Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Favorite Websites for K-2

Happy Tuesday!! I wanted to pop in to share some favorite websites that my little friends always love to learn with in the computer lab! 

 My kids always LOVE ABCYa! One of my favorite things about it is that I can easily differentiate what they are working on! I can put my higher kids on a different grade level, my on level kids on their current level, and the below level kids on a lower level.

Here is a peek at some of the games for Kindergarten.

Another website I love to use in the classroom for a listening station or whole group during Read Aloud time is Storyline Online.  They have several of our FAVORITE books and they are read out loud by famous people! That always makes it extra special! 

Cookie is a favorite, but can act-up sometimes.  I love that it has vocabulary-rich games for my ELLs!

Here is a peek at a sight word matching game!

Do you want to find more fun websites? Head over to My Silly Firsties with Haley and see what other wonderful sites people are using!

Click the picture to check them out!

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Integrating Spiders into Your Curriculum

Often times I hear Texas teachers say, "I'd love to teach more thematically, but those things just aren't in our curriculum."  They are right. We don't have scarecrows, bats, or spiders.

But we do have Science standards and Reading standards that allow us to work in these FUN things!

The Reading TEKS are too many to list, but here are the Science TEKS!

We always begin with reading LOTS about our topic--in this case, Spiders!!! Depending on what we need to cover that week, we may read fiction or we may read nonfiction. If we read fiction during read aloud time, then we read nonfiction during our science time.  We use lots of graphic organizers and anchor charts to record our learning and thinking. 

We also use our Shared Reading time to integrate our little topic or theme. Sometimes this is tricky.  It's always easy to find a poem on the topic, but it's not always easy to find a poem that is on the topic AND meets the needs of the students.  I have to think, "Is this what my students truly need? Do they really need work on noticing how sentences begin and end? Do they really need work on phoneme substitution? Do they need more practice on finding sight words and reading them fluently?" It can be tough sometimes! I often times will just write my own poem! ;) 

Then during Science time we hit the Science standards and we ask questions, organize our findings, and tell about what we found through graphic organizers.

Spiders are a BLAST! My little friends always enjoy them! All of these activities and MORE can be found in my new Spider Science and Literacy unit

Click the image above to check it out!

Have a wonderful week!!

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Bright Idea for Positive Behavior Reinforcement!

I don't know about your class, but in my class at this time of the year the honeymoon is over.  The kids are making themselves at home in our classroom and they are warmed up to me quite well!

They know our short list of rules.
They know what is right.
They know what is wrong.
And the kids who test me and testing me daily!

I want to share something so simple that I use to help reinforce positive behavior.

My fabulous mentor teacher taught me to create something called "The Happy Picture".

It's SUPER simple and works like a charm!

Usually I will reward the students with a sticker if their name is in the Happy Picture at the end of the day.  As the year goes on, I let the students pass out the stickers in the morning.  They love being responsible for this little task and it helps them learn to read each other's names, too!

Sometimes simple is best, my friends.  Simplify.

For more Bright Ideas, click through the blog posts below! You can choose a topic that interests you or a grade level that suits you best! Happy Reading!!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NEW Collaborative Blog and a SUPER Giveaway!

Happy Wednesday!!

My friends and I have been keeping a big secret that we have been putting together. We have a BRAND NEW collaborative blog that's JUST for primary teachers!

Here's a little peek at Primary Powers!

My favorite thing about collaborative blogs is that I get the best of several bloggers ALL in one spot! There are so many wonderful blogs to read and to be able to go to one place to get many great ideas is just fantastic!

You have to go check it out, my friends.

Right now there is a SUPER GIVEAWAY going on! Here is what is up for grabs!

And if that isn't enough to get you excited, there are all kinds of superhero products that you can snag in this wonderful Educents bundle for a BIG discount! 
So what are you waiting for?? Head on over to the NEW Primary Powers blog and check it all out!!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Favorite Fall Books and a Little Fall Bundle!

By this time of the year, our feet are pretty wet when it comes to read aloud time.  The kids are starting to sit well for longer and I am ready to teach more skills than just "sit and listen while I read". HA!

I wanted to share some books that are my favorite for read aloud time as I model how to think as a good reader thinks.

I love using these to help retell, sequence, or discuss story elements.

 Now for the little fall bundle.  I have teamed up with Educents and some of my BEST Blogging Buddies to create this little bundle!! It is packed with things that you can and will use during the fall season as you are deep into your teaching!

The products of mine included aren't fall related, but are topics that I taught in the fall according to our curriculum. 

This unit is perfect for teaching students about 3D Figures and their attributes. It has been featured in the TpT Newsletter and is one of my BEST sellers!

This little unit is PERFECT for teaching about comparing numbers to 20.  I used this with my first graders and they loved it! I even was able to use parts of it with my Kindergarten students.  There are several fun games included in this unit, too!

Many other activities are included in the bundle and they will help cover several topics you are sure to teach! 

·      long and short vowel sounds
·      counting, identifying, representing, and comparing numbers
·      identify and analyze 2d & 3d shapes
·      become scientists  
·      write words and sentences
·      implement writers workshop
·      addition and subtraction story problems to 20
·      story elements
·      retelling and responding to text
·      poetry
·      ten frames
·      least to greatest and greatest to least
·      graphing

For a short time it is $15.99 from Educents which is about 76% off!  12 instant downloads and
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Five for Friday!

Hello hello hello!!

Fall is RIGHT around the corner! Football. Pumpkin Spice candles. Cooler weather (hopefully!). Love it all!  
I'm linking up with Doodlebugs for a 5 for Friday.  I am busy getting ready for a garage sale (so exhausting! Can I get an AMEN?!) but I wanted to pop in and share some highlights from the week! They are mostly NOT school related! That's okay, right?

If you follow me on Instagram you saw that I have been working on these!
Y'all, I was more than half way done and my computer went crazy and I lost ALOT of work. I seriously wanted to cry!! Everything was backed up so I even went I to Time Machine and tried to get it back but I can't find it. Sad day!
 This guy is growing faster than I'd like to admit!! He is already 3 months.  The best part is that he is sleeping through the night IN his own crib! It's bittersweet.  My baby boy is already growing so much!

I gave my Guided Reading Binder a MUCH needed make over! I'm in love, ya'll! 

Click the image to take a closer look at it!

My great blog buddy, Ashley, is having a HUGE giveaway!! Be sure to hop over and enter!!

So my "me time" these days consists of a Target trips.  I found this gem yesterday and can't wait to put it up on the wall! Just wanted to share this treasure with those of you who love the "Fixer Upper" style and look! ;)

Have a fabulous weekend!!

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