Sunday, October 5, 2014

Two Tech Activities and a FREEBIE

This week, my 2nd graders were working on quotation sentences again but this time with the dialogue tag at the end.

Activity # 1
My students love it when I include my kids in their work so I used the free app Balloon Stickies to add some speech bubbles to pictures I had handy.

In partners, they determined what an appropriate tag would be, then wrote the sentence with quotation marks.







Activity #2
I introduced the app Sock Puppets. It is easy to use and these digital natives picked it right up. We are lucky enough to have the full version with tons of options (like Halloween characters and backdrops) but the free version will work.
First, partners each picked a character and agreed on a background.

Then, they decided what their character would say.
Next, they recorded themselves speaking for the character. The app converts the kids' voices into silly voices (that they can adjust) and makes the sock puppet's mouth move.
Look at those engaged kids!
Finally, they wrote what each character said using quotation marks correctly and adding a dialogue tag to the end on this worksheet. You can grab this for FREE {here.}

One of my missions in life is to keep learning fun!
This young lady rarely speaks or shows any emotion so I was thrilled to capture her smiling!

Yesterday was spent at a football tournament (my son scored a touchdown) and then going to see the H.S. performance of Snoopy (we've got some talented kids) so today is laundry, grocery shopping, helping study for tests, etc. day! Hope you  found something in this post you can use.



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Sunday, September 28, 2014

A New Book Club Packet and Anchor Charts

I have a new book club packet. I'm working on story elements with my first graders so that is the focus of this one. 

It includes a related writing prompt

 and a parts of speech cut and glue.
You can pick this one for only $1.50 in my store!

These two have been keeping me VERY busy!

I haven't had much energy left to recreate the wheel like I usually am guilty of. For example, why think of a clever anchor chart design when you already have a cute one pinned?
inspiration HERE
Maybe a peek at the anchor charts in my room is a good way to see what I am up to. The rest are all mine, hence not very fancy. LOL!


I find personal narratives challenging to teach, especially to first graders, but I have been pleased with the results. The students are working on their final drafts now. Then they get to digitally publish their story using the app Book Creator on our iPads. They are super excited about this!

I thought the ant examples might help them remember the word antonym. The squares are the different examples the kids illustrated.


I had the there, their, they're posters already printed out. I don't remember where I found them so let me know if you made them so I can give you credit!
So that is a quick peek. Hopefully I can get back to real blogging one of these days!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Ending Punctuation QR Code Center

 I made another QR code center. This one is for my first graders to practice identifying ending punctuation.

I cut the cards out and tape them around my room.


 My students grab a clipboard and a recording sheet and walk around the room. They read the card and write the answer in the box with the matching picture.
When their sheet is complete they may get an iPad to scan to see if they got the correct answers.

They practically ran to the center. QR codes make everything more fun!
You can grab this center for only $2 in my TpT store.



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Sunday, September 7, 2014

The Reading Race

Oh my goodness, I am loving my students this year! So sweet and well-behaved. Our family schedule on the other hand is kicking my butt. The boys have opposite football schedules so my husband and I each take a kid, squeeze in homework and dinner where we can and basically see each other at bedtime. YUCK! My new obsession is Audible.com. Since I spend so much time in traffic, having a book to listen to has completely saved my sanity!!!

I have a new book club packet for Ready, Freddy! The Reading Race by Abby Klein. You can grab it for $3.50 in my TpT store.
It includes chapter reading comprehension questions, vocabulary, character analysis, answers requiring  text evidence, a related writing prompt, and a template for a bookmark craft !


My students really enjoy reading trade books during guided reading groups! I try to alternate between fiction and informational texts and work in different genres. I love when I notice a student gravitating towards a series or author because of something we read in group.

I'm late for bed so I'd better get going. I hope you all are having a great start to your year!!!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SALE!

This is my first week AND we have Back to School Night tomorrow so this will be a quick post!
I've set my entire store to 20% off so have fun shopping!!!!

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