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