Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Science Exploration

I am linking up with Miss DeCarbo at Sugar and Spice again with Wordless Wednesday!
Its amazing how a bowl of dirt and a magnifying glass bring excitement to our science lesson! There  is so much to cover in so little time, but a student WOW fact sure engages them in science:)
How often do you include exploration and experiments in your science instruction?
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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Bright Ideas: Word Wall Activities

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

Math Giveaway

In all the excitement and feedback with
 Teacher Talk Tuesday: Math Centers,
 I have teamed up with my sweet blogging buddy Marcy
from Saddle Up for 2nd Grade
with a super math giveaway over on FACEBOOK!
You can check out my Double Digit Addition and Subtraction
without Regrouping by clicking on the cover below!
It is on SALE through Saturday:)
Marcy's Addition with Regrouping is available in her TpT store.
Chick on the product cover to see the details.
Now don't forget to head on over to FACEBOOK to enter this GIVEAWAY!
You can click on my Facebook icon on the SIDE or TOP of my blog
or search The Resourceful Apple on Facebook.
Good Luck!
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Teacher Talk Tuesday: Math Centers Part 1

Math Centers and I love a love/hate relationship! 
 I LOVE the idea of math centers. 
I love the cooperative learning that takes place in math centers.
  I love what I learn about my students during math centers and small groups. 
 But I have to honestly say that sometime I feel that math centers do not love ME!
I have started and stopped math centers several times over the years! 
 Are YOU with ME? 
 I have stalked perused many blogs by AMAZING educators...
and they make it look so easy! 
So what are my issues with math centers?
1. Time allotted for whole group lessons
2.  Trying to meet with each group each day
3. Having students work independently during stations
And yes, I have solutions.
1. Teach a small mini lesson
2.  Stick to the schedule (just like reading groups)
3. Model, model, model and then practice, practice, practice
The overall arching factor for successful math centers has been CONSISTENCY!
Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing my go to blogs,
activities and schedule for successful math centers.
What do you want to know more about?
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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas to You!!

Christmas is my favorite time of the year! I have taken hundreds of photographs and I always LOVE looking back at favorite family memories! 
That's why I am hosting a linky with Mrs. Russell's Room and The Applicious Teacher on Instagram!
All you need to do is link up on Instagram with YOUR favorite holiday picture,
tag a friend and use hashtag #holidayhappiness2014!  
I just linked up with a collage of family Christmas pictures!  I am home visiting family in Rhode Island which is extra special since we haven't been home for Christmas in 10 years! The icing on the cake is my brother and his wife just had the most ADORABLE little girl in June so we were there for her first Christmas! 
So head on over to Instagram and link up with us at #holidayhappiness2014. 
If you don't follow me on Instagram, you can find me @theresourcefulapple.
And last but not least...
The winner on the All I Want for a TpT Gift Certificate is
Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas!
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Have Yourself a Crafty 'Lil Christmas!

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:)
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

All I Want for Christmas...a TpT Gift Certificate {Giveaway}

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!
The sweetest, most touching moments is when students bring a homemade gift or card in for me!  They are so excited and they crowd around to share a small piece of themselves with me! If you are struggling to come up with a teacher gift idea, head on over and check out Teachers Pay Teachers Gift Cards in several denominations!
(You can click on the picture to purchase one from TpT.  You will need to log in to view this page)
I am linking up with Laura Chandler at Corkboard Connections and many other teacher bloggers in a TpT Gift Certificate Giveaway!  Each blog will be giving away a TpT gift certificate!! 
You can enter the Rafflecoptor below to enter the giveaway here at The Resourceful Apple! Be sure to check back on December 24th to see if you won!
Remember your favorite teachers and teammates and spread JOY with a Teacher Pay Teachers Gift Certificate! When someone asks what YOU want, be sure to tell them a Teachers Pay Teachers Gift card too!
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