Monday, October 22, 2012

Two Weeks and a Digraph Blending Power Point

The past two weeks have flown by and have been so busy.  At the beginning of those two weeks I got a "Hoover" of a kid in my room (refer to Heather's post here to see what I mean) and OH BOY is this kid a HOOVER!  Last week I had parent teacher conferences and I had to introduce a NEW report card to the parents.  It has been super stressful over here!  Tomorrow morning I have a formal observation and I am happy to say I am prepared!  I think my kiddos will do well and will show off how smart they are but I can't wait for this observation to be over!

I have finally finished the "Blending Words with Digraphs" power point.  Click on any of the screen shots below and it will take you to this product in my store! Here's how I use it in my classroom...

At the click of a button the sounds change colors from left to right and your students will blend as the colors change.  Then an arrow comes across for your students to say the whole word.  To introduce your students to a variety of words with digraphs I have included the digraphs at the beginning and at the end of the word (example below...ship...bash). Finally there are some sentences made with the same digraph words for your students to read.

Apple on!  Here's to tomorrow morning being over soon!!!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Friday Freebie

I talked about a digraph power point earlier in the week but these assessments that I am giving my kiddos have just about knocked me out.  I hope to get it up and running soon!  For now...I have a freebie for you to enjoy!

Brought to you with the help of Teaching Blog Addict! 

Freebie Fridays

Do your students need to practice place value for the numbers 1 to 30?   This week's freebie will help them do just that!  These game cards feature a target number for your students to bundle to.  For each pair of students you will need 30 sticks, 3 rubber bands, target number cards (#10 to #30), and one die (I hate saying it like this...anyone else agree?!).

Directions for Target Number Bundling Game Cards

1. Turn over a target number card

2. One partner rolls the die and pulls out that number of sticks (or whatever object that can be bundled)

3. Then the next partner rolls the die and pull out that number of sticks

4. The game continues until the partners reach the target number together

NOTE: As the number of sticks piles up encourage the students to make a bundle or a group of ten (while also having left over ones) and describe the numbers to each other...I tell my students to say "We made 14 that is 1 group of ten and 4 ones."

Happy Friday and have a great weekend everyone! Apple on!

Thursday, October 4, 2012


I'm linking up with Farley!  A big thank you to her for helping me figure out how to use her adorable template.  I tried and tried to figure it out but alas I had to send her an email asking for help...Thanks Farely!!!

The Ugly Pumpkin is soooo adorable!  I'm not even going to tell you what it's HAVE to read it! Apple on!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Anchor Charts and What to do with those OLD Scholastic Book Orders?!

Where have I been for over a week?!  These days have been FLYING by.  I can't believe it's already October and that parent/ teacher conferences (eek.) are in two weeks. We have been busy, busy in the classroom.  I was inspired by many a blog post to create more anchor charts/ posters for my students to refer to for all the different skills and subjects we are learning.  Here are some pictures!

 Our Math Tools and Addition Strategies

 The writing process...prewrite/ plan, draft, revise, edit, final/ publish, and present.  We have actions to go along with the charts :)  psssst...the fun actions make up for some UUUGGGGGLLLYY hand draw pictures (by yours truly).

Telling the differences between books that tell a story or books that give information...

Do you happen to have any of those Scholastic book orders lying around just dying to be used?  Well now is your chance to use them up!
Click here to see this product in my store!
Old Scholastic book orders are NOT included.  Go grab your extra orders and have your students cut them up!  My students loved getting to browse through the books while completing the activity and I also sent home another copy of this exact book order with them that day so they could beg ask their parents for a book!

I will be back later this week with a digraph powerpoint.  I made it through last week so there is a chance I'll make it through this one too!  Apple on!