Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Classroom Happenings

One of my favorite things about blogging is seeing into other teachers' classrooms, so here is just a giant picture dump of all the things going on in our classroom the last few months! :) Enjoy!
sorting adjectives/not adjectives

animal brochures for Open House

animal brochures for Open House

animal class posters

practicing combinations of 5

Earth Day trash/recycling sort (I wish I could show you their happy little faces)

Earth Day posters for how to help Earth

Earth Day sort

Is It Magnetic?

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Book Clubs in 1st Grade

I am here today to tell you all about how I help my advanced readers to dig deeper into books independently!
I have a small group of about 4 kiddos who have consistently been reading above grade level all year. They cam to me already proficient at decoding and reading for meaning. In January, I decided it would be a great time to get them started in a little book club. (This is just what I call it because it's easy for my kids to understand the terminology. And they were super excited about it being a 'club'. You can call it anything you want to! Book club, literacy circle, literacy club, book talk, etc.)
I have a bucket set up for during Daily 5 stations. My students who go to book club gather during 1 rotation each day.
The bucket is stocked with instructions, books, response pages, journals, pencils, scissors, glue sticks, clipboards, and buddy reading task cards. I also recently added a 'talking wand' to make sure that the group is taking turns talking and listening to their friends.
Each week, my students work though the following list of tasks.
I still meet with them once a week to practice making thoughtful connections and so I can be sure they are comprehending the higher leveled texts.
The buddy reading task cards that I include for them can be found in my TPT store and a blog post about them can be found here. The response pages that I use with my students are from my Reading Response Pack Fiction and Nonfiction.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Bright Idea: Student Mailboxes Made Easy

Hello readers! I am so excited today to be linking up for my first ever Bright Ideas Blog Hop.
I am here today to tell you all about how I made over my student mailboxes. I used to have this monstrosity:
I always struggled with where in my classroom to put it! The sections at the top were too tall for my first graders and they would end up standing on the shelves to see into their mailbox. It also made me crazy to lose a student or gain a student and then the names not be in their number order.

So this year, I decided to change it up. I got rid of the huge mailboxes I had and got a basket and some file folders. Now my students can easily see into their mailbox AND the names are always in order!! :)  Plus, takes up less room so I have a matching basket that my kids put their take home binders into every morning. This system is perfect for me and my kiddos and I'll never go back to my old mailboxes!
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For more bright ideas from other bloggers, please browse through the link-up below and choose a topic/grade level that interests you. Thanks for visiting!