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Update to Making Words!

Updated on 3-27-15!!! Lots of new sorting mats and picture cards to help with word building!

Please make sure to download the new updated of the following (it is included)!

I use ice cube trays (from the Dollar Tree) to organize letters at literacy workstations :)

Five For Friday! The Week After Spring Break

I'm not sure I've recovered yet from Spring Break!! We went on a cruise and had a blast!!!!  We met my sister-in-law and her family...we spent lots of time at the beach and just hanging out :)

Easter Ideas! Lots of thanks goes to The First Grade Parade for this idea!!!  I bought the bunnies at Michaels.  Then I used smooth rocks from the Dollar Tree.  Students make up CVC words for their literacy work station partner!

These storage containers were 49 cents at Michaels.  I've been using them to hold letters :)  I found bags of smooth stones, and vowels are in red and consonants are in blue. 

Over spring break, we were totally spoiled in terms of food!!!  I think my favorite were the barbecue tacos!!!  YUMMY!!!

I'm so happy I found these popcorn containers at the Target Dollar Spot!  I've had them for two years and they still look brand new!  The kindergarteners have been working on blending!!!  

I hope everyone has a great, great weekend!! I know I'm ready for it!!!

Book Study: Chapter 4

Chapter 4 of Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites is sponsored by Queen of the First Grade Jungle!

This has been my favorite chapter so far!!!  I LOVE games!! Students LOVE games!!! It is like they don't even realize they are learning!!

I tend to use games more to review and practice.  I need to find more ways to include games into learning!  I also want to make sure that my games are helping students think at higher levels!
I have lots of bundles with games that are great for both guided reading and literacy workstations.  My rule is that I teach the games during guided reading and then they move to a work station.  

Worksheets Don't Grow Dendrites: Chapter 3 Field Trips

I love field trips.  Some of my favorite childhood memories are from field trips.  The highlight was when I was in 5th grade, I went on the train to Washington DC and spent five days at our nation's capital.  So far, this has been my favorite chapter of the book study!

In my district, for years and years, each grade level had specific field trips they took.  In the past few years, field trips have been cut from the district budget.  Our PTO has stepped up, and now funds field trips.  Each grade level makes their request.  In my teaching career, these are the field trips I have attended:
-state capital
-zoo (multiple times)
-movie theater
-one room school house
-pumpkin patch
- University art lab

Here are some of my take aways from Chapter 3.

Here are links to a few virtual field trips, depending on what you are studying!

The San Diego Zoo Virtual Field Trip has animal cams and even includes lessons hosted by zookeepers!

Colonial Williamsburg has a varitety of virtual field trips for students including topics on the economy during the 1700s, the Revolutionary War, and jobs during the 1700s.

The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History allows students to visit the entire museum!

No Worksheet Wednesday! Linky Party

I love, love, love this linky party.  The bad news is right now I'm helping with State Assessments, so my group time with students is limited :(

This is an oldie but goodie that I like to use when students are practicing sight words.  I staple colored paper together to make a flip book.  At a literacy workstation, students look through magazines and newspapers searching for their sight words!

Best Practice Book Study: Chapters 1 and 2

I was super excited to find out about this book study.  If you look at my blog name, you can tell that this book was perfect for me :)

I love that the chapters are short... you can get lots of ideas in a quick amount of time!!!  So far, the theme I see running through the book is students have to be engaged in what they are learning.  Chapter 1 focused on discussion and Chapter 2 focused on drawing.  Here are ways I can incorporate ideas with my students.

Quick and Easy Last Minute Valentine's

If you are looking for a quick and easy last minute Valentine, just download the file below.  Cut out the Valentine's and then you attach Kool Aid packets!  My daughter helped me with this little project for the students in my reading group!