I’m linking up with Miss DeCarbo for Wordless Wednesday! I know this is longer than a normal Wordless Wednesday, but I’m excited! This month we’ve been working on identifying character traits in books and short videos. This week, we watched Ormie the Pig. It is an adorable video about a pig who is attempting to get a jar of cookies off of the top of the fridge. He puts many different ideas to use trying to knock the cookies over. The kids LOVED this video. Before watching, students were given this handout. We (teachers only) chose specific traits, and students copied them into the boxes. As they watched the video, students graded Ormie and showed their evidence. We explain a general scale aloud to students before they begin. As you will see below, we allow students to disagree as long as they have evidence to support their opinion! It creates FANTASTIC discussion in groups. And that’s about it! Super simple. Highly engaging. Example Grading Scale for the Character Report Card A = OH! He is definitely _____! B = I see that he is ______. C = He can be _______, but _____. D = He’s not very _________. F = I Continue Reading
Today linking up with my friend Christina from Miss DeCarbo for Wordless Wednesday! My week has been filled with meetings, sessions, and testing. It has been crazy. BUT on the positive side, I am so excited to say that my first ever Professional Development session is complete! I am so thankful for all of the teachers who provide me with my own “Virtual PD” daily. Blogs and teacher friends are a beautiful thing! Have a great week!
We use Post-Its for many things throughout the year – from keeping track of AR to using them on assessments. Post-Its are my favorite. Period. End of Story. They are brilliant! Here we are using Post-Its to record our details and sentence ideas for an informational paragraph. So, tell me…How do you use Post-Its in your classroom? Be sure to link back up to read more from other teachers!
This week I finally printed some of the things I have created this year. I started organizing my centers like this last year. We did literacy and math centers every day so I had A TON of activities and no where to keep them. Now I store my centers in plastic Ziploc bags. All the Ziploc bags go in a filing cabinet or the closet (depending on subject and topic). This is convenient for me & for early finishers who need to be kept busy! I print and laminate everything. I cut any extra white or lamination off of the big direction sheets. This way, they fit perfectly inside the zipper of the Gallon bags. Each activity has an individual bag that includes: 1) Anchor Charts 2) “I Can” Statement/Direction Sheet 3) Task Cards or Activities 4) One copy of the recording sheet for easy access. Just grab it and make copies. On Fridays before I leave, I grab the centers for the next week, take them out of the large bags, and put them in our center bins, like the one below. I leave the task cards in the small sandwich bags. I keep the empty Gallon bags in Continue Reading
This past weekend, one of my best teacher friends across the hall and I ran the Ft. Lauderdale Color Run. When we aren’t swamped at work, we enjoy running together. The Color Run was more fun than I expected and MUCH more fun than running a half marathon…believe me! What do you and your teacher friends enjoy doing together outside of school? Be sure to check back with Christina and many more wonderful teachers here!
The cafeteria is definitely not a place where I want to hang out. It is L-O-U-D, LOUD! Administration at my school uses red, yellow, and green, and teal cups to promote good behavior in the same way that we do in the classroom. Luckily, my kiddos are always on green or teal when I come pick them up. The classes who are on teal all week, receive ice pops the following week. Here we are chowing down in the tiny bit of Florida shade! What does your school do to control cafeteria expectations/behavior/rewards? Be sure to link up with Christina at Miss DeCarbo’s Second Grade Sugar & Spice for more Wordless Wednesday pictures.
We learned about Meerkats last week and worked on the format of informational writing. One of my firsties gave me this beautiful drawing. She called them “carrot tails”. (Look close for the humor…I couldn’t believe my eyes!) LOL What crazy/inappropriate pictures have your kids drawn in class? Leave a comment below and then head back to Sugar and Spice to link up with other teachers!
Each afternoon once the kids have left, I sharpen pencils, place them in each table’s center bins, place math and reading homework on each desk, and fix our calendar. What do you do to prepare for tomorrow? Comment below and then head over to Miss Decarbo’s blog, Sugar and Spice, to link up with other teachers!