Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Today, I am linking up with Christina from Sugar and Spice for another edition of Wordless Wednesday.

Have you ever loved a teaching resource so much that it ends up looking like this?

It's probably time for me to order another copy of this awesome book!  It has been my go to resource for all kinds of words lists for many years.  I just love it!

I am off to check out all the other Wordless Wednesday posts on this fun linky.  Thank you, Christina for hosting!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday Scoop

It's Sunday, so it's time to link up with the Teaching Trio for another edition of The Sunday Scoop.

Here are a few things I have going on today. 

I am off to check out what everyone else is up to today.  Then it's back to work on this list!  Thank you, Teaching Trio for hosting this linky!

Have a great week!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Crafting Leads: Lesson & Freebie

Happy Friday!  My students are currently working on writing realistic fiction stories.  This week, we focused on writing leads.  First, we discussed why leads are important and what they should include.  I modeled some strong leads using two of my favorite mentor texts.

After discussing these examples, we worked together to come up with this anchor chart.

After we had a list of strategies and examples, students went to work crafting their leads.  I gave them each this foldable so they could brainstorm  different leads that would work with their story.

For example, here are some leads for a story about a very gifted basketball player.  In fact, he became so good that he didn't feel he needed to attend practice anymore.  Needless to say, the plan for this basketball star is not good... until he learns his lesson and becomes part of the team again.

After students came up with three possible leads, they worked in groups of three to help each other refine the leads and choose the perfect way to begin their stories.

We are going to talk more about how beginnings are more than just a lead sentence.  Students will need to make sure their beginnings include an introduction to the main character and the setting should be stated or implied.

If you are interested in picking up a copy of this foldable, you can grab it here.

Thank you, and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

Hello, Everyone! Today, I am happy to link up with Christina from Sugar and Spice for her fun linky, Wordless Wednesday

What are you working on for word study right now?

***If you are interested in these SMART Board activities, you can download them here (for free).

I am off to check out all of the other Wordless Wednesday posts.  Thank you, Christina for hosting this fun linky!

Enjoy the rest of the week!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday Made It

I am currently enjoying a three day weekend (conference Comp Day), and I am happy to link up with Tara from 4th Grade Frolics for her creative linky, Monday Made It.

I have a couple of Made-its to share with you today.

Last year, I had way too many data notebooks.  I kept parent communication in folders, spelling assessments in a binder, reading information in another binder, grades in another...

Anyway, this year, I decided to keep everything in one place.  This has worked out so much better!  The only problem is that it is only October, and both my binders looked like this.  (I teach two sections of social studies and ELA.  I kept one 2.5 inch binder for each class.)

I decided to split my binders.  I have 24 students in each class, so now I have four binders with 12 students each.  Plus, this gave me an excuse to make some more cute binder covers!

 I also switched from 2 1/2 inch binders to 3 inch ones, so there is a lot more room now.  Hopefully, this will get me through the year.

I finished my November writing prompts.  They are currently available in my TPT store.  They are 20% off until Wednesday.  As with the other sets of prompts, all 30 come in two different formats.  Click here or on any of the pictures below to check out the entire set.

That's all for this month.  I am looking forward to checking out all the other Made Its!  There are always so many great ideas on this linky.  Thank you, Tara for hosting another awesome Monday Made It!

Have a great week!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunday Scoop

Hello Everyone!  Today, I am excited to link up with my friends over at Teaching Trio for their fun linky, Sunday Scoop.

I just finished 48 parent/teacher conferences, so this week will definitely be all about applying what I have learned about my students.  I really value the conferences as a opportunity to learn more about my students.

I am very excited  to have a three day weekend to work on some lesson plans and get a few things accomplished around the house (and relax... maybe).  We are off tomorrow as a conference comp day.  On Tuesday, we have a professional development day.  We are going on a retreat as part of our Leader in Me training.

I am looking forward to sharing some details from all three categories later in the week.  Right now, I am off to see what everyone else has planned.  Thank you, Teaching Trio, for hosting this fun linky.

Have a great week!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Loads of Free Power Points

Wow!  I just finished an extremely busy week.  My partner teacher and I meet with every parent from both classes for Parent/Teacher conferences.  (I teach language arts and social studies, and she teaches math and science.)  I had two full nights of conferences, two morning conferences, and one half day I had to be out for a meeting and make sub plans.

I truly enjoy meeting with parents.  I always feel I end up with a better picture of each child after conferences.  Having said that, I am so glad to have some go-to resources for these weeks when I just don't have the time to create things myself.

Today, I'd like to share one of my favorite sites for these super busy weeks, Pete's Power Point Station.

This site is loaded with free Power Points for every subjects and grade level.

When you go to the website, you will see options for many different subjects.

After you select a subject, you can choose to view Power Points or Free Activities for Kids.

Either selection will take you to a comprehensive list of topics (which keeps going down the screen).

After selecting your topic, you will have plenty of choices of Power Points.  (At the end of the Power Point list is a selection of Free Activities for Kids.)

Here is a slide from the one I selected.

Some of the presentations are better than others, and I generally have to check out a couple to find one that works for my grade level.  However, it is still much faster that creating them myself!


After the Power Point list, you will see Free Activities for Kids.  If you select one of these options, you will be linked to a great practice site like Funbrain.  These games are great to put on a class website and to use in the classroom for extra practice.

I still have one more night of conferences next week, so I am sure to be searching here this weekend!

Thank you, and enjoy your weekend!