Saturday, January 30, 2016
We had so much fun with main idea today!!!!  My students loved this lesson and it was so engaging and motivating.  First it got them up and moving which with the limited recess time we have is always a win win!

Here's what went down:  I prepped lunch bags by gluing magnifying glasses on them and numbering them 1 - 10.  Then I put the strips of paper in them that I created and my students went around the room and recorded on their recording sheets what the bag was mainly about.  It can be used if you are teaching 'categories' to younger ones ( as long as they can read ).  I love to have a chaotic bahaha just kidding - CALM classroom so I was sure to only let a couple of tables of kids go at a time.  Also it eliminated the problem not only of kids crowding, whining, etc.  I wanted to see for myself who was getting this and  ~~~ if it was done by groups a leader would clearly say the answer out loud and I would be sad!  This way I walked around and talked to my students about what they were thinking.  It was interesting and eye opening to see what they came up with.  I couldn't believe how many kids had trouble with the Disneyland one, and we live            { kinda } near it.

I spread the bags out around the room - click the picture below to grab my FREEBIE so your students can be main idea detectives too!

main idea freebie

I hope your students love this and tell you it was the "best day ever" like they did to me. Enjoy!!


Making Informational Writing FUN

Friday, January 22, 2016
My students love reading non fiction text and during DEAR time I'm finding that more and more often I'm seeing kids reach for my non fiction box of books.  Some will read about snakes, others about ponies....but when it comes to Informational/ Expository writing well...that's another thing altogether.  I'm finding that often they seem a bit more reluctant.  They have become proficient at writing narratives and recounting events from their own lives.  So, I thought ~ How can I make this more engaging and fun and well cutesy?!?

Rather than having them write a report on lined paper and be done with it, I had them create a craftivity.  They researched the puffins on their chrome books { they love doing that } and filled in graphic organizers.  They were required to cite their sources - so they had to read 2 articles, one close read, research on the internet and cite these on the bottom of their papers.  They enjoyed using a white colored pencil to create their diagrams against the black construction paper too... { it's the little things }  This sweetie is creating her craftivity.  This process took an entire week during our writing block.

My students worked so hard and I am so proud of them.  They created amazing expository writing with wonderful topic sentences and conclusions.  They also LOVED creating the craft to go with it.  We learned and reinforced all the important non fiction text features as we was a WIN ~ WIN and even my most reluctant writers were successful!

5 for Friday { Saturday Edition }

Saturday, January 16, 2016

It has been such a great 2 weeks back with my students!!  I love linking up with Kacey for 5 for Friday ~ here's a peek into my week:

We tried out the math blocks that I blogged about on my previous post.  My students LOVED it and it's perfect for an indoor recess or math center.  Even better if you teach a combo and have to teach 2 math lessons, keep one group engaged while you're teaching one grade and then switch it.

I'm pretty sure there's not much more to making a teacher happy than seeing them read and ENJOY reading every spare minute.

Lots of fractions happening in my classroom lately!  My team partner and I worked together to create a fun game activity we called: Shake, Rattle and Roll!  One of my students said,"  This is so fun, it's the best day of school ever! " AHH <3

I found out this week that I'm going to be getting a student teacher~~~ I'm so excited!  This will be my first one in 21 years.  I job shared for several years and was busy raising my kids and now I feel like since my kids are older I have time.  We made her this fun snowflake sign to welcome her.  I'd love to hear any tips if you have any for me...

The 100th day is fast approaching for most of you:  I blogged over at the Primary Elementary Chalkboard today:  lots of new, fresh ideas to celebrate this special day with your kiddos!

Hope your week was as fabulous as mine!  We have the best jobs ever!
xo, Vicky