These are the most amazing reader response cards. My students love writing in their reading journals using these prompts. I didn't create these, but the fabulous teacher who did forgot to put her name or blog on the cover page. I wish I could give her the credit she so deserves. My principal loved these so much she asked me to make several sets for each grade level at my school.
I'm so excited about the month of October. There are so many great books to share with my class and fun activities to use for comprehension and fluency. This is a book from the U.K. that is so awesome. It's from the same author as Gruffalo. The book is read aloud on you tube and this is an amazing literacy unit to go with it I bought on tpt.
I found this adorable book at Barnes and Noble this weekend. It has great adjectives and rhymes. I've attached a comprehension and writing page literacy unit below to make it even more fun.
I love the Little Old Lady books. This one is so fun. It's read online on you tube. Here is a fun comprehension unit to go with it that I bought on tpt.
_We have so many fun things planned for this next week. Math will be patterns. I have a fun Grinch game, bead bracelets, connecting cubes, counting bears and other fun counters to use for patterns. We will still have a 2-D shape center, doubles and a new subtracting 1 Halloween game.
Reading will be short O sound. We will be finishing up our write to our Helper friend center, fix it with mixed up spelling/sight words, write the bags short O words, sort short O words and have fun on computer games and read from our reading boxes and start our new unit 2 Treasures text books.
Science is living organisms. We will start studying worms. We will have a worm terrarium with live worms. How way fun is that going to be?
Social Studies will be understanding country, state, city and neighborhoods. We will also learn about the leaders of our country, state and city.
I have attached two free downloads to go with my worms unit. The Diary of worms sequencing is a free download I found on TPT. Please check out this great teacher's products. The other one I made it's a cute letter template for your worms to write to your students. So fun my students are going to love this unit.
I love the first grade parade blog. She's so awesome. She has encouraged me (so has my district) to do math tubs and not so much whole group math teaching. I do a whole group lesson with lots of youtube videos. There are so many wonderful math videos on youtube. There are 2 on doubles addition I just love. There are some great counting by 2, 5, and 10. I love the days of the week and months songs. I also love all the telling time and money songs. I do one of each of these daily. These are life skills my students need to practice daily. We get up and dance as we learn math skills. I also do my calendar time during math. Then I do a whole group lesson our our unit we are studying then we break up into small groups for math tubs. This past week was 2-D shapes. My students love the math tubs even more than the reading stations I have for them. This gives me time to pull students over for enrichment and intervention too. As I rang the chimes to clean up for recess this week my students literally moaned and said "no we want to keep doing math." That is music to my ears. Wow! Have I mentioned how much I am enjoying teaching this year? I'm loving it!
Here is a photo of my reading area. I spent about 5 hours this summer sorting my 800 guided reading book library by level and placing a number label on each book and book baskets as well. I have 10 baskets and 800 books.I had no idea I had 800 guided reading books until I began labeling each one. Wow! That was a huge task. Remember Randy Anderson inspired me to get organized so I was determined to be organized or collapse trying. I have my students choose their 5 books for the Daily 5 each Friday. It was kind of wild at first, but we have routine now and it's so sweet to watch them choosing their books. They are so careful about what they choose I hear them saying "it's so hard to choose." How precious is that? My students are "LOVING READING." They beg me to sit and hear them read each day so I can hear how much they have improved. They are loving practicing their sight words in their book boxes too. I have a group of 17 students who in the first 6 weeks of school have stopped saying "I can't read" to "please sit and hear me read my words and books to you." I look up and see almost no behavior problems during stations because they love learning and they are having fun learning and reading. Wow! What a precious gift that is to a teacher. I love the Daily 5 and I'm also using the Whole Brain Teaching techniques too. If I forget to tell you at the end this year please know I've had a wonderful time teaching this class. (my fav. quote changed some from Pretty Woman).
I love the new idea of read the room, but I have a few students this year as they read the room tend to disturb their friends who are at other stations. So I prayed and God gave me this wonderful fun solution. I went to Hobby Lobby and found a set of cute gift bags for only $5.00. I taped some laminated scrapbook cards onto each bag. I taped the read the room words onto these bags and I can better manage where my students participate in the read the room word station. I plan to add small gifts for each student to find during special holidays this year too. This next week we are going to use the bags to spell out a mystery classmates name. The bags are a great teaching resource with endless possibilities. Please leave me a comment if you have an idea for my gift bag word station. :)
We had a speaker named Randy Anderson come to my school and speak 2 times. He's awesome. He's on facebook so like him on there if you get a chance. He teaches people to optimize their time. He and other teacher blogs inspired me to reorganize my classroom this year. I cleared off counter space for student folders. Used my number set 1-20 to give my students a number with their photo and name. I taped library pockets to the counter for breakfast cards and bathroom sticks. Then I hope you can see at the top on the window seal I have put their "drops in the bucket" cups with their name attached as well. This has saved me so much time passing out notes, graded papers, searching for who didn't turn in their folders ect... My students know their numbers, are learning to write their classmates names and most importantly are learning to be organized and responsible for their folders and personal items. I love this system and I'm amazed daily at how my precious first graders have rose to the challenge of being responsible and self reliant this year.
These are the cute chairs I purchased for my classroom from Academy. They were inexpensive and my students have loved them. There are a few negative aspects. They are not as safe as I had expected on the tile floor. First graders are wiggly and tend to rock in them that's not a safe choice on carpet or on tile in a regular chair and these are less stable. So we've had to discuss that in great detail with many reminders. They are so light weight they are ideal for the Daily 5. My students (even my tiny ones) can pick up one of these chairs and move it to a spot where they can make good choices reading to self or with a buddy. Over all I feel they were a wise purchase and I hope they last so I can use them for many years to come.
I am so loving my reading boxes. My church saved cereal boxes for me all summer and it took a lot of time to cover them and make them look so cute. It was so worth the time. My students love them and I love watching them choose their own daily 5 books each Friday. Most of all I love hearing them ask with big smiles "can I read from my reading box". Music to a teachers ears. Wow! They also have star sight word bags in their reading boxes. They are so excited about their boxes I've added some math practice cards in ziploc bags so I can tutor and access my students in math using their boxes too.
This is a photo of my word wall. I made my smartboard word wall to match it. I'm loving the colors and how much it adds to my students having a color to connect with each sight word. We clap, spell, snap and dance out the words and colors each day. We have made color coded sight word dictionaries in our "writers workshop binders" that we have color. So colorful, so much learning and so much fun!
I found this adorable line/hallway behavior unit on TPT. It's marshmallow toes by D. Conway. It's awesome. She has some other great behavior products too. My students loved making these marshmallow toes. I gave them some to eat, but it was the end of the day and they must have been very hungry because they were eating the glued marshmallows off their craft and poem. lol! Gotta love first graders.
Here is the TPT lesson. It's only $4.00 and so worth the money. So fun and my students loved it.