Monday, April 21, 2014

 I've Been Gone Too Long!!!

Wow, I can't believe it has been so long since I have posted! My hand has been bothering me (carpel tunnel issues) and it hurts to type or even move the mouse. :(  I have more I could say, but I am going to do most of this post with pictures since the last time I posted.

This was a little spelling activity, I just had them fold their paper into eight squares. the instructions were to write the spelling word and illustrate. Don't you love it when they write sentences even though they didn't have to!

I feel really bad, it has been so long since we did this activity, I don't remember where I saw the idea, if it is yours, please take credit. We were studying Fantasy and Reality. It was such a simple activity, they were supposed to draw something they really did at recess and then draw a fantasy version of recess.  It all started off so nice and innocent...

Then I got to the boys.  Their fantasies weren't what I was expecting. "I was fighting."

"I gave someone a cut."

"I beat up somebody."
Should I be worried?  One little boy even found a red crayon and he had blood on his page. I was rather shocked as I was reading them.

To follow up that activity, we did this one (again, I don't remember where I got it.) So sorry!

I had to look at this one for a while, I thought it said A giraffe can eat leaves, but a giraffe can't poot on cars, my daughter thought it said poop on cars. After looking at it a little more, I realized it said put on clothes.  :P

I love this one, I guess a dog CAN sing other songs just not the one we sang for the Black History Program! hahaha

These activities went the story Olivia. The kid all loved the story so we followed it up by making out own Olivia. I thought they turned out pretty cute! I made my own pattern, I'll try to post it if any one is interested in it.

Another thing we did that week was to work on captions. For our first activity, I just cut out pictures from Lakeshore catalogs and let the kids each choose two. They glued them on a piece of paper and wrote their own caption. Here are a few.

I thought they did pretty good. After that, I printed out pictures I had taken of the kids and gave each child two pictures for them to write about.

"We is working on a school project." lol

                                                Rozlyne and Briana like to put puzzles together.

They really liked doing this, I made sure every one got at least one picture of themselves.

Between Delaney and I, we have had a lot going on the last month or so. We both had birthdays in March. We had a small party with some of her friends at Ghatti Town( used to be Incredible Pizza). I was actually able to surprise her, she thought we were going to eat at a restaurant with the family. She is so sweet, she got me this yellow (my fave color) padded bench for my bedroom. I LOVE it, but not as much as I love her.

A couple of weekends ago, she ended up spending a couple of days in the hospital with asthma problems. That's the first time that has happened and I hope it doesn't happen again.

Happy to be going home. 

I couldn't believe it, last week, I was picking up a chair in my classroom and it got caught on the table. The bottom of the chair leg hit my lower shin and sliced it open. I ended up having to get 5 or 6 staples in it, plus the instructions to not walk on it for 10 to 14 days. He said walking on it puts too much pressure on the staples. They gave me some crutches, but I just couldn't use them so now I have one of those knee scooters and all of the kids are jealous! HA! I hope we are both done with doctors for a while!

I'm going to close for now so I don't overdo it with my hand. I hope to get back on track with blogging, I still have some more things to share. :)

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

 Teaching Intercession and Spring Break!!!

We started working on number collection boxes right before Spring Break. Last year, I worked and worked with my firsties and some of them never did "get" it. This year, i don't think I really did anything differently, but most of the firsties seemed to grasp the concept a little better. I made one and explained it as I went, we made one together and then I gave them a piece of paper to make one by themselves. I was kind of dreading looking at the pages, but I was pleasantly surprised, most of them did a pretty good job. The next day we looked at some of them and then I put them into groups of threes. I thought that the ones that were struggling might understand it better coming form a classmate. I gave each group some dice to get their number and a piece of poster board. I told them that all of the groups that worked together would be able to use markers to finish their poster. That did the trick, they all  were working nicely, well I did have one that did have a bit of a struggle.

Here are a couple of the finished products.

The pink and purple circle WAS a clock showing 5:00 before someone got a little color happy with the markers. ;P

One of the boys in this group asked me if he could put the 11th month. :D

Last week , I was technically on Spring Break, but our district offers a full week of intercession for students are struggling. I was thrilled that I got to invite some of my students this time. We worked on number collection boxes a little more, but this time we glued "stuff" on to make our collections. Here is a picture of one, I forgot to take a picture of some of the better ones.
I think the doily is supposed to be a clock. lol

Here are a few things we did to introduce fact families to them. I thought it would benefit them to get a step ahead of the class.

We also worked on reading words cvc words and then add  Magic E.
Open the flap to find the magic E.

We worked on words families.

I used several pieces of construction paper for these. I folded them in half  and stapled them together to make a word family book.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

 Wednesday WOW 3-12-14

I'm joining Em @ Curious Firsties for her weekly linky Wednesday WOW.  Just take a look at your week and share some WOW moments whether personal or professional.
WOW it was eleven years ago today that my life changed in a most amazing way. My daughter, Delaney, was born. She has been a wonderful blessing to me. I couldn't have asked for a better daughter. 
Happy 11th Birthday, Delaney!

On a professional note, I was very excited last week when several of my students had a big jump in the oral reading fluency. One boy went from 20wpm to 38wpm, one girl went from 37wpm to 70wpm and another boy went from 47wpm to 99wpm!!! Now if I can get all of them moving in the right direction.

Our district Spring break started Tuesday (Monday we made up one of our numerous snow days). This week we have intercession for the kids who are needing extra help. I was very excited that I got to invite my firsties this time. At the other intercession, we didn't have very many teachers wanting to teach and since we are so tied to the test, I had to teach 3rd, 4th and 5th grade. I'm so excited to be able to work with my own students this time.

Enjoy your week!

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

 Wednesday WOW 3/5/2014

I'm joining Em @ Curious Firsties for her weekly linky Wednesday WOW.

My first WOW, I'm still kind of in shock about it. One of my moms came up to me the other day and handed me an envelope. WOWIE!!!!
These were inside, each has $50.00 on it! I work at a low income school, so I don't get many gifts from the children/parents. I have NEVER received anything this generous. I feel like a thank you just seems so inadequate. I think I am going to use the classroom card to buy supplies for Mother's Day gifts. There are some things I have wanted to do, but didn't have the money to pay for it, plus that mom will  receive something back wonderful generosity.

My next WOW is also money related, I hope that doesn't make me seem greedy, but I will tell you as a single mom, these unexpected things are ALWAYS welcome! I have long-term disability insurance which I have never used, hopefully never will. Last year the rep told me that I could get $50 for anytime I went to the doctor for being sick (not checkups). So I went through my tax stuff and  ended up getting $300.00 . That's good, but that's not my WOW. I sent one in for  this year and I got $200.00 for the one visit. I'm hoping that they changed their policy, that is wasn't a mistake. WOW

One last WOW, we always have a Black History program at school. I don't have a video of my class, but one day several kids were wanting to get up and "perform" for the class. This group of boys wanted to sing our song, "If You Miss Me From the Back of the Bus". since it had seven verses, I asked them to just sing the first one.

My class made pictures to go with the song that I made into a quilt.

The other first grade teacher made some really cool pictures, She traced some famous Black Americans  
and then let the kids color them, then she went back and traced the lines with a black marker. I loved they way they turned out!

I'm glad we performed early in the program because some our of 4th and 5th graders lip-synced  to some great performers. Here's Michael Jackson.

 Here's The Jackson Five.

There were some other performers, but I didn't video them all. They also did powerful quotes and then some were dressed as famous African Americans and read a short bio. The parents and everyone was WOWed.

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