Monday, October 8, 2012

Stellaluna

This starts week one of Unit Two in our Reading Street basal. Our skill is comparing and contrasting.  Monday is supposed to be the day we do our leveled readers, but they are just entirely too hard for my little readers.  So we decided to do mini lessons into go along with our skills instead.  For today’s mini-lesson I read Stellaluna and the kids used a bat graphic organizer to compare and contrast bats and birds.

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Click on the picture to download the graphic organizer. How would you use this in your classroom? Please let me know how you could take this to a deeper level of understanding!

Happy Teaching!

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Life with the Ledgewoods

It is officially fall in our area!  Fall is my favorite time of the year.  Now, don’t get me wrong summer is GREAT!  Once school starts I don’t care for the hot weather. I take after my grandmother and believe that when the season changes so should your d├ęcor and your wardrobe. I spiffed the house up this weekend for fall.  Now we just have to get our pumpkins for our porch and we will be all set!

Happy Fall Yall!

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I added pumpkins everywhere!  A few sprigs of fall foliage in my arrangements.

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Chalkboard fun and kitchen shelves… I still need to add my FALL banner to the bottom.

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Living Room view from the kitchen.  Don’t yall think that the door would look great black?  me too!

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Hall view of living roum.  If you follow regularly… you get tired of this wall, but it is my FAVORITE thing in our whole house, except for Carter :)

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Just a few add ons to what we normally have in the entertainment center shelves… Fun story about our flag.  My brother in-law did an internship in Washington, D. C. and he got us the flag that flew over the White House on our wedding day!

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Happy Fall and Have a “Spook”tacular Halloween!

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Mummy Glyph

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Click on the picture to download this FUN EASY glyph.  My students will be making these mummies to go along with a Halloween summary and my bulletin board says”Get Wrapped Up in a Good Book” Enjoy!

Monday, October 1, 2012

The 30-Day Challenge

You hear that phrase all the time!  Losing weight, building up stamina to run a race, car dealerships running a sale, etc.  I think that the biggest 30-Day Challenge is the First 30 days of school.  My lack of posting is first of all a bad habit and second of all directly related to my school year craziness. Everybody is their own kind of busy so I won’t try to compare stories or carry you through my day, but I do want to carry you through the last 30 days! 

For the most part my kids are great, actually the best class I have ever had, but the MOST challenging.  We are settled into our morning routine and reading stations are running as smoothly as one could expect in fifth grade. We are finished with Reading Street Unit One and will take our Benchmark Test this week.  Hopefully, all of the hours of pinning and creating lessons to help teach the skills and strategies will pay off. Even though I admit that part is fun for me. Envisions Common Core Math is going well. We’ve covered cells,and completed an AMSTI kit on Variables (the kids LOVE this) in Science and covered map skills and Early Americans in Social Studies.

I hope that your year is going as well as you hoped.  I finally had an original idea and I am going to be using it for our Halloween Bulletin Board.  Check back for a glyph freebie before Friday!

Hoping the next 30 days are even better!

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Football Fridays and College Game Saturdays

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Baby Birthdays and Births

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Flying our Airplanes

Great way to review…I put up posters with the names of all of our skills that we need to review… the kids had to choose at least three skills and write down their schema about that skill.

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We love Pandora playing over my speakers… our top stations are:

1. Tween Radio

2. Radio for Kids Radio {Pretty much all Disney}

3. Lady Antebellum

4. Justin Beiber

5. Pachelbel's Canon in D

6. Praise and Worship

Have a great week!