Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Magna Boards

I got these Kagan Magna Boards to spice up small groups with a different tool.

What do you do to keep small groups/learning exciting for your students?

I am looking for lots of great ideas in the comments!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Bluebonnet Books: Monsieur Marceau

I am getting close to the end of the list of the Bluebonnet books, and it looks like I will be able to meet my goal of reading all twenty! After this week there are only three more left!

This week was a little crazy, so I chose the remaining picture book, Monsieur Marceau, to read. It is a great literary nonfiction book all about the life of Marcel Marceau.
I honestly learned a lot about Mr. Marceau that I didn't know. Which to be honest wasn't difficult being that the most clear reference I had to him dealt with Chandler and Joey from FRIENDS. 

I really enjoyed sharing the book with my students this week!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Start Off With Notebooking

I am so excited to join up with forty other bloggers to share our Two Stars and a Wish for the beginning of this school year! This linky is all about starting the year off right with two ideas to share, and a wish or goal that we have for our classroom.

Let's get started shall we?

In our classroom, we have interactive notebooks for reading, math, history, and science which can seem like a lot. It is extremely important to start them off right from day one. 
On the very first day of school we distribute materials, label our notebooks, and number the pages at least to fifty. By taking care of these easy tasks on the first day, it gives us an opportunity to dive right into our notebooks when we start with academics. 

Another idea that I am trying out this year is making an example notebook over the summer. 
 I printed out all the activities that I plan to do in each notebook and made examples of them. I made a complete notebook for each subject that I, or any new to team members, can refer to.
Does this mean that the activities won't change throughout the year? Absolutely not! It does give a good starting place though.

My wish or goal is that my students will be as excited about our notebooks as I am. The first unit I will be doing with them is the Maps and Geography Unit in social studies. 

By starting off with a subject that students have seen before and are comfortable with they are more likely to enjoy the notebooking. Plus, they will have it to refer back to all year!

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For more star ideas and wishes check out the linky below with 40 more ideas!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Bluebonnet Books: The Day The Crayons Quit

I am back for another Bluebonnet Book review. This week's book is The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt.

Oh my goodness this book is precious. The gist of the story is that a box of crayons is feeling used and abused by their boy. Each crayon writes letter to explain their feelings. 

This book would be great for teaching friendly letters, emotions, colors, problem solution, or character traits.  I can see this book being used from kinder all the way through intermediate grade levels. 

The letters range from heartfelt to hilarious. I would highly recommend this quick read for any age range!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Recycling

Does your school participate in a recycling program?

I would love to hear from you in the comments!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bluebonnet Books:Face Bug and Pickle

I am back to report in on two more Bluebonnet nominees that I have read. Ready for my completely unsolicited thoughts on them?

I cheated a little on this one and read it with my class before the school year ended back in June. Another wonderful Bluebonnet nominee down, and this one is a combination of nonfiction and poetry. Face Bug has an amazing mix of real photographs of insects along with quirky illustrations.
The poems are factual, and funny! We will definitely be revisiting this book when it is time to study metamorphosis. 

Each poem gives the common and scientific name of an insect, as well as some facts! My whole class LOVED this one and asked to read it over again, which is always a good sign!

This past weekend though I read Pickle: The (Formerly) Anonymous Prank Club of Fountain Point Middle school
I know that my students are going to eat this one right up this fall. First of all, my students have a weird obsession with pickles, so the title alone is going to draw them in. Then, the book is about pranks. What 4th grader doesn't love pranks? Finally, within the first couple of pages it talks about how anyone over the age of 20 loses their sense of humor. I just know that will seal the deal.

Even though (spoiler alert) I am over the age of 20, I still found this book to be absolutely delightful, and can't wait to share it with my students!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Made It Monday: Customizing a Planner

Hey Race Fans! I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for another edition of Monday Made It!
This week, I less made something, and more adapted it to fit my needs. I prefer to say customized, it just sounds better in my head somehow. Anyway, I was caught up last week when all of a sudden I was on the last page of my planner without even realizing it. I live and die by my planner, so this caused some major heart palpitations on my part. How did I let it get this far? Why did I just flip past the reorder page that came up several months ago? I was in for it now. 

I knew I didn't have time to order a planner. I played around for a little while trying to make one. That didn't go well at all being that I was already frazzled, so off to the store I went! 
 I got myself an At-A-Glance Planner, five rolls of Scotch Washi Tape, some clickable Sharpies, and my FAVORITE Frixion erasable pens.

**On a side note, I L.O.V.E. the Frixion pens for my planner because I hate pencil, but love to be able to change things up!
Here is a before shot, right before I doctored it up to what I needed it to be. 
 I got five designs of washi tape to represent the five areas that I needed in my planner.
 AND I started taping. I am not going to lie, this took a lot longer than I thought it would. It may have taken hours, but that is okay, because it was a bit mindless. I just taped and listened to the television. I can't really complain about that.
In the end, I got through it! Now I have a planner that allows me to have a section for each area that I needed and I can stop hyperventilating!

I can't wait to click over and see what everyone else is up to this week!