Sunday, October 26, 2014

Parent Resource Wall & Published Writing

This week was so busy with parent teacher conferences, our school fun run for St. Jude, and assemblies galore. It was a very rewarding week to see all those adorable smiles.  Here are some pictures from our small moments publishing party.  We had a fake fire going on the smart board, s'more bars (Pinterest is amazing), and we built a huge fort for fun.  The kids got to share their stories and have a little treat in the fort before sharing stories around our campfire. 

The kids loved this so much!  They are already asking what we are going to do for our next publishing party. Don’t you just love this?  Click the picture below for the easiest s'more recipe below. 

Pictures from our party.....

I was busy with preparing for conferences and I knew I wanted to create a parent resource wall with tips, flashcards, ideas and activities to do at home. Well, after a little bit of time and a lot of research this is what I came up with.  The parents really seemed to use it throughout the night and I plan on changing out activities monthly so there can be actual focus activities on things we have introduced for extra practice. 

What things do you love to do for parent teacher conferences??? Please share!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Pumpkins & Main Idea

We have been busy this week learning all about main idea.  We decided it had been way too long since we broke out the construction paper, so we decided to make it fun and creative.  We read the book, Seed, Sprout, Pumpkin Pie. I got this as a freebie last year from Scholastic and new this would be a great non-fiction text for this lesson and it fit the season well.  We discussed and charted what the book was mostly about and recorded what some of the important details were that we read.  The kids have really become pros at this! 
We decided that the book was mostly about how pumpkins grow and what they are used for.  Here is a sample of one of the kids with their pumpkin scene put together and ready to add the details. 
The yellow moon held the main idea and the pumpkins in their patch held the details.  They turned out really cute all finished and the kids enjoyed being crafty! I also figured these would make a nice fall display for parent teacher conferences too. Here are some pics of the kiddos hard at work.

If you are interested and want to snag a copy of the templates for your classroom click the link below. 

Happy Fall Y'All!  If you have fun fall activities you are doing add your blog or link below.  I would love to see what others are doing in their classes too ; ) 


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sentence Scramble

We have been pretty busy finishing up the end of 1st quarter, but we did manage to have some fun going on a hunt for "TREASURED SENTENCES".  I must say the kids LOVED this activity.  Who doesn't like going on a treasure hunt.  The only thing that I would have done differently is made had the kids only find one box and have the sentences in various numbered containers.  I may need to fix this a bit for my next group of kiddos.  They did great, but having to find numerous boxes and the multi-step direction did seem to be difficult for them.  
The kids were split into groups and given treasure maps with riddles to find their first treasure box.  Inside each box was word cards to form a sentence and three different punctuation marks.  The kids had to work together to sort the words to form a sentence and then decided which type of punctuation mark it needed.  They recorded it on their form and read the riddles on the lids of the boxes to find out where the next box would be.  

They were so excited to get their maps.  

To grab this freebie for your classroom use click the picture below! 


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Apostrophes, H-Brothers, & Spirit Week...OH MY!

I am so excited to finally be blogging.  Things have been so crazy the month of September, so my posts may be on overload the next few days.  Between family weekend getaways and school outings this teacher is pooped!  I wanted to share some cute pictures from spirit week and also some fun things we have been doing for h brothers and grammar this past week. Here are some cute pictures from Homecoming Week.  Can you guess the themes?

We also were learning about apostrophes this week.  I love the book The Greedy Apostrophe and the kids thought it was great.  I made this cute little template of the greedy guy himself.  The kids made sentences showing possession and added him with an s to their names.  It really did stick because on our unit test I only had one kiddo miss that question.

It was also that time of year for h brother introductions.  I love, love, love our h-brother superhero hunt.  I have done it every year since I made it.  The kids LOVE this and it does seem to really stick.  I added some fun “restaurant style” learning placemats into the mix after introducing every h brother and then made a cumulative mat to review all h brothers.  You can snag one for free below and the others are available as a set on my Teachers Pay Teachers Shop!   

Here is a peak at some of the mats we were using in RTI for h brothers this week!  The kids really liked these and they were simple enough to complete in under 15 minutes for extra practice or a word work station too!

Grab your freebie by clicking the picture below!

If you liked the freebie you can snag the others at my Teachers Pay Teachers Shop for $1!

 I hope you have a great week and happy hump day! I am going to end this post with a pic of my sweet baby Nora because who doesn’t love a baby in a bathtub?