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Friday, January 30, 2015

Story Parts Fold Up/Five for Friday

It was  just a little case of petty theft.  It took four days to listen to the case and reach a verdict.


As soon as I was excused from court for the day, I drove directly to my district Cognitively Guided Instruction training!  So far, we have learned about the first 6 problem types. According to the trainer, each grade should be the focusing on each type . For example, kindergarten focuses on "add to, result unknown" and "take from, result unknown."

 Here is a CGI Teacher Guide if you want to read more.

Here is a website that has sample problems, if you are interested in trying some.
Kindergarten Word Problems


This story is called Six Hogs on a Scooter. Six hogs are trying to get to the opera in this story.  They make several failed attempts to get there.  This story is great for reviewing parts of a story! It is available from Amazon.

Use this freebie to outline the parts of this book.

 (You will  need to utilize a volunteer for help cutting and folding!)    
Story Parts Fold Up 

 I spent too much money at Barnes and Nobles again!
I'm getting ready to fill in the gaps of my understanding with this new book. I have to get back to you on how it is.


I thought these were cute.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Five for Friday


Have you heard of this website? It is "Storyline Online."  It has celebrities reading stories.  This site would be perfect for your "listen to reading" Daily 5 center. I think you'll love it.

This is a buzzer app I got free in the app store called "Free Buzzer." I have used it to play games in 2 teams. Students get a question and have to buzz in, give the correct answer and get points.  You could use this as you wish!


I love this cute book.  I discovered it when a second grade reading buddy shared it with one of my kinders.

Zero tries to get respect from the other numbers.
Then they realize his math powers and become afraid of him.
When the Roman Numerals capture the numbers Zero gets his chance to be a Hero!


Students are playing with juggling scarves.  These are great for P.E or burning off extra energy.


Corduroy   -     By: Don Freeman

I used the book Corduroy and his lost button to teach subtraction. Students are taking the "lost" buttons off their Corduroy bear.


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Snowmen at Night: A Verb Lesson

Here is an anchor chart of verbs we made using the book Snowmen at Night.
This is the perfect book for introducing verbs.

As you can see the snowmen are very active at night.  There are plenty of verbs to come up with!

After reading the book, I introduced the term verb and gave the gesture and definition using this Whole Brain Teaching poster from Power Pix: First Grade. Students practiced this and "taught" each other. The definition they chant is, "A verb is an action word or a state of being.  (State of being is addressed later.) While they chant, they pump their arms as if they are running.
The next day we reread the book and reviewed "verb."
Then carefully studied the illustrations looking for action words
I wrote these verbs on the anchor chart above.

We reviewed the whole brain definition of verb and our chart each day during morning meeting.

Finally, students are ready for some independent practice.
Here is a booklet to reinforce the concept of verbs using snowmen.

They can also draw simple picture with a white crayon or chalk and write a matching sentence .