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What’s UP in Room 3?

Have I mentioned…

I  LOVE  FALL

OK…Many times.

I live in NORCAL.

We don’t have the  TRADITIONAL

4 seasons.

DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE  4   ????

In NORCAL…

we have

Summer ( 90-100 degrees )

Fall   (  80-90 degrees)

Winter   (  foggy…  60-70 degrees…sometimes cooler )

Spring  ( 70-90 degrees )

It’sOK…I LOVE my HOMETOWN.

Sometimes.

OH…well…  🙂

And so on.

SO now that it’s 80 degrees & FALL..

What’s UP in ROOM 3??

BRAG  TAGS!

We use Brag Tags on rings during the month.

They earn BRAG TAGS

for

 following classroom / school rules

AND

Lifeskills

At the end of each month…

They  transfer  their earned BRAG TAGS  from RINGS..

To  string  necklaces.

They get to wear their necklaces ALL DAY AT SCHOOL

and then

HOME!

( Parents are told at BTS night

 to REWARD their kids for necklaces

 at the end of the month!)  🙂

English   Language   Arts

Word  Sorts…NO GLUE!

Pick 3 crayons.

Color the words according to the KEY!

Write!

Back from 2 week vacation.

TEACHER…..CLEAN   YOUR   TABLE!

 I don’t have a teacher desk.           #bestdecisionever

Reading  ROCKERS!    #alternativeseating

Birthday  Books.

On each student’s brthday  ( or close  to ),

We make a class BIRTHDAY  BOOK!

We  do these during  MUST DO TIME!

Independent  work.

We have a “FRAME” style we use.

Everyone makes a page.

We STAPLE together and VOILA!

CLASS   BIRTHDAY  PRESENT!

We sing and dance as we PRESENT ( haha )  it to the birthday  student!

LAST..( whew..what a  week !)

GUIDED MATH

My  newest  &  favorite time of the day!

 We are doing

MATH  MUST  DO’s  &  MAY  Do’s

( Same format as ELA centers in the AM )

KEEP  YOUR  ROUTINES  THE  SAME!

We go the the MATH  Calendar  (  next to ELA  Calendar  )

after  lunch.

Math  Calendar

After  we go through the “math board”…

We NOW ( Quarter 2)  do MATH MUST DO’S.

(  Approx.  45   minutes  )

Must DO’s

#1    MATH    JOURNAL

Story  Problem  with  illustrations &  number  sentence.

#2    Math  Paper

A  Workbook Page FROM  YESTERDAY ( review )

#3    MATH   TUB  (center)  with a PARTNER

I do the whole class MATH lesson  BEFORE  centers.

SOMETIMES we do the workbook page together…sometimes they do.

Depends on the Lesson.  We  have a district curriculum to follow.

( Approx.  time    45  minutes  )

What  am I doing?

GUIDED   MATH   GROUPS!

I meet with 2-3  kids at a time.

We work on a STRATEGY.

NO  worksheets!

They need  to have independent  strategies to do ON THEIR OWN!

I  can’t  take the assessments  FOR THEM!

So…

Here  is  what’s  UP  in room 3!

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Balanced Literacy in First Grade! Let’s start with READ ALOUDS!

I can’t  believe this is year 26!

MY own twins were in first grade MY first year of teaching!

( NOT in my class…TG…)

Each year things CHANGE!

CHANGE is NOT a BAD thing!

It can make you rethink, reevaluate, redo, remake, revitalize!

After 26 years…I can HONESTLY say..

I will NOT throw out the BABY with the BATHWATER!

WHAT????

OK…We have a new curriculum.  AGAIN!

EVERY  7 YEARS..

Whether you want it …or NOT!

And so, here we go again.

It really doesn’t matter  what “program” you give me.

BALANCED  Literacy

 is 

BALANCED Literacy

My “STRESS” level rises when I try to plan .

HOW TO FIT IT ALL IN?

Balanced Literacy

What is a BALANCED LITERACY Classroom? This resource will show YOU!

Reality check…

Some days I can…some days I can’t.

It’s ok. 

Life won’t end if you don’t do it ALL!

BUT..

TRY!

Let’s start with 

READ  ALOUDS!

I  start  my day with a READ ALOUD.

AND

I end my day with a READ ALOUD!

( I try to make ONE of those Read Alouds

 a SCIENCE,SOCIAL STUDIES, or HOLIDAY story)

INTEGRATE whenever YOU can!

After EVERY story…WE Discuss.

Characters.

Setting.

Problem.

Solution.

EVERY Read Aloud.  

Discuss for  10 minutes …MAX!

Highly Effective! 

When students THINK about a story, “turn & talk”

about it, use the “academic language” from the story they are engaged!

They might NOT take it on for themselves the first time…..

but…over time, they will!

This week I heard some “reading partners”

 discussing  our anthology

story.

I heard “MAIN CHARACTER”, “Beginning, Middle, END”, 

“How did they SOLVE that Problem?”

WOWZA! 

 Teacher  Happy DANCE!

If you need suggeastions for Read Alouds…PINTEREST!

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/31806741095305481/

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I use ANY Science Books,

 Scholastic News,

MY Classroom Library,

 MAGAZINES ( use Non-Fiction also ),

and One Week a MONTH…

We read a chapter book!

Their current FAVORITE!

How do we ask kids to “SEE THE PICTURES IN YOUR MIND”…

If we never teach them HOW TO?

Chapter books are GREAT!

LOTS of dicussion.  Review what you read.

Make connections.

Change YOUR Speed &TONE as you read.

Remember…this generation is VISUAL & ACTIVE!

( Think Video games & Movies…)

So …draw them in with your VOICE, FACIAL EXPRESSIONS, & Reading SPEED!

THEY will LOVE IT!

They ask if it’s a chapter Book week on MONDAYS!

Read Alouds bring children into the WORLD of Imagination!

It allows them to go outside of their daily world,

into new & exciting places!

Think of reading on MOMMY & DADDY’s lap.

NOT all kids get to do that!

( Sniff..sniff)

YOU

May be the ONLY one who does that!

DO IT!

And do it WELL!

Your kids WILL LOVE YOU for it!

If you need a BALANCED LITEREACY RESOURCE…

This  154 page resource binder is AMAZING!

It has ALL of the resources you will need to

create a

BALANCED LITERACY

classroom!

Happy Fall ‘YALL!

From NorCal 🙂

5.5 days left…But Who’s Counting??

5.5 days left…BUT WHO’S COUNTING????

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 at8:00 9:00AM. 🙂
Ah…I  Am  READY!
BUT…
My teacher BRAIN won’t
STOP!
I want to start getting ready for
NEXT  YEAR!!!
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.
I have begun to plan.
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
that program!)
Here is the FREE Focus Wall Headers… 🙂
How about
DAILY   PROOFREADING    PRACTICE??
More on the WAY!
 Keep checking back!
🙂
All available HERE.
Now…Where is my beach chair? 🙂
Time to relax! 🙂
5.5 days to go…  🙂

Nibits for Newbies 5.8.16,Close Reading, and a FREEBIE!

If it’s Sunday

It’s time for…

NIBITS FOR NEWBIES!

This week’s theme…

CLOSE READING

If YOU need CLOSE READING info…

just ask

PINTEREST!

From HANNAH @ The Classroom Key

From Jen @ Teacher Karma

and from

Kristine @  Young Teacher Love

She has a GREAT blog post about

CLOSE READING!

If you are learning…check it OUT!

Gotta know YOUR standards!

And so..

to help US all

DIVE  INTO THE  TEXT…

Here is a little FREEBIE

from ME  to  YOU!

Enjoy!

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!

And so…we read, we write, we talk, & we learn!

It doesn’t get ANY BETTER than THAT!

Enjoy!

Nibits for Newbies 4.24.16 Supporting English Learners in WRITING

If it’s Sunday..

It must be time for

NIBITS for NEWBIES!

This week’s theme..

HOW to help EL student’s with WRITING!

I work in a Title 1 school.

I have 24 first graders with  99%  free  lunches.

This year I have 12  English Language Learners in 4 different langauges!

( I have had 18-20 EL’s in the same class!)

12???

A BREEZE!

My kiddos come with a SMALL  amount of ENGLISH print.

MOST..not all..but MOST have enough English to communicate

everyday NEEDS to me.

BATHROOM, Recess, and When is LUNCH?

We are OK.

BUT…

English PRINT?

WOWZA! Another WORLD!

FIRST…

 We begin…BEGIN…with  Phonemic Awareness.

Sounds…

ORAL…

NO PRINT!

Letter Sounds, Vocabulary Words, Rhymes, Alliterations,,

SOUNDS

and LOTS OF THEM!

Next…

We ADD

PHONICS!

A symbol (letter/word) to the sounds.

Alphabet, HFW, Word Families, emergent readers, etc.

For those who make READING a priority…

they excell!

For those who don’t have a LOT of support at home..

It can take LONGER…

But..

THEN…

We WRITE!

We write well and we write A LOT!

Lists, poems, booklets, stories, and they LOVE IT!

The problem occurs when they don’t have an ENGLISH word to attach to the “word” in their head!

Vocabulary MUST be a HUGE paaart of the daily writing minilessons.

And RESOURCES!

We use Step Up to Writing…

and

I “supplement”…Ummm

SUPPLANT

with

LUCY CAULKINS!

YESSSS!!!

http://www.heinemann.com/products/E07729.aspx

Click HERE to see it…

FINALLY..

We  use  my

WRITE ON!

 papers because they have

VOCABULARY

built in!

Available HERE

My kids are doing GREAT!

(Most could only write their names at first!)

Daily PROGRESS! 🙂

And so..

we

PRACTICE, we TALK, WE SING,

WE CHANT,

AND ..we

  WRITE ON!

🙂

Do YOU Know the SECRET to LIFE? I DO! Nibits for Newbies 4.17.16

If it’s SUNDAY..

It’s time for

NIBITS FOR NEWBIES

Sorry I was MIA  last week..

I have a great excuse..

 Gma & Gpa ( & Daddy )

took little one

to see…

MICKEY   MOUSE!

So fun!

OK…So

 I KNOW the

SECRET TO LIFE!

No…I have NOT climbed the highest mountain..

or whatever…

I just “FIGURED” it out!

I do my BEST  “THINKING”

when I am GARDENING!

No…the SECRET to LIFE is NOT GARDENING!

It’s great…but I don’t think it’s the SECRET!

Here it goes…

There are 3 things 

you need to KNOW

 to be SUCCESSFUL

in ANYTHING!

Have a PLAN!

DUH!

Heard this before.

BUT, it makes sense.

I am gardening.

If I don’t have a plan for my garden, some things will grow.

Not EVERYTHING in this world needs MY touch!

BUT…If  I really think about the VARIABLES ( Sunlight, water, plants next door..)

I can ENHANCE the outcomes with just a little THOUGHT!

If I have a “PLAN” I know where to put all of my HARD work!

In my classroom…

If I know where we want to go..

I can “PLAN” HOW to get there.

“Winging it” only works for a short time.

You gotta know where you want to go!

I am NOT saying you can not DEVIATE from the plan ( it may enhance it)!

BUT,

having a goal

is the #1 SECRET to Success!

OK..I have a PLAN!

Now what?

The #2 SECRET TO LIFE is….(drumroll)

Have the RIGHT TOOLS!

I am working in my garden.

I have lots of energy…I know where I want things to go.

I have a MASTER plan..

GO!

So I did!

I wore my good athletic shoes!

UGH! Silly!

Now I have to clean them.

REALLY GOOD!

I started with a shovel!

Farmer’s tools!

DUMMY!

Forgot the GLOVES!

OUCH!

Many blisters & very SORE HANDS!

Finally…got out the ROTOTILLER!

To the RESCUE!

I should have gotten ALL of the RIGHT TOOLS

BEFORE I started!

Would have saved aches & pains!

In my classroom,

Have the CORRECT tools READY TO GO!

If I am teaching GUIDED READING,

Get my whiteboards, HFW word cards, books,

EVERYTHING I will need

CLOSE AT HAND!

I don’t need my SCIENCE TE on my reading table when I teach small group reading!

Have the RIGHT  TOOLS for the JOB at HAND!

SOunds like good classroom ORGANIZATION!

So..the #2  SECRET to LIFE is….

Have the RIGHT TOOLS for the JOB AT HAND!

and last…

The # 3 SECRET to LIFE is….

BE FLEXIBLE!

I know how I wanted my garden to be…PLAN

I used the correct tools….TOOLS

BUT….

The SPRINKLER PIPES ARE IN MY WAY!

So…

With the best of intentions…

AND

FLEXIBILITY…

My straight rows ..

are

NOW…

ROUNDED!

Same ending RESULTS…

Just a “LITTLE”  different!

Don’t be afraid to change your “PLAN”

to get to your goals!

It may make YOUR LIFE

a little EASIER!

And so my friends..

There are the 3 Secrets to LIFE!

Are they REALLY SECRETS?

I dunno.

NOT TO ME!

Happy Spring My FRIENDS!

Enjoy the “FRUITS” of your “LABORS”!

🙂    Tee Hee

5 Lessons EVERY Kindergartner should know..BEFORE starting First Grade

5 Lessons EVERY Kindergartner should know..BEFORE starting First GRADE!

I hear it a lot.
How do I know if my child is ready for FIRST GRADE?
He /she  will be six.
Is he/she ready?
Well..as a “veteran”
 FIRST GRADE teacher,
there are a few
lessons EVERY Kindergartner should know
BEFORE starting FIRST GRADE.
Here are the
5  MOST IMPORTANT THINGS
you can teach your
kindergartner
BEFORE
they enter FIRST GRADE.
First and foremost…
they need to be able to
TIE THEIR OWN SHOES!
And KEEP THEM TIED!
There is NOTHING worse than kids running on the playground
tripping on
THEIR OWN SHOELACES!
I cannot teach 25 students to tie their shoes.
Parents…please…teach your kids to tie their shoes!
In first grade…they will might..maybe will,
LOSE A TOOTH!
They will might have a “wiggle” tooth.
I WILL NOT PULL IT OUT!
“I promise not to put MY hands in YOUR mouth,
AND you will NOT put YOUR hands in MINE!”
Please..discuss this AT HOME!
If your pants are too BIG…
get a BELT!
Not a belt with multiple straps, or a buckle that requires PLIERS!
PLEASE..a belt that can be put on
and TAKEN OFF…QUICKLY!
Odds are..if the belt needs to come off…it needs to come off  FAST!
Parents, please…teach your kids how to use it!
Pencils are for writing with..
NOT CHEWING ON!
They are NOT TEETHING RINGS!
Please keep them (and most other first grade tools)
OUT OF THEIR MOUTH!
and last..
and MOST IMPORTANT..
I am your TEACHER.
You may call me Mrs.
You may call me MOM.
I answer to GRANDMA.
I may  probably will answer to GRANDPA.
Treat me kindly.
Say nice things.
Be Polite.
Follow our rules.
Smile.
Give me a hug.
And we will have a wonderful year in
FIRST  GRADE!
OK..kindergarten parents…
GET THEM READY FOR FIRST GRADE! 🙂

Nibits for Newbies 2.21.16 HFW

If it’s SUNDAY
It’s time for…
NIBITS  for NEWBIES!

This week’s theme:
High Frequency Words…or  Sight Words
(depending on your generation..) 🙂
Back in the “OLDEN DAYS” when I became a teacher…
( um…Let’s just say in the late 80’s..)
I was taught to work on HFW (High Frequency Words) DAILY!
These are the words my student’s would see in their daily reading.
Some can be “sounded out” and some JUST HAVE TO BE MEMORIZED!
In order to memorize a word…a student MUST work with it at least
30 times!
WHAT???!!!!
Each word???   YEP!
So we do…DAILY!
Now the list of grade level words is ever changing.
You can see FRY WORD LISTS, DOLCH word lists, CURRICULUM word lists…
BUT the main focus is NOT on the LIST,
BUT WHAT YOU DO WITH IT!
Again…to embed a word into a first grader’s BRAIN..
they must work with it at least 30 times!
(Some kids more..some kids less)
HOW??
READ…..WRITE….SPEAK
Say it with me, “READ..WRITE..SPEAK”
OK. Now the work begins.

 

 

 

 

 

These samples came from Pinterest..
MANY,MANY,MANY boards to help YOU
create a class list &
MANY, MANY, MANY
different activities to help your kids
WORK WITH HFW!
They need to practice DAILY!
I myself, am a KINESTHETIC learner…HANDS ON!
NOT a SUPER fan of worksheets.
( Yes..we do some..I AM ONLY HUMAN!)
Thank You PINTEREST!

 

And so you see…Practice..practice..practice..

This year my class is a One-to-one classroom with ipads!

(THANK YOU TO WHOMEVER DREAMED OF THIS!)

My newest LOVE is an app called

“SHOW ME!”

It’s an individual interactive whiteboard!

We play word games, I SPY, word ladders, etc.  each on their own tablet..

and then SWISH! CLEAR ALL…and we start again!

We do daily practice for about 10 minutes.

That’s about ALL they need in a “chunk” of time 10-15 minutes.

Later in the day…they each have individual word rings.

I have sets available in my store or you can search TPT for others.

Here’s a sampling…

Available at:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/1stgradefireworks

And so…

HI  HO

HI  HO

It’s OFF to HFW

WE GO!

Enjoy! 🙂

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