Sunday, April 29, 2012

We're starting our fairy tale unit next week. In my search for new ideas, I found this great graphic organizer on a GREAT teacher blog! Fractured Fairy Tales

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Kindergarten and Mooneyisms: Penny Make-a-Word Game

Kindergarten and Mooneyisms: Penny Make-a-Word Game: I took them and created a new game I call "Penny Make-a-Word".  Cheap, easy, and fun games!
Check it out!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Teaching Blog Addict: You Grow Wise When You Subitize!

Teaching Blog Addict: You Grow Wise When You Subitize!: Do you have subitizing tools in your toolbox? If you're like me, you might first want to know what subitizing is! :) What is it? Basica...

Reading Comprehension Strategies

This 183 page resource contains everything you need to support your students' learning of the reading comprehension strategies.

Oh My Little Classity Class: [Monster Party Fractions] FREE game

Oh My Little Classity Class: [Monster Party Fractions] FREE game: My kiddos are pretty good at seeing fractional parts within geometric shapes. They are, however, struggling to say the fraction that mat...

Friday, April 20, 2012

Behavior Chart for Color System

We glue these pages onto colored construction paper and hang them in order vertically. Then we put each student's clothes pin, with their class number, on the green or the Yes! page. Every day they have a chance to move up to purple for showing outstanding character and citizenship. Moving clips down to yellow or red for bad behavior is nothing new, but I love the idea of encouraging students to stand out and shoot for above average! And to recognize them for that! I also enjoy the simplicity of the colors for the students and the parents to understand. :)

Monday, April 16, 2012

Children's Book Week

Children's Book Week is May 7-13, 2012!
What are you and your students going to do to celebrate?

Children's Book Week is the national celebration of books and reading for youth.

Teacher 2 Teacher: Beginning Reading Skills

Teacher 2 Teacher: Beginning Reading Skills: Beanie baby reading strategies.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Earth Day Fun!

Earth day has been one of my "babies" at my school for a few years now. Our school use to do a poster contest, but that changed the year only ONE student entered. I decided we needed to do something MORE!
We started a recycled art contest! This year will be our 4th annual contest!
Students use all recyclable materials to make art sculptures. The first two years the theme was wide open and all sculptures were judged based on beauty, creativity, and percentage of recyclable materials. This meant the students had to do some research to find out what can be recycled in our city!
Our PTO funded the prizes for the winners, and we made it so that everyone who participated got some small prize. Oriental Trading has lots of "Earth Day" prizes to choose from!
Check out the wiki I created to inform parents and students about the contest. It also has games and videos, along with last year's contest idea.

Check out these cool place value and comparing games. Free download from TpT. I found it on my favorite source, Pinterest!

Check out my Earth Day Pinterest board for many more Earth Day Ideas!

Monday, April 9, 2012

School lemonade stand raises money for cancer research - Article!

My school was in the local newspaper for our lemonade stand for
Alex's Lemonade!  Click on the link above to view the article!!!