Thursday, August 28, 2014

What Does Calendar Time Look Like in Your Room?

Through my years of teaching, my Calendar time has evolved a little and I wanted to share some of the things I do during this time in our classroom.

I have a "Calendar Person" for each week.
He/she begins by changing the dates for us.  We read the date together and discuss any important information including birthdays, upcoming holidays, how many days left in the month, etc.
Next, the calendar person adds a coin to our money count to show the number of days we have been in school.
We count our money together as a class.  Then he/she adds a straw to review place value.
After this, the calendar person points to the number grid while we count by 10's to 200, 5's to 120, and 2's to 30, for now.  We will eventually go to 100.  Later in the year, we will begin counting by 10's starting with numbers other than 0. 
Next, the calendar person writes the number of our date on our Number Sentences whiteboard.  {Today is the 28th so 28 was on our board.}  He/she calls on 5-6 students in the class to write number sentences to get to that number.

 
 
Then it is chapter book time.  I LOVE Ready Freddy books.
I rotate between these and Junie B., but I have to say, Ready Freddy is my favorite ;)
After our time on the carpet at the calendar, the students return to their seats and I pass out their Calendar and Math Vocabulary binders.
For the first couple of weeks, we really walk through this together.  I do it with them using my document camera and projector.
We have only been doing this for a week and many of them are starting to become independent already.
We discuss our math vocabulary word.  This week it was "add."  Next week, we will be discussing the word "digit."
 
You can find the pages above by clicking on the picture below.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Daily-Calendar-Math-Vocabulary-1376899
 
Next, the students pull out their math notebooks from the front of their binders.
I pass out their word problem for the day to glue into their notebooks.
 
I use these from Anna Brantley. 
We read it together and discuss how we should solve the problem.
The students must draw a picture, write a number sentence, and then use "I know____ because_____" to explain their thinking.

Again, this is something that is modeled, modeled, modeled, but they do eventually become very independent.
So, what does your calendar time look like?  I'm always looking for new and exciting things to add.


Monday, August 25, 2014

Short a Word Work

It's our 3rd week of school and we are finally into the "meat" of our reading curriculum.  The first two weeks are full of review, review, review.  This week our phonics focus is short a.  I wanted to give my students plenty of opportunities, outside of our reading series, to practice with the short a sound.
I created a Word Work packet that I will be using all week.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Word-Work-with-Short-a-1410237
 Some of the things in this packet, we will be completing as a whole group.  Other items I have at a station for my students this week.
 
They did a great job with this Stretch it Out station today.  I just laminated it and they were able to use dry erase markers to write, which is always a bonus.
 
 Read the Room activities are always a big hit during station time.  It gets the students up and moving around.

 
 
We completed some of the activities together as a whole group.  They loved being able to use highlighters to find their short a words in sentences.

 I discovered today that I will need to "teach" my students how to complete word searches.  Some of them were able to do it successfully, while others really struggled with this task.
 
You can find these activities and more by clicking on the picture below.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Word-Work-with-Short-a-1410237
 
I am currently working on a Short i packet and hope to have it out later this week.


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Our Five Senses

Isn't it amazing how much easier the second week of school is compared to the first week?  That first week is just absolutely exhausting.  Not that I'm not still tired, but this week is definitely much smoother. 
Yesterday we started learning about our 5 senses in Science.  First, we learned about our sense of sight.
I put a tub on each table and gave the students about 3 minutes to use their sense of sight and look at the tub.  Then, they covered their eyes and I removed an item from each tub.  The students had to figure out which item I had removed.
We also sang our song about eyes and graphed our eye colors.


 
 We will be working our way through my revamped My Five Senses Unit this week.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/My-Five-Senses-149452
 
And....did you hear the news!?!?  Teachers Pay Teachers is having a ONE DAY SALE tomorrow!  My entire store will be 20% off AND you can use the code BOOST to save an additional 10%.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Jodi-Southard
This is the perfect opportunity to pick up some of my favorite back to school items at a discounted price.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Daily-Calendar-Math-Vocabulary-1376899
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Common-Core-Differentiated-Morning-Work-for-the-ENTIRE-YEAR-of-1st-Grade-743727
 

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/First-Day-of-School-Book-139405
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Games-Galore-No-Prep-Math-Literacy-Games-for-AugustSeptember-1349833
 


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Classroom Rules Freebie & 5 Minute Friday

Oh my goodness!  Exhausted does not even begin to describe how I feel right now.  This week was our first week of school AND we moved into our new house this week. 
Here is real life people...I am living in chaos right now.  Last weekend, we moved our beds and clothes to our new house so we could stay there this week.  We have been going back and forth throughout the week bringing over a carload of tubs each night.
This is my dining room right now.
 
We pick through our suitcases for clothes since we don't have our dressers yet.

We do have our beds, but yes, that is a card table chair that I'm currently using as my nightstand.

This is the living room...no furniture.  We have nowhere to sit in our house yet.  So, when I come home after school and my feet and legs are killing me because it's the first week of school, I stand or sit on the floor.
 

It'll get there, right?

Anyways, we did start school this week.  It's been a great first week.  I moved schools this year so I've been trying to learn the ropes at my new school.  I have gotten lost more than once and wandered down the wrong hall plenty of times. 
I created these classroom rules posters for my classroom and wanted to share them with you.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Classroom-Rules-Freebie-1393222

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Classroom-Rules-Freebie-1393222       

      

You can click HERE to download the posters for free.
 
I also wanted to share my 5 minute freebie with you since tomorrow is FRIDAY!


Have you seen these story cubes?  They are so much fun to use in a whole group setting, small groups, or even for individual students.  I always start by rolling a couple of the dice and displaying them on my document camera.  We work on creating a story orally using the pictures on the cubes first.  Eventually, the students will be able to write their own stories using the pictures.  They are just a great tool to have on hand if you find yourself with a couple extra minutes to spare.
 
Have you started back to school yet?
 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Open House Freebies

Monday is our Back to School Open House/Meet the Teacher Night, so I have been busy getting the finishing touches done on my room and setting things out for Open House.
I have done Magic Confetti in the past, but when I came across the idea for Jitter Glitter instead from my friend, Krissy, at Mrs. Miner's Monkey Business, I knew I was changing it up. 
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8bTZllX7s9pT0pacnRQc2FaS1E/edit?usp=sharing
I made this right away and headed to Dollar Tree.  I was able to buy these little packets of glitter 5/$1, but the little tubes of glitter that Dollar Tree sells would also be perfect.  Just click on the picture above to download for FREE.
I also found this cute idea on Pinterest from Teach N Tex for Open House.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8bTZllX7s9pWDU3OEZZc1czN2s/edit?usp=sharing
You can click on the picture to download this freebie.
 
I had also posted my brochures and "Thanks for Popping In" pictures on Instagram last week, so I wanted to share that free download just in case you couldn't find it from previous posts on the blog.  Just click on the picture below.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B8bTZllX7s9pMDYybVQ0SnQtYUk/edit?usp=sharing
Here are just a couple more snapshots of my classroom.
 



 
I am officially finished in my classroom until Monday.  I'd like to say I'm going to have a nice relaxing weekend, but we are going to start moving into our new house, so I don't think "relaxing" is in the plan.
 

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