Friday, December 31, 2010
For those of you who have not stumbled onto this magical website yet, you should do it now! In an effort to make this short and sweet to ensure the Nickerson's timely arrival at a NYE party in Columbus, I'm just going to say that in the past few months, I have been able to get almost $500.00 worth of books for my Reading/Writing Workshops and most recently (as of a few minutes ago) got a grant for a Flip camera and tripod funded! Yay! I can't wait to make movies with my students! Looks like I'll be buying fun movie-editing software ASAP! Anyway, perhaps after the new year I will sit down and write a respectable post about the ins and outs of DonorsChoose. I did an inservice at my elementary school not too long ago... so I should have plenty of information to share with you readily available as a pdf as well! Happy 2011!
Friday, December 10, 2010
When I found this adorable mini-scrapbook with our mascot on it, I couldn't resist snatching it up. It was $3.00 at Big Lots too, so it was a steal! I didn't know what on earth I would use it for, but that seemed trivial at time. I knew I'd figure something out! I always do.
After a impromptu trip to Pat Catans, I walked out with a ton of cute crafty stuff for my classroom, including a few alphabets, scrapbook paper, and stickers to jazz up my book. While browsing, I found adorable stickers with great examples of figurative language and others to organize by theme. I am HUGE on writing, and I thought this might help enrich and expand my students existing word banks. These are just a few snapshots of a handful of pages. Enjoy!
Friday, December 3, 2010
Oh. My. Gosh! The English Language is full of rules... and also exceptions. I got the idea for "Flipping the Sound" from The Daily Five. The premise is, essentially, that children need to be given tools to use when the conventional "rules" don't apply. "Flip the Sound" is a strategy that proficient readers use to monitor comprehension and accuracy as they encounter a text. Being able to recognize various patterns and sounds (especially where there is code overlap) is critical to reading success. (You can get more information from http://www.thedailycafe.com)
The traditional way to flip the sound is to teach students to lay a hand out palm up and cue them to flip the sound. When we encounter a tricky spelling pattern in class, the students try multiple sounds while flipping their palm back and forth each time they try a sound until they determine the correct pronunciation. This kinesthetic approach could be augmented by the use of a slinky. While they certainly don't descend stairways without twisting into a heap of plastic (or metal), these nostalgic beauties can be used for yet another concrete anchor for flipping the sound. Target is currently selling mini Slinkies for $1.00 and larger festive Slinkies for $2.50. I bought enough small Slinkies for a small group lesson and a large "Demonstration Slinky". "A spring, a spring! A marvelous thing! Everyone knows it's slinky!"