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Posts Made By: ACRteach
Board: BusyBoard 08-15-2017, 08:13 PM
Replies: 14
Posted By ACRteach

I should have mentioned...I'm not allowed to paint it. Don't ask me why!
Board: BusyBoard 08-15-2017, 08:07 PM
Replies: 14
Posted By ACRteach
Help! Ugly Classroom!

I have a new classroom this year and it's just hideous. There is ugly brown carpet, dark faux maple desks, orange chairs...and a HUGE dark purple cinder block statement wall. *Shudder*. I...
Board: BusyBoard 08-13-2017, 08:27 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By ACRteach

I'm assuming you mean narrative writing? I think of each unit as 3 parts. In Part 1, my focus is always on generating ideas, planning drafts, and the structure of a genre. My mini lessons would...
Board: BusyBoard 08-13-2017, 08:20 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By ACRteach

As PP stated, certain philosophies such as Conscious Discipline and Positive Discipline believe that it is important that each student hold a classroom job each week. After reading about it, I...
Board: Second Grade 08-04-2017, 03:38 PM
Replies: 15
Posted By ACRteach

We have the kids bring 20 sheet protectors and a binder as part of their school supplies. I put each kid's sheet protectors into the binder at the beginning of the year. We use them as each kid's...
Board: Second Grade 08-01-2017, 09:10 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By ACRteach
Here's some advice on starting up WTW for 2nd...

Here's some advice on starting up WTW for 2nd grade! It is what has worked for me. For the first 2 months of school, I had every kid on the same sort. This is just so much easier to manage at the...
Board: BusyBoard 08-01-2017, 08:30 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By ACRteach

Yikes! I am so sorry that you're in that position. Trying to put myself in your shoes- balancing what I know is right versus the fear of getting in trouble. Some questions for you: I wonder what the...
Board: BusyBoard 07-30-2017, 08:31 PM
Replies: 18
Posted By ACRteach
set up

i have this down to a science! when i didn't have a list like this, I would bounce around like a pinball from task to task and it would take me forever!

1. furniture set up! i do this first and...
Board: BusyBoard 07-20-2017, 03:03 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By ACRteach
I just heard her talk...she said she likes to...

I just heard her talk...she said she likes to keep small groups at around 4. :)
Board: BusyBoard 07-20-2017, 03:01 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By ACRteach

RW is different because ALL kids are doing the same thing at the same time. In k-2, ALL kids do independent reading at the same time and then everyone moves to partner reading (or vice versa). In...
Board: Second Grade 07-17-2017, 08:28 PM
Replies: 13
Posted By ACRteach
clip charts

I used to do clip charts too...they were minimally effective (I guess? I didn't really think too much about it). But then I became a mom and something about the clip chart just didn't sit well with...
Board: First Grade 03-01-2017, 04:33 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By ACRteach

i totally agree with PP. my best observations have been when I keep my routines consistent and do what i know. with that said, i just did a fun lesson with the book "how big is a foot?" it's a...
Board: First Grade 11-13-2016, 03:08 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By ACRteach

i was in the exact same boat! i gave it a chance and now i love it. check out the videos online, as PP said. i would also suggest to go through the teacher's guide and pick out one teaching point...
Board: Units of Study 02-07-2016, 01:30 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By ACRteach

I totally agree that share is so inspiring for kids. So is adding student work samples to your anchor charts. E.g. "Look how Zoe used labels!" Also, asking kids to teach a mini lesson with you is...
Board: First Grade 02-07-2016, 12:25 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By ACRteach

i think Lucy herself would say to take a look at the Kindergarten units and see if there are things you can pull from those units to support your struggling kiddos. the "if then" books can also give...
Board: First Grade 01-17-2016, 06:20 PM
Replies: 10
Posted By ACRteach

I have taught Opinion Writing in K-2. In 1st, we do Lucy's unit on Writing Reviews and my kids do all of those things, except maybe the mini stories. They do it because they are so excited about...
Board: Second Grade 05-28-2015, 07:05 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By ACRteach
number talks

The thing that has helped my kids' fact fluency the most is not timed tests, games, or websites (and I have tried them ALL) but math talks and number strings. We do them for the first 5-10 min of...
Board: First Grade 05-27-2015, 08:11 PM
Replies: 13
Posted By ACRteach

If you are going to have Independent Reading as a significant portion of your ELA block, then I would STRONGLY recommend developing a leveling system. You can teach about picking just right books...
Board: First Grade 05-15-2015, 07:35 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By ACRteach

My biggest complaint with "Engageny" is that it's just not very engaging. I am SHOCKED at how much of first grade math is worksheet-based. At this young age, children should be spending most of...
Board: First Grade 03-09-2015, 04:50 PM
Replies: 11
Posted By ACRteach
I agree with Amy and EarthMonkey. I feel like...

I agree with Amy and EarthMonkey. I feel like having multiple strategies at your finger tips, and being able to use them flexibly, is what strong mathematical thinking is all about. If kids are...
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 03-09-2015, 04:29 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By ACRteach

Here are some my students love!

Frankly Frannie series
Frannie K. Stein (not really similar to I&B but I bet she'd like it anyway!)
The Cobble Street Cousins by Cynthia Rylant
Marty Maguire...
Board: First Grade 02-25-2015, 08:31 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By ACRteach
Favorite 1st Grade Math Game!

Hello all!
I'm getting bored of our Everyday Math games in first grade, and so are the kids. I thought I'd reach out and see if I could collect some new favorites!

Here one of ours:
We call it...
Board: First Grade 01-20-2015, 09:14 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By ACRteach

For All About books, we learned to write different types of facts- describing facts (what something looks like), action facts (what something does), and word facts (vocabulary words with...
Board: First Grade 01-13-2015, 06:55 PM
Replies: 5
Posted By ACRteach

They are writing 1-2 sentence in how much time? I would say that is a little alarming at this point in the year. Most of my first graders can fill at least 2 half-lined pages (like the paper Lucy...
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 10-28-2014, 07:37 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By ACRteach

What Guided Reading level are you looking for? Easy chapter books pretty much start at level I (Dragon books by Dav Pilkey and Fly Guy books by Tedd Arnold) and then there are tons at level J. But I...

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