Saturday, January 24, 2015

Converting our AR Dots to Lexile Reading Levels

updated charts w/ blank

We are getting ready for our next SEP conferences next week and my cute co-workers and I were discussing how we could get our parents on board with LEXILE reading levels vs. AR reading levels.  Sadly, we lost our AR this year... we are missing the accountability and motivation that it gave to all the students, however, we've been told it's history!  
All of our library books were labeled with color dots on the spine of the book for easy choosing.  Many teachers did the same thing in their classroom libraries to enable the students to easily get a "good choice" book. We thought it was a good idea to help the parents see the connection between their student's SRI reading scores and LEXILE level.
We converted a chart to match Creekside's leveled colors (dots). 
We plan to discuss this with our parents and students at SEPS... hopefully clearing things up a bit and getting us all on the same playing field.
Fingers crossed!!
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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Collaboration is Everything

So true... I'm so grateful!!! xo
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My Coin Booklet - Canadian Version, too

Thank you friends up north for the opportunity and
 chance to learn a new tid-bit of Canadian history!!
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Sunday, January 18, 2015

MLK Sale and more

I'm linking up with Sassy, Savvy, Simple Teaching to celebrate MLK.

I have put my MLK Celebration on sale plus the
 20% off Monday and Tuesday the entire store.

Just added today... 
Teacher, I Done Task Cards for Winter for 1st Grade
McGraw Hill WONDERS 2nd Grade Unit 4 weekly Tri-folds

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Meet Stella!!

My sweet friend, Janiel Wagstaff did it again!!
She has created an adorable series to help us teach 3 writing types to our kiddos. I was lucky enough to review her original manuscripts and I was so impressed and excited to  add them to my writing tools.
    Here's the scoop!
Meet Stella, an eager second grader. In this lively series of three, 32-page illustrated picture books, you'll find effective and engaging ways to teach and model the three writing types outlined in the standards: opinion, informative, and narrative. Each title includes several suggestions real writers use to craft effective writing, cleverly presented through the eyes of a second grader. Teachers are clamoring for explicit resources for teaching the standards, and these books provide a unique tool, both practical and fun, to inform that teaching.
I am so proud of her... 
so happy for her accomplishment 
and thrilled to use them in my class.

Purchase your own set here!!

Grab your Stella Writes! poster here!!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Mitten

Today Mrs. Evans needed to be daughter to her father.
My dad has Alzheimer's and is in his final stages.
My amazing mother is taking care of his every need 24/7... but
it is taking a toll on her.
Monday night, my siblings and I decided we needed a quick pow-wow to
assess her needs and dad's.  We made a long term plan and short term plan.

(love my dad!)
One part of the short term planning was Lory spending the following day with dad at the house while mom got out.  It was a nice day for all involved. 

I was grateful for this little file...
 I had it copied, laminated, cut out and in a "just-in-case" box.
Quickly I was able to provide the sub with ELA, Math, Reading and Art
...all tied to the darling Jan Brett literature.

I was able to be where I really needed and wanted to be...
AND my students still had a great, productive fun day!

If The Mitten is a favorite of yours OR you want to fill your "just-in-case" box
this file might be what you're looking for.

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Daily Language

Thank you friends and followers for your support and 
encouragement to complete this project.
Term 3 is finally posted and term 4 is around the corner.
I am so glad your students are enjoying and learning from these daily spirals.
I love the quick, daily review and simple conversations we have while completing them... it makes me happy you do, too.

Thank you for leaving your comments and feedback (yeah TpT credits ;)
I read them and take them to heart!

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Similes and Related Facts

We've been learning about Similes this week and we've had a lot of fun reading good literature, comparing 2 different things, giggling at our creativity and writing a few similes of our own.

We also had a great time learning about related facts... 
robots always make things exciting!!

I believe we are ready for next week's lessons of fact families.

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