Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Emergent Readers for Critical Academic Tier 2 Vocabulary

Emergent readers for K-2 critical tier 2 vocabulary. See what others have said:
-"An excellent resource for teaching the concepts of vocabulary terms..."
-"Great way to introduce academic vocabulary!"
-"I LOVE YOUR MATERIALS! I have been searching high & low for fun, age-appropriate materials to teach academic vocabulary. You are the winner! You have the BEST resources and I will share with my fellow SLPs..."
-"Great Tier 2 Vocabulary materials for early elementary students."

Saturday, October 3, 2015

October 2015 Currently

I'm linking up with Oh Boy, Fourth Grade again this month to bring you what I'm currently doing. I love linking up because it's fun to answer these questions and it gives you a little peek into my world!

Whenever I'm working on my laptop in my living room, my dogs love to sleep by or on me. They dream and have these cute little whimpers they make.

I decided to take Friday off with my hubby to run errands with him and just see him. He works afternoons and only has Sundays and Mondays off so I don't get to see him much throughout the week. He decided to make it a five-day weekend for him and took some vacation time. It's been nice.

I stay up so late doing this and that on my laptop. I hate to go to bed when I'm on a role working on a new resource! When inspiration hits it is not always the best time.

This weekend it's been so very cold. It makes me dread winter because Ohio has had some rough winters in past years. I just want fall to go very, very slowly. I love fall weather and clothes!

I have the sweetest husband who knows what I need and want sometimes before I know it! I have been needing to upgrade my laptop and was looking at smaller screens. He said, "You know, for your work and what you do, you should probably get the larger screen. You would be happier in the end." I love this man! He knows me so very well! And yes, I did get the larger screen!

If you'd like to see more "currently" posts, go to Oh Boy, Fourth Grade and see who linked up! It's fun to read what everyone else is thinking and doing! It's fun to be a little nosy, especially when it's approved!

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Johnny Appleseed: Resource links and a Freebie!

September 26th is Johnny Appleseed's birthday and in first grade we celebrate him and apples during this week! I wanted to share with you some of my favorite resources I like to use.

This is a lovely reading of a picture book about Johnny Appleseed. Click the picture above to go to the link.


I created this free resource that is great to use at this time of the year. This is an interactive notebook page that after it is put together it is then used over and over to make math stories about the different ways to see apples inside and outside of a basket! It's like a built-in math center for addition and subtraction math stories! This activity lends itself to critical and creative thinking and builds problem solving skills. Your students will love not only the continued interaction but creating their own manipulatives with ownership over coloring and pasting it altogether! Click the pictures to go to the free download.

"Ten apples outside and none inside makes 10+0=0." 

"There are ten apples all together. Some are inside and 8 are outside the basket. 10-8=2 inside."

Follow my Johnny Appleseed Pinterest board for more fun activities! Click below.

Do you have any fun activities you do to celebrate apples and/or Johnny Appleseed? I'd love to hear about them and so would others so leave your comments below.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Close Reading's Universal Vocabulary

The current education shift is all about close readings and having students digging deeply into a text. One important piece related directly to close reads is the explicit teaching of close reading's universal vocabulary. "What? I've not heard about this universal vocabulary!!" Well, in some circles this universal vocabulary is called the "high frequency words of close reading" or "Common Core critical vocabulary". Check my pin board on the subject, Common Core Critical Vocabulary.

Teacher's are already teaching this vocabulary but not necessarily in a systematic way. There are lists, yes lists, on which words should be taught in what grades. No worries, I'm here to point you toward those lists. Check out my first post on this topic with the list for kindergarten and first grade. Did you notice that there are more than a dozen words that need to be explicitly taught to first graders?

When I first realized I needed to explicitly teach all these words to my first graders, I did what any other teacher may have done...I went searching on Teachers Pay Teachers. I couldn't believe it! All I found was ONE product that only had anchor charts for some, not all, of the first grade words. That. Was. It. There were tumbleweeds whistling by me in the wind when it came to finding direct critical vocabulary resources for K-2.

I got to work on creating resources to help us primary teachers teach these close reading universal vocabulary words.

Click below to check out a freebie emergent reader download!

Were you aware that there was universal vocabulary linked directly to the success of close reads? Tell me about your journey to these words in the comments. I'd love to hear about it!

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Monday, September 7, 2015

Are You Hesitant to Teach Interactive Notebooking to Your Primary Students? Don't be!

Have you ever wonder if K-2 students would really be able to coordinate their cutting, folding and gluing skills well enough to make interactive notebook pages? I'm here to tell you that it is possible! I first followed some advice and pinned helpful resources on my K-2 Interactive Notebook board.

Firstly, purchase an interactive notebook designated for your grade-level. In the primary grades, there is usually less cutting, folding, gluing and few but larger pieces.

Next, make sure to make your own samples ahead of time. You will learn so much about the easiest way to teach it to your own class. Only you know how independent or needy each class is and they are oh so different every year, aren't they?

 "Six kids in the water and 1 on the beach: 6+1=7."

Also, if you are able, try to get helpers the first few times you do them. Are there aides or parent helper available during your math time? Great! Have them also make a sample beforehand and ask you any questions before helping little hands do the same activity. If there isn't time for them to make a sample, you've at least got yours that you made to show them!

If you have some students you know need extra help cutting and gluing then go ahead and help them do it. Yes, cut it and glue it for them! Trust me! Doing this helps them learn through modeling, gives you less stress and makes everyone a happy, cute interactive notebook!

Have students color during morning work time or during your chapter book read-alouds, if that doesn't bother you. You may even want to have a class set of colored pencils for the details in the clip art. Ask the art teacher if s/he has extra colored pencils to donate to your room. The art teacher usually has lots of extra, gently used supplies from the previous year.

Encourage your students to use their interactive notebooks during silent reading time. I have an addition/subtraction story interactive notebook my students may write their own story problems during writing time too!

 "Two bears is 2 outside and none inside: 2=2+0."

 "Three squirrels outside their burrow and none inside: 3+0=3."

Students can see all the ways that make each number by telling more of their own stories!

Find easy interactive notebook addition and subtractions story makers by clicking the picture above!

Do you use interactive notebooks with your K-2 students? Share with us below in the comments and make sure to tell us what grades you teach. I'd love to hear about your stories and I'm sure they will help others reading this post as well! Share this post with someone you think is hesitant to use interactive notebooks with their primary students too! #2getherwearebetter!

If you'd like to find other ways to help your students improve their number sense, check out the link below! Thank you to K's Classroom Kreations and Theresa's Teaching Tidbits for hosting this helpful linky!


Saturday, September 5, 2015

Currently September 2015

I'm linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy, Fourth Grade for another "Currently".

It has been so hot in NE Ohio the past 2 weeks! High 80s! Thank goodness our new school has air conditioning. I remember when we didn't have A.C. in the old buildings and we would stick to our papers, desks, and each other! Our brains were mush!

I've been so ready for a 3-day weekend! We get one this weekend and another next weekend for Fair Day that Monday. Yay! My doggies are excited too! Go check out the cute picture of them on my IG!

Our SLO data needs to be in before the end of this month and I still need to grade my students' tests! I like data but I don't like grading it all and compiling it into a spreadsheet.

Do you have a difficult time finding balance at the beginning of the school year? I do. Just simply going to bed on time and not falling asleep as soon as I get home from school would be awesome. What a challenge to get back to routing...I love routine, but when I'm back in the groove of it!

...And since the beginning of the school year, I've not made time to put all the laundry away in a timely fashion. Poor hubby! He's gotta dig for his clean boxers down in the bottom of a pile of clean clothes. Teacher husbands are so forgiving! Thank goodness!

I need to grocery shop more consistently so that we stop getting take-out, I'm loving the fresh veggies I'm eating much more of but I need to start dialing back the ranch dressing I dip them into...I can't help it!

So, what are you doing currently this September? Others are linking up at Farley's website so please go and check out what other teacher friends are doing while getting their "back-to-school" groove on! 


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Interactive notebook fun teaches K-2 students CCS critical vocabulary and a giveaway!

I had a problem, but not anymore. I first posted about how to teach rigorous CCS critical vocabulary to kindergarten and first graders here. After much research over the summer, I think I've figured it out. You have a chance to win this or another product from my store (excluding bundles)! Keep reading to find out how.

If you know about INB (Interactive Notebooks), then you know that these promote 99.9% student engagement (not researched, but true in my mind). All kids love to cut and paste and making your own book of such things bring pride and joy to them. It's like a scrapbook of their learning throughout the year.

Not only that, but I enjoy seeing these INBs in progress. Let alone that, parents can view them during conferences to see their child's learning and growth. They can even see organizational skills being seeded...it can take some effort for 6-year-olds to glue paper straight and neatly on another piece of paper.

I have to say that it was fun for me to make the samples you see above. It is fun to flip back through the pages of the book to see the goodies I've collected. And you know that if an adult has fun making these, kids are bound to as well.

For a limited time, I have one of these sets available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store for 50% off.






Other printables are included as well, to reinforce and review the vocabulary another time.

What fun ways do you teach vocabulary in your classroom? Tell me in the comments below and I will choose one of you to win one item of your choice from my store (excluding bundles)!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Currently August 2015

It's August, already??!!??!! Where has the summer gone? It always goes by too fast. I have to go back starting August 14th for teacher meetings and students come the Tuesday after. I've not stepped into my classroom yet, but that will change this week! So, I'm linking up with Oh' Boy 4th Grade to show you my August currently.

Don't forget there is a Teachers Pay Teachers sale starting tomorrow, Monday, and ending Tuesday. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WBT's New Book - 122 Amazing Games Chapter 7, 8 and 9

How does ASL (American Sign Language) help me teach math in a fun and engaging way? Oh, if you have difficulty teaching place value with tens and ones then keep reading. This is Pin-worthy! There are so many more WBT games to learn! Freebies too!

Chapter 7--Math Games (all free on Whole Brain Teaching website)

75. SuperSpeed Numbers--teaches counting. Compete to beat your last score!

76. Smoothy Bumper Planet--add, subtract, counting and skip counting all on one sheet of paper with color-coding.

77. SuperSpeed Math--math fact fluency with a partner to try and beat your previous goal.

78. Puzzle Counting--using finger gestures to help students understand place value of tens and ones.

Here's what I do...I have students learn ASL numbers up to 10. You can download (and pin it too!) this FREEBIE below. If you notice, "10" is basically a thumbs up and shaking it side-to-side. I have students show a 20 by shaking an ASL "2" side-to-side, 30 by shaking an ASL "3" side-to-side, and so on. DISCLAIMER: This is not official ASL, but more WBT gestures.

I shared this on my own Periscope last week, so make sure you're following me for more tips on how I teach WBT in my room!

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79. Left Hand Place Value--Teach the left hand fingers are place value holders!

80. Help Me! Math--As you count or skip count, stop and act like you forget. Ask the kids to help you!

81. You're Still Cool Math Facts--Make a purposeful mistake on the board. Kids should be paying attention and say "It's cool!" right away!

Chapter 8--Common Core/State Test Games

Coach opens with saying that from the beginning of school, students should be doing practice questions on a regular basis...the WBT way! Emphasize that test questions try to trick kids...but we aren't going to be tricked after this chapter.

82. It's Raining Stars!--Give out Super Improver stars when students answer sample standardized test questions. Be conservative at the beginning of school and then by end of school let it rain stars!

83. Golden Words--Make a game out of finding the best words needed to answer wordy questions. Gravel vs. Pure Gold words!

84. Doofus Hunters--Look closely at multiple choice questions and find the "doofus" answers.

85. Trickster!--Find words in questions and answers that look like a good answer! So close but we gotcha, you trickster!

86. Secret Signs--This is a great activity to help and reinforce student understandings of the math signs. Make sure to play game 83. Golden Words to ready your students for this one!

87. Vocabulary Superspeed!--Reading those tough Tier 2 and Tier 3 words is a skill needing practice. These may be on tests like the high-stakes kind, and unless students have had more than a few exposure sessions then they may do poorly. Prepare them for their future (even if it is way in the future...looking at us K-3 teachers, including myself!)

88. Prove It!--With a whiteboard, students start with proving why an answer is correct. Later challenge them to why other answers are incorrect.

89. Power Pix--these are the anchor charts of WBT...actually better because they give you the gestures and what to say when presenting the concept! There are so many freebies not only on the Whole Brain Teaching Website but other sites as well. My favorite places are found on my WBT Pinterest board here.

Chapter 9--Challenging Kids Games

Coach B offers a yearlong plan of what to do and when from beginning to the end of the school year. I've created a table for those of you who'd like a quick glance of this. Click on the pics below to go to the download...more color borders available.




91. Please-Okay La! La!--Students will think they are helping you work on your manners. When you don't say "please" with a command the students say "la, la, la", but when you do say "please" with a command they have to say "okay".

92. The Bull's Eye Game--This is for those sweetie rebels we may have. When you've gotten to game 91 and you think your "back pocket" is empty, here you go. Pull out this game. First, get to know your sweetie and find his likes and praise him. Tell him this is a new game just for him and you. Explain that the middle of the bullseye (5 points) is the best behavior and the outside (1 point) is the worst. He will tell you what he thinks he earned by the end of the day and you will know your points for him. If your scores match, whether 1 and 1 or 5 and 5, he gets that many points that day. Talk to him on those 1 point days, "How is home?" When he earns 25 points he'll earn a prize, no more than $5. Remember, you don't spend the money to give out prizes so you are saving money now that you are doing WBT; save it for the one that needs it most.

93. Cussing Crusher--Potty mouths...not good. The whole class needs to understand that you have no tolerance and they will take a note about it straight to the office. If you do not have back up on this with your admin then this needs to be a discussion to have. You teach, you keep teachin'!

Soooooo, if you are still with me then you are awesome! Remember to download the freebies above! If you would like to know when I post any more freebies, make sure you are following me in my TpT store at First Grade Frame of Mind. Don't forget to join us for the Periscope Wednesday night. Make sure you are following @WBT_HeidiMartin.

Friday, July 24, 2015

"Goldilocks and the Three Bears" new and on sale 25% off and BONUS Periscope I made today!

My new products with "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" teaching critical verbs and nouns to primary students is on sale now until this Sunday (next 2 days) at 25% off! I already started printing them off for my firsties this coming school year. I can't wait to hear my littles use these big words in their speaking and writing this year. They are going to be so smart when taking any future standardized tests in the future PLUS they'll knock off any adult's socks when they hear them using words like "distinguish" and "classify & categorize"! Can't wait!

Click on the pic of each below to see them and download the very generous PREVIEW SAMPLES!



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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

WBT Oral Writing Toward Complete Sentences

This past week, I've been reading about Writing Games in the Whole Brain Teaching 122 Amazing Games! book. Let me show you how I teach my firsties how to use complete sentences when answering a question.

 Important to know...
 Also, important to know...
 Here is my first sample question I might ask in my classroom. I would use the Brainies for capital letters and end marks. Model the gestures so the students will imitate you correctly.
 Notice on this next slide you see underlines. These are the words we can duplicate and use in our answer. Here's the game: use as many of the words from the question also in your answer. And no, my students do not ready Harry Potter, at least not in my classroom. :)
 Here's the next question...
 And now the answer...
 Here's a math question...
 Here's the answer...
 Bonus: Go check out my Periscope (find me @meesabelle) within the next 24 hours for a BONUS on how I do gestures for math, numbers and double-digit numbers! It can be done and it is fun! Here are some other ways to follow me!
Here is something else that may help your firsties transition to the Genius Ladder (which is another WBT goodie you can find on TpT for free)! I use this as some preteaching beforehand so students get a good idea about using adjectives and pronouns.