Word Family Mega Pack

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 No comments
Whew! I've been working VERY hard on this baby for quite some time! I'm super excited to finally share it with you!

Classroom Campout

Thursday, May 11, 2017 No comments
We've been reading Goldilocks this week, I've been dying to have a classroom campout for quite some time... so, I decided to put them together! I also managed to keep the entire thing a surprise from the kids, which wasn't easy!

We read a reader's theater version of Goldilocks I found on Scholastic printables, and decided to put on the play! I left the whole thing wide open for the kids and asked them what we would need to put on the play. They determined we would need bowls of porridge, beds, chairs, a house, and a setting. I wanted to leave the entire project in their hands, so I asked them what materials they would need, and allowed them to be creative. One of my little girls said "I've never done anything like this before!!" and my heart was SO full! I hung the trees all over the room yesterday, and then after school I set up the camp site. I posted on my classroom instagram asking parents to stick a flashlight in their child's backpack without telling them why. This morning, I had the blinds closed, all the lights off, and I was waiting in the hallway asking the kids to get out their flashlights, and telling them to stay safe as they entered the classroom... THEY WERE HOOKED!
I convinced my amazing mommy to buy this teepee from Target for my classroom next year, and knew it'd be perfect for our little camping adventure. I borrowed lanterns from some teacher friends, and had some cricket and nature noises playing as the kids walked in. It was SO cool.

We also made s'mores with marshmallow fluff instead of toasted marshmallows. I put a spoonful in a dixie cup with a popsicle stick for each student, and they made their own. They had tons of fun, and so did I!

Measurement Fun!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 No comments
We're rocking and rolling with measurement in our classroom! I love this part of the year because math becomes so much more hands-on, and we get to have a little more fun! I read Inch By Inch by Leo Lionni, and then I set my kiddos free to measure some objects in the classroom using their own adorable little inchworms. Nonstandard measurement at its cutest!
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We also started using rulers to measure to the closets inch. My kiddos thought I was kidding when I told them to get on the table and lay down. We traced one person from each math group, measured different parts of them together, then colored them in to math what they were wearing... Sammy had on a pretty stellar narwhal t-shirt today!

Increasing Oral Reading Fluency

Monday, May 1, 2017 No comments
Looking for a simple way to increase oral reading fluency in your classroom with very little teacher involvement? Look no further! Each week, I give my students a new passage, usually reflecting something we're studying in science or social studies. We are currently studying plants in science, so I whipped up this little fluency passage for my kiddos. On Monday, I give the students 1 minute to read the passage as a "COLD READ." They don't get a chance to preview the text beforehand, making it a true calculation of their words per minute. I simply take their total words minus mistakes to find the correct words per minute. My students are responsible for tracking their words per minute on a graph... Monday they color their total using blue, to represent their cold read.
Students keep the passage in their book basket, and they know that every time they go to Read To Self or Read To Someone, they must first practice their fluency passage. I reinforce the concept of rereading text for fluency quite often, and remind them that if they would like to see their score go up, they need to practice. I've got a poster in my room that says "The best way to become a better reader is to read every day" and we're always referencing it.
After they've had the chance to practice the passage all week long, we time it again on Friday... this time, coloring our score on our chart with a red crayon for our "HOT READ." They get SO pumped to see their score go up after a week of practicing hard! They also know that I expect to see their blue and red bars gradually getting higher, and they're very self-aware of how they performed in comparison to previous weeks.

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