Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Asking Questions: A Reading Strategy FAN FREEBIE

It has been more than a hot minute since I've taken the time to post here.  I could make excuses, but really I just had other priorities for awhile, and that's totally okay.  Since I've last posted I've...

  • Moved into a new house
  • Spent a year working in the curriculum department of my school district
  • Had the most perfect baby boy :) - Beckett
  • Resigned from the school district to spend this year staying at home with my babe
  • Embarked on a mission to not buy any clothes, jewelry, or shoes in 2017 (I'm blogging about it here)
  • Really missed both teaching and blogging about education!
As I came to dust off the blog and get to writing again, I realize I still had a few draft posts I had never finished or published.  SCORE.  Feels like Christmas again.  Thanks to those of you who are still following this blog 2 years later; hope you enjoy this post about an awesome reading strategy that includes a fan freebie!!

My students always loved Reader's Workshop time.  And I loved that we no longer taught "learning-to-read" before teaching "reading-to-learn."  Both types of reading instruction can (and should) come before students can read independently.  They can engage in deep, meaningful reading experiences and learn to use the comprehension strategies that they will use for their entire lives!

One strategy we worked on every spring was asking questions before, during, and after reading.  We did this first as a whole group during our mini-lessons.  When my students were ready to record their questions independently, I gave them this recording page for them to use during both read-alouds and while reading to self.

You can grab this student recording sheet for FREE on my Facebook page. 

Make sure to like the page, and then you will have access to the "Fan Freebies" link!  Enjoy!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

SuperKid News + Count, Tally, & Graph FREEBIE PACK!

Well, hello there! Our 3rd snow day [in Texas!] this year seems like the perfect time to dust off this 'ole blog here and play some major catch-up! So where have I been!? Oh ya know, just having a blast with my precious SuperKids. ;)

We have been so busy and time is flying. I can't believe that we only have 60 or so days left this year. SAD FACE! I want to share some of the highlights from our classroom these past few months.

 In December, we learned about holidays around the world and read lots of Gingerbread Man stories! Our own gingerbread man, Gingy, ran away!! He sent us postcards from around the world. He's quite the traveler. ;) Luckily, he came back to us right before our Christmas break.
We also baked our own giant gingerbread man cookie.  We didn't give him eyes until after he was baked, so this one couldn't run away!
We celebrated both MLK Day and President's Day and made fun art projects.
We had a huge celebration on the 100th day of school.  My students' favorite part?  Working in a team to build a structure using 100 cups!

In math, we worked with shapes, solids, and learned to measure!  Ways to make a hexagon is always a class favorite!
 We also learned about money and had a blast making our coins talk using the ChatterPix free app!
We worked with force and motion, and the students collaborated to build machines that could move different objects!
 We've done lots of cooking (every Friday), including these adorable Oreo penguins!
We practiced interpreting maps and worked cooperatively to create our own maps of our imaginative towns!
For Valentine's Day, our Kindergarten Cares Club created Valentines for the residents of a nursing home and some sweet kiddos delivered them.
During our Valentine's party, we had a blast with our classroom selfie stick
My favorite 1st Grade teacher and I presented at a science conference about engineering in the classroom.  SO FUN!
And the ultimate highlight of the past few months in the SuperKid room - using our new GREEN SCREEN!  Oh-my-goodness have you ever used a green screen!?  It's such a blast.  I have this green screen and use this app.

After learning about different landforms, each student chose 1 to "live by" and then described how life is affected (diet, clothing, activities, etc.) in that environment!  They shared their information via video!
We've also used the green screen for lots of "just-for-fun" videos.

If you made it through all of that, I now have a new freebie pack for ya: Count, Tally, & Graph!  It's in my TPT Store and IT'S FREE!  I hope you'll enjoy it and leave feedback!  :) 


Thanks for letting me playing catch-up!  I promise to check back in soon this time.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Turkey Time + a Freebie!

I am so excited about a week of Thanksgiving fun.  We will be learning about the Pilgrims and American Indians, sharing what we are thankful for, feasting with one another (while in costume of course), and dancing!  It's TURKEY IN YO' BELLY TIME!  :)

Our literacy and math time will be filled with turkey time activities from this pack!

Our week wouldn't be complete without reading Turkey Trouble!

After reading, the students will complete this fun writing activity:

You can CLICK HERE to download this fun Freebie!

Have fun with your little Turkeys this week!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pumpkin Fun: Physical Properties, Write-the-Room, Adjectives, & Bingo [+ 2 are FREEBIES!]

Not sick of pumpkin fun yet!?  Nope, neither am I!  ;)  More importantly, my students are still loving learning with pumpkins.

This year, my team and I are really digging deeper into our standards and are evaluating our lesson plans critically.  Instead of focusing on the activity, we are shifting our focus on what really matters - the objectives and the learning!  For the past 8 years, I have used pumpkins for measurement activities in my classroom.  I blogged about it here.

While fun and cute, these learning activities did not actually address many of our standards in Kindergarten!  Most of the measurement tasks were too challenging and not developmentally appropriate for my students.  They did not internalize the learning because they were not ready for these experiences yet. 

We wanted to use pumpkins for learning, so we adjusted the student journal and activities to match our standards in science!  Our students observed and investigated the physical properties of their pumpkins and recorded their learning in their mini-journals.
Both versions (math-focused and science-focused) of the book are included in this product.

In literacy, my students practiced spelling their color words with this Pumpkin Write-the-Room...


And we described our creative pumpkins using adjectives on THIS FREEBIE:

We will be playing pumpkin sight word bingo this week.  You can download this FREEBIE here!

 I hope you and your students can use pumpkins for rich learning experiences in your classroom!  :)