Saturday, January 18, 2014

Freebie Linky and Daily 5!

I am trying something new today! I love to share what I make with other teachers, so I am putting up a pdf file of one of the pages from my Winter Math & ELA packet. I am also linking up again with Nancy at Teaching With Nancy!

My best teacher friend in the whole world, Jodie at Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice uses this freebie (at the bottom part of this post) with her Daily 5. She is way ahead of me on Daily 5 since I just started in January!

I know, I know, not exactly a Pinterest worthy anchor chart.... but it worked with my students. We are up to 13 minutes... and they know what the word STAMINA means. That really impressed my Curriculum Specialist. Here are some of my adorable, sweet, lovable students reading silently! and in one place!

They are so sweet reading! They either brought  in a stuffed animal to read with or they are using one of the classroom pets! I am so proud of them.

This is how I have always made my Browsing Bags. This is from the "olden days" as my students say, but it still works. These bags are not the bigger lunch bags and they do not hold the larger sized books. I might make these again next month. We have had these bags the entire year.  They really last if made right.

Oh, I almost forgot the freebie. This is a page from my Winter ELA & Math Printables Pack. 100 pages of really good stuff!

This is in my Google Docs. Hopefully the link works. Please let me know if it doesn't and I will email it to you

Here is how my dear teaching buddy, Jodie at Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice uses this with her Daily 5 as word work.

Students keep their work in a journal. I like the way she has each page glued to an envelope and the student pages inside!

As usual, thanks for visiting! Pam

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

T.G.I.F. Weekly Freebie!

No, it isn't Friday yet! I am linking up with Nancy over at Teaching With Nancy for her weekly Friday Freebie. Lots of fun and engaging TPT lessons and activities for FREE! What teacher doesn't like FREE! Here's my Freebie, Wonderful Winter Math Printables!

Click on the link below to get all the Freebies listed! I know I will be there!

As always, thanks for visiting! Pam

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Snowman Craftivity!

We had so much fun making our snowmen yesterday. Our school is about 6 miles from the coast, so most of my students have never seen snow. They love reading about snow and they loved making these snowmen from my Winter Math and ELA 100 Pages of Printables!

The snowmen are so big and just look great as my 'window curtain.' In the Winter Printables packet, this is only about 5 pages of 100, but I decided to make the snowmen with lined chart paper rather than the white paper I suggested in the packet. I wanted to have a writing activity that didn't take too long so I could get these up!

Some students wrote more than usual. What I was most impressed with is how my students' coloring, glueing and cutting skills have improved since the beginning of the year. I know that isn't at the top of most Common Core checklists, but it does help when a student can concentrate on coloring and then apply those details and descriptions to their writing.

They were so involved with this activity! I know some teachers will know what I mean when I say I am so proud of their cutting skills!

I didn't edit any of the writing. They read what they wrote to their table buddies and I displayed all of their work.
Yes, this is such an improvement over what was done at the beginning of this year. And this child was so proud of her work! She cut around the lines, and colored with pizazz! She was following directions until she came to the mittens!
You can see the chart paper here. I say to use two sheets of construction paper and let students cut the corners to make a circle. We were out of white art paper and bulletin board paper, so I improvised and I really like this!

Can you tell how focused my little ESL guy is? He didn't even realize I was taking a picture.

I love my students faces when they are involved with a project. I took about 40 pictures, and could look at them all day! 

If you are interested in Winter themed activities for ELA and Math, the Winter Math and ELA Printable Packet contains 100 pages of ELA and Math printables. I like to call them processing sheets.... all engage students! For the month of January I have this priced at $5.00! There is measurement, Emergent Readers, a Counting Book, writing, Artic Animals.... and of course the snowman!

Thanks as always for visiting my blog! I hope you enjoy looking through my students pictures. I am so proud of them! (I have to add one more of their snowmen!)

Okay, that's it! Thanks for being patient with all my pictures!