Thursday, June 30, 2011

Suggestions?

I'm working on a Synonyms - Antonyms unit for my classroom next year. So far, I have a poem and partner game created. I'm also working on a printable/worksheet where students need to distinguish whether a given pair of words are synonyms or antonyms.

Can you think of anything else you would want to do with your kids in regards to this skill? Is there anything you do that I could add?

Thanks!


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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Gift Card Giveaways Galore!

There are TWO fabulous giveaways I want to tell you about and they both involve GIFT CARDS! :)

#1 - Erica's Elementary Excitement

The fabulous Erica is celebrating her love for blogging with a really fabulous giveaway -

A $50 gift card to...

Holy Moley! Get on it!
and she's not finished there!!!

There's also a $25 gift card to...

Tar-zhay!!!!

And yes, lovies, there's more:

#2 - Mrs. Rojas' Teaching Resources:

Mrs. Rojas is going to send one lucky winner to the land of books, Barnes and Noble!!! She is looking for great writing ideas. It just so happens that I have one of my favorite writing resources for free in my TpT store! You can read more about it here and how I use it! AllI ask is that you rate the product and follow my TpT store. Thank you!! :)

*For some reason, TpT has the prompt listed as $0.50... I promise it's free! Just click on "download now." :)
Click on the poster to enter!

Start clickin'! Good luck!


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Monday, June 27, 2011

Book Whisperer - Chapter 1

It's finally here! BW time! :) 

There were so many things that stood out to me in Chapter 1. I've taught Reader's Workshop for 10 years, but I feel like it's gotten really "dull" for me. And there are still kids I'm having a hard time reaching. Don't get me wrong -  I know those kids will always be there but I feel like this book will give me more tools to reach them. 

I certainly have favorite read-alouds that I love to share with my kids every year. I know my enthusiasm for each chapter, each character and their journey carries over to the students. I hear it in the groans when read-aloud time is up, and in the excited whispers when we sit down to get started.

My Top 3 Read-Alouds:
3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe


My struggle has always been after the read-aloud. I've always been frustrated with my inability to help kids carry their enthusiasm for the read-aloud carry over into their independent reading time. Sure, there are kids who are in love with books already. I want to get to the ones that don't! :) 


"...Reading shows you how to be a better human being." ~Donalyn Miller


With our push in the 7 Habits, I know examining characters and their intrinsic traitswill be a bigger focus for me this year. How can you read Harry Potter, Edward Tulane or Charlotte's Web and not discuss those things?? I can't wait to have more consistently meaningful discussions with my kids!

Finally, here's my Wordle. I pretty much heart Wordle. I can't wait to use it with my kiddos next year!

Wordle: BW 1



What are your Top 3 Read-Alouds?
I would love some new ideas!!


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Time to Share: Library Labels

I've been working on updating my classroom library labels and I thought I'd share them with you. I print these out on a light colored cardstock (the images show up better that way) and run them through my thermal laminator. I punch holes in the top and use binder rings to secure them to my baskets.

My classroom library has three sections: Leveled Baskets, Author Baskets and Genre Baskets. Every book is leveled (Fountas and Pinnell) and labeled with a sticker that lets the kids know where they go. I usually have 2 librarians each month who help me put books away.


I wish I had taken pictures of the library and book labels. :-( Maybe I can update this post with those later in the week.





For now, here are the labels. I hope they are helpful! :)








Leveled Book Baskets:
font: Black Boys on Mopeds


Genre Baskets:

font: Chinacat {my favorite!}



Author Baskets: (this file was too large and I had to share it as a PDF)

font: LD Dabble












 Happy Monday! 

 











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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Spreading the Word *Update*

There are THREE different Third Grade Giveaways right now!

#1 - Thoughts of a Third Grade Teacher is giving away a $25 gift card to one of my fa-vor-ite places: Tar-zhay!
Hop on over and enter. There are LOTS of easy ways to do it! :)

Lutton 519


#2 - Unless you're up late like me, you might miss this one. Sorry! :(  But, Miss Third Grade is giving away a super-cute personalized Substitute Folder cover to a lucky wee-ner. I am full of the funny stuff tonight, I tell ya. :)




There are SEVEN sassy teachers who are willing to give away some of their stuff. They are giving it away on the internet, because if they did so at school, all of the teachers would come running down the hall pushing and shoving and trying to get the "goods." Well, ha! They can't Cause' this is the in-ter-net. :) (Please tell me you think that was just as funny as I did.)

Mosey on over to Teaching in Highheels for the most SUN-SATIONAL giveaway I've seen so far this summer! So RUN, don't hop, over to this one. It's quite a dOoZy!!! :-)




Just click on the links or on the buttons! Good Luck!! :)


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Monday, June 20, 2011

Hooray!!

20 Followers! I am so excited my pants are dancin'! Thank you for "following" me in my new blogging adventure!





 As promised, here are the 7 Habits posters...






Habit 1: Be Proactive


Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind
Habit 3: Put First Things First

We piloted the 7 Habits last year and learned a couple of things in the process. We're going to start with the first three habits and really work on instilling them in the kids. If they are going to be effective and meaningful, they have to become a part of our language. Once I feel like my students have taken ownership of these three down (known as a private victory), we move onto the next three (a public victory).

Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
Habit 6: Synergize
After I've taught Habits 4-6, it's time to remind the kids that above all, you have to take care of yourself - mind, body, heart and soul.

Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

I hope you enjoy these posters! I have them all up in my room no matter what habit I'm teaching. That way, when a "teachable moment" in character and leadership presents itself we can refer back to our habits. I hope you'll look into the 7 Habits of Happy Kids. Right now it's on sale at Amazon for $11.99... normally $19.99! It's worth the time and money you'll spend!

Hope you enjoy! Please let me know if there are any typos or if you have suggestions for the posters. I'm all ears!


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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Almost There!

I'm so excited!! I'm almost at 20 followers! Do you know what that means??

Super cute 7 Habits of Happy Kids posters coming your way!


I'm working on updating the graphics so they will probably be posted sometime tomorrow. Come on, peeps! One more!!






PS - If you don't follow her already, you really need to check out Kleinspiration! She is having an awesome techie giveaway that I just found out about this afternoon.Get on it! Quick! :)

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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Holy Zazzle Sale, Batman!

Hooray!! Zazzle is holding a 4 hour 50% off sale on their custom binders!! Do you know how awesome this is?? :)

I teach two sections of Reader's and Writer's Workshop during the day, so I have two conferring notebooks. I designed them on Zazzle last fall and I l-o-v-e them.



As soon as I am finished sharing this good news with you, I am going to make a lesson plan binder and a guided reading/strategy group binder. I use the 2-inch size because I file running records, benchmark comprehension tests, etc. I'll probably use the same size for my guided reading and lesson plan binders.

Click the link below and create an account (its free!) to get started!


Zazzle! Zazzle!

Use the code 50FFHSBINDER when you check out!

Have fun creating these binders! You have no idea how happy pants this makes me! :)





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Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Book Whisperer

Has anyone else decided to read this during the summer?



My sweet friend and reading coach, Marnia, recommended this to me. I've already started, but I discovered today that there is a Teaching Blog Addict Book Club that will be reading this together!



So, I'm putting myself on "pause" so I can have some really good discussions with other teachers during the summer. Peeps, this book is super fabulous. Jump on this bandwagon. Seriously. :)

Happy Thursday! Again!


PS - Remember to hit that "follow" button! Freebie Friday is coming!





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Narrative Writing

Here's another freebie!

My team begins the year with narrative writing. We start by having the students write to a narrative prompt to get a better understanding of which standards we'll need to focus on the most (dialogue, sensory details, sense of closure, etc.).

I do very little teaching when I use this. It's usually a 2nd or 3rd day of school activity. We read through the prompts together and I remind them that their stories should have a beginning, a middle and an end. We use the first day for brainstorming (if they remember to!) and drafting. I tell them not to worry about spelling or illustrating. On the second day, I let them revise and edit. However, they have to do all of this independently. Remember, I want a "bare bones" look at where my students are!

I also use this to help form initial editing partnerships within the classroom. Editing partners are students who have similar writing abilities. I do this because struggling writers and strong writers do not give each other effective feedback when they share their work with each other at the end of each workshop.

What do you start the year off with in writing? How do you get an idea for where your students are?


Narrative Writing Prompt


All I ask is that you rate the product and follow my TpT store. Thanks! :)






Remember! When I reach 20 Comments and/or Followers, I'll post those super cute 7 Habits posters! :)


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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

7 Habits of Happy Kids

My school is gearing up for our second year with the 7 Habits of Happy Kids! I would like to create resources that anyone can use to implement the various habits. We'll be starting with Habit 1: Be Proactive, Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind, and Habit 3: Put First Things First.

Does anyone have a request/idea to get me started? I'm even willing to make a deal with you!

I'll post  my super cute 7 Habits posters if I can get 20 people to:

1, Follow my blog... (Hey, I like peeps!)

2. Leave a comment with an idea/request for a Habit 1, 2 or 3 idea. I need at least 10 different ideas to get started!

If I use your idea, I promise to give you credit for it and email you a copy of whatever I come up with so we can collaborate and post it in our TpT stores (if you have one)!

Is that fair? :-) 


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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Up and Running!


To kick off this new adventure, I thought I would share a simple partner game I made to review antonyms with my students.

To make this game, I used Avery 8164 or 5164 labels (6 per page). You will need 5 sheets. I peeled off the labels and put them on large blank index cards. Laminate and viola!

I also included a folder/envelope cover and a recording sheet.



Antonym Concentration!









Enjoy!


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Thursday, June 9, 2011

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About Me

I am a 3rd grade teacher in the Atlanta area. This will be my *10th* year!! I taught 3rd grade for 4 years, moved to 4th for 3 years and now I'm getting ready for the start of my 3rd year in 3rd grade again. Whew! That's a LOT of ordinal numbers! :)

Our school departmentalizes 2nd-5th grades, and I teach Reading and ELA all day. I hope this will be a fun way to share and promote fun ideas for teaching literacy!

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