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Easy Workstations for Halloween!

I was making some of these this week...some for alphabet matching and matching eyeballs to pictures.  I also made some addition ones and word families for short /a/.  I found these at Target, but they weren't at the Dollar Spot...they were in the back with the Halloween candy.


My son saw me working on these and decided that he could use them to decorate :)  You'll see what he wrote on the the window leading up to our front door :)


Peek at My Week! Short Week

Since it is a short week, my lessons are designed for small groups focused on specific skills: Inferencing and Main Ideas.

I cannot say enough about the Main Idea set from The Brown Bag Teacher.  It has also been helping students with their writing.  Their paragraphs are much more focused and organized!!!


 Don't forget to check out other great lesson plans at Mrs. Wills Kindergarten!
  
http://www.mrswillskindergarten.com/2014/09/peek-at-my-week-apples.html

Stretching CVC Words

A friend of mine shared this with me.  I LOVED it!!!  Perfect for students that are working on blending words.  We've been stretching words using an elastic.  Then once I bring the elastic back together, we say the entire word.  It is a great visual and the students love it.

I've just been changing the first letter (the other letters are clipped behind the first letter).  Underneath the "m" were other letters to create the following words: pan, can, and van!






Five For Friday: Halloween with Food Allergies




This is a great resource :)  My son has peanut allergies and my daughter has celiac.  My son is a real hoot to trick or treat with!!!  "Trick or treat!  I have a peanut allergy, do you have candy for kids with peanut allergies?"  He says this at EVERY.SINGLE.HOUSE!  My husband and I are in the background yelling, "just say trick-or-treat!!"  I love this teal pumpkin idea :)



My children give all their candy to our dentist.  He donates it to soldiers over seas.  Then I take my children to the grocery store and they pick out some candy that they like and I don't have to worry that a wrapper may have accidently opened up and Resse's Peanut Butter Cup got on something!!!

I'm having a blast watching this season's Amazing Race!  It is on Friday night, but we DVR it and watch it on Sunday's (just like last year)!



I love these reading strategy posters from Mrs. Ricca's Kindergarten!



I talked about these a few weeks ago, but these have been a hit!!!  I'm super happy with the data from kindergarten :)  Plus the students LOVE these anchor charts from Cara Caroll!  I printed them two on a page and they are PERFECT for small groups! 

I am so happy it is the weekend! 




Peek at My Week: The Drinking Gourd

We focused on inferencing (informational) and main ideas/details (literature) last week.  Inferencing was REALLY difficult. 

We are also going to continue making predictions, inferencing, and asking and answering questions with the book, The Drinking Gourde.   I made up a little packet for students to use.  Each chapter has a section for students to work on that are focused around our three main learning targets this week.   I've never tried this before...We shall see how it works!!  This way my students can work at their own pace, but still practice the skills they need the most help with, and they can conference with me :) 



A great resource I found to introduce the book is a website about the underground railroad...including the song, "Follow the Drinking Gourd."

This week as exit slips, we will use some more of the inferencing cards we used last week!

 Don't forget to check out other great lesson plans at Mrs. Wills Kindergarten!
  
http://www.mrswillskindergarten.com/2014/09/peek-at-my-week-apples.html



Peek at My Week: Short Week

We ended up starting to do a "mini" research project last week.  We are going to finish it up on Monday and Thursday.  Since we are having a short week, we are going to review main idea/details and practice inferencing!  I'm excited to use resources from the Brown Bag Teacher and Rachel Lynette this week.  We are also using my Online Reading and Research Pack.

 Don't forget to check out other great lesson plans at Mrs. Wills Kindergarten!
  
http://www.mrswillskindergarten.com/2014/09/peek-at-my-week-apples.html






Progress Monitoring Survey Results


How often:
Weekly  40%
Twice a Month 30%
Monthly 15%
Other 5%

Assessments:
AIMS Web
Dibels
CBM (please comment if you are using it and a website so I can investigate it more).

What I need:
An AWSOME way to monitor comprehension in grades 3-5.  We have Dibels available to us.  We also use running records.  I feel like there needs to be a better retell component to Dibels. 

I'd love for you to leave a comment if you've got an awesome solution to my 3rd-5th problem :)