Sunday, July 22, 2012

Writing Process FREEBIE

Okay before I tell you about my fabulous writing freebie, let me just tell you all that I FINALLY found a venue for my wedding and reception! Can I get an Amen???? AMEN! Can I get a Hallelujah??!! I didn't think I was ever going to find one so I am SUPER excited! The wedding reception is going to be on the Langley AirForce Base (my dad is military) at their Ballroom, which over looks the water and is GORGEOUS! The wedding is going to be at the chapel on base which is also beautiful! The date has been set for June 22, 2013! I cannot wait!!!!!

So...let's celebrate with a freebie!  Writing Workshop is my absolute favorite part of the day! I love to see the growth in the kid's writing from the beginning of the year to the end! I'm sure many of you have witnessed the same thing! And it's Ah-Mazing!

To keep track of where my students are in the writing process, we use a chart (similar to the Behavior clip chart).  Each student has a clip with his/her name on it and when we check in at the beginning of writing workshop to see where everyone is in their writing, I will move their clip to the correct process spot. When I taught first grade, I moved my student's clips for them, but last year with my third graders, I allowed them to move their clip on their own whenever they moved along in the writing process.

Next year I'll be teaching 2nd (this will be my first year in 2nd) so I haven't decided if I will allow the kids to move their own clip whenever they move in the writing process, or if I will move it for them at the check-in. Any ideas???

Here are my writing process posters!

You can grab these at my TPT Store or my Teachers Notebook Store.  :)

I'm not sure how to make it so that you can click on the picture and it will take you to the link. Any help would be appreciated! Thank you!!!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mystery Exercise Update and Freebie

So I am a little OCD (like most teachers) and I was looking through my "What's My Mystery Exercise" activity and realized that I don't like the format of it that much, so of course, I spent all afternoon changing it so that it looks visually more appealing! :)  A couple of weeks ago, I posted about the importance of integrating health and fitness into the classroom. You can read about that HERE.

In my "What's My Mystery Exercise" activity, there are 8 activities, that all include answer keys. The concepts included are: identifying the value of the underlined digit (hundreds, tens, ones), identifying the expanded form of a number, reading the word form of a number and identifying the standard form, and identifying the value of base ten blocks.

Basically, students will answer questions 1-8, then find the answer in the alphabet key, and will have to write the corresponding letter in the Mystery Exercise Box.  At the end, students will "crack the code" and will be given an exercise! So, after sitting and answering the questions, we are giving the kids a break by allowing them to perform an exercise. Love it!


Leave a comment about you integrate health and fitness into your classroom, and I will send this to you for free! Don't forget to leave your email! This is a 48 hour offer! Ends Saturday!

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Place Value Centers Pack

Good Morning! Can you believe I was up at 6:30 am...yes, A.M.. I mean I know it's summer break and all but yesterday I slept in until noon and felt bad about it so I decided to get up early and be productive this morning.  And by productive, I mean watching True Blood and looking at wedding stuff on Pinterest! :)

Well, I FINALLY finished my Place Value Centers Pack. I'm not sure why it's taking me so long to finish this, but it's done! It's a 124 page Pirate Themed Place Value Pack with 11 activities to use in your math centers. I use Guided Math Groups in my classroom, so these will be a part of my Guided Math Rotations.  

Do you use Guided Math?

The activities in this pack include:

* Place Value Puzzle with Recording Sheet
* Place Value Bingo 
* Race the Ship Place Value Game (I love this one)
* Pirates, Treasures, and Place Value (cute game!)
* Place Value Pictures (students will create pictures using base ten blocks and determine the value--inspired by Marilyn Burns)
*  Race to 100
* Place Value Word Wall Cards
* What's My Mystery Exercise Activities (integrate health and fitness!)
* Place Value Tic Tac Toe (3 different versions)

As always, the first 2 fabulous people to comment get this pack for FREE! 

Monday, July 16, 2012

Must Have Picture Books (Linky Party)

I linked up with Lindsey, The Teachers Wife and am sharing some of my FAVORITE picture books!
I absolutely love ALL of Kevin Henkes books and always start with these in the beginning of the school year! Then, of course, I revisit them and read them again...Again...AND AGAIN! The kids love them too!

Place Value Student Booklet

Wow! Where does the time go? Sorry it's been a while since I last posted! I've been extremely swamped with wedding stuff...not just my wedding, but a friends wedding too! This past weekend I had the honor of being one of the bridesmaids for one of my best friends from high school. That wedding was a BLAST! It makes me SUPER excited for my own wedding. Hopefully I'll have a wedding venue set this week. I'll be visiting two more places and hopefully it works out! I will feel SO MUCH better once I have a venue set and stone.

Well, I've also been working on a Place Value Centers Activity Pack. I'm ALMOST finished with it! I'm hoping to get it finished by tonight so I can have it up for you guys tomorrow. AND it's Pirate Themed! I know my students are going to LOVE that! Argggggggggggg!

But, here is a student booklet on place value that I wanted to share with you guys.  I'm very much into integrating literacy into all core subject areas, so I love to create booklets for math! So here is the place value one that I created. It's great for introducing a unit on place value.  This would be great for your second grade loves! There is a little review in the beginning that they should have gotten in first grade, and if not, well here it is! There are also some practice pages in the back of the booklet. This booklet can be used in small group or whole group. I'll be using this in small groups, since I do Guided Math Groups in my classroom.

You can grab the Place Value Student Booklet HERE at my TPT store or HERE at my Teachers Notebook store.  Here are some of the pages in the My Place Value Book!   The first two people to leave a comment will get this for free! Don't forget to leave your email! Enjoy!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Health and Fitness in the Classroom

So anybody who knows me, KNOWS that I absolutely like LOVE to exercise. I just started to take up running but usually you can find me lifting in the gym. So obviously I spread my love for exercise along to my students. It's so funny, because at the end of last year, one of my end of the year gifts was a NIKE workout shirt and NIKE headbands. students know exercise = Ms. Monroe. Anyways, enough of  MY obsession with fitness.

I believe it is SO important for kids to be exposed to health and fitness in the classroom, at school, and at home.  As teachers, we are these kids second parents (for some, we ARE their parents), so we have the biggest influence on our students. If we instill in them the importance of health and fitness, they will be healthier kids emotionally, physically, and mentally.  There are so many studies that correlate exercise to intelligence.

The county I work in has a great fantastic health program called SHIP (School Health Initiative Program).  We have SHIP teachers who come into our classrooms once a week and model lessons that incorporate health and fitness.  We are so lucky to have such wonderful SHIP teachers to be great examples for our students and teach them about the importance of health and fitness...and guess what....THE KIDS LOVE IT!

There are so many games and activities you can use in your classroom to promote healthy eating and exercise.

# 1
Easy things like...whenever you do snacks or activities with food, try and use healthy snacks such as fruit, dried fruit, vegetables, pretzels, water, granola, etc.  Another super easy thing that I do with my math word problems is use real life examples that describes my healthy life.

For example:  Ms. Monroe went to the Farmers Market and bought 9 egg plants, 10 green peppers, and 7 cucumbers. How many vegetables did Ms. Monroe buy at the Farmers Market.

Another example:  Ms. Monroe went to the gym at 5:00pm. She exercised for 2 hours.  What time did Ms. Monroe leave the gym?

# 2
Give your students brain breaks! In the middle of a lesson, have your students stand up and perform an exercise, just to get them moving! I have a set of cards (that my wonderful SHIP teacher bought for me) with different exercises, and I will simply have a student come up and pick a card, and the entire class will perform the exercise. This will help them regain focus...and of course...THEY LOVE IT!

# 3
 Play games! There are so many games that involve getting our students moving! Here is a game that I've created, called Sight Word Money Fitness. You can grab this HERE at my TPT Store or HERE at my Teachers Notebook Store.

How To Play: Well it's simple.
Students can play this independently or with a partner.  Each person or set of partners gets one alphabet key, one game board, tub of coins, and the set of playing cards (each set is labeled with a letter, so all pieces with the letter A on it, are used together).  

Students will look at the gameboard and notice the first sight word. Example: The word "might". The student will then use the alphabet key to get the coins that match the letter. Example: For the letter "m" the student would get a dime. They would continue this process until they've spelled out the entire word. Then, the student would count the total amount of coins for that word, find the matching card with that value and perform the exercise. They would do this for the entire gameboard ( 5 sightwords per gameboard). 

# 4
 Complete worksheets....oh but these aren't plain old worksheets. These include.....EXERCISES AT THE END! :)  

I created these because students need that paper pencil practice to reinforce a concept, but I thought I would make it fun by adding an exercise for them to do when they are finished. It's called...What's My Mystery Exercise? I've only created sheets that go along with Place Value for 1st and 2nd grade. i will be creating them for every math topic, so stay tuned for these!

Click HERE to grab this Place Value Mystery Exercise Set. You can also grab this HERE at my Teachers Notebook store.  There are 8 activities, all include answer keys. Concepts include: Identifying the value of the underlined digit, identifying the expanded form of a number, reading the word form of a number and finding the standard form, and identifying the value of base ten blocks.  

Basically, students will answer questions 1-8, then find the answer in the KEY, and will have to write the corresponding letter in the Mystery Exercise Box.  At the end, the students will "crack the code" and will be given an exercise!  So, after sitting and answering questions, we are giving the kids a break by allowing them to perform an exercise!

The first two people to comment get What's My Mystery Exercise: Place Value for free! Don't forget to leave your email.

Happy "Health and Fitness" Teaching!
<3 The Teacher Wears Prada

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

1st Wedding Venue Hunt and Time Word Wall Cards FREEBIE

Today was the day I started my wedding reception venue hunt! I wasn't feeling overwhelmed this morning but after visiting two venues, I'm feeling like I will NEVER find a venue that I'm in love with!  But, I'm reminding myself that it's only the beginning and I have another tour scheduled for Thursday AND Friday! Thursday I will be going to Fords Colony Clubhouse and Friday I will be going to the New Kent Winery, keep your fingers crossed!!! 

Should I be freaking out so early??! My tentative dates are May 25/26, I still have some time.  If you've recently planned a wedding or remember what it was like planning your wedding, I would LOVE to hear your comments and some encouragement. :)

I'd also like to share my Time Vocabulary Word Wall Cards cards for your Math Word Wall. Just like a sight word/word study word wall, kids definitely need a math wall to refer to for math vocabulary! 

 I also have Money Word Wall cards (mentioned in a previous blog post) that you can get for free HERE!

Only 4 more days until the Monthly Giveaway! Don't forget to enter!

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