Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Adapted ReadyGen Books!

I'm SO excited to tell you about my latest little project! I've been working closely with the kindergarten self-contained teacher this year, and since our school uses the "ReadyGen" program from Pearson, I decided to do a little adapting.

Some of my language impaired kiddos have a hard time grasping the concepts and story that ReadyGen has to offer. Personally,  I found that the flow of ReadyGen moves so quickly, that by the time I feel like I've done the pre-work in prepping the kids for the story, then reviewing the characters and sequencing the events, and then using comprehension questions - they've moved on to a new story! Which, by the way is not the teachers faults by any means! It's just the way the program is set up. So, with that in mind I crafted an adapted version of Unit 1's stories to see how it would work. So far it's been a hit!

"A Bed for the Winter" was the first story I set out to adapt. The class is doing "where" questions and so I integrated those WH targets with the story vocabulary. The kids like the interactive aspect of pulling and putting on the vocabulary, and we're getting a lot of language out of the book!

Check out this great adapted book HERE on TpT and be sure to let me know if you want more of these!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Miss Nelson is Missing!

I love a book that I enjoyed as a child and can enjoy as an adult. "Miss Nelson is Missing" is one of those stories. From the silly looking teachers, to the horrifying Miss Viola Swamp, it's a story I never forgot as a kid!

So, you can imagine how excited I got when my students started to get excited about the story! It's been spooky enough to hold up for Halloween, and perfect for my making predictions target. I even tied in a cool new activity that I'm going to expand on called, "United Speech Postal Service" where the kids write letters throughout the school and to their teachers.

Basically, the long and short of it IS that you can use this packet to focus on making predictions! Print out the character cards and use the description mat to make predictions about the characters in the story. Then, read the story and stop before the ending to collect facts about each character and predict WHY Miss Nelson would go missing! Use your graphic organizers to write about your prediction, telling why Miss Nelson would go to that place and what she might do there. Compare and contrast Miss Nelson and Miss Swamp to get character details. After, put yourself in the students’ shoes. How would you feel if Miss Swamp replaced your teacher? Write a letter telling your teacher why you would miss him/her! 

Download this fun packet HERE from TpT and get cracking on that mysterious Miss Nelson!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Night Before Halloween - $1 packet!

We are howling into Halloween! I've finally settled down after our wonderful wedding on the 12th, so if you were wondering where I've been - it's wedding-land! In an effort to be completely prepared for the weeks surrounding the wedding, I put together some great language packets for my Halloween books!

Start off by reviewing the vocabulary with your kiddos from the story. I found that "disguise" was a hard one to grasp, so I made them all do the batman mask with their fingers and yelled "it's a disguise!" lol We used the cards throughout the story as well just to make a connection with the word/picture/definition.

After we finished listening to the story, we used the sequencing mat and cards for retell. I laminated them and used velcro to make it a little more interactive! They used the cards to ask each other questions also and make connections to their own Halloween experiences.

We moved onto a quick comprehension game to answer questions based on the story. Again, we made those connections to our own Halloween and used a venn diagram to track our information! My hope was to use this information to spark ideas for the writing task!

Now, you can use the writing tasks provided in the packet or the craftivity if you'd like to target those skills. If you're making the craftivity you need some construction paper to cut out the pumpkin. Then, you simply cut and paste the eyes and mouth of jack-o-lantern and then follow the prompts. You can also use the printable writing sheets and follow those prompts!

 Download this packet for $1 now and get Halloween-y! Click HERE to download this from TpT.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Pumpkin Sort!

So I'm on a pumpkin kick, as I'm sure everyone is at this point in Fall. I'm tailoring my activities to support my pumpkin needs! I'm targeting same and different with my kiddos, or compare/contrast depending on the group I'm with. I've been taking it back to basics with my Kinders, because when you think about it, compare/contrast is a little difficult to do when you don't know same/different basics!

In an effort to target these skills, I put together a pumpkin sort! Students use a sorting mat to determine whether or not the pumpkins are the same/different.

The pumpkins are coded with shapes and different colors to keep it simple. Since my kids are obsessed with anything Halloween at this point, they're thrilled to be sorting pumpkins! They each work for a candy corn to keep it really Halloween-y!

Download the sorting game for FREE here on TpT.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Great New TpT-er

Jennifer Romeo
Computer Teacher Extraordinaire!
I'm all about ANYONE joining TpT, especially awesome teachers I know! So when our kick-butt computer teacher approached me about being on TpT, I was super excited! Not only does she have some awesome lessons (and I would know since I had the room across from hers last year), but she is super techy!

She posts a ton of SMARTboard products! Plus, since we are a city school that uses GO Math and Ready Gen, she breaks down units and puts them into SMARTboard formats! I'm serious, it rocks.

Here is a link to one of her great free downloads, "Ready Gen Unit 1 Module A Lesson 15" and make sure you check out her store Jennifer R Fourth Grade Teacher by clicking HERE.

Happy TpT-ing friends :)

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Note From Speech - FREEBIE alert!

I instagrammed (is this a word? I use it all the time lol)a photo last week of my "a note from speech" printable. It's a great way to quickly make a connection between the speech room and home!

There are 4 notes per page, all in black and white to help with your printing woes :) Each has a three lines that you can check off:

  • ____ had a great session today
  • ____ was caught being kind today in speech
  • ____ tried very hard during today's session

Check off and write a little note, and you're good to go! It fits perfectly in any speech notebook or folder!

Download this freebie HERE on TpT.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Breaking the ice!

We're fully in back to school mode here, especially with my fiancĂ© starting his new job (change of careers!) as a history teacher this year! I've been trying to "get to know" my new kids on my caseload while targeting their goals. I'm also trying to let the kids get to know each other since I switched a lot of groups around from last year. There are two new activities I'm using this year, "Back to School Apples" (a freebie!) and "Let's Investigate". Of course my other activity from last year, "What My Sunglasses Saw This Summer," still rocks and is still up! :) Here is how I'm using these activities....

Back to School Apples:

For the younger kids, I'm using the Back to School Apples because you can draw and/or write your answers. We started out reviewing what a "goal" is, making the connection to sports, and discussing how it is something we all should work towards. We also discussed what we are excited about, and how we are different from last year to this year.

I gave some examples of some Speech goals, and my personal goals. We then wrote our speech goals on apples and shared them with each this activity is free on TpT as a thank you to YOU! :)
other. It's important to me for the kids to know why they come to speech, and what they are working on. This activity starts out helping them understand why we come to speech, and it's not just for the stickers! Just a reminder

Let's Investigate:

For the older kids, I'm using my "Let's Investigate" activity. It's a cute way to get the kids to interview one another, and add a writing component. The students are all challenged to be an investigative reporter. They are asked to pick a peer and interview them for the school newspaper, The Daily Learner. They are provided with a note page, checklist, and rough draft page. They must ask questions to get the information to write the article. This is a great way to work on questioning and answering if that is a goal for your kiddos! The final draft also has a cute activity where the "reporter" can draw the person they are interviewing!