Wednesday, August 29, 2012

NOUNS FREEBIE! Beyond Person, Place and Thing

Our first grammar lesson this year was Nouns.  The students remembered that nouns were a Person, Place, Thing or Idea... but when it came to Proper Nouns vs. Common Nouns and Abstract Nouns vs. Concrete Nouns they had trouble differentiating. I made two different Noun Sorts to help reinforce this standard. You can grab them here. This is a great activity for Partner Work, Center Time or Homework.
This is what they look like....



 Grab them free here! I hope they help your class get to know Nouns a little better!

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Weekly Progress Report Folders for Parents

Have you ever wanted to streamline how you send home student tests, collect parent signatures and have them all ready for reference for Parent Teacher Conferences?  Well, I know I was sick of passing out test on random days (aka whenever I got to grading them) and I was also tired of not having test returned. If I send a test home with a grade, I want the parents to look at it, go over it with their child and send it back. I pledged that this year would be different... In order to honor this pledge, I designed this folder as an easy way to pass back tests and ensure that parents get to see what there student accomplished on variously weekly assessments. 

I plan on sending this folder home every Wednesday. I figure Wednesdays are good days because what I don't finish over the weekend can carry over a little.  In the folder the students put all of their graded weekly assessments.  I am talking Math Test, Reading Test, Spelling Test, Vocabulary Test, Math Facts/Fluency Tests etc.  In addition the students fill out a Think Sheet that reviews their accomplishments for that week.


 They will staple the Think Sheet to their tests, place it in their OWL folder and voila! They are ready to go home and share their accomplishments with their parents!  This is a quick habit to pick up, it will help open the doors of communication regarding student progress and it will help hold the students, parents AND teacher accountable for test results.

You can get this steal of a deal here...


This pack includes 2 Folder Label options as well as 2 Think Sheet options (one with AR and one without AR)

I hope that this helps you maintain/start Parent-Teacher communication as well as give you a great resource for student reflection.


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Made it Monday, Place Value

Teaching Place Value is one of the first feats for 4th graders.  The concept of numbers to the millions is sometimes a difficult and abstract concept for kids. So for this week's Made it Monday, I created this bundle to help the students ease into math in an interactive way.  This comprehensive Place Value Set is perfect for teaching this difficult standard.  Aligned with common core, this set covers Standard Form, Expanded Form, Word Form, comma placement, and even touches on rounding.
Here is what it included!


 Expanded, Word and Standard Form Sort! Great for partner or individual work!

 Partner or Center Work!


This is a big one for the kiddos! Placing that darned comma in the correct place!

The kids will LOVE this game! Great to start comparing and reviewing all the different forms!


I have, Who Has is such a great game, why not do it with PLACE VALUE! The kids will be masters in this standard in no time!




Of course you will need some cutesy labels for Anchor Charts, Bulletin Boards and your Math Word Wall!




Having a Number of the Day will help reinforce this Standard day in and day out!

A Place Value Mat is GREAT for conferencing with students. You can also stick it in a sheet protector for center work activities!

and a little bit of bunting goes a LONG way on your bulletin boards!





I am so excited to work with my class this week with this activity pack. It is perfect for Centers while I pull kids individually!  Check it out here! On SALE now!

Thank you Tara from Fun in Room 4B for hosting this amazing Linky week to week!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thinking about the rules.....

Today was my first week back and it was great.  I am excited about my class and the first three days of going over routines, rules and procedures went well. To introduce my three class rules I used my  Thinking about the Rules Activity.  Not only was this activity interactive, and engaging but allowed the students to use Thinking Maps. It was great to see the students take ownership of the 3 class rules: Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible. This activity led to a great discussion about classroom expectations and norms.
They started on their own in their teams coming up rules that they think we should have in our class.

 We made a class circle map to share all of the ideas that were generated.

Then they worked together to sort different scenarios on the Tree Map. The first 2 teams who organized them correctly and the quickest earned table points.

It was great to see the students work as a team, have meaningful discussions with their peers and it is a lot better than me telling them, "Do this, Don't do that..."
I have had other teachers use this activity in the beginning of the year and they loved it as much as I did.Here are the worksheets that go with this activity.... Check it out and maybe you can start your year off with this activity too....









Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Hoot Hoot! My 2012 Classroom Reveal!


Today was my first day back with my new class. It was a great, fast, whirlwind of a day.
I am so excited to share my FINISHED classroom!  After many days of working on it, organizing all of my belongings and moving furniture in and out, here is the final product.
This a reminder of where I started at:
This is about 5% of the bins that I had to unpack! Look at how much WALL SPACE THERE IS!

More WALL SPACE eek! 



Front of the room, to the right of the board, sits my  Mr. Potato Head, whole class incentive program. The kids LOVED it today!  The sign is a Freebie here...
I posted about this earlier last week... Here is my ELA Focus Wall to be a visual representation of different standards that we cover. It is a great way for the class to interact with Academic Vocabulary in a non-threatening and routine way. I think it will really be a great addition to our class this year throughout the various novels and stories we read. You can get my ELA Focus Board Labels here...
My view again with my stellar ELA back board display.
 My AR Ribbons.  Each time they meet a milestone, I will add to their ribbon.  I have a freebie for my Owl Tracker here.


My Data Nest Here is where I will keep track of major District Examinations.
This is part of my Data Nest. The tree house is labeled "Multiplication Facts", and later in the year will be switched to "Division Facts". Each cubby represents a different multiplication test that they will take and once they pass it, they move up the tree house.  

This is where I sit and teach from with my document camera. I made a cute chair top with a Target Dollar Section Rug that I velcroed to the chair back... instant cuteness!  

Here is my synonym wall. 

 I went desk less this year. Here is my conference area for workshop. Thanks to Miss Kindergarten for my Cupcake Birthday Decor! My cute name bunting is here....
My Classroom Library and Math Centers.

A close up of my Classroom Library outfitted with my Owl Library Labels... I can't wait for my Donors Choose Order to come in next month with more 4th grade books!  On top are my first two sets of Whole Class Journals.  I am starting with Narrative and Compare and Contrast. You will also notice my Math Ruler sign and crowns. You can read about that here on my Guest Blog Post for Apples and ABCs



This is where my Back to School Owl Craftivity will be show cased. Love the CHEVRON!




 All of my desks. I went with a group U Shape to start the year off. We will see how that goes.

Remember my cute Home Depot seat sacs... The class LOVED them!

 Front board, where the magic happens... class job labels can be found here for free...

Here is a shot of my front door.... I LOVE IT!


This is where I will put my root word of the week. I am sooo excited for this! Read about it here. It is going to prepare and equip them for expository passages, higher level reading and their State Test! You can get the Root of the Week here... It is one of my most popular products right now because it is SO IMPORTANT for all grade levels and aligns with Common Core!

Thanks for sharing in my Teaching Joy!


Courtney at Swimming into Second