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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Peek at My Week-Reindeer and Trains


This is going to be an incredibly short post! Shopping, decorating, wrapping, and parties are taking all my time…and I wouldn’t have it any other way! But, I wanted to give you a quick peek into what we are doing in Megan’s room this week! How exciting to be starting Unit 5 of Reader’s Workshop! This is when things get serious! We are really hitting those reading strategies and habits of good readers! How exciting that all of our kids are now in reading groups! In writing, we are finishing up our mini unit on making lists and writing patterns. Next week we will move on to opinion writing. We are using our train non fiction book as we are going to do the Polar Express this week! Yeah! And….we are also learning all about reindeer!Slide2

Here’s what we are doing in our literacy block and during science and social studies!


And…finally here are our math plans….Remember you can download these plans and save them for later! (here)

Like I said…short and sweet! Be sure and hop over to Deedee’s blog to see what others are doing!

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

ESGI 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!

Have you heard of ESGI? Well, do I have some good news for you! They are having a 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway. Yep, that's right, for the first 12 days of December they are picking a lucky teacher. They have also invited 12 bloggers to join in on the fun. So here's what do you have to do to enter to win a free year of ESGI and a $25 gift credit to a tpt store of one of these bloggers?....Just enter below and you are set!
Each winner for days 1-12 will receive $25.00 product credit to the daily bloggers store, as well as a 1 year license to ESGI for a total value of $225.00 each day!
Here is a list of the other bloggers that have joined in.
Don't wait....a winner is being picked each day....
1.     HeidiSongs/Heidi Butkus
2.     Kinder by Kim/Kim Jordano
3.     KFUNdamentals/Palma Lindsay
4.     Smart Kids/Jayne Gammons
5.     Kreative in Kinder/Crystal Radke
6.     Sharing Kindergarten/Mary Amoson
7.     KinderLit/Linda & Lisa
8.     Mrs. Jump's Class/Deanna Jump
9.     Kindergarten Kiosk/Kathy Crane
10.  Kinder Gals/Kim Adsit
11.  Mrs. Wills' Kindergarten/Deedee Wills
12.  Dr. Jean & Friends/Dr. Jean Feldman

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Monday, December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) Sale

Hey! It’s a Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) sale over at tpt. This is a sitewide sale plus an additional percent off by me! Head on over to tpt by clicking (here).
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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Peek at My (our) Week-Christmas (trees), Freebees and More Travel

Let the count down and craziness begin! Yep, 15 days of pure, no holding back, gotta love it….craziness!  I love working with teachers, but, this is the time of the year that I miss the classroom the most! No other profession allows you to spend an entire month watching the excitement build. To be quite honest, until Matthew was born last year, Christmas morning just hadn’t been the same since I left the classroom. The build up,the excitement that only children can bring…pure sweetness.
So, what is Megan doing in her room this week? It’s hard to believe that we are finishing up Unit 4 for Reader’s Workshop. We are now meeting with all the children for guided reading during the work time! Our kids are loving the nonfiction books that we made. My friend Bert put it best…my struggling readers feel so empowered! They have the same book as their “smartie” friends—the same pictures, the same features, only the level of text is different!
We are also finishing up our mini unit on list making and pattern writing. I love the pattern writing. Each child feel like a writer! It is a high success unit! Here is a sample of what pattern writing looks like.
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We are mostly using ideas about Christmas Trees this week. See below for links to the freebees! We are going to talk about using our senses to figure out what is in a Christmas gift on Monday and Tuesday during Science. What does it feel like? and What does it sound like?
We started a new Math Attack Unit this week for the December/January theme.
You can download a copy of the lesson plans here to save for future reference!
Here is a picture from last year where we made the gingerbread houses. I bought 3 kits. Each child was able to decorate one part of the gingerbread house. Then, a parent volunteer helped to “glue” them together!
Click on the picture to download the pieces to make this interactive chart that we are using this week.
You can also get this freebee of steps of how to decorate the tree by clicking on the picture.
Here is an interactive writing activity we did a few years back. You can read more about how to do it (here).
You might have started thinking about gifts for your kids. These are by far the best gifts we ever gave.
Here’s how:
  • We used a shower board from Home Depot and cut it into lap board sizes.
  • Then, we hot glued ribbon along the edges.
  • We used a paint pen and wrote their names.
  • Finally, we attached a dry erase marker with a velcro dot!
I remade the Christmas Math Game Pack this week. If you already own it, be sure and go to your “my purchases” section on tpt to get the updates.
I also remade the Christmas Literacy Game Pack.
And last…tpt will be having a sale on Monday and Tuesday! I will put my store at an additional 15% off! So start making your wish list now of all the things you need to make it through December and those winter months to follow!
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Be sure and hop on over to Deedee’s blog to see what other teachers are doing!
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

What can you do without a computer charger?


So, what do you do when you leave your computer charger in the airport on the way to a conference? Well, first you think, I can buy one! Well after 3 different chargers with about 20 different tips, (thanks to Holly and Brittany for bringing me chargers) you find out that you  have a computer that does not use a universal charger--and you have to order one!

But, you say to yourself, don’t panic…you can figure out something! And then, you find out that teachers make great friends! Holly “gave” me her computer for 2 days so I could do my presentations in Indiana! They also take you to dinner and on a shopping trip! Winking smile

My husband, after quite a lecture, ordered me not one, but two new chargers! (He knows me well.) He labeled each one with the computer it charges and my phone number!


So what do you do without a computer when you get home? You clean out drawers and closets and play with babies!  Andy and I have been in our house for nearly 15 years. So, I decided to pull out all the old shelf liner and put in new liner! Who knew that it would be such a big job! The paper was stuck to the wood and I took me hours to get it all out! As I was cleaning out, I found quite a phone collection! Do you recognize any of them?


I finally received a new computer cord in the mail on Friday! Panic mode set in. I was a week behind in getting out the December Guided Reading Unit! So for the last 48 hours, I have been at the computer finishing it up!

Here’s how the guided reading units work…each month the unit contains 5 different titles. December contains the following titles….Making a Gingerbread House, Trains, Reindeer, Timber! Cutting Down a Tree, and Winter Holidays.

Slide3Each of the 5 titles is written at 3 different levels, but all 3 levels have the same photos and the same non-fiction features. The only difference is the level of the text.


In December, the 5 books provide a review of labels, diagrams, headings, questions, cut a ways, and bold text. Table of Contents and “You need…” lists are introduced.


Reproducible pages are included for: word work, phonics practice, non-fiction features, and writing non-fiction text. The photos just show a sample of the pages. This unit is over 200 pages!

So now, let me catch my breath before I get started on the January unit! No peek at my week today! We are out all week! Happy Thanksgiving!

By the way, you can also get the Guided Reading Units in a bundle!

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Do Your Kids Like Each Other?

So, do the kids in your class like each other? Check out this post on bloghoppin that Megan did on how she encourages friendship. Also you can get the free download to make your own friendship stickers and awards.
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Student Lead Conferences

Have ya’ll tried Student Lead Conferences? Let’s just say, Megan’s kids blew it out of the water. Want to read more about it? Then head on over to bloghoppin to read her post.
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