Sunday, January 27, 2013

Super Bowl Activities

Well my Bears were disappointing again this football season, but it's always fun watching the Super Bowl. (Maybe next year.) In years past I have a Super Bowl Reading Contest.  I split my class up into 4 or 5 teams.  Each team reads for homework and for every 20 minutes they read they earn so many  yards.  (This usually depends on how long I run the contest.  Usually it is 5 or 10 yards.)  When each team reaches the end zone they score a touchdown.  Each student can also fill out a book report for field goal points.  Each team keeps track of their points.  It's just a fun way to encourage students to read.  

If you are interested in this unit.  Just click on the link below for more information on TPT.  


Monday, January 14, 2013

Product Giveaway Winner

Congratulations!  We have a winner Ashley!  I just emailed you.  I tried to attach my print screen snap shot but you can't see the name so I'm not attaching it.  But it really is Ashley.  It's been one of those days. I can just tell it's going to be a long week.  

It's the last week of the quarter so I have lots to cover.  I have F&P tests to complete on 24 students, assess students in math, so let's not even talk about science, and social studies because I'm so far behind in those subjects it's not even funny.  

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Product Swap


I was fortunate enough to be paired up with Jen Sykes for this round of the Product Swap. I remember Jen from the 2nd Grade Teachers Club so I was very excited to work with her.  I knew I would find some great ideas at her TPT store and blog.  My students were just learning about  prefixes and suffixes so when I came across her game collection of prefix and suffix I just had to have it.   It didn't disappoint at all! 

So if you want something that is teacher friendly, is engaging for students, and that will help your students understand prefix/suffix. Be sure to check out Jen's Prefix and Suffix Game Collection.  Click the image below for more information.

This collection is a time saver for any teacher.  It includes whole class games and games that work well for any type of centers that you might use during guided reading and course it meets those CCSS.  I don't know about your class, but anytime I can call something a game I have my classes attention.  My students just perk up when they hear that word.  

There are 2 I Have . .  Who Has . . . ? (whole class) games.
Each game has a different graphic on it so if you mix them up you can easily sort them back together.  
With this game you pass out all the cards.  Choose a student to begin and they read their card aloud.  The rest of the student listen and check their card to see if they have the answer.  If they have the answer they read their card.  I have my students go up to the front of the class to get them out out their seats.  We then have the students check the cards to make sure we agree.  

Matching Bam!
(Two games included in this set)

This game is a favorite of my students during Word Work time.  For my lower reading groups I do have to divide up the suffix and prefix cards up into two different games.  My medium and higher level students are mixing them both up now.  This game is played like a Memory Game so students are familiar with this one.    There are also directions and decorative card back covers that are included.  

The 5th Game in this Collection is Scoot!

I play this whole class.  I put a card on each desk.  I play music for a few seconds and when the music goes off the students Scoot to the next next.  I used this for a quick assessment and the students have lots of fun.  Pictured above is the recording form that is provided.  

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Starting off the new year with good habits

Can't believe our two week break is almost over.  Just enjoying weekend before the rush starts back up next week.  When we go back we have two weeks before the end of the quarter with so much to do.  I would love to spend lots of time on what you did over break/New Years, but just can't with all that still needs to be covered.  However I plan to do this on Monday.

I like to start off by reading the book The Beranstain Bears and the Bad Habit.   We talk about how Jan. is like a clean slate and we how we can change a bad habit to be the best we can be. Then I have my students write down their own New Year's Resolutions for school and at home.  If you don't have the book you can view the book on youtube.

For some reason I couldn't attach a picture, but here's the link to my google docs. of the doc. that I use to follow this lesson.

Have a great week back.