Sunday, August 16, 2015

Five for Sunday

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share about my week!  I actually got my wisdom teeth out this past week, so I wasn't that exciting.  So I'm also sharing some stuff from the week before!

1. We got our class lists last week and I was so excited to start labeling everything.  I got these water bottles at Michael's this summer and added their names with my Silhouette for an Open House gift.

2. I also made some gifts for my team.  I found these in the $1/$3 spot at Target.  I love having a Silhouette so I can personalize stuff like this!

3. Before I got my wisdom teeth pulled, I worked on my hallway bulletin board.  I saw so many cute ideas on Pinterest using Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, so they were my inspiration.  The hallway was still dark when I took this picture...but you get the idea. 
The letters have the students' names written on them.  After school starts, they are going to decorate a lowercase letter with tissue paper squares, like this board.

4. The week before last was our last week of summer school, and I loved this idea my teammate did for science.  We were talking about coral reefs and we created mini coral reefs by mixing colored baking soda and vinegar.  The kids loved mixing the colors and seeing the reaction of the baking soda and vinegar.

After we took these pictures, we added more to show the different colors and layers in the coral.

5. In summer school, we also made these little turtles.  I gave each student a plate with yellow and blue paint.  They mixed it, sponge painted their shell, and the next day we added the rest of the body.  The mixed paint was cool because each shell turned out a little different.

Now, this week, it's time to start back to work!  I have tomorrow off and then workdays the rest of the week.  The kids come Friday night for Open House and Monday morning for their first day!!  I feel super prepared, so hopefully that should translate to a smooth beginning of the year, right?  Good luck to all of you who are starting back this week!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

What Worked Well Wednesday: Writing

I'm linking up with Kinder Tribe for What Worked Well Wednesday!  I'm excited to share how I structured writing during summer school these past four weeks.

My students are rising first graders who struggled with literacy during kindergarten.  I had originally intended to do a typical writing workshop, but realized after working with them for a few days that they needed shorter term projects where they could quickly and easily find success.

Since we were studying ocean animals, we used a lot of graphic organizers to show what we had learned.  After we studied an animal, the kids and I brainstormed ways to complete the organizer.  Then, they completed their own and used their graphic organizer to write sentences.  You can grab these for free in my TpT store!

The other really fun thing we did was write using prompts from my new Kinder Doodles pack!  These give a simple prompt and a picture to complete.  

My rising firsties LOVED these! I had a student who at the beginning of summer school was a super reluctant writer, and the other day he asked me if he could do some extra Kinder Doodles.  I'm amazed to see how engaged they are with these!

Here are some examples of their work.

I've found that giving them that little bit of the picture (like the wheels in the picture above) help them with scale, making it easier for them to add detail and take up the whole page with their picture.  So, I think these will be really great to try with my new kindergartners.  I love easy differentiation, so I included 3 types of writing paper for each prompt.

That is what worked well for me the past few weeks!  Can't wait to read your posts, too.  Head over to the Kinder Tribe blog to link up!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Bohemian Feather Classroom

I'm so excited to share my new classroom theme set with you.  I was inspired by new feather clip art from Mandy Art Market.  I love the colors and thought they'd look great in a classroom.  Check the products out below or get the whole bundle here and save 35 percent!

Word Wall Headers

Calendar and Weather Set

Number Posters

The last three products don't have feathers, but they have the same backgrounds and color themes as the others...

Alphabet Posters

Word Family Posters

Blends and Digraphs Posters

These will all be on sale Monday and Tuesday for the big TpT sale!  Hope you like them!

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