Thursday, July 26, 2012

New Bloggers-Liebster Award!

I have received my 2nd Award this month!  

Thanks so much, Amy from Whooo Loves Kindergarten?  I'm so glad you found my blog and introduced me to yours. :)
This award is named for the German word "Liebster," which translates to "beloved" or "favourite", and is given to a "new, up and coming blogger."
Here are the rules:
1. Link back to the person who gave it to you. Post the award to your blog.
2. Give the award to at least 5 bloggers with less than 200 followers
3. Leave a comment on the 5 blogs to let them know that they have been offered this award.

I am giving the award to:

I can't believe that I only have ONE more week of summer vacation before going back to school. WHERE DID THE SUMMER GO? WOW! 

Lovely Blog Award!

I have received the  Lovely Blog Award. Thank you to Sharon from Dog Day of Kindergarten.
Now for the rules...
1. Follow the person who gave me the award. I am now following Sharon and the blogs she shared with me.
2. Link back to the person that gave me the award.  Here is Sharon's blog link Dog Days of Kindergarten.
3. Pass to 15 new bloggers and then let them know they have received the award.

Here are the bloggers that are new (new to me!). Finding 15 NEW bloggers that haven't already recieved this award is a toughy! 






Happy Blogging!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Quality Work and School Tools Rubric Anchor Chart

I was in my classroom today, trying to reorganize and get ready for a new year. Summer should go by fast!  I took a picture, as promised, of my quality work rubric anchor chart.

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Click on the anchor chart to create one for your room.  Print on legal paper and glue or tape to chart paper. I laminated mine after spending a week or two explicitly teaching/modeling and practicing how to use each school tool. I leave it up all year as a reference to remind students of the expectations.
I hope this is helpful to you all!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Jumping Back in! Freebie too!

Apologizies for my absence. It's been a whirlwind. After finishing up our year we began preparing for Common Core Standards. So I've spent some time this summer attending workshops and foraging other blogs and websites for CCSS ideas. While this will be a lot of change-I'm super excited about it too.
 One of the workshops I attended was by Sue O'Connell. She provided a wealth of hands on math ideas and modeled number talk very explicitely.  Our district VERYgenerously purchased her book for us, which comes with a CD of her blacklines for math games. All are editable for your needs. I'm looking forward to getting started with that. Here's her link if you'd like to check it out.
We are also getting these ten frame - which Sue O'Connell recommended for modeling in groups.

Magnetic Foam Ten Frames
Click here to see where to purchase these  magnetic foam ten frames!

Before cleaning up my room and preparing for summer, I sent many of our resources for the fall to the copy center. One of my favorite teaching tools, which my assistant uses with her small groups is my Alphaworks letter sorting book. There are 26 letter poems, circle maps for sorting letter sounds, and this year we included handwriting and sentence practice too. (The handwriting pages are from Scholastic.)
Here's what the book looks like after the copy center prints and binds it. Such a wonderful resource. Check it out by clicking on the picture.

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Finally, I have created some word cards to go in a small apple pocket chart. We spend the first few weeks of the new year discussing quality work and how to use our school tools safely and properly. I display a Quality Work rubric/poster for the year as a reference to students of what quality work looks like. I think these cards will be a great addition to my poster and will also serve as a visual reminder of direction words as well. (Sorry I don't have a picture of my Quality Work poster-but I'll take one the next time I'm at school.)

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