Friday, September 25, 2015

Five for Friday (September 25th)

This week flew by! I think that's the sign of a great class :)

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday and excited to share what I've been up to!

I'm going to start with the most important thing that happened this week. How to Get Away with Murder returned. Enough said.
I completed my latest product! I am so happy with it! My students think it's the most awesome thing in the world. I figured I'd share it with everybody! Since report writing is a new concept to my little 2nd graders, I like to make it fun. What's fun for them, is fun for me :)

I began using math stations this year. I must've been living under a rock. Why has it taken so long for me to get this started? The kids love them. I love them. Everybody is happy! You can read about how I got them started here.
I showed some activities in my last Five for Friday, but the truth is I didn't link it because it needed some help. It has good stuff. It just didn't look good. I have since made some revisions and it's looking better. It's free!
I'm loving Subway A LOT lately. I don't know why. One of my sweet students brought me these coupons along with some sour gummy worms the other day. This was one of the sweetest things a student has given me :) Who knew coupons would make me so happy?

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Monday, September 14, 2015

A Peek at My Language Arts Stations

In a previous post, I showed you how to get stations (centers) started in the classroom. I believe letting students work independently is imperative for teaching children to be self reliant and problem solvers. In this post, I will show you my different stations. My stations are pretty simple. They don't require constant changes, which makes my life easier.

I post these posters with the station. They give several "I Can" statements for students to follow. This keeps students productive the entire time they are at any particular station. 

These smaller cards are used on the board to keep track of each group. 
Library Station
This is a favorite station of my students. I have a small library because I have a small classroom, but I do have a library with a lot of books. The kids love to just sit on the floor and read any book they want.
 Writing Station
I have an abundance of resources for this station. I just love writing! I like giving kids every tool I can imagine to just write. The "I Can" statement are ideas, if the kids can think of something else, fine with me! Here are a few of my favorites:
Fluency Station
These fluency passages are differentiated. I put them in a folder and let students read the passages at their levels. The students enjoy timing themselves. I change up the pointers to make the station more exciting.

These are the first three I've created. More to come!
Word Work Station

This station doesn't take much prep. The kids just use the supplies provided and work with words. We use some of the supplies during regular instructional time so it's just review.

Here are a couple word study units I made. I chose specific blends because I see so many students struggle with them.

Spelling Station

I'm not a huge fan of spelling lists and writing words over and over again, but this station gives students an opportunity to play around with markers and work quietly
Computer Station
Everybody loves this station! It's pretty self explanatory. 

Big Book Station
 This station is just plain fun! Why? Because kids get to read books that are really big!

Polka Dot Station
This station is located at the front of the classroom under the board. It includes a bunch of different activities. They're called the polka dot stations because the background is polka dot. It's much better than it's original name--Wall Station :(

I hope this helps! Stations don't have to be complicated. Stations don't have to take all of your prep time. Choose activities that can be done over and over. This will make your life so much easier! 

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Friday, September 4, 2015

Five for Friday: September 4th

Happy Friday! I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for 5 for Friday.

This has been a great week! My students are surprising and inspiring me left and right.

I love to teach kids the meaning of details using a cake. I use this example to make the meaning of details more tangible. I ask if they would rather have a plain cake with vanilla frosting or a cake with blue frosting and Sponge Bob characters all over it. Needless to say, they want the more detailed cake. I give them a cake to decorate with details. Check out my freebie!

This week we have been working on the trait Ideas and adding detail to writing. Like I mentioned above, I teach my kids the meaning of the word using a cake. Then, using my Interactive Writing Notebook, we use details to describe food.

I am so convinced, the best teaching ideas come to me while teaching. So, I mentioned that the kids wrote sentences for each food item. I had them share with the class and asked the class to rate their sentences using the cake rubric pictured. They scored the sentences accurately! They could even explain why!!! OMG!

I wrote a post about getting started with stations. Now my students are ready to work independently. Yay! I believe it is so important to have students work independently. Read this post if you're having trouble getting started.

Over the summer I looked on Scholastic's website to order these books for $1.00. They were gone! Noooooooo! I ordered some books the other day and they were back! Yaaaaaaay! I even emailed them over the summer begging them to bring the book back. I buy one book for each student. We read it together. They L-O-V-E this book! So do I.

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