Monday, March 30, 2015

Peek at My Week - Easter Style

Oh man it is HARD. TO. GET. MOTIVATED. this week!  This week was supposed to be our week for Spring Break.  Originally we only had school on Monday and Tuesday and then we were supposed to be until next Wednesday.  However....that s-word came back in February and took most of our break!  We are here all days except Friday and next Monday.  Alas....I guess I should post my plans!  


This week we are studying Easter and all it's jellybean goodness!  We will be doing two activities involving jellybeans (YUM!) and two involving Peeps!  We will also be wrapping up our 3D shape and position word work in math, emphasizing what good writers do in writing, and working on the new words 'help' and 'saw'.  To download my plans, just click on the picture below!  Then you can click on any of the pictures to download the product or a link to it!  :)



We will be using my new Easter egg themed shared reading set to practice 'help' and 'saw' plus color words, sentence structure and s- blends!  Click on the picture below to check it out!



Since Wednesday is the first of April, I have my new Differentiated April Write the Room ready to go!  It includes Easter, Earth Day, plants and bugs!  So fun!  It will be on SALE until Wednesday night!  Click on the picture below for the link!



Well that's enough for this Monday!  Have a good week y'all!

XOXO,

Racheal

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Peek at my Week - Nursery Rhyme Sequencing FREEBIES


Just a short post today!  I am busy getting my room organized and rearranged - a little spring cleaning time!  Here are a copy of my plans for the week!  Just click on the picture to download a copy!



This week we are continuing our study of shapes so I used this when creating our shared reading for the week.  Our words are 'make' and 'ride' so I used those to 'make' different transportation with shapes!  Check it out by clicking on the link below!


We are also continuing our Nursery Rhyme unit.  We will be working on sequencing in preparation for end of the year DRA testing and retelling.  We will be sequencing the "Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "Jack and Jill".  Here are some FREEBIES for you!  Hope you can use them!




XOXO,


Racheal

Friday, March 20, 2015

Heroes, Shapes and Eggs - A Five for Friday Catch-All

It was quite the week this week!  Fortunately we were able to finally get outside!  Unfortunately, the full moon hit.  With full force!  Whew!  This teacher is WORN.  OUT.  Here's a glimpse at what we did this week!



The week started with UH-MAZING weather!  After a good workout Monday, my girls and I enjoyed a walk in our neighborhood.  Pulling two kiddos up hill in a wagon is SUCH a good workout!  :)



On St. Patrick's Day, we had a lot of fun!  We made an anchor chart of things we thought were worth more than gold.  Look what my sweet babies came up with.  Aren't they the sweetest?  For a look at what else we did for the holiday, check out this post



On Wednesday, our grade level hosted a parent involvement activity we called "My Hero and Me!"  Students could invite a 'hero' (grown up) to come play with them at school!  


We set up a variety of centers and activities that our students do throughout the day for the students to play and do with their grown up.  The kiddos LOVED sharing what they know and can do with their hero!  What a great opportunity for families to share in their learning!




This week we started studying 3D shapes.  Honestly I LOVE teaching 3D shapes.  Kids are always so drawn to them and have so much fun exploring them.  Thursday we worked on getting to know our shapes.  

We first compared 2D and 3D shapes.


Then we used a ramp to see if the shapes could stack, roll and slide.


We even made an anchor chart!  (Not fancy, but it works!)


At recess, students began noticing different shapes on the playground so I sent them on a challenge to find as many shapes as they could.  They had me running all over the playground looking for shapes!  I got quite a workout!  LOL.  Their excitement was totally worth it though!  Look at the great things they found!







Finally, we started our nursery rhyme unit.  One of the nursery rhymes we read was Humpty Dumpty.  We highlighted all of our sight words in the poem, then used the poem to discuss some "sight word magic".  They did so well!


We also did a little cause/effect experiment using our friend Mr. Humpty here - isn't he cute?!

We built a wall and sat him on top...



And then we let poor Mr. Humpty fall!  Poor guy!



We then did some cause and effect, before and after drawing.  They had so much fun drawing him!  The faces they gave him were so funny!





If you'd like a copy of this sheet just click the picture below!



It was a long, busy, but successful week.  I'm hoping to a productive but relaxing weekend.  Happy Friday everyone!

XOXO,

Racheal




Thursday, March 19, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Wrap Up

Happy belated St. Patrick's Day! Hope y'all enjoyed some green themed festivities! 

To kick off our day we played our always fun game "Leprechaun Leprechaun Where's Your Gold?" sight word game. For an extra challenge, I included all of the words from first-third quarter (this also provided a lot of differentiation and allowed my lower students to target the words they knew and were comfortable with). My student teacher, Ms. Ehlers, hid the 'gold coin' behind one of the pots of gold. Each student took a turn pointing to a pot of gold (using our leprechaun pointer) and reading the word. We then checked behind it to see if the coin was there. Their faces each time were hilarious! The suspense!!!! 




Our game lasted FOREVER this time, much longer than normal. For the first time in the history of me playing these types of games with my kids...the gold coin was hidden behind the very last pot of gold.  Can you believe it?! I couldn't. it was quite entertaining to hear their reactions as we played. "Only eight more choices!" "Only five more choices!" Crack. Me. Up. 


This game is actually a FREEBIE of mine and you can grab it HERE

Next, we read this so sweet story about a grumpy leprechaun who learns that friendship is worth more than a pot of gold. My kiddos were really in tune to the story and we worked hard talking about the lesson Mack the leprechaun learned. 


All the discussion about what Mack learned led us to create our own anchor chart of things we feel are more important than gold. Look at their responses. I seriously have the sweetest class y'all. I simply love them. 


Next, using our anchor chart we worked to do our own writing about what we personally feel is worth more than gold. 

Some chose everything....


While others chose a few...


Either way their writing turned out completely adorable. 

Finally, to pair with their writing when I hang it in the hall, each kiddo had their picture taken with a leprechaun hat and beard. I so wish I could show you this sweet boy's face. UH-DORABLE. 


Well that's a wrap on St. Patrick's Day. We are now hard at work studying nursery rhymes. Today was an experiment with a little egg named Humpty Dumpty....more to come!!!! 

XOXO, 

Racheal





Sunday, March 15, 2015

Peek at My Week - Mission: Be PRODUCTIVE

It could not a more beautiful Sunday here in small town Missouri.  The sun is finally shining.  The snow has all melted.  The rain has stopped.  SPRING has arrived!  We spent some time outside today doing some spring cleaning, sidewalk chalk, horseshoes, and bikes.  We even enjoyed some lunch in the sunshine!


This afternoon we have a relaxing neighborhood walk planned, but before then I thought I would link up with Deedee again for a quick Peek at my Week!


This week my student teacher starts taking over about 50% of the time.  While n theory this sounds AMAZING (extra planning time right?) - I'm kind of nervous!  It's not that I don't trust her...she is doing such a wonderful job!  It's just...they are my babies!  Ya know?  And I LOVE teaching them and working one on one with them!  Eeeek!  I know they will be in good hands, I'll just miss it!  I still plan on pulling students for some one on one re-teaching and some dreaded re-assessing (end of the quarter is Friday!), but I will have to make more of a conscience effort to be out of the room more and let Ms. Ehlers have complete control.  This means I am HOPING to be super productive this week getting a few activities and shared reading sets finished.  Here's to Mission: Be PRODUCTIVE!

This week we are wrapping up St. Patrick's Day and beginning our Nursery Rhyme unit.  Nursery Rhymes are a fantastic way to teach phonemic awareness - a crucial skill needed for decoding and writing.  I can't wait for this fun unit!  I hope to get lots of pictures!

To download my plans, simply click on the picture below.  Once my plans are downloaded you can click on any picture to be taken to the product!



On Wednesday we are hosting a family involvement opportunity for Kindergarten families.  Students to invite a hero (family member) to come and play at school - doing the same activities they do in the classroom on a regular basis.  This is a GREAT chance for parents to get a hands on look at the learning their students are doing - and an AMAZING opportunity for them to see why there aren't always worksheets coming home!  ;)  I can't wait to share with y'all how it went!

Our shared reading this week focuses on the words 'away' and 'went' and is very Spring-y with a picnic and bug theme!  We are going to work on building sight words, retelling the story with character hats and a sequencing form, counting syllables and playing a Quiz Quiz Trade rhyming game!  Plus, the bugs in the book are SO CUTE!!!  Click on the picture below or click HERE to check out this set!


Last weekend I shared a quick snap shot on my Instagram of a project I'm working on.  This week I let my kiddos try it out and they LOVED it!  Here's one of my kiddos showing off a word he built.  (I wish I could show you my kiddo's real face, but this was honestly pretty close to his expression!)


My plan is to have my Linkin Up Literacy set done very soon for you all to check out!  It will include CVC words, CVCe, blends, digraphs, emergent reader sentences, plus more!  It's a perfect hands on way to practice early literacy skills!  I can't wait to share it with you!

Well, I am off for more fun in the sun with my girls!  Have a happy week everyone!

XOXO,

Racheal