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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Five for Fraturday and $50 TPT Giftcard

Hi y'all! Happy Saturday morning!  
I am a day late, but yesterday officially started our SPRING BREAK so I took the evening off!  Did yesterday officially start your Spring Break?
I would love to hear your plans!
We have been tackling multiplication with one of my math groups! During stations this past week they created a Multiplication Strategies Chart.  
Another math group in my SPED class has been tackling subtraction regrouping.  My students were have trouble knowing when to regroup when regrouping and no regrouping problems are mixed together.  This flap book by Step into 2nd with Mrs. Lemons really helped my students confidence knowing when to regroup when problems are mixed together.  They are pros now! 
I love this hands on learning interactive sight word emergent reader! 
My little reader LOVED building the sight word and pasting it. 
I could not be more thrilled to announce the launch of my Fluency and Skill Based Comprehension Notebook! Students can now keep the phonics skills they have learned throughout the year in one place to refer to during the year
and review at the end of the school year.  We have tested these in our
classroom and my kiddos have really loved reading these stories.
AND the WINNER is.....

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Fluency and Skill Based Comprehension Notebook

Hello Friends.
Happy Tuesday! Can you believe it is already the end of March? This month 
has been super BUSY and has flown by! 
During Daily 5 my students have always had a fluency passage where they had to find the words and write them down. However, I wanted a passage that would not only cover fluency, but comprehension and vocabulary as well.  Thus, I created the Fluency and Skill Based Comprehension Notebook.  Now students, each week, will be able to review a Phonics Skill, Comprehension, Fluency, Vocabulary, Writing, and will be able to store it in a composition notebook.  Throughout the year they can refer back to their notebook for each phonics skill and at the end of the year they will have a notebook with all the skill based patterns they learned throughout the year.

Here are a few pictures of the Fluency and Skill Based Comprehension Notebook in action.  Students can cut between the lines in the middle to the top of the passage line and can paste a word list and writing activity underneath.  This can be used during Daily 5 stations, Reading Small Groups, Intervention Groups, Homework, etc.  This notebook focuses on:
* Fluency
* Vocabulary
* Writing
Students can highlight the phonics skill words.  Then, they answer three comprehension questions and one vocabulary question.  To further their comprehension they will draw a picture to illustrate the story.  To build fluency each time a student reads the passage they can color a picture clue from the story. Students can cut between the lines to the top of the passage line and paste the writing activity underneath the comprehension questions. 
 Now, students can focus on writing the phonics pattern words from the passage and a sentence using one or more of the pattern words
Students can paste a word list underneath the writing passage. 
Another look at how students can paste a word list and writing activity underneath the reading passage and comprehension questions. 
If you want to check out this product in my TPT store you can click the 
picture below. 
Save HUGE with the Growing Bundle!
What's Included?
* Short Vowel Word Families
* Digraphs Coming 
* Blends Coming 
*Long Vowels Coming May 2015
* R- Controlled Vowels Coming June 2015
* Diphthongs Coming June 2015
When the bundle is finished it will have over 100 passages.  You can check out the Growing Bundle by clicking the picture below.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

i Teach First

Hello Friends.
I have a very exciting announcement to make! 
I have decided to team up with some of my very best first grade buddies to write for a collaborative blog! 

That means ONE blog with TONS of great ideas from several super awesome First Grade teachers!

One thing I L-O-V-E about this blog, is you will know exactly what to expect each day of the week.  For every day, there is a blogging theme.  Check them out! 
I'm SO excited to get started on this new adventure, and am thrilled to invite you along for the ride.  Let's celebrate with a little giveaway!  
You can win my Mega We’re Going to the Zoo Unit!!! 
This giveaway will starts March 15th and ends Friday, March 20th.

All you have to do to enter is follow us over at iTeachFirst then follow the instructions (in the rafflecopter/on the image below).  

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*Follow us on iTeachFirst!* 
Can't wait to get started sharing some great First Grade ideas with you!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Wild West Unit

Hi y'all! This week we worked on my Wild West Unit.  Every year the SRO officers host a Rodeo event for the special needs students in our county.  We had so much fun learning about all things cowboys and the Rodeo for the past week!

Here are my favorite Read Aloud's for the unit.
We started the week with a text evidence passage on Cowboys.
This is the circle map we created while brainstorming and 
writing adjectives to describe cowboys.  
We labeled a cowboy and cowgirl in whole group while students 
completed a bubble map listing cowboys clothing.
Then, they labeled their own picture. 
In Work on Writing one of the activities this week was to create a poem for a cowboy and cowgirl.
Around the room is always a classroom favorite to build student vocabulary.
Students unscrambled sight words and dabbed it on their 
sight word cowboy hat recording sheet.   
They worked hard finding the pronoun that takes the place of the noun(s) and writing their own sentence with that pronoun.
Every cowboy loves eating beans so I had to bring some out 
for math stations this week.
Every cowboy and cowgirl needs a pair of boots, so we went
shopping for cowboy boots!
Another math station where they had to figure out which 
<,>,= symbol made sense.
You can grab this FREEBIE from my unit by clicking the picture below.
Unfortunately, for the Rodeo a winter storm hit our area so we will be out of school tomorrow for our field trip.  
Here are a few pictures from last year.
You can check this Wild West Unit in my TPT store by 
clicking the cover below.
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