Friday, October 2, 2015

Happy Hurricane Friday!

Happy Friday!

We need to build an ark SOON around here!

Super rainy weather means indoor recess, cozy pjs (this weekend), and generally people freaking out around here :)  I'm going to do my very best to stay at home this weekend!

I cleaned out my camera roll for:

Thank you Kacey for hosting!

The week started off super:

Surprise coffee from a colleague!

My teaching schedule has settled into a nice pattern:

My Alphabet Intervention group is thriving!

Now that Guided Reading centers (Daily 5-ish) are rolling, 
there's more time for this:

Woohoo! My fave time of day :)

Guided Math is a very close 2nd!

Doubles Addition = Success!

Love notes were collected :)

And I may have gotten a little excited about the start of October.

It was a wonderful week!

I hope you also had a terrific week!

I do plan on writing full paragraphs soon, it's just such a busy time and my blogposts are suffering a bit. I've given a few PDs (with resources) and have so much more to share. Soon!

Thanks for reading :) Jen

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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Alphabet Freebie, Fall Reading, & More!

Happy Friday-Eve!

I hope you're having a fantastic week!

I'm linking up with Farley (thank you!) for Currently:

I hope Hurricane Joaquin keeps veering AWAY from hasn't even gotten near us and everyone's acting a little bit crazy here in the Mid-Atlantic!

I REALLY have a boot problem and can use some recommendations. Last year, I paid "mid-level" for brown (auburn) boots and they didn't do too well. I added in a pair of low price boots and they were completely done for at the end of the season. I'm pretty tough on boots (at school and city-living) and don't mind paying a bit more IF they last! Any ideas? Thanks!

Thursday I had a class after school and ended up eating all three meals in the classroom! I definitely need to mix it up and get some new travel meal ideas.

I've been working out with a new coach since July and it's ♥♥♥
She is AMAZING! And is helping me feel my very best and 
BOO-tiful ♥

Please visit Farley to read about everyone's month!

We've been busy being Alphabet Experts 
and tracking our progress on this chart!

Please click here to download your own copy!

We are definitely all about visual trackers and celebrating success in first grade. Here's a festive idea for keeping track of our favorite autumn books:

Pocket Charts just don't photograph well!

Hop over to Ellison Education Blog to read about how I used I created this easy display AND download this freebie header :)

If you're interested in more ideas for student data trackers,
please check out my MEGA packet:

There's over 200 pages to track literacy, math, behavior, and more!

Thanks for reading! I'll be back tomorrow for a longer post featuring Five for Fri-yay. I have a TON of pictures to share about our busy week!

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Friday, September 25, 2015

5 for Friday: All About Our Week!

Happy Fri-YAY!!

Today we are wrapping up our Apple Week!

I'm linking up with Kacey to SHOW (lots of pictures)
and tell about our full week of learning!

I must confess, we do not follow thematic units (at all) at my school. Over the past couple of years, I've been able to use the fabulous resources from TPT to incorporate themes into my intervention groups. My rationale is that both the students and I LOVE it and we are able to make cross-curricular connections. Every little bit helps!

This week was....

(Boo for blurry pics and glare!)


I see the same 12 students for literacy intervention (1 hour of Guided Reading in the morning, 1 hour of Phonics/ELA in the afternoon). How wonderful is that? I can easily spiral information between both groups or even reteach when necessary. I also take advantage of their not so long growing attention spans to offer a variety of different literacy experiences.

I will definitely writing blogposts in the very near future about how we fit it ALL in. Until then, here's lots of pictures of our learning:

Word Work: Before

Word Work: During

Work on Writing:

I'm not sure where the green star came from :)

Read to Self

Upside-down...we used apples for segmentation!

And sideways...train whistle 

I also have an Alphabet Intervention group that meets during breakfast:

And there was a lot of fun in my Guided Math groups:

More apples :)

Hands-on learning (always)!

And even cute zebras for true number sentences!

I'm happy, but TIRED! Whew!

We are a busy, hard-working group this year - I'm so fortunate :)

Please hop over to Ellison Education Blog today to read about a cute and easy Halloween costume based on a beloved book character:

There's a cow and a fly (plus a cat, dog, spider, pig).

Any guesses? Hop over to Ellison Education Blog to read more!

Have a wonderful week!

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Verb Freebie!

Happy Wednesday!

I wanted to drop by to share a quick transition tip with a freebie!

  Please click HERE to download the chart :)

The title is a bit lower because of the clothespin-clip.
Here's how I use the chart for smooth transitions:

Sooooo much better than fussing and redirecting!

I'll be back for Five for Friday.
Have a fabulous week! Jen

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Friday, September 18, 2015

5 for Fri-Yay!


I hope you had a fabulous week! I'm sharing my camera roll for a "wordless" addition of:

Thanks Kacey for hosting us every week!

The "wordless" is because I'm still in crazy-back-to-school mode...even though we've been back for a month!

My week started like this:

That's my hard drive (school laptop)!
Luckily, it was fixed and my week only got better!

An alphabet "game" 
(performance assessment)

Phonemic Awareness: Segmentation
(with acorns, why not?)

Magnetizing with Tara West's materials :)

Math fun...always!

And a little retell with Deanna Jump's and DeeDee Will's fabulous Guiding Readers bundle! I loved teaching it and best of all, my students LOVED it! Whew!!!

This weekend will hopefully include catching up on rest...I hope I won't be so "wordless" next week :)

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Alphabet Intervention!

Happy Wednesday!

Last week, I shared some of our favorite math ideas and this week I'm focusing on...

So here's the scoop:

As a first grade teacher, I really don't have that much experience teaching the alphabet. We usually kick off the year with a review of short vowels and blending CVC, then away we go towards more complex phonics sound-spellings.

But this year, I've already assembled a "breakfast club" to get to better acquainted with our letters.

Here's what we do while munching on our breakfast:

We will be tackling two letters per week with a "Day One/Day Two" schedule. We started this week and so far, so good! The chart above lists Letter Aa as an example, but I'm still aligning our scope and sequence with the presentation in our new-to-us CKLA curriculum.

I'm using observation to see how my students respond to the activities this week...what  they enjoy, what seems too easy, and where I can adjust. 

I've found some wonderful resources on TPT, but I still need more! I'm looking for a packet of at least four printables per letter...two handwriting, one identification, and one "application." 
More on that soon!

In the meantime, my students all have a copy of my 
Alphabet Chart (freebie - here!):

 I printed two on a page for a student-friendly size. I'm also using printables from my Letter of the Day packet.

I've also incorporated MANY hands-on learning activities! 
We've loved learning with Babbling Abby's ADORABLE 

 and we are practicing letter formation 
with my Drive On packet:

I loved creating this packet for one little friend a few years ago...
I had NO idea I'd be using it now with a whole group of friends!

I'm thankful this year to have a big chunk of TIME to tackle literacy with my small groups this year. I have up to TWO HOURS per day with mostly the same first graders...broken into one hour in the morning for Guided Reading and one hour in the afternoon focused on Phonics. This is in addition to our breakfast meeting! I'm excited about having this opportunity and will be spending the weekend aligning up all my intervention plans to maximize this time!

I can't wait to share our results with you soon!

In the meantime, before I reinvent the wheel creating and assembling more in-depth alphabet printables, if you have a fantastic product that tackles this (please no cut & paste or spinners!), please leave a link in the comments! 
I'd be happy to check it out :)

Thanks for reading!

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