This week, I finished reading "Bringing Words to Life" by Isabel L. Beck, Maragret G. McKeown, and Linda Kucan. It was truly an inspiring book for vocabulary instruction! Stay tuned to my blog as I incorporate ideas from the book into my Language Arts lessons and into my room. I am definitely looking forward to creating a version of "Word Wizards" into my classroom. Also, when I get home I look forward to making activities with Tier Two words for the book "Each Kindness" by Jacqueline Woodson. I really like the activity in which the student chooses between two situations to apply the vocabulary word. This will be the first book I use with my students! I will keep you posted as I develop these ideas further.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
We have been on vacation this week. The weather has been beautiful until today. It has rained all day! We had a wonderful seafood lunch, then went to a Teacher's store. We tried to do MagiQuest, but it was too crowded! So, we ended up buying these cute hermit crabs! Afterwards, we went for ice cream! :) Can you believe it is 70 degrees at Myrtle Beach in August?
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
I was so excited to see two boxes in the mail today! Some of the things I have been waiting for came today! First, the Classroom Friendly Supplies pencil sharpener! I am so excited about this new classroom tool. I tried to explain it to my 15 year old, but I think he was just being nice and listened to me ramble!:) You can click this link to order one for yourself: Classroom Friendly Supplies. I think we both will save 5%!
Next, I received the AR "Brag Tags" that I ordered from imagestuff. I love using these as an incentive for AR. Everyone starts with the "Reading Rocks" tags, then they collect beads for every five points. I use green, blue, white, and gold beads! They get to wear their necklaces on Fridays. The students really loved these last year!
Yay! So excited about these items! These are not endorsements, just things I use in my classroom.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
I had a hard time getting inspired this week!(My post is a day late.) Maybe, it is because I realized summer is coming to an end in a few weeks! We go on vacation next week, and before you know it, I will be back in school! So, I did manage to do
a couple of things one thing for this week! :) I have a job chart for specific jobs in the classroom. However, sometimes I assign jobs to students when they are working in small groups. They often forget what their role is in the group. So, I made some job signs to give them visual cues.
I am going to store them in these
cute functional pencil pouches. Then, those will be kept in each table's toolkit. I will post pictures of the toolkits when I go to school.
Wow! Google Chrome and Dropbox have made my life so much easier!!!:) I often take pictures on my I-pad or phone and now I put them in Dropbox so I can download the pictures to my blog on my computer. I was having trouble downloading pictures to my blog on my computer, and it was quite frustrating! Now, downloading is a snap with Google Chrome!
Also, I spent quite a bit of time at DMV yesterday. Someone in our house is now old enough to drive!! I am
certainly not old enough to have a child that drives!!!! The smiles on his face yesterday made it all worth it!
Have a happy week!
Friday, August 2, 2013
I am excited to link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for the Five for Friday! It is a great way to share some random information from the week!
First, I wanted to share a great review and giveaway of Draw.Write.Now at The Resourceful Room. Hurry! The giveaway ends soon! If you miss the giveaway, you can at least learn about the Draw.Write.Now Program.
Next, I made this delicious taco dip (a healthier version) for GNO last night. Here is the link to the recipe and a picture. The recipe is at this website Healthy Today, Healthy Tomorrows. It really was good! :)
I finally decided to buy a new pencil sharpener for my classroom! The one in my classroom never seemed to work right, and it was really noisy. I am excited to try the pencil sharpener from Classroom Friendly Supplies. I am excited to see if it lives up to its reputation! :) I am sure it will.
We are also starting to remodel our guest bathroom. I have been searching Pinterest, Lowes, and Home Depot for ideas. I really like this vanity at Lowe's. I haven't seen it in person, so that could change!
Finally, it has been a busy week, and we have been up early for VBS all week! I know it is Friday (and summer), but I am going to get cozy and READ!:)
Happy Friday!!! :)