Saturday, November 22, 2014

Slap Hands Solo educents deal

Guess What? I have my first Solo Educents deal up and running right now!

I'm sure you know about the site. If you haven't signed up yet, they have a deal for new members, so check it out! $10 credit!

Did I mention my deal?

I put up BOTH my Dolch Slap hand bundles for the low price of $5. That's a 67% savings over buying them both on TPT, and it's cheaper than either would be alone.

Dolch Slap Hands unit

I use these on my classroom door, and it graduates to a centre throughout the year. 

My coworker is putting them on her floor this weekend, and  I can't wait to see how that turns out.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

New Guided Reading Groups

How do you organize your guided reading at your school?

Is each teacher by his or herself trying to get to every student every day who is working at Frustration Level? 

Do you group students who are close to the same level together to minimize your groups?

Or do you group your students across the WHOLE school so that you only have 2-3 groups which you meet with every day so that EVERY student gets reading help 4-5 days a week?

Last year we were using the first model, where we did guided reading alone in our rooms.
This year our resource teacher and Literacy specialist were coming into our rooms to read with two groups twice a week, which helped get more students reached.

However, at our Pd early this week, we took the levels of every student in the school and put their names on chart paper under the level they are currently working on. Our Literacy teacher will take these lists this week and form our groups and starting next week we will using this new format. I'll let you know how it goes.

I think I'm going to like it! For one hour every day, I'll have 3 groups of students working at a pre-reading level to get them ready to start guided reading which they'll hopefully be ready for by Christmas!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

First Sign of Christmas

So the first Sign of Christmas has popped up at my school this week....

Our resident Dental Therapist Decorated her door with this SUPER cute Fireplace with Tooth stockings! I love this. I asked her about it, and she says she came up with it on her own. I can't imagine doing that now, so many of my creative efforts are guided by Pinterest. Way to go Savannah!

Check out my awesome educents deal right now, only $4.99:
Dolch Slap Hands unit

Friday, November 14, 2014

Number Sense trees

My kids are about halfway through our number sense unit, and we're well on our way to understanding our numbers, at least the ones to ten. 

I introduced this centre from my Maple Leaf Bundle last week, and it's a HUGE hit! The only set of cards they're having trouble with are the word cards, and I'm OK with that for now, as my classes literacy skills this year are rather low.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Religion in School

Do you pray at School?

I grew up in a province where Religion wasn't in the schools, and the idea of bringing prayer to school and talking about beliefs at school was weird. I wasn't very open about being a Christian as a result, I think.

Now, I've worked on a Reserve for two years, and am in my second year in this Northern Community as well, and both places we pray daily. Right after O Canada upper grade students come on the PA and either repeat the Lords prayer, or this prayer below. Mostly it's this one. I really like it. What do you think?
Do you pray at your school? Do you talk about faith, or spirituality at all?

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

So, it's snowing...

Do you live somewhere it snows early and stays cold late?


It's cold, but it's awesome! I grew up in Nova Scotia, and we were lucky if we had a white Christmas, but HERE, I'm living in Saskatchewan with snow flurries in October, and Permanent Snow in November, and it stays until Spring.

Check out my kids making snow angels last week:

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Remembrance day 2014 Activities and Cross Tutorial

 We recognized Remembrance day at our school last week. My class did a number of activities to learn about the occasion. I started by changing our Halloween door decor into this more somber cross and the traditional Remembrance day message of Lest We forget. It was really hard at the first of the week to get them to understand that this message means So we don't Forget. Then we had to talk about WHAT we don't want to forget. I showed them this video from Scotland, and explained the differences between our poppy production and theirs:

I then shared with them this music video from an artist who understands why we need to remember, and wrote a beautiful song about our yearly "Pittance of Time":

 Throughout the week we did a few activities from my Remembrance day packet. On Friday before the assembly they did these colouring pages.

Every Class in our school sends two students up during the assembly with our Remembrance day offering. Last year my class made a beautiful wreath, his year I had them make a cross.

Here's my quick Tutorial:

1. Water down paint and have students paint both sides of plain cupcake liners.

2.  The next day when they are dry, show the students how to put the eraser end in the centre of the circles and fold completely over so they look like a little umbrella. Open up enough to look like little bowls.

3. Cut a little green circle for the centre of the flower and glue in the middle of the cup.

4. Create a cross out of cardboard and black construction paper.  

5. Glue or staple your poppies all over, and you're done!

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