Monday, January 27, 2014

Text Support with Popplet

Popplet is a great app for showing knowledge visually.

Today we began reading Seeker of Knowledge from Reading Street (our reading textbook adoption). Our curriculum asked us to have the kids choose a hieroglyph from each page and explain the sentence from the text that provided more information about it. This was a great opportunity for us to use Popplet to showcase our learning instead of writing it on a piece of paper.

Here are a couple:

I was happy with the results. :) They had a time limit of 20 minutes to do this.

In our literature groups, the kids are reading Geronimo Stilton books. Have you seen them?

I have made QR codes with comprehension activities for the groups to do throughout the book. One of them was to create a Popplet:

This group is reading a different Stilton book.

What have you done with Popplet? I would love to hear your ideas.

Monday, January 6, 2014

The One and Only Ivan

We thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you haven't read it, you should.

As we were reading, I asked the kids to share their thoughts. Here are a few.

We love sharing books. Every time I said I was going to read, a shout of joy went up! When I stopped they would groan. It made me smile every time.

I haven't decided what we are reading next. Either Wonder or Shredderman.


The spring is about to start! I have really missed my class, but I am not looking forward to the stress of testing. I am going to do my best to keep that stress from my kids. I don't want to beat them over the head with "The STAAR test" this and that. 

Are you ready to go back?

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Christmas Break

This is the first Christmas break that I haven't worked on school related projects. I am proud of myself! I spent time with my wonderful husband and family!

My sister came in from Atlanta for the full 2 weeks, so I got to spend plenty of time with her. My sister-in-law and her husband flew in from Virginia and we got to see them for 5 days. My other sister-in-law is home from college, so we were one big happy family!

My sister-in-laws and I at our grandparents house.

This last week I decided to decorate our guest bath. I love doing that! I painted an accent wall, went shopping at Ikea (I love that place!), and got some hardware from Lowe's.

That is a red rug, not carpet!

I hope you enjoyed your break!