Sunday, July 29, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Can't believe I only have 2 more Sundays until I start back to school...where did the summer go?
Thought I'd share a post I guest blogged for Jennifer over at...
I write the Swamp Frog First Graders Blog!
That would be teachers going back July 30th
and kids starting August 6th....YIKES....where did summer go?
into a "reading grouping" at the beginning of the year is the
"San Diego Quick Assessment"...
your iPad won't play the powerpoints?
scroll through them similar to a
powerpoint presentation on an iPad.
he powerpoint on a computer or iPod.
see what other things I'm cooking up to have a
Saturday, July 21, 2012
One of my favorite books to use at the beginning of the year is...
If you're not familiar with it, you can take a peek through this youtube presentation...
(not mine, but cool)...
I actually have the big book that Scholastic put out years and years ago!...but I went onto Amazon and purchased one of the used paperback copies and then ended up having to go to a local office store to have it spiral bound as the kids loved the book so much they "killed" the binding :)
www.kizclub.com has a wonderful colored set of manipulatives to use when the kids are retelling the story. They can match the food with the day...put the food in order with the days...or just manipulate the pieces as they reread or retell the story using a magnetic board. You could probably print the pieces off and use velcro on the back if you have a felt board too.
Here's a link to a card game I created to go with the story of 'Today is Monday'
I LOVE to pair this story with the song from Mar Harmon from "The Wide Mouth Bullfrog" cd!
I bought the cd in Las Vegas at the "I Teach K" conference, but you can get it from Amazon...
I use most of the song from the cd, however, you can also do a digital download from Amazon for just the song of 'Today is Monday' through this link...
Here's a link for some interesting ideas to use with the book from other teachers...
You might also like to check out the many resources on the
Math Games for First Grade Wiki...
This link will take you to the literacy page with tons of resources for different books that involve math concepts that my team and I have collected over the years.
Kindergarten Works is has a great post on her Retelling Station Ideas...
Hop over to her post and check out all the links to different stories and the props that can be used to help the kids get a great experience!
Enjoy your weekend!....
Monday will come soon enough....and ...
this particular Monday starts my last week of summer break...good grief! Where'd the time go?
Oh...yeah...spent it running across America with my hubby!
They're in Iowa now...hop over to his site to check out the progress!
He'll end the race on August 17th in Delaware, so you've got plenty of time to see his progress!
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
I'm reading through Tanny McGregor's "Comprehension Connections: Bridges to Strategic Reading" and really enjoying how she uses concrete ideas to connect reading strategies to the kids brains!
When I first started reading the book, I thought...uh-oh...this isn't so great for firsties...but the more I read the more I see how it's so very important to get the kids "thinking about their reading" at the very beginning of the reading experience so that they become lifelong "thinking readers"!
Her first chapter revolves around "Metacognition" which in all honesty was something I didn't even know I was doing until I read more about it ... duh!
I love how she talks about creating a reading salad with the kids to show them more about how to read and think about what they are reading.
One of her ideas is to read a book outloud and as you're reading put in a "slice of tomato" in a large reading salad bowl for the text and a "piece of lettuce" for the thinking.
Salad is great...don't get me wrong, I love my veggies...but I was trying to think of something to use with my firsties that might be even more concrete than making a reading salad...something they could make and then consume would really do the trick...so....I'm searching for some ideas to use.
My first thought was something to do with making something to drink...perhaps lemonade? Use a container for lemonade and have the water inside....then add a squirt of lemon for text and a sprinkle of sugar for thinking...then when it's all mixed together they could drink a little of the real reading juice to help them remember to think about their thinking as they read...
Anybody have another idea that might be more fitting? I'd really like the whole lesson to culminate by them partaking of whatever we've created as we're reading and thinking about our reading aloud...
Would love to hear your ideas!
Happy Fourth of July from the Runners and Crew of
Run Across America on Trail...
running through Hot Springs, Wy right now...well...walking through as hamstring issues have left my husband in a tight spot today.
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Sunday, July 1, 2012
Have you ever heard of "Number Talks"?
I've been a using Number Talks for the past year and become a big fan of this wonderful technique to get kids talking about math. Listening to my kiddos as they talked about the different card patterns really gave me an understanding of what they "thought" about numbers and helped me see the ways they used strategies to create numbers.
Dot image cards are easy to create using those cool bingo dot stamp bottles or brightly colored round stickers you can find in Walmart, Target, or an Office Supply Store. I used the largest index cards (I think they were 5X7) and created the dot images that Sherry suggests in the book. I labeled the cards in subsets of A, B,C....etc and then each subset had 3 cards to look at in one number talk...A-1, A-2, A-3....I punched a hole in the set of cards A-1 through I-3 and then hung them on a hook near the area where we conducted calendar....book read alouds....whole group games...(in other words my "meeting area")...or as we like to say in the South "the meetin' area :)
You can even add as more than one line of beads to help practice with the double digits.
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