Sunday, November 15, 2015

Portable QR Code Listening Center

Friends~I can't wait to share my QR Code Listening Center with you!  The best part is, it is totally portable and super easy for the students to manage in the classroom.
They are simple and cheap to make.  You can update as the seasons or themes change in your classroom. 

~The first thing you will need to do is head to your local $ Store and grab some old school photo albums. (I can't believe they are old school-totally showing my age!)  The one that you just flip open and slide a photo under the clear flap.  

~I then hopped on YouTube and collected some of my favorite books read online and copied the URL. Open a QR code generator, paste your URL and BAM you have your QR Code.  

I then take a quick snip of the book cover and add the code to it.  Print them out and add them to my photo albums.  You can check them out below!         (I make the images 4x6 just like a picture.) 
 (Keep in mind that if you are not making your own recordings, the URL may change or go away all together so you may need to make a new one next year.  I don't worry about this since they are so simple and fast to make.)

~My kiddos then grab an album and a Kindle and off they go.  (Just head to your App store and download a FREE QR Code scanner.) 

Be sure to grab a FREE copy of my covers and my November Codes Below!


Happy Scanning!!!

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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Halloween Math Centers

Friends~We had so much fun this week with our Halloween Math centers! We are working on number bonds and addition facts to 10.  

ALERT!  Please keep in mind that I am not in my regular classroom.  Our new school is being built as I type (Please hurry!) and I am at a local church.  I also move in every Monday and out every Friday so I have had to be pretty creative with my classroom.
~Oh, and I can't hang anything on the walls except Post it chart paper.  
~My classroom is totally mobile.
~All centers are on small carts on wheels.
~#Survival Mode

I wanted to share (FREEBIES) what I have in my math "CART" center for the Halloween season:
Pumpkin Tens Frame Odd or Even Sort
(Pumpkin Ice Cube Trays and Candy Pumpkins)
Skulls and Bones Number Sheet
(Candy at $ Store or HERE)
Spider Number Bonds
(Plastic Spiders from $ Store)
Eye Ball Greater Than or Less Than
(Eyeballs erasers from Target and candy corn for symbol)

Currently, I am running 4 stations so that my 4 tables can rotate through.  

I always grab the skulls and bones candy at the $ Store every year and my kiddos work on representing numbers with them.  Be sure to grab the freebie above!

The pumpkin trays make perfect tens frames and I teach my kiddos that they only need one.  They identify the number in the ones place and make that number with candy pumpkins in the the trays.  They then use dry erase markers to write the numbers in the correct side of their Tchart.  (Simply laminate the freebie above!)

The eyeball greater than, less than is so simple with candy corn as your symbol.  You could use any manipulative but eyeballs are super fun!

With the plastic spiders, my kiddos represent each part of the number bond with different colored spiders and then the whole is a combination of 2 colors.  SOOO FUN!

I am crazy excited about my math next week!  It is based off the book BONE Soup!  Check out my file below! It is on sale until the 27th!

We are going to be making BONE SOUP!!!!!!
I am so excited!  It is going to take the place of my Witch's Brew activity so that all my students can participate.  No worries about food allergies:)

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Number Bond FUN!

Friends~I LOVE number bonds! This year, we are using Math in Focus which is a math program centered around Singapore Math.  I am still working my way through the program but I am thrilled with the results so far. 

My students have spent the week working with numbers to 10 and creating 2 and 3 part number bonds.  It has been so exciting to see them decompose numbers.  

Number bonds are simple.  The are made up of parts and wholes.  (Think fact family!)  The parts are the numbers added and the whole is the sum.  Math in Focus uses basic unifix cubes to represent number bonds in trains.  I also use base ten cubes and paper plates for my students to explore. 

Notice that the paper plates are different colors.  I have them use the green to represent the parts and the pink to represent the wholes.

This app is awesome for number bonds and for challenging those higher level students!  We will be using it next week in centers! 
We played the best game with number bonds last week.  All you need are some paper plates, 2 different colored markers, and some unifix cubes.  

Directions: Create number bonds by writing the parts on individual plates in one color and the whole on the other.  

*Place plates number side down
* Students then go off and choose a plate.  
*They must find their other part and then their whole.
*Students head to the unifix cubes to represent their bond. 
(When they were done, I had them come to me for a check. If they were correct, I took the plates and put them back out.  The students broke apart their bond and moved on to the next one.)

Example: 3,7,10 would be 3 red cubes, 7 blue cubes in a unifix tower/train that equals 10.
 I am also soooo obsessed with this number bond scale! It totally helped my students see how the numbers work together!  Click the picture to check it out on Amazon!

We are finishing up our number bonds next week and heading into the BIG world of addition.  I am super excited to see how these number bond help my students with more traditional algorithms! 

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Friday, October 9, 2015

Halloween: Where's My Mummy

Friends~I just love Halloween and Fall is my favorite season!  Where's My Mummy by Carolyn Crimi is one of my all time, most loved books for the season!  It is filled with vivid illustrations and fun alliteration!  I love the pictures of the Baby Mummy and Bones cracks me up.  

It is the one book that is NEVER in my library because it is usually in a student's reading bag.  I usually read it in class as a read aloud but this year, I decided to take it to a much more exciting level.  

I am planning to start with this online reading by Jennifer Fourcade on Youtube!  I love how she changes her voice with the characters. 

I will also be reading the book in class with the students.  You can grab a copy of the book by clicking below. 

When we read, my students will be listening for alliteration.  I am going to pass out these fun mummies and when they hear an example of alliteration the will be able to hold up their mummy!

We are also going to make this super simple mummy craft.  I plan to supply the class with paper plates and ask them to color in their faces.  I will then give them a supply of white strips of paper to paste over their face to create a mummy.  The students will then hide their mummy and write directions to where it is located in our classroom.  
I have so much more planned like my Where's My Mummy Vowel game! I'l be sure to post a video when we play so that you can check it out.  

If you are interested in any of the activities above or you want to check out my literature unit for Where's My Mummy, you can click the image below.  I am off to get printing!  I have a ton of mummies cards to make:)

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Back to School SALE on TPT

Friends~It is that time again!  Back to School and Teachers Pay Teachers is having their annual BTS SALE.  Totally one of my favorite times of the year.   My wish list is usually chalked full of goodies that I can grab at great prices.  

This year,  I am linking up with my friends at The Primary Chalkboard to share some of our newest products that will be included in the sale.  Check out what's new on The Schroeder Page and more!

My newest baby for BTS is a book study for Lacey Walker Nonstop Talker.  It is a great book for teaching those ever important listening skills at the beginning of the year.  I will be using mine during my morning meeting.  Be sure to check out my Morning Meeting file too!  

Both are MUST haves for your Back to School!
(Read more about my favorite BTS books HERE!)

The next product that I am so SUPER excited about is my Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Blow Dryer Challenge! 
Even if you are not working on a fairy tale theme now this challenge would be a great back to school team building activity! 
Watch a video of my kiddos in action over on my BLOG

Finally, I HAVE to share my Human Body Systems unit!  I had the most AMAZING time putting this together for my students and finally got the file together for you all!
As you can tell, I love a theme and body systems is a great one for OCTOBER! 
Now for some more fun!
Check out all the other great products from my Primary Chalkboard friends below!" title="click to view in an external page.">An InLinkz Link-up

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Top Back to School Books

Friends~Here are my top Back to School Books! Every school year,  I start back with some great books to review and teach character education.  I thought I would share some of my very favorites! 

I use a book a day during one of our shared reading times.  I love these books because they are silly and fun but also teach great lessons.  This year I will be adding them to our Morning Meeting Time: If you haven't added MM to your classroom routine,           U MUST! It is an awesome time to create a classroom community!  

This year,  I am going to start with the book: What Does it Mean to be Present? by Rana DiOrio
This is a beautifully illustrated book that touches on the idea of seize the day!  It will start a wonderful discussion on appreciation for what we have and to live to the best in life.  I can't wait to hear what my little first grades are going to say about being present in class. 

Another one of my favorites is Hurty Feelings by Helen Lester.  I love this book for when we talk about how we treat each other and how we respond to each other.  Plus, I just LOVE Fragility the hippo!
A total must have is Helen Lester's Listen Buddy!   Teach listening skills with my fun FREE Follow Directions Listen Buddies.  
I love All for Me and None for All when we talk about sharing.  Totally by Helen Lester too!  Gruntly makes his a big entrance as a ball hog, snack hog, and a treasure hog.  Your kiddos will be cheering at the end when Gruntly finally learns how to share.  (Plus, I love hearing my kiddos all remind each other not to be a Gruntly!)
My newest find is called Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker by Christianne C. Jones.  This book is another book that hits the nail on the head about listening to others and being present.  Not over talking but paying attention to what your friends are saying to you.  Total adorable Owl character!!!  I can't wait for my kiddos to make their Lacey Walker owls with speech bubbles in class.  You can check out my newest file for this book below.

What are your favorite back to school books????  
Let's compile a list in the comments below!
(This add contains affiliate links for purchasing the books mentioned.  I have purchased all of these books and many in hardback because the are must haves for my classroom every year.  Totally worth the investment!) 

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