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Friday, February 20, 2015

Making Quick and Easy Flashcards

This is a free site to make flashcards.

If you want a front and back you can do that by adding a word and definition.  But what I like to do is make sight word cards.  They are nothing fancy but they get the job done.

Click on the PDF button when you are done adding in your words.

You can modify the settings to how you would like them to print out.  Then view PDF in a new window and Wah Lah - flashcards

The font size adjusts to fit the word.  

This would be great for students to use.  
They can make their own definition cards or addition and subtraction cards.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato

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Today I used the story: I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
My library had a copy.

This lesson was using background knowledge to draw a reasonable conclusion about the story.
I added a pre-reading question to help build the background.  I asked them what food would they never not ever eat!  Oh, what a response I got!!  They love talking about themselves!

It was fun listening to them agree or disagree with each other about what was being said. 

I then read the story stopping at specific pages that is referenced in the lesson page to ask questions.  I wrote these questions on sticky notes and put them on the page to remind me.  

When I got to the end of the book the students were given an independent practice worksheet on answering a question to see if they could draw a conclusion about the ending of the book.  We then read these aloud and did thumbs up/thumbs down if they felt their answer drew a correct conclusion.  We also discussed opinions.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Valentine Card with the suffix -est

You're the Best!

As a class we brainstormed adjectives that ended with -est!


They made animals out of hearts and glued them to a paper.  I wish I could rotate the pictures. Students added the words to the card. They turned out so cute!!  


Friday, January 9, 2015

Three States of Matter

I just love teaching science and I really love teaching matter.  The kids really get into it!

This last week I used the theme of snowmen which was a great way to integrate the three states of matter.  At first I wasn't sure if we would even have snow this week and we ended up with an abundance plus some extremely frigid weather.


The Sneezy Snowman by Maureen Wright
Sneezy doesn't like being so cold so he tries to get warmer. Of course he melts!  Then they build him again!  This was a great way to integrate the solid and liquid!

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
A great classic.  Peter spends time outside and decides to bring a snowball in the house and keep it in his pocket.  He soons learns that snowballs - melt!

There was an Old Lady who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro
Now this story doesn't have any melting but building of a snowman!  After we read the story we brought in some of our wonderful cold snow!


Wow - this snow is cold!

We got some gloves and tried to build the base.  The snow wasn't packing snow.  So we added some water from a water bottle and it helped a bit.
Earlier this week we discussed and wrote the process on How to build a snowman. 
 Next we built the middle of the snowman.

Our head is looking a bit sad but it's there.

We added in some buttons, scarf and arms.  We discussed what state of matter it is and what properties made it a solid.  The snowman had a shape.  This is a soft solid.
We then discussed what would be the next state of matter if the snowman melted and what do we need to make a change in the matter.
We needed a heat source.  I turned on the skillet to 400 degrees.

It started melting right away and then started boiling 
 Kids starting saying,"Poor Snowman!"

He now was a liquid!  The water took the shape of the container.

 Can you see the steam?  The kids caught on to this right away and told me it was a gas!  Wow I have a smart class!

Good bye Mr. Snowman! It only took about 15 minutes and he was all gone!  What happened to him?  Let's build him again!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Top 10 Posts of 2014

It's been a great year in teaching!  I've enjoyed expanding my career even after 20 years! I'm looking forward to the next 20!  Hee Hee! I hope not!

Using a scoreboard in my classroom has been a great addition to my behavior management!
You should try it!

This was a volcano week during my summer school class.  What a lot of fun!!


Check out my beginning of the year booklets!  I've been making these for 15 years.  They are great memories!


Dominoes are sure a lot of fun!  We learned about energy!  Check it out!  I have videos too.


Pick up the bubble recipe for you to try!


Daily Math Freebie!!  This is such a great activity. Make sure you  give it a try.  The kids become secure in these skills even before I teach the unit in math.


Pick up two different versions of this Dr. Seuss math game.  Save it for March!!


I shared my popcorn unit that the class just loved!  Pick up a freebie too.


Visualize What's Inside!!
This free visualizing riddles was a big hit! The class couldn't wait til the next day for a new riddle.


This is a great hands-on unit!  Get the first level for free!

Thanks for stopping by!  Check out the linky to go to some other Top 10 Posts!

Here's to 2015!!!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Super Improvers Wall and Genius Writers with Whole Brain Teaching

I'm so excited to start My Super Improvers tomorrow!  The kids will be in shock when they come in and the clip chart is gone!  They love moving up the chart but I hope that they will love this more.  

Each child have a color coordinated card to the chart.  You can't see the bottom one but it says Beginner (white).  Each time I notice a child improving they earn a star!  This can be in behavior, academics or even handwriting!  When they earn 10 stars they move up to the next level!  The final level is Living Legend!  A teacher I watched on video keeps her Living Legends up from year to year so they can come back and see their names!!  How cool is that!?

I am absolutely loving Whole Brain Teaching for Writing!  My students are writing these fantastic sentences.  We started with the Blah sentence and each day added more to end up with the genius sentence.  They were so proud of their work.

This made me giggle!  Check out his super arms!

We are working on the Triple Whammy Sentence now.  We spent two days doing Oral Writing.  This is where they orally say the sentence to the class using whole brain teaching gestures.  You can watch videos and get print outs from The Whole Brain Teaching website.  Everything is free!!!
They wrote a sentence about winter.  The next step is for us to write a detail to support the sentence.  We will then continue until we are done writing a five paragraph essay!  I'm motivated and so are the students.  I'll keep you posted.
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