Sunday, February 26, 2012

Read Across America Hat and Leap Into TPT

Here I am, Day Two in Las Vegas

Yes, Vegas, baby!

But what am I doing?

I am sitting in my hotel room ... blogging. 


 I am officially BORING {{sigh}}

My 13 year old daughter and I arrived at ten yesterday morning.  It was warmer in Colorado than it is here.  Not that it's cold but I was hoping for eighty degree days, not sixty.  We had a blast yesterday but today was a sleeper. 
We are here for Jamz Nationals {Cheer Competition} so we have a schedule.  Today it was breakfast at eight and then hair, dress and off to the arena to watch the other teams  from our cheer school.  My daughter went with a teammate so I could sit in the hotel room and prepare for conferences on Tuesday morning.  Her team performed in the evening and were fabulous!  I was so proud.  We got back to the hotel around eight pm, ate dinner and hung out with some of her teammates.  She is in the bed next to me snoring and here I am blogging away to the droning 
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I spent the plane ride thinking about what I would teach this week and reflecting on student's growth for parent-teacher conferences and what to blog about this weekend.  Then. I thought about a recent team meeting.

My team and I realized that more than half of our students have made the traditional Cat in the Hat hat at least two times--once in preschool and then again in kindergarten.  We knew we needed to come up with something new to celebrate Read Across America, but what?
Everyone, including me, could not come up with a hat that represented Dr. Seuss and his creative, silly, crazy originality.  So I put it out of my mind and about eight days later, it came to me.
Here is my creation, modeled by my sweet son:









Here are the directions.




On Wednesday, February 29, it is Leap Day.  Thanks to Paul, the brain behind TPT, YOU can have enormous savings.



Check out TPT to see if your favorite bloggers/shops is having a sale in addition to the coupon.   The promo code is L2P9Y


From 2/29 until 3/3, everything in my store is 15% off.  Do NOT to forget to use the promo code! 

Here are some of my best sellers you will want:


The jam packed 32 pages includes all of the comprehension strategies and can be used with fiction and non fiction as well as listening center/Listen to Reading Daily 5 area or homework.
Pages include:
Characters, Setting, Main Character Analysis, Mental Images, 3 pages for Connections, 3 pages for Main idea, Synthesis, 4 pages for non fiction features, BME, Asking Questions, Double Bubble Map, Story Map, Fact or Opinion, Super Summary, Sentence Stoppers, Vocabulary, Inferenceing, Contractions, Wonder Web and 2 pages for Determining Importance.
This is all you need for teaching and assessing comprehension strategies.


This 64 page package includes teaching ideas, a chart with pictures of features already on it, circle map, Labels for chart or tree map, photos of each text feature and 2 non fiction feature notebooks. One has definitions already included and one is blank. This is all you need to teach about non fiction text features!

This 1st  writing label unit has 60 prompts ( 6 pages of 10 prompts each) perfect for Daily 5 Work on Writing time or assessments during Writer's Workshop. They are appropriate for grades K-3.
I made these because I rarely do prompt writing and need to do more. These will be perfect for assessment or independent writing time. These prompts need to be printed out on labels (Avery 5163)




This 86 page unit has six different leveled printable guided reading books for you to use with your students. Print a class set or just enough for a group. They are leveled according to DRA2. Each book includes lesson plans and scrambled sentence strips. I've also attached a cut up sentence book and Guided Reading Journal for you to use. The titles/levels in this unit are:
The Playground {DRA2 level 3-4}
Sock Monkeys {DRA2 level 2-3}
The Money Book {DRA2 level 3-4}
My Snowman {DRA2 level 5-6}
My Bear {DRA2 level 5-6}
How Do You Move? {DRA2 level 5-6}
              SO much cheaper than buying trade books!  The best part is if a student loses the text, it can be reprinted.


This 72 page unit has it all. The comprehensive unit includes:
Songs and poems including= I've Been Brushing, Got my Toothbrush, Wiggly,Jiggly Tooth, Loose Tooth, Sparkle, Tooth Chant and more
Math=Graphs, Money from Tooth Fairy sheet and graph, Have you been to the denist graph, favorite flavor of toothpast graph, Tooth Addition and Subtraction, Tooth Fairy Addition Cards
Science- Excellent Eggsperiment, tooth model directions,Tools in dental office
Literacy - How to Brush your teeth, I Have a Healthy Smile, You Think It's Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?, Things that make me smile, Brush Your Teeth book (great for shared and/or guided reading),The Tooth Fairy Came Last Night book, Tooth Fairy Craftivity and so much more!!!!!




After 17 years of teaching, I've experimented with many ways to keep data and lessons for guided reading.These cards are the result of many years of trial and error. I print them out on index paper, whole punch and put on a ring. They are so easy to store and use.Also included is my running record booklet. Each child gets one and I store all of their reading info in one spot. Again, very easy to use. Try these out-I believe you will love them.



Due to overwhelming success of my first writing label unit, I created more!
This unit has 40 prompts {4 pages of 10 prompts each} perfect for Daily 5 Work on Writing, centers or even as an assessment. They are appropriate for grades K-3.
I made these because I have found that there are times my firsties have no idea of what to write about. These sticker prompts not only give them an idea but encourage writing. My students ADORE them and frequently ask to do more than one!
These stickers need to be printed out on labels (Avery 5263)


This fabulous download has 24 different activities for your students to practice sight words or spelling words.
It includes:
Rainbow Word, Perfect Penmanship, Pyramid Writing, Dot Spelling, Colorful Words, Bubble Words, Write it, Stamp it, Read, Write, Cover and Check, Upper Case Vowels, Fancy Letters, Connect the Dots, Spelling Shapes, Super Sentences, Love Words. How Much is it Worth and more.



This 22 page unit is perfect for K-2 students. All of the ideas have been done with actual students for over 5 years. The unit includes: a list of mentor texts, 4 templates for books, student examples, an anchor chart and tree map, and a writing journal for students. Try this with your class to meet nonfiction Common Core standards!


These are templates you can use to allow for variety when doing word work. You can use them as homework, too. You may use any words you want.
Great for your reading block, centers, reading workshop or daily five time. Students complete a tic tac toe board each week. You are able to fill in your own words.



This unit, Math Lessons and Games, is forty seven pages long. It includes warm up activities, number cards, number grid, lessons for whole group or intervention (including dot flash, finger flash, partitioning, subitizing,etc) and games such as Make Five Go Fish, Flip and Add, Flip and Subtract, Number Grid Puzzles, Number Line Games, Race to Thirty, Race to Forty, Grids to Ten, Flip and Place, Ladders, Ten Frame War and three sets of ten frames and dot cards. This is all based from Math Recovery and Debbie Dillers' Math Workstations Book. It is a comprehensive unit to get kids the number sense they need to be successful in mathematics.




This 56 page unit is perfect Celebrating March 2nd in the primary grades. It includes 2 Cat in the hat snacks, a hat, song, glyph,Let's Label the Cat in the Hat, favorite Dr. Seuss book graph, Bartholomew and the Oobleck recipe, Seuss pattern page, Ten Apples on Top class book, Foot Book class book Whose Feet are These? , Double bubble map for Cat in the Hat and The Cat in the Hat Comes Back, Horton Hears a Who dust science experiment, Seuss popcorn word sheet, Hop on Pop flip books, Fox in Socks individual student book, Green Eggs and Ham readers theater, My Many Colored Days art project and individual student books.


Go to my store and get some deals right now!

Cecelia

Monday, February 20, 2012

What We're Up To & Teacher's Notebook Sale - 2/20-2/27=20% off!

Is the long weekend over ALREADY????  How did that happen?  The good news is that tomorrow is a work day and I can do some all of the stuff that I was supposed to do this weekend. 
I am almost done with report cards and now just need to prepare conference notes so I am ready to go next Tuesday morning.  I am going to Las Vegas with my daughter this Friday morning for her cheer competition {{NATIONALS}} until Monday evening.  That means two days with kids this week and next...and writing sub plans --which I abhor.

Thought I'd share a few more ideas from last week:
Math--
What we are doing in 1st grade Everyday Math:  
The joy of name collection boxes.


Name Collection Boxes




Since we use thinking maps a lot, I showed children how Name Collection Boxes are just like a circle map.  We made this reference chart together, which kids use all of the time.  I crossed out  #12 {pictures} because they take up the entire box and 90 % of the time the kiddos miscount.





 Get your copy of this freebie on GoogleDocs.

We also are reading about Inventors for Black History Month.  Here is a picture of the sheet we are doing.   My sweeties are practicing determining importance and paraphrasing.



Here is what we are doing this week--How to Writing {which I love}
  I wrote these stories as mentor text.






Everything in my Teacher's Notebook shop is 20% off until 2/27/12.



Have a wonderful week!
Cecelia

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Take a Peek at Our Week and February Freebies

Whoa!  We have been SUPER busy in first grade.  We celebrated 100 Day, Valentine's Day,  President's Day and Black History Month.  Take a peek at our learning:















Get February Freebies here.

TGIF and here is to a 4 day weekend!
CECELIA

Monday, February 6, 2012

Currently





Good morning!  Happy Monday!  Farley just posted February's Currently, so I wanted to add mine.  Thanks, Farley! This is fun to do and I love reading everyone else's.






Sunday, February 5, 2012

Leapin' For Leap Year

After many searches {unsuccessful}for appropriate curriculum on Leap Year, I realized I needed to create my own.  The end result: Leapin' for Leap Year.

Here are some photographs of the final product.  Please realize this is NOT the entire unit, which is 34 pages.










Like always, I am giving away 3 to the first three commenters who follow my blog, TPT store and Facebook.  Please blog about the unit, too, after you teach it!
Good luck!

Cecelia
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