Sunday, September 25, 2011

CUPS for better sentence structure

Here's a cute idea from a team mate at school that is so very sweet to share generously!

We've been working on sentences and having them write sentences using their vocabulary, spelling, and high frequency words in grammar.

Here's her take on C U P S...with a little frog spin too....

After the kids write their sentence they ask the CUPS questions...if they can answer yes to all they build a cup at the end of their sentence.  This way I know they've theory anyway :)

C  -  Did I start my sentence with a capital letter?  If yes, they draw the oval for the top of the cup.

U  -  Can I understand what my sentence says?  If yes, they draw a U under the oval for the bowl of the cup.

P  -  Did I use the right punctuation mark?  If yes, they draw a heart on the cup bowl.

S  -  Do I have spaces between my words?  If yes, they draw the handle on the cup.

Download a copy of the idea and the words we used for the first couple of stories in Reading Street.

Thanks Nancy!  You're amazing!

Sorry for the sporadic posts.... BAND has taken over my life at the moment!  And I'm enjoying every minute of the time I get to volunteer with them....well....almost every minute anyway!!!

If you'd like to check out my son's Wonderful....Awesome....Truly Amazing band show this year, you can click on this link to see them perform at their first competition in Martin, TN....they are Super Fantastic!!!!

Click here to see the's not complete yet...they've still got a song to go, but boy am I proud!

Enjoy your day!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Part of a Number to Make a Whole

I combined some of  Kathy Gursky's ideas from (in her Number Family Tubs Page) with some of the ideas in the eNvision's Math Topic 3 for first grade to create power points to help me introduce and work with the concept of part to whole when counting to add.

If you're an SCS teacher, I used the Power Standard for Operations and Algebraic Thinking:  Add and subtract within 25.  1.4 Relate counting to addition and subtraction (within 10 for first nine weeks).

If you're using Common Core, I think it would be:  1.OA.5 Relate counting to addition and subtraction.

You can view the power point online HERE.  However, you won't get all the actions and teacher notes.  This version will allow you to see what's going on in the power point.

You can download the powerpoint from the google docs HERE.
You can download the powerpoint from HERE.  When I opened this download it seemed to have all the actions included...the google doc version did not :(

However, none of the versions will not include the song that goes with the speaker icon.  
You'll need to add that on your own.  It's a great song from Shari Sloane to give the kids some time to get their materials out and ready to go before we start.  It's a song about skip counting.   
It's called:  "Like to Count It".  
You can go to Shari's site to see more about her album!  
It's a great set of songs that I love to use with the kids...

I added the beginning slide with Target Statements to help remind me and the kids what goal we're working towards. 

Fonts you will need to install before you can open the power points with the original fonts.


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Monday, September 5, 2011

Community Helper Writing Project

We've been asked to have our students turn in a writing project on community helper this
Here's some of the resources and things I've put together to help my team complete.
We'll start off with the BrainPopJr. on "Community Helpers".
Then move to stories from the library on the different community helpers.
and the Power Point  "Who Wears These"....

Then I plan to have the kids work in pairs to complete the tree map of community helpers...

and then we'll move onto writing a "paragraph" of sorts using the tree map to help...

All of this over the four day week coming up to hopefully end in a great writing sample to turn in next Monday :)

Download the pages and resources Here!


Saturday, September 3, 2011

Top Ten Award

Top 10 TBA

Thanks to "Thinking Out Loud" for the Top Ten Blog Award!  I appreciate the shout out!
If you haven't hopped by this fab little blog...take a dip and see all the great resources available there!
I'm loving her pinterest boards, so you might look into following her there too :)

The TBA blog is having a Top Ten Blog Award if you'd like to hop over and see what all the fuss is about :)  It's a great way to see some of the fabulous blogs available to learn new and wonderful ideas from!  I'm an author on this awesome resource and can tell you I LOVE all the great ideas that come through!

I have so many blogs I love to stalk that I'd need a top 200 list.  Narrowing it down to 10 is gonna be tough, so I thought I'd try to share some of my favorites (that haven't already received the award)!  Hopefully, you'll find some great ideas and concepts for yourself!  Hop on by and check them out:

Heidisongs Resource