Category Archives: Small Groups | Centers

Small group ( 6 or less) and independent centers for students to practice skills and strategies.

WOWZA! I’m on a ROLL!!! OK..Time for a NAP!

I am on a ROLL!!!
Working on updating & revamping some
 FALL GOODIES!

Stop by & give me some LOVE!

(WOW! …I need a nap!)

 HUGS! ūüôā

1stgradefireworks
Fill in the missing number.
Task Cards for Guided Math Centers.

Sweet Rhymes.
Match the cone to the ice cream scoop that rhymes.

September Preview/Review GAME!
Assess for FALL concepts!
Fun AND INFORMATIVE!

Missing addends in FALL task cards!
Guided Math center activities.

Sight Words Flip book!
HFW fluency practice.


Greater Than, Less Than, Equal To
Halloween Edition.

Fall themed packet includes:
-Fall vocabulary : syllables
-Graphic Organizers
-Writing Paper
-HFW Matching Game
-ABC Order
-Poem
-Pocket Chart Cards for Poem

WHEW!
Hot around here.

I hope YOU are taking it easy,
resting and playing…

 Soon enough, 
we will be getting ready for BTS!

It’s FINALLY Finished! And an Earth Day FREEBIE!

You know that project you
STARTED…
LONG AGO ( I mean really long ago)?
The one that sits there…staring at you 1/2 finished?
The one you think ” Yeah..I SHOULD work on that today.”
But…SOOOOO many other things to do…
Well, I finished it!
YIPPEE!!
Here is my newest packet!
SUMMER FUN in the SUN

10 centers!
Yes, you heard me right….10!
Here are some preview pages…
 Nouns, Verbs, Adjective  Sort

Contraction Action!

Punctuation Practice

Three (3) HFW  Games!!!

Writing Prompts
Math
Even/Odd Sort
Using Numerals, Place Value Cubes, & Ten Frames

Double Digit Addition & Subtraction

AND…..
Math Fluency Practice / Assessment Cards!
WOWZA!
( No wonder it took so long to complete! ) ūüôā
Check it out at my TPT store:
Click HERE
Thanks for hanging with the LONG POST!
Here is a Earth Day  FREEBIE for YOU!
Leave a comment with your email…
You never know when I might 
send YOU an EXTRA FREEBIE!

My Firsties are NOT Doing Well With HFW…

        

My firsties are not doing so well on HFW.
Let me refresh…
30% of my 28 did FANTASTIC!
40 % did OK…on level…no worries
BUT  ūüôĀ
30% ( that’s 8 students people!)
could NOT master 100 HFW!!!!!
That is NOT acceptable to ME!
( I can give you all of the excuses…
foster homes, no kinder,
students who qualified for SDC, 
etc, etc, etc,)

BUT…the buck stops HERE!
OK…NOT that BUCK!
I am going to spend a 

LOT MORE TIME 

each day on HFW!

So …I got to work.
 Here are a few things I am working on
in progress…
BUGGY HFW!
1-100 FRY WORDS
Click HERE to check these out!

NEXT….

THEN….
NOW…
Hang in there with me, I know LONG  POST..
What do you put all of these cards in?
 TA  DA!
Pocket holders…
Now… these are for STUDENT PRACTICE.
I’m thinking …
TAKE THEM HOME 
And  
STUDY YOUR WORDS!
( OK, uhum…breathe…)
I HATE when I send home cards
 & 
they fall out of their HW folders
even before we leave the classroom!!
SO.. 
Pocket holders!
The directions are included
( See YELLOW PAGES…haha)
 DIRECTIONS PAGE 1
 DIRECTIONS PAGE 2
SO…I think I can NOW
GET BUSY MAKING THESE THINGS!
As I Promised… a FREEBIE!
Here’s to an organized classroom!
Yippey!

I LOVE the Guided Reading Table!

What is YOUR favorite time of the day?
Before lunch?
Recess?

Mine is…

GUIDED   READING!


The place where “MAGIC” happens!
The “AHA!”..the lightbulb…whatever you want to call it.

Last year I got rid of my 
TEACHER  DESK.

This is my 
CENTRAL COMMAND.




Then I added stools from IKEA.
My kiddos LOVE IT!


My next favorite “accessory”
from by
BFF….
AMAZON!

Brewster Wall Pops 

WPE99065 Peel & Stick Calypso Dry-Erase Dots

 with Marker



I put  BIG teal dots on my table!



My kids write on them!




After we read… then
we write questions on them
 and then change seats to answer them!
Musical Chairs!



They LOVE it!
Write & WIPE! 

The BEST!

I use my 

to guide my lessons.


I use it
to assess kids reading levels,
 to group them with like skills,
 and to teach them AT THEIR LEVEL.

Now a couple of things I have learned “on the way”…
1.  Guided Reading is NOT independent reading time!
They read to themselves (READ TO SELF) at a different time of the day.. we do it after lunch.

2. Guided Reading is NOT a time for a LONG teacher LESSON!
( I only have them for 15-20 min.  Always give them a skill or strategy they can use NOW!) Your goal is to create INDEPENDENT READERS… do not enable them to wait for YOU to do the reading.

3. You DO NOT have to read a BOOK every day! (This is not the time for HOW MANY BOOKS have you read?)  My lowest reading group needs PHONEMIC AWARENESS. If you don’t know your letter sounds…it’s really HARD to read.

So Guided reading should be called

GUIDED  LITERACY

Meet them at their level.
Give them a “take away” that they can use TODAY.
Repeat. Repeat.Repeat.

I also use FRIDAYS for assessments ONLY.
NO GROUPS!



I do one to one RUNNING RECORDS.
I do fluency assessments.
I do letter & phonics assessments.
BUT…
Don’t  “DAWDLE”…
Make it quick. Not a “story” time.
Try to get the most BANG for your buck.

Suggestion:

Start with your middle groups.
The “BUBBLE” kids.
They will be moving the fastest.

Next. Alternate assessments between your highs & lows.

Your highs probably will make continued growth with “less” support…they came in with strong foundations or they wouldn’t be HIGH!  Don’t forget about them. Keep them connected with BOOK CLUBS, Writing, and LOTS of COMPREHENSION.

My low babies. You can’t practice TOO MUCH.
When they become “done”…distracted, unable to focus, etc.
CHANGE IT UP.
Interactive writing, phonics games, reading with “finger pointers”, etc. etc.   Change the game…not the content.

Here is a Sight Word FREEBIE for YOU to get started !


So I LOVE the guided reading table.
LOTS of learning goes on there.

BUT ALWAYS, ALWAYS, remember…

IT STARTS WITH

Shout out to The Primary Brain!

I need to give a

SHOUT  OUT!

Recently, I purchased a packet from TPT.

I know, I create them.

I got busy! What can I say?

But…it has saved me a  LOT…I mean a LOT of TIME!

I want to give a shout out to

Laurin
at
The Primary Brain!

Click HERE to go to her tpt store!

I purchased her


So..how am I using them you ask?

Glad you asked…

Let me show you!


First… I got out my GUIDED READING “levels” FOLDER.
All students have a velcro name tag and I attach them into groups.
Moveable, fluid, ever changing.
I LOVE IT!


Close up of my “loves”
 that spend 
daily reading time
 with ME!
EVERY DAY!


So, I used her bookmark IN A SLEEVE, as an assessment.
Gotta know WHERE to START!
I took one bookmark & gave it to the student
to take home & practice.
Notice the “CIRCLED” words?
PRACTICE  MORE!


Then I made a TEACHER copy.
 This group has 4 students.
Each student has a different highlighted color.
I highlighted the words THEY need as a group.
During WORD WORK…they will come to ME to practice as a group.
I can see at a glance which words to focus on.

Did the same with other groups. 
I purchased 10 levels…enough for NOW!

I LOVE the 3 bookmarks to a page!
She did a great job!

I appreciate products that make MY LIFE easier!

THANK  YOU!

I also am using my HFW packets for my kiddos to 
PRACTICE…PRACTICE…PRACTICE!!!


How do YOU teach HFW?

What TIME is it???

How many “times” today have you been  asked…
WHAT TIME  IS  IT???

For me…
WAY  TOO  MANY!

And so…
WE  TEACH!

Hour hand.
Minute hand.
O’clock.
Thirty.

And OVER…And OVER…And OVER!

Big ones for WHOLE Group. 
Little Ones for Small / Independent Practice.
(Practice  MAKES   Perfect!)

To help out…

I have created a
MUCH   NEEDED  Packet.. 
for ME AND  For YOU!


These games will help my kiddos practice
Hour & Half-Hour
in 
MULTIPLE GAME  Formats!


Those who like SORTING…SORT!
Those who like a MATCHING GAME…MATCH!
Those who like to write..WRITE!

And so we work..we play…we practice!

And then…

WHAT  TIME  IS  IT??

RECESS!  LUNCH!  TIME TO GO HOME!
  
Check out my WINTER Pinterest board!
LOTS  of Winter GOODIES!

Data Collecting sends SHIVERS DOWN MY SPINE!

Data Collecting!

The words that send
SHIVERS
down 
EVERY TEACHER’S
BACK!
WHY? HOW? WHEN?

 Relax…take a breath…
go to your “HAPPY PLACE!”

Data is very important in education.
We as educator’s not only need to deliver the instruction, but we do have the need to ensure our student’s master and apply the knowledge we are delivering.

For me, it was a
CHANGE of  MINDSET.
When I change my lifestyle, I need a WHY?
Why am I doing this? Why is it needed? 
WHY?  WHY?  WHY?

BECAUSE.

Collecting data is NOT about the numbers.
It’s NOT about “judging” my teaching. It’s NOT about seeing 
HOW many of my students DID or DID NOT master a concept.

It’s about looking for those SMALL skills, those giant holes, those little tweeks that are missing FOR THE CHILD
What areas are missing…so I can fill them!

IT’S NOT ABOUT ME???

NOPE!

It’s about the KIDS!

Data is to help our kids.

OK.   So  HOW?

There are a MULTITUDE of  assessments that you can use. 
In this day and age, I bet your district has a LONG list of assessments they  want you to use.
USE them!

Don’t just give the test & move to the next lesson.
LOOK  AT  THE  DATA!

You might be surprised at what you see!

I recently gave a math assessment to my firsties.
We had spent 4-5 weeks (YES WEEKS) on place value!
Tens and ones.  Tens and ones.  
OVER  AND  OVER!

After my “district” math assessment,
I noticed a trend…
On 5-6 of the tests  ( 25%  of my class..)
they missed 3-4 questions about 
adding ten to a number.

WHAT? ADDING TEN IS EASY!

We had gone over tens & ones, tens & ones…
BUT…

I “assumed”
…remember what they say about 
ASSUME…

that it would be easy for them 
because they understood place value!

So…a week later of
SMALL  GROUP
math ..adding tens to numbers

SHAZAM!

100%  on the place value review test!
So what if I gave the review test again.
They didn’t get it the first time!

It is NOT important that 
OUR numbers
 look good to others!

What is important is
DO THE KIDS KNOW IT?

Knowledge vs. numbers.

WOW!
A New MINDSET!

If you are looking for some reading/writing assessments 
to HELP your kiddos…

See how I use it 
 HERE

Data Collecting 101

Data Collecting!

The words that send

SHIVERS

down 

EVERY TEACHER’S

BACK!

WHY? HOW? WHEN?

¬†Relax…take a breath…

go to your “HAPPY PLACE!”

Data is very important in education.

We as educator’s not only need to deliver the instruction, but we do have the need to ensure our student’s master and apply the knowledge we are delivering.

For me, it was a

CHANGE of  MINDSET.

When I change my lifestyle, I need a WHY?

Why am I doing this? Why is it needed? 

WHY?  WHY?  WHY?

BECAUSE.

Collecting data is NOT about the numbers.

It’s NOT about “judging” my teaching.¬†It’s NOT about seeing

HOW many of my students DID or DID NOT master a concept.

It’s about looking for those SMALL skills, those giant holes, those little tweeks that are missing FOR THE CHILD!

What areas are missing…so I can fill them!

IT’S NOT ABOUT ME???

NOPE!

It’s about the KIDS!

Data is to help our kids.

OK.   So  HOW?

There are a MULTITUDE of  assessments that you can use. 

In this day and age, I bet your district has a LONG list of assessments they  want you to use.

USE them!

Don’t just give the test & move to the next lesson.

LOOK  AT  THE  DATA!

You might be surprised at what you see!

I recently gave a math assessment to my firsties.

We had spent 4-5 weeks (YES WEEKS) on place value!

Tens and ones.  Tens and ones.  

OVER  AND  OVER!

After my “district” math assessment,

I noticed a trend…

On 5-6 of the tests  ( 25%  of my class..)

they missed 3-4 questions about 

adding ten to a number.

WHAT? ADDING TEN IS EASY!

We had gone over tens & ones, tens & ones…

BUT…

I “assumed”

…remember what they say about¬†

ASSUME…

that it would be easy for them 

because they understood place value!

So…a week later of

SMALL  GROUP

math ..adding tens to numbers

SHAZAM!

100%  on the place value review test!

So what if I gave the review test again.

They didn’t get it the first time!

It is NOT important that 

OUR numbers

 look good to others!

What is important is

DO THE KIDS KNOW IT?

Knowledge vs. numbers.

WOW!

A New MINDSET!

If you are looking for some reading/writing assessments 

to HELP your kiddos…

THIS WILL HELP!

See how I use it 

 HERE

Throwback Thursday..NO PREP Matching Game!

Is it 

THURSDAY?

Yippey!!!

Happy ¬†Friday ¬†EVE! ¬†ūüôā

Just a short note on a

 SUPER FUN GAME

to help your kiddos

practice spelling / vocabulary / HFW words!

Do you remember 

THE  MATCHING  GAME?

Well…. I have “tweaked” it for my classroom.

Materials needed:

2   colors   of    BLANK   PAPER!

Pencil

Dark  Crayon

THAT’S IT!

Easy  Peasy!

Now  What?

1.   Have  Kiddos  FOLD  their  paper  into 16  squares.

(  Fold it horizontal twice  &  Vertical  twice!)

2.  Use pencil to TRACE  the  fold lines.

(This ensures a BOX for kids to write their words in.)

3. I write the words on MY paper 

and use my DOC CAMERA for kids to see, so they can copy.

4.  Cut SQUARES apart into word cards.

5.  Kids stack their cards.

6. Find  a  PARTNER  with  different colored  cards.

7. They place ALL cards words DOWN.

8.  Rock, paper, scissors.  Winner  goes  first.

9. Turn over ONE of their cards & ONE of their partner’s cards.

10. ¬†Read…read…read! ¬†Do they MATCH?

11. If they match…they stack BOTH cards!

12. If not, turn them over and try again!

No WINNERS or LOSERS…

ALL DONE? ¬† ¬† PLAY ¬†AGAIN! ¬†ūüôā

SO  FUN!

We usually have 6 spelling words.

I  ALWAYS  add  MORE!

I  am teaching  word  strategies.

NOT  MEMORIZING  FOR A TEST!

Keep  them learning!

Have FUN!

No More , How Do You SPELL..??? and a FREEBIE

Spelling.
( I know..I cringe at that word.)
Making sure each word is “perfect”.
Students who STOP writing a wonderful story,
because they can’t remember HOW to spell a word.
Just one word.
And then..they stop writing! UGH!
They ask themselves,
“What does it start with?”
Oh..I dunno…so where do they look?
What do they do?
ASK  THE  TEACHER!
NO!
Those DREADED words…
“HOW DO YOU SPELL…????”
Ugh!
We have gone over letter sounds, word families, vocabulary, picture prompts, word walls, word lists, dictionaries, pictionaries, and so on..and so on.
And still they ask.
So what is a teacher to do??
PINTEREST!
( The place where ALL questions CAN be answered!)
And so I search…
SO MANY CHOICES!
( And don’t EVEN get me started on WORD WORK!)
And so…what’s a teacher to do?
Create MY OWN!
My district has adopted a curriculum.
I have 18 boxes waiting for me to unpack!
My PD for this new curriculum is 5 days before I have students!
I probably won’t have time to REALLY dig into the program.
Surface teaching for a few weeks!
BUT…
My kiddos are ready… BEFORE I AM!
And so..
I create!
Here are a few of my newest
SPELLING   creations!
( I do have access to the word lists…so I am using them!)
If you do not have
CA   JOURNEYS
DO  NOT  FRET!
The word lists in this program can be used anywhere, anytime!
Homeschools, interventions, homework, practice pages!
Here is KINDERGARTEN

Here is  FIRST  GRADE
And  Grade  2

All of the lists are printed in black and white.
SAVES  ON  COLORED  INK!
( I print mine on colored paper!)
I print one copy for the student’s desk.
A little tape on top..and voila!
Instant word wall for writing!
(NO MORE …HOW DO YOU SPELL…)
The other copy I send home for homework each MONDAY!
They have to read & practice each night.
Spelling tests on FRIDAY!
I give “rewards” for 80% correct or higher!
I don’t expect perfection…just effort in their work.
I add these word lists to SPELLING CITY on our ipads.
(If ¬†you don’t have SPELLING CITY for ipads…GET IT!) ūüôā
They practice EVERY DAY!
They also must use the week’s spelling words in their journals.
They read their journals to a partner.
WOW!
 Spelling, reading, writing, word lists, &  homework!
I think we’ve got this!
I hope you can use my new SPELLING Packets!
GOOD FOR ALL LEARNERS!
Leave me a comment
which grade level you would like
¬†and I’ll pick someone on
 SUNDAY Night,  June 26,
to send a FREEBIE to!
Good Luck!