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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Kidblog ROCKS!

My class is in LOVE with Kidblog!

I learned about this wonderful FREE resource on one of my Twitter Chats and it has TAKEN FLIGHT in the Swamp! I've been toying with the idea of allowing the students to start adding posts to our classroom blog, but was unsure of how I would organize it to be easily read...
Kidblog makes it ...

Sooooo easy to create blog pages for each student!

Soooo easy to post and comment!

And adds...Soooo much REAL LIFE connection to writing! 

My kids are EXCITED to create posts to share with everyone what they're learning and doing in the Swamp! 

And....BONUS....they're helping each other improve their posts by sharing how to change the font colors and sizes.....but more importantly....sharing editing thoughts as well.... like when to add a capital letter, how to make a capital letter, why there needs to be a period and a space....and so on and so's've been...listening during writing lessons all along and I just didn't notice!

I moderate all posts and comments....which you might think is horrible....but it's just NOT!
There's a handy dandy FREE app for my iPhone that let's me access the dashboard and quickly see what needs to be approved....I can do single approvals or bulk approvals.
... click HERE to check it out...

Some of my students are even asking to create some "graphics" to upload into their posts to talk about... now to find an easy graphic creator for kids...we're using educreations right now and taking screenshots...but I just know there's something better out there for them.

Kidblog even gives us the opportunity to add widgets to the main page as well as change themes to the whole blog for the free version!

We've added a blog roll to show the classes that we're connecting with on Mystery Skype Calls for location and math numbers!

It's an exciting time to be teaching!

I hope you'll hop by and check out our posts and see what we're learning!
We'd love to get a comment or two from you as well!

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Friday, October 10, 2014

Math Block Re-Worked.....again :)

It's the end of Fall Break .... and most of Fall Break was spent trying to figure out how to 
re-work the math time to increase the time with small groups and skill delivery while making the most out of station rotation times.... 
ever have one of those years where things just need to be "adjusted" every once in awhile to see if things go better!

So....instead of going with 4 groups...I'm going to try to work with 3 groups and some mini lessons for whole group time...
The Station Maps are ready to go...
Want to make your own map....
Click HERE for the free file...

Here's a file for making plans and keeping notes as well...
Click HERE for the free file...

We're working with Money and Counting Coins.
I've got some stations ready to roll for Math by Myself..

Using popscicle sticks I whipped up some coin puzzles for the kiddos to 
put together and record in their math journals.
I printed out some online money worksheet and cut apart to glue
coin combinations on jumbo sticks...kiddos pull out, record in math journals, 
and practice counting combinations 
I found bright colored paper for more coin combos to count and record as well.
Egg cartons and printed out coin pages helped me put together a quick 
coin toss to use with pom poms and math journals...

I also LOVE....LOVE....Love Autumn's Watch Think and Colors...
So I printed them out using her directions and added them 
to small photo booklets
Kids get a small 120 Hundred Chart...
Glue it to the journal and then color the correct
patterns for each skill.
Whew!  Lots of fun games ready to go along with my good old 
stables for stations are ready to roll!

How's your Math Block working for you?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Beavers and Pow + TIDE

Here's another try with our Pow + Tide writing using the linear tree map version of a graphic organizer.

We are reading the story "Turtle's Race with Beaver" and our looking at creating animal habitats.  So....we read about beavers and then wrote a paragraph using our "caveman" talk from the tree map organizer.  It's working pretty well for most...
You can download the pages HERE or by clicking on the pictures below. :)

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!


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