Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Saturday, January 17, 2015
I adore a Bright Idea that makes learning and teaching just a little bit better! This month I am joining in with a group of AMAZING bloggers who have a plethora of BRIGHT IDEAS!
The Bright Idea I have come back to this year is an oldie but goodie! I have brought the word wall back to my classroom. Through the years, the popularity of the word wall has come and gone. The individual word wall replaced the classroom word wall for many as wall space is a hot commodity and differentiation is HUGE!
But I am here to tell you that I have found the word wall learning out weights the wall space saved! Our word wall is used for group instruction, quick time fillers, word work activities and of course at the writing center.
Rhyming must be practiced over and over for many children as the ear needs to be trained to hear rhyming words. The word wall is the perfect place to practice this while reinforcing sight words at the same time.
Children love novelty and by just changing our voice or tone, students are engaged! What other fun ways can you think of to change your voice?
The word wall gives my firsties more confidence in their writing as they are able are able to take the words from the word wall and use them in their writing assignments, interactive notebooks, journals and basically any other time they are writing. After using the word several times, many of them are able to recall the correct spelling without using the word wall!
My kids LOVE participating in this activity. They jump up and down LOVE when they are one to give the clues!! They all pay CLOSE attention because if they solve the riddle, they are the next one to have a chance to give the clues! Win-Win:)
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Thursday, January 15, 2015
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Sunday, December 21, 2014
I love me some crafts! At Christmas, crafts are ALMOST expected and that gives me a green light at school to craft away! So of course, I am linking up with Ashley from Just Reed!
We went with a Reindeer theme this year! I have to say ALL of the products were Pinterest inspired. If I can find the original pinner, I will link it below. If not, feel free to browse Pinterest for inspiration as there are many variations!
Thumbprint cards were a HUGE hit! Each student made a thumbprint for each family member. They loved sharing about their family while creating these cards! Inside they wrote: Wishing you a Won"deer"ful Christmas! So cute!
Reindeer portraits are my all time FAVORITE project! We completed the teacher directed drawing together and then I called small groups over to trace the drawing in black Sharpie marker and then to paint. I framed them in plastic frames and the kids were OVER THE TOP! You can see the original pin HERE!
I have to say, I was caught up in all the crafty fun that I decided to make Reindeer water bottles for out party. It was quick and easy added excitement to the snack table!
And last but not least, the kids made their own reindeer mix snack bags. (Sorry about the blurry picture!) I went with no tracers and gave step by step directions. The students created their own reindeer bags. I love how each one was just a little different and special! This was a perfect time filler on the morning of the party!
So reindeer crafts are a wrap for this year! Don't forget to head on over to Just Reed to see other cute Christmas craftivities:)
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Today is the first day of Christmas vacation for me and I have left sunny Florida for snowy Rhode Island and couldn't be happier:)
This week was a whirl win of Christmas craftivities and my students and I have a wonderful time. We ended out week with a Polar Express pajama parade, movie, hot chocolate, cookies and a bell from Santa himself! After lunch we moved into party mode and celebrated with all things Rudolph!
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