Monday, February 25, 2013

Writing Holders

With our writing program, my kids are always generating new final drafts. I love them all but let's be fair, I can't put them all in the hall. I would be changing the hallway weekly. Nobody has time for that! So with that said. I came up with a way to display their work in my classroom that was quick to put together and is easy for me to update student work.
For each kiddo, I used a clear paper sleeve, some cute ribbon for along the side and the bow, and a little fish for each kiddo to represent their name.
When I want to add in the new writing, I just slide it on top of the old. The holders also help me keep their writing in the order that it was created.

Happy Writing!

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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Five for Friday

I"m so happy to be linked up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. Don't mind that it is a little past Friday. :)
1. 100 Days of School
This is a little belated but I wanted to brag show you my kiddos fabulous projects. They had to come to school with a collection of 100 things. They could arrange the 100 collection any way they wanted. I was amazed with the creativity!

Here is the view of my back counter. During the 100th Day, first and second grade went to every classroom and took a look at all of the projects. The kids loved it and it was so much fun to see all of the great ideas.

This is a llama made out of 100 bottle caps.

This is a comic man made out of 100 marshmallows.
100 eyeballs! I loved the way they carved out the number 100.
Cars! All of the Cars stickers are attached to 100 pennies.
I just love these caterpillars!

2. Snow Baby...Snow
Denver finally got some snow on Tuesday evening. All I could think was snow, snow, SNOW! I really never thought I would miss it so much. Now don't get me wrong, I secretly prayed for a Snow Day, didn't happen, but I was okay with just getting snow.

One issue that is hard with snow is how the kiddos react.When the first flake falls, it's like a barrel of monkeys is released into the classroom. Well, I have the saying, "That if you can't beat them, join them." When it snows, we sing one of the two songs; sometimes both.  The songs seem to value the kids excitement and it is a great way to have fun with the snowfall.
This one my class wrote in the style of Five Little Pumpkins. My kids just loved our Halloween songs and couldn't get past wanting to sing them in November and December and January so I said let's make a winter version. :)

3. First Unit
I have started creating my first sight word packet. I found that I wanted more of a challenging sight word practice for my kiddos who really needed explicit sight word instruction, sounds, and sentence writing. Here is a sneak peek of just a few of the pages. The whole set has the entire word list for the Preprimer Dolch words. Just about 40 words. I'm pretty excited.

 I have started using some of the pages with two of my groups and I am seeing some great things. They are getting more comfortable with the sight words, their sounds, and they are able to tell me vowels and consonants. I'm so proud of them.

4. Dr. Seuss
I can't wait to get done with American Symbols so my class can start learning about the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss. I found this picture from a couple of Halloweens ago and it put me in a Seussical mood. :)

5. 47 Cent Jeans!
No, you did not read that title wrong. I went to Old Navy and was scanning the clearance rack when I found a pair of Tall Old Navy jeans in my size. It was like the clouds parted. They fit great and gasp, I could where heels with them. I thought $15.00 dollars was a steal and when I went to cashier, she announced that the jeans were actually ringing in at 47 CENTS! Best shopping day ever!

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