Jul 25, 2011

Pinterest Linky Party

Michelle's Math in the Middle is hosting a Pinterest Linky Party! Join the fun!

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Jul 24, 2011

HUGE Giveaway!

Head on over to Fun in First Grade and check out the GINORMOUS giveaway!

Jul 23, 2011

Erica Bohrer's Back to School Activities

Be sure to check out Erica's latest back to school unit!

Back to School Activities from Crazy for First Grade

You guys HAVE GOT to check out Crazy for First Grade!
She's got tons of cute activities for that first week back including this one below using the book Chrysanthemum.

She's even got lesson plans already created for that first week back-UH. MAY.ZING!!!

Jul 21, 2011

When Riddles Come Rumbling

Here is a great text to use for an inference lesson! When Riddles Come Rumbling by Rebecca Kai Dotlich is a collection of "poems to ponder" and is filled with riddles about everyday ideas and objects. Readers use the clues to make inferences and guess what each poem is about. Use as a read aloud, reading one line or clue at a time while students record their inferences, which may or may not change, as each clue is given. or... just have students turn and talk to each other about their inferences as each clue is read by the teacher.  For an extension activity, have the students come up with their own riddle poem to try and stump their friends.
Such a fun way to get students making inferences!

Jun 22, 2011


ok, I am seriously OBSESSED with Pinterest! In case you haven't heard of it - it's a place to organize all of those wonderful ideas and images you collect from the web via blogs, etc and save them all in one place AND you can even organize them into categories!!! They have oodles and oodles of pictures of anything you can imagine (travel, home decor, teaching ideas, favorite recipes, etc.) and since I'm a very visual person, this is perfect for me! You can create your own pinboard of images from Pinterest or just view others' pinboards. Once you visit their website, I guarantee you're gonna want your own board! Here are just a few of the images on my pinboards:

Apples for the Teacher -

Syllables -

Story Stones -

Story Telling Path

Jun 21, 2011

Deb Diller

I was fortunate enough to attend Deb Diller's Summer Institute in Houston this past weekend and let me just say it was UH...MAY...ZING! I learned sooooo much and got tons of great ideas to pass along to teachers next year. Here are a few items Deb suggested that I just had to mention -

this awesome pocket chart that is DOUBLE SIDED so that you can have your literacy stations on one side and your math stations on the other...love that idea!
There are more pocket charts like this one at Debbie Diller Designs on Really Good Stuff

Another fave item was this handy dandy storage container for stations. It's called the Really Useful Box from Office Depot.  It has handles so that small hands won't have trouble toting it around the classroom AND it comes in different sizes.

About the Authors by Katie Wood Ray - great resource to help K-2 teachers implement writing workshop in their classroom.

and Teaching the Youngest Writers by Marcia Freeman

and of course, I highly recommend ALL of Deb Diller's books and if you get a chance to see her in person...GO! I promise you won't regret it!