What Are You Teaching? January 30

Yes...I've taken a little break! I took a trip to see all of my girls a few weeks back and it has taken me a little bit to get back into my groove. I'm back!  
So aren't they super cute? I miss having them all under one roof so moments like these are super special. If you have little ones at home don't take those moments for granted! 

So now, what are you teaching this week? Here are our plans! 

Yes....I really print all of my plans on stickies! I love them!

Morning Work: We are on week 5 of our morning work in Unit 4. All of my morning work combines the skills that we use in Reading Street for the week. This week we are working on the letter Ee, using a capital and period in a sentence and the sight words here, go, from. These pages help me keep on track with these basic skills: 
Centers: Centers will be a mix of If You Could Go to Antarctica (a weekly mix of centers aligned with Reading Street), my January Easy Prep centers, and some new First Sound Centers I made for my low babies. I am hoping this will help us make some connections this week! 

Small Groups: Most of my groups will be using the CVC set of Reading Intervention Made Easy. This week we are working on the middle e sound in CVC words. A couple of my groups will be working on the Phoneme Segmentation set. 

In writing we are starting our personal narratives unit. I will have more about this next week and some fun new projects! 

Math: This week are using Question of the Day as our start to the day during our morning meeting and this Daily Math Review for Quarter 3.  

and our math tubs are all from January Centers

Those are the basics this week. I promise I will take some pictures from our writing projects to share that later in the week and I also found some excellent deals at the Dollar Store for Valentines day centers that I'm really excited to try too! Lots of fun stuff coming. February is the best month!  

Here are links to all of the products I am using this week: 




Number Stamping FREEBIE!

I promised I would use the number stamping book I made this week and I did! 
Here it is just so you know what I'm talking about!

The book was pretty simple to put together and I mixed up the pages on purpose so it wouldn't be in order. I just copied them back to back and folder/stapled them. Our copy machine will actually do that for you....but I still haven't figured that out!

I have a TON of tiny stamps that were donated to my class many years ago. They are all sorts of different things and this book was perfect for them. Students grabbed a stamp and counted out whatever number was on the page. Like this....
 or this...
and this!
Some of them were really organized and careful and some of them were a hot mess! However, the most important part was that they were all counting and keeping track of their counting. At one point one of my little guys was interrupted and I overheard him say, "Oh great, now I have to start all over again. This is a disaster!" So much drama :)

The only thing that I would change is I wouldn't do it as a whole group activity. Yes, I tried. Yes, it was dumb. It wasn't a disaster (well, for my little guy it was!)  but it was hard for them to all reach the stamp in the middle of the table and I didn't have enough to make it work as partners. So this works best as a small group activity.

There you have it! Here are the stamp pads (the ones I used) in an affiliate link. They have them in all different colors and they are washable.



I hope you enjoy this activity. We had fun with it and it is definitely a keeper. Thanks for stopping by today! 


What Are You Teaching? and a FREEBIE January 9

We are back in the swing of things and back into routine! Phew! Last week was really LONG for a short week but I think we are back on track! So here is my question...
Our plans are very much like last week, just switching things up with our new story. 
So I wanted to try something new this week and I am grabbing out a page from each of these sets for you to try. Let me know what you think!

Click on any of these pictures to get a free file.  

Morning Work: This week we continue working on the sight words are, that, do and the letter L. Our conventions work focuses on the action part of a sentence. 
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Centers: This week I grabbed a new one from this set My Lucky Day .  This is a roll and record activity where students roll a dice, read the word, write the word, and collect data all at the same time. 
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Math: I just put out our new January Math Centers and I am really excited about some of these. The games are all new and really hit on some key standards. Enjoy these math puzzles! Copy, laminate, and cut and students will match them back up to show the numbers. Especially great for students who are struggling with the 1 to 10. 
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And once again I'll share the freebie I added last week because I didn't get to it but I swear we are doing it tomorrow! 
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You will have to forgive me if this seems rushed....I am preparing to head out of town on Friday to see all 3 of my daughters together for the first time in a year! I can hardly contain myself! 
I hope you enjoy the pages I've included today and I really hope you have a great week. I love my kiddos but this week can not go quick enough for me! Happy teaching friends!

What Are You Teaching: January 3

Happy New Year! It's time to head back to school after a relaxing two weeks of blissful vacation. I've been busy planning though! Every new year I go back to school with a huge list of goals for my class, my personal organization, and this usually involves implementing new things in the classroom. This year is no different!

Here is a little run down: 
Morning Work-We are starting on Unit 4 of our morning work and well into writing sentences, learning about the naming and the action parts of sentences and starting to write our sight words in alphabetical order. Handwriting has made a huge improvement from the beginning of the year. Take a look HERE to see this unit. 

Centers- I have really been working on center organization this year because for some reason this year we really have a hard time with choice. I have narrowed down choices for now to get us focused. This week we will have a stamping center (stamping sight words), cut and glue sentences, writing station and the listening station. 4 days....4 choices....easy peasy. My stations come from Rooster's Off to See the World centers.  

Reading- I follow a reading program but do it through Daily5 and CAFE. I spend a day a week on each portion of the CAFE model (comprehension, accuracy, fluency, expand vocab) and use the scope and sequence (and materials) from our basal. My small group materials will be from my Reading Intervention Made Easy sets and this week I am starting the CVC word set with most of my kiddos. It's a exciting time! 

Also in reading we will be using Heidi Songs to practice our sight words this week. If you would like to see how we do that I wrote a post about it HERE

Writing- We are working on goals this week and by the end of the week we will start a little peer editing too. I wrote about that HERE.

Math- This is the BIGGIE! We are piloting math programs this year and I will be starting Envision and teaching it for the next couple of weeks. It has been a little overwhelming to look at all the materials but all in all I think it looks promising. I know whenever this subject comes up in groups on FB there are a lot of opinions out there. That being said...I've giving this a chance. It's obviously not all up to me but I want to be able to give my honest opinion when the time comes.

I made a couple of things to get me started this week. The curriculum suggests making these by hand but that's just no fun right? These are easy to use at any time. I made 11-20, you can grab them free HERE

Fill in each circle with a representation for the number. Great warm up activity! 
The second freebie I have to share is a little book for math centers. Students use stamps to count up to each number. This is an fun and easy way for students to create representations for each number. 

I also made a new set of January Math Centers to make sure that I am hitting all of the standards that I need to in the face of trying a new curriculum. Safety net! 

Thank you for stopping by today! Here's to a new year, new goals, and making lots of progress!