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Clip Chart Behavior System

Hi! Just wanted to share with you my behavior system I am using this year. It's based on the clip chart classroom management system where children start each day on the middle of the chart and can move up or down depending on their choices that day.

Mine of course is Pirate Themed! Here's a pic in the classroom:

This system has been amazing this year! The kids really try hard to move up the chart. They want to be Good as Gold! I developed my own colors for the chart, rather than the typical primary colors of most clip charts. I have a letter that I send home to parents that explains the chart and the colors. I also have a positive behavior note that gets sent home if the child reaches the top! I have this item for sale in my TpT store, but I'm gonna publish it here for free!!





Enjoy!!

Jessica

In a Christmas Mood!!

Last night Carly and I went to Christmas on the Boulevard at the Mall of Louisiana. It was terrific! Really got us into the Christmas mood, and yes I know it's not even Thanksgiving yet, but we did see the giant tree lit and some ice skating and had some great free live entertainment. We didn't wait in line for the free Build a Bear, but we did get some handouts and a stuffed cow (Eat mor' chikn)!!

So in the spirit of the upcoming Christmas season I am posting a simple little math center. It's about matching standard notation with expanded notation and place value. Always great to have practice with this skill.








I'm spending some of my Thanksgiving holidays gearing up for the Christmas season. I've brought home some books to create units for the season and some workshop games. I'm also reading The Cafe book, hoping to bring it into my literacy workshop. I really like learning about new things that will benefit my students and my professional knowledge.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Jessica

Happy Thanksgiving :)

Today my firsties were soooooo sweet!! They gave me an adorable binder filled with pages about why they are thankful for me!! Here are some pics:






Isn't it just precious?? Sweet little things.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Jessica

Turkeys on Strike!!


Here's our turkeys!!! Aren't they just precious??


**UPDATE**

Remember a few days ago I posted about our Turkey writing? Well here's a recap - 

We started our writing this week: "Save a Turkey!! Eat more _________!" We started by reading 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving, by Dav Pilkey. Love this book!! It is so adorable.
In the story, on the day before Thanksgiving a class takes a field trip to a turkey farm. They get to play with eight turkeys but are shocked to learn that Farmer Mack Nugget plans to eat the turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner!! So the kids smuggle the turkeys out under their shirts, and everyone gets to go vegetarian for Thanksgiving. Turkeys are saved!!

So then we started brainstorming what we want to eat instead of turkey for Thanksgiving. The students had some great Louisiana ideas: gumbo, jambalaya, fried catfish, po-boys, shrimp fettucine, etc. Great meals!! So we used our circle maps and tree maps and created some wonderful opinion piece paragraphs. I am putting up the bulletin board today, so you can see the finished product. I found the turkey pattern at the Freebielicious blog. Great little site that has so much information for grade school teachers. Make sure to check it out!

Here are the Common Core State Standards associated with this lesson:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.1 Write opinion pieces in which they introduce the topic or name the book they are writing about, state an opinion, supply a reason for the opinion, and provide some sense of closure.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.8 With guidance and support from adults, recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.1 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.1a Print all upper- and lowercase letters.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.2a Capitalize dates and names of people.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.2b Use end punctuation for sentences.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.2d Use conventional spelling for words with common spelling patterns and for frequently occurring irregular words.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.2e Spell untaught words phonetically, drawing on phonemic awareness and spelling conventions.




Cornucopia of Fun

As I have mentioned earlier in one of my posts I've been working on creating blank activity sets that can be customized to fit anyone's classroom centers or lessons. Here is my newest one!

A Cornucopia of Activities

Honoring the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays, I've used a cornucopia theme. I've included blank cornucopias and blank traditional cornucopia foods along with a recording sheet. All of this can be personally customized to fit your classroom. I hope you can use this to create your own activities for the next few weeks. I've already created a center game with blends using this set that you can find HERE.

Here are some pics of this fun set:


Jessica

Brimming with Blends!

Good morning!! Hoping you are having an excellent Sunday! I just wanted to post a little center I've been working on.

Lately my firsties have been having some trouble with blends in spelling words. In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holidays, I created this center with a cornucopia theme. Brimming with blends has students read words on traditional cornucopia foods and then sort the word onto the matching blend onset cornucopia.
There are 80 words with blends and 15 cornucopias with blend onsets and a recording page. I've also included a smaller recording page with blank cornucopias where you can choose six mats and write in your own blends to make your center match the words you are studying. There is a page with blank foods also included. 



Enjoy :)

Jessica

Here are the Common Core State Standards associated with this center: 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.2 Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.2a Distinguish long from short vowel sounds in spoken single-syllable words.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.2b Orally produce single-syllable words by blending sounds (phonemes), including consonant blends.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.2c Isolate and pronounce initial, medial vowel, and final sounds (phonemes) in spoken single-syllable words.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.3 Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.1.3a Know the spelling-sound correspondences for common consonant digraphs.



What a Week!! Finishing with a great big GEAUX TIGERS!!!!!!!

We have had quite a busy week! Between starting Module 2, Carly Summer getting sick, school on lockdown, and finishing up our Turkeys on Strike! bulletin board, we've barely had time to think!

To get started, Module 2 was an eye opener for us. We really tried hard to make a ten and then break down numbers - it's been rough but I think we'll make it work!

Carly Summer just had to go and get sick, taking me out of the classroom Tuesday. But thank goodness we are so lucky to have two teachers in the classroom. Not a para or an aide, an actual second certified teacher. My associate Kelly is able to take over the class at any time and keep teaching as if I were still there. The kids don't miss a beat. I was able to leave school, pick up Carly, take her to the doctor and then home to bed, and Kelly just took care of the rest of the day. Love Mayfair Lab!!!

We started our writing this week: "Save a Turkey!! Eat more _________!" We started by reading 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving, by Dav Pilkey. Love this book!! It is so adorable.
In the story, on the day before Thanksgiving a class takes a field trip to a turkey farm. They get to play with eight turkeys but are shocked to learn that Farmer Mack Nugget plans to eat the turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner!! So the kids smuggle the turkeys out under their shirts, and everyone gets to go vegetarian for Thanksgiving. Turkeys are saved!!

So then we started brainstorming what we want to eat instead of turkey for Thanksgiving. The students had some great Louisiana ideas: gumbo, jambalaya, fried catfish, po-boys, shrimp fettucine, etc. Great meals!! So we used our circle maps and tree maps and created some wonderful opinion piece paragraphs. I am putting up the bulletin board today, so you can see the finished product. I found the turkey pattern at the Freebielicious blog. Great little site that has so much information for grade school teachers. Make sure to check it out!

Yesterday we were on lockdown! There we were, sitting in grade level, talking about data, and the principal comes on the intercom telling us to lock down the school! Suddenly all sorts of things start running through my mind from "Somebody's running through the hall with something other than scissors" all the way to "the school's being overrun by animals from a breakout at the Bluebonnet swamp!" Turns out that there was a bank robber in the area that the police were chasing and they told us to lock up just in case he made it to the school zone. Better safe than sorry. Everybody was locked up tight and made sure the children were safe - first grade was at PE and Music, and us teachers were locked up in the conference room. Mr. Keener swiftly shut and locked the gates and stood by the road stoically not letting anyone in the gates. Of course there was some explaining to do once the kids got back in the room. They were sharing all sorts of theories as well! But all was good in the end. We calmed down and finished up our day on a high note.

Today the Barnes and Noble at Citiplace is offering a fundraiser for Mayfair from 9 am to 11 pm. The EBR Superintendent, Dr. Bernard Taylor, will be reading to children at two times today. The school will receive 20% of the proceeds from the event and many of our wonderful PTA parents will be helping out. We teachers, however, will be at school for an open workday. A few weeks ago we were told that BESE was coming to visit the school to check on our progress and make sure that we were following the ULS model and staying on track as a magnet school. So we decided to have a Saturday workday. Well their visit got cancelled but we kept the workday. It's always nice to just have an extra day in the classroom with no meetings, no students, no plans. All is good!!

AND FINALLY.......Tonight is the long awaited, highly anticipated LSU vs. BAMA game. The game is in Tuscaloosa, so Baton Rouge is quite calm today. But come 7 pm tonight, Tiger fans everywhere will be glued to the TV watching CBS. My Tigers better beat Bama. We were so close last year!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will post later this afternoon with pictures from the Turkey bulletin board. Have a happy Saturday and of course GEAUX TIGERS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Scoop a Ten!

Well we have started Module 2 from A Story of Units, from the New York State Common Core Curriculum. The first few lessons are on making a ten from 3 addends and finding a way to make a ten from 2 addends. My little friends were having some trouble with it, so I decided to create a center game they could spend extra time practicing.

Sticking with my ice cream theme that I've been using lately (don't worry - I'll get sick of it soon!!) I created "Scoop a Ten!"

This center game includes a poster with a poem, two sets of directions (one with just words, one with words and pictures), and a recording sheet. Simply print out, laminate, and place in a center. The kids can scoop up the ice cream, use three addends, find a ten, and solve an equation. 



Hope you enjoy scoopin' up a ten and solvin' some tasty problems!

Jessica

Here are the Common Core State Standards associated with this center: 

CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.B.4 Understand subtraction as an unknown-addend problem. For example, subtract 10 – 8 by finding the number that makes 10 when added to 8
CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.C.6 Add and subtract within 20, demonstrating fluency for addition and subtraction within 10. Use strategies such as counting on; making ten (e.g., 8 + 6 = 8 + 2 + 4 = 10 + 4 = 14); decomposing a number leading to a ten (e.g., 13 – 4 = 13 – 3 – 1 = 10 – 1 = 9); using the relationship between addition and subtraction (e.g., knowing that 8 + 4 = 12, one knows 12 – 8 = 4); and creating equivalent but easier or known sums (e.g., adding 6 + 7 by creating the known equivalent 6 + 6 + 1 = 12 + 1 = 13).
CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.D.7 Understand the meaning of the equal sign, and determine if equations involving addition and subtraction are true or false. For example, which of the following equations are true and which are false? 6 = 6, 7 = 8 – 1, 5 + 2 = 2 + 5, 4 + 1 = 5 + 2.
CCSS.Math.Content.1.OA.D.8 Determine the unknown whole number in an addition or subtraction equation relating three whole numbers. For example, determine the unknown number that makes the equation true in each of the equations 8 + ? = 11, 5 = _ – 3, 6 + 6 = _.

Contraction Surgery

We did some surgery on contractions today!! It was such a cute little activity that I found on Pinterest a few weeks ago, from The First Grade Parade, though I've found it all over the place since then.

I started with cut sentence strips. I wrote down different words that could form contractions: I am, do not, cannot, we will, they are, etc. I found some bright neon band aids at Wal-mart. I had the kids cut out the letters that the apostrophe takes the place of and replace with the band aid. Voila! Word Surgery!

The kiddos had a blast and really got into the work. I wrote "Dr. _______" on their band aids with sharpie, and they loved it.

Here's a pic!

Such a simple activity to complete. I hope this inspires you to do some word surgery in your classroom!!!

Jessica

Ice Cream Contractions

As promised, here is my Ice Cream Contractions game! It's so fun and makes me want to eat some ice cream!! Just print it out, laminate or you can cut it out and glue it on construction paper first, put it in a center, and go!!


This activity involves the students choosing the contraction form FROM the two words, rather than going from contraction TO the two words that make it up. I find that my students have trouble knowing which letters to take out and replace with an apostrophe. This way they can see it and choose it for themselves. 


 I hope you can make use of this game in your classroom. There is a recording sheet to go with it. 



Jessica 

Here are the Common Core State Standards associated with this center: 
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.2 Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.2c Use an apostrophe to form contractions and frequently occurring possessives.

Scoops and Cones

Don't you hate when you are looking for something and you can't find it??? 

Or you find it and it's the design you want but not the skill you are teaching??

It's happened to me more often than I would like, so I decided to create my own blank customizable sets of different things that I could use for a variety of lessons and skills and centers.

The other day we were working on contractions and using Contraction Jack, a center activity I found on TpT from the blog Sassy in Second. It was so cute and the kids loved it!! Anyway, I needed something to continue practicing and since we are in November now I had brainstorms of turkeys and feathers and Thanksgiving dinner and macaroni and cheese but I still wanted something that I could use throughout the year and not be specifically themed.

So I decided to make my own customizable and programmable center pieces.  For my first one, I created ice cream scoops, cones, and bowls using The Print Shop 3.0. I used the shapes creator to put the scoops together (they are made of circles and hearts!) and in the clip art files I found the cones and bowls. I made chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, sherbet, lime, mango, etc. scoops for all to enjoy!!




This is the first of many (I hope!) to come. I thought of lots of different things for which I could use ice cream scoops and cones.

Here's just a few ideas:
-number decompositions
-contractions
-sorting
-counting
-patterns
-rewards in classroom
-different ways to show numbers

The last on there I will be posting as a center game shortly. I will also post my Ice Cream Contractions game after I tidy it up a little. 

 Hope these can help you and inspire you to be creative!!!


Thanks, 
Jessica