Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Class books and TLC art projects!!!

Oh my goodness y'all, I had the worst migraine today! A little bit of Excedrin and a Gatorade always seems to work wonders and I can blog again :-). 

Here are some pics of books we've made in our classroom. I try to make a class book weekly or at least every 2 weeks if possible. After the books are finished I send them home with a different student each day so that they can share it with their families.  After each student has taken it home we add it to our class library. The class books are usually the first selected in the library. At the end of the year I draw names to see who gets to keep the books. My students love them!

The 1st book we made was David Shows Us The Rules. After reading David Goes to School  we made a circle map about our class rules. Here are pictures from both Cindy and my class. Seriously?!? I need a circle template! That circle is so crooked, it's driving me nuts!
I showed the kiddos how to draw David step by step and then they dictated a sentence about a class rule we should have. They turned out really cute! I love, love, love the one Jeanette did. It says "Help your friends" and she drew someone on the floor crying and David helping her up. Hilarious!!
The Little Engine That Could
Next we read The Little Engine That Could and then made a super easy TLC art project. At least I think it's TLC. I've been doing it for so long that I can't remember for sure. It's super easy! First they draw a railroad track, add the rectangles and the squares, draw the wheels and the smoke and Voila!! it's done.
Then the students dictated a sentence about something they can do. Karen wrote "I can write my name". They come up with hilarious things like I can play with my toys and I can eat a sandwich - lol. 
 Grrrrr...I can't get the pics to rotate correctly. So annoying!!

Lollipop Chant
Cindy's class made this TLC Lollipop chant project. My class hasn't made it yet :(. We'll do it this week!! This project is really easy and teaches the students how to make circles from squares, how to use glue and reviews colors. It's awesome and fun!

We also made a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Look Who's In Our Room book but we still need to add letters to our coconut trees. I'll show pics tomorrow.

Sandra :)

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Daily Message, Anchor Charts and more...

 Hi friends!! Yipee! I survived another week of school and it just keeps getting better and better now that the kiddos are learning the rules and routines. Now I can start talking about things we actually do in the classroom...like the Daily Message. I absolutely Love the Daily Message and believe kiddos learn so much in a short 10-15 minute message. It's a great way to teach (and review) phonics and reading skills in a meaningful way. Here are a few examples from my classroom and Cindy's

After the morning announcements and the pledge we start our Daily Message. It always starts with a greeting and we write the date. At the beginning of the year I write all of the message but in a few weeks the students will start sharing the pen and completing the sentences. After the date I will either tell them what we will be learning that day or review something we've learned. Then I select a student to share some NEWS and they will share something with the class that we will write on the chart. We count the words in the sentence, make the "magic lines" and sound out the words to write the sentence. And finally we end the Daily Message with a question and the kiddos get 2 minutes to turn and talk to a buddy before answering.  We do the daily message in the language of the day, so on Monday, Wednesday & Friday it's in Spanish and usually has a language arts question. On Tuesday and Thursday it's in English and has a math question. Here are a few more examples from my great friends Mrs. Abilez and Ms. Salinas.

 At the beginning of the year anchor charts are so important, especially for rules and procedures. We create them for everything...how to sit on the carpet, restroom rules, writing procedures, etc... Here are some that we have made at our school.  I went all over the school taking pictures. Thank you friends for sharing your charts...Love you guys!!!
Restroom Rules

  Carpet Rules (found on Pinterest)

Writing Procedures

Random charts

Here are a few Thinking Maps

Tomorrow we are at teacher workshop and then it's the weekend! Ya-hoo!!! Have a great weekend friends!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Classroom Pictures!!

Oh my goodness!! This is our second week of school and it's been really hectic, but really awesome too. There has been no time to blog with all the craziness of the beginning of the year. I also decided that I would stop drinking caffeine...not sure what medication I was on to decide to give up my beloved Dr Pepper from Sonic on the first week of school, but I did and I barely survived. I love the beginning of the year and meeting new students, but I forgot about all the paperwork and school supplies that need to be sorted and put away. I've been exhausted!! This may be the reason there was very little blogging.

I wanted to share a few pictures about my classroom set-up, but I noticed that I didn't have as many pictures as I thought. I'll take and add more pictures tomorrow.

 This is my Spanish alphabet frieze. We recite it daily and have movements that go with each  letter.

 This is my calendar area. I just noticed that I took this picture on August 24!!! I need to put up some updated pictures. On the cork board I put different graphs, like a tooth graph and a birthday graph. I also use a calendar on the Promethean board.  

This is my WOW!! wall where I place work that is amazing! My students love getting their work on the WOW! wall. Also, this is my new Spanish word wall. I saw this on Pinterest and loved it and decided to try it this year.  My lines aren't as straight as I thought...that's going to drive me crazy!!

This is my library and writing center. The writing center has crayons, markers, colored pencils, note pads, stencils, word rings and different colored paper.  This picture really doesn't do it justice. The library doesn't look very big, however many of the books are placed on the spinning racks  (I have 3 of them) and they hold a lot of books. Thank you Mechelle Berg for gifting me one and Hallmark and Borders for selling me the other two. I absolutely love them!! 

At the moment I have this unhealthy obsession with pink zebra and black and white zebra duct tape!! I think I need an intervention! From my previous blog you can see that I updated my teacher tool box with it and now I covered my teacher stool, my door stopper and made a border out of it. I can't wait to figure out more things to cover with it.  I think I'll do my tape dispenser and maybe a couple of clip boards. We"ll see...the possibilities are endless :-).