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Monday, May 25, 2015

1st and 2nd Grade WONDERS Spelling Booklet Unit 1

It will be so nice to have a year of a new reading program under our belt.
We've learned that McGraw Hill WONDERS has good and bad.... doesn't matter though...
it's a district program ... enough said!

We found that the kids needed more phonics/spelling instruction throughout the year.
The spelling lists were much more intense than in the past.


I created these little weekly booklets to go along with each of the units.
Each booklet is 6 half-pages focusing on the various skills below.

First Grade I heard you...

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Student Portfolio for 2nd AND 1st Grade


I just blogged about my 2nd Grade Student Portfolios and was asked by many to adjust the content to for 1st graders... I did  just that!
I am so glad many of you feel this product can be an asset in your classroom.

It also contains:
Binder pages
Cover pages
Student Information Page
Monthly Reading Calendars
Monthly Reflection Pages
Monthly Math Growth Pages
Monthly Reading Growth Pages
Monthly Writing Growth Pages
Monthly Fine Motor Growth Pages

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Parent Volunteer Gifts

Eighteen25 is one of my favorite sites to visit...
This year they had this cute tag for Teacher Appreciation week
another tag left generic for anyone....
I used it to thank my many parent volunteers who helped in our classroom this year.
We definitely couldn't do it without their help!!
I am so grateful for them!!!

I love to see what other's give so I can have new ideas for next year...

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Student Portfolio, Data Binder or Scrapbook

Do you make student portfolios in your classroom? 
It is so much fun to flip through them at the end of the year and see so many fun memories.
Each student brings in an empty 1.5" binder and takes home a very full binder or work and progress...

It also makes for a great product to share at Parent Student Conferences...

You'll notice that mine are a compilation of many ideas and products (from fun blogger friends) and simple classroom activities... however, if you are interested in starting them next year with your kiddos check out the product below... it's a great starter kit to get you going!

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Reading Game GIVEAWAY

I was lucky enough to meet the creator of a fabulous reading tool 
at the EdExpo a few months ago in Atlanta, Georgia.

Let my introduce you to... The Reading Game...

I have been using it with my low readers in my 2nd grade class since Atlanta.
The kids have LOVED it and my sweet grandma volunteer has been so impressed with the strategy while working with some of my struggling readers.

I am very anxious to use this tool next year beginning at the start of the process and graphing their improvement throughout the year.
Let me give you a brief explanation.

The Reading Game comes with all the tools you see above.
The color coding is so nice for easy organization.

 You begin with the Red Skunk Set...
This set contains the first 30 Dolch/High Frequency words the kids will practice and master.

The first step is a game... using Set 1 create a quick array for a fun memory activity.
The student chooses 2 cards... reading the cards as they flip them over. 
When a match is made... they place the pair to the side and continue until all the cards are matched and read without hesitation.

When the final match is made and all cards are able to be read without hesitation... begin on Set 2 of the red cards and repeat the process.

After completing Set 1 and 2... they will have practiced and learned 10 words and will be ready to read the...

SKUNK card containing the 10 words in a small, comfortable amount of context.

Repeat the process with sets 3 and 4 and 5 and 6.
The repetition is so appreciated by the kiddos. 
They anticipate the next step and quickly learn 30 words from the Red Cards.

and are now able to read the SKUNK book containing 30 words in a longer,
illustrated text.

This practice and process continues throughout the 6 different colored sets.

By the time the students have completed Sets 1-6... 
they be able to recognize and read 180 Dolch/High Frequency words 
both isolated and in text.

In the box, you will find an index of the words studied in each set.

And... more helpful information on the back of the box.

I believe a great educational tool needs to be talked about, 
shared and used by educators everywhere....
That is why I am SO excited to announce that I have not one but two
 of these games to giveaway to 2 lucky blog friends.

All you have to do is enter below and cross your fingers!!
The giveaway will end May 21st and the 2 winners will be announced
 Saturday morning.

Too excited to wait... want to purchase your set for next year now?
That is easy also... visit:

or stop by
The Scholastic Bonus Catalog,
 where teachers can get the game for 1190 points
 if you are part of the Scholastic Book Club.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

End of the Year Student Gift

Not that I am counting.... but.... 
we have 17 school days left this year!

I headed over to Dollar Tree yesterday and picked up some sunglasses and beach balls to send home with my summer review booklets.
I was shopping by myself so I had to take a sample home to my own kids to ask which the students would like more the ball or sunglasses...

You can get beach balls for $11/dozen here.

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