Sunday, November 30, 2014

Sunday Scoop

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  I know I really enjoyed spending some quality time with my family.  As always, the time flew, and I find myself with quite a list of things I would like to accomplish today.  I am linking up with the fabulous Teaching Trio for their fun linky, Sunday Scoop, to share some of my plans for today.

This week for lunch, I will make Lemon Cream Pasta with Chicken.  I have made this before, and it is one of my favorites.  I always add broccoli and shredded carrots for some extra flavor/vitamins.

Yesterday, I cleaned up my yard from the final batch of leaves, and now I am ready for the final mowing.  Hopefully, the weather will hold out.

I have a decent start to my holiday baking, but I'd like to make a batch of Caramel-Filled Chocolate Cookies today.  These are my baby brother's favorite.  I seriously think he would disown me if I showed up to Christmas without them.

Caramel-Filled Chocolate Cookies

I also wanted to let you know that I am participating in the TPT Cyber Sale tomorrow and Tuesday (both as a buyer and a seller).  I plan on spending some time today moving some things off my (huge) wishlist and into my cart to get ready for tomorrow.

That's all for now.  I am off to see what everyone else is up to today.  Thank you, Teaching Trio for hosting this fun linky.

Have a great week!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Spark Student Motivation Saturday: Traits of a Monster

This week in reading, we started working on character traits.  I tried a fun lesson that really seemed to motivate my students.  Today, I am linking up with the wonderful Joanne from Head over Heels for teaching for her awesome linky, Spark Student Motivation Saturday to share this lesson.

To start this lesson, I called all the students to the carpet.  Then I showed this picture on the SMART Board.
Students were immediately curious about the day's lesson.  First, we had a quick review of internal and external traits.  Then, I had students turn and talk to their neighbors to share Mike's external traits.

After their discussion and a quick share out, I showed students this clip.  I told students to pay attention to Mike's internal traits.

After the clip was over, I reminded students of the model we are using for character traits.

Mike is ____________.
I know this because ___________.
(What did Mike say or do?)

I had students write and justify traits in their notebooks.  They have this list to refer to if  they are stuck on traits. The list comes from Nicole Shelby's awesome Interactive Notebook.

As students shared their answers, I recorded their responses.  Most of them were able to take what they learned from the initial lessons and apply it here.  

We will continue working on character traits in whole group and small group settings.  I love that I always have this fun example for students to use as a reference.

Now, I am off to check out all the other motivating activities.  Thank you, Joanne for hosting this awesome linky!

Have a great weekend! 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Scoop

Wow!  This school year is flying.  Our report cards for the first trimester go home tomorrow.  I have spent a great deal of time over that past two week working on those.  I am looking forward to a Sunday where I can get a few other things done.  I am linking up with Teaching Trio for Sunday Scoop to share a few things I have planned for today.

Last year, our school tried a Parents' Night Out around the holidays.  Basically, parents dropped their children of a school for some very reasonable priced babysitting.  We offered a variety of stations for the children, including board games, karaoke, movies, BINGO, etc.  It worked out great for parents, and our school raised quite a bit of money.  I agreed to be in charge of this again.  We are in the process of collecting RSVPs, and I need to sort through those today.

Yikes!  I never made it to the grocery store yesterday.  That is a must-do today, for sure.  I am going to make some chicken stew from my favorite slow cooker cookbook.

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Those are my day's highlights.  I am off to see what everyone else is up to.  Thank you to the Teaching Trio for hosting  this fun linky!

Have a great week!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Spark Student Motivation Saturday - Video Games & Transitions

This week, I taught students some final lessons to polish up their realistic fiction narratives.  I was able to find several fun activities, but they loved the lesson on transitions the most.  I am going to link up with Joanne from Head Over Heels for Teaching for her awesome linky, Spark Student Motivation Saturday to share this lesson with you.

 Once students were settled on the carpet, I showed this on the SMART Board.

I explained how Pong was the very first video game and how "cool" we all thought it was.  (Of course, I had to play a game to show all the awesome graphics!)  Next, I told my students that I was going to read them a story about how video games have changed over the years.  Here's what I read them.


We had an interesting conversation about why this was not good writing.  Initially, some of the students thought I did not write in sentences.  We had a quick review of why they were sentences, but just not very good ones.  Students saw how boring writing can be with the same words repeated over and over again with no additional details.

Enter Flocabulary.

I showed students this fun rap about the transition of video games, and they loved it!

(I can not get the video to play on my blog, but click here for the link.)
After hearing the song and seeing the lyrics, students were exposed to lots of great words to use as transitions.  (When the lyrics appeared on the screen, the transitions were in yellow/green.)

I passed out a copy of the lyrics to each student.  They worked with a partner to highlight the transition words.

When they were finished, students shared the transitions on the ELMO one stanza at a time.

Afterwards, I gladly honored their request to play the song one more time.  Then, I showed the students an anchor chart I had made ahead of time with all the transition words from the song.

They were actively using the list during writing time.  Hooray!

On a completely different note, today is my birthday.  I am looking forward to celebrating by spending some quality time with my family and friends as well as watch the Buckeye get a huge win tonight!  One more way I am celebrating is to have a sale in my TPT store.  Everything is 20% off today and tomorrow!

Now, I am off to check out all of the other motivating ideas that are linked up.  Thank you, Joanne for hosting this linky.  I have used many of these ideas in my classroom, and I have loved them all!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Party with Possessives

Hello, Everyone!  Today, I just wanted to stop in and share a new product I posted yesterday.  My students always seem to struggle with using possessive nouns correctly.  I wanted to create some fun activities that provided ample practice with this skill, so I came up with Party with Possessives.

Possessive Nouns: Posters, Task Cards, Center, Practice Pa

Here is everything that is included.  You can click on any of the pictures to link to my TPT store.  This product will be 20% off until Wednesday, November 5.

Thank you, and have a great week!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sunday Scoop

It's Sunday, and it's time to link up with Teaching Trio for their fun linky, Sunday Scoop.  Here is a peek at what I have planned for today.

Report cards are such a great way to communicate with parents.  Our district recently gave ours a user friendly makeover, so the process should be smooth.  They may take a lot of time and thought, but I always want to make sure my students' progress is clearly communicated.

I found a great recipe for chicken noodle soup here, if anyone needs one!  It is easy and delicious!

the best crockpot chicken noodle soup -

I am usually pretty good about getting cleaning and laundry finished on Saturday.  However, that did not happen this week.  Sometimes, other priorities just take over!

I'm off to check out what others have planned for today.  I hope everyone enjoys their "extra hour"!

Thank you, Teaching Trio, for hosting this fun linky!
Have a great week!