Monday, September 23, 2013

Happy Fall Y'all!!

It's officially fall!! 
 We are experiencing a little bit of sun, wind, rain, clouds etc.  here in Utah.  
We leave the house with a light jacket and return home hot and sweaty!!

We are starting our 5th week of school and things seem to be getting into a nice, little routine! Yeah!!
We had fun with the Johnny Appleseed last week. We were able to learn a little history along with reviewing various reading, writing and math skills.


Looking through my last year planner I began pulling things out to be copied and prepared.
Christopher Columbus was one of our favorites.  We had a great time learning about a piece of history, memorizing poems and experimenting with tangrams.
Fire Safety is another unit I love teaching. 
 I'm hoping the Fire Department will bring a truck or two to the school during October.

I have enjoyed working as a whole class on our literacy centers during September.  I plan to continue in October also.  Rather than independent work during the week, we have been alphabetizing our words as a group and then pulling sticks and finally independently took a quiz (the worksheet) on Friday.  I only have a couple that I would really like to pull aside and work with.  We also did the same with syllables.
October looks like possibly studying the NOUNS, VERBS and ADJECTIVES.
I'm excited to see if this truly does help prepare them to begin Literacy Centers independently (for Word Work - Daily 5)in January.  We're having fun now!
 Another activity I look forward doing is Pumpkin Math.  I invite my kids to choose a pumpkin, bring it into class and 'MATH' it to pieces ;)  It's a bit stinky, but oh so much fun!!!
Have you found our Halloween fruit snacks yet?



4 comments:

Chelsea O'Neal said...

I am glad things are going good!! I have actually been having my kiddos last week to one of the Lit. Station activities independent!! ( I store mine in those 12 drawer multi color systems that you see everywhere!) So they have to do 1 rainbow drawer and choose an activity from your Snazzy Spelling ideas to do with their spelling words each day at Word Work. LOVE IT!!! We did the harder ones together (ex: synonyms) and I let them choose like compound words or verbs for example... It went great. So once they are indep. for all how do you hold them accountable. Do you take the books up at the end of the month?? ( I made each kid a booklet)

Also how do you implement your Sept. Math stations? I have not been as successful with those as far as them being indep. And same question with the accountability on the math stations.

Thank you for all your great resources and answering of all my questions the last few months!!

Chelsea O'Neal said...

I am glad things are going good!! I have actually been having my kiddos last week to one of the Lit. Station activities independent!! ( I store mine in those 12 drawer multi color systems that you see everywhere!) So they have to do 1 rainbow drawer and choose an activity from your Snazzy Spelling ideas to do with their spelling words each day at Word Work. LOVE IT!!! We did the harder ones together (ex: synonyms) and I let them choose like compound words or verbs for example... It went great. So once they are indep. for all how do you hold them accountable. Do you take the books up at the end of the month?? ( I made each kid a booklet)

Also how do you implement your Sept. Math stations? I have not been as successful with those as far as them being indep. And same question with the accountability on the math stations.

Thank you for all your great resources and answering of all my questions the last few months!!

Cathy said...

I just wanted to stop by and say that my students have really been enjoying your Daily Math worksheets. Thank you for such a great resource!

Lynn said...

Lory, I love your banners! Can you do a Happy Thanksgiving! banner?