Saturday, May 31, 2014

I've a song stuck in my head....

Did you know that the Reading Rainbow Kickstarter campaign now that it has reached it's minimum target it has announced a new goal that will allow Reading Rainbow onto more platforms that will reach more children (after all not everyone has a home computer) such as x-box and android devices? That's right if they reach the new goal kids can play the games on their parents mobile phone!

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And to excite you, check out their rewards for donors  (If I only had an extra 10,000 I'd LOVE for him to visit my school!).

I'll have to just be happy with what I can afford to donate right now.
You still have a MONTH to donate.






Friday, May 23, 2014

Weekly Friday Feature #10: Kindergarten Boom Boom

I'm celebrating gaining followers again on BlogLovin. As of when I was writing the first feature I had 77 followers.I'm now up to 107, and 1093 on my Facebook group!  Blogger says I have 112, but no one uses that to follow anymore, so it's not a real number, is it? Plus, I don't actually have ANY idea how many followers I or any of you have because not everyone moved to Bloglovin', some of us chose Feedly or another feeder...

But I digress...

I'm celebrating my quickly (for me) raising number of followers with a new weekly feature. If you'd like to be included, please fill out  this little survey. HERE.

I will share as part of these features a link to your blog, your best TpT product (according to you), your most popular freebie and approximately 5 of my favourite ideas I find on your blog.


Tenth up?

Kindergarten Boom Boom is written by the Lovely Cara from Southern Florida. Over the last ten years of teaching (graduating the same year as me!) she has looped several times with her kiddos resulting in her teaching both Kindergarten and first grades. Check out her awesome blog and her huge classroom!

As of when Cara filled out my online form to be a featured blogger, she believed her best paid TPT product to be Chunks we Know, a morning message bundle which focuses on the "Chunky Monkey" Reading Strategy. I love this because I try to use this strategy in my guided reading! It retails for $3. Check it out!
Chunks We Know - Morning Message Lessons-Common Core

The second question I ask my featured bloggers is what is their most popular Freebie, and this can be either on TPT or hosted elsewhere )many of mine are in google docs!

Cara believes her most popular freebie is her Kindergarten Chat product which as of the writing of this post had 1585 downloads! This wonderful product helps students develop listening skills and explain the information they have just learned. Great for guided writing practice!
Kindergarten Chat Freebie

And now onto the ideas I found while searching through her blog.

Note to bloggers, it is SUPER hard to find JUST five in some of your blogs!

1. Magnetic Table? While looking for a good description of who Cara is I stumbled upon this page on her blog with pictures of her classroom, and tucked into the very bottom is a description of her students favourite centre in the room: A magnetic white board cut down to size and glued to a coffee table! I want one!

2. 3D Shapes Headbands game. I wish I'd known this idea before I finished this last unit! Students walk around the classroom helping their classmates identify the shape they are wearing. I'm SOOO doing th
is next year!

3. Natural vs Manmade resources. Students used these laminates signs on a community walk to point out whether a resource was natural or not. So cute!

4. 100th day experiment! Students had to estimate how much water was 100 drops, then use a dropper to see how close they were. Sweet! Adding this to my list for next year.

5. Colour coded computer/electronic plugs! need I say more?

And I'll stop at 5 because these are all awesome and I could go on for too much longer!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Reading Powers #3: Making Connections

Back in February I attended a workshop about the Reading Powers as defined and written about by Adrienne Gear.
Series:

I've been VERY slowly introducing this in my classroom as I become more comfortable with it. Last week we finally went beyond just talking about our connections to WRITING about our connections!

I made this large mock-up of a page in the book and plan on eventually laminating a permanent copy when we have laminate again at school so I can wipe away the old connection and start anew.

I walked the students through two different books making connections and then filling out my connections. We did one on each of two days. One day I took I am Sharing by Mercer Mayer and made a connection between Little Critter offering his siste rthe drippy end s of his ice cream to my daughter doing the same to me with a licked by our puppy half eaten banana, yum...

The first day I took a book from our Turtle Island Voices Collection: Beaver and Porcupine. I made connections to how they were friends and spend a lot of time together, and I spend a lot of time talking to my friends. I could have also connected to how they live in different homes and my friends don't live in our community, but this worked for my kids!


After our second example of the teachers connections, I read a new story, this time Mrs. Wishy-Washy Day, and made suggestions of a ton of different connections they could make. I chose this specifically because they should ALL be able to connect to one of these things:
1. Hiding from someone.
2. Hiding from Your mom when she calls you in.
3. Not wanting a a bath.
4. Trying to give an animal a bath.
5. Falling into a body of water (tub, puddle, lake, etc)

A cow hid/ This is me hiding

She fell in the bath/ I fell in the puddle

Wishy tried to bathe the cow/Mom tried to bathe me

She fell in the tub/ I fell in the sink
How do you teach connections?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Dear Tooth Fairy...

One of my kiddos were devastated when they LOST their tooth somewhere in the class, so I helped out a bit.

Update: Yes, the tooth fairy accepted her note. PHEW!



Monday, May 19, 2014

Contest winner Announced!

Check your email if your name is Lisa.

If she doesn't get back to me in 48 hours I'll pick a new winner.

I didn't actually get as many entries as I'd hope, but I think you're all so awesome so I'm giving them away anyway!


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Slap Hands in Action!

Have you seen my Slap Hands?
Dolch Slap hands: Complete Bundle

I've been putting 3 up (one from each of the first three levels) each day since we got back from Easter break. I plan on continuing EVERY SINGLE DAY until summer vacation. THis is partly review for the students who know the words and lots of practice for my kiddos at a variety of levels.


After the day is over I"d been putting them up on the back of my door so students can still access them. Next year when I start using these at the beginning of the year I'll only be "slapping" a set a week instead of a day.

Last week I loved them off the door onto the wall so they can be more easily used for a stamping centre during guided reading.

My kids love these, and the firsties across the hall keep coming and slapping them too!

The pre-primer set is a Forever Freebie!
Dolch Slap hands: Pre-Primer

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Science Object and Materials final lesson

Here in Saskatchewan one of the first grade units is all about Objects and Materials, and several outcomes require kids to make a new Object out of other materials, so for our final lesson in this unit, we made these tambourines!

Materials per student:
2 paper plates
small handful of noodles (we used shells)
8 10cmish pieces of ribbon
8 staples

First I directed students to colour the side of their plates that normally touch the table.
After that was done we formed a slow line where we filled with noodles, stapled four times, chose ribbons and returned to the end of the line to staple on their ribbons. Considering their different levels of artistry, it went pretty well!




Circle of Courage (most communities call it the medicine wheel)

Canadian Flag
Love

Side view of another love tambourine

How do you end your Objects and Materials unit?

Saturday, May 17, 2014

TpT followers 3 day contest 3 prizes




I'm going to make a deal with you!

If by the end of this weekend (Monday included because it's a long weekend here in Canada!) I reach as many followers as I have votes (113), I'll giveaway your choice or 3 products from my store!

Just enter my rafflecopter giveaway below for your chances to win!

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Friday, May 16, 2014

Weekly Friday Feature #9: Lovely Literacy and More

I'm celebrating gaining followers again on BlogLovin. As of when I was writing the first feature I had 77 followers.I'm now up to 102, and over 1000 on my Facebook group!  Blogger says I have 112, but no one uses that to follow anymore, so it's not a real number, is it? Plus, I don't actually have ANY idea how many followers I or any of you have because not everyone moved to Bloglovin', some of us chose Feedly or another feeder...

But I digress...

I'm celebrating my quickly (for me) raising number of followers with a new weekly feature. If you'd like to be included, please fill out  this little survey. HERE.

I will share as part of these features a link to your blog, your best TpT product (according to you), your most popular freebie and approximately 5 of my favourite ideas I find on your blog.


Ninth up?
Lovely Literacy and More
Brittany is an awesome Blogger originally from Mississippi, but now calls Canada home. Hiya Neighbour! She's in Alberta. She's teaching Kindergarten this year, but just found out she's moving up to grade 4 in the fall. Give her all the back up you can folks!
Lovely Literacy and More

Brittany says (as of when she filled out my form) that her best selling product on TPT is her Sight Word Readers-PrePrimer Dolch which I have to say looks pretty cute. Great for Kinders and for review for my firsties at the start of the year next year! It retails for a very reasonable $7 considering you get a sight reader for each of the first 40 pre-primer words!
Sight Word Readers-PrePrimer Dolch

She believes her most popular Freebie is her Ocean Alphabet which as of my typing this has 484 downloads. It features some really cute ocean animals and some letter sequencing. Hmm.... I just may have to use this!
Ocean Alphabet

And now onto the ideas I found while searching through her blog.

Note to bloggers, it is SUPER hard to find JUST five in some of your blogs!


1. So so cute, her kids have started BEAN counting!remember the red and white beans my own Primary and first grade teachers used with us! It looks like in this picture the kids are actually colouring the beans themselves, and that is awesome!

2. Her class did Christmas around the world like I did, but her ideas were awesome! When learning about Slovakia her class made boots, left them outside the classroom door and when they came back in their "boots" were filled with Candy!

3. Math around the room! I love how they went around to find numbered ten frames and had to record the number it represented. I can use that as a review with my class next week!

4. When they studied the letter Mm she created this awesome cow for her class to "milk"

5. I've seen lots of wishlists at open houses over the years for donations from parents, but I really like this fishin' list!

So those were my favourite ideas I find this time, but you should definitely check her out and see her stuff! I'm jealous!

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