Monday, June 18, 2012

Four Types Of Sentences Charts

Today I attended a great ELA Common Core training.  One of our presenters said that we should use the correct terminology when talking about the four types of sentences with our first grade students.  I usually refer to sentences as "asking sentences or telling sentences" or a question or sentence that uses an exclamation mark, etc.  I always think its a good idea to expose the students to correct terms and LOVE to hear their little voices use such big words.  I came home with a list of things to do from my training and making charts for declarative, imperative, exclamatory and interrogative sentences was on it.  Here's what I came up with:

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Roll and Read *Freebie*

Don't want to be an enabler, but Oriental Trading Company is having free shipping right now for any order (no minimums!).  This is only through June 18th and you need to use code:  WCE3283.  I got a few things for my class.  Of course I didn't need anything, but got some cheap stuff I would use:

12/3736 100TH DAY CHARACTER STICKERS 1$0.79$0.79
9/1138 100TH DAY STICKER COUNTING SHEETS 2$1.49$2.98
24/2246 ALPHABET SHAPED FUN BANDS 1$0.99$0.99
24/2347 SCHOOL FUN BANDS 1$0.79$0.79
24/2135 100TH DAY PLASTIC RINGS 1$0.99$0.99
48/9037 DYO PAPER PUMPKIN CUTOUTS 1$0.99$0.99

I already have some of the Alphabet silly bands - you can use these in a word work center to spell out spelling words or sight words, put in ABC order, etc....  Since they were 50 for $1.00, thought I'd get more!

Recently I bought these jumbo dice from OTC (I actually ordered them through Amazon via OTC):

I got them for Math centers but made a sight word activity this morning to use with them:

This uses all 220 Dolch words for First Grade.  We have 5 different lists that are color-coded that we use on our team (click here to get them- they are two to a page to save paper).  I made a Roll and Read sheet to go with each list.  I have the list numbers in color at the bottom corner of the pages (very small).  List 1 is the easiest and it goes up to 5 (the hardest).  Two students will do this together.  One student will get a die and roll it.  If he lands on 3, he will go to the column that has the 3 and read a word from the list.  I will have these in dry erase sleeves so they will use a dry erase marker to mark off the word they read.  Then the next student will roll the die and read a word from her column, etc....

Click on the photo above to download this activity if you'd like (or you can click here to get it).  Back to the dice.....Amazon has them here for $6.53 and OTC has them here for $7.25 with free shipping through Monday.

Also, here is a post from a while back with a PowerPoint and recording list for the same sets of sight words:  Sight Words PowerPoint

Have a GREAT week!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Smarties Certificates

Three. More. Days.

:)  Even better than that.....the last three days are all half days!!!  But don't worry, we don't get the afternoons free to do things like, well PACK UP.  We'll have meetings and other stuff to do.  We can pack up on our own time, right?  I spent my Saturday at school yesterday.  I was there from 10:00 to 4:30 packing.  I had to leave at 4:30 and left my room looking like a tornado hit so I'll be back today to get it presentable for tomorrow.  We are not allowed to leave any of our (personal) furniture in our classes over the summer, nor or we allowed to leave anything on the book shelves or counters.  In other words, I have to move out and bring multiple car loads of furniture (book cases, chairs, HUGE teacher easel/cart, storage carts, etc) and other stuff home because there is no where near enough cabinet space (which is where you have to put everything) in our classrooms.  I'll stop venting now :)

Anyway, between moving my class and then moving things in my home around to make room to move my classroom in, I made up a little end-of-year certificate for my students.  I saw some cute certificates on TPT, but I would have to decide who was the best reader, best speller, etc.... and I don't like to do that because that can cause problems :)  Plus, its just too darn hard to choose - they are all awesome kids!!!  I found these "Smarties" candies at the dollar store.  These are in pouches.  I made up some certificates to go with them.
  The certificates will work with either type of Smarties - in the pouches or the traditional Smarties in a roll.  Click below if you would like to download the certificates.  Just write in the student's name in the middle and your name and date at the bottom and attach a candy pouch or roll to the bottom corner.


The color is bad in this photo, but here is what they look like when the candy is attached:

Happy Sunday!