Friday, December 30, 2011

Bad Blogger...Big Sale!

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Well, I really did have great intentions about keeping up with the blog over the winter break.  But what can I say!  It's sort of like exercise because I also had really good intentions about going to the gym.  That didn't happen to much either =(.  But I did eat a lot of really great food and I learned to sleep in until 10:00! j

I haven't been totally lazy because I also managed to complete 2 new math units and that's great because I'll need to use them when I go back to work.  They are all on sale at my TPT and at my Teachers Notebook!  There is more stuff on my TPT site.  I hope you get a chance to check the out.  Thanks for following!!  Happy New Year!

Friday, December 23, 2011

January Ideas!

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Ready to share your winter ideas?  Read Write Sing is having a January Learning Linky party!  
Link up and share your ideas!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

SALE!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!  Thank you all so much for following my little blog!  I can't even believe how many of you there are!  Anyways, I for one am taking a break this long weekend.  I will be enjoying my family and putting up Christmas decorations!  This is truly my favorite time of year.  I hope you all can enjoy your weekend and then come back strong for Teachers Pay Teachers Cyber Monday SALE!  Here is how it works-My products are all 20% off, then you can enter the coupon code below for an additional 10% of from Teachers Pay Teachers.  Don't worry, if you can't wait until Monday because my SALE starts Friday!


Thanks for stopping by!!!!!
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Random Ramblings...

I might not have posted lately, but I've got about a gazillian posts in my head!  It's just been one of those years where you run yourself ragged all day at work and then you come home and work some more.  I thought that would be something that went away as I got more experience teaching, but I've come to realize that it just depends on the year!  Anyways...

This year I decided to teach letters a bit differently.  We went at it letter of the day style and finished pretty quick.  This was all in effort create or own alphabetic code that I posted about a while back.  My plan was to present all of the letters, one per day, then to go back and review.  The thing is, they didn't need to go back.  They learned the letters just as well as they did back when I took two or three days per letter.  We still used McCraken's Spelling Through Phonics which works awesome!


After that we moved right into word families.  I use Hiedisongs.com.  The kids are learning so much.  I use her sight word dvd's too. That Heidi just has it all figured out!
I still have the kiddos spend time spelling the words on their white boards, and they are doing fabulous!  I have more pictures but I just couldn't figure out how to hide their faces, not tonight anyway!


oh, and I wanted to ramble a bit about our latest round of star student writing!  Today we wrote letters to the telling them that we like them because...  I am so proud of the work they did!  Check these out!




Now I know this has nothing to do with teaching, but this big guy follows me everywhere!  Do you think he knows he sat on his food bowl?  I doubt it!

Have a fabulous Thanksgiving week!


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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Better Late than Never! Thanksgiving Unit!

Well, I know I've sort of been a bad blogger.  But I've been working like a dog!  Despite the TUBS of materials I have for Thanksgiving, I just didn't have what I wanted.  There was no Big Book, there was no write the room, no song and poetry page, no word work center, no pocket chart art!  These are my essentials!!!!  So, I had to make them.  Here is a sample.  Check them out at Teachers Pay Teachers or Teachers Notebook!  Thanks for stopping by!





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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Reading Comprehension and Groups Unit

It seems like forever since I've posed, but I am just feeling totally consumed with school and the classes I'm taking on the fabulous core curriculum standards!  It's just been go, go, go all the time!  Despite all of that, I did manage to put together a new reading comprehension packet (inspired by the class I'm taking)!  My kiddos are learning so much!  They can tell you about schema and their connections, and they are retelling animals!  Here is a little peak at the unit!  You can get your own from my Teachers Notebook or Teachers Pay Teachers store!






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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Five Fat Turkeys Freebie and Thanksgiving Math Mini-Unit!

 We are learning the Five Fat Turkeys song for our Thanksgiving program!  Here is our poster for the poetry station. After we learn the song, we will illustrate it in our Song and Poetry journals and act it out in our drama center.  Hope you can use it, please leave a comment if you do!


Five Fat Turkeys

If you like these products, check out my Thanksgiving Math Unit at Teachers Pay Teachers or Teachers Notebook!



Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Bad Blogger Gone Batty!

It seems like it's been forever since I've posted anything!  Between the class I'm taking, school, and LIFE, I think I really have gone batty!

We've been learning about Bats.  We started with a RAN chart (Reading and Analyzing text).  We first recorded what we thought we knew about bats.  Then we moved to recording what we wanted to know or what we wondered about bats.  As we read many texts we added to our learning.  We answered most of our questions and found a few misconceptions!






We described bats during our morning meeting and on another day we labeled the parts of the bat.











We used tree maps to record our learning.  I wish I would have taken a picture of one of the kids maps, but here is a master.
Bats Are Can Have Tree Map

We used our tree-maps to make flip books- Clip art by KPM Doodles.

Here is the cover page and sentence strips!
All About Bats Cover Page Bats are

Tomorrow, we will make bats!

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

Reading Pointers

Foam Spider Stickers-$3.00
Mini-Craft Sticks-$2.00
Kids happily pointing to words as they read-Priceless!


The kids really do light up when they get their new pointers!
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Monday, October 10, 2011

Star Student-Round Two!

A few weeks ago I posted about the name game that I wanted to try with my student!  I am loving it!  We are now on round two of our name game.  Everyday we choose our star student, randomly from a bag of sticks.  We clap the syllables in that student's name.  Then we write the letters for each sound in the student's name.  Next, we make a class book for the student.  This round we are writing "You are" sentences.  We started with a "You are" circle map that we keep posted.  Each student has to write a "You are" sentence for the student of the day.  I hope that makes sense, maybe the pictures will help!



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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Super Stars and Fire Safety!

My niece and nephew are always willing to pose for a picture, especially when I tell them that they will be superstars!  Here they are modeling the pocket chart art center project from my new fire safety unit-



They are pretty adorable right?  Superstars!

This is just one of two art projects in my shared reading unit.  Here's a peak at the rest!


                              



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Thanks for stopping by!  If you want to find out more about the fire safety unit it's available at my Teachers Notebook store and Teachers Pay Teachers.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Halloween Math and a big Thank You!

My Halloween Math Unit is finally posted on at my Teachers Notebook store and on my Teachers Pay Teachers store.  I used some super cute clip art from KPM doodles and I think they turned out really well!

   
I want to Thank Claire from Miss Toffee's Class for awarding me the Versatile Blogger Award! I feel so lucky that this is my second nomination for this award!  Now receiving this award comes with conditions and you can see mine here!
Then I learned that  Jennifer at Herding Kats in Kindergarten awarded me the 'I Heart Your Blog' award!

This award also comes with conditions!  

When you are awarded the I Heart Your Blog Award you are asked to do the following things:

1. Give the "I Heart Your Blog "Award to your favorite Top 10 Blogs that have touched your heart and inspired your teaching by listing them on your blog.
2. Contact that person and let them know of their heartfelt award.
3. When you receive the award, copy and paste the graphic on you blog and give a shout out to the person who nominated you.
4. Spread the LOVE by passing the "Heart Your Blog" Award on to your Top 10.


I really have a top 100 blogs that I just love to stalk on a daily basis, but here are some especially awesome kindergarten blogs!

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Can Do Kinders

A Place Called Kindergarten

Lory's Page
http://www.kinderkraziness.blogspot.com
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The Very Busy Kindergarten


Kindergarten Rocks
Creating & Teaching


Thanks to all of you who take the time to read my little blog!

Jody


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