Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Predictable Charts

This year I have planned my Predictable Charts to include the weekly popcorn words. Last week our words were I, am, and a. Our predictable chart was "I am (student name)."

There are a couple of ways to write the predictable chart. The purpose is to write with and for the students - for them to see you write, for you to model it. The charts also provide predictable text which is easy to read and the student responses make it relevant and personal (motivating to read). I write with and for my students during the Morning Message and model writing during mini-lessons for Writing Workshop. When you are writing the same sentence 21 times and asking for individual student responses, the students get wiggly really fast. So, I prewrite the prompts before the students arrive and add a few student responses each day until every child has a sentence. Another way for you to do this is to write the prompts with the students as they watch you write.

I added student photos to the student names so it was easier to read.
I asked each student to tell me his/her name, I spelled it as I wrote it, then I read the complete sentence and the students echoed me. I did 1/4 the class on Monday, 1/4 on Tuesday, 1/4 on Wednesday and 1/4 on Thursday.

Instead of cutting the original chart and giving each student their sentence to cut apart,  I made  smaller versions for them to cut and assemble. We did this activity on Friday.
If you are interested in trying this with your students, I have an editable version (with and without the popcorn around the words) here.

You can cut the sections for the students or give them the strip to cut apart. 
They will put the sentence in order, glue the words to the paper and then illustrate.
You can create a class book with these pages or display them with the chart.

Our chart this week is "I like my _____." 
I wrote the prompts and the student names to the side. 
During class I will complete the sentence with the students' responses.

The editable student strips for this chart can be found here.

I will be adding the editable student strips for the Predictable Charts each week to my TpT store.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Classroom Photos 14-15

This was the first school year I was able to get my room finished in just one day!
It is very similar to how the classroom was set up last year. 
View from the door

Teaching Area

Small Group Area

The drawers are book boxes.

Wish Fish

 Welcome to School hallway display
I wrote the student names on the fish.

Sunday, August 3, 2014

TpT Sale

Be sure to check out my store during the TpT sale (Monday and Tuesday)!
I will be posting classroom photos this week. I hope you had a great summer. My summer was very busy with appointments and in-services.

Friday, May 30, 2014


Summer Break! It is finally here! 
It will be a busy summer for me so I don't plan to write any new posts during these next few months. If you are visiting my blog for the first time, please take a look at the index of topics for older posts (listed on the left side). If you need to contact me, please email me or leave a question at TpT.

I hope you enjoy your summer!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Lesson Plans May 12-22

Next week is our last full week of school. We will be reading books from Journeys Lesson 29. The unit can be found here.
Literacy Centers

We will study the long o sound.

For Mathematics we will continue to study the teen numbers using activities from my lesson plans.
 They are a free download here.

Lesson Plans for May 19-22
During our last week we will read the books from Journeys Lesson 30. The unit can be found here.

Literacy centers

We will study the long u sound.
The memory book can be found here. I had to cover the bottom with labels before I printed it. I did not make a new cover for this school year.
We will complete the pages during Writer's Workshop and the students will share it with their parents during the Kindergarten Reception after the Award's Assembly.

In Math we will play Racing Bears (Investigations), Double Compare (Investigations) and Number Bingo.

During the Award's Assembly I will pass these out to every student. After all awards have been passed out the parents are invited to stay for a reception. We will celebrate with cookies and punch!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

TpT Sale

I am participating in the TpT Sale today and tomorrow!
Have fun shopping!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Lesson Plans May 5-9

 This week we will be reading books from Journeys Lesson 28.
The unit can be found in my TpT store.
Literacy Centers

We will study the long i sound.

The next two weeks we will be learning about the teen numbers. I have a free download of the lesson plans for these two weeks here.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Lesson Plans April 28-May 2

The stories this week are about growing up and family outings. We will be reading these books and following up with these writing assignments. All of these units can be found in my TpT store.
Literacy Centers

We will be learning about the long e sound.

Our last week working on addition and subtraction. We are reading the book Fish Eyes and doing the activities pictured. This unit is available in my TpT store.

Sweet Girls

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lesson Plans April 21-25

I will be using the books from Journeys Lesson 26 this week. We will read Kitten's First Full Moon, Curious George Makes Pancakes, and Plaidypus Lost. The unit can be found here.

Literacy Centers

We will study words with the long a sound.

We will be reading the book Monster Math Picnic and working on addition and subtraction with word problems and math tasks. The unit can be found here.

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