Monday, March 31, 2014

"Sh" sound for Mrs. Wishy Washy

One of my very favorite books to share with my little readers is Mrs. Wishy Washy. I think it is a great book to use for the "sh" sound with my kindergartners. We got a little creative this time with our "sh" lesson. Here is what we did. We spent a lot of time reading the story and watching how Mrs. Wishy Washy tried to keep the animals away from the mud. After working with the "sh" sound we added a little treat to the end of our lesson.

Here we used some dollar store lights to build some "sh" words and show the students that even though there might be 4 letters in the words we will only hear 3 sounds. If you notice I use the star and two circles...I do this because some of my little learners struggle with where to begin their words. They forget or do not know which is their left or right so I use the star as an indicator to help them remember how we start a word. Next, we took a little scavenger hunt around the room looking for the "sh" sound and blending it to make words with our cute little cupcakes...stay tuned for a freebie. :) We were told that Mrs. Wishy Washy left us a treat for helping her find the animals and trying to keep them clean. These were not real cupcakes of course but ones where we needed to build "sh" words. The kids had a blast wondering around the room looking for words. Once they found their words they brought them back to the table and began building their 'sh' words .
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Spring has Sprung.....well I hope so!

I am hoping that Spring has sprung for us anyway. We have had more snow than I care to deal with...that is for sure. With the recent time change it always excites me because I know we are just one more step closer to getting to Spring. Can you tell it is my favorite season. :) Well I am adding some more fun to your classroom with this CVC packet I just finished.

It is part of a new print n go series I am starting where you can just print them and go. This is what I am doing with my kiddos with this packet. First , I print out all of the pages for a master copy. Then I head on down to my copy machine ...seems like I live there sometimes...and make a selection to run them one sided to two sided. This not only saves paper it will also help when I put it in the 3 prong notebooks or binders or whatever the kiddos have to use so we can do our work work.

So the kiddos sound out the words and place it in the boxes and then turn their papers over and they pick two pictures from the front to write a sentence about or if they struggle with writing about two pictures they can write one sentence or two sentences about one picture. It all depends on my little learners.

The first 3 people who leave me a comment along with their email will get this packet for free for being such a great blog follower. I love my followers! :)
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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Reading caterpillars?

This is going to be a short post but I wanted to share some cute things I plan on using with my remediation group of students. I have to say I am LOVING the opportunity to use those reading specialist skills. ;) Anyway, a few of my young readers are having trouble tracking while they are reading. I have seen this idea on Pinterest but I adapted it a little to make it my own. I took regular popsicle sticks and then drew some fun designs on the sticks to
make them fun and colorful. At the end of my reading caterpillars I hot glued some googly eyes to the end to give my little readers something to focus on while we track through our stories. I am hoping on Monday my little readers will like their new trackers. I sure do. :) What tricks do you use for your readers to help them stay on track?
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Cupcakes anyone?

Who doesn't love cupcakes?????  I know I sure do.  We have been working on a little book report project and I had to share what we did.  I don't know if you have seen these books but they are a favorite .  They are called the Cupcake Diaries. 
Our assignment was to complete a book report on a book and then create a Valentine's box based on the book.  Well this teacher didn't want to use a box  so we made a giant cupcake.  :) The creative juices starting going.  Look out we are going to do something different.  :) 
 I made a trip to my favorite store...the Dollar Store and found this great silver bowl that looked like a giant cupcake wrapper and placed a little bit larger silver mixing bowl on top. People probably thought what in the world I was doing finding the right bowl combination.  :) 
So this is how we made it.   We used strips of newspaper and a mixture of glue and water to cover the silver mixing bowl.  We let it dry over night and then added our final touches by adding paint and paint sprinkles of course...what cupcake would be complete without it. 
The book report we wrote
consisted of a summary, questions you would ask the characters, making a text connection (self, word, text).  And finally an opinion of the book.  We attached it to the top of the cherry with a little booklet.  Best of all our Valentine goodies will fit right in the bowl below.   

Let me know what you think?  Let's hope the idea of not using a box is alright.    ;) 

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

Brrr...Currently.... Brrr..... with Farley.....

O.k. we were hit with a snow storm this week where some parts of my area were hit with over 10 inches of snow. We don't know how to handle that much snow around here. It shuts the place down. :) So much so that we had 3 days of school cancelled because of it. It is amazing because one day last week we had temperatures in the 60's. Crazy weather for sure . Anyway I am linking up with Farley this month for her ever popular Currently. I love it . It is fun to read what everyone else is doing . So here is what is going on in my part of the blogging world. :)
So for the first surprise where there is ice there is snow.  That is what I have been hearing a lot of lately...last week and now this one. 
I love spontaneous breaks from school...I know ...I know...terrible teacher.  But I love little breaks in the winter and especially surprise ones because the winter seems to take the fun out of everything...can you tell not my favorite season.   :) 
O.k. I want to make something fun and tasty for Super Bowl.  Any recipes or suggestions I would love to hear them.  Thanks.
I want an exercise bike.  I do not have time to drive to the gym and I would love to swim all year my dream house would be an indoor pool that I could enjoy year around.  Anyone have money they want to lend me. 
A vacation to somewhere warm where I can swim and feel the sun.  I do not like hot , hot weather but I do enjoy warm days. 
O.k. for the truth and fibs. 
The first one is true.  I do have naturally curly hair that has had a mind of its own since I was thirteen...was it always 
My second truth is that I almost made it to Hawaii.  LONG story but my hubby and I were headed there for our 10 year anniversary until we ended up in an emergency room in Texas.  I hope to try and make it back again sometime. 
Well the fib as you can tell from my post...not a big fan of the snow.  It is beautiful and lovely to see once in a while but if I lived in a climate where it snowed all the time....I just wouldn't live in a snowy area.
Well a fun way to share a little about me.  Leave me some comments I love to hear from you. 
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Classroom Management Tool

Classroom Management! I heard it all through college and even after college in courses that you take in all subject areas. Well today I am here to share one of the ways I found to keep my students on task and add a little fun to it as well. Who says classroom management has to be boring right? It all starts with these magical little cards that I run off at the beginning of the year and laminate. These little cards go with me everywhere. To lunch, recess, and down our hallways. The routine goes like this. My students are gathered together and told that each time I spy someone doing the right thing they can earn one of these "Caught being terrific" tickets. I explain they could be down a hallway or coming back from lunch or from any place that I catch someone doing the right thing. They are even told that if another teacher such as our art, gym, or music teacher comes back and gives a compliment to my class then everyone can receive one. They gather them for the week. Once they receive a "Caught being terrific" ticket they place their name on a slip of paper and put it inside a box like this. You can decorate a shoe box or something like that but I took a shortcut and found this box during holiday time for our winter box.
At the end of the week I draw 5 or 6 names from the box...the trick is to get as many slips with your name on it to earn the grand prize. Prizes that I have done are lunch with the teacher, a trip to my prize box, or free ice cream. The next week we start all over. It was a hit and so many teachers have asked how and why my kids are so well behaved down the hallway and other stops during the day....because of these tickets right here. They never know when I am going to notice them or pass out tickets but they know I have them handy at all times. So I created a freebie for you to use in your classroom. I hope you like them. Click on the picture to get your own copy. If you have a great classroom management tool. I would love to hear it.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Martin Luther King Freebie

We have been bitten by the bug....the stomach bug...that is. Not one of my favorite bugs to deal with that is for sure. So this post will be short. I did find a little time to create a little freebie for you on Martin Luther King Jr. He is one of the famous Americans we talk about in kindergarten and second grade where I teach. This little freebie is really meant for second graders to add to their social studies interactive notebooks. They fill in facts about Martin Luther King Jr. that you would talk about in class or after sharing books about him. Here is a little freebie for all of my great followers. Just click on the picture below and grab your freebie.
One of my favorites to share with my kindergartners is "The Crayon Box that Talked." For them understanding treating everyone the same comes really clear to them through that story. There are a lot of great activities to do with that book. What books do you share about Martin Luther King in your own classroom for any grade level? Hope you are staying well.
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