Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Alphabet Letter Exchange

Hey Friends,

I received a lovely email from Sheri asking if I would host an Alphabet Letter Exchange.  I love exchanges and I thought it would be fun!  Are you interested?

If you are interested just leave a comment with your email.  I will then compile a list of all participants.
This is how I see the exchange working:

  • Once 26 teachers have agreed to participate in the exchange I will compile a list of all participants.  Each participate will be assigned a letter of the alphabet.  
  • Together with your class you will decorate your given letter anyway you like.  You will need to complete 26 copies of your given letter.  Each letter should be able to fit on a 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper.
  • You will them mail out 25 of the letters to other classes.  Keep one letter for your class.  You are responsible for all postal charges.
  • In addition to your letter you will need to send a short letter describing your class, school and where your live.
  • The project will run for the month of September.  All alphabet letters should be mailed by September 30, 2014.
Once you receive all letters you can display them, place them in a class book or a host of other ideas that will fit your classroom needs.  If you have any other questions please send me an email.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July Currently

Hello July!

Where has the time gone? It has flown by.  It is now time to get started thinking about getting in a routine to start thinking about school.  I return to work in only 34 days.   Yes you read that right.  I return to work the first Monday in August.  {Insert frowny face}

Tonight I am linking up with Farley over at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for her July Currently linky party.

Listening:  I love listening to my daughter play the piano. She has become quite good even if I do say so myself.  She is currently working on numerous patriotic pieces because she has been asked to play at an event.

Loving:  My youngest daughter has created an Instagram account for this blog after I talked with her about a teacher summer challenge.  She thought it would be fun.  I think she will be my biggest fan.  If you are interested you can follow me.  My user name is @barrowshodgepodge.

Thinking:  I have spent the last month thinking about this blog and its purpose.  I like to blog and share the experiences in our classroom.  From today on I am going to try my best to write about our classroom and the learning that is taking place there.  I have realized I was a better teacher when I was blogging.  I don't know why.  Maybe I was just more thoughtful?  I don't know...

Wanting:  My car is a hot mess!  No explanation necessary.  I just want the inside of my car cleaned.

Needing:  I have many things I want to get done and it seems like there is not enough time in the day.  Have you ever washed your sheets and left them in the dryer and did not remember to get them out until you thought about going to bed?  Yep....the story of my summer.

4th Plans:  We have a family reunion in the morning followed by lunch.  We usually get home about 2.  My dear husband has invited a couple of families over to grill, swim, fireworks, etc... Basically just hang out with some friends.

I hope you all have an awesome week!  Be sure to hope on over to Oh' Boy 4th Grade and see what everyone is "Currently" up to!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Monday Made It 
I am so exited!  This is my first "Monday Made It" of the year.  Thanks so much to Tara for hosing this each week. I have a long lists of projects that need to be done and hopefully this will keep me excited about accomplishing all that I want to do.
My first "made it" is for the home.  We are having a few people over on the 4th and I wanted to have something new to hang on our door.  I searched Pintrest and settled on our initial painted like a flag.  I love how it turned out!!

Next, I made a Superhero Scoot Game for my classroom. This game was created as a way to teach the students how to play scoot.  There are 24 cards in this game.  Seven cards have general back to school information such as teachers name, student name and grade.  On five cards students must identify a color.  Five cards have a picture of an item that students will have to name.  All pictures follow the CVC pattern.  On four cards students identify a basic shape on the remaining cards students solve a basic addition fact.

If you would like this game it is the facebook fan freebie.  You can find my facebook page HERE.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Worksheet Wednesday

Thanks to the Teacher Tribune and their weekly linky parties I am slowing getting back into the blogging routine.  Today I am participating in "Worksheet Wednesday"!

Today I have posted a time to the hour worksheet.  It will remain as a free item in my small store.  I hope that you can find it helpful to you.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Two for Tuesday

I am back today linking up with The Teaching Tribune.

 I have discounted two products 50% off for today only.  I chose my two most popular items in my small store.  The first item is my "Back to School" Literacy Centers.

I use these activities in small group and in my word work station later in the year for review.  I also have used these activities when I send homework home to be used for the students in the extended day program.

First is a short a and short i word sort using the spelling words for the week.  This short vowel word sort address the First Grade Common Core Standard: RF. 1.3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words. *Decode regularly spelled one-syllable words.  This activity includes a recording sheet.

 Next is Pack your Backpack with Syllables.  Students will read words and sort into groups based on the number of syllables in a word.  This also includes a recording sheet.  

Is It A Sentence? activity has students locate a group of words that is not a sentence and create a new sentence from the group of words.  This activity addresses the second grade common core standard:  L.21f Produce, expand, and rearrange complete simple and compound sentences. 

In Back To School Synonyms students match words with like meanings. This back to school activity address the Second Grade Common Core Standard:  L.2.5b  Distinguish shades of meaning among closely related verbs  (e.g., toss, throw, hurl) and closely related adjectives (e.g., thin, slender, skinny, scrawny).  A recording sheet is included in this activity.

Back to School Create A Sentence is just for fun.  This is something that they all did in first grade and it a great review for the start of second grade.

I love Roll and Read.  In this version students will be reading classroom rules, bus rules and school related words. 

Finally,  vocabulary dominoes.  Students are just match school words with their definitions.

I have also discounted my "100 Day Activities".  It will also be 50% off today only.
It has four activities

I hope you can find one of these items useful to you.  Please be aware that my Teachers Pay Teachers store is very small.  I am an active buyer.  I have only made things when I couldn't find just what I was looking for.  Stop back tomorrow and see what Math Worksheet I will have for you!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Let's Try This Again...

I haven't blogged at all this past school year. I have no reasons why.  I will tell you that I thought my teaching was so much better when I was blogging.  So.....

I am starting over.  Let me introduce myself

I am linking up with The Teaching Tribune for Week 2 of their Summer Bloggin' linky party.  I thought this was a good way into getting back into the blog world.  I am planning on linking up tomorrow and Wednesday too.  So please come back and visit!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Literacy Station Update

Just wanted to drop in and let you know how my literacy stations are working out.

I love how well the students are working within their groups.  Students stay on task and are truley engaged in their word work part of their station.  Here are a couple of pictures of them working at their stations.  Some choose to work at a desk while other choose the floor.

Here are my problems:

The books I have chosen (by theme) for the literacy box are on second grade level.  The problem is my students are below grade level.  They are not able to read the books I have chose for them.  UGH!!  I know this happens but it is so frustrating!!  As a temporary solution students are choosing books to read from the leveled classroom library and they have free choice within their level.  I have a strong collection of books however, the weakest area of my classroom are the lower level books.

Here is what the leveled library collection looks like.

Here is a picture of my management board.

We still have a lot of work to do on getting these stations going as I would like but we are off to a great start!