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Posts Made By: kumumalia
Board: First Grade 02-02-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 1
Posted By kumumalia
pen pals

Hi! My kids would be happy to be pen pals, but we are not farm community. If you would still like to, let me know! Or if you'd rather wait for someone else to answer, that's fine, too. :)

Board: First Grade 02-02-2014, 06:36 PM
Replies: 28
Posted By kumumalia
my answers

1. How long have you been teaching?
This is my 18th year!

2. How long have you been teaching First Grade?
Of my 18 years, I've only taught 2nd grade one year and 4th grade one year. The rest...
Board: First Grade 10-09-2011, 08:48 AM
Replies: 13
Posted By kumumalia
reader's response

Whoops! Sorry! Once school started, I have not had much time to be on this board! But now that it's fall break and I'm looking for ideas on grade books, I saw this. Sorry!

Thanks for the...
Board: Primary Grades (K-2) 09-30-2011, 12:49 AM
Replies: 55
Posted By kumumalia
gingerbread exchange: Hawaii

I would be willing--we have done this the past two years, and we love it! Thanks!
Board: First Grade 09-22-2011, 11:19 PM
Replies: 1
Posted By kumumalia
More Pen Pals

Sorry, all the other pen pal posts seem to have found respondents so I find myself making another one...

I am looking for 3 classes who would be interested in writing with 3 classes at my school. ...
Board: First Grade 09-22-2011, 10:42 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By kumumalia
author study

We do Mem Fox at the beginning of the year, because she uses a lot of rhymes (working on word families!) and has themes about family and love, so it's easy for the kids to make connections. They...
Board: First Grade 07-29-2011, 12:45 AM
Replies: 20
Posted By kumumalia

I do everything on the carpet. They only go to their desks for independent work. I always have parents who request that their kids be seated in one of the front desks, but really, it wouldn't make...
Board: First Grade 07-29-2011, 12:31 AM
Replies: 13
Posted By kumumalia
magic tree house

Like all the above posters, my kiddos loved the series. I knew nothing about the series, but a colleague of mine said she read them to her class, and they loved it. I was a bit skeptical that first...
Board: First Grade 07-28-2011, 11:58 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By kumumalia
Our days of the week song is the same as...

Our days of the week song is the same as busybee1's, sung to the tune of "Clementine."

Our months song is to the tune of "Ten Little Indians":
January, February, March, and April
May, June,...
Board: First Grade 07-21-2011, 10:05 PM
Replies: 40
Posted By kumumalia
no paid prep days

We start on Tuesday, 7/26, and the kids come 8/1.

Our lovely governor has decided that we should not be paid for non-instructional days. <!--grumpy--> So all of our workdays (including the one...
Board: First Grade 07-14-2011, 03:08 AM
Replies: 3
Posted By kumumalia

We used to use Open Court, which I liked. A couple of years ago, we changed to Orton-Gillingham. I admit, the kids' phonetic spelling has become much better with OG. I still like to add some of...
Board: First Grade 07-08-2011, 08:55 PM
Replies: 13
Posted By kumumalia
ready signal

My quiet signal is more of a "ready signal" to show that they are ready. It comes from them, more than it comes from me directing them to be quiet. The ready signal is one hand up (like raising a...
Board: First Grade 07-08-2011, 08:17 PM
Replies: 17
Posted By kumumalia
morning business

Not sure how engaging this is...but aside from the normal routines of checking in, putting away their folders, homework, and getting settled and "ready" (sharpening pencils, filling their cup of...
Board: First Grade 07-04-2011, 04:55 AM
Replies: 3
Posted By kumumalia
science journals

We do science journals in the composition tablet. We have it set up with a table of contents in the front and a glossary in the back. We do the 4-square technique so on all their journal pages,...
Board: First Grade 07-04-2011, 04:47 AM
Replies: 9
Posted By kumumalia
calendar math

I ended up making my own calendar as I couldn't find any templates on Promethean Planet. I just used boxes and lines and made my own, and then added my own clip art to reflect our...
Board: First Grade 06-30-2011, 02:04 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By kumumalia

I have a P-Board and do my whole calendar routine on it. I like it on the board--the kids get so excited for it and are very engaged, even at the end of the year. I did find that I still needed to...
Board: First Grade 06-29-2011, 05:05 PM
Replies: 0
Posted By kumumalia
Vocabulary Tests

Hi! Our literacy RT wants us to move away from spelling tests next year and more towards vocabulary tests. Does anyone give vocabulary tests? What do they include? What does the homework look...
Board: First Grade 06-27-2011, 09:27 PM
Replies: 11
Posted By kumumalia


This is what each slip says:

Name __________
Date ___________
1. _______________
2. _______________
Board: First Grade 06-27-2011, 03:50 AM
Replies: 6
Posted By kumumalia
Thank you!

Thanks so much! Yes, I was told the child is coming with 2 shelves-worth of stuff, so I needed to make sure I had room for that, as well as a separate area for the machine and supplies. And I was...
Board: First Grade 06-27-2011, 03:09 AM
Replies: 11
Posted By kumumalia
swapping books

Hi! Our system sounds a bit complicated and takes a while, but it was much easier than the headache of having books missing cards, and books with the wrong cards. We had taught them looking at the...
Board: First Grade 06-22-2011, 12:53 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By kumumalia
Visually-Impaired Student

Wow! Thanks for the suggestions! I am not too sure what the child's diagnosis is, but I do know that the child does use a braille machine for reading and writing (I was told I need to make space in...
Board: First Grade 06-21-2011, 06:57 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By kumumalia
Visually-Impaired Student

Hi! I will have a visually-impaired student (full-inclusion) in my classroom next year and am kinda worried because I am a VERY visual teacher--I use my P-board a LOT, refer to charts all the time,...
Board: Sunflower Room 06-18-2011, 12:57 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By kumumalia
Partner Reading

Hi! My partner-reading happens throughout the workshop. I have 3 groups which rotate throughout the workshop time--guided reading (with me), partner reading, and "seatwork" (Reader's Notebook or...
Board: First Grade 06-17-2011, 09:16 PM
Replies: 32
Posted By kumumalia

You're not alone! I cry when my kids get awards, too. My eyes tear up when they are recognized for something good. Or if they're performing. Or they really make a big jump in their assessments. ...
Board: First Grade 06-17-2011, 09:01 PM
Replies: 13
Posted By kumumalia
Reader's Notebook

We use comp tablets for the Reader's Notebook (it's on their supply list). We ask for the wide-ruled ones, but sometimes you get the college-ruled and sometimes you get blank ones or graph paper...

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