Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Giveaway Galore!

It's Giveaway time and you are not going to believe this!  Over 20 items up for grabs from AMAZING bloggers all over the USA!  It's Top Teacher's Giveaway Galore!


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before APRIL 27th and from me you could win:

  Candy Land Long Vowel Game by Mel D of Seusstastic Classroom Inspirations: "This unique game is one of over 50 games I have to offer! Over 18 pages of long vowel words are on "look-alike" Candy Land cards. All you need is a game board & game pieces. Print, laminate & cut & use for years to come. These games can be used during Daily 5, tutoring, literacy stations, Daily 5 Math, RTI, ELL, Title 1 groups, homeschooling & more! The possibilities are endless!" (K-3)  Sight Word Snap Cubes by Jennifer of Empowering Little Learners"Looking for a fun new center for your kids? How about having them make the sight words with Snap Cubes! Use these cards to have your students count out blocks to create the letters and form the pre-primer sight words! Then they count how many cubes it took to make the words! Two recording sheets are included (one where students just count the snap cubes, and another where students count and write the word.)" (K-3)


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Making Words with Blends by DeAnne of First Grade and Fabulous: "Making Words is a great activity to work on phoneme isolation, segmenting sounds, and blending sounds to make words. This packet includes Blends (with both short vowels and long vowels with silent e. You will find ten different making word directions which include their own recording sheets." (k-2)

Dolch Sight Words for Kindergarten by Lidia Barbosa of Kid’s Reading Activities: "Sight word cards in a fun theme. Use them in a center, small group or on your word wall. A word sorting activity is included." (K)


  Center Signs in Spanish by Lidia Barbosa of Kinder Latino: "These are 24 colorful center signs in Spanish. It includes two sizes. One full page size plus small cards for your Centers pocket chart." (K)



  Adding 3 Numbers Pack by Melissa of Dilly Dabbles: "Pack full of activities to support instruction on adding three numbers with sums within 20." (K-2)

 Baseball Antonyms by Sally DeCost of Elementary Matters: "This is a game to practice antonyms. It has a baseball theme, and can be played like "Old Maid" or like "Concentration". It can be played with a pair of children, or a whole reading group.." (1 - 3)

 Compound Word Magic Square for Grades 3, 4, & 5 by Heather of HoJo's Teaching Adventures: "This is a great fun puzzle where students need to match 24 compound words together. You will get three different puzzles with this item."(3-5)

  Interactive Student Notebook by A Teacher's Treasure: "The ultimate alternative assessment & differentiating tool. Students will become creative, independent, reflective, thinkers, readers and writers. Students will be able to express their own ideas, process, and or apply the information and skills learned in this class. This notebook serves as a live journal, personalized textbook, and working portfolio. Engages learners of all learning modalities & multiple intelligences." (4-12)

  Vocabulary Detectives 2 by Ruth of Teacher Park: "Run weekly vocabulary contests! As your students read their books, they fill out the Vocabulary Detective cards and put them in the Detective Jar. Have a drawing at the end of the week for the winners!" (4-6)

  Alphabet Writing: Quick Prompts From A to Z by Erin of Small Types: "Get students' pencils moving and their creativity flowing with these short alphabet-themed writing prompts. Students can write notes to friends, make lists, turn alphabet letters into main characters and describe the details in fictional adventures--All corresponding to the letters of the alphabet. (Includes five prompts for each letter to suit different levels and interests.)"

Fun on the Farm by Brian of Hopkins' Hoppin' Happenings: "Here is a fun Farm Packet for primary grades. It includes Farm Rhyming Words - The words used are actually from the book Country Morning by Christine Lynn. Read more about it on my blog. It also includes I Have Who Has Dolch Words, Addition and Subtraction Center. You can use them as concentration matching, go fish, etc. All, but the I Have Who Has, has a work sheet and an answer key to go with it! I hope you enjoy!" (K-2)

Geometry Fun: A Supplemental Unit by Mandy of Mandy's Tips for Teachers: "This 77 page packet includes vocabulary cards, a student dictionary, three games, two sorting activities, two creative art projects and a short assessment." (2-4)

 Busy Teacher Forms by Michelle of Teach123 : "Fourteen forms to help busy teachers." (K-3)

Farm Math Work Station Activities numbers 11-20 by Mandy of A Special Kind of Class: "Seven math work station activities including, subtracting, counting, number recognition, number matching, measuring and 2 adding activities. Includes response sheets and answer keys." (K-1)

  The Three Frogs by Arlene of LMN Tree: "This is an ELA Guided Reading and Writing Unit for Grades 1-2. It includes a complete lesson plan, Word Study, Make and Take Book, Graphic Organizers, Story Sequence Writing Activity, Phonics Worksheet, Writing, Chant and Activities.

  Writing Center by Caitlin of Kindergarten Smiles: "I created these activities for my students writing center. They are all independent and fun! These can be used throughout the year (more than once). Activities range from name writing, to writing the globe, to sight word writing, to much, much, more!" (K-2)

   I Spy With My Frog's Eye-A Differentiated Word Work Activity by Marsha of A Differentiated Kindergarten : " This is a differentiated I-Spy activity which includes 16 pages of CVC, CVCC and CVCe activities that are tiered to help you meet the readiness levels of all your students." (K-2)

  Writing Lists by Nicole of Teaching With Style: "This set of 10 lists is perfect for using during Daily 5. In my classroom, if students choose Work on Writing, they can work on their story from Writer's Workshop, start a new story, write a letter to a friend, or write a list. " (K-3)

  Digital Clock Sorting Game by Jennifer of Best Practices 4 Teaching: "This product allows students to sort digital clocks by 'quarter til', 'quarter of', 'quarter after', etc. Students will quickly see the pattern of the times and commit it to memory! In 2 days, all of my students had learned this concept using this sort whereas the lesson in our math kit totally confused them!"

  Synonym-Antonym Rap Packet by Abby of Third Grade Bookworm: "This packet is full of activities for a 2nd or 3rd grade classroom studying synonyms and antonyms. Students will enjoy the Synonym-Antonym Rap, partner game, buddy reading activity and other printables included in this set. Wrap it all up with a cute class book template that can be used with other units in the future!" (2-3)


Early Elementary Science - Human Body Unit with Literacy Math by Lisa of The Lesson Guide: "This Early Elementary Science based Anatomy Unit will teach students about the Human Body (inside and out) with colorful graphics and diagrams using a variety of Literacy and Math skills. This unit includes Measurement Skills, an original Poem with a Get Moving Analysis, Information/Facts about each Body Part with Vocabulary, Templates for students to create a nonfiction book about their body, Full color pictures of body parts and locations of body parts, a Classification and Math graphing activity with Critical Thinking Analysis, a Unit Project/Human Diagram, a Word Wall Classification activity with Phrase Cards, Resources and more!" (K-2)

  Building Popcorn Words by Krissy of Mrs. Miner's Monkey Business: "This product includes weekly cut, build, and glue activities that follow along with my Monkey Popcorn Word Fun Unit as well as the Treasures series word list (which includes many Dolch and other HFW as well). It also has center materials that students can build the words in a pocket chart." (K-1)


  Scooping Up Story Elements by Tonya of Super Second Graders: "This is a fun way for students to pick story elements to plan out a story. Students will pick a card from characters, setting, and plot and record then on the recording sheet. Students will use the chosen element to create a story. Students will have a blast getting to create fun and whimsical stories. " (1-4)

  The Answer is… What’s the Question? Math Task Cards by Michelle of Making It As A Middle School Teacher: "28 numbered cards that leave the level of difficulty and specific math skill to be assessed up to you! Some students may only do basic operations, while other students may be required to do more advanced skills and give more details for their answers. Two student response options are also included!! Use for early finishers, have the whole class complete in Round Robin style, or use as a center. Pull out specific cards or use all 28 cards." (5-8)

  David Shannon Author Study by Mary of Sharing Kindergarten: "This is an 80 page author study using the books of David Shannon. It features 8 book. Each book title has a reading comprehension game, answer key, and writign prompts with it. " (K-1)


A Not So Wimpy Resource: Fractions, Decimals & Percents Using Money by Kathie of The Diary of a Not So Wimpy Teacher : "This resource is great for differentiating instruction. Help struggling students, or those who have a difficult time with math concepts, understand fractions using money. This resource includes an info sheet, practice sheet, flashcards, and a bingo board." (3-5)



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Thursday, April 19, 2012

How Green Are You?

First of all let me tell you.... I am so green! I have been into recycling & eco-friendly items for years. I have turned my 1st grade team into recyclers as well! I guess they were sick of me giving them the stink eye if I saw them throw a pop can in the garbage.
I do a HUGE Earth Day unit for the WHOLE month of April. With all the blog stalking I do I was able to get loads of goodies to put into their Earth Day Packets. 
I'm sure you have little nuggets that finish EVERYTHING quickly, am I right? We all do. I use "packets" for my early finishers. I do them monthly & the kids honestly beg me to work on their "packets". Click on the pic for the cover I made. The sheet on the right came from Denise over @ Sunny Days in Second Grade's Earth Day Linky Party. 
There is currently over 52 Earth Day freebies from various bloggers! 
 Here is my "Earth Week" wardrobe. I just ordered an "Earth Day is Every Day" tie dye...I hope it comes in time! 
 Here is my writing wall. I....LOVE...IT! Every month I have a different writing that is displayed & this is put up in # order & placed directly into their portfolios...which end up in their memory books. 

Click on the picture to grab yours for free! 




It was "Earth Week" for us at school. We did the above school wide & also collected water bottles, batteries, ink cartridges, cell phones, eye glasses & empty glue sticks. I took out the dates in case you wanted to do this next year or even next week!
This is the "Green Team" that came from our local Solid Waste Management District. These teachers are fabulous! Any program they do is FREE & they are so fun & energetic!
Notice all the GREEN? On the left is one of our teachers getting ready to put on a hazardous waste outfit...with rubber gloves AND safety glasses! I am so glad I did not get picked to do this! He was a great sport & got a free bottle of cleaner! 
 Here is a look down our halls. This is a kindergarten project...precious!
 I've seen these floating around Pinterest!
 Check out the orange & green earth! I bet that nugget doesn't follow directions!
Here are the signs that were up & down the hall to promote "Earth Week". 

There are a few more projects going up that I would like to show you. I have also received several emails about my earth friendly decor. I will post pics soon! 
Please pin & leave me some comment love if you can use anything! Happy Earth Day! 

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Learning Resources HearALL Review & Giveaway

I was asked by Learning Resources to introduce you to this wonderful product, the HearALL Assessment Recorder. 
To be honest, I wasn't sure when I received the box what I would do with this until I started playing around with it & found out all of it's capabilities. The uses for this lightweight recorder are endless. 
The first thing I loved was the fact that no software is required and it is charged via USB port. I love the fact that I don't have to replace batteries on yet another piece of technology! 
I would like to show you just a few things I did with my first grade students the last several weeks. 
 The first thing I used this for was classroom management...I know..what a surprise! We were in Daily 5 and I had a group of rowdy boys in the "Work on Writing" station. I was trying to test & they were breaking their stamina by being too loud & chatting about..um Star Wars. I stopped my assessment & introduced the HearALL Assessment Recorder. The key work here is "recorder". I proceeded to tell the boys that I was recording them & was planning on listening to them on my break to see if they were on task or not. Guess what??? Silence & on task behavior. Love it! 
Next, I was assessing each student on their first grade sight words. This is great if they go too fast for me, I can always go back & listen to see if I missed any words they did not know. 
This also made me think of those certain parents that get these assessments home & then argue with me that it's not accurate. Have you ever heard "Well, they know ALL the words at home!" Now I have a recording that I can actually email them a .wav or MP3 file! Wow! Wouldn't they be surprised to get this little piece of evidence :o)




Here I am giving several DIBELS assessments. You know how they fly through the PSF (Phoneme Segmentation Fluency), NWF (Nonsense Word Fluency) & TRC (Text Reading Comprehension). We are expected to do this with a classroom full of first graders but let me tell you sometimes we miss a thing or two. When I listened to one of the assessments it was crystal clear despite all the background noise. Mind you I usually wear a tiara when I am assessing but I'd thought I'd spare you. 
This is during "Read to Someone" during Daily 5. These particular students listened to a recording of me reading "Sarah Slyvia Cynthia Stout Would Not Take The Garbage Out" & then they read it to each other. It was too cute. I modeled the fluency & then they tried to read with the proper fluency. 

After several rounds of students traveled through this station I chose the best model of fluency & had them listen to it through the SmartBoard and guess who it was. 

Here are some more ideas I will do with this HearALL Assessment Recorder: 
1. This can be used by a speech pathologist or an ESL teacher while working on certain speech patterns or pronunciation a student is struggling with. 
2. This can be used as fast fact practice. For example, I would record 3+3, 5+2, 8+7, 9+4 & add a slight pause in between for time to answer. I can put "me" in that math station. The same can be done with spelling. I can record myself spelling out our spelling or sight words for the week.
3. This can be used with reluctant readers to hear themselves read. 
4. This can be used with students who do not pause properly at the end of sentences while they read. I can record myself, then record them & listen. 
5. This can be used during RtI or small group work for all of the above. 

Who says a teacher can't be two places at once! 



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