I can't believe it has been a year since I started blogging. I have learned so much from other bloggers and have found some great resources for my students. To thank all of my followers and any new followers I am going to do a giveaway.
I have been quite busy today preparing for small groups and lessons for when we return from break. Our students take the DEA testing each September, December, and March. I found that my students need more practice in the area of sequencing. Therefore I am creating hands on practice. You can get my first set for free by clicking here. If you download and use my sequence set please leave me feedback on TPT.
I know this sounds crazy, but I love to teach analogies. So I have been creating sets of analogy task cards. I've used them in my classroom a few different ways. Such as:
Walk About: I tape each task card to a different area in the classroom. I then split the class into pairs. Each pair spends one minute at each task card. On their sheet of paper they write the answer and then write why they believe it is the answer. After each group has gone to each task card, students then take turns reading and explaining each task card.
Centers: I have used these task cards in both a teacher led or student center. Students are required to answer and to explain why they answer what on each card.
Independent work: I have also used these cards for my early finishers.
To get a free set of my analogy task cards click here! Please leave feedback if you download and find them useful. Thank you!
I hope everyone is doing well out in the teaching world. I have been very busy with teaching, coaching, and all of the other hats I wear at school. So my blog has been abused the last month or so. While I was searching for resources I ran across a great site with Common Core Standards checklists. The Curriculum Corner has created checklists for grades K-6. Click on the link above to download a free copy of Jill and Cathy's checklist for both Reading and Math.
I am currently working on a unit with all text based questions and will be posting it soon for suggestions and insight. My goal is to have it posted by Wednesday.
A fellow reading teacher shared a resource with me on Friday. The site is E-Reading Worksheets. The site describes itself as " Are you looking for online reading activities? How about interactive practice activities targeting specific reading skills? At ereadingworksheets.com you can complete e-reading worksheets: online reading skill quizzes about such subjects as identifying figurative language, recognizing patterns of organization or text structure, comprehending texts, determining the author’s purpose, and more. " I have been looking around the site over the weekend and have found practice worksheets that can easily be turned into centers and group work. Let me know what you find useful on the site.
Today I had a wonderful day helping other teachers with information that other teachers helped me with. During the in-service I had a couple teachers shared some amazing resources and I have also included those on my update handout. If you have any online tools or websites that you believe should be added to my list please let me know and I will add them. I now can officially start my Fall Break! Yay! Click here to download my handout on over 90 web tools for teachers that are FREE!
We have a short week this week, and I am so excited. We have Fall Break from Friday until Monday. We have in-service on Thursday for technology training. I will be teaching a class on Discovery Education and a class on great websites for teachers. For my students this week, I will be teaching students about author's purpose. So I have been searching the internet for resources to use with my students and to share with my teaching buddies. I have listed what I have found so far below. If you have any resources that you would like me to link to please comment or email it to me and I will add it to my list. Thank you for reading.
I was very lucky to be chosen to attend ELA Common Core meetings for out county. These meetings allow me to speak directly with state education officials. I have a meeting this Thursday. I would like to have a list of questions about Common Core and the changes that are coming our way. If you have any questions please comment below and I will be sure to ask the questions on Thursday and then post the answers on the blog. Looking forward to reading your questions.
We will be working on analogies this week in class, so I thought I would take a look around the internet and share the resource I found. I put the resources into categories to help teachers find the resource they are looking for.
I'm still alive or at least I think I am. I know I have not posted since school has started, but it has been a crazy five weeks. I received information about this amazing website and had to share this with all the teachers out there. Learn Zillion is a site for grades 3rd-8th, both ELA and Math with free Common Core resources. This site has videos, slide shows, and lesson commentaries. The videos can be assigned to students or you can use them to help you better understand the standards. I hope you find the site very helpful. Let me know if you have any great Common Core sites. I would like to add them to my resource page.
PARCC has released sample items for teachers today on their website. There are 23 states taking part in the PARCC. PARCC stands forPartnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. Follow the links below for sample questions and generic rubrics.
I found this awesome idea on Pinterest on how to keep your student lists with you all the time without caring around a clipboard, piece of paper, etc. Here is the picture:
I love this idea, but I have five class lists. I still wanted to do this, but I had to think about how. This is what I came up with. I bought three badge holders. I created the small lists like above. I put my homeroom on the back of my badge and put the other four lists in the other two badge holders. Two lists per badge holder, with each list facing the opposite direction.
Does anyone have any other ideas about how to carry around your lists with you easily?
I've made it! I just finished my first full week of school. I really need to take pictures of my room, but I keep forgetting. I hope to remember and get them posted for everyone some time next week. I've had a few requests for different types of designs of the hand signals I use in my classroom. I plan on making a few more, but here are a few until then. I purchased the frames from the Lesson Cloud blog. I hope you enjoy them!
Hand signals in the classroom have been floating around the Internet for years. I especially like Clutter Free Classroom's and Littlest Learner's hand signal signs. I changed them to fit my classroom and our needs. Students hold their hand up with a certain number of fingers to indicate what they need.
One is question
Two is answer
Three is pencil
Four is bathroom
Five is eraser
I also use the sign language for yes and no to answer them when I am in a small group, which you can find here for no and here for yes.
Since I have a new obsession with zebra print, I had to create my own with zebra
Click the picture to download your free set!
I hope you enjoy! Now, I know that not everyone loves zebra, so if you would like a non-zebra set e-mail me and I can create you a different set. I'm now off to finish my classroom, so I can finally show everyone pictures.
I've been working on creating documents for Common Core and PARCC for educators. I finally have a few documents online for educators to use. Click here to go and collect the documents. I have a goal of adding documents each week. If there are documents that you are in need of, let me know and I will do my best to create them. It I has been a very long, long day, so this post will be short and sweet. I'm so close to being done in my room. I hope to be posting pictures soon.
I bet everyone has wondered where I have been all week. I have been working very hard in my classroom and getting ready to present at our annual back to school in-service. I'm not done yet, but I do have a few pictures to share with you.
The labels all turned out so great! Go here and here and here to get them for free!
I've seen these all over the net and I had to make them! I used scrap paper and a label maker.
Curtains covering my teacher shelves
I'm working my hardest to have it done by Sunday! Hopefully I'll be back on Sunday with pictures. I'm also linking up with Friday Freebie over at TBA. If you haven't already check this out, you should. Teachers all over the net are sharing free classroom resources.
Click on the picture to visit!
I'm sharing a few zebra items. Above you can download my zebra labels which are editable. Below you can download my zebra style homework passes.
I'm sure every teacher out there has experienced the no homework blues. Also, each of us have our own way of keeping up with who has their homework. When a students does not have their homework I require them to fill out a homework excuse form. The form requires a name, date, assignment, and the reason for the homework not being completed. I keep all of the forms for each student. When I have a parent teacher meeting I am sure to bring them along. They have been very useful, especially with my loveys that often do not do their homework. I have created a new form to go along with my zebra theme and you can get them for free here. The clip art is from Scrappin Doodle.
When I first started teaching I bought items in a array of colors. After three years in a rainbow room I decided I wanted a color scheme. So I have spray painted, and spray painted, and spray painted. I found this awesome spray paint tool. It is a comfort spray grip that I picked at Wal-mart for like three dollars. It saves your finger, you'll have less paint on your hands, and it sprays better.
I've also been using the zebra print duct tape and I love it! I found some awesome pointers at the dollars store a few years ago, but now they aren't so pretty. See below!
I love it! Even if your pointers are not worn out you can still use the cute printed duct tape to match your classroom theme.
I'm joining up with a linky party! Grade 3 is the Place for Me is hosting a linky party for new bloggers! All you have to do when you link up is to answer the following questions: 1. what state you are in 2. your current teaching position
3. your teaching experience
4. when you started blogging
5. share a blogging tip / blogging resource
Here are my answers: 1. Tennessee
2. 5th and 6th Grade Reading
3. This will be my fourth year of teaching
4. I started blogging December 29th 2011
5. A picture is worth a thousand words! If you can add pictures to your post, do it.
Look what I did!
I spray painted a white trash can black. Then took the zebra duck tape and wrapped it around the trash can. Then I took a pink ribbon a attached it to the duck tape! Now I have a cute zebra trash can for my themed classroom. Love it!
I spent most of my week at TETA, which is a technology conference in Tennessee. I learned so much and enjoyed myself at the same time. We had an amazing speaker Kevin Honeycutt. He really made you want to get out there and do good for our students. One of the sessions I attended was 60 websites in 60 for educators. Here are some of the websites I think my fellow bloggers would love:
http://todaysmeet.com/ This website is free! It allows you to have a meeting with anyone that has internet access and your code.
I am writing from the TETA Conference (Tennessee Educational Technology Association). We start our classes in the morning. I am looking forward to bring a bunch of great activities and website for all of you. This is my second stop on my week of in-services. I just finished a computer workshop at Vanderbilt. They taught us how to take your computer apart to add drives and memory. Which was very neat, as well as they shared some awesome resources. I thought the kids would like the following sites:
I was so excited to see that I hit 100 followers. I love to see people are finding my blog useful! Thank you so very much for reading my posts. So I went today to get my groceries at Wal-Mart and of course I had to stop by the school supplies. While looking at the rows of school supplies I found teacher supplies! All of the supplies were .88 cents.
A 60 pack of erasers with smiley faces, stars, apples, and A+ shapes
Light-weight dry erase boards
Packs of 30 sentence strips (Just like the dollar store but .12 cents less)
Really cute file folders. They had three different design sets. (Not really a good price, but they are so cute!)
Fabulously First is collecting little tid-bits of teacher wisdom to share with new teachers. There is so much I did not learn in my college classes about teaching. So this is a great linky for teachers to share all the information colleges should look into sharing. Here is my wisdom!
I am looking forward to reading all the tips teachers have! I'm always learning new things about my profession. Also, if you have not entered my giveaway be sure to click here!