Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Rowdy in Room 300: Composing..Decomposing..Number building FUN!

I am loving Rowdy in Room 300: Composing..Decomposing..Number building FUN! Her number booklets are a fun idea and will go great with my current topic of study in my classroom.  I have found a lot of other great ideas but I am really loving this and had to share.  I hope you find it useful, too.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Giveaway!! and Linky Party

Our school has recently acquired one iPad for each classroom and I am struggling with ways to use 1 iPad in the classroom. I've searched pinterest and I'm dying to hear how others out there are using iPads in the classroom. I've done a few things so far but please link up below if you have any suggestions for a one iPad classroom!!! I"m linking up with

I am so new with this blogging and I am finding it very confusing. I am not sure how to do all of the cool things I see on other people's blogs so if you have any advice for new bloggers, feel free to link up as well!!
Also be sure to entire the giveaway at my Teachers Notebook store. I'm giving away a fire safety activity pack with lots of goodies. Fire safety will soon be here and I've created an activity unit that I hope will be a hit with kids. I've put together a pack of activities I've done with my kids over the past five years. To enter the giveaway, click here

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Lots of Freebies!!! for Number Combinations

We are starting a new concept in math this week...number combinations!!! Honestly, I dread this concept every year because it can be so hard to grasp for some students.  We use Investigations at my school and the curriculum introduces this topic by using peas and carrots.  It tells the kids they have any given number of peas and carrots and how many of each do they have.  EVERY YEAR I have a student who says " I don't have any peas or carrots because I don't like to eat those things.". Every year.  So this year I made a determined effort to come up with a variety of ways to teach this concept.
I have pinterest to thank for all of these ideas!!!

1.  The Wanted poster

 Love this resouce! I found it courtesy of Pinterest at Krazy about Kiddos blog. I am going to use this to record, and to have the students record, their combinations to any given number.

 2. One Fish, Two Fish

Courtesy of Pinterest, again, from  Can't wait to try this idea. She reads One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Suess and she has them color the fish either red or blue.  Then they discuss and record combinations to 10.

3. The Rainbow of Combinations to 10

I am sure everyone has seen this one. It is a huge hit with kids every year.  Who doesn't love to make a rainbow?! I got this resource from The Littlest Scholars.

4. Number Combination Bracelets

I went to a Dr. Jean workshop years ago and saw this idea. It works like a charm and it is fun. Now for the FREEBIE!!! I made a worksheet to go with this bracelet.  Put the desired number of beads on the pipe cleaner. Students move one bead at a time to count the number combinations. ENJOY!!! This is my first shot at using a google document so I hope this goes well... click here for the FREEBIE.

Thanks for visiting. I will post more later this week and hopefully number combinations will be a success!!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Lots Going On!

It's so amazing how hard it can be to sit down and blog when that is the easiest part of my day.  I've had meetings for the past two weeks and don't get home until 6:30 at night or makes for a long day.  On a positive note, I am enjoying my class this year! They are all so sweet and caring. I hear them using such polite manners and speaking voices with each other.  They discuss their problems with one another and work them out--what first grader does that?! It is truly a dream class.
We are studying apples this week and pumpkins next week (I love doing this but even more so this year since I have a pumpkin vine growing outside my room!!!!!!!!!!! I, being a lazy person, left an old rotting pumpkin outside of my door last year and when spring came I noticed a plant growing but couldn't figure out what it was...came back in August and have a PUMPKIN plant growing!? What are the odds?!). I have two new poetry centers I have been using with my kids and they LOVE it. I also send home poetry notebooks every Friday for them to read with their parents. The parents seem to like it and I give the student a sticker for the notebook cover on Monday if their parent signed it. This will definitely be helpful once we really start focusing on fluency. Anyway, my first unit is a Johnny Appleseed poem with student made pointer to practice reading the poem. Included in the pack are all of the supplies to make the pointer and the poem with a worksheet for students to fill out.  On Fridays I put a label on the opposite page from where they glued the poem and they write a response to whatever the prompt is.  For this poem my prompt is, "Why do you think Johhny Appleseed was important? Why do you think he wore a pot on his head?" Click the picture below to see the activity!
I also have a positional poetry unit for next week and it is Pumpkin themed. Students will draw (or glue-- your preference with my activity pack) a pumpkin in the correct location in relation to a picture based on the positional word in the poem.  The pack also comes with two copies of the poem--one for younger kids where they can practice writing the vocabulary words and one for older kids with positional words.  There is a student poem page and a booklet for the student to make with positional words. Click the picture below to see it!!
I also put several new centers out this week and have used some for guided reading groups. I love watching kids learn to read!! When the lightbulb goes off it is such a rewarding feeling for both me and the student!!! Anyway, below are three new games or word sorts I've made to use with my groups. Click the pictures to learn more.

Hope you are having a great week! Just found out I can access facebook in my classroom this week through the ipad app and I am SUPER excited! We have a class page which I can only access on my phone, which is not ideal. It has been a great communication tool so far and now that we can get it more easily on the ipad I can't wait to allow my students to post things for their parents!!!
Have a great weekend!! Yay for Fall weather!!!!! and FOOTBALL SEASON!!!!!!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Reading Workshop Games and Staying Healthy (sort of)- Our Year is off to a great start!

    Starting our second week of school this week, which means a more normal schedule and really emphasizing routines!!
     We will also start reading workshop with centers this week. I spent all last week teaching each and every center in my classroom and the students spent workshop and AR time moving through the centers and practicing. I have a great group of students this year and they seemed to do a great job using the Smartboard workshop work board (pictured below). I cannot imagine going back to a paper and popsicle stick work board, which I used before getting a smartboard. I LOVE technology!!

     I worked this weekend on a fun little game I like to play with my beginning readers“No Zoo For You!”.  I use it every year but have finally made it into a product I can use and sell in my TPT and Teacher’s Notebook stores. Click the picture below to see my stores.  It is SERIOUSLY a cute and great little game for the beginning of the year.  It helps students build beginning sound identification.  The pictures can also be resorted and used for middle and ending sound identification as well. All you need is a pocket chart! My kids LOVE it every year because it’s just fun to tell the animals who don’t belong, “NO ZOO FOR YOU!”. It’s the little things in first grade

     We will also be talking about ways to stay healthy this weekI may be a week too late on this unit as I already have the sniffles and sneezes!!!  Everyone needs a reminder at the beginning of the year on the best ways to keep the class healthy. I have a great Smartboard lesson I got from Smart Exchange about germsit has some cool videos from Discovery Education about germs. We are also going to make a cool hallway display of germs and do several experiments to find out what the dirtiest surface in our classroom is.  It’s a good little unit I use with our health curriculum and big books. Check it out by clicking the picture below.

     Hope everyone has a great SHORT weekthey are certainly the best.  MORE importantlyFOOTBALL season OFFICIALLY kicks off this week!!!! Whooo hooo!