Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Speech Bubble Stories

I have not been able to post much these last few weeks. My end of the year checklist just keeps growing and growing and GROWING! I have been slowly going through the stuff in my room and I didn't realize all the places I had stuffed things this year. I will NOT be doing that next year. (At least that is what I am telling myself.)

I don't think I am going to move rooms (praying that I don't have to!), so I am trying to organize and simplify. Always the goal, right?

I wanted to share a few of my favorite speech bubble stories with you. We were studying Mo Willems style of writing. He writes Elephant and Piggie books. I LOVE them and so do the kids. I just laugh out loud when I read them. He also writes the Pigeon series, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 

I challenged my students to do the same kind of stories. Here is the first one we did. I gave them the prompt: "I don't want to go to bed!" I knew they could all identify with that!

Here are the 3 funniest!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

My First Green Screen Movie

My kids performed their reader's theater script in front of a green screen today.

This is not a great example of green screen movies, but I think it is a good start.

Getting ready for next year...

I try to be an organized teacher and person, but I am not doing much to get ready for next year right now. I am full of ideas and I have been keeping a list of "Next Year" things. I will be refining some of my literacy stations. I am going to be putting together some UPSL notebooks (our problem solving model for math) and a Spelling dictionary for my class next year.

I am going to be doing interactive science notebooks that I am really excited about. I am also going to be doing a homework journal, instead of running off pages every week. When I get that going, I will post about it.

I am going to keep my Clip Chart for behavior management because I love it. I am improving my classroom library all the time.

My biggest project will be to go through all my math manipulatives and setting them out in a fun bucket organizer I have in my room. I will be more likely to use them to their full potential that way.

I am going to be making a lot of Promethean flipcharts to go with our curriculum. That will be fun!

I am going to change the layout of my room a little bit to better utilize a few areas.

Overall, I am working on a lot of things in my mind.  :/

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Top 10 Reasons Why I Love My Mom

Aviary emailed me and said they fixed the problem. I hope it works now!

So, this is part of our Mother's Day gifts. I hope they will play. The last time I posted something from Aviary, it wouldn't play. So I am crossing my fingers.  :)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

iMovie and Testing Strategies

We have to take a Reading Diagnostic next week (end of year). The kids have to read 3 passages and answer questions about all three. I have been really apprehensive about this because of our scores from the Reading Diagnostic in January. 
We took a practice test today and it was GOOD NEWS! 

Nine commended and all but one passed. I am so happy! 

They need more practice with 4 skills. Figuring out the meaning of an underlined word, sequencing, main idea (it seems like I have beat that one to death, but I guess not), and using diagrams.

I decided today, after scoring their papers, that I needed to make something that would give them a new look at these concepts. I hope I accomplished that with these two videos.

Let me know what you think!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Great Free Stuff!

Teacher Give-Aways


I have noticed that my students really need more phonics exposure. They get stumped on even "easy" sounds. I am astounded that some of my kids don't know that vowels have 2 sounds. They can't readily produce both sounds. I feel that the push to read so early is taking from them the time to really cement their phonics knowledge.

When I was teaching Pre-K, I was trained in Tucker Signing. It is a great tool for teaching phonics. There are hand signs to go with each sign. I found this awesome website for flashcards. I am going to use them to talk about and practice different parts of words. I am hoping that it will help my student decode more quickly.

It is late in the year to be starting something new, but I want them to get at least a little of this. I will start this at the beginning of next year.

To find the flashcards, just click on the links on the left side of the page. There are flashcards, games, and worksheets.