Monday, January 31, 2011

Spelling Idea...

This week we are working on the long a -/ai/ and /ay/ sounds.
My kids LOVED this activity using the train for their spelling words... ENJOY!

Snow Day!

Well once again it is snowy and icy here in good old Nebraska...
Soooo what do I choose to first do with my spare time?
WATCH THE BACHELOR!  If you dont watch it, you've got to get plugged in NOW!
I absolutely LOVE Emily- what a sweetheart!
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I'll prob post some new fun ideas tmrw... I gotta work on my grad class homework!
Stay tuned!!!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Debbie Diller Plug...

Ok so as I started this year, I had NO idea what I was getting myself into as far as stations go.  I had previously had no experience with literacy or math stations.  Something that REALLY helped me as I started to embark on the stations and small group adventure were these two extremely helpful books.
I am a huge fan of Debbie Diller.  Her literacy stations, small groups and spaces and places books saved my life!
If you don't have a copy, you for sure need it... your life will be changed!
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Debbie Diller, is coming out with a new Math stations book in February!!!!  I am so excited for this book- I know that it is going to be an awesome addition to my collection! :)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Some fun Guided Reading ideas!!!

So being a first year teacher, Im not the best guided reading teacher in the world.  This my first year to ever do such a thing, so Im learning as I go.  All the ideas I know and come across are wonderful.  If you have any ideas please share! :)
I love to use some new and fun ideas for my guided reading groups.  My kids are always in need of something fun and different...

I recently introduced our new whisper phones!  You would have thought that these kids have never used a phone before, because they are in HEAVEN!!! Its so cute how one little new thing can excite my kiddos.

I also LOVE to use highlighter tape- to highlight our spelling words, AMAZING words or our fish words (high frequency words!)
My last all time favorite idea is using either highlighter bookmarks OR color transparent folders cut into strips.  This really helps my kiddos focus in on the sentence we are currently reading!
My guided reading lesson plan template is also something I love!  I cant take credit for it because my bffe sent me hers. Use it if you like, ditch it if you dont!

wow what a day...

Today has been one of those days where you just want to pull your hair out and wish you could start all over.  My kids are bouncing from left to right, using their voices non stop!  Of course on this type of a day, all I want to do is rearrange desks, re-do line order, seating arrangements on the carpet etc etc etc!
I came across this really fun idea that requires less talking in the classroom and more working... and thats exactly what I need!
Hope you all enjoy this.  Maybe this is change me kiddos- haha who am I kidding!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Just a quick fun idea...

My kids LOVE to do practice their spelling words in a variety of different ways.... here are just two that we have done.  Im short on time..

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Classroom Cheers!

Soooo being a cheerleader for 7 years, I would have to agree to the saying "Once a cheerleader always a cheerleader!"
With that being said, I LOVE to cheer in my class with the kiddos!  We do a variety of cheers, and dances to Dr Jean music.

Today Ill be sharing some of the cheers we do in my classroom... I did not make these!  One of my good friends from college who happens to be teaching first grade as well sent them to me.

Happy Sunday!  Hope you all have a great start to your NEW week.  :)

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Word and Chunk Helpers!

Ok so tonight Im extremely warn out and cant wait till Friday at 3:30... Im sure there are more of you like that out there! :)

I am going to share two things that I cant take credit for... one my bffe from college sent me, and the other I recieved from a fellow teacher.
I love these both!

The first are word helpers- my students LOVE these... they really help with their reading.

The second upload is a set of chunk posters.  I am in the process of incoporating these into my daily routine this week/next!  But they are the cutest things... I know my kids will love them!

Enjoy! :

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Literacy Stations planner

This is a literacy stations planner I use.  I like it a lot because it helps me keep track of exactly what is in each stations bucket.  Also, its helps me have a purpose for every stations activity!

Hope you enjoy these documents.  If you have any questions feel free to comment or email me! :)

Happy Wednesday!
P.S.  Yesterday's documents didn't post correctly so here they are again!

P.P.S.S.:  Im having difficulties! :( if you have any experience in uploading google docs with pictures help me out!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Yayy!!! I have a blog!

Yay I have a blog!!!
I've discovered so many awesome blogs over the past few months.
 I love being able to see what other teachers are doing in their classrooms.
I love my website and I plan to keep it updated. 
But I love the idea of being able to share what we are doing in our classroom each week. 

Today I will share a few ideas from Literacy Stations that I use... 
Unfortunately I don't have any pictures because 
we had snow days the 2 days!

This something I use for Literacy Stations. Each student has a stations folder in which all papers go in. Once they have completed one paper they color one crayon. When three crayons are colored/three papers are finished they turn in the crayon/paper stapled together for me to check over!

Thats all for now... I will upload more tomorrow!