Sunday, April 13, 2014

K12 Reader Website

     Well today's the beginning of my Spring Break! After that only 8 more weeks of school until summer vacation. I've spent the weekend shopping, eating and sleeping but also working on some projects. I'm planning for summer school and also next year. I'm assuming I'll be teaching 3rd grade at my current school but I did put in for a transfer (looking for a school closer to home and on the early schedule) and we are getting an entire new administration at my current school. Our principal is retiring, our assistant principal will be principal at another school and our administrative assistant(we have one because our school has over 1,000 students!) will not be returning.

     Are you familiar with K12 Reader? Well it's a free website with wonderful resources. My favorite is the reading passages for each grade level (scroll down and look in the left side bar to see the different grade levels). I think I'm going to make them into an interactive notebook form for next school year. I was playing around with how that would look.

     Students could cut the passage out and glue it on the left side of their notebook. They would then cut out the question template and glue that on the right side. I'm envisioning them writing their answer under the flap and then going back into the passage and highlighting evidence to support their answer in the correlating color.

     I've been doing this already with my 4th grade reading remediation group. I enlarged the passage and questions to 120% when copying and I had them glue passage on the left and the questions on the right. I had them highlight each question with a different color and then the evidence from the text. I've included examples from my notebook below.

What do you think of the idea? Do you do something similar in your classroom?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Currently April
I linked up with Farley for the Currently April.
Woohoo... my birthday month...bring on the Spring Weather... I loved my 10 snow days and 7 two hour delays but I'm ready to rock my sandals, skirts and tank tops on the regular! 
I've been suffering with Uterine Fibroids for 2 years now. I was diagnosed after I had an ovarian tumor removed and still continued to be in pain. I finally couldn't take the pain anymore and saw a new doctor. I'm scheduled for a sonohystogram during Spring Break and then I'll find out which type of surgery I'll need to remove them. The Myosure has a one week recovery time but the C-section cut will put me out of school for 4-8 weeks. We start state testing on May 9th and that may be the exact time I'll go in for the procedure.
Three weeks ago I got my 28th student, that makes 9 students with IEP's in my classroom. All 6 teachers on my team have 28 which means now we all start getting 29 now. We still have students transferring to our school and we have enrolled about 15 students in the last 3 weeks.
Do you have Blue Bell Ice Cream in your area? It is the best ice cream around! I love their Homemade Vanilla but now I have a new favorite... the Sea Salt Caramel. My husband just finished a container of the Banana Pudding, heard it was good, wouldn't know though, he didn't offer me a
Just 8 more days until Spring Break. One of those days is a Field Trip and the other is Field Day so... let's see how much teaching I get done after next Wednesday! 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Desktop Organization

Well it's a lazy rainy Sunday and I'm lounging in bed. I was in a great deal of pain when I woke up but thank God for pain meds because I'm feeling much better now and may be able to actually get out of this house today.

Amanda over at Teaching Maddenness blogged about this Desktop Organizer and I thought I'd give it a try and I'm loving it!

This is a snapshot of my current desktop. I downloaded the Desktop Organizer at Moritz Designs. She gives exact directions on how to find your screen resolution and then you download the organizer. I customized it using Microsoft Paint. I also changed the setting on my desktop (right clicked, unchecked "aligned icons to grid") this way I could drag the icons on the desktop where I wanted and it fit perfectly. So if your desktop needs bit organizing hop on over and get started!

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Famous American Lapbook

Just got finished working on a Famous American Lapbook for my students to create. I intend to use a manila file folder. The students will glue on the cover. On the inside students will glue the flaps of the 7 famous Americans. Four on the left inside and three on the right inside. Students will glue the description of each American underneath the correct flap. On the very back of the folder students will glue down the vocabulary template. We will add definitions under the flaps as we learn the words.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Must Read Monday: Snow Day #9

Must-Read Monday Linky
Well here in central VA we've had our share of frozen precipitation! Today is snow day #9. We had four days back in January, four days in February and now we're at day one in March. And between you and I... we'll probably be out of school tomorrow too!
Had I been at school today I would have started my Women's History Month biography project. I assign a biography based on reading levels and students read and take notes about the important details of that woman's life. Then they complete a rough draft and a final draft. I got the Women's History Template from Heidi @ Unique Teaching Resources. Sadly I don't see it on her website, I think it was a freebie through Facebook a couple of years ago.
Since I teach 3rd grade the "Who Was" Biographies are great for this grade level. Scholastic now has the "I Am" Biographies as well and they seem to be geared for 3rd-4th. So whenever my students return to school, they'll be reading their biographies! 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Currently March
I cannot believe it's March already! I just realized that Daylight savings time starts in a week... not at all happy about that! My currently this month is self explanatory. Do you know the secret question? Leave a comment below... the answer is 69 days!
This week was exciting...our current principal is retiring and we met our new principal on Tuesday. She was a breath of fresh air and I can't wait get to know her better. Friday was Seuss Day and I had several guest readers and my student teacher made the students a Seuss hat treat with oreo's, gummy savers and frosting. Last night my hubby took me to Texas Roadhouse and then we had Movie Night in. I feel asleep though, so I don't know how the movie ended... or really how it even developed... I was out in 10 minutes!
My student teacher taught her last lessons with me this week. Next week she'll be observing and then she'll be off to Kindergarten for 8 weeks. I will miss her terribly, we became fast friends and she's been a great help in the classroom. This is us on picture day, we're two peas in a pod!