Here it is the first day...Monday! I am over at the Pre-K conference today. I love pre-k teachers because pre-k teachers love kids!
All Eyes on YouMy first session is called All Eyes on You! I love this session! We can all find teaching great ideas on pinterest, facebook, Instagram, blogs, etc! But, if we can't manage our class our great ideas fail!
Here's a classroom management snippet from that session!
Before leaving the classroom, say "Ready, set?" The kids respond back, "You bet!" This is a great way to inform the children you are now leaving the room and hallway behaviors should begin. (All of these signs are from our Tackling Transitions unit.
Social Studies Sounds SuperMy second session is all about Social Studies! This session helps teachers bring social studies into their math and literacy! I always find it easier to start with the Social Studies or Science standard, then, I can easily build in literacy and math as a way to learn those standards.
Here are a few ideas from that session!
Science and Social Studies vocabulary are Tier 3 vocabulary words! This means that understanding of these words is essential within that unit of study. Here is an easy way to do that!
- Make a chart like the one above.
- Pick a social studies or science topic to be covered over 2-3 weeks.
- Once a week, ask the kids to tell you important words about that topic.
- Write the words on post it notes and add them to the chart. You may want to add a little drawing to accompany the word.
- Week 1 words are mostly from the children's prior knowledge.
- Weeks 2 and 3 words show their new learning.
If the kids are kindergarten or older, you may invite them to keep their own vocabulary notebook. They can add the words in their notebook as you add the post it notes. the unit vocabulary book and chart are from our Morning Meeting unit.
Literacy al a carteThe next session is Literacy al a carte! This session is a plethora of ideas to bring literacy to life! Marcia Tayte, in her book, Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites, tells us the importance of novelties to grow dendrites! This session is just that! It is full of novel ideas for reaching those literacy standards.
Here is an example from that session!
The last session for today is Mission Organization. I don't think we ever have everything figured out! If we did, we are we constantly looking for new and improved ways to organize our classrooms! Why is organization important? It's really not about being cute, or trendy! It's all about optimizing that teaching time! An organized teacher has more time to teach!
Here is an easy organization tip!
Looking for an easy way to have kids retelling stories? It's super easy to make these wearable bibs. Each child wears a bib to indicate which character they are portraying!
Each day I am going to add a freebee. This little step book is great for teaching the song, "Five Big, Fat Turkeys". You sing it to the tune of "Three Little Angels". You can grab the freebee here.
Here is what the book will look like when you are done.
Reproduce the pages on card stock. Cut them out like the ones above. Laminate
Stack the pages starting with the cover, then 5, 4, 3, etc. Bind book at the bottom!