Wednesday, December 28, 2011

RTi and Small Group Reading

Here is a snipit of their RTi page
For two years I have failed miserably tried to grasp RTi and what it should look like with each individual student.

I know what small group reading should look like and feel I have it going on this year (read about the Daily 5 here), but how to probe, monitor and record for RTi is driving me into OVERLOAD!

I am in Georgia and found a site that is very helpful!  Hall County put it together for their teachers, but it is not blocked so they are sharing it with all of us - right?  Here is a link to their literacy page and all of their goodies!

I am currently tracking one Tier 3 student and my responsibility is sight words.  I found these documents very helpful and LOVE the forms!  They are very useful and will work for probing and graphing!  Thanks Hall County!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Top Three Post from 2011

I read EVERYTHING from top to bottom about Debbie Diller's Math Stations book.  I wanted to have access to everything and made a page about all of the post.

I have put together some sites for 2nd grade skills for the Promethean Board.  There are so many FREE things out there, you just have to dig! How do you do the Daily 5?  There are so many blog post about the Daily5, but this is what works in my room.  December was C-R-A-Z-Y!  I am looking forward to getting back into small group reading!

Do you want to link up with your top3...Click here for everyone's list!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Happy Birthday Jesus

With all of the pretty paper, glitter, and lights, let's not forget the TRUE reason for the season -

Merry CHRISTmas to all and to all a good night!

Dinosaur Research Pages

We are going to do our research topic on dinosaurs.  They will pick a dinosaur and use two research guides to complete their research.  I wanted to find several sites to assist my low babies in their research.  We will discuss encyclopedias and Internet and how to use both.  The Media specialist will assist with the encyclopedias.  We will continue to work on using guide words and how to look up information using a dinosaur encyclopedia.

These web pages are interactive.  We will also be able to discuss text features (time lines and maps) with the site.

They really get into this project.  They will make a small poster (on butcher paper) and they will create a mask to use when they present their project.

Friday, December 23, 2011

2nd Grade Promethean Board Sites

I am so excited!  I found another site that reads books aloud.  Barnes and Nobles.
The author of The Polar Express read the book and they turned the pages with soft music playing in the background.  It would have been perfect!!!  I cannot wait to use it next year!

Here are additional resources I have found for Second Grade Standards:

Apostrophes - Contractions and Possession

Sentence Types - All four

Compound Words

Sentence Maker - great for my Korean students

Characteristics of Materials


Helping Plants Grow Well

Lights and Shadows

Mapping our World - Maps and Globes

Here is a BOARD OF SITES from Greenville, SC BOE

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dinosaurs in January

I am getting so excited about the upcoming unit!  There is so much information for the month!
I found an interactive website that I want to put onto the student computers in my room.
There are several activities I will require (Dinosaur Write, Research Starters and Quiz), but the rest of the site will be available to play on!  I really think they are going to enjoy this month!  Research and report writing are two standards that will be covered.  Unfortunately we do not have dinosaurs in a standard, but my low-babies really get into the chapter book - Dinosaurs Before Dark.  For many of them, this is their first chapter book.  I feel it encourages them to break out of the picture books and try the next level.  Last year they were so eager to read more after we started the Magic Tree House series. Here is another activity to play from Scholastic.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

We Give Books

This site looks great!  IF.....if, I mean if.... there is an elf at the school hooking up a SMARTboard in my room right now, I want to use this site. 

If not we will have to go across the hall to Willis' room to watch hers.  I want to do a couple of winter books to go along with our weather unit we will start soon.  It would be great to project these on the big screen!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Dinosaurs Before Dark

I am so excited about January!  We are going to do a dinosaur unit for three weeks!  I am looking for interactive sites we can use with the Promethean Board!  I would like to ask Santa for one, but I know times are tough, so I will just plan on using Miss Willis'.
We have prepared the notebooks and have all subjects planned and ready!  We will read the story and have discussion and vocabulary.  We have also included phonics and ELA skills like ABC order, dictionary, homophones and antonyms.  We have a research project about dinosaurs planned out as well as math and science.
This is going to be a great month!!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Giveaway!

I love a giveaway!  One of my favorite blogs is hosting a giveaway that includes her ENTIRE Teachers Pay Teachers Store!!! 
Pick me! Pick me!!!!
Go here to check it out!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Door

I made this super cute door for the month of December!  It is compliments of PINTEREST!  My new favorite LUV!  I have found so many lessons and cute ideas from there - it is addicting! 

I am looking at door ideas for January and February now!  I made a board for every month and as I find cuties, I pin it to that month!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Mrs. Lemons

When I grow up I want to be a teacher like Mrs. Lemons!!  She has soo many cute ideas and is so generous with her lessons!

When we return in January we will start graphing.  One of the first graphs we will explore is the Venn Diagram.  We do these all the time, but I want to break it down for them so they fully understand what a Venn is and how to graph the information.
She has a snowman activity that will be perfect!  Two friends write what they like and dislike and then compare their answers.  They will then make a Venn about the two of them in the form of SNOWMEN!
I love it!  I know they will too!  Check out her page and her whole site!  Super cute stuff!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Grinch

We bought a unit on The Grinch last year and used it again this year!  They really get into it!  I found several things for FREE this year on Pinterest and thought I would share!  Thank you Babbling Abby for compiling several items to add to the unit!  Make sure you scroll down for find everything!  We found the following pages:
Text to Self
Character comparison of the Grinch and several others!
Here is another site that has super cute ideas for next year!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Holly Bloggy Christmas

I sent off my gift and I cannot wait to receive mine in the mail!
I love surprises!!!
Here is what I sent to  Monica Talley from Arlington, Texas!  
Merry Christmas!

Thank you Sarah and Caitlin for putting this together!  It was so much fun!  My husband and I did not exchange this year because the children's gifts were so $$$.  This was such a pleasant treat!