Saturday, September 28

Guest Post! Barbara from The Corner on Character

Folks, my lovely and amazing friend Barbara is guest-posting for me today and I am so excited for you to read about the lovely idea she is sharing! I can't wait to get mine set up!

You can find me over at her blog, posting about more of my favorite read alouds for building character. I also updated a freebie. Head over to the Corner on Character if you'd like to check out my post. While you're there, make sure you browse her posts...they always speak to my heart.
The Corner on Character
Hi from Barbara at the Corner on Character. I am so pleased to be able to guest post swap with Lisa today. If you haven't met her IRL, let me be the first to say that she's even friendlier, more delightful and joy-filled, and more beautiful (if that's even possible!) than she is on her page. Thank you, Lisa, for trading places with me today.

I'm so excited about these home journals that I saw in Heather Krail's room recently. Heather was my son's first-grade teacher but has since moved to kindergarten, so I know that these will be a hit at either grade level. Her students could not wait to tell me about them and they all gave them an enthusiastic thumbs up!

She made 30 of these so that there is always a journal available for take home. Students take them home on Fridays and have the week to bring them back. As they trickle in, students share during morning meeting time what they've written into their class journal. To make sure that they're always in stock, a new one doesn't go home with a child until the other one has come back.

Not only is this an excellent avenue for encouraging writing, it also helps to bond their class family because the students will get to know their friends throughout the year by sharing their experiences on previous pages in the journal.

Enjoy a picture walk through Mrs. Krail's journal basket:

This class is using spirals, but you could certainly swap these out for the Primary Composition Books (at a slightly higher cost) that are now available with the top part of the page left blank for the picture and the bottom half that has wide lines and a dotted midline for the writing.

Other prompts you might use could include What I'm Grateful For, Things We Can Recycle, A Family Trip We've Taken, Meet My Grandparents, If I Could Change One Thing At This School, and What Makes Us A Character School.

I am guessing you love her already!!! Head on over to check her out!

The Corner on Character

Friday, September 20

Progress Monitoring, Fearless Spellers and Apple-tastic-ness

Progress Monitoring
In this day and age of data and record-keeping, this is what I've been up to with progress-monitoring for our Everyday Math program...(of which I have a definite love-hate relationship)...

Our district parents are really involved and helpful, so I wanted to have more consistent communication and evidence for parents to see how their kiddo is doing in Math class.

Every 3-4 days I have the class do an RSA (Recognizing Student Achievement) Check Up...documentation of individual students progress on the RSAs are required by our district.

For students who have a Needs More Practice (Developing) or Needs Daily Practice (Beginning), I provide a Follow Up a few days later.

On Follow Up days, they only are re-checked on the RSA sections they were NOT proficient at the first time around.

Here's more of a close up of the Check Ups & Follow Ups...

Unit 1 is a little unique, in that it is pretty basic for first graders...but generally there's a Check Up and a Follow Up version using different numbers but the same skill being measured.


 Once we get in a flow, it doesn't take me all that long to correct and return these. It's been great documentation!

FEARLESS Spellers!
We are working hard to be FEARLESS spellers this year...spellers that are not intimidated by long words! There's supposed to be my anchor chart pic below...but the pic is on the iPad that is at school. I never emailed it to myself! Gah.

At any rate, we've been practicing all kinds of crazy words, one part at a time...

on our whiteboards,

traced on the ground or the back of the person in front of us,

and even on scrap paper...

Words like:





The kids are eating it up and even the spellers in the earliest stages are plodding through one part at a time! Love!! :) I'll show you the anchor chart soon...I'm kind of loving it. :)

Over at Primary Chalkboard it's Apple Week! Make sure you head over there to look at all the posts and snag up some freebies!

Here's what I'm adding to the the cover pic to download it from TpT.


Thursday, September 19

Fall Freebies and Common Core Crunch - October

Anyone else getting ready for October already?

Man, these Crunch packs have helped me out in so many ways!

Small Group lessons

Whole group work...

Independent buy me time to assess, do an intervention, tie up a loose end...

Daily Warm Up/Morning Work...


Sub Tub...

At this stage of the year I've given the kids their editing markers and am teaching them how to self-correct...we go over each answer using the pdf projected on the smartboard (in a pinch, once self-correcting is more routine, I've done it orally only) and the kids put a smiley face next to each correct answer...if an answer is incorrect, they draw an arrow over to the spot it needs to be or they write the correct answer next to it..."no worries" is my mantra...mistakes are an opportunity to stretch and grow!
mistake-making laughter-sharing independence-building brain-stretching

You will often hear me say, "No worries, no drama, peeps!"

(Download the pic above by clicking the picture or right {HERE} That post also has some of my favorite read alouds that support it.)

The kids LOVE their editing markers!

Once we're done self-correcting, the kids put their papers in the Left At Home side of their Daily Folders.

Math & ELA are available as a discounted bundle and also individually.

There's also a discounted (again) Yearlong Bundle of ELA available....the more you buy, the more you save.

And an extra EXTRA discounted Math Yearlong Bundle, too. It's extra discounted until I finish the remaining months of Nov & Dec. As I add each pack, the price goes up.

October Crunch features 28 pages of no-prep, print & go printables...

As always, when you download the Preview, you get 3 freebie pages.

Here are some details of what October's ELA Crunch includes..

Beginning Sound Sorts for letters that are often confused...

Beginning vowel sorts...

Short Vowel Sorts, CVC style...

Long/Short Vowel sorts...

Beginning & Ending Digraph Sorts...

Syllable Sorts...

ABC Order...

Word Family Sorts...same vowel, different ending consonant...

Opinion Writing 

List Writing...great for building writing fluency and "FEARLESS" spellers...

How To Writing...
October Word Work

October Word Work by Growing Firsties

October Word Work

October Writing

Click any cover pic to get to Common Core Crunch on TpT!

Thanks for sticking with me - here are some Fall Freebies that might float your boat. :-) Click any pic to snag it up.

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