Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Classroom Cornucopia!

Do you celebrate Friendsgiving? This year I am having a virtual Thanksgiving Potluck with some of my teacher besties! We have so much to be thankful for, and we wanted share our blessing with you!
We created a FREE Classroom Cornucopia of our best selling resources! These are some of our favorite classroom creations that can be used throughout the year. Here's a taste of everything we shared in our Cornucopia...

Emily from Polka Dots Please shared a Tooth Word Bank that can be used for writing folders, anchor charts, or a creative writing center. There are pictures to match every word so little writers feel inspired and supported! (This is a BONUS word bank that is not included in the original set!)

Alisha from Missing Tooth Grins shared Winter Main Idea Passages. These main idea passages are designed for the winter months and help your students understand and practice telling the main idea and supporting details from a short passage. They are consistent, easy to use, and require no prep!

Jessica from Mrs. Stanford's Class shared Post It Note Reminders! These easy to use sticky note reminders are a great way to keep notes home consistent in your classroom. All you need to do is print the template, stick the post its, and print again. Have them stocked up in your drawer for your next writing checklist! Parents and students will love the consistency these checklists can bring to your classroom! Teachers will love the convenience! 

Katie from Simply Creative Teaching shared Place Value Exit Slips from her Math Exit Slips for every Common Core math standard! You can grab exit slips for kindergarten, first grade, and second grade! They are designed to be completed in 5 minutes or less and there are 4 to a page for quick and easy printing. 
Kelly from Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten shared Kindergarten Reading Comprehension Stories that are so much fun for emergent readers! Students read a text with CVC words and sight words while using the tracking dots to point to the words as they read. Students color a star or symbol at the top of the page each time they read. Four comprehension questions are included (multiple choice and fill in the blank). Additional practice is included on the bottom of the page with CVC words or seasonal vocabulary.

Diane from One Giggle At a Time shared her best selling Joke of the Day Set! It's her favorite part of every school day, and it has been rated by her firsties on the Top Ten List of Bests in her classroom for years! Every day of the school year, her class starts the day with a joke, a fact, and a question to ponder together. It is a great way to join together to share some giggles, some deep thinking, and a little each other. Joke of The Day set includes daily cards that can be printed out or a Smartboard version that can be displayed on the screen each morning as the students come in. 

Amber from A Smiling Teacher shared Editable Sight Word Lists! 
They make it easy for teachers to differentiate sight word and spelling practice while giving your students choice! The pack includes 15 word work activities that require little to no prep and can be used with any spelling or sight word list! Students loves the variety of choices and teachers love that students are working on words that are just right for them! EDITABLE word lists are included and make it easy to personalize learning! 

Elyse from A is for Apples shared differentiated reading logs! They are the perfect way to hold students and parents accountable for reading at home while also making it fun! Students color in a picture every time they read a book, and you can choose from over 20 recording pages to meet the needs of all your learners!

Gina from Teaching with Heart shared Work on Writing. You can easily create ENGAGING and MEANINGFUL writing center activities for your kindergarteners or first graders! The pack includes lots of activities so you and differentiate and scaffold to meet the needs of your students!

We are so thankful this year and happy to share our Classroom Cornucopia with you! You can download the whole 43 page pack here or click on the picture below! Happy Thanksgiving Friends!

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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Using QR Codes to Email in the Classroom

Ahhhh the relaxing month of February is upon us... said no teacher ever! I mean you have black history, dental health, Groundhog Day, 100th Day, Chinese New Year, my birthday (hahaha ha you all celebrate it right?!), Valentine's Day, President's Day, Leap Year... you get the point. At this point in the year I'm trying to keep the kiddos on their toes and manage to get to everything I intend to cover. Easier said than done, right? That's why it's great to multitask and kill two birds with one stone. 

At my school we have been working hard on building writing skills the last month or so and dying to tie in our iPads with it. This is where this idea popped up. A teacher across the hall came up with the idea and I ran with it.  The month of love notes is upon us, right?!?!

QR codes that link to your email! We downloaded a free QR reader app on our iPads and I used to create my QR codes. It was super easy. You choose email address on the first step for 'data type' and then enter your email or the email you would like the code to lead to. For today I projected the QR code on my board, but you could aways print them for their tables or folders.  

Bada-bing bada-boom, it immediately opens an email as soon as they scan it. 

My kinders then took out their morning writing page and typed it up (corrections and all) and sent it to my email.

They loved getting to send me special mail and this teacher loved that they were building keyboarding skills!

They couldn't have been more proud of their work and loved asking me if their email made it to my Apple Watch for me to read! 

Just one simple activity brought a days worth of teachable moments:
-Writing rubrics also apply to typing.
-How to capitalize and punctuate on a keyboard.
-Finger spaces are just like tapping a finger on the space.
-Why does a squiggly red line come up under my word?
-Hitting the spacebar twice adds a period and a capital for me.

This activity would also be great for: 
-students to email their parents for incentive of good behavior
-students to email spelling lists or sight words home
-student pen pals 
-students to email about upcoming events
The possibilities are ENDLESS!

What would you use it for?

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Winter Write the Room

Brrrrrrrrrr It's cold out there!!! Anyone else feeling me on this? I mean 7 degrees is NOT what this lady wanted to roll out of her nice cozy bed for this morning. ESPECIALLY not after a long weekend, but I did and I was excited for what today had in store. Little did my kiddos know, but I had something new up my sleeve. 

My team and I have been brainstorming ways to build our students' skills in writing. After discussing, brainstorming, and researching, a lightbulb went off in my head. I love the idea of write the room activities, but I've never made or used one that I totally loved. It was always a lot of prep for a short activity that I didn't feel reached all of my students to strengthen their abilities. 

Here's where the lightbulb moment comes in.

I've been working lately on rubrics, rewards, incentive charts, and quote/notes that print on post it notes...... so why not write the room on sticky notes??? Obviously this got the ball rolling and then I created something that would last all week for EACH of my kids. 
On day 1: Students will find the printed sticky notes around the room and record their new vocabulary. Sticky notes make this activity super easy to prep! 
If you have limited space or would prefer your children to stay seated for the activity you could always use the pop-up writing center on day one. Also note, picture cards can be printed on cardstock if post its aren't your style.
Day 2-5: Teacher collects all the post its and posts them in the pop-up writing center. Here the students will use the words for more involved activities. This unit includes 4 prompts and there are multiple levels for each prompt sheet.  Unit also includes a free write sheet, alphabetizing, and mixup vocabulary. 
With starter sentence...
Students have new vocabulary right at their fingertips. Pictures match those on their sheet to help them brainstorm ideas that they could include in their writing. 
Also available in the INCLUDED pop-up writing center....
writing checklist
grade level appropriate sight words
letter sounds chart
blends chart and digraphs chart

Come check it out {here} and/or 
leave a comment to tell me how you'd like to implement it in your classroom.

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