Friday, October 25

Free Products and Scary, Scary Halloween

This week we had parent teacher conferences. Short week, but 2 lo-ong days. Loving that today gets to be a lazy day!

My conferences went well. I only had one conference (a Negative Nellie) that I'm already dreading their next one, but maybe my tune will magically change after a few months of working on that parent-teacher relationship. A girl can hope.

I hope your conferences go well too!

I just wanted to pop in and share a couple of FREE items I added to my TPT store, in case you're interested. Last week, I planned for the tier 1 reading groups to practice retelling stories and compound words using a couple different I 16 level books. If you can use them, please click to download the book study from my store.


I also created a new item FOR SALE in my store. Next week, I am planning for my tier 1 kids to read Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting. They're going to work on fluency with rhythm, rhyming words, and creative writing from a different point of view. Click on the book if you are interested in looking at or purchasing this product for $1.

I'll give someone this new product if you leave your email address in your comment.

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Sunday, October 20

Table Teams and More

I switched from desks to tables shortly after the year began, you might remember. Naturally, this last week, I finally began table teams.

I sorted my kiddos Kagan-style, per the AP's suggestion. He's a big Kagan fan. Each table has a high, low, and at least one middle student. 

Each spot at my tables is numbered. This makes calling on certain students pretty easy. I could say, "If you are sitting in spot number 2, please pick up a Storytown book for everyone at your table." or "if you are sitting at spot number 4, please stand up to share your table's idea." I like it! 

I assigned each table a color and created a little color insert for the table pencil baskets. I also hung a little monster above each table that matches their table color. 

My AP suggested a trophy for the table with the most points at the end of the day, so I made this guy with a base from Hobby Lobby and a little plastic figure I painted gold. The table with the most points at the end of the day gets to keep the trophy on their table the next day. I think I will extend the celebration so that the table who won the most that week will receive monster tickets to put in the weekly drawing.

The kids especially love when they can have a 5 second party to celebrate winning or receiving a point.  They can get up and dance and move.

Week 1 with the new table team trophy has gone well. I'm hoping this positive system is a lasting solution to the chatter/off-task-ness/not paying attention problems I have with this group. 

On another note, I found an adequate Ms. frizzle dress for my Halloween costume at school. I bought some pieces of felt to cut out little weather-related objects to put on the dress. I hope it turns out as amazing as I'm picturing in my head! Now I just need to find a Liz-style stuffed animal to carry with me on our parade at school... 

Do you dress up for Halloween at your school? 

Saturday, October 5

Number and Operations of Base Ten

It's been a week. Hopefully I get to a point where that's not the case, but I'm not there yet. Luckily, I had a nice long conversation with the AP Friday so we can turn this year around. This class is just special. I feel like I don't know what I'm doing, like I'm a first year teacher again. If I get a moment along the way, I'll share about some of the changes that will happen in my room. I'm hoping that before long, I'll be singing a different tune!

Today, I'm sharing some activities I made to use in my small MTSS (RTI) tier 2 Math group. They are loving these activities, especially the ones where we pull out the crayons or scissors. I think having a strong number sense is an important starting place!

We're currently working on the Number and Operations of Base Ten common core standards.

These are just a few of the activities I made. There are 12 in far. I debated on whether to offer these as a freebie or to post them for sale. I decided to post them for sale in my store, but I wanted to offer them FREE to the first 2 or 3 people who commented with an email.

Hope you are having an amazing weekend,
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