Monday, April 23, 2012

I survived!!!

So the first day back from Spring Break is OVA!!!  I have to say my kiddies were pretty riled up today so I had to ease back into the swing of things.  A week off within minimal routines can make the transition back to the regular school day really torturous..

Soooo we will be starting two new themes/units (le sigh) next week... A dino unit which is part of my regular thematic unit schedule


a unit on "Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing" by Judy Blume for my 3rd Grade intervention students!!!!

I am so excited to be introducing this book to my kiddos.  This unit will focus mainly on oral comprehension and story retelling.   I will be using Story Grammar Marker and other retelling tools to facilitate understanding with my Lovelies. 

I wanted to share with you guys a tool I use to gather my thoughts when I am planning for a new theme/unit.  When it comes to planning I am very much a pen to paper kinda girl. So this year, I started using this document.  It's simple / no frills and I like having everything in one place instead of 100s of post-its on my desk, in my planner, in my data binder, in my handbag, EVERYWHERE.  Feel free to use it if you find it useful.

Work in progress..


Blank form.. This is the 1st page.   The 2nd page is a 'notes' page. 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

End of Spring Break Blues!!

What's the worst part of Spring Break??? Knowing that it's almost over... I arrived home this morning (boo) after spending a week in Myrtle Beach, S.C. with my wonderful boyfriend.. 

While we were in Myrtle Beach we HAD to stop by the Tanger Outlets.. I was literally like a kid in a candy store.   I was able to grab some cute things at all of my faves (J. Crew, Michael Kors, Banana Republic, and Ralph Lauren).  After a LONG day of shopping we happened to past by a store I had never heard of called the Oops Outlet.  What a wonderful store, full of many educational toys and books at discount prices.  While my BF scanned the DVD section, I looked over the books hoping that I would find some good stuff..

I was able to get a few good books at an AMAZING price.  I will definitely by using the dino and farm books before the end of the school year. 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend Lovlies!!!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Just a few of my (current) lifesavers!!

Comprehension Connections by: Tanny McGregor

Available: here, here, and here

I love reading (learning) more about the language-literacy connection. The author of this book gives strategies for teaching comprehension to students using concrete methods. I definately want to try some of the activities mentioned in this book with my students...

5 minute filler cards from Lakeshore Learning
I use the language cards during my Homerun Hitter Challenges. My kiddos love 'em..
Staples Filing Crates
I recently re-organized my side of the speech and language office. I use these to hold all of my laminated activities. I also keep my thematic unit files in them.
What are a few of your favorite things??

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Speech-ter Egg Hunt

I have been really excited about Easter this year. I think it's the warmer weather. So I am back with another Easter activity from earlier this week.
I modified this activity in 3 ways. For my speech kiddos, I put pictures of their individual sounds inside the eggs. For my langauge kiddos, I put pictures of objects in the eggs and they had to write a sentence telling me where they found there egg and what was inside. Finally, for my life skills class, I put pieces of candy in the eggs (YAY!) and they had to answer simple multiple choice questions. I made these worksheets to go along with our activity.
Articulation Activity
Writing Activity
Multiple Choice Activity
Happy Easter All!!!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

There Was A 1st Grader Who Swallowed...

Happy (almost) Easter!! Still more than a week till Spring Break :-( .. I have been working with some of my first graders on identifying an object by its parts. This has been such a difficult skill for them to grasp. Le Sigh...

I love Lucille Colandro's "There Was An Old Lady..." series, I think they are perfect for working on part vs. whole. Since it is close to Easter I decided to use "There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Chick".

My kiddos really loved this book. AND it seemed to help them grasp the part/whole concept that I have been drilling for soooo long. I used these great visuals that I downloaded from Boardmaker Share. They are no longer available but a similar set of visuals are located here.

As a follow-up.. I created the worksheets below and gave them cut out images of the parts of different objects. After looking at the parts they had to guess their object.

This is how they turned out...

On my wall...