Monday, January 30, 2012

Dibels, Comprehension Freebie and a Giveaway!!

I'm not a huge fan of the Dibels assessment tool but, like it or not, that's what our district uses. We had benchmark testing last week. Since my kiddos last year appeared to have a weakness in their reading fluency, I have focused more on that this year. Now the fluency is much better but retell/comprehension is lower! Uggghhh!! Now I'm trying to find some ideas to help them improve in this area. I made these cards to use in small groups and reading stations. Click here for a copy. I'd love to hear comprehension strategies you use in your classroom.

On a more positive note, I am excited to have almost 50 followers! I have had so much fun blogging the last few weeks! I have loved reading other blogs and getting some new ideas. All the sweet comments everyone leaves provide so much encouragement! To celebrate, I am having my first giveaway!

The giveaway....


and a surprise!!

You can enter this giveaway three ways. You can......

1. Follow my blog and leave a comment.
2. Follow my Tpt store and leave a comment.
3. Blog about this giveaway and leave a comment.

I will pick a winner Saturday using the random number generator when I figure out how to do that (or when Lisa shows me how)! :) Good luck!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tag! You're it!

I have been tagged by Chrissy at Buzzin' With Ms. B! I also just discovered her really cute blog in the process so hop over and check it out!

Here are the rules.

1. You must post the rules.
2. Post 12 fun facts about yourself on the blog post.
3. Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create 12 new questions for the people you tagged.
4. Tag 12 people and link them on your post.
5. Let them know you've tagged them!

Ok...12 fun facts about myself...hmmmm...I don't know if I have that many fun facts but here goes!

*I am a huge New Kids On the Block fan....was seriously obsessed and apparently I still am. I have been to two concerts in the past three years!
*I do not like dogs...actually I'm terrified of them (all sizes). Sorry dog lovers! :)
*I love teen movies and tv shows like the Vampire Diaries and all the Cinderella Story movies that come on ABC family.
*I have two little sisters that I am just getting to know in the past few weeks(they are 19 and 17)and a 32 year old sister.
*I cut my left hand (falling on a coke bottle) when I was 5 years old and was told I probably would never be able to use three fingers on that hand but all worked out fine!
*I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 16 years.
*I worry wayyyy to much...don't what I'm going to do when my kids start to drive!
*I spoil my little niece (I have boys) rotten with no shame! Hope my sis forgives me when she's a terror in Kindergarten.
*Dancing with Maksim Chmerkovskiy is on my bucket list even though I can't dance...at all!
*I love my job! I wanted to be a teacher for as long as I remember!
*I am fascinated with Native American Culture.
*I love the beach.

2. Here are my answers to Ms. B's questions.

1. What is the best part of teaching? The kiddos and those moments when they say or do something that reminds you why you teach!
2. What's your favorite holiday? Christmas
3. Who is your best friend and why? My husband because he's the only one I can tell everything to.
4. What did you want to be when you were a kid? a teacher
5. What's your favorite outfit? Jeans and a t-shirt
6. What's your favorite breakfast? (calories non-existant)Cream filled chocolate donuts
7. What's your favorite TV show of all time? That's tough....probably Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman
8. What weird habit or behavior did you have as a kid? (I'm assuming everyone had at least one) I used to sing into a hairbrush (loudly and horribly) and dance around like a pop star while watching myself in the mirror.
9. Siblings? How many? 3 sisters
10. Beatles or Elvis? Elvis
11. Beach or Mountains? Beach!!
12. What's the BEST trip you've ever taken? My hubby won a trip to Palm Beach at the Breakers resort and it was awesome!

Here are the bloggers I have tagged.

Angie at Myers Magnificent Moments
Rachel at Ms. Rachel's Room
Erin at Creating and Teaching
Miss DeCarbo at Second Grade Sugar and Spice
Hope at Second Grade Shenanigans
Jenn at Finally in First
Lisa at Stories From Second
Heather at Heather's Heart
Natalie at Teachery Tidbits
Erika at The Honey Bunch
Debbie at Sailing Through First Grade
Sandy at Soaring Through Second Grade

AND here are the questions for these ladies to answer.

1. What is your favorite hobby?
2. Do you have children? How many?
3. What was your most embarrassing moment?
4. What type of books do you like to read?
5. Harry Potter or Twilight?
6. What is your favorite meal?
7. What place in the world would you most like to visit?
8. If you could go back in time and meet one person, who would it be?
9. What is the last movie you watched?
10.Are you usually late, early or right on time?
11.Who is a person you admire and why?
12.What's your favorite type of music?

Now I'm off to tag! Wow, I'm going to need a nap after this!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

What a Week!!

This was such a long week! I am exhausted! We were Dibels testing (FUN!) so I think that was partly to blame. It changes the routine and that is never a good thing for my kiddos! If I have ever had a group of students that need structure, it is most definitely my homeroom class this year. :)

I am curious as to what everyone plans for their early finishers. I have students who can finish their morning work in about 2 minutes while it takes other WAY longer! The "rule" is the early finishers are supposed to read but they never seem to be doing that! I think I'm going to try journal writing so we will see how that goes. My kids also LOVE mystery word activities so I created some for them to grab when they finish morning work early. Click here for a freebie of the mystery word activity.

I would love to hear everyone's suggestions! I'd love to get some more ideas!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Harcourt Storytown activities and Freebies!

It's been nice hearing from a few people who also use the Harcourt Storytown reading series! It doesn't seem like there are many of us on here! :)

If you follow the series, you know about review weeks. I HATE them! We teach/review the same skill for two weeks as it is. Then....every five weeks there is a review lesson where we teach them all over again. I guess it is good for students to get more practice but I get so bored! Next week is one of those weeks so I am trying to create some activities to make the week a little more exciting!

So far, all I have managed to make are these games/stations for reviewing silent letters. I just listed them on TPT. Click here to check them out.


Click here for a freebie I have TPT with a vocabulary match and spelling words for the pocket chart (Lesson 20).

For spelling last week, we worked on frequently misspelled words. Click here to to see the unit. It includes a concentration game, tic-tac-toe game, words for the pocket chart and ABC order worksheet. Click here for a freebie from the unit.


I'm so excited to have 40 followers! :) Check back soon for a giveaway to celebrate! I'm still trying to decide what to actually give away!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Giveaway, Weight Watchers, The Valentine Bears and a Freebie!

Go visit Miss DeCarbo at Second Grade Sugar and Spice for a great giveaway!


On another note, I am at the end of my first week on Weight Watchers and I am starving! :) Why does all the food that is bad for your have to taste sooooo good! I found myself digging around in my pantry for junk food and debating whether or not it would be okay to eat hot chocolate with a spoon! This is going to be a rough few weeks! After this torture, I better be at least two pounds lighter at weigh in Monday! Lisa, I am expecting a gym partner next week if you are reading this!


One of my favorite Valentine's Day book is The Valentine Bears by Eve Bunting. I just uploaded some activities to my TPT store to go along with the book. Click here to check them out.

And finally, I teach reading and spelling using the Harcourt Storytown series for second grade. Each week, I try to make some things to go along with the weekly unit. Click here for a freebie of what I've made for Lesson 19 this week. It includes words for the pocket chart, a few matching games with vocabulary and reference materials, a word building activity with the syllable skill and reference posters.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Love to Joplin Linky Party and Stations!

I am linking up with Mrs. Wills Kindergarten for a Love to Joplin Linky Party!






What a great idea! I sent lots of materials and hope as many teachers as possible are able to do the same.

On another note, I just posted my Read/Write the Room stations on TPT. I love read the room stations. They are so easy to change out and the kids love them! I made a station for each month of the year and they cover many different vowel sounds.




Here is a freebie from the kit for February! Click here



Enjoy! I'm going to watch the Saints! Who dat! I sure hope they do better than my Tigers!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Currently!!

I'm linking up with Oh Boy 4th Grade for her Currently January Linky Party!



Sunday, January 8, 2012

Back to the Real World!

Well...it's back to work tomorrow! I have to admit, as much as I loved my time off, I am ready to get back to my normal routine. I hope I still feel that way tomorrow after school! :) It's purple and gold day for the kids (Geaux Tigers!) and I'm sure they will be excited about the big game.

I have been working today on activities and stations for February. It's hard to believe Valentine's Day is just around the corner! I just uploaded a few to my TPT store.

Here is a free plurals worksheet from the packet. Hope you can use it!

Love Birds

Have a great week!

Friday, January 6, 2012

My First Blog Award!

I'm so excited to get my first blog award! Now I'm going to really have to get busy and post more! :)


The rules for this award are.......

1. Thank the person who presented the award to you and link back to them.
Thanks to both Adventures of a Third Grade Teacher and 2B Honey Bunch!

2. Tell seven things about yourself.

1. I LOVE to read! I have spent my entire holiday vacation reading instead of doing other things (cleaning, laundry, etc.).
2. I am addicted to reality TV (Dancing With the Stars, American Idol, The Bachelor).
3. I am a huge football fan! Geaux Tigers and Saints!!
4. I have two awesome sons that are total opposites. My youngest is an athlete and loves to hunt and fish while my older son (who has Asperger Syndrome) loves video games and computers. If anyone watches The Big Bang Theory, I'm rasing a smaller version of Sheldon.
5. I plan on eating healthy and exercising when school starts back Monday. I figured if I actually typed this I might be more motivated!
6. My favorite movie of all time is Grease! I have seen it so many times I can't count!
7. I am such a procrastinator. I heard a saying one time that said "Procrastination is the habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done day before yesterday!" That's me!!


3. Pass this on to 15 newly discovered blogs and let them know they've received the award.

This is really hard. :) I may just add some of my favorites. I'll be searching and adding over the next few days! I will start with my teaching partner!

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