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Posts Made By: Melissa/1st/TN
Board: Second Grade 06-01-2016, 08:02 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN
Go Math vs Saxon

I taught Saxon in 1st when I first started teaching. I thought it was so redundant and boring--not cutesy like I liked things to be. When we switched to Go Math! I was soon wishing I had Saxon back....
Board: The VENT 03-24-2015, 08:18 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN
Feeling Your Pain

I was switched out of regular ed 1st grade last year into PreK-5 Art and K-5 Computers. This was NOT my choice and they KNEW it. I will work one more year, because I get a tuition subsidy for my...
Board: Art Teachers 08-25-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 2
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN
Art classroom photo tour

I'm brand new at teaching elementary art-- but wanted to share my pictures! The post below this one shows how I painted my...
Board: Art Teachers 06-26-2014, 02:00 PM
Replies: 0
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN
Art Class Yearly Overview

Does anyone have any yearly plans or overviews/scope-sequence they follow for K-5 art? I will actually have PreK as well, but will do a Montessori-style curriculum with them.

thanks! I'm moving...
Board: First Grade 02-22-2014, 06:43 PM
Replies: 7
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN
negative vs energy

I agree with Mercury! I don't think babying the kids in our class will help prepare them for the real world. I have struggled with negative students before (and this year too)...even though I am...
Board: First Grade 01-08-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 25
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN
Feeling blessed

My school system has very high academic expectations, but values the benefits of unstructured free-play. We have a 30-min recess in the morning 2x/week and 30-min PE 3x/week plus a 30-min afternoon...
Board: First Grade 07-30-2013, 11:15 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN
more general

I don't want a specific unit box...I want supplies that are general for the majority of the year. I might have to Google specific ones to get ideas though! Just thought I'd see if anyone had done...
Board: First Grade 07-29-2013, 08:59 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN
Individual Science Boxes/Kits

Has anyone put together their own science boxes for kids to use during science labs? We have had individual math kits with our last two programs and I've had "group" boxes for science...but I was...
Board: First Grade 07-27-2013, 06:57 AM
Replies: 6
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN
Different clip chart

I use a form of a clip chart, but only to keep track of students that get a practice card for not following one of the five rules. I loved using it this way: instead of moving kids up and down on it,...
Board: First Grade 07-03-2013, 06:57 AM
Replies: 6
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN
color code!

I have a different color assigned to each table group. *I do have chair pockets (LOVE) and 2 supply baskets in the middle of the group. I'm attaching a picture: I supply scissors in coordinating...
Board: First Grade 07-03-2013, 06:47 AM
Replies: 4
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN
alternate order

I'd like to see if anyone else teaches the lessons in another order. Last year was our first (of SEVEN) with Go Math - and I didn't care for it. I think if I rearrange the first few units on addition...
Board: First Grade 06-10-2013, 09:21 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN

I am beyond excited! It is a 9 hour drive for us, but well worth it. It will be my first WBT conference. I've been using it for 2 years now. Love it!
Board: First Grade 06-03-2013, 02:33 PM
Replies: 10
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN
Don't forget Scholastic

I don't have a lot of parent orders, but even spending my own money during the highest bonus points payout will allow you to get lots of books for your classroom (and lots of free books too). I built...
Board: First Grade 05-29-2013, 04:34 PM
Replies: 4
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN

That gets me thinking! I've used Shutterfly for the last two years as a classroom communication and sharing site...only invited members see anything on the site. You could create a folder for each...
Board: First Grade 05-29-2013, 04:10 PM
Replies: 8
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN

From what I understand, reading workshop is like SSR (self selected reading). The teacher does a 10-15 minute read aloud, with a small mini-lesson tied in. Then, they conference for 3-5 minutes each...
Board: First Grade 05-28-2013, 07:34 AM
Replies: 11
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN
first grade go math!

We just completed our first year of SEVEN with Go Math! and I was NOT impressed. <!--grumpy--> I am looking for how others have rearranged the order of the chapters to flow a little easier and not...
Board: First Grade 10-06-2012, 04:40 AM
Replies: 5
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN
P/T conferences after school

For the past few years, we have not have a day set aside for conferences...we have to fit all the meetings in after school for 4-5 days. It is exhausting1 :(

I've usaully done 20 minutes in the...
Board: First Grade 10-06-2012, 04:34 AM
Replies: 5
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN
fat cat and skinny kitten

My co-teacher shared this with me from her previous school:
Fat Cat and Skinny Kitten
/c/ before a, o, u (fatter, rounder letters) and /k/ before i, e, y (I make them look skinny!) <!--giggle-->
Board: BusyBoard 07-28-2012, 08:01 AM
Replies: 9
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN
Supply list

We put them in our supply list and I always get a few for the students who don't get the right ones. I love them for first graders! It lasted the whole year, too. $2 something sounds right. Our...
Board: First Grade 07-27-2012, 02:05 PM
Replies: 6
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN
Mine is really loose, I just randomly place a...

Mine is really loose, I just randomly place a problem usually. I do this whole group with the Hiker of the Day getting to write the answer while the others share their answer with a partner. Tally...
Board: First Grade 07-25-2012, 01:14 PM
Replies: 9
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN
will try

to get that together. I've just spent the better part of an hour looking for one that I KNOW I've started already! I still use most of the reading series books in some form or fashion--simply because...
Board: Bulletin Boards & Classroom Themes 07-25-2012, 09:06 AM
Replies: 16
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN
same grade level?

Especially if she is the same grade level...go for it! My first four years with my camping theme the other first grade teacher did it as well. (We had a set of twins and she wanted to be as close to...
Board: First Grade 07-25-2012, 09:00 AM
Replies: 6
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN
skills ARE common core

Calendar skills are common core--a calendar is like a big graph that you must know how to "read." Other parts of calendar time, like finding patterns, using a hundred chart, and counting days in...
Board: First Grade 07-22-2012, 06:17 AM
Replies: 13
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN
love tables

I've had both and much prefer tables! I had the same problem with kids shoving stuff into their desks, cutting up erasers during lessons, and all sorts of goodies! Tables are so much easier. I keep a...
Board: First Grade 07-21-2012, 03:37 PM
Replies: 3
Posted By Melissa/1st/TN
book covers as chair pockets

There was a post on Pinterest about using the extra large stretchy book covers as chair pockets by putting one end over the chair back and then turing the other end inside out to make the pocket....

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