Monday, April 7, 2014

Mentor Monday: Teaching Resources for Teaching Poetry

Twitter!  I know, some of you are thinking, not another social media plug!  No, no.  I'm talking about Twitter because it's where I find a lot of my resources, personal professional development, and advice in my professional world.  To be honest, I don't use Twitter as a social media outlet, but as a professional media outlet.  The only things I post or retweet are related to professional development or current books I'm reading.

So to kick off my post about Teaching Resources for Teaching Poetry, it's only appropriate to share a great resource I've gathered from following ReadWriteThink on Twitter.  First, I love this website.  Second, they tweet great things throughout the day.  Third, they have a LOVELY poetry calendar to help with poetry!

This is the tweet I saw last week, and I instantly favorited the tweet so I could go back to it as a reference.

So, onto the calendar that they shared.  It has a different type of poem for each day.  Once you click on the day it pulls up resources for you!  Wahoo!  Why recreate the wheel when there are already resources for you?!  Click on the calendar below

Also, I have a resource that I originally created for a Poetry Club at my elementary school (can you believe students wanted to do a poetry club!?).  However, it is a great resource for any Poetry Unit taught in the classroom. It highlights 7 different poems and coordinating lesson ideas with mentor text ideas, classroom posters to help students remember them, as well as differentiated writing paper.  At the end, students create their very own Poetry Journal.

Alrighty, well happy poetry to all.  For those of you returning to school this week, make the best of every day!  Gotta run. 


Friday, April 4, 2014

Five for Friday!

Happy Friday!  For some it's a bit sour since it might mean the end of your Spring Break, but for others it's signaling the start!  Either way, it's Friday and time for five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching!

#1 on my list today is that my baby boy is 1 month old today!  What a perfect celebration on this gloomy, but glorious Friday!  He has brought us so much joy and is absolutely perfect in every way, no really, he is!  I mean who could resist this? :)

In Indiana business over the last few weeks is that we are the official first state to DROP OUT of the Common Core State Standards.  Whatever you feel on this topic, it's a bit frustrating that we've started implementing them and then we'll need to make adjustments.  The new set of standards has to be approved by July, and the sad part is that they are very, VERY similar to CCSS.  In my opinion, why the big fuss when there aren't any significant changes?

Did you know that it's Math Awareness Month?  What better way to celebrate than with a math Freebie!  This will be free through Wednesday, so feel free to share with others (and leave some feedback, too!). 

This is a picture of my bracket!  Can you see that I still have 2 teams left - and I'm a Big Ten fan?  At this point, I'm in the lead in my March Madness league and there is no way for anyone to catch me!  I can watch the games this weekend and just enjoy them...and also know that I have money coming my way!

And finally, I wanted to leave you with this thought for the day.  I hope you all are smiling today - it's Friday!

 I'm also linked up with Freebie Friday, so hop over and enjoy some other great Freebies!

Gotta run!  Enjoy your weekend!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Math Madness Wednesday: Money, Money, Money!

Who doesn't like to talk about money!?  I'm joining Krista from Teaching Momster to discuss some tips and tricks for teaching money this week.  I'm including things that can be used at home with your kids, too because I think money management is so important.  I can't wait to see what others do for this topic, too

Of course, I like to start with a mentor text, or at least have some books available at different math centers.  A classic is The Berenstein Bears' adventure with making money.  What I like about this book is that it gives students a purpose for knowing how to count money, earn money, and use money, but it's presented in a fun, humorous way.    


This next book, Money Mama & The Three Little Pigs is featured at the website Prosperity4Kids, and explains to kids the concept of 10/10/10/70.  10% giving, 10% saving, 10% investing, and 70% spending.  Although this concept could be challenging for kids, this book gives an excellent visual and explains it in a kid-friendly manner.   

Technology Connection: A+ Allowance App
Yep!  There's an app for that too!  This FREE app allows you to set up chores or jobs and assign dollar amounts to each one.  What I love about this is that it's designed to be used at home, but I think it would be fabulous to use with a classroom economy!  No more keeping track of money in student desks or having to check the board for how much each job is worth.  It can all be done through this app.  The best part is that at the end of the week it automatically divides it into the 10/10/10/70 concept to show them how much should go in each category.  What a great concept and visual for students to start learning!  

And finally, here is a counting money I have...Who Has? game.  The game progressively becomes more challenging with the coins becoming mixed up in the second half of the cards rather than organized from greatest to least.  It's only $1.50, and the kids will love it!

Even though it doesn't have to do with money, I also wanted to celebrate National Math Awareness Month. I made a new game this week and it's FREE for the week!! Hop over and enjoy!

 Alrighty, gotta run for the day!  Happy hump day!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Currently and Math Awareness Month Freebie (no joke-it's Free!)!

Happy, happy April!  Man, I've been waiting for this month for a long time.  Well, maybe I've just been waiting for the weather associated with this month for a long time!  I'm starting the month off with Farley's wonderful Currently and celebrating with a math freebie for Math Awareness Month!

I think a lot of people can complain about the weather, but we're finally celebrating warmer temps here in Indy this week!  Woohoo!!  Because of the crazy weather and enormous amount of snow days, our district has actually extended the school day by 14 minutes to make up three snow days.  Teachers now go from 7:56-3:55.  They added 4 minutes to the start of the day and 10 minutes to the end of the day.  Some districts around us actually added 50-60 minutes to the day to make up the hours of 4 or 5 snow days.  Our district will now get out on June 4th, although I'm home until I head back in July!  Love that I get to hang with my baby boy for that long!

And now for the math FREEBIE!  If you've read my blog before, you know that I love math!  What's better than Math Awareness Month then?  I've created a math game for 3D shapes to celebrate the month.  Who knows, maybe if I get motivated, I'll offer a different Freebie each week in celebration!  Any games you'd like to have?

I hope you all enjoy the Freebie!  Don't forget to leave some love if you download it or share with others who you know might be able to use it.

Gotta run...remember, I said I was going to take advantage of the day!  

Monday, March 31, 2014

Mentor Monday Linky 3/31/14: Visualizing with Poetry and Stories Julian Tells

Can I just say that I love using small snippets of text and picture books to teach different topics, so this linky makes me happy to link up to!  Thanks to Emily at The Reading Tutor for hosting. I hope to get some new books to add to my list of mentor texts!

I think visualizing is a fun reading strategy to teach, and also a fun reading strategy to learn!  When I think about the opportunities for students to express their creativity within this strategy, I want to teach it even more.  They learn the importance of word choice, creating images, and author's choice both by reading and then in their own writing.

Since it is Poetry month (well tomorrow anyway!), I thought I'd start with my good 'ol pal, Shel Silverstein.  I remember as a child checking out Where the Sidewalk Ends over and over again to the point where my librarian asked me to check it out every other time so that other students could read the book.

Anyway, I love starting with Shel Silverstein because it spurs students to rediscover their love of poetry or to at least appreciate some humor in it.  Sarah Cynthia Silvia Stout is a great poem for visualizing because you will get so many different images of the poem.  I typically read the poem aloud without showing them the illustration and then give them a copy of the poem without the illustration for them to create their own visualizations.

Here is the visualizing worksheet if you want to use it! 
I especially love the last question and enjoy having the classroom discussion after the lesson.  

 The Stories Julian Tells is a wonderful compilation of short stories.  I really like this text because they are short stories, there are pieces of humor, and also imagination.  Visualizing the scenes from this book are easy and also help them see how it might help them later in the text as they attack the other short stories.

That's it for me for now!  I hope you enjoy visualizing as much as I'm enjoying our beautiful weather today!  Gotta run!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Five for Friday, Sale, and a Freebie (for Friday only!)

Whew!  It's been a great week of blogging, finding great resources, and cleaning out closets/sorting baby clothes!  In honor of spring weather coming our way next week (fingers crossed big time!) it's SPRING CLEANING time, and my store is 20% off through Monday!  Check out my TpT shop to get some great new resources for your files and to make your life a bit easier for the end of the year!  

Want to see ALL of the great sellers who are discounting their stores this weekend?  Check out Valerie's blog at Georgia Grown Kiddos for the entire group of Linked Up Sales!

I'm joining Five for Friday to highlight some of my products that may be of use to you, especially since they're on sale.  And be very, very careful, there might be one product that is FREE on Friday!

Okay, first things first.  Don't forget to go back and review previous products you've already purchased and rate them and leave comments.  You get credit for these toward more purchases!  To begin, I'll highlight the product that has the most reviews: Weather Super File!

 *Jam-packed 57 page unit with great weather foldables and only $4.00!

Here are some of my students using their Weather Super Files to review and study!

April is National Poetry Month!  Be prepared with this great Poetry Unit with graphic organizers, writing paper, and mini posters for each type of poetry!

 Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice Posters!  These are a great resource for students to understand the fundamentals of math beyond just the daily lesson and workbook pages.

A new product this week is an added I have...Who Has? Game.  This one is for the skill of multiplying decimals.  Oh, and by the way, it's FREE all day on Friday!  Free FRIDAY!!  Don't forget leave some love in the feedback section if you download it for free.  

And finally, I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Spring Break Season!  Although I'm home on maternity leave, my district is starting their SB today for the next 2 weeks.  Everyone deserves some recovery time to reenergize for the last drive of the school year!  If you're already returning, then best of luck in your remaining weeks of school!