Saturday, March 12, 2011
Here's the deal....I want a new url, but don't want to have followers who can't see what I'm posting in their news feed! What should I do? Any suggestions???
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Saturday, March 5, 2011
1. Starbuck's Breakfast Blend Coffee = LOVE! Seriously, I can't function in the morning without it!
2. Reality TV! It's my guilty pleasure...my very favorite are the New Jersey Housewives:) I'm also a huge fan of the other housewives, Jerseylicious, Jersey Shore, Wife Swap, etc.
3. Moroccan Oil hairspray- Not only does this hairspray hold your "style" without weighing your hair down, but it also gives a nice shine and smells sooooooo good!
4. Haribo Gummy Bears- YUM! The Best Gummy Bears. EVER.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
We've been reviewing previously taught skills in math this week. Yesterday, we worked on rounding to the nearest ten. Here's a game I call "Drop and Round" that my students LOVE! All you need are counters, 100 charts, marker boards & markers! Students drop a counter ( I like to use the small clear counters shown in the picture) on the 100's chart. On one side of the marker board, they write the number their counter landed on. Then they write the nearest ten on the opposite side of the board. You can pair your kiddos up or let them play independently. This week, I let my students play this independently while I walked around the room to observe/take notes. It was a nice formative assessment!
Here are a few pictures.....
Below is the recording sheet that was used to play these games. Very easy- have your students fold a piece of white paper into sixteenths....in each box they write a number and it's nearest ten (they wrote the nearest ten in colored pencil to make it stand out).
Today, we practiced counting money and making fair trades. We played two different games - "Money Drop" and "4 ways". They are very similiar to one another.
Money Drop- Students drop a counter on a 100's chart and turn it into an amount of money. For example, John's counter dropped on 66 so he would use 66 cents. Once they have their number, they show it in four different ways on their Fair Trades Board (a large piece of laminated construction paper divided into four sections.
Four Ways- I give each student a coin combination card. They count the coins and write the amount on their board. Then they show that amount in four different ways on their Fair Trades Board.
Lastly, I want to share something with you that has nothing to do with money or rounding...ha :P! I'm almost done with my "book basket project". I had a few AWESOME classroom volunteers help me sort my books last week. I found the baskets at the $tree....All I have left is a w.h.o.l.e lot of labeling....thank goodness, I love labels:) Anyhoo, I'm so excited about this and had to share:) Can't wait to show you the finished product next week!!!
I hope you are all having a wonderful week! Thanks so much for visiting! I'm so close to my goal of 50 followers this week! 15 more and I'm there....Please share my blog with your friends! THANKS:)
Sunday, February 27, 2011
- Discuss how Oobleck is a solid and a liquid- we call this a "soliquid" :)
- Oobleck does not bounce.
- If you make an Oobleck ball and throw it in the air, it will lose it's shape and become flat in the air.
- Oobleck can be molded in a container, but it loses it's shape as soon as you take it out.
- If you fill a balloon with Oobleck, the air forces the Oobleck back out.
- When you leave Oobleck outside in the sun, the color evaporates, it turns hard like cement on top and is like jelly on the bottom.
I also made a graohic organizer for my sweeties to illustrate, write describing words, and a sentence about Oobleck. Click on the picture below if you would like to download it.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Here is my Reading Response station that my kiddos go to after they listen to a story at the listening station. I differentiate it by using leveled book reports or graphic organizers. Students choose which reading response sheet they would like to complete out of their colored, labeled pockets (made with laminated file folders). I give each group two reading response options. I have 3 different leveled groups with 2 different options so altogether there are 6 different sheets in the reading response center. I typically change them out every 3-4 weeks! As you can see from the pictures, I use already made response sheets for this center. I don't know about you, but I have an extensive variety of graphic organizers. One of our first grade standards is that a student uses them to understand text, which makes them a perfect fit for the listening station!