Monday, October 28, 2013
Great thing is that not a single one happened like any of these scenarios today!
Monday, October 21, 2013
I always start with warming up earlier in the day with one of these fantastic daily math sheets projected:
These are some resources that we have compiled together to create a week worth of lessons:
For whole group teaching- I just drag the pdf files into a Smart notebook and delete the pages that I don't want. (MAC) For PC's you have to select "print" and choose the Smart writer printer option and it will convert the pdf's into a smart notebook for you.
For homework this is what my class has for math:
This is our exit slip this week:
We have a binder that the sheets that we use for "math on my own", homework, whole group work etc. are included in separate binder sheets so that we can have them easily copied for all of us by a parent.
red guided math group- we are practicing counting on with number lines, and number charts
yellow group- I am showing flash cards and they are writing the answer on dry erase boards
green group- they are working on doubles facts
Sunday, October 20, 2013
So- I told her that I would help her out. I remember being a first year teacher- it wasn't all that long ago! It is REALLY over whelming! Then I think of professional development that I attend. I am a little dorky and am excited about learning new things to apply to my classroom. Then I go and they tell me the same thing as always and never have good examples and tell you to go apply what you have learned. :( Well- I don't know about you but that is the tough part for me! I think that great professional development should give you the background but also specific examples that apply directly to you! Not a 4th grade math example for k-8 classroom teachers AND specialist. I want a first grade example filled in for me and then give me a blank copy and GUIDE me into filling in one for another subject with my teammates during the meeting. :) That way when I can leave- I can APPLY what we did together and start planning and teaching right away! :)
I spent MANY hours scouring my favorite place- TPT to come up with this plan for her. I own very few of these products so I don't know for sure if they are the best fit for her. I just read comments and mostly looked at the span of grade levels. If they said it is appropriate for k- then I doubt there is enough to truly differentiate for 2nd grade. However this is a complete assumption. :)
I ended with telling her this is what I would do and told her to use it as a guiding point. Think about what her students need, her teaching style etc. I also gave her my daily Monday-Thursday schedule and told her that it works for me and she needs to think about her pull out schedule, lunch etc and think about what would work. We have discussed D5 multiple times before so it isn't highlighted in my email as well as the phonics dance.
8:15-8:30 Morning Work
8:40-8:50 Morning Meeting
8:50-8:55 Daily Math Review
8:55-9:10 Guided Reading (2/3s of my class leaves for a sight word intervention), daily 5- work on writing (I don't allow my students to choose D5 rotations)
9:10-9:30 Whole Group Reading Comprehension
9:30-9:45 Guided Reading (2/3s of my class leaves tier 2 reading intervention), daily 5- reading response/ sharing (my version of read to someone since there are very few kids in my class at this time.)
9:45-10:00 Guided Reading (2/3s of my class leaves tier 2 reading intervention), daily 5- read to self (Some pull out kids transition back early so read to self is something that they can do quickly and know what to do.)
10:00-10:20 Whole group Word Study (M-intro new sight words and highlight them in writing words book and give spelling pre-test, T- teach new phonics dance chunks, W-Complete sorts for spelling words, R-use spellingcity, F-spelling test.
10:20-10:35 Guided Reading and daily 5- word work
10:35-10:45 Whole group writing (M-read mentor text and model pre-writing organizer T-model drafting W-model revising R-Model editing F-Review of week)
10:45-11:15 Students write and I (M- assist lower students with filling in pre-writing organizer T- assist students with the teacher edit or writers block cards up W- check on skill of the week and repeat Tuesday's job R-pull skill groups F-choose students to share for author's chair and also during read aloud time.)
11:15-12:05 lunch and recess
12:05-12:40 read aloud, handwriting/ daily comprehension, phonics dance chant of learned chunks
1:20-2:35 Math (whole group, 3 rotations and closing)
2:35-2:45 Day review/ peace meeting (we sit in a circle and review everything that we learned, give compliments to students for helping us, discuss problems that we might have had)
2:45-2:55 Pack up
AND..... since I spent many hours putting this together- I thought that I'd share it here just in case it can help someone else too. :)
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
I CANNOT wait to try this out but wanted to post it on TPT just in case any of you want to try it as well!
Typically my favorite items on TPT are the items that have EVERYTHING that you need! I always get super bummed when there is an amazing product but they are missing simple things that are needed. So I tried to include everything that you need in this item! It is made into a little booklet and there are simple taste test items that you need to set-up in advance. :) You just need a ballot box, 6 Dixie cups and candy!
Here is a peak:
Have a great night!
Monday, October 14, 2013
It starts with a pre-spelling test on Monday.
Next, if students scored 100% of the words correct, they receive 2 small challenge lists. 1 goes home and the other is glued into their word work notebook. If they received even 1 word wrong, they will receive 1 on level list to glue into their word work notebook.
The notebooks are the cheap 17 cent notebooks during back to school season. Students glue their new list in each week.
Students practice using this way Monday-Wednesday.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Here are a few things that I have done new this month:
First up is my guided reading area:
This is the wall behind my reading table and is visible to the students. A few years ago I had a full CAFE board. I LOVED it but my district has teachers use Guided Reading so I haven't used it in 2 years. I decided to make a simple adaptation. Students have their post it note on their "goal" strategy. We refer to it often and it actually is more of a reminder to myself to use the wall- not just have it up their to be cute. :) I bought these from Lakeshore and just jazzed them up with left over zebra border.
I also was getting sick of either A) handing out materials too many times during a lesson or B) expecting 6-7 year old students to keep their reading area clean and organized. So I bought these green organizers 3 for a $1 at the Dollar Store.
This is what is inside each organizer:
Here is how nice it looks from far away right after I completed a reading group. The students totally did this- it was NOT staged! :)
Up next is a routine chart:
A little boy in my class cannot seem to get those routines down! So I created a notebook for him to use! It is working well so far! His response to getting it was, "Wow! This is cool!" lol... first grade students are so easy to please!
Up next is one of the cute charts that I made thanks to Kim Adsit!
These are laminated and students are allowed to put sticky notes on them as one of the choices for read to someone (share with someone) time.
Also rounding out the next 2 weeks are some fun filled times!
-Next week is our assessment week so I'll be breaking it up with some fun with the Candy Corn Bandit! If you haven't purchased this yet- DO IT! It is so much fun!
-The week after is our 50th day of school! I use a lot of materials from Cara Carroll's unit but I found a few FREE items as well.
- This one is awesome! I converted the PDF to Smart Notebook so I can just read it aloud from the projected screen. http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/50th-Day-of-School-Book-and-Venn-Diagram-Worksheet-168962
-The week after are our parent/ teacher conferences! Here is a link to some free conference forms:
I hope that I will blog again BEFORE the end of October but I thought that I'd better write a HUGE post now just in case that I don't find the time. Do I know myself or what?
Have a wonderful week!
To those Central Ohio teachers- Happy COTA day on Friday! :)
P.S. I JUST remembered that I totally forgot in my madness of writing math lesson plans from scratch and making all of the smart board files... that I FORGOT to send out free stuff from my last post. I am REALLY sorry! I am going to do that RIGHT now!