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June 30, 2015

Two for Tuesday: June 30th

Hi everyone!  It's summer... the best time to scoop up those TPT deals!  Joining up with Chalk One Up for the Teacher to share 2 products that are 50% off today only!  50% off?  Yep!  

These 2 are my most wish listed products in my store... my Rainbow Edit pack, and my Whole Class Writing Journal bundle.  What exactly are they?

Here are some of them.  
I shared about my Whole Class Writing Journals 3 years ago during a Monday Made It.  These 40+ covers are glued onto spiral notebooks, and then students chose which journal to write in.  They write their name on the top of the entry, and put the journal back into the basket for others to read and write in.  I contribute these journals to starting friendships in my classroom, as the kids share and learn about each other.  It has been a way for students to start conversations, and help the class bond together.  It's also a very easy activity to prep, and a very easy activity for students to complete when they are finished with their assigned tasks.  I personally have my students do these journals when they are finished with their writing assignment for the week, and it's a station/option for Work on Writing. During silent reading students also have a chance to read entries and write compliments to fill buckets.  

An anchor chart that my class makes every August.  

Rainbow Edit... Oh, how I love Rainbow Edit.  This is another thing that I could NOT live without.  Every year my students have to complete a district writing test (we used to also have a state writing test).  They have to show their comprehension of basic conventions.  Every year in August I start teaching my kids how to Rainbow Edit, and every year they learn how to look closely at their writing.  We start the year with a bunch of 1 and 2's on the rubric, and end up with 3's and 4's.  Kids learn to make their rough drafts colorful, and it is amazing at the results.

Both of these are 50% off today.  I hope they help you!  

June 29, 2015

Monday Made It: Literature Circle Group Pails

Linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for another Monday Made It.

This next year I want to use Literature Groups in my classroom.  We are switching up our ELA to incorporate more novels.  To keep everything organized I decided to grab these small pails from Target's Dollar Spot and add some alphabet stickers to the front of them.  The plan is to keep them filled with everything they need for group discussions, and since I'm keeping the groups small (only 4 per group), I needed 8.

 I know how much I have loved using Bloom's prompt cards as a teacher to get the discussion rolling, so I wanted to print out the cards extra small (8 per page) that my students could keep in their pails.  

Ink has become a huge factor, so I decided to print in BW, and add those same alphabet/number stickers to the cards.  The letters stand for the type of Bloom prompt it is.
K= Knowledge/Remembering
C = Comprehension/Understanding
Red A= Application
Yellow A = Analysis
S = Synthesis
E = Evaluation

Here are the cards that I'm using:
Blooms Taxonomy Reading Responses

What'cha Reading? Literature Circle Activity

Final Bucket x 8:

Do you use literature pails?  Hope this helps someone!  

June 27, 2015

3-2-1 Teacher Bio

Good morning!  Today I'm linking up with Bright Concepts 4 Teachers to share a little about me. :)   

Pretty self explanatory... In life (not just in my classroom) I like to be in charge.  I like to know what's going to happen, I don't like surprises.  I like to plan out my lessons and know what the outcome will be.  I will do the same thing for years if I know it works.  If it doesn't, then I toss it.  

Respect... Yeah.  If I'm talking, a student should not be talking.  If another student is talking, then we are all quiet and respectful.  If someone's feelings get hurt, then there needs to be an apology - even if it was an accident.  If your desk is a mess, then you need to respect yourself to clean it up... you can't do your best work when you are distracted by all the clutter.  We respect each other by not lying to each other, not hurting each other's feelings, maintaining a safe environment, etc.  It's all about respect with me.

I didn't really talk before college.  I have always been super shy, and even though I like to be in control of the situation, I didn't want to take the leader role.  I was afraid of hurting someone's feelings, I was super unsure about myself.  College was when I really came into my own.  Maybe it's because it's when I finally started taking those education classes and learning to become a teacher?  Don't know...   Growing up I had friends, but I LOVE to read.  I was one that my family had to physically shake me to get me out of my reading induced coma.  I love making the movies in my head, still do - but with 3 kids there isn't as much time during the school year.  Already this summer, in the past 4 weeks, I've read 11 fiction and 1 nonfiction.  Life is good when you have a book.

In high school I took 4 years of French.  We only needed to take 3 years, but my teacher said that if we took 4 she would take us to France during our senior year.  It was her thing to do with the seniors and she did it every year.  I saved money for the trip, and then family issues caused her to have to cancel the summer that I was to go.  My dad's family (way back when) came from France.  Someday...  

Thanks for stopping by!  What's on your bucket list?
  I hope you have a great day!