Friday, November 24, 2017

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Hey Little Ant!

Have you read this book? It is one of my all time favorites! It was written by Phillip and Hannah Hoose. He and his daughter live right here in Maine. I love reading books by local authors to my kiddos! The story is about a boy who is just about to squish an ant with his shoe. The ant and the boy go back and forth giving their reasons for squishing or not squishing the ant. Another thing I love about this book is that it rhymes. I love rhyming books and so do my kiddos!!

On the last page of the book they have all of the words of the story with notes so you can sing the song.

As I read the story my kiddos got very involved in both the boy's and ant's argument about whether he should squish the ant or not. When I got to the last page they had definitely formed an opinion which led right into our opinion writing lesson.

I handed out this ant paper so they could start planning their opinion writing paragraph. They had to write whether or not the boy should squish the ant and give two reasons why. 

Once the planning was done they wrote their paragraphs. They did a fabulous job!!

Here is a sampling of their paragraphs. I thought they were adorable!

I think he should let the ant go free. I like ants. His one chip can help feed his whole town. He helps his whole town. He helps his whole family. I didn't like ants but now I do.

I think the boy should it be because it's not nice. Ants just don't know what they're doing. I also like ants. I am never going to squish an ant!

I think the boy should not squish the ant. Ants may be annoying but they are cute. Ants are funny. So don't ever squish an ant!

Monday, February 6, 2017

It's Time for a Giveaway!!

I have joined up with 20 others to put together this AWESOME Giveaway! 4 lucky WINNERS will receive $50 to spend at TeachersPayTeachers!

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Science: Life Cycles

We have been learning all about Life Cycles! My kiddos love this topic and it really isn't hard to motivate them at all! We spent a lot of time researching the plant life cycle, pumpkin and apple life cycle, ant life cycle, frog life cycle, chicken life cycle and so many more. One of our favorite books that we used was My Book of Lifecycles By Camilla De la Bedoyere.

Great pictures and lots of cool facts. I liked it because there were animals that we usually don't study for life cycles. One of my kiddos always had this book in their hands.

To wrap up our life cycle unit I came up with these fun hands on projects. They helped me to assess what they had learned by seeing how they put the phases of the life cycle in order. I could also tell by how they labeled each phase.

Aren't they adorable????

You can check them out in my TPT Store!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

TPT Wishlisted Linky

It's that time of year again for the Cyber Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers. Everything in my store is marked down 20% and you get an additional 10% when you use the promo code Cyber2016 at checkout! It's always so hard to decide which items to buy so I have joined with some fellow teacherpayteachers to showcase our 3 most wishlisted items in each of our stores. These resources are the most sought after in each store. Have fun shopping and enjoy these amazing deals!

Click any of the images below to see them in my TPT Store!
My students love subtraction and this resource is why!!! They love taking some away (eating them) lol

Looking for a great resource to teach classification of animals to young children? This resource is all you need! 

Fun way to learn about plants! Lots of fun activities included such as a plant song, a booklet, sequencing activity, and so much more!!

Now that you have checked out my most sought after resources click on the picture below to check out Daisy Designs and all the other stores that are participating!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Words, Words, Words!

I love words! I think one of my favorite parts of teaching is helping my kiddos learn words. Learning how to spell words, finding chunks in words, how many syllables in words, word meanings, and it goes on and on. I think we all agree that it is important to introduce our kiddos to lots of words, in lots of different ways. Today I thought I would share some of the fun ways I introduce words to my kiddos.
When I'm teaching a new phoneme I like to start with an anchor chart. I like my kiddos to build it with me and then they can use it and refer back to it over and over again. 

I often follow up an anchor chart with a booklet where they can sort words or see words in lots of different fonts. Sometimes my kiddos work in small groups and unscramble sentences that have the words we are working on. They love this! Sometimes the groups race to complete the sentences. When their group is done they get to ring my teacher bell. They love that!

When teaching a vowel team that makes several sounds, I try to make it a big deal so that my kiddos will remember all the sounds. We often sing a song, do a craft, put it on a headband to wear all week, put words on hands and post them on the door frame so they can high five the words and read them every time they go out of the room. Whatever it takes for them to learn the sound. 
One of my kiddos favorite ways to learn words was our fly swatter activity. We used fly swatters that I purchased at The Dollar Tree. Each student gets a set of word cards. If the cards all have the same vowel sound then I would say a word and they would find it and swat it. I might also say find a word that rhymes with...
If I had words with the same vowels that had different sounds such as ough I would say find a word that has the same sound as .... There are only two rules. They all had to start in the ready position (which was fly swatter against their chest) and once they swatted a word, the fly swatter stayed on the word until I said. This kept the fly swatters where they were supposed to be and not hitting each other. 
I hope this has helped you think of teaching words and sounds in more of a hands on way. If you are looking for word cards, fluency strips, word booklets, games and crafts, then check out my Word Detective Series in my TPT store BY CLICKING HERE.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Classroom Reveal

I am so excited that school has finally started, but boy am I tired! Every year I say I'm going to be more organized and get things done sooner. This year I worked on things during the Summer to make the transition back to school a little easier and it did, BUT I still found myself putting in a lot of hours right up to the last minute. There is always just one more thing to do! I shared a few pictures before school started, but I thought I would share what my room looked like once I tweaked and finished it up for Parent's Night last Thursday.
This is the front of my desk. I have these cute little guys from Melonheadz and then all the names of my students. I only have 11 students this year.
 This is my reading corner. They sit on the rug or beanbags to read books when their work is done. I also have this cute table on the rug so they can sit on the floor and read at the table if they want to. I also use this table as an extra spot when we need to spread out a little for a project or hands on activity.
 This is our theme verse for the school year. 
 On the other side of the board is our calendar. I also have our Superkids poster here which is part of our reading program.
 Here is a look at the whole wall from the other side of the room.
 This class loves learning about states so I have a map of the United States. I also have word cards from our reading program and vocabulary words. I put clothespins up with mounting tape so I just have to change the cards. The area that holds my vocabulary words is made with an oil pan from an auto store. If you are looking for a way to make a magnetic space this works great! All I did was cover it with a piece of black poster board. I would have spray painted it black, but it was already mounted from last year and I didn't want to take it off the wall. I added magnetic pockets so I just need to slip in the word cards that we need for that week. Super easy to change as we go.
 I put things that I need or would like in my classroom on these cute apples and added a magnet to the back for parents to see.
 We made these super cute apples for Parent's Night. They had to fill out what they were excited to do in 2nd grade and what they were NOT excited to do. They also shared something they had done in the summer, what their favorite subject was last year, and how many are in their family. A simple project that tells me a lot about each student.
 This is my door with all my cute stars for this year!
 I saw this Bible verse up at a friend's school and really liked it so I thought I would put it up too. Used my Cricut to cut out all the letters and put it on black posterboard.
My new magnetic easel that I LOVE! It's perfect for my rug area and for doing anchor charts. 

 This is my Listen Up board. We hang all of our headphones here that we use with our iPads. They are way more comfortable for my kiddos then ear buds. 
 This is from the other side of the room facing my Smartboard. I don't like that the cart is in the middle and usually in the way. It's a pain but I live with it because I am so thankful to have a Smartboard. My Smartboard is a huge motivator for learning. I LOVE that!
 I love my new little cart on wheels that I got for FREE!!!! I got it in June, from Scholastic, with my bonus points that I had been saving all year. Just needed to add my cute little labels and it was ready to go. Hoping it helps me to be more organized this year.
 This set of cubbies is to the side of my desk. I use the baskets for everything that always collects on my desk. Everything is labeled and has a spot.
 This is my classroom from standing in the doorway looking to the side. I have four tables with three seats at each table. Then I have a rectangle table where I can do small groups. This year I am trying something new. I have 2 stackable baskets under each table where they can keep their things. They were all different colors so I spray painted them black.  

Well, that's it! That's where I will be for the next 10 months with my kiddos. I'm excited to spend the school year with them!