Monday, April 30, 2012

SLOW down!!!

Don't get me wrong.  I LOVE this time of year, but HATE the feeling of this whirlwind of my life..  It starts about mid-March and doesn't end till June!  I swear it feels like the 3rd marking period is a LOT shorter than the rest, but, of course it isn't.  We didn't even have ONE snow day this year!  Or a delay!  (of course, we did have TWO hurricane/flood days on the 2-3 days of school this year in September.  Not something you see often in PA!)

I need it to slow down because this week we have a Spring Open house!  Parents and kids get to come back and check out everything we've been doing all year.  This year is different because we switch kiddos for Reading groups and Math groups.  I'm finding it challenging to balance the "showcase" of work for each of my groups!  (Cause I also have that homeroom who I teach content to!)  I know that everything will be fine and parents will just love seeing their most prized possession's work and progress :)

I thought I'd share a few pics of my room/things from last week :)  Keep reading for a freebie! :)

This is how I organize my daily 5 word work and literacy games.  My teammate had the idea of using shoe racks and I had 3 at home that I wasn't using since we had moved a few years ago!  It's worked PERFECTLY!  I love how it gives me more space!  I started using baby wipes containers to hold things, such as magnetic letters, wikki sticks, etc.  As well as my "games" that I have created!  The games I need them to complete are in the wipes containers at the top.  They are labeled Activity 1, 2, 3, etc.  When I hand out the work to complete (that they keep in those orange folders to the right) I have them write the number container it is in at the top of the page.

This is how I started organizing my literature circles/book groups.  Each group has a certain color that matches the lanyard around the name cards.  The packets are in different orders for each group member, so that they always know what job is theirs and which is coming up.  They keep their folders and books in their book holders....  I need a better name for those!  (I found them at Target a few months ago and just had to have them.... even at $1 a piece!  Not a bargain, but they matched my room perfectly and they have been VERY useful.)

After looking at different blogs and plans online, this is my current version of my lesson plans!  I L.O.V.E. color, and thankfully my district does not limit our printing of color yet.  I bought a cute binder at Staples, that holds my plans as well as notes for the substitute, so EVERYTHING is in one place.  I used to have a separate Sub binder, but found that having it with my plans is more helpful.

Now to the freebie-for today anyway.  I have another one, but I'll have to post it tomorrow.  I'm just running out of time!!!!  We are learning all about animals.  This is just a quick and easy habitat flip book that I created for the kids to write facts and draw pictures of the habitats that we study.  We discuss desert, ocean and forest.  We do talk about others, but for the sake of time and to know if they understand what a habitat is, those are what we look for.  Look at what the cuties did!


Desert page with facts and picture

Ocean---we watched the BrainPop Jr., and I never knew the actual names of the sections of the ocean before!  My kids thought I was crazy this year when I told them that.  (not that THEY knew it, but the fact that I didn't know it---teachers know everything!)

Click on any of the pictures above to download a copy for yourself!  Copy it double sided, as it is (the way it prints out) and you'll be set to go!

I have finished my Math AND literacy Beach themed Common Core games/centers!  You can check them out by clicking on the pictures below!  I'm in the process of finishing up the "preview" for each and will upload that within a day or 2.... (though, my goal is to do it tonight!)

I plan on having another post this week that will have some fact and opinion worksheets related to animals!  Make sure to follow me so you don't miss out!  My kids are in the process of using it now, to make sure there are no "bugs" :)  I set a new personal goal for my blog-we'll see if I can reach my goal!  Thanks for all the love, bloggy friends!  Again, I never expected any of this!!!!!!   


  1. Thanks!

    I showed my kids how to make a step book for the first time this past Friday. They thought it was the best thing ever! I love kids--they're so easy to impress.

    Thanks for this treasure.

  2. I was wondering if you could point me in the direction of where you found your lesson plan format, I LOVE IT!

    1. Hi Amber! I actually made it myself! It was like the 100th time I had revised it, and now it has been working fairly well for me. I used Word to do it in.

      Thanks for stopping by!



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