Friday, April 4, 2014

Fabulous Finds Friday--April 4, 2014

Check out these new finds with our Fabulous Finds Friday linky!

The Curriculum Corner 

As a teacher nowadays, whenever I need to find something I go right to Google and search, which is what I assume every teacher does! How did teachers look for things before Google? Anyways, I can't remember what I was looking for at the time, but I came across the The Curriculum CornerThis was such a great find! It was created by 2 educators that have made great resources tied to Common Core, but also lessons, printables, and other resources that can be used K-8. We have used their Measurement Book, which my students loved, as well as assessments and activities with prefixes. These two ladies have made their resources free (what teacher doesn't love that word :), and I highly recommend checking it out!

Reading Rockets

Another site that I found, and love, is Reading Rockets.  This site has great lessons and resources, as well as videos of authors to share with students. We will be focusing on poetry this month, and this site has videos from poets such as Jack Prelutsky, Mary Ann Hoberman, and Janet Wong. Also included are lessons using poetry to teach rhythm and rhyme (and 2nd grade CC standard :), as well as writing poetry. Fly on over and check it out!

Poetry for Two Voices

I wanted to beef up my collection of poetry books for two voices, so I search and found a couple of fabulous collections.

Messing Around on the Monkey Bars and Other School Poems for Two Voices by Betsy Franco is perfect! Love this collection of poems related to many aspects of school with creativity and humor.  Can't wait for my kids to enjoy this one!  Link on the cover to learn more... A must for any poetry collection!

Perfect for this time of year---Seeds, Bees, Butterflies, and More: Poems for Two Voices by Carole Gerber is a gem as well.  Beautifully illustrated! 

Some Oldies with New Access

Many moons ago (about 18 years now), I purchased a collection of National Geographic Really Wild Animals VHS tapes. Yes--VHS!! Well, I have not really used them much in the past few years because of the format. Until a couple of weeks ago, I never thought of checking to see if the episodes were available for streaming on amazon.  Silly me!  I was pleasantly surprised to find my whole collection (and some others) for $1.99 an episode! If you have never heard of/seen any of these episodes, you will love them just as much as the kids do. They are chocked full of fun and information! The music videos are hilarious--AND they are narrated by the late Dudley Moore, as Spin.  Take a look!

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Enjoy your Friday, and have a splendid weekend!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Friday Already?? Oh, Well! Five for Friday it is...

When on spring break, as Friday rolls around, it's not necessarily a YAHOO moment!  But Friday does means Five for Friday, so we are linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching.

More Time to Blog

Click here to read, Let's Take a Dive: Ocean Unit--Part One.  Finally had a chance to blog about our ocean explorations. Part Two from Courtney is still to come!

Time to Create

I spent some time this week creating some new items for my kids--AND you have a chance to win one of them!

First up is a game/center that I have overhauled for use this April.  Earth Day Fact & Opinion: Learning Game & Center.  Included are 48 fact/opinion cards, two game boards (one letter and one legal sized), and student directions for board game and sorting center.

I also discovered that my kids really enjoy checking their work with QR codes.  I recently purchased and prepared some super hero themed QR code inference cards (Fun in 5th Grade) that my kids loved---SO I decided to whip up some Whacky Watches telling time task cards.  I created the watch graphics last summer, and I still had not put them to use.  I created telling time to the five minute and minute versions. I wanted to provide independent work options for all of my students--therefore, I created the minute version to meet the needs of some of my students who are ready to move beyond the second grade standard. The kids will love them!

Lastly, the kids were doing very well with fractions before leaving for spring break, so I created four spring-themed games, Flying High with Fractions.  The games have rectangular and circle shaded models, and they will be used in guided math rotations and math workstation time.  I also wanted to get some students thinking about equivalent fractions for one half, so two of the games meet this need.
Time to Read

Spring break is a perfect time to get some reading done.  I thought about reading something non-school related, but I have had Mentor Texts: Teaching Writing Though Children's Literature, K-6 for several months and have been wanting to get started on it.  Can't say enough what a wonderful teaching resource this is.  Lots of lesson ideas, mentor texts, and student samples. I have oodles of Post-Its marking pages.  You can take a look inside at!  I also purchased the nonfiction version, but have not really gotten into it yet. Would love to hear your thoughts if you have read either...


Courtney's Five for Friday!

Here are a few words from Courtney that may ring true in your case as well, when it comes to having time off, "My Five for Friday is basically me getting NOTHING done that I had planned to do this week!"  Ha!  The BREAK part of spring break is really the most important anyway!

Fabulous Finds Friday Linky

We have started up our Fabulous Finds Friday linky again.  We hope you can stop back and link up your fabulous finds next Friday.  Don't have a blog, we would love for you to share your finds in a comment! To learn more, just click our logo. :0)

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 All the best to you for a fabulous weekend!