Wednesday, January 30, 2013

What is Multiplication? Math Notebook Entry

This morning we started getting into the business of multiplication. Before we started I had my students write in their notebooks what multiplication was in their own minds. We talked about our answers and then if they were wrong we covered them up! If they were right we left them. They loved that part of course.
We turned this:
Grab your own here!

Monday, January 28, 2013

What is normal?

My vent for today starts here. What is normal? Obviously if you have been a teacher you realize that what is normal in one household is not normal to another. I have come to realize that but in my short teacher lifespan I feel like it is my duty to create a normal atmosphere in my little classroom society. Children need that consistency. It is obvious. I try my best for my students to stand in a quiet/straight line everyday and I feel like 95% of the time we are successful at it. I'm rarely embarrassed of my students hall behavior and when I am--there are consequences. What I want to know is what is normal in your hallway? It is a big issue in our building right now. So many teachers are not on the same page with a hallway and behavior normal that we are constantly teaching and reteaching behaviors because what is normal in one room is not in another. I'm hoping we can work together and figure our a normal that can start in kindergarten and go on through 5th grade. What do your schools to do implement this and to make sure the standard is upheld by teachers and students? I'm done. Happy Monday. Can you tell is was a long one?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Happy Friday!

I'm back from Texas and SWAMPED!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Telling Time Scoot Freebie + Cause and Effect

Our lovely clock received an upgrade! We added half past, a quarter until, and a quarter after to our wall! I'm hoping this will help it stick :)
I also created a Telling Time Scoot game to get the kids up out of their seats! It is Friday and Fridays are always rough. I think they enjoyed it! It will be free on TPT until Monday! Download it while you can and please leave feedback. I would print the times on colored paper and laminate them. After Monday it will be $1.50. You can also use this as a center activity. It is up to you. let me know what you think:)
Download your own here!

During our same time chapter we learn graphing too. Last year I won a fabulous graphing mini unit from Ginger Snaps. I wish I would have had it last year when I taught graphing but I didn't so I was saving it all year for this upcoming week. It is $6.50 on TPT and worth every penny! It has great colored anchor charts, examples, and matching games. So if you are looking for something to use..head over here!
I'm happy to say I earned $14.34 on TPT this quarter:) woo hoo! I know it isn't much but hey it bought my dinner last night! I want to continue to add things to my store throughout the next year.
We also did these (free) activities this week! Check them out!
Hope everyone has a great weekend. I will be working on writing the first half of my master's thesis. BLAH! And then perhaps I will go spend my $50 VS gift card:)

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Oh the new year and telling time directions

I can't believe it is already 2013. Where did the time go!? This winter is flying by and I'm already ready for SPRING and SUMMER! This week we are focusing on time! If you aren't a member of I urge you to be! They have great resources for telling time and they are ALL in my lesson plans for the upcoming week. Along with those lovelies today we created a very simple anchor chart for telling time. Nothing fancy--Just directions that we can follow on how to do it to the nearest five minutes. You can snag your own copy to add to your math notebooks or anchor chart wall below! Print on colored paper for extra eye candy!

Click to download on TPT

I know I have also blogged about Smart Exchange before but it has been forever ago. They have several SmartBoard resources that go along with time. They are interactive and fun to do as a class while teaching the concepts! Sign up on their website then just search time. You won't regret it--they have Smart Notebook activities for most math concepts.

Last Thursday we set personal and school goals with out students for 2013 and talked about how to earn your goals. I'm so proud of my students' AR goals. I have one student who wanted to make hers 70 but we settled for 65. Last quarter her goal was 60 and she ended with 63! She is such a bookworm. I set goals along with my students. My main goal of the school year was to teach one of my students who didn't qualify for special services to read. She has already been held back and still struggles. She usually reads at a kindergarten level. My goal is to sit down with her individually every day (even though she is pulled with title) to practice sounding out words. She knows the letter sounds and blends but she has trouble pulling them all together. I hope I can continue to work with her. She is my biggest challenge but such a hard worker. I hope I can continue to teach her strategies and she will use them...and that they work!!!

On another note my boyfriend left for Texas until March! I miss him already but I'm super excited to go to Texas twice in the next month to visit! I'm taking a couple days off in January to fly down and then again in February over Valentine's Day. I love Dallas and can't wait to enjoy their warm warmer winter weather! It has been so cold here the past couple weeks that my little mini pig has moved into my apartment with me. I know she is driving my roommate crazy but she has adjusted quite well to living in the kitchen. As a mini pig owner I wouldn't really advise anyone to ever buy one but I do love her! They take a lot of work and so much patience. Yesterday I came home and somehow she knocked her food bag off the table and onto the floor. She ate so much while I was gone that she was in a little food coma. I guess we are all good for a good eatin' every once in a while. I'm still wondering how she managed to get that thing down..Hopefully that belly ache taught her something;)
Have a great week!