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Board: First Grade 05-01-2010, 06:18 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By coolbeans
I do:

1. number of school day on a hundreds board
2. tally marks for the school day--count by 5's, 10's
3. use straws for the number of school to teach place value for the school--change 5...
Board: First Grade 04-30-2010, 04:48 PM
Replies: 21
Posted By coolbeans
Thanks for these ideas.

I have more "standers" than ever. I wonder if they stand all the time at home? It gets frustrating but I do tolerate it most of the time as long as they aren't disturbing others.
Board: ARCHIVE 01-29-2010, 06:03 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By coolbeans
Orton Gillingham has

a program designed for the classroom. It's called Sonday. Wilson is also a great phonics program. It has a classroom design too. It's called Fundations. All of these are great for the struggling...
Board: ARCHIVE 01-29-2010, 05:55 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By coolbeans
For four years our school did a Title I

inclusion. The two TI (Title I) teams moved throughout the school--grades K-5. (They picked up K students after Christmas). The TI teams consisted of one teacher and two assistants. So, the...
Board: ARCHIVE 01-29-2010, 05:27 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By coolbeans
We don't have "formal"

assessment on math facts fluency but we do daily speed tests starting after Christmas. We have "sets" of tests. For example, set 1 consists of 0 and 1's: 5+1, 6+0 etc. There are 30 problems on a half...
Board: ARCHIVE 01-23-2010, 06:54 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By coolbeans
We have a company

make our shirts. My class shirts are blue with our school's name and "first graders" on the back. I call my the a penguin colony so we have a tiny penguin on the front with my name on it. The shirts...
Board: ARCHIVE 12-15-2009, 05:09 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By coolbeans
I do something

similar to the post below yours. I have the kids to bring in a gift--a boy gift if you are boy and a girl gift if you are a girl.

The boys sit in a circle on the floor and the girls sit in...
Board: ARCHIVE 11-20-2009, 04:37 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By coolbeans
I googled

naked santa school project and it guided me back to the PT site for the picture and letter to send home.

Very cute idea!
Board: ARCHIVE 10-31-2009, 06:00 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By coolbeans
I bought a book

on teacher comments for report cards and other things. I bought the book at a teacher supply store. You might try googling "teacher Comments" and see what comes up.
Board: ARCHIVE 10-26-2009, 04:25 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By coolbeans
I feel your pain! My problem is girls!

I have literally tried 7 ideas so far and nothing has worked 100%. Tomorrow starts day 1 of a new grading period and I'm going to try an incentive chart. (You can purchase them at the Dollar Tree and...
Board: ARCHIVE 10-26-2009, 04:07 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By coolbeans
You should do lots of

comprehension activities. Take a chapter and have them write a few sentences about the beginning, middle and end of chapter, draw a picture of their favorite part; take a quote from the story and let...
Board: ARCHIVE 10-26-2009, 03:49 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By coolbeans
Yes, I'm having problems too.

We are using Fundations this year and my 6 low kids are finally making some progress. Fundations is a excellent phonics program. We teach letter, keywords, and the letter souunds. Tapping out the...
Board: ARCHIVE 10-26-2009, 03:40 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By coolbeans
Play "Graveyard"

In this game you have 2 or 3 "grave keepers" while the other students lie in the floor "dead." Of course, our bodies have to move some: when we breathe, etc. so explain to the kids that some...
Board: ARCHIVE 10-12-2009, 04:40 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By coolbeans
I think

any review worksheets or math games would be great for sub plans.
Board: ARCHIVE 10-10-2009, 03:52 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By coolbeans
You can also

get the chimes at reallygoodstuff for $25.00. My kids love the sound!!
Board: ARCHIVE 10-10-2009, 03:49 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By coolbeans
My class talks all the time too.

I've been teaching for 20 years and this is one of the worst classes I've ever had for talking and getting out of their seats. They get in trouble in specials all the time, so it's not just me....
Board: ARCHIVE 10-09-2009, 04:42 PM
Replies: 33
Posted By coolbeans
We visit our public library

every two weeks for storytime. Today the librarian had a special guest for us. Our guest ( an older lady) read this story. She had a pair of boots, a pair of pants, a shirt, a pair of gloves, a hat,...
Board: TEACHERS' LOUNGE ARCHIVE 10-09-2009, 04:31 PM
Replies: 30
Posted By coolbeans
Boy names

Dustin, Derrick, Dawson, Drake
Jayson, Jon, Justin, James,
Michael, Myles, Mason, Milas

I know several people using Jon with another name:(call child by both names

Jon Logan, Jon Marshall,...
Board: ARCHIVE 10-04-2009, 01:10 PM
Replies: 17
Posted By coolbeans
Check out

"Secret Stories", Sonday, and Fundations.
The last two are phonic programs. Secret Stories has lots of little poems or sayings to remember those "rules".
Board: Daily 5 09-03-2009, 05:46 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By coolbeans
I think you could use

almsot any book for check for understanding. I used books like The Kissing Hand, The Little Engine That Could, The First Day Jitters, etc. You can also cross check by making sure the pictures and...
Board: ARCHIVE 09-02-2009, 06:13 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By coolbeans
We also use

an adding or subtracting number sentence.
Board: ARCHIVE 09-01-2009, 06:11 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By coolbeans
You should check into

some "sign language" to use in your classroom. I use material from Rick Morris but I'm sure there are others out there with some ideas.

Here are some examples: Fore finger and middle finger...
Board: ARCHIVE 09-01-2009, 05:11 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By coolbeans
Your public library

should be able to do a lesson on how to use the library. You should be able to check out books to take back to your classroom and keep them longer than a "normal" patron would. They should be excited...
Board: ARCHIVE 08-29-2009, 06:20 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By coolbeans
This is what I do:

rainbow words--write the word in pencil then go over them with different crayons or colored pencils or write each letter in a different color

sailboat or staircase writing--ex. the word is...
Board: ARCHIVE 08-29-2009, 06:05 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By coolbeans
Here is mine,

I hope this is the final draft.

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