Happy Summer! Today’s topic..CHICKENS! WHAT???
I have been helping hubby…AKA…FARMER WITHOUT A FARM…
Keep the homestead happy while he works & I ..vacation!
(I know..I like to work outside, but IT’S BEEN SOOO HOT!)
But, we also have..
Yes..chickens..in a chicken coop.
I live in a suburban town.
70,000 people…house 5-8 feet APART!
AND WE HAVE CHICKENS!
I REALLY like fresh chicken eggs…and baby chicks are SOOOOO cute!
Now I will say..our city allows you to have 5…
we only have 2! That’s enough!
Here is RAPUNZEL – she has LONG feathers
SNOW WHITE is black ( hiding I am sure ) – C’mon
..Snow White has BLACK hair!
( Granddaughter’s named them)
Here is the TRI-LEVEL Chicken CONDO!
My hubby takes EXCELLENT care of his “chickies”…
It has been hot here in NOR CAL…100 degrees plus!
Our “chickies” have a HUGE water tank (oustide the coop )
attached with a hose
to the inside of the coop
with a “CUP”
inside the for them to drink from.
It’s attached by a hose to our sprinklers
so they always have clean, fresh water to drink!
The only problem is….
THEY WANT ME TO FILL IT
…intead of “pecking it” , for the water to come out!
They would LOVE it ,
if I would just stand there…
& keep the cup full.
So what’s a farmer’s wife to do?
Just as teaching anyone to do anything…
MODEL, MODEL, MODEL
YOU want ME to Model this??????? To CHICKENS????
NOT! REALLY??? ME????
So..I took a stick..pushed on the nozzel in the cup ( really just tapped it)
AND WATER FILLED UP THE CUP!
I had both of them in my hands
..NOT CHOKING THEM
though I may have thought about it!
..just enough so they wouldn’t scratch me!
I showed them where the water was & how to get it!
Then I stuck pushed, pushed a little harder, their “LITTLE BEAKS” into the cup.
Over & Over
Over and Over…
Did I mention chickens are NOT “above average” in cognitive development?
And again…and again..
NOW for independent practice! 🙂
Here’s my theory..
I WILL NOT POUR THE WATER INTO YOUR BEAKS!
If you are thirsty….
They are alive.
I guess sometime ( when I am NOT looking )..
SO..you can lead a horse to water…
but make sure he teaches the chickens HOW to drink!
Thanks for hanging in there with me!
From me to YOU…
(NO…I WILL NOT
HOW TO DANCE!!!)
I think I will go practice the MACARENA! 🙂
Consider this my DISCLAIMER…
I read. I read a LOT!
I am NOT A College Professor.
I do NOT have a MASTERS ( or above )
Just a READING CERTIFICATE!
I teach reading!
I am just a teacher.
A first-grade teacher.
A Veteran (27yrs ), first-grade teacher, in a TITLE 1 SCHOOL!
I read!They read!
I have seen a LOT!
Done a LOT!
Hear me ROAR!!!!!
Ok. So again.
(Aren’t they cute????)
I have been through:
Leveled Readers ( DRA, GSP, AR, Lexile)
Words Their Way
High-Interest Reading Books
A MULTITUDE OF PUBLISHER’S CURRICULUM!
New sets every 7 years!
Having said this…1 thing most curriculum’s have in common :
READ A LOT!
And then…READ SOME MORE!
My little sisters…
YES…both of my LITTLE SISTER’S are
We were discussing school.
( I know..we are NOT supposed to discuss SCHOOL during SUMMER VACATION!)
But…um…we were discussing school…
and we are trying to WRAP our minds around the
and they will
(way of thinking.)
I LOVE reading with kiddos!
My concern is…
When I “release” them to read,
When I want them to become INDEPENDENT readers,
Where do they “learn” the skills to use when they “get stuck”?
Will they use strategies, when they don’t know what’s happening?
When a story isn’t making sense…do they keep reading?
If they keep reading…
Will it ALL come TOGETHER?
At a recent PD, my little sis said she understood the
READ, READ, READ philosophy.
Integrate science, social studies, math, technology
You can’t have one without the other!
THEY NEED EACH OTHER!
There needs to be a BALANCE of:
Skills & Strategies
in conjunction with independent reading & writing!
I said IT!
Reading & Writing SKILLS:
etc, etc, etc…
(I sound like my Education College Professors!)
I was listening!
ALL of these “lessons” MUST be taught
IN CONJUNCTION with
Reading & Writing!
Yes…To be a better reader…
YOU MUST READ!
BUT…to be a better reader who UNDERSTANDS…
You must have skills and strategies
you read and write!
Unless you are teaching ADULTS in a COLLEGE CLASS…
A 40-minute LECTURE on diagramming sentences
IS NOT…I REPEAT..
the way to do it!
If you WANT to spend 40 minutes discussing grammar…
Do 2-3 MINILESSONS over a few days…
Let it SINK IN!
What it looks like.
Where to find it.
How to use it.
Why we use it.
When to ask for help.
Kinder-Grade 1-Grade 2 teachers…
Mini-Lessons with a WORKSHOP!
Use SMALL Groups for STRATEGY & Skill Groups!
Let kiddos have a chance to PRACTICE what YOU have taught them!
Let it SINK IN!
LET THEM READ!
WRITE…and write some more!
Skills, Strategies, Reading, Writing
They will become “BETTER”
and isn’t that what we ALL want to be?
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I AM NOT READY to go Back to School! My summer has JUST begun!
Yes…this is my view.
As a “veteran” teacher..27 years in First Grade, I know we are NEVER OFF!
My teacher brain is ALWAYS on. On our recent trip to ALASKA, I brought back “trinkets” that I can share with my First Graders. Always thinking AHEAD!
As I am a PLANNER… I LOVE ORGANIZATION, I am thinking ahead.
To help YOU with your Back to School SUMMER PLANNING.. I KNOW you are.
I am having a SALE! An INDEPENDENCE DAY sale.
EVERYTHING in my TpT store will be 20% OFF from July 2-5.
Get your WISH LIST ready TODAY!
The one thing I can do for YOU..is to help you get ready for Back to School.
THEN…you can Recharge. And please do.
You can’t pour from an empty cup.
I want my kiddos to
I am NOT your MAMA.
I am NOT your Grandma,
I AM NOT YOUR MAID!
We ALL work & play in our classroom.
If you work here,,,you are a part of our TEAM.
So HOW to
“Share the JOBS?”
Make it a
I let them choose what they would like to do each day.
Here are my helpers:
I write their names on
a cardstock strip .
I use a 12″ X 36″ pocket chart.
2 Clean Up Crew members,
2 Ball Handlers ( for recesses ),
2 Tech Teachers ( pass out / collect ipads )
1 line leader,
1 door holder,
and 1 messenger.
9 helpers each day.
My NUMBER 1 RULE!
If you are NOT quiet and in your seat when the
YOU CANNOT BE A HELPER
( Don’t be Tardy…or NOISY!)
My kiddos LOVE it!
(I’m HERE & I’m QUIET!)
I ask the next person on the card…
“_(susie)___ “, would you like to be _( ball handler)_ or __(tech teacher)_”
( Go straight down the pocket chart…)
Until ALL the jobs are filled for the day!
They like having a CHOICE in their day!
And…I LOVE THAT!
Oh, How I LOVE my RED SOLO CUPS!
( I hear the Toby Keith song in my head!)
ALL mixed up. YUCK!
RED SOLO CUP!
Calendar Time. I’m NOT sure WHO needs it more..
ME? or my students?
I Love Calendar Time.
I Love reading through the MONTH.
What’s happening THIS week
It keeps my “getting older” brain…
It helps my kiddos stay on top of events for this week and this month.
This week we are discussing:
My calendar is next to my focus board.
This is where we begin our morning meeting.
After vocabulary discussions, calendar,
days of the week ,months of the year, HFW cards..
Working on reading strategies!
All of this in about 15-20 minutes!
My calendar is in PLACE VALUE numbers!
I got it HERE.
I also have MELONHEADZ Holiday cards.
LOVE THEM TOO!
I try to “release” the CALENDAR instruction to my students as the year progresses.
By the end of the yer, THEY lead the calendar time.
But , I still get to do the READ ALOUD!
I LOVE IT!
Just a quick shout out to
Krista@Creative Clips Papers Collection
This is MY Calendar!
I use it every DAY!
My Preps, meetings, Notes, appointments, etc.
AND I GET TO USE MY FLAIR PENS! 🙂
One PAD lasts 2 years!
I LOVE MINE!
I do MATH Calendar after lunch.
We go back to number of days in school, place value, etc.
This begins my REVIEW of math concepts BEFORE we begin anything new!
We count to 120 by 5’s & 10’s ..2’s to 50 at the end of the year.
This is my FAVORITE!
It ALL begins with Calendar TIME.
I admit it.
I AM TIRED!
I am counting the days until vacation.
I am counting the days until I don’t have to leave the house by 7:15 AM.
I am counting the days…until I can have coffee at 8:00AM.
Ah…I Am READY!
My teacher BRAIN won’t
I want to start getting ready for
I know…relax, breathe…ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!
I can’t STOP! I want to plan!
We are getting a new reading program next year.
CA JOURNEYS here we come!
And so…I have begun. counting.
MY day, my month, my year!
I am starting my new projects today!
Here’s a PREVIEW!
Focus Wall Printables
The BEST PART???
These Packets can be used with ANY program!
( Just because it follows CA Journeys…doesn’t mean it will ONLY work with
Here is the FREE Focus Wall Headers… 🙂
More on the WAY!
Keep checking back!
I’m counting on it!
All available HERE.
Now…Where is my beach chair? 🙂
Time to relax! 🙂
5.5 days to go… 🙂
I LOVE to watch kids read!
Their faces “light up” when they “GET IT!”
They giggle at illustrations.
They laugh OUT LOUD,
when things are FUNNY!
They squint with their eyebrows touching when they can’t figure something out.
And then..we ask them to
Share the excitement of reading with ANOTHER!
It’s like I have asked them to “give a kidney!”
They don’t want to share.
NO! NO! Don’t make me give away my LOVE of reading!
I didn’t ask you to give it away…just spread the LOVE!
And so..we share.
We PARTNER read!
We share a lot..and we share WELL!
I LOVE Daily 5
( no affiliation or permission from 2sisters…just LOVE their stuff!)
I am sooooo excited!
Today I took the legs OFF of one of my tables!
I have NEVER done ANYTHING like this BEFORE!
My kiddos LOVE it!
I told them it was a “WORK PLACE” and only students who are
“WORKING” can be there!
Here they are:
Later in the day…there were 10 students on ipads with headphones
Now BACK to Partners..
We use chairs facing each other.
We use chairs NEXT to each other.
We sit on the floor and read.
And we lay down and read.
And HOW do I choose PARTNERS?
I use popsicle sticks with their names on it,
if they are rereading text we have read together.
That way, the partners reading level is NOT an issue.
Just a reread.
I choose the PARTNERS if the story is a “LEVELED” read.
That way I can be assured both partners
have the necessary skills to comprehend the text.
We do MUST DO’s and MAY DO’s
for guided reading.
My class has a list of centers they MUST DO
before they MAY DO their choices.
They can choose a partner who can “help” them.
Or they can choose to “work by themselves”.
Last, It’s their CHOICE.
They look for the PARTNER symbol on the MUST DO board.
I like the discussions and the community that comes from a busy classroom.
They learn from me and from each other.
So more partners can work together.
How do YOU group students for working in YOUR classroom?