Friday, November 29, 2013

Gobble, Gobble! 5 for Friday Style!

Hope your bellies are full and your shopping lists are long!
Monday and Tuesday were a blur, but here is a quick peek at 
our 2-day week!
We made these fun number sense turkeys and the kids just gobbled it right up!
Poetry is a daily favorite in Room 102!
My beautiful firstie friend, Jennifer Tice shared her new creation with me and it is awesome!
Check out Jennifer's Poem a Week series here.
Of course we had some Fancy Nancy fun with Tuning in to Interesting Words!
The kids adored Lisa Mattes Turkey Day Syllables activity.
Then, we had to put ourselves in the Turkey's shoes and think about how we could convince the Farmer NOT to eat us on Thanksgiving!

One very cute idea I found from
was the Thanksgiving Plate.
The kids had alot of fun with these!

This sweet firstie performed in the Talent Show this week and ROCKED the house! She has DEFINITELY got talent!
Before packing up and leaving,
I sent the kids home with a little love....
Celebrating Black Friday with a Sale!

Just click on the image above to get your shopping started!
Amanda Pauley, author of "Mrs. Pauley's Kindergarten" reached out last week and put together an amazing donation called "Teachers Helping Tornado Victims."  
Teacher Pay Teachers will be running the Bundles from 
December 1 through December 31.  The TPT sales page will be available on those days only.  Please find it in your hearts to donate to this relief fund for the Illinois tornado victims.  The bundles include some AMAZING teaching products from our favorite teachers!

I saved the best for last.
I received this via school-mail on Tuesday.
A letter from my sweet Aubrey, who is now in eighth grade.
Tears were FLOWING and I could barely finish-
I can think of no greater gift in teaching then the reward of receiving a letter like this.  I am so proud of her and so honored that she remembers me in such a significant way.
And just so you know,
the wooden frog banner that she gave me for 
Christmas eight years ago,
IS STILL HANGING on my wall!
I PUFFY HEART teaching!

Special Thanks to Doodle Bugs Teaching for hosting today's Five for Friday!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Hand Motions and Gestures to Enhance Strategy Learning

Happy Thanksgiving Friends and Blogging Family!  

Special thanks to Ann and my other teaching friends who sent emails and inquired about the hand motions and gestures we use in Room 102 when connecting our beanie critters to strategy learning. 
I do not have an "official typed list" ready yet, but hopefully I can help in a more personal way!
 The following teaching video shows The FAB 4 and other popular strategy motions that we are using at this time of the school year.  Perhaps in February, I will add a second video to share more!
You should know that I was so impressed when recording this video!  My kids were doing a round of Daily 5 and didn't even notice their teacher making a silly gestures to the iPad!

For more on the Critter Cafe, click here or on the image below.
Beanie Baby Reading Strategy Posters for the Common Core C

Have a filling and blessed Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

A Treasured Find:

Thanksgiving Activities for 1st Graders

Thanksgiving is a great time for kids to learn about community, gratitude, and the fall season. So much of the merriment of the holiday is celebrated at home, but there are tons of great ways to have a festive Thanksgiving season in the classroom! I’ve selected some of my favorite Thanksgiving activities for 1st graders to share with you. Break out of the yearly handprint turkey routine and try a few of these fun Thanksgiving activities with your students!
 This Thanksgiving table runner makes a great decoration for a classroom table cluster! On a newspaper-covered work surface, give each student an unfolded white coffee filter. Let your students decorate their coffee filters using dot-to-dot stamp pens or water colors in fall hues. Fill an eyedropper with a metallic watercolor paint, and carefully drip the paint onto the coffee filters randomly and evenly. Allow the coffee filters to dry completely on a drying rack or on hanging clothespins. Once the filters have dried, have each student cut out a leaf shape; sketch the first leaf using a stencil, or fold the filter in half before sketching for a mini-lesson on symmetry. At each table cluster, lay out a long piece of red or orange construction paper, or two shorter pieces taped together at the ends. Have each student attach his leaf to the paper using a gluestick, then write his name underneath using a gold pen or permanent marker.
Thanksgiving plates are a great keepsake for families, and the craft also gets students to practice independent thinking and writing skills. Before starting the Thanksgiving craft, have your students do a think-pair-share activity around the question, “What are you thankful for?” Have students write down 1-5 things they are thankful for on a scrap piece of paper. On a whiteboard or blackboard, draw a blank plate for your students. Show them how you write “Thanksgiving Plate” and make a border, then write the phrase “I’m thankful for…” inside the border. Ask for raised hands for students to share things that they are thankful for, then demonstrate how you write the word and add a small picture. Once students understand the activity, pass out porcelain plates and fall-colored porcelain paint makers. Have students create the border and title first before adding their pictures and words in the center. Depending on the kind of markers you buy, these plates will either need to dry at room temperature for 24+ hours, or they’ll need to be baked in an oven for half an hour.

In addition to art and writing activities, there are also some great ways to incorporate STEM learning into Thanksgiving celebrations. This Thanksgiving addition worksheet uses colorful pictures and a Pilgrim theme to keep 1st graders engaged and learning during the holiday season. There are a ton of Thanksgiving-themed math worksheets for kids available to get your students learning all through November.
Second Grade Thanksgiving Activities:
Be sure to check out for more amazing holiday resources and free printables for your classroom!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

November Edition of Daily 5 in Room 102!

Good News Teachers!
The Daily 5 (Second Edition)
The Daily 5, Second Edition gives teachers everything they need to launch and sustain the Daily 5, including materials and setup, model behaviors, detailed lesson plans, specific tips for implementing each component, and solutions to common challenges. By following this simple and proven structure, teachers can move from a harried classroom toward one that hums with productive and engaged learners.
 Table of Contents:
Chapter 1: That Was Then, This Is Now: How the Daily 5 Has Evolved
Chapter 2: Our Core Beliefs: The Foundations of the Daily 5
Chapter 3: The 10 Steps to Teaching and Learning Independence
Chapter 4: What Do You Need to Begin the Daily 5?
Chapter 5: Launching Read to Self—The First Daily 5
Chapter 6: Foundation Lessons
Chapter 7: When to Launch the Next Daily 5
Chapter 8: The Math Daily 3
Chapter 9: Returning to Our Core Beliefs
Appendix A: Stamina Chart
Appendix B: Read to Self Guide
Appendix C: Work on Writing Guide
Appendix D: Read to Someone Guide
Appendix E: Listen to Reading Guide
Appendix F: Word Work Guide
Appendix G: Sample Guest Teacher Plans
Appendix H: Sample Parent Letter
Appendix I: Lesson Plans for Launching the Daily 5 and 
                   CAFE Bibliography

For a more detailed explanation and inside look at the revised Daily 5 edition, follow the link below for a special video by Gail and Joan!

Also available on DVD-
The Daily 5 Alive!
The Daily Five Alive! (DVD)
My district has been extremely supportive of the Daily 5 and offers the primary teaching staff a yearly subscription to The Daily CAFE!  I love getting these weekly updates from the sisters!

This week at The Daily CAFE, articles revolve around reteaching procedures to GOOD FIT Books and making sure students are still focused on stamina when shopping for just right text selections.

Last Week, there were some fantastic downloads and videos on BAROMETER children and how they affect the overall "climate" of our classrooms.  Tips, suggestions, and videos were really helpful!

Now here is what November Daily 5 looks like in Room 102!

During Read to Self time (Rounds 1 and 2) students may choose to get on the computer and take Accelerated Reader quizzes online.  Our building has a school-wide reading incentive with AR and the kids love getting charms for successful reading behaviors!
PlayDoh is STILL a huge hit during Word Work.  I was thinking this activity would fizzle after awhile, but the kids just LOVE it!  I've added more PlayDoh to my Christmas wish list!

Now this made his dear teacher happy, seeing his reference binder up on his desk, while he was working on making lists during Work on Writing!  xoxo
We are up to 6 choices on our Work on Writing Menu!  
(Story, Note, List, Book, How To, and Letter)
The new technology favorite.....LISTEN to READING!  My OH My... The kids just LOVE this one!
Notice I added "Tech Help" on the I Chart!  If the Listen to Reading Team Leader experiences any "technical difficulties" he or she must CALL Tech Help before asking the teacher!  Hehehehehe!  I do love my tech helpers!
I received this wonderful Listening Center Cart with GRANT monies from last year!  A BIG thanks to my district for being so kind!!!
This cart on wheels is amazing!  And, when the last round of Daily 5 is finished for the day, the students roll it back under the table to save space! Boy does that make this teacher VERY happy!
Last week, we had the pleasure of welcoming Rockin' Readin' Rooster to our Critter CAFE!
Rockin' Readin' Rooster is helping us build our stamina and be VIVACIOUS readers!
To help with that, I use my favorite Scholastic Sight Word Poems and Phonics Poems to recite in our beloved Share Circles!
Rockin Readin Rooster sits in the inner circle, listening to which team has VIVACIOUS fluency!

We have also welcomed CC Cow, a favorite critter for helping us compare and contrast stories-
And the Critter Cafe couldn't resist having Stretcher the Snake join us for some Accuracy fun!

If you are new to the Critter Cafe, click on the image below to check it out!
Beanie Baby Reading Strategy Posters for the Common Core C

The following is an easy check out/check in form that I use.  It also serves as a nice piece of data to review at the end of every week.  I often like to make sure students aren't picking the same round over and over.
Daily 5: Check in/Check out form
Click on the above image for a Daily 5 Check in freebie on TPT.

I also have a ton of pins on my Daily 5, Critter Cafe, and
CAFE boards on Pinterest.  Be sure to check them out for some guaranteed inspiration!

I would like to thank Becca over at First Grade in Foxwell Forrest for hosting this month's Daily 5 Linky.  It's never to late to share your posts and celebrations with Daily 5 so please link up!
Have a great week my friends!
Be back soon for the next installment!

*The Daily 5 and CAFE are trademark and copy written content of Educational Design, LLC. The 2 Sisters. Educational Design, LLC. The 2 Sisters does not authorize or endorse the materials or content mentioned on this blog or in this linky party.
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