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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Using Pow Tide with Ants

Hello All,
Our story for this week is in the Reading Street series called "The Strongest One"...
To go along with this we're focusing some 'informational' text and writing on Ants...

Here's a packet of what we're doing for the writing...
You can download a copy HERE

FYI....this is the "tree map" design I used to use before we were asked to make the graphic organizers linear....I just made the tree map into a linear version....we'll see if it works :)

We're also working with digraphs this week... so here's my version of the Pig game for those words as well.  You can download it HERE


Sunday, August 31, 2014

Using Pow + Tide with Deserts and Reading Street

I don't know about you....but this Pow + Tide has been an interesting weed in the swamp!

I learned more about SRSD during our state's summer training and have been trying to work with my froggies to accomplish this type of writing...

The 'concept' is great!  But the kiddos are struggling at this time...sooo... team and I are trying to focus on using the Reading Street stories that have the skills for main idea and details to help build up the concepts before attempting to write using the Pow + Tide...

Our story on "A Walk in the Desert" is a great one with lots of main idea resources for this use...

I've created some sheets that I 'think' might help during this short week and am excited to see how the kids will respond. :)

Might even try to attempt trying to take some notes ..... but we'll see!

Here's a download of some of the things we'll be using this week...

Also created a quick sort for inflected endings to go along with the phonics aspects of our studies this week!  You can download it HERE

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Mini Me Fun!

Spent a little indulgence on a mini me and I LOVE HER!

Thanks to Crystal Fox and her wonderful design she is...

My students helped put her together...down to the stripes on my shoes and the tuff of white hair on Daphne's head.  They loved sending Crystal suggestions on how to "improve" the graphic she was creating.  She was so EASY to work with and very patient with their questions about how she draws the different items in the picture!

For the price of a couple cups of "froo froo coffee", I now have a wonderful graphic to spice up my work :)  Why not take a moment and splurge for yourself?  
You'll find it soooo much fun and easy to do!

Check out Crystal's TpT store HERE
and her blog at...

Now...can someone tell me how to add her into my signature for the body of my posts without having to import the picture every time?
I sure would appreciate some techie advice!

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

How to Scan a QR Code WHILE on a Device!

I was working on updating my QR code Math Task Challenge for my classroom blog today! I learned how to connect an Evernote with a QR code from "FlapJack Education" and love challenging my students to scan the code at home and see if they can complete the task for a "treat"...

After I shared the updated code....I had an interesting question from a parent…. they were ON their device looking AT the code....but “Is there a way to scan a QR code when you’re looking at it on your device?”

Answer….YES! (Thanks to the technology searching from my awesome parent!)

Pretty simple instructions too....

Take a screenshot of the QR code on your device…
Then open your QR scanner app and go to the menu
click on the one that says 
scan a photo
it will prompt you to open the photo and 
Voila! You can now scan a QR code on your device!

Here’s a quick (and pretty bad video) of how to…

Hope you find this useful!
Many thanks to my awesome parents!
They help me to learn more about technology so I can share with you!

Enjoy your day,

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Birthday Bubbles

This year our school district is saying "no" to birthday food treats...

So to make the day a little more fun for the munchkins in my room

I thought we'd do "Birthday Bubbles"...

Using the formula for "super bubble" from 

I created the "Birthday Bubble" solution in a handy dandy dispensing jar...
Found it on summer clearance :)

On a child's birthday, we can pass out pipe cleaners to make bubble wands 

fill up small plastic cups 

with our birthday bubble solution to 
have some extra fun at recess...

I can purchase those small bubble bottles
add a cupcake sticker or leave em blank...
and have an easy way to fill em up when they run out...

You can check out the fun we had with 
bouncing bubbles this year... HERE

If you'd like the Birthday Bubble signage for your container...
with the cutest graphics EVER....check out
click HERE

Back to school on MONDAY!!!!

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Stories on DVDs for a Station?????

I found my son's OLD DVD player 
(we're talking....OLD....OLD....OLD...)
but it works!

A teacher on one of the FaceBook groups 
(you know the ones that sell things because they're moving to a new grade or position)...
put 3 dollars on some Scholastic DVD collections (that had NEVER been opened)....score!

One of my K buddy teachers uses DVD stories as one of her stations during reading rotations.
She makes sure that the "words on the screen" option is turned on....that way the kids are seeing, hearing, and "reading" the story on the DVD players...

I'm putting my 2 "new finds" together to create a different kind of 
reading station for my kiddos this year.

I'll need to do some "explicit" teaching on HOW to use the station...but I think it will be a hit!
and with a headphone splitter...
there can be 2 students at the station at one time :)

I've come up with some recording sheets that will 'hopefully' keep the kids on task and actively engaged with the stories...

You can download them HERE

Have you ever tried to use DVDs with your students in stations?
How did it work for you?


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Pre-Assess Vocabulary Knowledge with Plickers

I first heard about Plickers at the #NotatISTE online community...
It's basically a way to assess students quickly with the use of just ONE device in the classroom...each child has a card that is coded for them to show what they know by holding the symbol on the card in different ways...
You can download the FREE app by clicking on the pic below or going to
Then I saw Mary's blog post from Sharing Kindergarten and how she utilizes this cool technology 
and now I am HOOKED!
Sharing Kindergarten
She's got an informative video that was really spectacular in helping me to see more ways to
utilize the technology for the younger group of students!
You can read about her ideas HERE

Sooooo....I did some "upgrading" on my version of the
Rating Vocabulary words with hand signals...
and now...
I can have the kids rate the vocabulary words using Plickers

I can pre-assess words as a whole group and see how the class
sees the word before I introduce and discuss it...
Using just ONE device, I can scan the cards...see how everyone is answering...who hasn't answered...and keep a record of what the answers were...

The plan would be to then have a post assessment of the words as well...but we'll see how it pans out...
I can also see using this type of technology with SAT10 practice questions 
and eNvision quick checks...
Should be a fun and different way of formative assessment!

Here's the upgrade to the "Rating Vocabulary" file I shared earlier

Click HERE to download the file to make your own charts!



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