Monday, September 21, 2015

Must Read Monday #1

Hi ya’ll! I asked on my Facebook a couple of weeks ago, if you would be interested in a Must Read Monday. I was told YES! So here is the first week of #MRM

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Before I start, I am just going to let you know, in no way shape or form will this be professional books. This are romance novels. Yup. Nothing school related, so proceed with caution Winking smile

How this weekly post is going to work is, I am going to post a review of a book that I have recently read. Then just a brief synopsis of a couple more. Then leave some links of books that are on sale!

Knox is the local BMOC. Quarterbacks fear him, College Boys want to be him, and girls everywhere want to be with him! But do they want to be with him because he is a hot shot, or is it because they want to be the one to take his V Card? Knox is okay with being the best on the field and being the most sought after by all the women.. That is until he meets Ellie!
Ellie Campbell is gorgeous, and the sister of one of Knox’s teammates. She is also hiding a big secret. Can she keep the secret and date Knox all at the same time?
This was a great book! I am a sucker for all college football romance novels (since Officer Hofficer are I are a College Football Love story) It has romance, loyalty and it is darn near impossible to put down! I have told all the members of my book club to read, now my virtual book club needs to also!

A few more books that I have read this week:
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Drew Morrison is a Rock God. He is quite the playboy until Ashley Emmit joins his tour as a favor to one of Drew’s favorite professors. The sparks really fly both on and off the tour bus!

Lily’s life is dance. She has devoted her years to being the best of the best. To be the best there has to be zero distractions. That means no romance. However, when her long time crush is suddenly single and interested in her, she throws her rule out the window.
She is happy, or is she. Is Blane really as amazing as she has dreamed he would be? Lily turns to her best friend West (man bun included) to work through her relationship woes.

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Have a Great Monday!!

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Sunday, September 20, 2015

Apple Investigations

Hi Friends!! Back to School has been kicking my booty!! But I am finally getting in the swing of things! One of my favorite weeks is coming up, and boy I know that my kids are going to have a BLAST! I am going to tell ya’ll about some science that I do with my kiddos! So beware of a LOT of pictures and lots of fun!

Evaporation Experiment:
We take three apples, one peeled, one whole and one cut up into fourths. We leave them out all week and each day we measure them with a balance and unifix cubes. We keep track on an anchor chart. We start this on Monday, and continue through the week.
This is how they look through the week. I am not going to lie, they are GROSS!

Apple Tasting:
I just love talking about apples, and I REALLY love eating apples. So I get three different types of apples: golden delicious, granny smith and Fuji. I give each kiddo a slice of each. We taste them one by one. Then I give them an apple to color. They color it their favorite flavor’s color. Then we graph them. We do this on Tuesday.

Seasons of an Apple Tree: I read The Season’s of Arnold’s Apple Tree, then we together, make this anchor chart. Then we add details to what happens during each season.

This is a freebie over at TpT here:
seasons of an apple tree freebie

Apple Pie:
On Thursday we make apple pies and taste test them! We take premade dough and apple pie filling and make us cute little apple turnovers. So easy to do!! And then they decide if they like it or not!

Apple Investigations:
On Friday, we finally investigate the inside of the apple!! We make a diagram of the inside of an apple (The labels are a freebie over at First Grade Blue Skies HERE)
Then we peel and core the apples (I had to buy me one of these bad boys, because my former partner took hers with her when she retired)

Then we make the best smelling applesauce!
I hope you guys have a GREAT week!

These are so much fun to do with your students. I do have a file on TpT if you just want to print and make your own anchor charts. But these awesome activities can be done with out it!

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Using Rubrics to Check for Undersrtanding

So since we go back to work a week from today, I have just now started thinking about school. I have had quite the busy summer! Officer Hofficer had shoulder surgery on our last day of school, I had my tonsils removed, we have made three trips to Kansas to see Officer Hofficer’s family, I finished up my Masters Program and a made trip to Frog Street SPLASH. And on top of that, my Daddy has been battling Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma since last Labor Day and he is getting ready to go in for Stem Cell Transplant. So needless to say, as much as I love my job and as much as I LOVE kindergarten, it has not been at the forefront of my mind.
Using Rubrics to Check for Understanding in Kindergarten

The state of Oklahoma started a new evaluation system about three years ago, and we adopted the Marzano model. One of elements is having the students evaluate their learning on a rubric. When I was first told about this I thought , how in the world am I going to do this with Kindergarteners?! A four point rubric?! That is crazy!

The first few years we did a thumbs up/thumbs down type of evaluation. But we were told last year we had to do a true rubric. So this year was a real trying year.

I created a rubric for most phonics standards.  I would focus on one major standard of the lesson. Not only would I use it to evaluate my students, but it was what I had used as the Target Goal for the lesson.
Using Rubrics to Check for Understanding in Kindergarten
This is from my evaluation I had in March. I had some ticket holders. That had a finger glued onto it. A one standing for the lowest form of understanding and the 4 for the highest form of understanding. (I also switched out the colors, red is now a 1 and blue is a 4).  So the next day when I am teaching a lesson on ending sounds, I just have to pull the rubric cards out of the pockets and put in new ones. I had them in a folder on my easel so I could easily change them out.

So after I am done teaching a lesson. I ask my kids to repeat the I Can Statement. Then we go over the rubric. They give me a 1-4 and show me on their fingers. The kids who do a 1/2 stay with me on the carpet so I can reteach and the ones that give me a 3/4 go to their spots to either do centers or their workpage.

At first I thought that they would all give me a 3/4 to be able to go work. But after about the 5th time, they started being honest. And really, it is okay if they give me a 3/4 and they are really a 1/2. They will go try to work on their own, and then come back to the carpet to get help.

I made a whole set of these rubrics. There are two options. The first one listed with the black and white that you print on colored cardstock. A second option is the full color. They are ready to be hung in your room. Since sounding our words is such an important skill, this will be a staple on my classroom wall.

Using Rubrics to Check for Understanding in Kindergarten

These are the skills that are covered:
Sounding Out Words
Beginning Sounds
Middle Sounds
Ending Sounds
Segment Words
Identify letter by Name
Identify letter by Sound
Rhyming Words

Here is the unit that you can now find on TpT. 

Using Rubrics to Check for Understanding in Kindergarten

Thanks for stopping by! I am off to finish my back to school shopping so I am SOMEWHAT prepared for next Monday!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

I Have/Who Has with Freebielicious

Well hello there!! I am LOVING this Back to School, I have/ Who has game!!

If you came from Apples and ABCs page you are SO CORRECT!!!

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I am an Oklahoma Teacher.  I was born and raised here. Went to school in Kansas, and then came home.


I also am a proud Police Wife. My husband, or Officer Hofficer as he is commonly referred to as is a Police Officer in our little town, and I could not be more proud. (except when he is acting life a goofball!) My kiddos love him, and are always wanting to see him.
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I have the perfect solution (or so I think) for those blank word walls at the beginning of the year.
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This is a set of Vocabulary cards. I use them in two ways. The first way I use them is in my writing center.  (You can read more about that here)
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The second way I use them is on my word wall. (Again more about that here)
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This and the rest of my TpT Store are on SALE this Monday and Tuesday, 20% off and an ADDITIONAL 10% off with code BTS15
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So now that you have figured out MY clue. Here is the next clue along the I have/ Who has game. Make sure to guess which Freebielicious author this clue is about. Then click the picture to see if you are right!! But NO cheating Winking smile