Oct 30, 2014

We're Throwing A Spook-Tacular Sale...Ready, Set, Boo~

Thanks to Michelle from Fabulous in First for allowing us to use her sale button.  We have put all items in our store on sale for 20% off!!  

Oct 29, 2014

FSF Progress Monitoring Done, TPT Freebies, and Onto Segmenting

We have been working extremely hard on our Letter Naming Fluency and First Sound Fluency.  Part of our FSF I give them a word, they give me the first sound, and then they write the first sound on "something".  We have been doing this since the first week of September until the last couple of weeks.  We have also been working hard with segmenting, too.This week we did our progress monitoring over FSF and we did GREAT!!!  We have the cards I use on TPT they are so easy to do and the kids love because they see "how fast" they can give me the first sound.  Click here to get yourself some FSF freebie cards:
First Sound Freebie Set 1  Click Here  
First Sound Freebie Set 2 Click Here

I just switch back and forth between these 2 sets which require NO PREP once you have copied the cards!!!

We also have spinners to go with FSF Called First and Ten.  Check these out on our TPT store, too!  Click Here

Easy segmenting activity today in our small reading groups this week.  The students love working with shaving cream!

Again, the only prep here is grabbing a cheap can of shaving cream from Dollar Tree or Dollar General.  As you can tell we like less prep time at the beginning of the year for the teacher!!

Up next, some easy Segmenting Ideas to differentiate with my 4 different leveled reading groups!  We are almost done with our Math Journal for October, too.  We will share some of our problem solving and how we "tackle" our math journals to enhance all level of learners each day with this great problem solving. 

Oct 23, 2014

Conference Done, Grade Cards Done, Time For More Fun

I am really celebrating tonight.  My conferences are finished and I had 100% participation which means no make up conferences!!  Our grade cards get sent home tomorrow and that if off of the to do list, too!  Tomorrow we are going to work hard on wrapping up our pumpkin unit along with some fun sorting activities in math. We are having so much fun with our sorting unit in math.  The students do their Math Journal first each day to work on some great problem solving activities.  Then this week, we have been working hard on some sorting activities.  Here are some fun pictures from today's activities:
Having fun with some word work activities!!

Love the independent working wrapping up some sorting and counting.

The best part is eating our Cheetos Bones!!

Love the concentration in this picture~

Oct 9, 2014

Pumpkin Freebie and Monthly Goal Charts

How fast is this school year going?!?!  We are headed to the pumpkin patch next week, so this week was spent preparing for the patch.  The students have loved all of the non-fiction books we have been reading and have also enjoyed making some fun projects.  Today we talked about the parts of a pumpkin, so we decided to paint paper plates, use real seed, and use yellow yarn to represent the pulp inside the pumpkin.  They loved doing this project.  Tomorrow we will label some of the parts of the pumpkin.

Our school uses the Marzano framework as part of our evaluation process.  We put monthly goals inside our homework binders and also have them posted in our classroom.  We talk about our goals daily.  This year I took my goal sheets to Wal-greens and enlarged them so that I could write on them and save them for the following year.  I love using my picture frame along with my visa via marker.  This is the same exact format I put in their homework binders.  Once the month is over, we put our goals in our data binders along with our results.

Don't forget to grab our Life Cycle of a Pumpkin freebie on our TPT store:  Click here

Oct 2, 2014

Letter Naming Fluency Begins

One of our September goals was to know all 26 capital/lowercase letters or increase our August assessment score by at least 5 letters.  We were so thrilled that we "SCORED" a TOUCHDOWN with this reading goal.  
So our next thing on the to do list in October is to make sure we are working on our letter naming fluency with these letters that we now can name.  In order to help with the goal in the classroom and at home, I use our Letter Naming Fluency Packet.  I copied 2 pages back to back and stuck them into clear pockets that I have purchased the last several year.  For 5 minutes a day, we practice this list a couple times together, then I have them spread out and practice on their own.  They LOVE doing this and I have seen a huge improvement with our accuracy and speed.  I also use this packet as a homework practice for the parents to help work on at home.
If you are interested in purchasing this packet, check it out here on our TPT store.  We have sold over 900 of these packets, so they are a big seller for us!