Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Cause and Effect

This week we have been working on cause and effect. Tomorrow the students will have to pick one of their books from their independent reading bags to write one cause and one effect. I made a sheet for the activity. Click here for the sheet.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Acrostic Poems

We worked on acrostic poems using our names. I made a template for the students to write their poems on.
Click here for the template.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Free stuff

I made this for teachers pay teachers as a free item. You can also click here to get it.

Book Center

This is the book center. I made the banner hanging across the window. I bought scrapbook paper and ribbon. I made a pattern, traced it, and hot glued it to the ribbon. This was taken at the beginning of the year. It now looks a little different because I have a rug for the students and a whole lot more Dr. Seuss characters. I was lucky enough to go to the thrift store and find the characters for one dollar.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Positive Behavior

I really try to focus on my students positive behaviors. I use the color coded chart for behavior. I saw on the internet that some teachers added another color for outstanding behavior. I have the color purple for those students who always do what they are suppose to do. The students who are on purple at the end of the day get a treat. I am happy to say that this year many of my students go home on purple! I also use the idea I got the idea from pinterest called quiet critters. I use it for when the students just don't want to quiet down. They love it!
My daughter helped make them.

Sunday, January 20, 2013


We worked on idioms. The students watched a video on idioms. I think it was on youTube. Then they drew the real meaning and the fake meaning. The first paper is hanging out with friends. The second paper is making dough.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Classroom pictures

I did my room in Dr. Seuss. This is my word wall. I got the hats at the teacher store and then put letter stickers on them.
This is a reading corner in my room. I now have a tent in the corner. I will post a picture of the tent later.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Classroom Decorating

Here is a picture of the letters I made for my classroom. They sit on top of a shelf in the classroom library. I got the idea off of pinterest. I used scrapbook paper that had Dr. Seuss characters printed on the paper. I will post a picture of the classroom library.


Today my students and I were working on prefixes. I had the students make three cards with the words again, not, and opposite of. Then I said a word with the prefix and they had to hold up the correct meaning of the prefix and tell the words meaning. Of course, they liked it because it was like a game. Then we did a sheet on prefixes. click here

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Fun pages

Here are two pages I made this week and used in the class. The first is something I gave the students to do when they came in the morning. The second page goes along with our reading series. We were learning about has, had, and have and reading Click, Clack, Moo.

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Graphic are by My Cute Graphics.


Friday, January 11, 2013

Click, Clack, Moo

The students are having a great time with the story Click, Clack, Moo. I got a wonderful readers' theater from teachers pay teachers to use with the story. Today was the big day for the play. I decided that we needed some costumes. I ended up making my own cow headbands. They turned out very cute. 

Monday, January 7, 2013

Millionaires vs Teachers

I bought a kindle fire last February. I love using it to read books. Last summer I read all the stories about millionaires falling in love. (Fifty Shades) After awhile of reading these books, I realized no millionaire was coming to whisk me away. So, then I decided to read educational books seeing how no millionaires were the topics of these books.  The following is a list of some of the books I read and what I thought about them.  

The Cafe by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser
  This book is the follow up to the Daily 5. It's a great book and has a lot of good ideas for reading. 

The End of Molasses Classes by Ron Clark
   I like this book. It has some inspiring stories. I especially like the part where they took the teachers of the school on a shopping spree for them to have a professional wardrobe. 

No More "I' m Done!" Fostering Independent Writers in the Primary Grades by Jennifer Jacobson
 I got a lot of good ideas for writing in this book. 

The Book Whisper Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller
  This book is more for upper grade students. It did make me think about my teaching.

The Cornerstone: Classroom Management That makes Teaching More Effective, Efficient, and Enjoyable  by Angela Powell
 This book is full of useful information. It would make a great gift for a new teacher. I have been teaching almost 20 years and still found information that was helpful.  

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Cow Comparison

Christmas Break

Christmas break is coming to an end. I am thinking about all the things I have to teach my students. When we get back we will be working on the story Click, Clack, Moo. I really like that story. There has been a lot of talk in our district about comparing fiction and nonfiction books. The students and I will be comparing the story to a nonfiction book about cows. Here is a template for comparing the two books.