Saturday, August 27, 2016

Teaching Color Words; Activities and Ideas

Color words are a simple teaching task, and there are many ways to do it. I wanted to share with some ways I would do it in a classroom. You can also listen to my teaching ideas for color words by clicking here and listening to my Facebook live about it!

I like to start things off with a simple Rainbow song. If you want to hear the tune visit my fb live video. I do this poem even in first grade at the beginning of the year, and have them paste it into their poem book. This is a great thing to start off with as it is simple and easy for them to memorize for our "Poetry Performances" on Fridays. I usually make an anchor chart as well and post it the poem.  Right click the image below and save it, so you can print it for your students for free!

Next thing I am going to do is introduce color by color. I have the students make the poster "theirs", by letting them add their own drawings of things that are blue on blue sticky notes.

I love having easy to go to printable review for my students. I have two different levels of color printables depending on the students I am working. Click the image below and it will take you where to buy it.

Crafts! Okay, y'all know I am about the crafts! Why not have students make their own Color Word Book with CRAFTS in it! So that is just what we do. I also hand out emergent readers for them to take home, and practice in the classroom. The thing that is great about these is each book has the same pattern so it easy for my students to read, and gives them confidence in reading! Hope you all enjoy these activities idea! You can buy all the crafts and printables, including color posters for only $7 in my store.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Words Their Way Activities and Ideas

Words Their Way is such a wonderful program, but sometimes as a teacher it can be difficult to figure out a variety of beneficial activities to help them learn. I first want to start off by talking about a way to keep your students organized with the activities that you give them throughout the week. If you are following any of the Word Sort books it suggest doing a range of activities with the concept being taught with that sort. What that says to my teacher brain is A LOT of flying papers and disorganized desks. I have a finish folder for my students to put unfinished work, but I want a place where they keep only Words Their Way. I know some people have their kids glue EVERYTHING they do with it in a journal...but oh my lanta that is a TON of glue. So I have a simple method, and it isn't anything fancy. If you rather not read through this whole blog post you can always visit my Facebook page where there is a video of me talking about this.
All you need are three things:

  1.  A Stapler
  2. 12X18 Construction Paper
  3. Little Ziplock Baggies
What you are going to do is at the beginning of a new sort you will give them a new construction paper with a Ziploc baggie stapled to the inside. Make sure that you open the bag when you staple it otherwise you will staple it shut ;). This now becomes their work mat for their sort. They can practice with the sort as many times as you want, and they just put the pieces they have cut up back into the ziplock bag until they are ready to glue onto the front of the "Folder"/ Mat. 

Yes...glue that sort on the front!  Why on the outside? Well otherwise if they do it on the inside the excess glue makes the folder stick together. You want them to continue using this folder to put the other activities in that you are going to have them do that has to do with the sort. You could even have two sorts worth of activities in one folder. They would just glue the other sort onto the backside of the folder, and use the same plastic bag before they glue. Fill that folder with all kinds of activities. Below I have a picture of activities that I use, which you can purchase in my store if you click the image. 

Once they have completed the sort I like to send them home with another copy of the same sort for them to do at home. I attach the note to the front for the parents to sign, and slide it in their sort folder and it ALL goes home! I tell my students they get to keep this sort forever for them to practice. They just bring the sheet signed back so I know they practiced. You can print the note home for yourself. Just right click the image of it and print or save. 

Friday, August 5, 2016

A Bad Case of Stripes, Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon and The Recess Queen!

Oh my lanta I need to get better about blogging! I have been so busy creating that I have fallen behind! In July I was busy creating for back to school with three of my favorite books! I bundled them all into a pack for y'all! I even made a facebook live video where you hear me talk about teaching all of these and why/how I start right off the bat... DAY ONE! Click the picture below and it will take you to that fb live video!

I have been wanting to do a book study on A Bad Case of Stripes for so long! I turned this book into a musical when I was teaching 2nd grade. It was one of my fondest memories with my second graders! I will include some pictures of the backdrops below! It was an absolute blast. I would love to upload the musical, but due to the face that I used modern song and rewrote them the copyright world will not let me! :(. If you don't already have this book it's one every classroom should have. (aff link)
If you click any of the images below it will take you to my Back to School Bundle!

Although I can't bring you my musical I can bring you this fabulous book study! Here is a sneak peak into what you get: 

I laid this out into a five day lesson plan for you to do with your students. The craft I did for Camilla is original and you wont find anything quite like it. Make your classroom go wild with excitement that first week of school with this book study. And when it is time for curriculum/back to school night your classroom will already be filled to the brim with eye catching student generated activities!

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon is one of those warm feeling stories that makes you want to be 100% you! I just love it! Here is a sneak peak into what you get with that one to!
  (aff link)

Okay finally... THE RECESS QUEEN! This one took me so long to create as it took lots of drawing on my computer to get the shapes just right for the craft. But I think the end product is one of the bests I have ever created. This is the perfect BTS Anti-Bullying Story!!! I mean PERFECT! It teaches students how to be a good friend, and how unattractive it is to be a bully in the first place! (aff link)

Check out the sneak peak below: