Friday, February 22, 2013

Point of View Private Eyes & Some Subtraction Activities!

Hey everyone,

I wanted to share some resources that my kiddos are loving!

The first is called Point of View Private Eyes.  Point of View Private Eyes is a poster set and a scoot activity that will help introduce first and third person points of view and help your students work on identifying first and third person points of view.  Check it out in my TPT shop by clicking HERE!  You can also click on the picture below.

Next is a set of activities that will get your students up and moving while they are working on their subtraction skills! :)  In Subtraction Detectives #1 students will practice 2-digit - 2-digit subtraction without regrouping.  In Subtraction Detectives #2 students will practice 2-digit - 2-digit and 3-digit - 2-digit subtraction without regrouping.  And in Subtraction Detectives #3, students will practice 3-digit - 3-digit without regrouping.  Cut out the cards and "hide" them around your classroom.  Students use the corresponding worksheet and search for each equation.  When they find one, they match the equation to a box on their worksheet with the same letter, and solve it in the box.  Then they go on to find another one.  They will love getting up and moving while still learning!

Click HERE to check this set of activities out in my TPT shop or click on any of the pictures below.

 Last are two subtraction games- Subtraction Circus and Subtraction Safari- that help your students work on subtraction without regrouping.  They are given a number and then a set of base ten blocks to subtract.  This will help them understand the concept behind subtraction and it will help them work on taking a whole number and "hopping" back by tens and ones.  Subtraction Safari focuses on subtracting multiples of 10 while Subtraction Circus focus on subtraction tens and ones.  These games are great for students to play in pairs or to use in workplaces!  You can click HERE to check these games out in my TPT shop.

I hope you and your kiddos enjoy these games!  I'm working on making similar activities for subtraction with regrouping!


Sunday, February 10, 2013

My Classroom Family Tree!

Hey everyone,

I found the cutest idea on Pinterest for a classroom family tree.  I thought it was so adorable, so I thought I would try to make one for my class.  I drew a picture of each student separate and a tree... so then I could move them around independently until I thought it looked right.  I'm so excited about how it turned out! I'm going to give my students a black and white copy for Valentine's Day so they can color it like a coloring page :).

Here was my inspiration...
This adorable classroom family tree is from First Grade Fabulous Fish.

Here is my classroom family tree that I drew for my kiddos!

I made a duplicate of this picture and put each students name next to their picture, incase they can't tell which one is them. :)

I'm so excited! I think it turned out pretty cute... and I know my kiddos are going to flip when they see it.  I was going to color it for them, but the more I thought about it, I liked the idea of letting each student color their own.  :)


Saturday, February 9, 2013

George and Martha... and Some Writing Posters

Hey everyone,

Writing has always been a difficult subject for myself and my grade level to teach... mainly because we have no real writing program and little resources.  So, one of my second grade team members and I attended a writing training and came back with some great ideas for improving our writing instruction.  One thing we learned focused on narrative writing with a good beginning, middle, and end.  The woman leading the training taught us a great way to teach students how to write a narrative using George and Martha by James Marshall.  If you have never heard of George and Martha, they are two hippos that usually have some kind of little problem in each story.  The stories are normally three pages long: one page for the beginning, one page for the middle, and one page for the end.   We have now been using George and Martha to teach how to write a narrative, and the kiddos are loving it.  Each student is coming up with their own George and Martha.

Each George and Martha story has a clear beginning, middle, and end.  In the beginning we are introduced to the characters, setting, and the problem.  In the middle we see how George and Martha try to fix or solve the problem.  And in the end we learn a lesson.

Before my students did their own George and Martha story, we did one together as a class.  First we brainstormed problems they could have, then we thought about how it could be solved and what lesson could be learned.  Then we put the story together.  To really help them understand the layout of the story, I typed ours out and drew a picture for each page :).  Here is how it turned out...

I haven't showed our story to the kiddos yet since I typed it and drew pictures for it.  I'm excited to see their reaction.

I've made a blank page to match the one I used to put our story we made together on.  My students will use three of these pages, plus a title page, to write their story on.  Then we are going to put them all together into a book.  I'm excited to see how it will turn out.  Here is the page they will be using to do their story (they'll use three of these pages) and the cover page...

So, while we're on the topic of writing... Here are some poster sets that I've made to help improve our writing.  The first is a writing process poster set (I've included a few extra stages of the writing process that we use in class)... I'm going to put each students name on a clip and set up the posters to the kiddos can move their clip to the writing stage they are in.

Click the picture or click HERE to find this poster set at my TPT shop!

Next is a CUPS editing poster set.  You can check out the description of this poster set at my TPT shop if you are unfamiliar with CUPS editing...

For the CUPS editing poster set (shown below) click the picture or click HERE.
For the intermediate set click HERE.

Click HERE for student CUPS job description cards... these go with the primary set.

The last poster set I'm going to share... I promise I'm almost done :)... is my ARMS revising poster set.  You can read a description of what they are at my TPT shop...

Click the picture below or click HERE to check out this poster set in my TPT shop.

You can purchase each of these sets separate... or... save $1.00 and purchase these poster sets together (student CUPS job cards are not included in the poster set).  Click HERE or click the picture below to purchase the writing process posters, CUPS editing posters, and ARMS revising posters as a set.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Great Giveaway!

Hey everyone, Check out this great giveaway from Mrs. Leeby!

My fingers and toes are crossed! :)

Sunday, February 3, 2013

And the Winner Is...

Hey everyone!

Thank you so much for all of your support and to everyone that entered my Halfway to 100 Giveaway!  I'm so excited to announce the winner of TEN items from my TPT shop!!!

And the winner is...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congrats! I'll be e-mailing you shortly to find out what ten items you would like from my TPT shop!

Thanks again to everyone that entered my little giveaway!! I'm so excited to have eleven more friends after this week! :)