Theme Layout

Boxed or Wide or Framed

Theme Translation

Display Featured Slider

No

Featured Slider Styles

Display Grid Slider

Grid Slider Styles

Display Trending Posts

Display Author Bio

Display Instagram Footer

Search This Blog

Powered by Blogger.

Pages

Pre-K Back to School

Pre-K Back to School
Pre-K Back to School

Pre-K/Kindergarten Literacy

Pre-K/Kindergarten Literacy
Pre-K/Kindergarten Literacy

Pre-K/Kindergarten Literacy

Pre-K/Kindergarten Literacy
Pre-K/Kindergarten Literacy

Phonics Games

Phonics Games
Phonics Games
   
Blog Design by:
.
Graphics by: MareeTrueLove.
Widget by:Gabby Barba

Calendar Math for Primary Grades

Calendar Math for Primary Grades
Primary Calendar for the Year

Basal Texts and a Giveaway


Do you teach with a basal reader or by standard-creating your own curriculum as you go along?  I believe there are definitely pros and cons to each.  The county I teach in has adopted Wonders by McGraw-Hill for our reading curriculum.  Even though the content is given to us, teachers are always looking for ways to organize and supplement the series.

I have worked with my blogging buddy Tamara Russell from Mrs. Russell's Room to enhance the Wonders curriculum and to organize all of the components within the series and our classrooms! We are having giveaway with our NEWEST WONDERS PRODUCTS!


My students were introduced to our Phonics Interactive Notebook{Wonders Edition-Grade 1-Unit 1} last week!  We will work together so my students understand how each page of the journal works.  Once I have introduced each type of page, the Interactive Phonics Notebook part of the Word Work Center during our Daily 5 Rotations.  

I am so glad Tamara Russell from Mrs. Russell's Room has joined me in this giveaway!  She has become such a true friend and such an inspiration in my teaching, blogging and product development. The Wonders Supplemental-Focus Wall Resource is AMAZING!  It is everything you need and more:) Click HERE to see her previews.


Don't forget, I also have s Supplemental Resources for each unit.  They are available in units as well as in the bundle.  Plus, my store is 20% off through Monday night for Labor Day! Click HERE to check out these resources. And now that you have navigated your way through Wonders, you, my friend, have found the GIVEAWAY!
a Rafflecopter giveaway 

Good luck!
post signature
QuickEdit
Mrs. Wathen
2 Comments
Share :

Labor Day Sale


Here's to wishing you a Happy Labor Day!
Thanks to Cassie at Adventures in Teaching for the super cute sale banner!

post signature
QuickEdit
Mrs. Wathen
0 Comments
Share :

Five for Friday {8/29}


 
I am up for a quick breath after 2 weeks back to school!  I have been EXHAUSTED!!  So, I am finally linking up with Kacey over at Doodlebugs Teaching for a peek into my week:)
 
fiveforfriday2_thumb[3]
 
 
We have jumped into the land of Interactive notebooks this year and I have to say my kids love them! We are going to be using one for reading, one  for phonics/work work aligned to our Wonders curriculum and one for math. 
 
I have introduced my Phonics Interactive Journal {Wonders Supplemental-Grade 1-Unit 1}this week.  My firsties rocked it! It amazes me that their interaction with the activity totally changes their attitude about the assignment.  They loved how the "secret doors" (ie-flaps) worked.  They couldn't wait to share their work!
  
     
 
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Phonics-Interactive-Notebook-Wonders-Supplemental-Grade-1-Unit1-1414639
 

 
My firsties drew and painted self portraits this week.  They actually drew in pencil, traced with a black Sharpie marker for the extra POP and then painted with watercolors.  We had "THE TALK" about the Sharpie markers with an "I promise..." pledge to NEVER, EVER write on anything or anyone except paper:) Did I mention the NEVER, EVER part?  I think they got the message:)  We finally got to labeling the pictures and will be writing about them next week.  The labels can are from Lori at Teaching with Love and Laughter and it is a freebie!
 
 
 
 
We have been building our stamina in Read to Self as we get ready for our Daily 5 time.  This week we worked on Read to Someone with our reading basal (Wonders).  I typically let them choose between their basal reader, their poetry notebook and fluency passages.  Next week we are jumping into Daily 5 Rotations!  I can't wait:)
 
 

 
Brain Breaks were REALLY needed this week. I have such a cute, chatty class.  So we used lots of Dr. Jean songs for movement and today I introduced Go Noodle!  My kids enjoyed surfing in between activities today.  I can't wait to try out more new brain breaks.
 
 
 
Have you seen the website for Engage NY?   Our county (yes, here in Florida...) is using some of the math modules to support our curriculum.  We just completed module 26 on place value and taught a lesson using Rekenrek bracelets and "hide zero cards".  Under the 8 is the zero from the number 10.  When you add 8 ones (red beads)  and flip the card over, it shows the new number 18.  The visual really worked for my first graders who needs a tactile activity to make the connection.   
 
 post signature
QuickEdit
Mrs. Wathen
4 Comments
Share :

Center Game Storage and Organization


I just love a Bright Idea and who better to share and collaborate with than other teachers. I am so happy to be joining 150 other bloggers this month with an incredible collection of Bright Ideas!
 
 
I love creating new and engaging games and activities for my students.  There are so many resources out there that makes it possible to find almost any activity at a moment's notice.  I am so thankful for that. 

 
I set off to print, laminate, cut and organize activities. It is time consuming, but so worth it!  The students enjoy working cooperatively to practice skills introduced during lessons. 
 
 
So then HOW do I store the pieces?  I always print a cover for the activity and use a tape runner to adhere it to the front of a large manila envelope.  Then I laminate the envelope.  I run my scissors along the back to slice the laminating at the folder opening. All game pieces are placed in the envelope along with any recording sheets.  I print any recording sheets on cardstock so they don't get mixed up with the copies the students are using.
 

 
I introduce all games during small and whole group lessons before allowing the students to work cooperatively on them.  This helps reduce questions as we model rules and correct procedures for cooperative play.  The game stays out for the length of time needed to practice the skill.  The games also make come backs for review throughout the year!
 
Next up is WHERE I store the games when NOT in use... I organize and store games and activities by subject or skill, unless it is a seasonal activity.  Seasonal activities are stored by month.  All envelops are organized in magazine holders and labeled accordingly. 
 
 

This system of organization keeps my games ready and available at all times.  I am able to locate them with very little effort and it keeps them front and center in my mind and ready to pull during planning!  I hope this Bright Idea helps you get a handle on organizing all your center activities. 
 
If you enjoyed this bright idea, please consider following me on Facebook for updates and happenings!
 
For more bright ideas from over 100 bloggers, please browse through the link up below and choose a topic or grade level that interests you.  Thanks for visiting!! :)
 
 
post signature
QuickEdit
Mrs. Wathen
5 Comments
Share :

Wordless Wednesday {8/13}


I am linking up with Christina from Miss DeCarbo at Sugar and Spice today for...
 
http://secondgradesugarandspice.blogspot.com/2014/08/wordless-wednesday-august-13th.html
 
I have used Daily 5 to plan my ELA instruction for the past 4 years.
I would LOVE to jump into Daily 3 Math this year.
 
http://www.amazon.com/Daily-The-Second-Edition-Elementary/dp/1571109749/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407984528&sr=8-1&keywords=daily+5

Has anyone implemented Daily 3 Math?
I would love to hear your thoughts, experiences and suggestions. 
Please share :)
 
post signature
QuickEdit
Mrs. Wathen
2 Comments
Share :

Orange 'Ya Glad It's a Blog Hop?




Welcome to the


Thanks for visiting our blog hop! :)
I am the

 photo Slide6_zpsc32083b5.png


I am super excited to share my Phonics Games-For Reading and Spelling Practice with you today!

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Phonics-Games-For-Reading-and-Spelling-Practice-1368815

Phonics games are included in a my Wonders Supplemental Units.   Many followers asked if the Phonics Games would be available in a separate resource for those who don't use Wonders.  So I pulled all the Phonics Games and organized them into categories for ease. 







I'm so glad that you stopped by to check out my preview! :)

Would you like to try out a lesson from my pack?
I would love to share School Bag-Short A Game with you!
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6NcHXKZ_CC0NXNqaGZLdFB0ZG8/edit?usp=sharing
Something fun that we've added this year is an instagram puzzle!
Here are the rules! :)


Your instagram letter clue for my page is...

 photo Slide6_zps91911d2c.png


Don't forget to write down the letter from each of your hop stops! :)
Solve the mystery word and post a selfie on instagram with your answer!
Don't forget to add

#OrangeHop2014!

That way we can find you for the drawing! :)
The Insta Hunt ends Friday at midnight.

Follow our adventures on Instagram by clicking on our pictures below! :)
Image Map

One lucky winner will win this amazing set of prizes!
Check it out!!






Next up...one of my Favorite Firstie Florida Bloggers
Leslie from...

First Grade and Flip Flops
 
Happy Hopping Everyone!

post signature
QuickEdit
Mrs. Wathen
4 Comments
Share :

Orange 'ya glad it's a Blog Hop? - Coming Soon




I am so excited to be participating in our second annual hop featuring some of your favorite Florida Bloggers!  Take a look at the amazing group of Florida bloggers joining us and get ready for some fun. :)

 photo Slide1_zps33949d43.png

 photo Slide5_zps58464a20.png

 photo Slide8_zpsb95d92b7.png

 photo Slide4_zps2923fe46.png

 photo Slide6_zps8d67a9fd.png

 photo Slide3_zps383734f3.png

 photo Slide2_zps338856e9.png

 photo Slide7_zpsb321252c.png

 photo Slide9_zps39d34bef.png

 photo Slide10_zpsdf14748a.png

Click on any of the images above to be directed to our Facebook pages for more information in the next few days!  Lots more to come soon! The hop starts on Sunday at 12noon EST!

We can't wait to see you then!
post signature
QuickEdit
Mrs. Wathen
0 Comments
Share :

Follow @georgialoustudios