Saturday, November 16, 2013

Here we go!

My phone is full of classroom pictures from the past couple weeks so I have finally decided to sit down and make a post.  I've been preparing for my district observation... Sometimes I feel like these observations are so awkward because they are so staged.  And no matter how much you threaten prepare your little kiddies that they are coming, there will still be something out of your control that happens. But- not going to get into it.... I have lots of other things to get to on this post!

Our second Donors Choose project is completed!

The kids are holding everything we got... little readers, stamps, timers, science kits, phonics games, and so much more!  We also got these carpet squares from Lakeshore! How cute?! The kids love moving them around the room during Daily 5!  Also perfect for a little alphabet sorting!

Unpacking these boxes felt like Christmas! My kids were dying!

I decided to re-make my Accountable Talk Signs.  All of my firsties got the idea of "I agree..." and "I disagree..." but when I added "I would like to add to that" and "We used the same strategy", it threw them off.  I made the signs smaller and only gave the blue and yellow signs to the students who understood how to use them.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but accountable talk is SO hard to get going in first grade, especially now that our common core math is getting to be abstract.  These signs work well to remind students to use accountable talk and I'm hoping they will fully understand it by winter break! Fingers crossed!

I have the kids keep their signs in a cup inside their group baskets.  We went over {many times} that they are math TOOLS and not TOYS so they know not to ever play with them. :)

Click any of the pictures to see it in my TPT store! 

While we're looking in the basket.... Here is an example of my Morning Work Calendar!  It's a half sheet, printed on yellow paper, and laminated.  Each morning they fill out their calendar and then grab their book box.  Simple!  We start our day right at 8:00 so there is not a lot of time to go over morning work.  This has worked so well.  Keeps them quiet busy and they know the date! My kids keep dry erase markers in their basket also.  Click the picture to see it in my TPT store!

In an effort to make my writing center more colorful and productive... I made this anchor chart.  I was inspired by the amazing Cara Carroll.  Of course my pictures are not quite as appealing as hers, it gets the point across. ;) 

Last, but not least- Thanksgiving is coming!!

Need something for the week before Thanksgiving? Take a peek at my Thanksgiving Literacy Pack!  It's 70 pages worth of center activities, writing templates, and class books! How to Make a Turkey class books are always a treat to send home!

  Well it's a Saturday night and raining... pizza and Netflix are calling my name!

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