Sunday, July 20, 2014

Daily Five Freebies

Hi y'all. Currently I am in the process of reading the 2nd edition of Daily Five. I have found that implementing Daily Five framework to be very successful in both my kindergarten and first grade classrooms. Let me admit this, I don't do everything that the two sisters recommend. I make changes and adapt in order to make it fit for my classroom. For the past 3 years, I never gave students the opportunity to make their own choices about where to go for literacy. I, the teacher, would make the choice for students.  However, at the end of last school year, I gave students the opportunity to make choices.  The students were much more engaged during literacy because they got to choose where to go. I did however told my students that they needed to do iRead, a scholastic computer based program, everyday. I did have some sense of control :) When I allowed my students to make structure choices, I seen a lot of positive changes in my literacy block. I think for next school year (in a month or so), I will begin by telling students where to go for the first month and then move to student choices. I am crossing my fingers that it goes well.  To make the transition from teacher to student choice, I have made several things to help hold students accountable.  I made a literacy rotation check off sheet for every student. To download a free copy of this checklist, click here.

I am going to laminate these so students can reuse them every week. Here are some questions people have asked me about my literacy block:

What is your literacy block schedule?
8:45-9:00   Reader's Workshop Mini-Lesson
9:00-9:20   Rotation # 1
9:20-9:40   Rotation # 2
9:40-10:00  Rotation # 3
10:00-10:05 Closure/Share

How do you hold students accountable?
At the end of each rotation, students will mark their checklist.  Also, all of students "work" will be placed behind the checklist on their clipboard.

How often do you pull small groups?
I pull small groups during every rotation. I see my lowest readers every day and highest readers 1-2 times a week. Because I was blessed with a student teacher last school year, we were able to see all the groups everyday.

How do you launch your literacy block?
Hmm....I try to take away the memories of the first month of school. Kidding! We start off with read to self (suggested by the two sisters).  Then as soon as students build their stamina, I launch the next choice.  Remember, it is important to MODEL MODEL MODEL and step aside. I do not pull small groups until I know my students can be INDEPENDENTLY  during literacy.

To help build stamina, I have a poster size read to self stamina chart that I use to keep track. It is 18x24 so it is HUGE! I am all about making things electronically.  All I do is going to, print services, and upload this bad boy. You can print this at staples for only $1.79 by clicking on engineering prints! It is VERY affordable. Here is the link:

If you would like a copy of this to print, click here. In order to use this, you will need to print on 18x24 size paper though.

Where do you get your mini-lesson from?
To be honest with you, EVERYWHERE. We did not have a require literacy program so I used a combination of CAFE, Teacher's College Reader's Workshop Curricular Calendar, and Common Core State Standards. We started off the year teaching students about CAFE strategies. I really like starting off with this because students had the opportunity to learn about reading various reading strategies.  Then after all the strategies were taught, students will set reading goals and pick 1-2 strategies to work on.  I created these reading strategies cards for my classroom.
To purchase the kindergarten CAFE strategies cards, click here.

To purchase the first grade CAFE strategies cards, click here.

Please let me know if you have any further questions! Happy Sunday!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Curriculum Map, Lesson Plan for First Week, Math, & Freebie

My teammates and I have met several times to curriculum map for the entire year! We completed the map for literacy, social studies, writing, and science. Because we are adopting a new math curriculum, we are waiting until we attend the training before we include it in our curriculum map. I am looking forward to next year! I am excited about my new team and feel like we are going to work really well together! Yay! In addition to curriculum mapping, we also lesson plan for the first week of school. I feel like I am ready to start next week even though we have about a month before school starts. I just get really excited! Here is a peek of our first week and curriculum map.

Amy Lemons from Step into 2nd grade with Mrs. Lemons has inspire me to switch up my math block for next year. This past school year we did a walk to math model so it was hard to fit everything in within an hour. We did it but I would like to extend my math block for a bit longer. So my plan for math block includes: 10-15 mini lesson and 3 math rotations. My rotation includes: work with teacher, math workbook pages (part of Math in Focus curriculum so we are require to do this daily), technology, and 5 various math activities/centers. Students will get to choose the math activities/centers but will need to go to technology (ST Math) and complete the workbook pages from our lesson daily. So they get one extra center to choose from (one of the five activities/centers).

In addition to our math block, I also incorporate number talks and math journal daily outside of my math block.  I created some number talks activities to use with my class.  If you would like to purchase, click here.

I finally got around to updating my book hospital label so I hope you enjoy this freebie. Click here to download. Thank you for reading!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Make It Monday

My first time joining the fun with 4th Grade Frolics for Make it Monday!

I have not done a whole lot of school stuff since we have only been out for 2 weeks. Within that two weeks, I have had trainings for 4 days total.  But here are my two latest creations inspired by Pinterest!

I have finally came around to creating myself a desktop organizer. My desktop was getting out of control! Here it is! I am seriously IN LOVE!

Okay...onto the next.

My next creation was inspired by Erica Bohrer. I don't know if you have seen her hand sanitizer on Pinterest but I decided to create my own labels to match my classroom theme next year, chalkboard!

This is her creation:

And here are the labels I created for my hand sanitizer.

Last made it Monday item is my newly designed lesson plan template. So last year I bought Erin Condren lesson plan book and found myself rarely using it. I hated myself for it since it was so pretty and expensive. I'm going to share with you a little secret, I rather type things up then hand write things. Hence, the reason why I did not use my lesson plan book. This year my goal is to make a pretty teacher binder and cute lesson plan template that I cannot resist! Plus we are now required to submit our learning targets weekly so an electronic lesson plan will be best for me.

Well I hope you are now inspire to create some stuff!!! I am heading out to enjoy the beautiful Seattle weather.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Hall Passes Freebie

As a thank you to all my wonderful followers, I created these hall passes for my class next year. I am sharing it with you just in case you are interested! Can you guess my classroom theme for next year? :) Once again, thank you for your support!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

First Grade CCSS Recording Sheets

When I went to a training last week, the presenters were talking about the use of checklist with the entire class on one sheet. They were saying that by having a recording sheet to use during informal assessment, it will allow teachers to quickly pull small groups, see trends, and etc. So I am diving in next school year and WILL use a recording sheet. I was reminded the value of using recording sheet/checklist.

I just created a first grade CCSS aligned checklists where teachers can quickly glance at where students are in their ENTIRE class.

If you would like to purchase a copy, please click on the link below. I will have the kindergarten version done by tomorrow.

I am also providing the opportunity for two amazing followers to win a kindergarten or first grade copy by leaving a comment below stating that you follow my blog. Please leave me your email address.

Thank you!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Zoo Phonics Chalkboard Alphabet Cards

After getting several requests for Zoo Phonics Chalkboard Alphabet Cards, I got around to finally make them. Only 4 more day until summer! But that means I only have less than a week to pack up my entire classroom because we are going to a temporary site while our school gets built. The joy for packing and unpacking (being sarcastic).

To purchase these cards, click here.

I hope y'all enjoy your summer vacation!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Currently June

I can't believe its been almost 6 months since I have last blogged. Life has been a bit hectic in first grade.  I am excited that summer is almost here!

Listening: Yes, I am a fan of the real housewives. Thank goodness for xfinity. I can watch it on my spare time.

Loving: This is the first year that I am truly excited about summer. Don't get me wrong, I love having days off but sometimes it feels as if it is TOO long. I am looking forward to this summer because I have some fun plans, such as, visiting my hometown.

Thinking: Because we are relocating for two years to a temporary building while our new school is being built, I have to pack up all my stuff and move it. The new building does not have storage space so it is time to get rid of stuff I don't need. I am dreading this process. I have to be done by June 25th and school ends on the 19th.

Wanting: I need a new pair of sunglasses and a massage. I need to learn how to relax :)

Needing: A vacation. The last time I went on a vacation was probably three years ago. Time to start planning a trip.

Summer bucket list: I have been on and off the work out train. It is so hard to find time, especially towards the end of the school year. My hope is to start going back at least 4 times a week during summer.

I hope to be blogging again soon! I am excited to have time off during summer to create new units.  This teacher is teaching first grade again :)