Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Digital Reading Log

Here's a video I posted for my students and their parents on how to use the Scholastic Reading Timer App.  It's a great free tool! Check it out!

Blessings to you,

Sunday, November 11, 2012

My Favorite Thanksgiving Books and a Freebie

My Favorite Thanksgiving Books: Below are venn diagrams to use with Sarah Morton's Day and Samuel Eaton's Day. Enjoy! Sarah Morton's Day Venn Diagram: Sarah Morton's Day Venn Samuel Eaton's Day Venn Diagram: Samuel Eaton's Day Venn

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Make-Up Work FREEBIE

Make-up Work-BAh Humbug-Oops, did I say that out loud?

Here's one simple way I keep it organized.  I made these folders (and laminated it) that I put on the absent child's desk first thing. Their "neighbor" is usually oh, so helpful to make sure all the papers make it into the folder.

I put a note on the inside of the folder that says 
"Please return this folder AND your makeup work by _________________"

The folder is waiting on their desk upon the child's return the next day.

Here's the simple cover sheet just for you!

Makeup Work Folder Cover

Blessings to you,

Thursday, November 1, 2012

No Prep iPad Literacy Center

I am now the proud owner (term used loosely) of 8 iPads in my classroom and while it's super exciting, it's a little daunting.  I'm the only one at my school who has more than one, so I have a huge responsibility to set the bar.  But, crazy me, I love the challenge!
One of the ways that I've been using the iPads the most, is in centers.
So, I share a no prep center (aren't those the best ones? Just bein' honest!).

Our reading curriculum provides retelling cards.  They're great and necessary, but to put the kids at a center with them just doesn't work.  They're done in 5 seconds flat.  Enter iPad.  Now they have to lay them out in order, practice their retelling, then they get to video each other doing the retelling.   I can  watch each child's video to assess them.  PRESTO, instant, engaging, common core aligned center!

Blessings to you,