Sunday, July 29, 2012

What? You Don't Have Your Homework! Freebie

                 I'm sure every teacher out there has experienced the no homework blues. Also, each of us have our own way of keeping up with who has their homework. When a students does not have their homework I require them to fill out a homework excuse form. The form requires a name, date, assignment, and the reason for the homework not being completed. I keep all of the forms for each student. When I have a parent teacher meeting I am sure to bring them along. They have been very useful, especially with my loveys that often do not do their homework. I have created a new form to go along with my zebra theme and you can get them for free here. The clip art is from Scrappin Doodle.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Spray Paint and Duck Tape

                 When I first started teaching I bought items in a array of colors. After three years in a rainbow room I decided I wanted a color scheme. So I have spray painted, and spray painted, and spray painted. I found this awesome spray paint tool. It is a comfort spray grip that I picked at Wal-mart for like three dollars. It saves your finger, you'll have less paint on your hands, and it sprays better.

    I've also been using the zebra print duct tape and I love it! I found some awesome pointers at the dollars store a few years ago, but now they aren't so pretty. See below!

Hot mess! 


     I love it! Even if your pointers are not worn out you can still use the cute printed duct tape to match your classroom theme. 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Newbie Bloggers Blog Hop

I'm joining up with a linky party! Grade 3 is the Place for Me is hosting a linky party for new bloggers! All you have to do when you link up is to answer the following questions:
1. what state you are in
2. your current teaching position

3. your teaching experience
4. when you started blogging
5. share a blogging tip / blogging resource

Here are my answers: 
    1.  Tennessee 
    2.  5th and 6th Grade Reading
    3.  This will be my fourth year of teaching 
    4.  I started blogging December 29th 2011
    5.  A picture is worth a thousand words! If you can add pictures to your post, do it. 

Look what I did! 

I spray painted a white trash can black. Then took the zebra duck tape and wrapped it around the trash can. Then I took a pink ribbon a attached it to the duck tape! Now I have a cute zebra trash can for my themed classroom. Love it!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

I'm Back From TETA 2012

          I spent most of my week at TETA, which is a technology conference in Tennessee. I learned so much and enjoyed myself at the same time. We had an amazing speaker Kevin Honeycutt. He really made you want to get out there and do good for our students. One of the sessions I attended was 60 websites in 60 for educators. Here are some of the websites I think my fellow bloggers would love:

  •    This website is free! It allows you to have a meeting with anyone that has internet access and your code. 
  •       This website if free! This site has riveting talks by remarkable people
  • Another free site! It acts like an online 3-ring binder. This would be great for classroom information or teachers sharing resources. 
  •  Some features are free. Students or teachers can make animated movies.
  • No registration and its free. Make your own Jeopardy or use someone elses

       I hope you find something you find helpful! I'll be posting about free software tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Winner Is......

         I am writing from the TETA Conference (Tennessee Educational Technology Association). We start our classes in the morning. I am looking forward to bring a bunch of great activities and website for all of you. This is my second stop on my week of in-services. I just finished a computer workshop at Vanderbilt. They taught us how to take your computer apart to add drives and memory. Which was very neat, as well as they shared some awesome resources. I thought the kids would like the following sites:

          The giveaway for the amazing "Playful Learning" e-course has ended and I have a winner! Congratulations to Kelly B! You will be receiving an e-mail from the author of "Playful Learning".

a Rafflecopter giveaway

          I'll be back tomorrow with what I have learned at TETA!

Monday, July 9, 2012

Wow I Have 100 Followers and Look What I Found!

           I was so excited to see that I hit 100 followers. I love to see people are finding my blog useful! Thank you so very much for reading my posts. So I went today to get my groceries at Wal-Mart and of course I had to stop by the school supplies. While looking at the rows of school supplies I found teacher supplies! All of the supplies were .88 cents.

A 60 pack of erasers with smiley faces, stars, apples, and A+ shapes

Light-weight dry erase boards

Packs of 30 sentence strips (Just like the dollar store but .12 cents less)

Really cute file folders. They had three different design sets. (Not really a good price, but they are so cute!)

Friday, July 6, 2012

Teacher Wisdom

        Fabulously First is collecting little tid-bits of teacher wisdom to share with new teachers. There is so much I did not learn in my college classes about teaching. So this is a great linky for teachers to share all the information colleges should look into sharing. Here is my wisdom!

         I am looking forward to reading all the tips teachers have! I'm always learning new things about my profession. Also, if you have not entered my giveaway be sure to click here

Thursday, July 5, 2012

There Is No Place Like Home....AKA My Classroom


    For International Blog Day I am joining Mrs. Parker's linky party showing our classroom. One of my favorite things to do online is look at pictures and videos of teacher's classrooms. I do not think there is a You Tube video of a classroom tour I have not seen. So here are pictures of my classroom this past year. I will be changing a lot since I have a new theme and more students. I will plan to have them posted by the fourth week of July (That's my goal). Here we go....

This is the view as you enter the room. My students are in groups all year, until TCAPS. 

This is our class library. I made those crate seats and the students love them. Since I teach 5th and 6th grade I had to go back and reinforce the seats. 

Here are our class computers, leveled readers, and our word wall. I painted the entire back wall with chalk board paint. It works great and erases great. 

This is were I meet with my small groups! 

This is the view from the back window! 

 Now I'm going to head back over to Mrs. Parker's site and blog hop! Hope you join us. Also be sure and go enter my giveaway by clicking here

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

4 On The Fourth Linky

I'm joining Ms. M's Blog for a linky to see four things teachers are going to try new in their classroom for the upcoming school year. I always love seeing what other teachers are doing or plan to do. 

Here are the 4 things I will try out for the first time this year.

1. I am not going to give spelling tests or spelling lists. I am going to teach spelling within our reading and writing lessons. I am excited about this because I have heard so many times from parents and students we didn't read/study because we were studying for the spelling test. Then after the test students still could not spell the words. 

2. I am changing my theme to zebra, pink, and lime green. I've been creating, searching, and painting little my heart out. 

3. My teammates are changing again, as well as losing the other reading teacher in 5th and 6th grade. Which means I will have 30 students in each class and I'm the inclusion teacher. An inclusion teacher teaches everyone IEP, 504, gifted, and regular ed all in one room. 

4. I am the cheer coach for the JV and Varsity squad. This will be a big change in my school and personal life. I've already spent a lot of my summer with tryouts, camp, practices, and fundraisers. I can only imagine how the school year will be. 

Now it is your turn. Share 4 things your going to try for the first time in your class this coming school year.

You don't have to be a teacher to participate either. Don't have a class? What are 4 new things your going to try in life?

Share 4 things your going to try for the first time and be sure to link up at Ms. M's Blog

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

More Free Zebra Creations

                    I have 32 days until I return to school, and my students return to school in 35 days! Wow, my summer has flown by quickly. I am looking forward to getting my room ready for all my students. I've created some more zebra themed printables that you can download below by clicking on each picture.

Open House sign-in sheet

To do list 

Just a basic newsletter! You can add or change anything you would like! 

        Have a very wonderful and safe Fourth of July. 

Monday, July 2, 2012

Common Core Vocabulary

Tier 1, 2, and 3 Words for Common Core

Not all words require instruction equally:

  • Tier 1 – Basic Words – Most cannot be demonstrated and do not have multiple meanings, but students will need to know them. Sight words would be found at this level. 
  • Tier 2 – Words occur in high frequency. Found in a variety of domains.
    • Criteria:
      •  Importance to understanding the text
      • Characteristic of mature language users
      • Used across a variety of domains
      •  Potential for building rich representations of the words (multiple meaning words 
      • Words that allow students to provide precision and specificity in describing the concept
      • Words like: merchant, tend, fortunate, maintain, required, performed, benevolent
  • Tier 3 – Words with a low frequency of use, often limited to special, specific domains. They are best learned when a specific need arises. (Content area words) Words like: igneous, metamorphic, Revolutionary War, economics

Example of how to choose tier two and three vocabulary: 
      The solar system consists of the sun and all the planets and other bodies that revolve around the sun.  Planets are any of the primary bodies that orbit the sun.  Scientists have long debated the origins of the solar system.  In the 1600’s and 1700’s, many scientists thought that the sun formed first and threw off the materials that later formed the planets.  But in 1796, the French mathematician Pierre-Simon, marquis de Laplace, advance a hypothesis that is now know as the nebular hypothesis.
      From: Holt’s California Edition of high School Earth Science textbook & Sandi Yellenberg
Blue words: Tier 2 Yellow words: Tier 3

            As you read a text pick out words that would confuse your students that are not subject specific. These words are your tier two words.  Words that are subject specific are your tier three words. It is important for educators to understand with the new common core standards that there are not a sets of tier two vocabulary lists. Students will need to understand how to decode and use context clues to be able to read unfamiliar text that they will encounter. Tier three words are subject specific. Therefore educators will be able to create lists of words. For example, I teach reading and a few of my tier three words would be: theme, setting, plot, character, etc. I am currently working on resources for grades 3-6 for professional development for my district and will be sharing them with all my readers. 

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