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Posts Made By: scarf_and_mit
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 07-05-2016, 08:07 AM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
Column?

I have this big ugly column in the middle of my room I need to paint. I was thinking it might be cool to have my 1st grade students add things to the column throughout the year with paint or...
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 06-16-2016, 01:23 PM
Replies: 16
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
Snack - Individual or Group?

I've done snack independently for the past ten years in my first grade room. I like that it's quick and easy, but there's always someone who forgets a snack and gets upset...and there are always kids...
Board: Second Grade 08-18-2014, 09:40 PM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
Partners

I have 2 kids per group (usually, I have more than one little group meet with me at a time - so my guided math group may have 4 or 6 kids). For math games/centers, there are always just 2 kids though...
Board: Second Grade 08-18-2014, 09:26 PM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
What is Your Discipline GOAL?

Our school implemented a rule similar to this as well - students may miss no more than five minutes of recess, including to finish work. At first, I wondered how this would work and how we could hold...
Board: First Grade 08-18-2014, 09:11 PM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
Morning Work YOGA?

I am always looking for ways to make morning work more meaningful. I've done pretty much everything, and there are several things I even enjoy, specifically some review sheets, handwriting at the...
Board: First Grade 08-18-2014, 09:00 PM
Replies: 9
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
Same Here...And More!

We do the Chrysanthemum thing too, but I do the folding/crumpling with a construction paper heart. We try to flatten out the wrinkles, but it doesn't work. Then I write, "Before you speak, think and...
Board: First Grade 12-05-2013, 05:25 PM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
Uneven Partners - FLEXIBLE

I partner my kids with different abilities for writer's workshop. BUT, I do keep these partnerships flexible and change them frequently based on our skills/lessons.
For example, if we are going to...
Board: First Grade 12-05-2013, 05:19 PM
Replies: 18
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
However Long It Takes

I use something similar to a clip chart in my room. I place kids on a warning with their first misbehavior; a second misbehavior means they have to talk to me before going to play; a third...
Board: First Grade 12-05-2013, 05:11 PM
Replies: 7
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
All Kinds of Stuff

I change my morning work up quite a bit to keep it interesting.
At the beginning of the year, I use up handwriting workbook pages.
As the year progresses, we do daily reviews with problems written...
Board: First Grade 12-05-2013, 05:06 PM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
Writing Time Too

I agree with the previous poster about incorporating these skills during morning message and guided reading, but I would also make sure to hit these skills during your writing time as well. While a...
Board: First Grade 12-05-2013, 05:03 PM
Replies: 1
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
No

No, don't use nonsense words when you teach. Nonsense words should just be used for assessment purposes to determine if the child you're teaching is grasping those phonics skills. There is no point...
Board: First Grade 09-21-2012, 08:51 PM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
Lots of Great Resources Available

I love No More I'm Done! You can preview the whole book online here: http://www.stenhouse.com/shop/pc/viewprd.asp?idProduct=9196
This book is great for setting up your writer's workshop without...
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 09-21-2012, 08:26 PM
Replies: 10
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
Choice

I give my kids a choice in the morning most days. I let them choose from either reading from their book bin or writing in their writer's notebooks...sometimes read with a buddy or math game (and I...
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 08-03-2012, 04:37 PM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
Both!

I use a notebook and a folder. Here's how:
I have a pocket and prong folder. In the prongs, I put things like a personal word wall, an alphabet chart, a digraph and special vowel sound chart, and a...
Board: First Grade 08-03-2012, 04:23 PM
Replies: 16
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
Fancy Ones

I think the ones with all the little "tools" on them are awesome! Definitely, I think they need to have an alphabet (to see the correct formation of letters) and a number line (for addition,...
Board: First Grade 08-01-2012, 06:54 PM
Replies: 4
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
Grades for Report Cards

I do let parents know each week which sight words their kids "got" and which they didn't. However, I don't record a grade percentage for each week. The assessment I do is more to let parents,...
Board: First Grade 07-31-2012, 05:03 PM
Replies: 6
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
Maybe...

Well, I can't exactly speak from experience on this one...because I am in the same boat... I tried calendar binders for a year and found that they just took up way too much time! So, last year, I...
Board: First Grade 07-31-2012, 04:51 PM
Replies: 14
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
Journals, Handwriting, Library

During the first part of the year, I have my kiddos working on handwriting. We have handwriting books but no time designated during the day for handwriting. I find it's a nice calm way for them to...
Board: First Grade 07-28-2012, 05:25 AM
Replies: 1
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
Chart Folders

Hello everyone!
I am really wanting to make chart folders (Teacher Tipster) this year for when my kiddos get finished with their work. I know Mr. Smith had some things like handwriting pages and a...
Board: First Grade 07-28-2012, 05:21 AM
Replies: 12
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
Lawn Chairs

Check Big Lots for kids' chairs. They sell kid lawn chairs for less than $10 and kid-sized saucer chairs for $15.
I used to have bean bag chairs but recently switched to a saucer chair, a cushy...
Board: First Grade 07-25-2012, 06:29 AM
Replies: 8
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
Wowie...lots of stuff...

Welcome!!! :)
It is definitely overwhelming...but don't feel like everything has to be perfect right away! It takes years to really get into standards, a new reading series, and to really square...
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 07-25-2012, 06:05 AM
Replies: 3
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
Options...

I had a 5x7 rug one year (which is essentially the same size as a 6x6), and it worked at the beginning of the year. By mid-year, my 1st graders were really too big for it...and that's when I had...
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 07-22-2012, 02:11 PM
Replies: 21
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
:)

Aww...thank you for the compliments. Glad I can be of help to someone! :) I LOVE small group times...they are my favorite parts of the day!
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 07-21-2012, 04:58 PM
Replies: 2
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
Both!

I've found a lot of thing on Pinterest too that I want to incorporate into my word work stations this year. Because I'm not a huge fan of memorization-based spelling, I don't think I'll use any of...
Board: First Grade 07-20-2012, 09:06 PM
Replies: 5
 
Posted By scarf_and_mit
Try This...

I have done both grouping by reading level and grouping by reading skill. (What I mean by this is that I have had kids on different levels in the same reading group working on one skill using...



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