Saturday, August 30, 2014

Peek at my Week 9/1

I'm linking up with Mrs. Wills for a Peek at my Week!
(click below to check out other fab plans for next week)
 We're heading into Week 2 of second grade this year!
If you're a follower, you'll notice my plans are looking a little more like "normal" this week.
You can see below that we are going to start adjusting into our new routines and have added MUCH more curriculum this week.
We're starting our Math curriculum, weekly poems, our very first mentor text, math centers, and math journals.
Pray for us!
Hahaha... I kid, I kid.
But really, say a little prayer! ;)
You'll notice I don't have the Daily 5 blocks filled in completely yet. This is because the D5 is so flexible during the first few weeks. It really just depends on how the kids are building their stamina with each practice session.
On Friday, we ended the week with our last Read to Self session at 11 minutes of stamina!
*Hopefully* we can continue this after the long weekend and be able to add in Work on Writing this week. I'll update these portions on my plans as the week progresses.
I'm hoping to finish sight word assessments and running records this week because we have NWEA testing the following week.
did I mention to say a prayer for me yet?
Our spelling curriculum and sight words will also begin the following week, so this week we are doing a much needed review of vowel sounds.
I noticed during calendar last week most of my 2nd graders were also struggling with the months of the year, so we'll be working on those during that time as well.
(*click here or any picture below to download)
 We're working with our first mentor text, Horrible Harry in Room 2B.
The poster below will be our essential question that will be posted on our reading focus wall.  
You can grab this essential question with my lesson plans.
 Here are three vocabulary word cards that we'll be using during our first chapter in our Go Math program. I created this to follow the model of word, definition, example. I'll print these on colored paper and laminate.
These are also included with the download of my lesson plans.
 Our Math journals are part of our morning work each day.
You can grab this week's prompts in my lesson plan download.
I just have the students glue them into their notebooks, solve, and respond.
Here are a few of the resources we'll be using this week!

We'll also be using this flip flap book, these genre posters, finishing working with this Let's Get Started math pack, and I'm using homework from here in addition to the homework from our Math curriculum and nightly reading and spelling (once we get to spelling!). 

Whew! The first Peek at my Week for this school year is a wrap!
What's on your plate for next week?

Five for Fraturday!

FIRST of all........
We survived thrived in our first week of second grade!!
I have loved teaching K for 4 years, but I can already tell I'm going to LOVE teaching 2nd!!
  1. Ok, so you already know we're in the process of moving back "home" because of my awesome new job in my "home" school...
BUT... the 2 1/2-3 hr. drive each day is pretty tortuous for the time being!
My little guy and I have been staying a few nights with my mom and dad while the hubs holds down the fort on the home front with our 2 dogs.
We JUST got word yesterday that we'll be able to move in our new home on September 10th!!!!!
 I have to say I don't think the little man is minding staying at Mammie and Papaw's :)
On the first day of school I received these two awesome surprises from one of my lovely kiddos!
Despite some challenges and my new-to-the-school teacher growing pains, this was the best first week of school ever!!
I can already tell the I have some pretty amazing families to work with this year!
I also have some pretty fabulous coworkers!!
The sense of community and thoughtfulness for one another is overwhelming to me!
Although this is year 5, I'm definitely not accustomed to the level of teamwork and support my new school has provided.
I'm already feeling so blessed and grateful!!
This was a card I received from our Intervention Specialist on Thursday.
At the end of Art class, our Art teacher picks one student from each class and writes their name on the board.
Except, he doesn't just write it.
He draws it graffiti style in pieces and has the kids guess the name he is drawing.
It was pretty amazing!
I didn't have a clue what he was doing because when I walked in there were just a few lines spread across the board and the kids were guessing names.
Gradually he began to fill in the board and one of my kiddos names appeared!
Talk about the 7 habits and beginning with the end in mind- prime example!
Here's one of the *very few* snapshots I actually got around to taking this week!
We were working on our silent puzzles from Amy Lemon's FANTASTIC Unit Let's Get Started!
On another note...
I never got around to posting a Peek at my Week last Sunday.
We were a little too busy spending our last day of summer at the water park and eating ice cream!
If you're interested, you can take a peek here.
I'll post next week's lesson plans tomorrow!

So, how was your week?!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Teacher Week 2014- When and What

Today I'm linking up a little late for the When and What posts for Teacher Week 2014!
We had our Meet the Teacher Night Thursday and family time last night!
This first part of my post is all about WHEN I teach each skill and our schedule.
Let's start with my year long curriculum map.
Some of the fonts are difficult to see, but you can click on any picture or here to head to my Google Drive and grab a copy. If you'd like an editable version for yourself, click here.
We use Go Math and Scholastic's Traits Writing Curriculum, so you'll see those mapped out accordingly. I did include the CCSS and the writing project with Mentor Texts for each week, so you'll have an idea of what I'll be teaching.
We also use this spelling curriculum from Teacher's Clubhouse.
For Reader's Workshop and Science, I have the topics/focus, but not the specific unit. I'll share some of my favorite units tomorrow.
Let's move on to our Daily Schedule!
And here is my lesson plan template for this year.
Click here or any picture below to grab your own copy to edit.
I'll be back for a Peek at my Week on Sunday with my lesson plans for the first week of school!
Click below to head over and check out other "when" posts!
 Movin' on to WHAT I like to teach!
My heart lies with Literacy!
I have such a passion for reading and teaching the kids how to learn to read, and in turn read to learn.
Here are a few of my favorite NEW products I just purchased at the B2S sale!
I can't wait to use these first two products when introducing the Daily 5.
(click the picture to head to the product)
I was also THRILLED to find another new favorite (new to me) TpT seller!
I see many more purchases in my future from Michael at The Thinker Builder.
(click the picture to head to the product)
Here are some of my most favorite ELA packs from my own shop!
Thanks so much for stopping by! :)
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Teacher Week 2014- Why? Organization!

Today is Day 3 of the fabulous linky over at Bloghoppin'!
Today is all about how I organize and why it works for me.
Before we get started, you can check out my classroom reveal here and more pictures here to get a feel for my set-up before we delve into my cabinets. :)
Just like before, I'm going to include TONS of pictures!
My favorite posts and the posts that I refer back to the most have plenty of pictures to really show the details.
In case I forget at the end, today is a BONUS B2S 2014 TpT sale!!
28% off DEFINITELY helps me get those last minute purchases I really need!
Don't forget to enter the code BOOST when you checkout!
(click below to head to TpT)
I shared this picture yesterday and promised I'd be back today with an explanation of what's on their desks for Open House tomorrow night.
 On the left side are activities the kids will do while their families are filling out paperwork and the folder is just for families!
 I can't take credit for the little notebooks idea and "Write On" note.
This is from A Rocky Top Teacher and is a free download. I just needed a black and white version so I typed my own.
The notebooks came 4/$0.88 at Wal-Mart, and I already had the pencils-perfect B2S gift!
The Sneak Peek Checklist is an activity for the kids to have an opportunity to look around our classroom with a purpose instead of digging into things we're not ready for yet. :)
As much as I want to share it with you, I'm not sure how useful it would be because it is specific to my classroom set-up.
 This is the parent folder. The right side are items I need returned and the left are things to take home.
This helps save valuable time during the brief Open House!
 The right side has an envelope for the parents to self-address, a student information sheet (freebie here) and my Mystery Reader sign up sheet from my Mystery Reader pack (found here). I'm sur eI'll have a few things from the school to add tomorrow after our meeting, and I know I have to add these! I already typed my own, but I need to grab confetti tonight-SO adorable.
 The left side contains my parent handbook and a reading flyer. Both of these are amazing and I'm so glad I snagged them during the last sale!
Handbook purchased here.
Flyer included in this purchase.
 The parents will turn in their pens and paperwork in this tray.
(My sign wasn't printed yet!)
 Ok, so let's move on to how I organize my cabinets!
 Hey, I didn't say it was going to be pretty! ;)
A few cabinets are empty awaiting the influx of school supplies I hope to receive tomorrow night during our open house. The kids are going to sort all of their school supplies so all I have to do is put them away.
Top left: cleaning supplies, baggies, "kitchen-y" stuff.
Top right: The left cabinet is currently holding all of their folders and interactive notebooks that I'll put out after open house (no need to mess with them tomorrow!). The right contains buckets that have some supplies in them, but room to grow!
Bottom left: Left side contains all of my Literacy manipulatives and centers that do not fit in my filing cabinet. The right is just empty crates for supplies.
Bottom right: My seasonal supply buckets and all of my teacher read alouds. I keep these in gallon bags, grouped by theme/month and organized in the order I would use them.
 These are the cabinets on the opposite wall and contain my Science, Math, and craft supplies.
Top left- overview
Top right- extra paper, construction paper, and crafts
Bottom left- Crafts, Math shapes
Bottom right- indoor recess and extra storage bins (I have a problem with cute bins!)
The smaller drawers are empty (for now).
 Let's move onto Daily 5/Center organization!
At my writing center, I previously shared that I stored my choices in dry erase pockets. I still love these and use them, BUT I was at Office Max and found these amazing file folders for $1 and had to have them!
They're perfect because I can put our class example of the activity in the front of the folder!
 At my Work with Words area, I keep each choice in a drawer. If there are any manipulative type items that don't fit in the drawers, I simply place them on top.
Inside of the drawer I use the dry erase pockets, folders, or folder dividers to store the materials.  
Although each on of my kids has their own Chrome book, I also have my Listen to Reading center.
The tubs at the bottom hold all of my books on tape/CD with the book copies inside. These are organized by season and I still need to label the buckets.
 My Math centers are stored in the blue drawer units. Any extra manipulatives that won't fit in the drawers will be in little tubs to the right of the drawers.
Let's move to my Guided Reading/Small Group organization.
On my cart I have the group buckets at the top, my binders on the shelf, and any materials I use throughout the year for Guided Reading in the drawers.
My Guided Reading binders holds my group rotations and lesson plans.
 Here's a close up of a few drawers..
This makes it perfect for "in the moment" teaching needs that arise outside of my lesson planning.
Everything I could possibly need is right behind my small group table.
 I also keep my DATA notebook here.
This contains whole group assessments, IEP's, 504's, as well as student data charts from here.
 Moving to my teacher desk area...
The tall skinny cabinet holds my personal effects, teacher resource books, etc. The glass cabinet holds my media equipment for my interactive whiteboard, colored copy paper, and notes/cards to send home.  
The smaller cabinets are currently holding student workbooks I haven't distributed yet and my teacher editions for our Math curriculum. I'm planning on putting cumulative files here (writing portfolios, student work I want to hang on to, etc.)
Under my desk hides a few file boxes for phonics and poems, and my desk drawers are not so pretty!
Maybe next year... ;) 
 The pull out drawers hold my files.
I have to tell you, I'm not a fan of traditional files.
I tried it for about a year and couldn't stand it! I would get frustrated when they wouldn't slide well or my supplies would fall out.
I also tried putting everything in binders one year. That worked, but I felt like I was constantly pulling binders out to copy, and then re-file the papers. So I ended up throwing my papers in a stack to file and never got around to filing them!
One day I was browsing the ever-addicting Target Dollar Spot and I saw these. Light bulb!
I grabbed tons of them and went to work :)
 All of my units and materials (including centers) are in these expanding files.
I have these placed in the drawers in the order that I would use them.
 I love this system, because there are multiple spots in one file.
For a larger unit, I have an ELA, Math, ELA centers, and Math centers tab.
It's perfect because I just pull out what I need and set the file on top of my wire rack (below). Then once I'm finished copying I just put them back in the file along with any extras.
 I DO still have some traditional files, though!
These are files for each week, for the entire year.
This also holds my copies for the entire week.
 Here you can see I have a folder for each week of the school year.
 Inside of the folders I have my Reader's Workshop and Writer's Workshop mentor texts for the week, 1 copy of our spelling, 1 copy of homework, and the Math student workbook copies.
This will save time gathering materials each week to prep for the following week. I'll just pull out the file, grab any extras I'd like and head to the copier!
 The front of this cabinet holds my copies and materials for the week. I also have a 2nd set of these for the following week and I just rotate them each week.
You can tell I've used this system for a few years- some of my files really need some help!
 The night before (or Friday before), I pull out everything I will need for the following day and place it in this chevron bin at my whole group area. Everything is in order for the day, so we'll just grab and go throughout the day as needed!
 I also have this organizer at my desk. This helps for student work that I need to file, things I made need to copy the current day or that I could have a volunteer copy, copies for the following week, and things that I use frequently (such as Mystery Reader, Spelling Test forms, Scholastic Book Club orders, etc. The top bin holds my expanding file folder from above.
That's a WRAP!
Ok, so what questions do you have for me today?! I'd love to hear, err... read, them!
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