Sunday, December 14, 2014

Come win $50.00 in TPT products!!

It's the great big finale!! BOOM! Come win a whopping' $50.00 to TPT this weekend!! You'll get $25 to my store and $25 to The Tattooed Teacher's store! 

I've had so much fun doing this 12 Days of Merry Teaching Giveaway with Rachel! I love that we get to have a huge finale to top it all off!

Also, as a huge 'finale x2' I've placed these two items HALF OFF! WAA?!

My Class and I are going to be Rockin' through the week with this guy!


(These suckers are saving my life this December - make them save your week!)

Now, enter to win $50.00 to TPT products. Rachel has an awesome freebie inside of the rafflecopter!


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Literature Circles Part 2!

And don't forget to enter the BIG giveaway at the end of this post! It's the last of my 12 Days of Teaching with Rachel! And you can win $50 in TpT product!

This is part two of introducing literature circles. You can read about part 1 here.

On my first post I talked about how I told the kids about literature circles, picked our books and decided how we would read.

The next step in getting our literature circles rolling along was learning about each job! I am using resources from all over the place and I will change my jobs as the year goes on - but, for now here are our jobs and the resources. (the names are from Amanda Nickerson's Lit. Circle Unit).

Snazzy Summarizer - Summarizing Page (click here to grab it)
Discussion Leader - Discussion Page (click here to grab it)
Bridge Builder (text to self/text/word connector) Amanda's Unit
Doodle Technician - Amanda's Unit

So, in all - we have a total of 5 jobs since we have a total of 5 students in most groups.

I introduced one job a day, in this order:

1. Doodle Technician
2. Bridge Builder (Text Connections)
3. Summarizer
4. Discussion Leader
5. Word Whiz

I did not just tell the kids WHAT the jobs was and said, "okay - good luck!" We did the job together.
I chose a quick and fun read - "The Third Grade Detectives #1" as a read aloud for the week.

This is how my little lessons went: I introduced the job - read a chapter and then passed out the job sheets to all students. We completed the job together. It was the perfect way for my to set the expectation for the job and for students to ask questions.

Each time I introduced a job, the students and I added information to a poster that they could use to help them complete their job to the best of their ability. 

The posters aren't anything fancy since I am always in a crunch this year, but they work. The posters are the students words exactly with a little guidance.
The pretty posters are from Amanda's store. I taped the white posters under her posters just to give a little more guidance of what I expect of them.
Also, by the bridge builder you'll see I added onto it. At this job students need to make 3 types of connections. Once, they do so I am asking them to tell me what happened in the text to make them make that connection. We are really working on providing evidence to everything we do!

Here is student work samples. I can't tell how helpful it was to take this process slow and bit by bit. I introduced one job a day - then, all students worked on the same job on the same book (my read-aloud). We came back and then had discussions on how to make it even better!

Each day that we worked on a job, we also worked on reading with our groups. 


Now, where do I keep this stuff? I'll be the first to say... I can't organize anything, ever to save my life. Like... it's a real problem. I am that person that would lose their head if it weren't attached! (scatterbrain!)  Now-that I've said that... I am pretty proud of myself right now... it's organize and it 'ain't movin'!!

I put the job title on the outside of my drawers. I got these at Big Lots this summer for a whopping $25!! Yes, they're labeled with sticky notes and it'll probably stay that way this year. At the end of each week, I check the copies in the drawer - if I'm running low, I put more in there. I keep about 35 in each drawer at a time.

That is all for today - I could keep going, but you know... this post is long enough.

Here is what I'll be talking about next time:
So, what did I do once students learned the jobs? How did I implement that?

Please, let me know if you have any questions about this portion. I'd be happy to answer them!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Doubles Books!

Yesterday we were introduced to our x2 multiplication facts & you can read about it here. Today, we learned about the commutative property and we created doubles books to work on word problems and our x2 (doubles) facts!

To work on commutative property I gave students a simple printable where they answered x2 facts. Then, we reviewed commutative property and students flip-flopped their multiplication problems. We discussed the patterns we saw and how we learned not just one fact... but, actually 2 facts!

I will be making multiplication products & you can grab a little part of this one for free! ;)

As we worked on our x2 facts we took breaks, flipped over our paper and recited the facts to work on memorizing them! *Fact Fluency!!!!*

Afterwards, I brought students down to the rug and presented the following word problem.

We worked together to solve the word problem using ALL of the strategies that we have learned so far! The kids came up to the board and completed each strategy. Then, we explained and discussed it for review.

After our little whole group lesson, students went back to their desk - I presented more word problems on the board and they completed the task you see above on their white boards. We shared and discussed again!

Then.................................... we started our Doubles Books!!
I let the kids take total ownership over these books. We all had to agree on a common topic so it was 'book like.' Then, we brainstormed situations that could happen with our topic.
They picked candy and came up with the situations that you saw above.
After we brainstormed, I modeled how to use the topic and a situation to create a x2 multiplication problem. Then, students brainstormed and wrote their own on their whiteboard - got it approved by me and then wrote it on their book page (aka blank white piece of paper)!

The kids did an awesome job and some students even created multi-step word problems! Happy teacher heart!!
I hope you are enjoying these little lesson posts - nothing crazy-but, I am taking it slow and figuring out how to teach this stuff! ;) I'll get more creative in later years but for now - it's working and we're having fun!

Tomorrow we are working on fact fluency with x2 facts and then we'll be moving onto x10 facts!