Monday, November 25, 2013

Accountable Talk Bubbles

   We have been working on accountable talk in our classroom. To help the students remember their accountable I used the Accountable Talk Speech from The Caffeinated Teacher. They are free which is so awesome! I printed them on colored paper and posted them around the Smartboard. 

                I can really see a difference during discussions, and the kids seem more confident when they discuss the text.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Uploading More Choice Boards!

       If you are a fan of choice boards, I have a large selection of them for Reading Street for the 5th and 6th grade here. I'm currently uploading new choice boards for the 5th grade Journeys series here. I also have other great resources to go along with the Reading Street series with the choice boards. I'm working on Journeys and will be uploading weekly, so be sure to stop by often to see. Hope everyone is staying warm!

Monday, November 4, 2013

K5 Learning

            K5 Learning has an online reading and math program for kindergarten to grade 5 students. I've been given a 6 week free trial to test and write a review of their program. If you are a blogger, you may want to check out their open invitation to write an online learning review of their program. I'm going to be posting about how I use it in my classroom and how helpful it is with helping my students. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Word Bag Words Information and Multi-Meaning Freebie

         Over the past year, I have received several e-mails asking about my word bag I mention in my choice boards. Each student in my classroom has a plastic bag full of academic words. Each card has the definition on the back and the word on the front that is student written. Students add three to four new words a week. Each Friday they take a matching test with a random twenty words from the bag. They do not know which words it will be. This way they study all the words each week. By the end of the school year, students will have over 200 words in During the week we use the word bag in centers for word bag buddies where they quiz each other on being able to read the words, the definitions, and giving an example. The main reason I have the word bag is students were coming to me not knowing how to read the word "noun" or be able to tell me what the word meant. If they do not have the basic understanding, they will struggle with the skill.

          Now for my newest creation. Vocabulary is where my students struggle. Especially with multi-meaning words. I've created some dominoes sets of multi-meaning words. Students match the definition to the word in a sentence. Students will have to think about how the word is being used before they can match the word. If you would like to grab the free set go here.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Vocabulary Cubes and Freebie

  I've been using vocabulary dominoes in my classroom for years, but this year I have put a spin on it. The vocabulary cube has either a word, definition or example on two to three sides of the domino. Students have to match all three sides of each domino to make the cube. You can grab one of my sets here for free!  The set I have for free is Parts of Speech Cube 1. I also have Parts of Speech Cube 2, Figurative Language, and Sound Devices. I am working to add more as I add more to my classroom collection. Be sure to laminate your set so you can use them over and over. The students really like them, and I can see a difference in their performance. Let me know how the lesson unfolds in your classroom.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Flash Freebie!

         I have been MIA, since school has started. Between teaching, cheer leading, Beta, and everything else I do; I haven't found time to blog. So, I thought I would do a flash freebie to say "I'm Sorry" "I'll do better". I'm giving away my sound device/figurative language dominoes. My students love them. I printed them on color paper and time the students to see how fast they can do it. Please leave feedback if you grab the freebie here.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Classroom Digs

       I'm joining  Amy Lemons from Step into 2nd Grade for a blog hop. We've back to school since last week, and so far I've been able to keep my room cute and clean. Check back in a while, and the story may not be the same. 

View from my front door.

View from the front door. 

My virtual lab.

Student's work files and supplies

Class library

Teacher supplies

Another view of the library. 

Student mail boxes and collection bins for box tops, coke lids, and Campbell soup labels.

Virtual lab

Wild Work for student work. 

I painted my tables this summer and they turned out great. 

Comfy chair

Teacher center

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Classroom Tours Pinterest Board

         I absolutely love seeing other teachers' classrooms. It doesn't matter what grade or subject. I have found some many ideas just by looking at pictures of other teachers' classrooms. So I have made a Pinterest board just for tours. I will be adding tours as the start of the year goes on. If you would like me to add your classroom tour to my board comment below with a link to your classroom tour. I am so looking forward to seeing all the great classrooms.

To see my room click here.
To see my tour board click here.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

A Class*y Cruise...Around the Classroom Linky and Giveaway!

     I'm joining A Class*y Collaboration for a classroom tour linky! Check my classroom below and then check out some other classrooms!

 I finally finished my room. We return for in-service on Monday, open house on Tuesday, and the first day back on Wednesday. I still need to put together my students folders and do lesson plans, but my room is done! Yay! Enjoy the pictures.

The view from my front door 

Another view from the front door.

A view from the back of the room. 

Student supply table. 

My teacher supplies.

Class library 

Student's mailboxes

My new virtual lab. 

My tables turned out good, after I painted them. 

My comfy chair I won! 

My small group table.

View from my teacher table. 

If you haven't entered my Giveaway go here. Lots of great prizes!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Journey from Reading Street to Journeys and Giveaway Reminder!

     This year will be my first year using the Journeys Reading series. I have been a Reading Street teacher for the last five years, but not anymore! I even have a whole page dedicated to my Reading Street Resources. So I decided I need a page dedicated to my Journeys resources. In the past I've created newsletters and choice boards and a lot of people have downloaded them. I'm wondering if teachers would be interested in leveled reader worksheets. I thinking about doing a side with vocabulary from the reader and then text based questions on the other side. What do you think? I'm looking for suggestions on what would be helpful. 

       Tomorrow I'm going to the teacher store in Knoxville with one of my teaching besties. I'm on the hunt for grammar help, since I went from being the reading teacher to the ELA teacher. Any good suggestions on 5th and 6th grade grammar resources?   

If you haven't entered my Giveaway go here. Lots of great prizes!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Working in My Room and Giveaway!

      I found a great deal at Walmart last night on zebra valances. I found the valances for 4.74 a piece. They have other colors and styles as well. 

Sorry for the cell phone picture, but they still look good! 

      I also recovered my crate seats. They have been zebra and white with stars, but they start to look dingy after a while. So my theme is zebra and pink, so I decided to do pink crates this year. Here are a few of them. 

If you haven't entered my Giveaway, go here. Lots of great prizes! 

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Locker Assignments Freebies and 150 Follower Giveaway

              Our students have their own lockers in grades 3rd-8th at our school. Which means we have a lot of lockers. To keep track of each student and their locker number I use a tracking sheet you can find here. We also give each student a locker slip on open house and in their information packet for the year. The slip I use can be found here. Since we have so many lockers I like to make it easier for students to find their lockers at the beginning of the year. I go to the Dollar Tree and get the cute little die-cuts and write the name of each student on it and then stick it to their locker.You could also cut out your own die-cuts. Most students leave them on their lockers all year long. 

The die-cute packs are 1.00 for thirty. 

    Another note on lockers, after I have put all the students names in their books I put them in their lockers. Then I don't have to hand them out during class. If you haven't entered my Giveaway go here. Lots of great prizes! 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Room Progress Pictures Part 2 and Still Needing Help!

       I went in and worked in my classroom again today. I have furniture in my room, but I still have a big mess. A lot of my teacher friends were there so I spent a little too much time socializing. Here are some pictures of the progress.

  Tomorrow I have to get a crown put on a tooth and another one prepped for a crown, so I'm not sure if I'm going in to work in my room. If not, I'll be back at work on Thursday.

   I am looking for some help to celebrate 150 Bloglovin followers. If you are interested in helping, fill out the form below. Thank you!

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