Sunday, June 30, 2013

How We Do It: Homework

      I'm joining Abby from Third Grade Bookwork for a Linky party about homework. I've had my battles with homework. Should I assign it? If so, how much? It has taken me four years, but I finally have a homework plan that works for my students, parents, and me! I use Daily Warm-Ups for  Reading by Teacher Created Resources. 

    The book has a both fiction and nonfiction passages with three to four reading comprehension questions with each passage. They have the books in K-6th grade and have other subjects, besides reading.  In order to tie in Common Core, I require students to find textual evidence to support their answer. The assignment takes students between fifteen and twenty minutes to complete. Finding textual evidence takes them the longest. At the beginning I had them underline the evidence, but some of my students were just randomly underlining sentences. Now I require students to write in complete sentences next to their multiple choice answer. 

       I'm looking forward to reading about everyone else's homework ideas. See you at  Third Grade Bookwork.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Bloglovin Bloghop Linky

   I'm joining Tori's Teaching Tips for a Bloglovin Blohhop Linky. I don't want to loose all my blogs or all my followers, so I've joined Bloglovin.  Click the picture below to go to Tori's page.  She has an tutorial on how to get everything settled into Bloglovin. 

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Grammar Fix It Freebie!

  I start each class with a Grammar fix. I am working on making a grammar minute for each day of each school week. I have finished week number one. Each day is an interactive smart board notebook page. The first week is all capitalization errors. I plan to also create grammar fix its on commas, subject-verb agreement, plurals, and apostrophes. Is there any other grammar fix its you would like to see? To get the first week click here. Please comment below with any suggestions or comments! Thank you.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Blog Lovin'

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Painting Classroom Tables!

So in order to have tables in my classroom I had to take whatever I could get my hands on. Therefore I had tables with three different colors. So it looked like this:

I forgot to take a picture before I carried the tables outside. 

Last year I covered all my tables with contact paper, but by December my tables looked terrible. My students picked at it so much. So I decided to try to paint my tables in order to have them all match. I painted my tables with spray paint made for plastic, vinyl and metal. You can find it at Wal-mart for about 4.00 a can. 

I had to spray them once and then come back and do another coat. The lighter tables were much easier to paint, but they look great now. I don't have all the tables put into place, but I took a picture of one to show you how great they look. When I have all my tables in place I will take a picture and post.

I have a goal of having my class ready by the end of June, so I can focus on family and Common Core training in July. I'll post pictures of my process.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Dropped Reading SPI's in Tennessee and New Writing Rubrics!

  For the upcoming school year Tennessee will be dropping SPI's in reading. To see the dropped SPI's click here. The dropped SPI's will not be tested on the 2013-2014 TCAPs. The state has also published updated writing rubrics for the 2013-2014 Writing TCAP. The new rubrics are grouped by grades and type of writing. The rubric can be found here. The state has also released a ELA K-12/Literacy Curricular Guide to help teacher transition to Common Core. Click here to find the guide. I hope everyone is having a great summer!