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Saturday, June 30, 2018

Writing in the Classroom #1

Weekly Writing... ready to go!!
A couple of years ago, I made writing one of my goals to work on.
I began with  my reading program and decided to start there since we were spending a lot of time discussing the literature and essential question throught out the week.

I always model along with my kiddos during writing time especially the beginning of the school year.  
I find that it helps answer questions along the way and allows the discussion and instruction to flow freely.

I decided that for me... it was better to have them all bound together from week 1.  We got our booklets out and had everything we need .
I work with other that have chosen to use this same product, however, they prefer to print it week by week and keep them separate.
Either way works ;)

Next time, I will share another writing activity that we use to allow creative writing to flow freely... especially during our Daily 5 block :)

 Wonders Writing for 4th

Monday, June 25, 2018

Weekly Assessments for WONDERS

Using McGraw Hill WONDERS? 
This file includes weekly assessments for:
Anthology section
Reading Writing Workshop section
Grammar Skills

Portfolio/Scrapbook Pages Updated for 2018

This file was created as the backbone for my 2nd grade student portfolios. Each month the students have the opportunity to show their reading, writing, math and art growth throughout the year. Students are encouraged to add other class assignments they are proud of inside the 1 1/2" binder that stays in the classroom throughout the school year. This portfolio is a fun and easy piece to share with parents during conferences during the year. Students enjoy putting this portfolio together AND reviewing this portfolio all year long (adding the newest piece to the back of the binder each time), creating a 2nd grade portfolio of memories to take home at the end of the school year.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Saturday, June 23, 2018

#WeeklyWondersfortheWin 50% off

It's Summertime Fun!!
Hashtag... #weeklywondersforthewin for 50% OFF

This week it is...
 Wonders Morning Work or Homework!!

 Weekly Wonders Products for Sale

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Edmark Sets and Activities

 Edmark Bundle of Activities

My son Max and I have enjoyed the opportunity to increase
 his vocabulary by studying and practicing these Edmark words. 
Watching his confidence increase during 
conversations with others has made all the hard work worth it. 

In each set we worked with 10 words.
We have:
file folders
words to clip
words to print
game to play
4 color by code pictures
and reading fluency.

 Edmark Activities Set 1

Here is my beautiful boy, Max!!
We has taught me so much in his young life.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Spelling & Vocabulary HOMEWORK for 3 Levels

I've received many requests to create a SPELLING/VOCABULARY homework activity including the        
3 different levels... 
It is a growing bundle and posted tonight for my 1st grade friends!! 

The original file including general spelling words with challenge words 
can be found by clicking on the pic below!!

Friday, June 8, 2018

WONDERS Little Book Organization FREEBIE

Hi friends... those little readers are under control now ;) I found these little black crates at Walmart for 97 cents ;) Hope these can help a few!!

 Wonders Little Readers

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

WONDERS Labels for 12x12 Boxes FREE

Hello friends...
I've heard a lot about these Iris boxes from Michaels and received many requests to make labels to fit them... so... I did a little shopping and creating and uploading.

I made a couple different versions to choose from but 
both fit nicely inside the 12x12 boxes.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

"Teacher, I'm Done!" Taskcards.... "What can I do now?"

My ultimate goal is to keep my students engaged and challenged throughout the day including when their initial work is completed. I must be honest here... my skin cringes when a student say, "Mrs. Evans, I'm done. What should I do now?"
I usually get this statement when I am reteaching or explaining a question to an individual student or small group... somedays I'd like to say ... "just go"... "Just go do anything quiet"... "just leave me alone"   I know! I know!  I can't... so I don't... but between teacher friends... somedays I REALLY wanted to!!!

This "concern" never seemed to disappear.  The situation continued to come up... maybe even more often than in the past as my classroom dynamics continued to become more 
black and white each year.  
High students vs. low students
 Independent workers vs. dependent workers.
Above grade level vs. below grade level.
The gray has become almost non-existent... 

I had to come up with an idea to solve the situation.
I wanted it to be motivating and engaging for the student 
but easy to set up and manage.

I had my answer...
"Teacher, I'm Done Task Cards"

This will give students control and choice over their own learning, but it offers me the opportunity to choose activities to enrich and expand on what we are working on in class. It also gives me the ability to make sure the students are challenging themselves in various areas of the curriculum.

More info here on a past blog post

 September Task Cards

 Teacher, I'm Done Taskcards

available for 1st and 2nd grade!!