Saturday, 19 October 2013

Tech Talk Saturday

Oops. I totally forgot about Tech Talk Thursday and had meant to write a blog post and then fell asleep!
Here it is a bit late!
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I wanted to share about a new app I found called SightWords Pro. The app contains over 1600 common sight words compiled from a variety of lists including Dolch and Fry. When I got the app it was only 0.99!
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I am planning on using it whole group for practicing our sight words by projecting it on our Smartboard using the adapter. It is a flashcard app that flashes the words for the kids. You can also hear the word by clicking on it.
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What I like about this app is that you can choose the font, colour of text, background colour as well as choose from a variety of lists.

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You can also customize your own list which is great! I use Tyner’s sight words so I am in the middle of creating a list for my kids.
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That’s it for today! Go check it out and see if you like it!

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Random Stuff

I missed Five for Friday, so today I am just dumping out some photos to share some random things!

Yesterday was Thanksgiving so we had Monday off! We also have this Friday off for Professional Development! Yay!

This morning we went on a field trip to Fort Whyte Alive which is a nature centre. It was cold outside and we spent most of the morning walking through the forest and marsh.

When we got back, we finished a sorting chart that we had started on Friday about how animals are getting ready for winter! Did you know that bears and squirrels are super nappers?? Well they are :)

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As I have mentioned before, we are working on getting our data folders ready to share with our parents at Conferences. The kids are really seeing where they are, what they need to work on and are setting goals to get there!

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(Note: This is not typical of most of my class. Most of my kiddos know under 10 sight words.)

I bought some Magna Doodles at the Dollar Store for Word Work.

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We worked on sorting some numbers in our math notebooks.

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Leaf sketching in art.

That’s it! Some random photos from our days. See you on Thursday for Tech Talk!

Monday, 14 October 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to my family, friends, colleagues and fellow bloggers!
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Yay for a 3 day week!
 



Thursday, 10 October 2013

Tech Talk Thursday and SLANT Box

Tech Talk Thursday Time! (TTTT)
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My kids have been working on their digital portfolios and getting them ready for Tri Conferences!

We spent lots of time practicing logging in and finding our notebooks! Then we talked about adding in the work that we have been doing so far in grade 1.
This is definitely a slooww process right now but has been getting faster and faster as we practice more! I am hoping that once we get through the first Tri Conferences, then kids can continue to add in info during class time every now and then.

Here are some pics of us working it out.

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I also wanted to share a great app I came across!

It’s called “Number Pieces Basic” and its FREE!

The App says “This base ten manipulative app is all of that and free to boot. It is excellent to demonstrate and/or model a variety of mathematical operations”

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Go to itunes and search for “Number Pieces Basic”


I also received my Slant Box today from Texas! Thanks Anisa!!! Love! Already found places for everything!

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Monday, 7 October 2013

Getting Ready for Guided Reading

We started school wide guided reading today with the Middle Years and will begin on Wednesday for the elementary. 2 days a cycle, for an hour, all EA’s are scheduled to be in classrooms to help support guided reading and teach small groups. I run guided reading every day, so it is nice to be able to take more groups a few times a cycle. Right now I have 5 guided reading groups scheduled and am meeting with 3 groups 4x a cycle, 1 group 5x a cycle and 1 group 6x a cycle (so every day)

Today was our first day practicing Daily 5 with me taking a small group. We have only built up stamina in Read to Self and Work on Writing to 20 minutes.  So we introduced the Daily 5 Board today and picked choices for 2 rounds.

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The fonts are a little different on the cards as I made them in my old division and then had to make a few more and couldn’t find the font again!

One of my groups is working on letter identification and letter sounds. We worked on the first set of letters in Beverly Tyner’s Emergent Stage. BSMAC.

In the Emergent stage, students match capitals to lowercase, play memory with name and sounds of letters, practice letter production, beginning sight word identification and sorting sentences. (as well as reading levelled text…usually Level A-B)

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This afternoon we went for a walk to a nearby forest to explore how the seasons are changing and getting ready for winter.

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Tomorrow we tackle our digital portfolios! Check back on Thursday for the update on Tech Talk!

Happy Monday!


Thursday, 3 October 2013

Tech Talk Thursday

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I wanted to share about 1 piece of technology I use every morning in my class to start our day. My kids have a Morning Message to answer every day when they come in the class.It greets them on the Smartboard! Answering the Morning Message is one of their morning jobs before Morning Meeting begins. 

Here’s an example of one of messages. ( I added the dots on the ten frame with the Smartboard Pen. Each ten frame showed a different number) I forgot to take a picture of it on the Smartboard, so here’s a pic of it from my computer!

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I love to do my Morning Message on my Smartboard because:

A. It saves a TON of paper. I use to write the message every day on the easel before I got the Smartboard.

B. I can write the message quicker on the Smartboard. It is super fast to add graphics, etc without having to hand write it all. I also save each days message, so it’s easy just to make a few changes and not start all over.

C. The kids love using the board.

D. Bigger surface for kids to write their answers.

My kiddos have to try and read the message themselves before they ask a friend or teacher for help. The questions always allow for individual answers and are usually open ended.

Here are more examples of how I use this piece of technology in my class!

Quick Vowel Sort

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Anchor Charts (Saves tons of paper and then I post a nicer version later on the walls)

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My kids also use it for Math Technology during Math Daily 5.

Anyone have an interactive whiteboard? How are you using it to enhance students learning?

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

A little break from teaching


Today was a loonngg day.

 I broke the little disc thing on the stylus for my ipad so now it doesn’t work. And you can only get new replacement disc thingies online. So I got to wait a few weeks now. I was on Walking School Bus this morning and there was another dead goose on the road. Poor Guy. And I am having a tough time with 2 of my boys and no support in the afternoons. (anyone have experience with kiddos who are oppositional and defiant?? :):) )

So after school I helped out with Grade 4 Orff Club where no one was sticking their tongue out at me, or blowing on other kids or eating their fingers or ignoring me or screaming. It was lovely. And then I went to my first Zumba class with some other people from my division and it was also quite fun!

I then came across this little skit that I had forgotten about that makes me laugh out loud. Seriously, watch.

Substitute Teacher: Key and Peele



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