Saturday, April 18, 2015

Teapot and the Dragon

Teapot and the Dragon by Nick Jordan
I had an opportunity to read Teapot and the Dragon by Nick Jordan this week. It all the elements that a fairy tale should have a [bored] princess, princes who want to marry her and a fire breathing dragon!
Right away the writing trait "voice" popped into my mind. Jennifer Jacobson, the author of No More I'm Done, gives teachers specific voice strategies to teach students. They are: 1-using interjections 2-fabulous word choice 3-drawing out sentences 4-using dashes.
I found these examples from the book...
1- Whack! Boofoom! Kaablumphh!
2- cheerfully, boomed, massive, swish, swash
3- Kerplonk! Whoosh...kerplonk!; Bonk! Whoosh...kerplonk!
4- flick-flack 
You could use this story to compare how Princess Rosehip felt at the beginning of the book to how she felt at the end of the book. Of course there's always the story [fairy tale] elements to identify, sequencing and summarizing skills you can review as well.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Daily Schedule

Better late than never... linking up with Shenanigans in 2nd and Lucky Little Learners this month. They'll be hosting Linky Parties on the 2nd of each month. This month focuses on schedules and resources.
9:00-9:30 Students arrive and unpack, stuff folders, sharpen pencils, work on unfinished work or read quietly. After the 9:20 announcements we have Morning Meeting. During morning meeting we discuss our Life Skill of the Month and our Habit of the Week.
Life Skill Posters from the Resourceful Room
Habit Posters from The Teaching Oasis
9:30-10:30 With only 7 short weeks to state testing SOL Review is in full swing. Two of my favorite resources are from Thunks Reviews and Math Madness.

Thunks Review Sheet
Math Madness Sheet
 10:30-11:15 My school uses Words their Way for word study and 6 Traits for Writing. No More I'm Done by Jennifer Jacobson is an AMAZING resource. It gives you picture books as anchor texts and the lessons you need to teach the traits. I also use The Mailbox's Prompt, Plan, Write Resource for prompts and graphic organizers for writing.
 11:20-12:35 Students have resource everyday. I use that time to plan, individually or with my grade level. Along with the normal art, music and physical education...students at our school take Mandarin Chinese starting in Kindergarten. After resources students eat lunch in the cafeteria. I use this time to eat and run copies since that's one of the main times the machine is free.
 12:35-1:15 We complete our passage of the week from Thunks Reviews and then I teach other fiction and nonfiction lessons that correlate with our state standards.
Thunks Reviews Reading Passages
1:15-2:15 This time is used for guided reading groups. On Fridays I use it to check my students fluency.
Check out my blog post on Fluency Fridays
2:15-2:45 Recess
2:45-3:50 I alternate units between Science and Social Studies. I make my own notebook templates. They can be found on The Teaching Oasis under their subjects.

3:50-4:10 Our parent pick up leave at 3:50pm and most days my students dance to Go Noodle for the remainder of the day. Do you know about it? If you don't check it out, it has tons of brain breaks and some can be used as indoor recess. They also have a section on deep breathing and yoga, my students who have difficulties with anxiety benefit greatly from those exercises.

Spring Break and April Resources

Spring Break for me started on Good Friday. My husbands family and I traveled to Pennsylvania (Lancaster, Intercourse, Amish Country) to see Moses at the Sight and Sound Theater. We stayed at Cambridge Meadows, a beautiful house in Amish Country. There were no televisions so we had great conversations and many games of Life.
My to do list is pretty extensive. Taking naps and eating cupcakes are my top priority...both of which I did today. I have an interview first thing Monday morning at one of the best elementary schools in the county. I was absolutely shocked when they emailed me. Every year I put in for a transfer and every year I hear from no one. In my county transfers have to be done by May and let's face it, most schools won't know their openings until summer and by then principals have to take new hires and no transfers are granted.
I've managed to get the April Resources on The Teaching Oasis updated.
April Task Cards
April Word Wall Cards
April Poems
Unfortunately the literature units are going to have to wait. I never found time to go back and update them. I'll add them to my list for the summer. I uploaded a photo of one that I've redone. I would love feedback.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Sunday Scoop

My 2nd Sunday Scoop, I'm on a roll!
Here it goes:
Yesterday was pretty busy, had to wake up early for the 2nd insurance adjuster to come out and look at the damage in our kitchen. February 21st we had a frozen pipe burst and 5 weeks later... we still have no check from our insurance adjuster and a big hole in our kitchen. But that nightmare would be a blog post within itself. Then the hubby and I went to see Get Hard with Kevin Hart and Will Farrell. After that, we celebrated our nieces 4th birthday at the Children's Museum. In a year she'll be registering for kindergarten at MY school and I'm totally excited to have her there with me! So today, I rest. I was suppose to meet up with some friends but I may have to take a rain check. I just want to lay around in bed on my heating pad and slip in and out of consciousness.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Sunday Scoop

I'm horrible at Linky Parties... mainly because I always forget to participate in them. This morning I'm linking up with Teaching Trio:
Here it goes:

*New Blog Design*

I am so excited about my new blog design! Gabby over at Gabby's Classrooms redid my blog for me. I shopped around and found that she had very reasonable prices for what she offered and she was able to complete my custom blog within a week! What do you think, would love some feedback?!
Gabby's Classrooms

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Snow Day Thirty-One Gifts Giveaway

Last year this time I held a Snow Day Giveaway. Since we got about 8-10 inches in Richmond this time I thought I'd celebrate! I'm giving away two zip top utility totes which are the perfect teacher bags. They won't be personalized but it's a great bag nonetheless. If you decide to make a purchase the monthly special can be seen to the right. Spend $35 and get a purse half off. This Mini Diamond District Purse in the Pebble Pink is on my list this month, can't wait to buy this!

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