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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Stretchy the Snake Cards

Hello Bloggy Friends. Quick and short post. I have to do some actual teacher work and write my lesson and center plans and do some data! So I will get right too it! I have been searching no perusing no   what I have been doing is downright  stalking pinterest and I came across the beanie baby decoding and comprehension strategies. I love these! What a fun and engaging way to teach students reading skills.

I have made some stretchy the snake decoding cards to use with those sliding pencils cases that you all got for a dollar right!
You can check out the {idea} here. She has also made two pages of cards that you can download.

click {here} to get these!

This template is from Karen Cox
If you would like to download this set for free click {here}

If you would like to know more about the decoding stretegies you can click {here} and {here} to visit Mrs. Jump's blog! ( she is great by the way! I want to be like her when I grow up)

You can also find some information {here}

Free downloads for reading strategies

Monday, August 29, 2011

A Modge Podge of a Post! Word Fam, Color Words, Book Ideas, Oh My!

Over at Proteacher there is an interesting thread going on! It is call A Fact a Day. The idea is that you would teach a new fact for each day  with the number in it that you are at school. For example the fact for DAy 1 could be: Dolphins sleep with 1 eye open!
When I read it I thought it was a cool idea!
Here is the list so far. some numbers are missing so if you have a fact for that number please leave a comment and share! A final list will be posted when the list is complete
Fact A Day _1_

Here is another {gem} of an idea that I found. The teacher is doing a year without homework experiment! ( My principal will so not go for this) Instead of sending home homework she has created some weekly/monthly documents that parents can use. She has a document a month for reading, writing, math, science and social studies. Since I teach kindergarten I thought that these would be an excellent addition to our homework since many of my parents don't know how to "teach" reading.

She was kind enough to let me post a couple of docs

Here is an example of the reading parent education form
Reading Begins at Home Sept

Here is an example of writing
Wonder Writers Issue One

If you would like to have these and the rest of the files  to help support your parent check the website out

Now on to some complete randomness!
How do you teach word Families? We do not have a set block of time to do word Families so I have to teach it during my morning meeting. Here is a example of somethings that I use

The First thing I use is Word Family Poem posters.

I find the most of the poems {here} and some of the poems I make up on my own. I review these with the kids the first week that they are introduced. After we have reviewed the poems they then more to the library center as a reading option for the students.

I also use posters like these to help review a Word Family. I have various different ones: some with just the picture, some where they have to draw a line from the word to the picture some with missing medial or ending sounds.
The students use magnets to spell the words. I also dump a bunch of letters in a sensory tub, right now it is cut up straws, and the kiddos scoop the letters to spell the word using a spoon or shovel!

I have these posters that I use for each word fam that serves as my anchor chart!

I also use the sensory tub that I mentioned above for lots of other centers like this one

This Week we learned about color words. We read the book Mary Wore Her Red Dress. The students loved this book so I created a book for them to practice spelling their color words. I so use the Frog Street Press Color Songs CD.

A copy of the front of the book and the first page. I left a blank for each time a color word was used in the book and the students used the letters at the bottom to spell the word
 Kids spell the color word and reads the story!

Okay the next couple of Photos are total randomness!

Some Happenings From Ms. Patterson's Class!

We Made our own clay and used it to make clay crafts! It was so much fun

We read The Wheels on the bus and made our own buses!
I finally have figured out how to make these little lovlies!

happy Teaching From Ms. Patterson's Kinder Class

Friday, August 26, 2011

A quickie!! Cute posters freebie

here are some of my favorite quotes that I post inside my classroom. I put these in cute picture frames, the ones with stands are really cute, around my room but you can laminate them and post in various areas.

All templates and templates are from Just so Scrappy too!

Hope you enjoy

Don't forget to show some love and comment!

Ms. Patterson

Behavior Linky Party

Lesson Plan Diva and Fun in First  is hosting a behavior plan linky party.

I use a couple of different things to manage behavior in my classroom . The first thing that I use is a classroom economy. I use this to help the students be more responsible for their actions. I have ways that the students can earn more, lose it and how they can spent it. If you would like more info you can check out the post here!

Another thing that I use is a clip chart. I love this. Students can clip up or down depending on their behavior. Check out this post for a detailed and I mean very detailed post on the clipchart and how it works. ( Mrs. Bainbridge's Class)

*sorry this isn't a better pic*

Here is the recording sheet that I attach to the back of my newsletter so that parents can see what level that their child is on each day. I did not create this and I forgot where I got it so if you know let me know I will gladly give credit!
Click here to view the letter I send home to parents explaning the clipchart. ( Mrs. Bainbridge's class)

Lastly for behavior I use a whole group behavior bingo

Inside of the bucket I have small balls that have numbers on them. EAch day I tell students what behavior I am looking for. Each time I see the whole class displaying that behavior I pick a student come pull a number(s). Students then color the number(s) on the chart. EAch time they fill up a row or column they earn a reward. The reward could be extra recess, no morning work, extra computer time, class snack, movie and etc. The behavior bingo chart can also be used for when students turn in all homework, each time the class gets a compliment for staff, no tardies, or whatever you decide that your class needs to work on. Since I teach kinder I made a chart that goes to 50 instead of 100. I took forever for kids to earn the reward when I used the 100s chart.
Behavior Bingo

Check out Lesson Plan Diva to see what others do for behavior management and grab yourselves some awesome freebies while visting and maybe even some far out ideas!

Happy Teaching

Ms. Patterson

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Bloggers Friends I need your help!

Does anyone know where I can find IF you give a Moose a Muffin activities? I have been searching all over for cute ideas to do for both math and reading but I can' t seem to find much.

Does anyone know where I can find some resources or a blogger who has blogged about the book. I am looking for some activities and craft ideas that can be done easily with kinders

Thanks in Advance for your help

ms. Patterson

Monday, August 22, 2011

Organization Monday Plus My Donor Choose Lot!

Okay so I know that many of you have made some of these

These are cute and functional! There are many ways that you can make these but I chose to use them as seating and storage. I first got the crates at Target when they were on sale. Then I took a crate to Lowe's where they cut the wood down to fit the seats for me. I paid 6 bucks for a sheet of plywood and the nice worker cut  it for free. Then I bought the fabric on clearance at wAlmart. Now all that is left to do is staple the fabric to the board and TaDa you have a crate seat! simple and easy!  I attached a ribbon loop at the end of each board so the students can lift it up easily and use if for storage.

I have 14 crates and 30 students in my class this year. I assign my students numbers, if you don't do this please consider it will make your life much much much easier! Numbers 1-15 sit on the crates the first day while numbers 16-30 sit on the floor. The next day the kiddos switch and the ones that sat on the crates the previous day sits on the floor and vice versa.

In order to ease confusion I labeled each seat with both student numbers so that they know where to sit without wasting a ton of time. Quick and easy transitions with minimum confusion

In previous years I have used table tubs but I hated how junky the kids would leave these and how much space they took up on each table. This year I thought that I would use the crates for all the students work material

Inside the crates are where students store all of their material!

 Students crayon buckets. Each students has one with their number on it. Inside the bucket is where they keep their glue, scrissors and of course crayons.
 Look inside the crayon bucket
 Students carpet bag. The bag is just simply a ziplock bag with the students number on it. Right now since it is the beginning of the year it doesn't have much in it but at the moment it holds the hand whiteboard, their personal dry erase marker and a laminated 100s chart that they use during morning meeting and math
 This is a plastic bucket that sits inside the crate. It hols the students carpet bag, folder, and math workbooks. Later it will house their journals
 Magazine boxes and folders for organizing student's nightly homework and classwork

 I saw these little goodies after I came back from our TST meeting! I just had to snap pics!
My first Donor's Choose Project. I can't wait to use these
*** Feel Free to share the love and Drop me a note!*****
 happy Teaching

ms. Patterson


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