Monday, April 20, 2015

Catch the Latest BUZZ in Room 102!!!!

Welcome to this Special Edition of "Catching the BUZZ" in Room 102!  Last week was AMAZING!  Our focus wall was jammed-packed with new learning-Take a peek!
Our sight words are Antonyms! 
This was the perfect time to bring out the Really Good Stuff flip chart and practices our Synonyms & Antonyms chants!
Our Phonics focus was the Long Vowel E with a spotlight on two special vowel teams:  (ee) and (ea).
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Vowel-Teams-1172676
Students searched for these vowel teams in our daily poetry-
Then got to make words with the patterns too!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Making-Words-Mega-Pack-Word-Building-for-the-Entire-Year-777038
We also use these fluency passages to "see" the vowel teams working in text.  These passages are awesome for partnership activities! :)
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fluency-Spinners-Long-Vowel-Edition-1622971
Here we are practicing good fluency with our daily phonics poems-
The kids absolutely LOVE our daily read alouds!!
Since the vowel team (ee) was so awesome, we decided the theme of BEES would be a great reading topic for the week!
We read some interesting articles on Bees and discovered that Bees are very busy insects! 
Together as a class, we created this bee hive to organize our thoughts and ideas to create some informational writing on our topic of Bees.
Then the students got BEEsy writing on their own!

I absolutely LOVE how students are going back to the text and looking for interesting vocabulary words to use in their writing!
My favorite part of the writing process is this:
Pictured above: We revised our writing rubric to showcase what first grade writing should like at this point in the school year.  We again incorporated our Levels of Learning to label each of the four samples and this made the job of student-led self assessment EASY-PEASY!
 Student-Led Self Assessment: Marzano Levels of Understanding
Our  rubric is rated from 1 to 4.  (4 being the "Expert Writer")
Students were invited to come up several times throughout the writing process and "rate their writing!"  It made my heart melt to see them using this self-assessment tool to rate themselves so effectively and the meaningful conversations they were having during this interaction was extremely inspirational! :)
After writing was done, we used this adorable SMART ART project to create some bees for the hallway bulletin board!




Ta-Da!!!!!
Here are the featured Writers of the Week!










 Now I need to give a HUGE HUG to my very sweet friend Katie Knight over at Teaching to the Core for sharing her latest BUGGY unit with me!  It inspired all this BUGGY learning in my classroom recently!!!
 We Are Bugging Out {Reading Comprehension, Art, Writing, a
 I already own Katie's Busy Bees unit because the 
SMART ART Bees are to die for!!! :)
 Power Passages {Busy Bees} Comprehension, Fluency, Close R
  I also purchased Katie's incredible seasonal units which include her Close Reading passages, comprehension quizzes, writing organizers and Smart Art that is so engaging and fun...My kids keep begging for more each week!!!   Be sure to check it out by clicking on the image below.
Spring Into Writing, Reading, Fluency, and Art Bundled Unit
 
In other news...the teachers at my building have been BUZZING with excitement this week!  I am so Proud and Honored to share the following Press Release with all my blogging friends!

Press Release from OAESA:
(Columbus, Ohio) (April 15, 2015). The Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators announced that Coy Elementary in Oregon City School District has been selected as a 2015 Hall of Fame School.  Principal Amy M. and her staff will be presented with the award, including $1,000 to be used at the principal’s discretion.  OAESA will recognize ten winners of the Hall of Fame Award during an Awards Luncheon to be held June 12, 2015, at the Hilton Columbus at Easton.
The Hall of Fame School award recognizes schools that go above and beyond the call of duty to get students, teachers, and community members excited about education.  The school staff submitted an extensive application documenting the quality of their educational program in the following areas: instructional system, student achievement, student development, personnel, administration, school management, and stakeholders.
Hall of Fame Schools were chosen by two committees of OAESA members; one of which read and scored the applications and the other which conducted on-site evaluations of qualifying schools.  Committee members wrote that, “Each stakeholder group reinforced the strong message of family and relationships, from the students to parent volunteers; from the principal each staff member to the Superintendent of Schools.”
Located in Columbus, the Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators serves Ohio’s pre-K, elementary, middle level, and central office administrators by providing professional development, legal consultation, professional publications and networking opportunities.

I am so stinkin' excited to be apart of an incredible 
Hall of Fame School!  :)  WooHoo!
Have a fabulous week!

Monday, March 23, 2015

First Grade Measurement Fun with a Dash of Leprechaun!


Happy Monday Friends!
I am not sure how the weekend got away from me so quickly....
It seems like a blur!  I took a ton of pics from last week so I am excited to share our new learning with you!
In Math, I am supplementing our GO MATH series with some great measurement materials from Reagan Tunstall's units:
A Teacher's Math Resource Unit 9 Measurement 
 
 Mastering Measurement: Non-Standard and Standard Linear Me
 
The kiddos are having a blast using all types of Non-Standard units to measure objects around the room.  I followed Regan's recent post and made a "fish pond" out of butcher paper and Scholastic Clip Art images!
There was ALL kinds of great Math learning happening at the pond last week!  I loved listening to the "math talk" and hearing how kids were proving their point of measure!


Everything that wasn't nailed down was measured!!!

We also celebrated St.Patrick's Day and had a ton of fun!
Say CHEESE!!!!
These two won the  BEST DRESSED award!
And this cutie-pie brought in painting caddies for all of us!
How thoughtful!
And my gift was totally awesome!
How cute is this poem!!!
Then we got busy making some Leprechaun LOOT!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/St-Patricks-Leprechaun-Loot-Snack-Math-Writing-1742837
We started with a TON of supplies.....
We mixed, and stirred, and then POOF!
The Leprechaun Loot was ready!
Looks DELICIOUS doesn't it!
Of course we had to tie in some math so we sorted it, graphed it,
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/St-Patricks-Leprechaun-Loot-Snack-Math-Writing-1742837
recorded our data using tally marks......
And then we got to eat it!!!  YUM! YUM!
That sly little green guy left us a scavenger hunt around the room!
He left us this basket-
We opened it up and found new pencils and sticker sheets for everyone!  HOORAY!!!
Grab your freebie from the very generous Cupcake for the Teacher by clicking on the image below!
st. patrick's day treasure hunt {printable clues}
We were feeling pretty inspired at that point so we decided to put our good energies to work and create a cool tribute to our favorite little green guy!



How awesome are these guys???!!!
Picassos' in the making!








http://firstgradeblueskies.blogspot.com/2015/03/leprechaun-directed-drawing-freebie-and.html
The lovely Jennifer White over at First Grade Blue Skies has these incredibly easy and very FUN Directed Drawing activities available for free on TPT!  Click on the above image for more details! 
And just today I found a NEW Directed Drawing for Bunnies on Jen's Blog!  Boy, do I LOVE that girl!!!
http://firstgradeblueskies.blogspot.com/2015/03/bunny-and-bird-directed-drawing-video.html
That's all for now folks!
Have a wonderful week!
xoxo,

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