Sunday, November 13, 2011

How to show Youtube Clips at School

   Oh Technology is great...when it's working.  I didn't realize how dependent on my Promethean board I am until this past week when my projector bulb blew.  I've been at a loss waiting on the replacement.  I use it through my entire math lesson daily.  I've been struggling trying to show my kids how to do something on a hundred's chart from a small worksheet.   And all that led into a teacher story about how when I was school there were no smart boards.  We didn't even have dry erase boards.  We use to have to go outside and beat the chalk board erasers.  My kids were staring with their mouths open.  At that moment I felt sooo old!  They also asked for more stories like that during read-a-loud.  Hahaha!
    Our school has several (thousands) of websites blocked.  One of which is Youtube.  I understand the reasoning (protecting our children's eyes and minds)  however it can be annoying when there are so many good teaching clips on there.  Such as this one that I wanted to use during an observation lesson on prefixes:

Does it get any better than that?   

A co-worker shared a way to download and share you-tube clips (that are appropriate) during your lesson.  Maybe everyone else already knows this secret.  I sure didn't.

1.  On your home computer (that doesn't have everything blocked) download the free version of Real Time Player.   You can find it here:
2. Pull up the you-tube video that you want to save. 
3.  Your browser should have a box pop up asking if you want to download that video to Real Time Player.  However, if you are like me and don't get that popup, right click on the video and chose it from the drop down menu there.  
4. Go to real player.  Save video to a disk or thumb drive. 
5.  At school, down load the same Real Time Player.  
6.  Open your saved video and it should automatically play in the Real Time Player.  

Easy Peesy, Lemon Squeezy!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Veteran's Day

We are gearing up for our Veteran's Day Program on Friday.  I always use this time of year to teach my patriotic symbols unit and we do a lot of fun things to accompany Veteran's Day.  I thought I'd post my favorite two projects.  

I love this guy!  The pattern comes from a mailbox magazine.  We use tissue paper to cover the pattern and then place it on a sheet of card stock that has been covered with aluminum foil.  We'll decorate the hallway with these. 

My next favorite item is in my TPT store.  I display the picture cards in my pocket chart.  I then read their description cards and the kids have to tell me which picture goes with which card.  I also have several more sets of these that I let the kids play concentration (the matching game) with.  

You can see more about it here.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Reading Graphs

    I could talk about reading levels (we use Rigby), Fluency WPM, and sight words in my sleep.  I know where all my kids are and where they should be.  I'm engrossed in it.  Sometimes it's easy to forget that the parents' of the kids aren't so engrossed in it.  The teacher terms can be confusing if not well explained.  I created these graphs to help parents see where their kids are and where they should be at each point in the year.  I keep a master copy and then quickly fill out the parent's copy each grading period.  I realize that a lot of teachers won't be using Rigby levels, or our county's sight words but maybe this will give you an idea of how to create your own chart. 

Reading Graphs

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Proper Nouns

We have been studying Proper Nouns.  Anyone else ever have problems with their students confusing these with Plural nouns?  Oh my word!   

We made this Proper and Common Noun tree to help out.  The yellow leaves are common nouns that match the red leaf proper nouns they are hung with.  Same goes for the orange and green leaves. 

Monday, October 31, 2011

Plural Noun Pumpkin Patch

 We did this project to review making nouns plural.   This was after a week of practicing in class.

I used a large sheet of brown and blue bulletin board paper to create this hallway display.  I pre-wrote the singular nouns onto the pumpkins which I had just copied on orange construction paper.  The kids had to write the correct plural for that noun.   The brown signs tell the rules for changing singular nouns to plural.  The kids had to put their pumpkin in the right row.  I had twenty pumpkins for each row so that every kid had one of each.  

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Frankly, We don't know our shapes...

Whew!  What a crazy week.  It was red ribbon week, which meant the kids dressed up everyday and I needed to decorate my door, and we also celebrated Halloween on Friday at school.  It's much better to end the week crazy than to begin it that way!

I snatched my Frankenstein door idea off of pininterest.  I decided to have my kids make small Frankensteins to go around the sides of the door.   Oh accompanying sign said, "Frankly, We are Drug Free!"    I gave my kids a shape template to trace their Frankenstein head with.  We used rectangles, triangles, pentagons, hexagons, trapezoids, and parallelograms.  I quickly realized my kids do not know these shapes!  I'm sensing some shape turkeys in our near future.  :) 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Giveaway Winner

 Congratulations Ashley!  I'll be emailing you shortly!
Thanks to everyone who entered.  It was a lot of fun!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Reading Fluency

Before I get into this post two quick things:
  • Don't forget about my giveaway.  Leave a comment on the giveaway post before noon tomorrow for a chance to win a portfolio from Doodle Bugs Paper.  I'll be posting a winner tomorrow evening.
  • Walgreens is offering a free 8X10 collage.  I just ordered mine...last Friday we had Camp-Read-A-Lot in our class.  (I plan on posting about it later.)  I took a picture of each of my kids eating their smore.  They turned out so cute!  So I used those photos to make my collage.  I'll pick up a cheap frame and then place it in my room.  If you're interested in creating a collage the promo code is:  CLG8X10.  Super easy. 

 I had a few questions about the fluency giraffe  in my room. 
 I use this little guy to keep up with my kids' individual fluency rates.  

Each child has a small car with their name and their August Words Per Minute Rate.  I would like to say I test them weekly but it usually turns out to be more like every two weeks.    


 After being tested if their rate improved I move their car up.  I really stress to the kids that it's not a competition against others but against themselves.  They really don't pay much attention to it anyways.