Thursday, October 19, 2017

Homophones Interactive Notebook Freebie

Wow!!!!  It has  been a long time since I have blogged.  Where does the time go?  I wanted to talk about homophones and how we are using this handy little freebie in our classroom.  We started off with a little jingle to remember what a homophone was.  It goes like this (I just added a little jingle to it but you could add any little tune)

                  "Homophones:  Sound the same but spelled differently!   Sound the same but spelled differently! 

  It stuck with my little learners as soon as we began the chant to begin our lesson.  I wanted to create something interactive with my learners that we could add to our notebooks to review and refer back to.  Since we are heavily into soccer season at my house I decided to use that when I began to create.

Here is what we did!  Stay tuned freebie below.  :) 

  We cut out our title/definition and began cutting out the soccer balls to color. 
Next , we placed them in our notebook matching up the homophones.  After we matched up our homophones then we made it interactive by writing the short definitions of the words underneath so my students could look back as a reference. 

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Number and Word recognition Math Centers

One of the skills we have been working on this year is learning how to count up to 100.  We are happy to say we mastered that goal.  We are going to try and take it a step further as we prepare for next year.  I want my students to see how these numbers are written so if they come across them in their reading they can see how numbers are represented numerically and in their literature.  As we  wrap up the year I wanted to add this to our math centers that we could do together as a class in those final days leading up to summer vacation.  Best of all you can grab yours for free
My plan is to print several out on cardstock and laminate.  We all know the drill right?  I would break my class into small groups and then we would spin away.  As students work I will be walking around and monitoring their progress and looking to see how things are progressing.  Now just a side note we would have several explicit lessons on number words and we would start off very simple with the spinner 0-7.

Number word mats.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Thanksgiving Themed Task Cards Freebie-Commutative, Inverse, and Identity Properties in Math

    Another quick post and a freebie for you. 
So many things to be thankful for this year.  We are almost ready for the holidays and we are getting a jump start on some review of the math skills we have been working on.  A couple of weeks ago we covered properties of math.  We learned about the inverse, commutative, and identity properties of addition.   I wanted a quick review to use with my small math groups so I made these Thanksgiving themed task cards.
I printed them on cardstock and then laminated them.  Grab some clothespins or use a dry erase marker and let them circle the problems that match the one shown on the turkey's sign.  Take it a little  further and ask them to identify whether the problems are identity, commutative, or inverse properties.  Have them write it on the card or on a dry erase board. 
Simple quick and fun.  Head on over and grab your free set of task cards.

Happy Thanksgiving
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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Inverse, Commutative, and Identity Properties in Math-A Thanksgiving freebie

I am just dropping in to share a little freebie with you.  I wanted to share this quick little freebie you could use in your classroom to review inverse, commutative , and identity properties.  We are throwing in a little Thanksgiving to the review because we all have those days before the holidays when you need something for the kiddos to do to settle them down and of course you want to make it academic ...right???? 

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Homework: How much is too much?

Oh my goodness!!! Every educator is faced with this same question year after year.  How much is too much when it comes to homework??????   First of all,

I am a parent and an educator.  Sometimes finding the balance between the two can be a challenge.  Why you might ask????   Well,  I see both sides of the argument.  On the parent side I come home after a long day and the last thing I want to do is have a ton of homework to do with my kiddos.  I want to see them, talk to them, have a conversation other than "Do your homework!!!."  We have all been there when this voice comes out of our mouth that sounds like our mother and you realize you are becoming her.   Yep...that is me sometimes.  Sometimes I give her a nickname like "Mad School Momma!  Grab this freebie here:
On the other side I realize the increasingly instructional demands put on our teachers in the classroom today.  I understand it and I know we all feel each other's pain .  Well as you can see above and you can see I am changing up my approach to homework.  I decided to add two different approaches for myself one I can do weekly or one I can do nightly.  Depending on the week and how much we cover I can use either one.  Best of  all you can grab it for FREE!!!   

Here is what I will do:
1.  Reading /Writing -include any new terms we are working on in reading for them to review with their parents nightly... very quick and simple .or if we are beginning a writing unit let them know what we are writing about-personal narrative, etc.

2.  Math-this section I would include 3 -5 problems  that I want them to do based on the skill we are working on that week.  Again quick and simple. 

3.  Social Studies:  List any terms we are learning and their definitions.  Or pose a couple of questions based on the material we are learning.  Simple 5 minute review. 

4. Science:  Any terminology we are working on or pose an easy multiple choice question to review what the days lesson was on. 

5.  Blank box on the side will be used for their spelling words where the children could write them if you are doing Words your Way and their lists are different. 

***Run these front to back to save paper (Monday-Thursday in my room) or go even further and send them via email each night as homework so parents can pull it up and have their students homework handy.  ****

The goal is easy quick homework that does not require stress for you or your students.   A FINAL TIP:   Use this as part of your morning work for your students who are older.  Have them fill it in for morning work.  

Talk to me:  How do you keep your homework simple? 

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Birthday Decor for your classroom

Quick post today for you all about birthdays.  I try to make a child in my room feel special when they celebrate a birthday in my room.  Typically, the birthday boy or girl gets to go to my treat box or wear a special ribbon for the day.  I try to change it up. 
  I found some ideas on Pinterest that I absolutely love to display birthdays in my classroom.  Stay tuned...a freebie for you.  :) 
  Here are some ideas that I have found.
I love these displays but I needed to adapt mine for a smaller space. 
 Here is what I plan. 
I made these cupcakes that I plan on printing out on cardstock and of course knew I would say that.  ;)  Each one has the month of the year on them and then I am going to add some candles with the kids names on them for a small wall in my classroom.  
When I get them done I will add a pic to this blog so you can see it.  Stay tuned!!!!
Here comes the freebie for you.  Click on the cupcakes and head on over to get yours.  ;)

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Hands on Letter Recognition Activities

I can not say enough about hands on activities in the classroom when I work with kindergarten students who need a little extra help with letter recognition.  Before we can read we need to know what we are reading and letter recognition plays a big factor in that step. 
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Some of the resources we use in my own classroom are a lot of games and activities that promote letter recognition. 

1.  One of the first things we are going to do this year is add these letter recognition puzzles to our small group time .  I plan on printing them out on cardstock , laminating , and cutting apart the pieces for independent monitoring of students to informally assess their recognition knowledge. 

You can grab the set by clicking on the picture:
2.  Magnetic letters or Clothespins are always used in my letter recognition activities.  Some of the cards that I typically use during small group work work well with these manipulatives.  The students match the letter on the card and I typically begin using these cards with my little learners who need to start with uppercase letter recognition.  We always begin there before adding lowercase. 
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3.  Finally we work on adding our letter recognition notebooks to the morning work.  I feel it is necessary to keep all of my students on the same page and these pages also work great during guided reading groups.  Students practice writing the letter, identifying them in a short story as we track the words in the story, identify letters in different fonts, and locate pictures that have the beginning letter sound.  I love using these pages with my small groups. 
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These are just a few of the many things I use with my kindergarten small groups when we are just starting out learning to read.  They are easy enough to print and go and address learners at all stages of their learning. 

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