Colors, you write your vocabulary word on a card and color the word with a certain color that represents that word. Then on the back of the card, you have to explain and justify your color choice...talk about using those higher order thinking skills! I was thrilled with some of the responses I got with this activity. We still need more practice, but for the first time I think they did pretty good!
**I don't usually have my kids use scrapbook paper for their work, but I found it in my cabinet and they have been dying to use it. Whatever creates excitement, right? 

On the back, it says "I chose this color because it reminds me of muscles and if you are doing something forcefully you are using your muscles"





Do you have an activity that you love for teaching vocabulary? I'd love to hear it! Leave a comment below! :)







Monday, September 7, 2015

Plan with me- Visual Plans (Sept 7-11)



Isn't Labor Day great? I've only been back to school for about a month, but I am in desperate need of a break! I don't care what grade you teach, the first weeks of school are just plain hard! We are all trying to establish a routine and manage learning new content at the same time! It's fast paced and difficult! I'm using this day off to recuperate and recharge! 

Here's my planning process and visual plans for this coming week. Since it's a 4 day week, we are having a review language arts skill of sentences and sentence fragments. Yes, this is an easy skill, but I think it's one that needs to be reviewed. I see a LOT of sentence fragments when we begin writing each year, so I'm hoping that devoting an entire week's skill to this will help! You can find my Strategic Teaching BDA Lesson on Sentence/Sentence Fragments here

This is the second week of our vocabulary cycle, so we have already completed our vocabulary journals. Let me know if you want to know how I ended up using vocabulary journals. I'm really pleased with the simple result! Since we've already completed journals, this week we get to interact more with our words and play some "games" I'm planning on introducing "Counting Dude, Bragging Dude" this week and teaching them about 7 up sentences. You can find out about these activities and many more in Word Nerds. I did a book study this summer with this book and you can find each chapter breakdown here, with the exception of Chapter 8, because I'm still working on how I want to do assessments...more on that later! 

Resources Mentioned:
Comp Files (Aug/Sept)...October is coming soon!






Resources Mentioned:
Comp Files (Aug/Sept)...October is coming soon!

Be sure and check out my August Book Review on my Life+Style blog, Southern Belle Inspired.