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Friday, January 25, 2013

January & February Literacy Centers

I am LOVING Daily 5!!
  By January things are running so nicely.
The kids know the routine, they enjoy their work and their progress is evident!
We have all 5 areas up and running... towards the end of December, I began wondering if my students could do more while completing Word Work.
Lory made a decision (not against the Sisters...at all!!!) 
 I decided to push my little ones a bit more during this specific area of Daily 5.
I determined 12 various skills that I wanted my students to practice daily and then created activities and an independent assignment they could complete in 15 minutes (during Word Work).  The 12 skills I decided with are:
compound words
ABC Order
I purchased 12 storage boxes at Walmart (about 7x9) just the right size.
I place a skill activity inside each box and labeled it.
To save paper, I created the independent assignments into a booklet form.  This "book"let stays in their book box.  When they choose this particular Daily 5, they complete the activity and then pull out their booklet to complete.  If time permits they can redo the activity or read a book from their book box. 15 mintues has been about perfect!  A couple kids didn't finish their booklet assignment and so the next day, they picked the same box.  They were much quicker completing the hands on activity... so they were able to complete the booklet the 2nd day.  I felt okay with that.  We've been working on the centers since Christmas break and we have really enjoyed them.  I must admit, I thought they  might grumbled that they missed the fuzzy balls, stamps, stickers, wiki sticks, etc.  Not one student said ANYTHING like that!!  They have really enjoyed them and I feel relieved that they are getting a bit more practice with these skills.
I'd love to hear what your Word Work looks like 1/2 way through the year.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Fun Martin Luther King Jr. Day!!

We had a great time today discussing Martin Luther King Jr. Day.    
The Crayon Box that Talked is adorable with a great message!!

MLK Freebie - Pattern Art

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The 100th Day of School

Are you ready for the 100th Day of School?

I just posted my 100 Day file full of decorations, art projects, math game boards, group activities, class activities, my favorite 100th Day book list and craftivity!
Your entire day is prepared for you!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Thief in the Night

Crazy thing happened today... I was informed (by a blogger friend) that someone was selling my freebies on Tpt... poor thing...I feel bad that she is missing the best part of TpT... creating and sharing personally made items for classrooms and students.
I don't know her story ... maybe she is in financial need... maybe she needs a friend... I hate to take her sales... however... I love my followers and want them to be sure to get as many freebies as possible.  My goal tonight is to go through and make sure all my freebies are labeled FREE for easy access.  I'll get on it...

Monday, January 14, 2013

Term 2 Math Quizzes

I haven't made it all the way through Unit 2 in our District Math Program... but I wanted to test the kiddos on the concepts we have covered and hopefully mastered.
I created 4 quizzes to give my kiddos in addition to the district assessment.
I like to have a bit more to assess their skills on specific skills... if anyone can use them they are on Google Doc.  I'm not able to upload a pic of them from my school computer ;(  I'll try later ;).