Thursday, January 30, 2014

Teaching Inferring

Friends~I love teaching inferring in second grade.  I always start with pictures.  It is so much easier for students to look at snapshots and infer the setting, season, or occasion.  
Here my students are working on inferring from pictures.  They are recording and labeling their inferences.  They loved this because I brought in pictures of my family for them to look at.  
By the way, check out my reading table!  My kiddos love writing down their thinking during our reading groups.  I have found that even my most reluctant readers/writers are comfortable writing on anything dry erase! 
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Next week, they will be getting a homework assignment to bring in their own photo for us to infer from.  Download your copy of my Homework sheet below.  
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We will also be watching a video reading of Brave Irene and practicing our inferring skills.  I love this book  book because my students can infer the setting, season, and also vocabulary. 
My students were so funny when the wind talks to Irene.  
Download a FREE story guide for this book HERE

Be sure to check out my Readers Connect Inferring Unit!
Be sure to download this poster over on my Facebook Page! 

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Math Workshop-ish

Friends~I don't know about you all but I am in love with math workshop!  Which is why I head home everyday frustrated that I can't make it work with my current schedule.  When in I taught in Ohio, we the teachers made our own schedules. We the teachers decided what would work best for our students.  The only times we worked around were specials, lunch and recess. 
With this in mind, if I needed more math time one week or I wanted to extend a lesson I could.  I am now held to a pretty strict schedule and I am struggling getting all of the components of math workshop in.   

I love this post by Beth Newingham. 
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Debbie Diller's Math Work Stations has been a major inspiration for how I run my workshop.  It is a must read! Click below to check it out!
Today I am going to share my math workshop-ish centers.  I am constantly making changes so that I can fit in what I need to.  I have my centers set up with the BUILD idea.  
Buddy Games
Using Manipulatives
Independent Work
Learning Math
Doing Math
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When I begin a CCSS skill,  I introduce whole group and we then practice on slates with dry erase markers.  During this time, I walk around with a sheet of address labels.  Each label has the standard printed on it and a number.  That way I can walk around and jot down which students understand the skill and which students need support.  This helps me make my developmental groupings.  
(After school, I transfer the labels into my my Math Binder)
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Just click where The ELA Standard Skill Sheet is and they will all download!
The next step is to begin our rotation. On Day 2, we often start with a math warm up such a I Have, Who Has on a past skill.  Or we love around the world with telling time.  Once we are through with a review, I teach my mini lesson and we break into centers.  My students are assigned centers based on a number grouping of 1-5.  
(I just write the number on the back of their desk tag with permanent marker.  I can change the numbers easily by wiping it off with a magic eraser.)  
I start by assigning seat work that goes along with my mini lesson.  My struggling students come to me first with their seat work, then my on grade level students come, and last my above grade level group.  (My groupings look like this: 1's are struggling, 2's and 3's are on grade level, and 4's and 5's are my above level groups.)

During this time,  my students are working in their Build Centers. There are around 4 students in any given center.  You can see my rotation board in the photo above.  
 I love Yvonne Crawford's Interactive Math Notebook and I often use it for centers and mini lessons. 
It is awesome and my students love adding the interactive pieces to their notebooks!  My students also use IXL Math on our computers.  That is what I use for the I center in Build.  They can work independently on any Common Core Math Standard.  
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This center was so awesome!  Students had to match digital time with an analog clock.  They then rolled a die and had to add that many hours to the chosen clock.  They then showed the time on a hand held clock.  I LOVED the thinking that went along with this.  

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We clean up when I have met with all three groups and we meet on the carpet upfront.  I then like to reflect on what I noticed in centers.  I point out great work I saw and also things that need to be corrected.  The students also reflect and discuss things they struggled with (clunked) or what finally clicked.   
Each student is then heads back and grabs their math folder.  They add to their Click and Clunk T Chart for our math skill. They love it! 
You can download it for FREE on my Facebook page under the Facebook Freebie Tab.  

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I love adding new centers and ideas to my BUILD centers.        I find tons on Pinterest.  Be sure to check out my Teach IT Math board.  Just click the picture below and pin away!
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Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Write Stuff

Friends~Do you have the WRITE Stuff?  I love when my lessons connect across the curriculum.  I work very hard to tie my reading and writing together.  It maximizes my instruction time.  Whatever book we are working on in reading, we are also working on in writing. If it is a nonfiction book it will connect with my science and if it is a fiction book I try to find a social studies link.  
I work hard to supply my students with materials that will allow them to practice our daily skills and learning in centers too! 
Check out my writing center!
 It is like a gold mind for my students because it is 
stocked with all 

I added the file from Alma Almazan below this school year to the walls in my writing center.  I love that the posters give my students ideas to write about.  I often see them pointing or reading the posters before they grab a stool to write.  

I also fill it with tons of fun items that will entice them to write about what we are studying.  
Some of their favorites are:
Theme Stickers (Dollar Store!) 
Different types of writing paper
They also love the dry erase and chalkboards.  
The dry erase are just wallboard from Lowes.
I found the chalkboard at Marshalls. 
I attached each piece with 3M Picture Hanging Strips!
This is one of my favorite quotes!
Click the picture to download it for FREE!

In my Reading Nook,  you will find tons of great items that my students use to practice the skills taught in class. 

A big hit this year were my stools.  We have the ones below from IKEA and them I made these bucket seats.
They allow my students to move about the classroom and work in small groups.  
They also love The Buddy Bulb!
Watch the video below to find out more about The Buddy Bulb and my reading cart. 

Even in Math we try to follow a theme with our centers.  I have found by doing this my students stay engaged with the topic and skills we are working on longer. 

But if you really want good resources than you are going to love this amazing deal over at Educents!  I have teamed up with 17 other amazing sellers to load your classrooms with 27 outstanding resources for writing! Plus you can get 10% off with the code below!

My products included will surely be loved by your students and YOU!  

You are going to love my close reading bookmarks.  They really help students zone in on important information in a text.  Your students will be able to follow the step by step bookmarks easily.  I have them made for my small groups but also place them in my reading nook and listening center.
When students feel comfortable reading complex materials on their own they are so much more confident when they speak and write about a book. 
Adding details to their writing to support their thinking has been a tough skill this year so I am ever grateful that my students are practicing identifying details in our close reads
Fairy tales in one of my favorite reading and writing units in 2nd grade.  I love teaching the elements with great literature but them allowing them to write their own fairy tales choosing their elements. 
My Once Upon a Time is a must have!  It walks your class through the elements.  
My kiddos love the Guess That Fairy Tale game!   

This book below will walk your students through the elements of a fairy tale and how the author uses those elements to develop the tale.  
My packet is the perfect supplement to this book.  There are corresponding pages to support ideas in the book.  Your kiddos will be over the moon when they get to start writing their own.  

For a limited time it is $29.99 from Educents which is over 71% off!  It also includes these other great products so there is sure to things you love!  (They even have $10 off for first time customers… so it can be even cheaper if you have never bought anything from Educents!)

I truly believe that setting up your classroom and providing materials is very important but inspiring your learning is the only way to light the fire to learn.  

I leave you with a class favorite of ours from Teacher Tipster!

Add this QR code for your students to scan to watch the video in your writing center!


Saturday, January 18, 2014

A Jewel Kade Give Away from The Schroeder Page

Friends~I am super excited to bring you a wonderful give away from Jewel Kade.  A friend of mine starting selling this beautiful jewelry line just recently.  Being the sentimental  fool that I am,  I knew that this line was for me.  You can totally personalize it to represent your family or interests. 
Watch this video below to see what this jewelry line is all about. 

 Jewel Kade launched in 2009 by Janet Kinkade who had 5 children and loved making hand crafted jewelry.  She was always searching for ways to create jewelry so that she could wear her children close to her heart.  She started by making pewter initial charms in her basement and when they began to sell faster than she could make, she knew she was on to something.  Jewel Kade is now not only in the US but Canada as well and has a total of around 4,000 stylist in all.  

My friend lost her mom last year and she was able to make a very special charm so that she can carry her mom with her everyday.  I think is is such a sweet tribute to their relationship.  

Here are a few of my favorite things!
I love the layering options!  

Feel free to purchase directly from the site.
Just choose The Schroeder Page at check out! 
Because you are a follower of The Schroeder Page, you have the opportunity to win a signature piece from Jewel Kade just for visiting the site and telling me what you would LOVE to have.  
Free item give away…gold 16” ball chain, with a wax seal magnolia medal of a crown!
Hey, we teachers always need to have our crown close by!
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Reading Response Question FREEBIE!

Friends~We have been working hard on our reading responses through our double entry journals and question stems.  We have a shared reading everyday after lunch and during that time my students work to record their thinking in their reading journals.  I really like them to focus on this during a teacher read aloud because they don't have to focus so much on the actual reading...just their thinking.  

I have been using some question stems that I found online to help guide my students in their thinking.  They even use the stems when they read independently.  I typed them up and then printed them off into booklets so that they are handy to grab during our center time.  I keep a set with my read aloud book too.  

You can grab a FREE copy of the stems over on my Facebook Page under my freebies tab. 
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Close Reading with Polar Bears

Friends~Do you LOVE close reads?  I sure do and so do my students.  This week I put a special one together for them on Polar Bears.  We are studying the Polar Bear in class this month and my kiddos are crazy about them.  They also love QR codes so I thought I would mix the two up.  I created a Polar Bear Close Read for our listening center.  Check out how cool it turned out. 
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It was so simple to do.  I printed out my FREE Polar Bear Close Read and then mounted it to a file folder upside down.  (I wanted the tab at the bottom.)  Now my students can open the folder and read the text or scan the code to have it read to them by me!  I also added my Close Reading Boomarks.  I really like when my students use the bookmarks because they really help them pick apart the text.  Because I laminated the folder, my students can use expo markers to write on the text to help them pinpoint important information.  They can also answer the comprehension questions on the back.  

Watch this quick tutorial showing how I put this close read listening center together for my students. 
One wipe and they are clean for the next student to use!
Plus, it saves tons on copies!  
You can grab a FREE copy of the file by clicking the image below!  
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You can also grab a copy of my Close Read Book Marks by clicking below.  
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Stay warm!