Tech Tuesday

It's Tuesday which means it is time for Tech Tuesday.  I'm linking up with the lovely Marie from Once Upon a Classroom.  I'm so glad she put this link party together, I've learned many valuable tech tips that I have been able to use in my classroom and share with my staff!

The technology I am going to share today is called Blendspace.  It is a free website that enables you to blend your classroom with digital content.  You can organize web resources in one place and then share with just one link.  Also you can assess your students with the built in quizzes and then monitor their progress.   I just found out about this website from a colleague during our SIP day and I am excited to use it.

Once you set up an account you can start compiling web resources into one place.  A nice perk is all the videos are already safe shared so you do not have to worry about ads or inappropriate material. You simply search and then drag it into the desired folder.  Another nice feature is that you can add people to your folders which enables you to collaborate and share the information. 

Be sure to check out Once Upon a Classroom, Two Sassy Apples, and A Classroom Full of Smiles for more Tech Tips!

Happy Tuesday.


Funday Sunday Arizona Style

Happy Sunday!  I'm in an Arizona state of mind and I think I have officially thawed from the deep freeze of winter.  The hubby and I flew into Phoenix last night and enjoyed our first day of sunshine and baseball.  Go White Sox!

In honor of my spring break I am throwing a sale starting today through Wednesday in my TPT store: My Day in K.  The following products are on sale.  (Click the cover picture to link directly to my store)

CVC Activities is my newest product.  I finished it up on the plane ride to Arizona.  It has tons of hands on  activities to practice CVC words to do with your students during small group instruction or literacy centers.  
CVC Concentration Game
Identify the beginning, middle, and end sound
Sentence Scramble

Monster Sight Word Practice practices high frequency words.  Use it as an extra activity, send home to practice, or in small group instruction. 

Trace the Sight Word
Write the Sight Word
Cut and Glue the Sight word

The Itsy Bitsy Spider Packet practices story elements.  Students can begin by reading the familiar nursery rhyme.  Then they have the chance to change the character, setting, problem and solution to create their own version.  

Adventures with Informational Text explores text features and how to navigate through informational text.  
Text Features included: 
print types
fun facts
table of contents
Culminating Animal Report Packet

This packet has activities to explore the different types of water.  

Practice with Story Elements has tons of activities to practice story elements using Goldilocks and The Three Bears and The Three Little Pigs.  

Character Traits
Write about the setting
Story Element Graphic Organizer
Create your own ending
Letter writing to a character
Story Element Flip Book

Thank you for taking the time to read through my different products that are available at my store and on sale through Wednesday.  Be sure to check them out!  

I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of their "Funday Sunday" and a great start to their week!



Five For Friday

Happy Friday!  It is the last day before spring break and I am P-U-M-P-E-D.   Before I leave on a jet plane I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching  to recap the week. 

We have been working hard to wrap up our ELA unit 3.  This unit was all about order makes sense.  We have been talking about the beginning, middle, end of stories as well as the story elements.  To finish our unit we chose a familiar story and wrote our own version.  The kiddos did a great job!  They were so creative and came up with ideas like The 3 Dolphins and the Big Bad Octopus or The Rock and the 3 Geckos.  After they brainstormed their story they made props and shared their stories with the class.  

As each student performed their story I chose five students to fill out a rubric.  This worked perfectly because it was an incentive to sit quietly and listen to their peers and they loved having the responsibility of holding the clipboard and filling out the sheet.  

I chose five students to fill out a rubric at a time.  After the student performed we gave two positives and then I stapled the rubrics together and the student who performed took their rubrics home with their props.

Spring fever has hit my class hard!  We have been doing lots of movement breaks and hands on activities.  This week I read Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein.  If you have never read this story check it out!  It is a great story about a little chicken who constantly interrupts his Papa as he is trying to tell him a bedtime story.  We had a good conversation about what the word "interrupting" means and the kids have been trying hard to not interrupt each other and ME ;).  

I love this time of year because I feel like things start to click.  They have a solid understanding of letters and sounds and really start to see how letters make words and words make sentences.  They can identify sight words and decode text and they are beginning to put it all together.  The "a-ha" moments are inspiring!  During literacy centers this week we worked on making sentences.  

This week we started our new math unit.  It is all about decomposing teen numbers.  For our April bulletin board we made rain clouds and umbrellas.  The kiddos that made a rain cloud decomposed one teen number into tens and ones.  The kiddos that made the umbrellas chose one teen number and then thought of six ways to break it apart. 

Did I mention that spring break starts after today?  Have you ever heard that teachers are more excited about Spring Break than the students are?!  True Story! The Hubby and I are flying to Arizona to catch the tail end of the White Sox Spring Training.  I'm so excited. We did this two years ago and it was a blast.  I am so ready for sunshine, baseball, and relaxation.  

I hope everyone has a Fantastic Friday!  


Tech Tuesday

I'm linking up with the lovely Once Upon a Classroom for Tech Tuesday.  The technology tool I am going to share is EDpuzzle. EDpuzzle is a free website (signup required) that lets you take just about any video off the web, edit it down to the portions you want, add audio notes and questions for students, and create virtual classrooms where you can monitor student work.  This is a great tool to use for quick assessments of how your students are doing.  I am currently getting my Technology Endorsement and for the first class we used this website for one of our assignments.  The assessment I made to try with my Kindergarten class is attached below, When you Add with a Pirate.  It is an addition video that stops six times to ask them addition questions to solve.  The website records the students answers and then teachers can go back and look at the results.   I was pleasantly surprised that once I showed my class how to navigate through the video one time, they were able to independently complete the rest of the assessment.  I am excited to use this website in the future!

When you Add with a Pirate.

Be sure to check out Once Upon a Classroom for more technology tips!
Happy Tuesday!

Hightlight Reel/Preview Party Mash Up

Spring is finally here and I'm excited!  We have one more week until spring break and then a week of relaxation.  We can do it! We can do it!

The kiddos are definitely ready for warmer weather and I am ready for snow pants to be officially packed away until next year.  :)

This week was another fun filled week in KS.  On Friday we celebrated the first day of spring by doing a little painting.  I got this idea from one of my new teacher friends, if you haven't checked out Jennifer at you should!  She has fantastic ideas and activities to do with young kiddos.  I had seen her post about doing a bunny hand print and thought this would be a great idea for our memory books.  Each month we do an activity or craft with the students and then keep it until the end of the year.  Then we put all the pages together and they get to take it home as a keepsake of their Kindergarten year. This month we are doing these bunny hand prints and writing about spring.  We are calling it "Hoppy Spring".  The kids thought that was hilarious!
I painted the palm of the student's hand as well as their middle finger and ring finger.  Then they pressed their hand onto the top of the blue paper.  I then had them use their index finger to dip into the pink paint to make the nose and pink inside the ears.  After they washed their hands they used a paint brush to paint the eyes, whiskers, and smile.  This week we are going to attach a paper to the bottom of the bunnies and write about spring. The paper is attached in the link below.

This week in math we are starting our unit on decomposing teen numbers.  For our April bulletin board we are going to do this activity.  
Students will either be assigned to do a rain cloud with raindrops or an umbrella.  For the rain cloud, students will choose a teen number.  They will write the teen number on the cloud and then break down the number on each rain drop.  For the umbrella students will choose a teen number and then find six different ways to break apart the number.   

As a warm up we are going to focus on one teen number a day to decompose.  The practice pages are attached below.  

Moving onto science.  This week we are starting our water exploration unit.  If you are looking for new activities to do with your kiddos I have created a water exploration packet that can be found in my TPT store.  

Inside the water exploration packet you will find vocabulary cards, forms of water cut and glue activity, an easy reader where students fill in the type of water, and activities to do with the water cycle.  I am excited to try these activities with my students this week!

Finally, after spring break we are starting our next unit in English Language Arts and it is all about informational text.  I just finished my Exploring Informational Text packet and I am really excited about how it turned out.  

Inside there are tons of activities to do to practice using text features with informational text.  Check it out! 

Well, that wraps up my week from last week and also my plans for the upcoming week! This furry friend keeps looking at me so I better sign off for now and take him for a walk!  

Enjoy the rest of your weekend! :)


Learning Leprechauns

We had a lot of fun in KS today.  We began our day by discovering that a leprechaun had been in our room and shrunk or sight words (EEK!).  We had to use a magnify glass in order to read them.  

Later in the day we read a story called Leprechaun in the Basement by Kathy Tucker. Throughout the story we talked about the story elements and afterwards wrote the characters, setting, problem, and solution on our story elements flip book.  (This flipbook can be found in my Story Elements Packet).

We have been spending a great deal of time on story elements and the kiddos did a nice job writing and drawing about them today.  Afterwards we did a dictated drawing of a leprechaun thanks to First Grade Blue Skies Freebie.  This was the first time I had done a drawing like this and it will not be my last.  It was great!  The kiddos were so engaged and everyone in my class was able to participate.  On the front of the leprechaun paper we wrote about what we would do if we were leprechauns.  Would we share our gold?  Or keep it for ourselves?  I was pleasantly surprised that almost everyone said they would at least share their gold with their family! ;)


I hope your St. Patrick's Day was just as fun as ours and you enjoy the rest of the day!  Until next time...