Monday, August 31, 2015

Teacher Week-Five Fun Facts About Me!

     Yay! It's teacher week. I look forward to reading all about everyone during teacher week each year. Without further adieu, here's five fun facts about me.

1. My faith and my family are the most important things to me. We have busy soaking up all the time we can with my Grandpa and brother while they are in town.

2. This is my eleventh year teaching. I'm not sure how that can be since it feels like I graduated with my certification yesterday, but teaching is my passion and I love it more and more each year.

3. I love to read! My friend and co-worker, Krissi Dallas, is writing this amazing series of book called The Phantom Island series. They are young adult fiction, and a good, clean, fun read. I just love them.! She currently has four published, and is writing the fifth one now. They are great if you're looking for fun, easy read. You can purchase them on Amazon.

4. My life verse is I Thessalonians 5:16-18.

"Rejoice always;
Pray continually.
Give thanks in all circumstances; 
for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus."

5. I love Alabama Crimson Tide football! I'm so glad football season starts this weekend! Roll Tide!

Head on over to BlogHoppin to link up and read everyone's fun facts. 

Characters Have Feelings! and a Freebie

     Last week we focused on characters, their feelings, and how story setting affected their feelings. On Monday and Tuesday, we read two different stories about the beginning of school. We charted the characters, setting, and feelings for both stories as a class. On Monday I modeled. On Tuesday I modeled the first one, and then allowed students to to tell me the rest and support with evidence from the text.

     On Wednesday we read Pirates Go To School again. Then we created an anchor chart about character feelings and discussed examples from the book to add as our chart example. Then students recorded characters, feelings, and setting from the book.

     You can grab this freebie here. The students did really well with this activity independently. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Peek at my Week 8-31-15

     This week, we are working on retelling the beginning, middle, and end of stories in reading. During writing, we are still working on procedures, and will be writing about something we have done with a friend or family member. In grammar we will be learning about commands and exclamations, and reviewing capitalizing the first word of the sentence, and putting punctuation at the end. I will also continue introducing literacy station activities and pulling students individually for DRAs. In social studies, we will learn about rural, urban, and suburban communities and using a compass rose. Our character focus is kindness. We will create an anchor chart with examples of kindness.

     You can download the PDF here. I made sure it was set to anyone with the link can view. :-)

Resources I'm using:

Head over to DeeDee's to link up and view other lesson plans. 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Classroom Rules

     We spent our Social Studies time the first week of school focusing on our classroom rules. On the first day, we introduced the rules. We talked about the rules contract they would discuss with their parents and sign for homework that night. We also sorted situations by whether or not students were following the rules and began working on our classroom rules book.

     On Thursday we sorted situations by the rule students were following. They were really into this! They got a little heated when they were explaining their reasoning. We continued working on our classroom rules book.

      On Friday we had a fill in the blank quiz about our rules. Then we finished up rules book. 

     These activities are from my Classroom Rules Pack

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Back to School with Pirates

     During the first week of school, our reading and writing activities centered around the book, Pirates Go To School by Corinne Demas. All of my students were super pumped about the pirate book!

     On the first day, we read the story and focused on the Pirates' character traits. I modeled identifying the traits and using evidence from the text to confirm the character traits. Then we charted  their character traits and the students had to support their answers with evidence from the text. I teach two classes, so I recorded one set of answers on one color sticky notes and the other classes' answers on different color sticky notes.

     Then we sorted some pirate and school words by the number of syllables in each word. 

     On Thursday, we read Pirates Go To School again. This time we focused on the characters and setting. As we read, we identified the characters and the setting. Then we created an anchor chart and sorted pictures as an example of characters or setting.

     We also put pirate and school words in alphabetical order. 

The syllable sort and abc order activities will be added to a literacy station once we begin stations.

     We also worked on writing stories about what would happen if pirates were in our class. On Friday, we made pirates to go with our writing. The pirate patterns are from Rachel Lamb. You can get them here

      You can get my pirate activities in my store

      It was a successful first week of school!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Peek At My Week 8-24-15

     It's my first full week of school this week, so we're hitting the ground running. This week I'll begin introducing station activities-one a day until I feel we have enough to begin stations. I'm also going to begin DRA testing this week, so I can create my reading groups.

     It's such a blessing to have had both of these classes last year. We did a quick review of procedures, and things are running smoothly.

      You can download the pdf here.

Resources I'm using this week:

Head over to DeeDee's link up and view other lesson plans.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

First Day of School

     Yesterday was mine and Logan's first day of school! I can't believe my baby is in 4th grade! This sweet boy told me yesterday that he wants to be a preacher when he grows up. Bless his heart!

     I'm blessed this year to have two of the classes I taught last year. There is only one new scholar in each class. They were reminding each other of our procedures, so I didn't have to do very much with procedures at all.

     In English, we read Pirates Go To School by Corinne Demas. We focused on identifying character traits of the pirates. I modeled this for them as we read. Then afterward, they brainstormed character traits of the pirates and defended their answers with evidence from the story. We sorted some pirate and school words by the number of syllables. Then we brainstormed ideas for what if pirates were in our class. These activities can be found in my Pirates Go To School unit.

     In Social Studies, we focused on our class rules. We reviewed each rule and discussed a couple of examples of each. Then I had situation cards that we sorted as the students were following the rules or they weren't following the rules. Finally, they began working on their classroom rules book where they filled in the missing word for each rule, illustrated an example of the rule, and wrote a sentence about their example. These activities are from my Classroom Rules Pack.

     Then I repeated theses activities in the afternoon with my other class. 

     Today was my baby's first day of kindergarten! I'm not sure how we got to this point with this guy either. He's the last one I'll send to kindergarten. It was a hard day for this momma, but an awesome day (his words) for him! Of course, this crazy boy wants to be Batman when he grows up! 

    Our school year is off to great start!


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