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March 04, 2012

What's New?

I've been pretty busy the past few weeks trying out new ideas and tweaking them to meet my class' needs.

I thought I'd just share all of the new pages I made for the site with you here in one email so you can see what's new!

Angry Birds

My kids are wild for 'Angry Birds'.

I decided to cash in on their desire and do some Angry Birds writing with my class.

I'm sure your students are excited about them, too!

While surfing around I found this amazing writing paper and wanted a way to tie it in to my curriculum.

For more info, please visit Angry Birds Writing.

Blends Word Work

You know you have to do blends word work with your students...

But, where do you begin?

Student Led Discussions

This year I decided to take on my unit as 5 different mini-lessons.

The first two lessons were:

  1. What is a blend? Providing a definition and using a 'blend stem' chart (Examples: bl, sp, tr) we made some words.

  2. What is NOT a blend? Sorting sticky notes into two groups - Blend / Not a Blend. I put some words that only had one consonant... but I also added some digraphs like 'sh' and 'th' into the mix too!
For more information, please visit Blends Word Work.

Student Led Discussions

You may want to start holding more student led discussions in your class and watch some magic happen!

How do your students participate in class discussions?

Are the activities teacher-directed?

Student Led Discussions

In my classroom, my goal is for my students to be able to lead reviews and questions and the end of each and every lesson.

I'm not going to tell you that this is easy to achieve - it isn't.

But, it is well worth it in the end.

Once I knew what I wanted the children to be able to do I started breaking it down into skills.

These are some of the student led discussions mini-lessons I taught to get to where I am now:

  1. What is a question?

  2. What words to questions begin with?

  3. What do questions 'do' for good learners?

  4. What should you hear and see when you're talking to someone?
For more info, please visit Student Led Discussions.

Laundry Baskets

Are you looking for a new way to engage your students in reading?

Sit in Laundry Baskets for Reading

Try laundry baskets!

Do you need a way for students to spread out but don't have a ton of furniture in your classroom?

Try baskets!

Have some really wiggly students in your room and you're getting frustrated with always watching them fall out of their chair?

Try it!

Really. For more information, please visit Laundry Baskets.

Differentiation Games

Games for Learning

Are you asked to quantify your differentiation in your classroom?

How about using some differentiation games to make your classroom exciting and fun!

Using these games can enhance your centers activities, but will also assist you in knowing who has mastered each skill and can go on to a more difficult level.

I created a class list and listed the games available.

For more info, please visit Differentiation Games.

I'm excited to begin a fun contest using Pinterest! Check it out today!

Follow me on Pinterest. I'm always adding new pins.

If this has made you laugh, think or smile – please stop by my Facebook group and chat with us!

I hope that you have enjoyed this newsletter. Please feel free to email it to friends and family who are teachers or home-school moms!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

See you next month!

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