Where the Magic Happens: April 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

Five For Friday!! {And a FREEBIE!!}

Hello there friends! I am linking up with Doodle Bugs today for her **Five for Friday** 

 Five for Friday is a weekly teacher linky party where you post five random things from today or this past week and on your blog.

 I teach in a year round school, so I work for nine weeks and go on break for three. Granted my summers are shorter, but I absolutely love the flexibility of the year round schedule. Guess what??!! I am on week one of my spring break!
I have tackled this project:
The hubs helped me a lot though. My sweet friend Megan at Megan Hsu Photography took these portraits of us last fall and I just now have the time to do something with them. She is so talented!! If you are in the ILM area {or come to visit someday} give her a call. She is absolutely fantastic!
 I also have  *some* time to experiment and make healthy new recipes. I have been making these  delicious shakes with Arbonne vegan protein for my breakfast. Gluten free, dairy free, soy free. I am always very hesitant with all these "healthy" shakes that promise you to look fabulous in certain time. But this Arbonne people have an incredible product. If you want to learn more about these shakes click here!!
Almond milk, spinach, strawberries, 1 banana, chia seeds,  Arbonne protein powder and done in a snap! 

I am in a "seat scoot" mode lately. I created a seat scoot product on addition and subtraction situations about three weeks ago. I really wanted my students to have some extra practice with this skill, especially with missing numbers in subtraction. I quickly discovered that these seat scoot activities are the best way when it comes to conducting formative assessment. My firsties had a blast dancing to Kidz-Bop and solving the problems. They were completely oblivious about the test, and super engaged about the Math!  And I really targeted some kiddos who needed help. 

I went back to school this past Monday and Tuesday to get ready.  More than anything I worked on lesson plans, writing portfolios, guided reading lessons, Earth Day stuff, and Daily 5 as well as Math BUILD stations. These are some pictures of some of the BUILD stations that my firsties will do when we return:
Repeated patterns with Easter eggs

And this awesome product by Crayons and Whimsy that you can find here!!

Who is ready for the April Facebook Free-For-All??!!?? This gal is!!  Seriously don't miss it, there are some amazing and engaging freebies this time. My freebie is a bouquet of writing prompts for April!
Hop over to my FB page and grab it! Don't forget to "like" me though!

How do you teach phonics to your students? I personally use Words Their Way {WTW} in small groups, and adapt lessons to do in whole group. I have been doing "Word Work Wednesdays" in my focus lessons during Daily 5. It is really hard to have a scope and sequence, but I follow the guide provided by Saxon Phonics. I like it because each lesson builds on the next one. My district used it many moons ago, and some teachers were not very fond of it. I must confess I didn't either, I thought it was quite structural and boring. But they did have a good sequential order of phonetic patterns to teach students in the primary grades.We have been reviewing the "flip the sound" strategy and the different long vowel sounds for all the vowels. I created a tree map for each vowel, except for the letter u. 

It looks like a word sort from WTW, but I have my twist on it! You can grab it HERE!! This is a PDF file that I projected on my board. I made cards with some words and asked my firsties to help me with some. We sorted the words together and really focus on "flipping sounds" if a word doesn't make sense!

Thank you for reading my post my sweet readers! Leave me a comment and you might be chosen to win one of my seat scoot activities! I will choose two winners by next Friday!