Sunday, June 29, 2014

Reading Street Interactive Reading Journal Printables

Hey, hey! Although it's summer break I can't seem to turn my teacher/school brain off. Does anyone else have this problem?? I have been working on a new project to supplement with our reading series. Last year, I used interactive journals for math and reading and me and my kiddos LOVED them! I wanted to do more with our reading series for this upcoming year... so I started working on a little project this week and I finished unit 1 today! Yay! 


The activities found in this pack are aligned to the 2013 Scott Foresman Reading Street text book series for First grade. These are fun and engaging activities to be used as a supplement to the reading series. Interactive reading journals are a wonderful, fun way to keep students engaged. These are a great resource for students to refer back to as a review throughout the year. Students collect learning throughout the year in their journals and they can be a great grading tool for you to use when filling out report cards. Interactive journals can also serve as a portfolio of student progress, growth and creativity.


This interactive journal printables pack is a supplement for Unit 1 Animals, Tame and Wild of the Scott Foresman Reading Street for First Grade series. The activities in this pack will help students practice and learn the following:
-high frequency words
-phonics
-language arts
-comprehension 
-close reading

The unit 1 pack includes two different covers {a girl and a boy} for the interactive student journal, as well as high frequency word lists. These will not be included in the other units as you will need to start out with them in unit 1. :) 




I will also be making interactive packs for units 2-5 and will post them as I get those finished. 

You can check this pack out HERE. :)

That's all I got for tonight! Have a great week! :)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sunday Smorgasboard: June 22, 2014


Happy Sunday! I'm linking up with the fabulous Michelle for a little Sunday Smorgasbord action. 



One

We recently went to Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge for a few days with Eric's family. Here are a few pics from our fun little getaway.







 

Two

Earlier in the summer I talked Eric into coming to school to help me move my desk. I've taught six years and my desk has been in the same spot the whole time. It was there when I got the room and I just never moved it. Well I decided it was time for a change. Here is where we moved it. Please ignore the mound of stuff that is piled on top of it. I snapped the pic right after we moved it. 


Three

I've been spending lots of time with this cutie baby. Love him big!




 Poor little booger has a cataract in his right eye. We had to make a trip to the vet recently.


And since we were in town I thought we would swing by school for a bit {or a few hours! ha} to do a few things. So we ran by McDonalds to grab a happy meal for Dexter :) and then headed to school. 


Dexter likes to help! ha



Four

Here is some of the things I worked on while me and Dexter were at school.

New reading focus wall...I will attach the weekly skills, high frequency words, spelling words, etc. to the cut-outs on the board each week. My desk used to be right in front of this board. Since moving the desk, it has opend up a ton of space and new possibilities! 


closer look at the focus wall

You can get the polka dot party border and the jumbo bw designer cut-outs I used on the board from Creative Teaching Press!

For the header I attached bold brights 4" letters to 6" bw designer cut-outs both from Creative Teaching Press. I love how it turned out! :)

closer look at the guided reading tubs

You can get the monkeys and bold brights letters that I used for the tubs from Creative Teaching Press

Next year I plan on using Smart Cookie Math from Lucky to Be in First. Here is the display I made for that. Not completely finished with it...but it's a start!



I plan on using Jennifer Bates sight word superstars next year. This is the display I made for that. I used the shining stars bulletin board set from Creative Teaching Press for this display.


Five

We have been enjoying the lake every chance we get! I love spending summer days with this guy! :)



Well that's all I got for this Sunday Smorgasbord post. Don't forget to link up with Michelle with your Sunday Smorgasbord! :)



Sunday, June 8, 2014

Sunday Smorgasbord: June 8, 2014

Since I have neglected my little blog lately I decided I better do a catch up post and since it's all sort of random I thought it would be fun to link up with the fabulous Michelle for a little Sunday Smorgasboard post. {I am going to try my best to do a weekly Sunday Smorgasbord post to keep myself up-to-date on blogging... because if I was a blog I sure wouldn't want to be neglected like this one has been! ha}




Well I've been out of school for the summer for two weeks...TWO weeks people! and I never even blogged aobut any of the end of year stuff we did. Sadsville!
So here goes...

The last week of school I did a theme each day. Here is the note I sent home about it.


Monday we camped out under the stars (I put stars on the ceiling) and we made s'mores for a special snack. The kids loved it! 



Tuesday was an outside "picnic" day. The kids had a blast playing with outside toys and just enjoying being together. A sweet parent sent in watermelon and popsicles for our special snack that day.


Wedneday was our "carnival day." Students brought board/card games and they played those. Later in the day I got the school's popcorn and snow cone machines and made popcorn and snow cones for our special snack. I was too busy making those tasty snacks that I forgot to snap any pics! :(

Thursday was the last day and it was our "beach day." Students wore beach wear and we spent extra time outside that day. 

I made these pinterest inspired beach cupcakes for our last day special party. They turned out super cute!

 

I found these cool cups at the Dollar Tree and thought they would be a perfect end of the year gift. I used the super cute tag from A Cupcake for the Teacher.



One of the other end of the year activities we did was a book swap. I do this every year and it is a perfect way for the kids to get new books for... FREE! The kids simply brought up to 5 books that they had already read and were finished with. They went home with the same number of books they brought to school, except they were new-to-you books. :)


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So since I've been out for summer break I was able to relax a little the first week off...minus one day of inservice. And then the second week I was in a math grant all week. I've gotten some great ideas and can't wait to share them with you! I have 3 more days to go of the math grant this week and then it's really hello summer! 

One of my favorite things about the summer is the lake. People, I can catch a blue gill with the best of em! :)


Well that's my Sunday Smorgasbord and catch up post!