Friday, July 6, 2012

Common Core Resources

I have lots and lots going on this summer.  How about you?  I hope you are taking some much deserved vacation time.

Common Core Resources
I am part of two new collaborative blogs:  Common Core Kids and Common Core Classrooms.  Common Core Kids is a place for parents to find ideas on how to help their children with the new rigorous CCSS and a place for teachers to find activities and ideas to share with parents.  Common Core Classrooms is for teachers to find ideas, lessons, activities on how to implement the CCSS effectively.  I just wrote my first post for Common Core Kids.

Common Core KidsCommon Core Classrooms

I just wrote my first post for Common Core Kids and would love for you to check it out:  Math Puzzle.  In honor of that post, I am sharing a blank copy of the "I Have, Who Has" game, so you can customize it to fit your needs. 

Honored to be...
A guest blogger at PreK and K Sharing!!  Guest blogging is a huge honor but also a little nerve wracking.  You want your host blog to be happy with your post, so it puts the pressure on.  Want to learn how our preschool teachers helped set the stage for the elementary teachers in writing?  Check out my post:  Better Sentences from Preschoolers!

PreK + K Sharing

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Favorite Things Sunday

teaching resources, differentiated reading, Bloom's taxonomy, writing

Glad that you have joined me!  Every Sunday I share some of the best ideas I have found throughout the week.

I love the beginning of the month because that means it is time for Farley's Currently linky party.  As today is Favorite Things Sunday, it is a PERFECT fit since it is one of my favorite things!!

So, the AC.  At the beginning of my summer break, the AC in my home stopped working.  I thought I was going to die.  We went a week with cold air.  As it is over 100 today, the sound of the AC is wonderful sound.

I hope you didn't miss the Blog Swap and Hop yesterday.  If you did, no worries, I created a PAGE on my blog with all the links.  Lori from Conversations in Literacy wrote a fabulous guest post for me on fine motor skills.  I was honored to be a guest at Raki's Rad Resources talking about using mentor texts in writing.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordian is my favorite read aloud for grades 4-8.  The chapters are the perfect length with many ending with cliff hangers.  Percy Jackson is a character that many middle schoolers can associate themselves with.  Strategies That Work is the book that helped get me through my first year of teaching reading to seventh and eighth graders.  Harvey and Goudvis gave me a starting place for teaching reading strategies.  I also found The Comprehension Toolkit that gave me the resources and the language to teach reading comprehension strategies better.

Go see Farley, link up, and remember to follow the Rule of 3!

Sight Word Game
A Turn to Learn shared a sight word game called "Boys vs. Girls vs. Teachers."  The game requires very little preparation:  all you need is sight word cards and students.  Line your students into two lines.  You guessed it:  boys and girls.  Hold up a sight word.  First student to say the word correctly gets a point.  How do teachers get points?  Click on A Turn to Learn's button below and read her post.  She also gives you a really cute point board to print out.

A Turn To Learn

Gift Bag Journal
Shelley from "Teaching in the Early Years" starts her post with this:

***WARNING!! What you are about to read is going to rock your world. I'm not even joking.***

She isn't joking.  She shows you how to turn a dollar store gift bag into a writing journal and it is AWESOME!  She shows you step-by-step in words and pictures exactly what to do.  My plan is to make these for my focus class next year.  I am going to start working on this summer and give them to my students on the first day of school.

Click on her button below and be amazed.

Teaching in the Early Years

Task Cards 101
Rachel from Minds in Bloom switched blogs with Laura from Corkboard Connections for a day.  Rachel is the task card queen and she wrote a lovely post on what task cards are and how to use them.  She also offers a free set of antonym task cards.  Click on the button below to check them out.

We Read, We Blog, We Teach
Today is the first day of the Grades 3-7 Daily 5/CAFE book study.  Abby from Third Grade Bookworm is our first contributor for Chapter 1 of The Daily 5 book.  Stop by and share your thoughts in the comments.  Every three days we will introduce a new chapter.

I hope you have enjoyed "A Few of My  Favorite Things" and come back each Sunday to see what other fabulous  finds I have gathered for your enjoyment and to add to your resources.


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