Tuesday, February 28, 2012

I Won....I Won

                    When I check my email this morning, I was shocked and amazed at the fact that I had won a $200.00 Amazon gift-card. I entered the pininterest contest last week, but I never thought I would win.The giveaway was sponsored by MaryGrove College and the following blogs:

The Organized Classroom Blog
Sunny Days in Second Grade
The Lesson Plan Diva
Fabulous Fourth Grade Froggers
Cooperative Learning
Teaching in the Early Years
Sub Hub
Third Grade Gridiron
Corkboard Connections
Teaching Blog Central

           I know you are all wondering how I spent the $200.00. I spent it on my students of course. We are going to be proud owners of a Kindle Touch, Scrabble Flash Cubes, Classroom light filters, and a rolling file for our centers. The students were super excited when I told them about winning and our new "toys". I will be taking and posting pictures soon. Again, thank you to all these wonderful sponsor and the opportunity they have brought to my students.


Friday, February 24, 2012

A Must See for Reading Street Users!

Click on picture for website! 

    A very dedicated educator has created a fabulous site for Reading Street users. Mrs. Lewis's site has resources for grades K-6th. The site has great Power Points aligned with each story. The site also has links to Spelling City pages that are aligned with each story. The site also has links to center materials, whole-group materials, small group materials, and many printables. The resources are endless and are from many different teachers. I have used this site many many times for my classroom and it has saved me so much time.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Internet for the Classroom Site

           Another great site for the classroom is Internet 4 the Classroom. The website has resources for grades K-12. The site has lesson plans, interactive websites, test prep, daily dose of internet, and teaching training. The site is free and lists on free websites (which is what we love). The resources are organized by grade, subject, and skill and is very easy to navigate.

            The site also has a great free summer program. Students that have access to the internet can login to the site and practice skills over the summer. The information is the sent to their mentor (the teacher) to keep track of and to use to prepare for the next school year.  I hope you enjoy!


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Great Free Teacher Resource: Teaching Channel

              I enjoy websites that show other teachers ideas with pictures and videos. A great site that I have found is Teaching Channel. The site has materials for grades Pre-K through 12th. There are various topics and various subjects covered on the website. When you log on you will find so many videos that you will want to watch, but do not worry about needing to hunt for videos more than once. You can save videos to your planner or download videos for watching later. Videos are not the only learning tool, they also have their own blog with great ideas. Another great point of the website is that it is FREE.  I hope you enjoy this site as much as I do!

      Suggested Videos:


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Fun Site to Teach Poetry!

         Poetry is one of my most favorite genres to teach in reading. To help spread the love of poetry, I use the site www.gigglepoetry.com  

       The website has many different funny poems about teachers, school lunch, homework, and other topics students can connect to. I use the poems to teach similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, alliteration, assonance, rhyme scheme, and so much more. The site also has poetry theater, which is turns poems into short plays for students to act out. Best of all the site is FREE!


Saturday, February 11, 2012

Have you heard of Teacher Tipster?

            While searching the Internet for fabulous ideas for my classroom I ran across the site http://www.teachertipster.com/. This first grade teachers has video for various different activities for your classroom. I encourage everyone to visit his site and watch a few videos. I have posted some of my favorite ideas below.



Tuesday, February 7, 2012

I Have....Who Has? Freebie

           I have....Who has? 

         One quick way to include daily practice and motivate students to master basic facts is through the use of the I have... Who Has? card decks.  These decks can be created for virtually any topic. The decks can be used as both a whole class practice or as a center activity for partners or small groups. 

There are several strategies to use when implementing this activity:
  • Distributing Cards:   Distribute one card to each student, then distribute the extras to strong students in the beginning and to random students as the class becomes more familiar with the deck.
  • Class Play:   As you distribute the cards, encourage students to begin thinking about what the question for their card might be so that they are prepared to answer.   When all cards are distributed, have the student with the start card begin.   Play until the congratulations card is reached. 
  • Timed Play:   Consider using a stopwatch to time the class game.   Record the time on the board so that students try each game to beat their current best time.   This practice encourages students to stay attentive and prompts students to practice skills so that the class time improves.  
  • Partner or Small-Group Play:  
    • One student deals out the cards to all players.
    • Players arrange the cards face-up in front of them.  
    • Play begins with the start card.
    • Play continues as in the class game. .
    • Students turn over the cards after reading them. (to help them keep up with their cards)
    • Play until the end card. 
    • Shuffle the cards and repeat the game.

       To get everyone started or to add to your collections here are some freebies:


Sunday, February 5, 2012

Test Prep Mode is On!

          I am sure many of the teachers out there are in test prep mode. Getting each of our lovely angels ready for the test they will be taking soon. My students have 59 more school days until the test. As I spend my time planning and searching for questions on the Internet, I thought I should share. Below are sites I have found helpful  planning my test prep sessions with my students. Many of the sites are the state sites with test samples.









Saturday, February 4, 2012

What Do You Love? (Linky Party!)

Kimberly at Funky First Grade Fun is hosting a linky party about what we love.

Here is my list: 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Working in Pairs

      My students enjoy working in pairs. To aid this process I have created a "Partner Fun" board. For each each reading story I create vocabulary matching cards for students to practice in pairs. I also create "I have, who has" game sets and Go Fish game sets with reading skills. I hole punch each set of cards and put the on a book ring. I then hang the book ring on a hook on the board. Students have been taught how to use each card set.  I have posted pictures to below for a visual. Sorry, about the pictures I took them with my phone. 
Partner Fun Board
I have, who has cards

Gold Fish Cards