Sunday, November 27, 2011

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Foldable Pics

For some reason, my foldable pictures did not upload properly. I hope they work now!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Foldables.. .finally!

Here are 2 foldables my kids made this month in Math. I encourage them to make foldables for any math term, vocabulary word, or rule. It's a great way to turn their math notebooks into something interactive and it helps them remember too!
Place Value Foldable

Area & Perimeter

My students have been studying different types of sentences. To help them remember the types, they made foldables and stuck them into their writing portfolios. They actually take them out to improve their writing!

They also made foldables for the different types of nouns, the basic parts of a letter, and parts of speech. 
I just didn't get any pictures.. I will try to get them tomorrow. 

As a culminating activity from their Matter Unit, the students made foldables on Solids, Liquids, and Gases. They wrote the definition under the flap and drew pictures of examples. 

Teaching Fashionista

My students made foldables for the continents, oceans, and vocabulary words found in each lesson from the textbook. I will take pictures tomorrow and put them up on my blog!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Foldables Week!

I've been a terrible blogger this week! I'm sure you will all understand why... We are having Open School Week and I was at work till 8:30 pm last night due to parent teacher conferences!

I'm linking up with Beth over at...

Thinking of Teaching
who is leading this wonderful linky party on Foldables

I have foldables to share with you and they will definitely be up tomorrow! Sorry for the delay!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Pen Pals & Letter Writing

At my school, we have the children team up with a class on a different grade and the teachers set up pen pals. The students write to each other several times throughout the year. At the end of the year, the students have a pen pal picnic and they get to meet in person. It's so cute to see them meet their pen pals... some students actually get nervous!

I use any resources I can find to teach them letter writing. Recently, I have been pinning friendly letter resources like it's going out of style and I found...
Parsley Patriot Kids Postal Pals

Parsley Postal Pals

It's a simple website that lists all the parts of a friendly letter with descriptions. I plan to use it this week to start writing their pen pal letters and it's a great way to transition into persuasive letter writing as well.

I was planning on having this website displayed on the Smartboard while I go through the basic parts of a friendly letter. Of course, I always include BrainPopJr in there somewhere... They have a great 6 minute video on how to write a friendly letter.

Here are some other things I found while pinning...
writing your own letter
Dear Mrs. LaRue By Mark Teague

Pinned Image

Cute anchor chart...

Friendly Letter Boy

letter writing

Thursday, November 3, 2011

My BrainPOP Guest Blog!

YAY! I am today's guest blogger on BrainPOP

I am so honored and excited! Go check it out here!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Differentiated Persuasive Graphic Organizers

I'm always looking for new ways to differentiate lessons. Some of my students have a really difficult time backing up their opinions. So rather than frustrate them, I decided to lessen the amount of reasons needed to back up an opinion as a way to differentiate for them. I used these graphic organizers for my student's opinion/persuasive essays on the famous author Kevin Henkes. They worked out well so I plan to use them in the next unit which is just Persuasive.

November Calendar Numbers

I'm really having fun creating all these cute documents to use in my class. 
Here are some numbers for your classroom calendar!