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Rethinking Reading Logs for young readers

Rethinking Reading Logs for young readers

I have spent most of my career teaching little people, and a good part of that time parenting little people, too. One topic of great discussion (well beyond kindergarten and grade one) was that of the Reading Log.

As a first grade teacher, I had mixed feelings about sending them home. It’s fairly easy to figure out early on what will become of one’s students’ reading logs throughout the year. As parents, we all have the best intentions. Teachers know that. Many of us fill both roles.

Life gets busy, especially that in-between school and bed time when you have to make and clean up dinner between driving kids everywhere ensure they’re somewhat clean, and maybe even do some homework. I believe that most parents do read with, or to, their kids. Writing it down (especially when we’re exhausted and feeling like we’re being policed?) Well, that’s a whole other story.

How many evenings did I spend at the end of each month, sitting at my kitchen table with a selection of different colored pens, filling in my kids’ reading logs? We absolutely read each night, probably for too long, but we sure didn’t break the spell to keep track of it all!

It is because I valued passing on the love of reading that, in the case of traditional Reading Logs, our kids learned from me that I was okay with dishonesty (under very specific circumstances). Yep, they learned that the magic of reading trumped honesty. GULP.

The Parent / Teacher Connection:

When I was teaching Reading Recovery, between my training and the variety of students I had, I began to really understand the difference between passive and active learners, and the connection between our roles as parents and teachers. Have you heard the phrase ‘Never do for a child what he can do for himself’? I’m a believer.

There was a very definite link between how quickly my students that were more independent with getting ready for recess or home, for example, and using the strategies I was teaching them, were progressing through the program. Those who simply shrugged when I asked them a question, or stood daydreaming in the hall, expecting someone to come and zip up their jackets were the ones who seemed to struggle the most. They were also the ones who left their reading bags at home, waited to be directed for every step of the same structured lesson we had each day. Some of my students did not have bedtime stories because they ‘didn’t have time’. (That did not surprise me with the amount of time it took to travel down a short hallway!)

I have ‘rejigged’ the reading log for the little people, with the purpose of parents and teachers focusing on maintaining the natural enthusiasm and building responsibility for their learning in our little people! Have a look:


Th 2 Reading Log bw cover

This is the front

cover, with space

for the student’s

portrait and

name. Copy onto

colored paper

or let them color

it themselves! 


Th 3 Reading Logs

This is the first

inside page of

the Reading

Log, with the

legend and a

note for parents

explaining how

it all works! 


Th 4 10 June Reading Log

Students draw in &

submit reading

log with a page

completed monthly.

after discussing  

the 3 boxes at 

bottom at home.


strips - Copy

This is a later addition

to Reading Logs –

rejigged, for anyone

wishing to add extra

strips for additional

tracking (weekly?)

Simply return to your

My Purchases page &

download an update!


Th1 Familiar Reading explained! Free handout for parents and volunteers by ThatFunReadingTeacher

While this is not part of

Reading Logs – rejigged

it is the ideal info sheet

(& freebie) to include

with it or in your

familiar reading bags! 


It is my hope, that by focusing on each child as an individual ‘Superstar’ Reader (front cover), who has an important job to do in bringing his or her special Reading Folder or bag home regularly (hopefully with a library book to listen to, and/or some familiar reading), and returning it to school, it help foster a sense of pride in being a big kid who ‘reads’.

It is also my hope that our earliest little readers and their parents find reading stories at bedtime something they look forward to each night, and that stories accompany them elsewhere in their lives!

Below, please find the links to the free one month trial version and the full versions of Reading Logs – rejigged! If you like this idea, please pass it on!

I would love to hear your thoughts on reading logs, this new one, and alternatives you use.

Best wishes to all of you as we embark on another school year!



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Reading Logs for young readers? Here’s an alternative!

Rethinking Reading Logs for young readers

I have spent most of my career teaching little people, and a good part of that time parenting little people, too. One topic of great discussion (well beyond kindergarten and grade one) was that of the Reading Log.

As a first grade teacher, I had mixed feelings about sending them home. It’s fairly easy to figure out early on what will become of one’s students’ reading logs throughout the year. As parents, we all have the best intentions. Teachers know that. Many of us fill both roles.

Life gets busy, especially that in-between school and bed time when you have to make and clean up dinner between driving kids everywhere ensure they’re somewhat clean, and maybe even do some homework. I believe that most parents do read with, or to, their kids. Writing it down (especially when we’re exhausted and feeling like we’re being policed?) Well, that’s a whole other story.

How many evenings did I spend at the end of each month, sitting at my kitchen table with a selection of different colored pens, filling in my kids’ reading logs? We absolutely read each night, probably for too long, but we sure didn’t break the spell to keep track of it all!

It is because I valued passing on the love of reading that, in the case of traditional Reading Logs, our kids learned from me that I was okay with dishonesty (under very specific circumstances). Yep, they learned that the magic of reading trumped honesty. GULP.

The Parent / Teacher Connection:

When I was teaching Reading Recovery, between my training and the variety of students I had, I began to really understand the difference between passive and active learners, and the connection between our roles as parents and teachers. Have you heard the phrase ‘Never do for a child what he can do for himself’? I’m a believer.

There was a very definite link between how quickly my students that were more independent with getting ready for recess or home, for example, and using the strategies I was teaching them, were progressing through the program. Those who simply shrugged when I asked them a question, or stood daydreaming in the hall, expecting someone to come and zip up their jackets were the ones who seemed to struggle the most. They were also the ones who left their reading bags at home, waited to be directed for every step of the same structured lesson we had each day. Some of my students did not have bedtime stories because they ‘didn’t have time’. (That did not surprise me with the amount of time it took to travel down a short hallway!)

I have ‘rejigged’ the reading log for the little people, with the purpose of parents and teachers focusing on maintaining the natural enthusiasm and building responsibility for their learning in our little people! Have a look:


Th 2 Reading Log bw cover

This is the front

cover, with space

for the student’s

portrait and

name. Copy onto

colored paper

or let them color

it themselves! 


Th 3 Reading Logs

This is the first

inside page of

the Reading

Log, with the

legend and a

note for parents

explaining how

it all works! 


Th 4 10 June Reading Log

Students draw in &

submit reading

log with a page

completed monthly.

after discussing  

the 3 boxes at 

bottom at home.


strips - Copy

This is a later addition

to Reading Logs –

rejigged, for anyone

wishing to add extra

strips for additional

tracking (weekly?)

Simply return to your

My Purchases page &

download an update!


Th1 Familiar Reading explained! Free handout for parents and volunteers by ThatFunReadingTeacher

While this is not part of

Reading Logs – rejigged

it is the ideal info sheet

(& freebie) to include

with it or in your

familiar reading bags! 


It is my hope, that by focusing on each child as an individual ‘Superstar’ Reader (front cover), who has an important job to do in bringing his or her special Reading Folder or bag home regularly (hopefully with a library book to listen to, and/or some familiar reading), and returning it to school, it help foster a sense of pride in being a big kid who ‘reads’.

It is also my hope that our earliest little readers and their parents find reading stories at bedtime something they look forward to each night, and that stories accompany them elsewhere in their lives!

Below, please find the links to the free one month trial version and the full versions of Reading Logs – rejigged! If you like this idea, please pass it on!

I would love to hear your thoughts on reading logs, this new one, and alternatives you use.

Best wishes to all of you as we embark on another school year!



 FULL PRODUCT
RL fr sample FREE SAMPLE

The full product comes with all 12 months, plus additional months  for August, October,

November, December and April to keep options open regardless of country or religion!
Reading Log preview.png - Copy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Related:

First Grade and Kindergarten Literacy Bundle


Follow That Fun Reading Teacher’s board Kindergarten Literacy Fun on Pinterest.

 

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Whooo Am I? Riddle Craftivity Freebie”

by I Love 1st Grade by Cecelia Magro

1st – 3rd Grade

 

Riddle Craftivity

 

Here is a darling owl riddle writing freebie. Everything is included to make this adorable bulletin board.

 

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “IB Learner Profile Bracelets”

by An Element of Fun in First

Pre-Kindergarten – 5th Grade

 

IB Learner Profile Bracelets

 

Students can wear these bracelets when they are demonstrating one of the learner profiles. These bracelets are in color only, so print in black and white if you would rather not have color.
These bracelets have clip art that matches “The Big IB Bundle”, which includes the learner profile, attitudes, skills, action cycle, themes, and key concepts and can be found here at The Big IB Bundle.
Enjoy!

 

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WHAT I DID ON SUMMER VACATION

Ms Makinson Earth Drawing ScreenshotI relaxed for several days in an ashram in India. I scaled Mt. Everest in a dangerous ascent. I explored declining sea life on faded reefs and in the depths of the ocean. I also gazed at famous paintings and scultpures in the Vatican, and I spent an entire week in Africa. I visited with the inventors of the airplane, the Wright brothers. WOW! I did quite a lot! How did I do it?

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Back to School Ice Breaker”

by Fourth Grade Frenzy

2nd – 5th Grade

 

Back to School Ice Breaker

 

This back to school ice breaker game will get your students up and moving on the first day of school. Students will mingle with classmates, ask questions, and get their new friends to sign off on their paper. Students try to finish by getting each classmate to sign only one box. That way students are encouraged to talk to as many classmates as possible. Once the class is finished, begin sharing some information about each student. You might want to begin the discussion with a question like, “Who can tell me something about Brianna?” Continue until all students have been named. The students love it when their teacher joins the game!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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FREE MATH LESSON – “August / September Owl Calendar Cards and Headers (Back to School Theme)”

by Little Minds and Hearts

Pre-Kindergarten – 6th Grade

 

Owl Calendar Cards and Headers

 

These owl themed calendar cards will complement any classroom calendar for the first month of school, whether you start in August or September! Calendar number cards measure 3″ x 3″ and follow an AB pattern. The header is 3″ x 9.5″ and comes in both green and blue chevron (you choose which to use) to match the cards. Numbers up to 31 are included, as well as blank cards.

Sets available:
Full School Year Owl Calendar Cards and Headers (Includes all 11 sets below at a discount)
August/September Owl Calendar Cards and Headers (Back to School)
September Owl Calendar Cards and Headers (Fall Leaves)
October Owl Calendar Cards and Headers (Halloween)
November Owl Calendar Cards and Headers (Thanksgiving)
December Owl Calendar Cards and Headers (Christmas)
January Owl Calendar Cards and Headers (Winter)
February Owl Calendar Cards and Headers (Valentine’s Day)
March Owl Calendar Cards and Headers (St. Patrick’s Day)
April Owl Calendar Cards and Headers (Spring/Easter)
May Owl Calendar Cards and Headers (Flowers)
May/June Owl Calendar Cards and Headers (Graduation)

 

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Back to School Clipart”

by Johnston Digital Designs

Pre-Kindergarten – 12th Grade

 

Back to School Clipart

 

There are 11 colorful png images with 300 dpi and 11 black and white png image. Overall, there is a total of 22 png images with 300 DPI.

All free and paid graphics may be used for personal and classroom use. In addition, Individuals may also use the graphics as part of creating products that are sold on TPT as long as the graphics are not being sold as is. Individuals may also use clipart for commercial use, as long as the graphics are not being sold as is. Overall, place images inside of another secured document and please give credit (Digital Graphics by Bobbi Johnston) and link back to my TPT shop, if you choose to use any free or paid clipart. Thank you! Enjoy!

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Copyright ©2015 by Bobbi Johnston

 

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FREE MATH LESSON – “Multiplication Club Bulletin Board Set ~ FREEBIE”

by Lifelong Learner – Yvette’s Corner

3rd – 8th Grade

 

Multiplication Club Bulletin Board Set

 

Check out this EYE-CATCHING, MOTIVATIONAL Multiplication Club Bulletin Board Set!!! It includes everything you need for a math bulletin board. You can keep it up all year if you’d like.

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Back To School Parent’s Guide for 1st – 5th Grade”

by The Teacher Next Door

Pre-Kindergarten – 5th Grade

 

Back To School Parent's Guide for 1st - 5th Grade

 

This Parent’s Guide is a great tool to give to parents at Back To School Night. It organizes important classroom information and serves as a handy reference guide. I love it because it also serves as a talking point tool for my Back To School speech.

This Parent Guide is a Word Document, so you’re able to customize it to fit your own classroom’s needs.The five page handout can then be copied back to back and folded to create a mini-booklet for your student’s parents.

The copying of the book can be a little tricky, so here’s how I do it:

To make the booklet, run the cover by itself. The next two pages are back to back: Getting to Know Miss Larson with Communication and also back to back are 5th Grade Curriculum with Grading, Daily Work and Homework.

When you do it this way, the pages will be in order: Cover, Getting to Know _______, Communication, 5th Grade Curriculum, Grading, Discipline, Birthdays, Misc. Notes, Larsonease and the back cover (important numbers). Hope this helps!

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ELA Back to School MUST Have Resource

If you are a junior or intermediate ELA teacher this resource is a true must have to get your year off to a great (and easy!) start. Modelled after Founts and Pinnell and the work they have done in the primary grades, my junior and intermediate reading/writing resource has everything you need to get your workshops up and running for the year! This resource came about after working at a literacy coach for five years. This was the answer to all the questions I was getting from teachers about how to set up and start their workshops for the year.  It is also the resource I have used in my own classroom. (Click image to be taken to the resource)

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Each lesson is laid out in a non-nonsense, easy to use format.

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Writers’ Workshop includes:
This resources included everything you need to set up your Writers’ Workshop program.
Among the lessons included are:
Set-up
Revising/Editing
Peer Editing
Abandoning Writing
Author’s Chair
Generating Ideas
Conferencing

Reading Workshop includes:
This resource is the complete first twenty days and is meant for the junior and intermediate classes. Part Fountas and Pinnell, part collaboration, this resource will help you take your students on the next step, beyond the primary level reading workshop. This resource includes all the required lesson plans, BLMs and anchor chart ideas.
Among the lessons included are:
Accessing Reading Materials
Listening to Your Inner Voice
Reasons to Abandon Books
Leaving Tracks of Your Thinking
Different Kinds of Non-Fiction
Reading Response Journals
Creating a List of Your Reading
Book Talks

Bonus: Creating Book Trailers

82 pages of AWESOMENESS! How is that not the best way to get your year off and running.

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “FREEBIE – Find Someone Who – Back to School – Getting to Know You”

by Love Learn Teach

2nd – 6th Grade

 

Find Someone Who - Back to School

 

“Find Someone Who” is a cooperative learning structure that is terrific to get students up and moving, as well as interacting with each other.

This version is perfect for the first week of school! It is a great way to break the ice and get students interacting with one another.

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In my classroom, we use “Find Someone Who” in many ways:

-As a class builder or ice breaker
-As a fun alternative to independent practice
-As a review before quizzes
-For spiral review of previously learned concepts
-Prior to high-stakes testing

Depending on the concept, students may spend 10-20 minutes completing the activity.

Directions for this cooperative learning structure are included.

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “Sticky Note Collaboration Game: Back to School (Get to Know Your Teacher)”

by Chalkboard Creations

3rd – 6th Grade

 

Sticky Note Collaboration Game

 

This is a great Back to School game for the first few days of school! Students are put into small groups and given sticky notes. Individually the students answer questions about their teacher. Then they work together to decide on one answer. Any student who writes the correct answer on his or her individual sticky note earns one point for their team. Any team who write the correct answer on their team sticky note earns 5 points for their team.
This is a great ice breaker activity and helps the students get to know their teacher!
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Starting a Reading Buddies program in your classroom? Some tips and a freebie!

 

Starting a #ReadingBuddies program in your classroom- Some tips and a freebie to get you started!

 

Thinking about starting a Reading Buddies program in your classroom this year? Here are some tips and tools to get things rolling!

Consider putting School-wide Reading Buddies on a staff meeting agenda.

Discuss the benefits for all students with your divisional leads and administration, and even if the seed of the idea is planted to be reassessed next year, it will give you a sense of who might be open to a pairing for this year.

Take age into consideration.

An age / grade difference of 2-3 years between buddies puts a clear boundary between who the big buddies and little buddies are.

Approach a colleague about pairing classes…

…and be realistic about whether your schedules will work! Casual conversation over lunch can often accomplish this, but it seems like our time is less our own these days! I have created this free letter and form to simplify the process:

Reading Buddies teacher letter free 

Build Reading Buddy time into your timetable.

When ‘it’s official’ everyone knows what to expect, when. Perhaps it is alternate week familiar reading, word-work, or math skills review through games, part of character education or religious education for forty minutes. While  may Reading Buddies may not appear in on the timetable your principal has to hand in to the school board, it’s important that the kids have this special time to look forward to. It could even happen over lunch!

Define expectations to both classes.

This is accomplished best if done as individual classes, as the expectations differ for the age groups in some ways. Review general expectations when they are brought together for the first few times, and provide visual reminders. Reading Buddies time can quickly look like recess if sixty kids are unsure of what the rules are, half the kids, ‘read the book already’ and have decided to hang out with someone else!

Talk to your partner class’ teacher about general and specific expectations.

I wrote general expectations in a storybook lesson format for my students, explaining to the bigger buddies (third graders) ‘This is what I am reading to your little buddies‘ (kindergarters). One of my valued TpT customers reads her class the story, then posts the pages on a bulletin board! I love that!

Here are some ideas for general expectations from my Reading Buddies Starter pack:

Student expectations defined in That Fun Reading Teacher's Reading Buddies Starter Pack

What are some expectations that you find important to put in place during Reading Buddies time?

Best wishes to all you!

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The benefits of a Reading Buddies program and not just the little buddies! by That Fun Reading Teacher Reading Buddies

#BTS Big Bundle by That Fun Reader Teacher Rethinking Reading Logs for young students by That Fun Reading Teacher


FREE MISC. LESSON – “Student Teacher Survival Kit”

by The Creative Classroom

Pre-Kindergarten – 12th Grade

 

Student Teacher Survival Kit

 

Are you going to have a student teacher in your classroom this semester and want to find a creative way to welcome them? Download my Student Teacher Survival Kit product. This fun and inexpensive gift will surely help calm any nervousness and ease your student teacher into her new role. I created this file while I was making a Student Teaching Survival Kit for my student teacher and thought I would share it. In addition, I have added a survival kit for teachers. This can be used to welcome a new teacher to your team or school. It can also be a great gift to teachers that you mentor or coach on your campus.

Created by Stephanie M. Icenogle, The Creative Classroom © 2013
All rights reserved by author.
Permission to copy for single classroom use only.
Electronic distribution limited to single classroom use only.

 

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Back to School Daily Reading Comprehension FREEBIE”

by Elements of Elementary

4th – 6th Grade

 

Back to School Daily Reading Comprehension

 

1 FULL week of August’s Daily Reading Comprehension is FREE forever with this download. Enjoy 1 week of daily reading comprehension worksheets for 5th grade. Thinking of buying a full month (or more) of daily reading comprehension activities? Check this out and give it a try in your classroom before you commit!

This week-long activity is a fictional story about going back to school. Written on a 5th grade reading level, it is perfect for daily morning work or homework.

Great for standardized test prep, these passages have the feel and re-reading of a close read with more structure. Questions are grouped by type so that students focus on one main skill a day.

Monday – students read the passage and answer questions about main idea, theme, and the general form of the text.

Tuesday – students re-read the passage and answer multiple choice, standardized-test styled questions.

Wednesday – students re-read the passage and answer character or setting questions about the text.

Thursday – students re-read the passage and answer GUM (Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics) questions about the text.

Friday – students re-read the passage and answer short-answer, written response questions about the text.

Like what you see? All of August & September are available now, with other months coming soon!

August Daily Reading Comprehension

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FREE MISC. LESSON – “All About Me Sheet (FREE)”

by Jessica Osborne

3rd – 9th Grade

 

All About Me Sheet

 

All About Me Sheet: This FREE “About Me” graphic organizer activity is a unique and very visual way to get to know your students. Use the provided example and have your students complete the graphic organizer about their lives. Then allow students to share in partners, groups, or to the whole class. These make a great bulletin board display after sharing. Finally, save these sheets until the end of the year and have the kids do it again on the last day of school. Then give them back their original one so they can see how their lives have changed.

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Back to School Literacy {Freebie}”

by Sailing into Second

1st – 4th Grade

 

Back to School Literacy

 

Celebrate the back to school with this fun and engaging activity! There is 1 syllable activity, word cards, and a recording sheet to match.

If you liked this freebie, check out the entire unit HERE!

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FREE LANGUAGE ARTS LESSON – “Star of the Week Student Poster Freebie {Back to School Activity}!”

by Curriculum Castle

Kindergarten – 3rd Grade

 

Star of the Week Student Poster

 

Our star of the week poster makes a perfect beginning of the year activity! Your students will feel extra special when you give them a chance to be featured as the classroom star! These posters look great displayed in the classroom. You can back them onto a piece of colorful construction paper, enlarge them at your local copy store, or just print and have students decorate them just as they are.

This is a great activity to send home and have your students complete with the help of their family.

* This poster is one activity found in our Teacher Binder & Back to School Survival Kit!

Enjoy!
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Getting Through Parents’ Night – Sharing is Caring Teacher Blogging Collaborative

By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

Do you ever find yourself losing sleep over parent night?

These seasoned educators from our Sharing is Caring Teacher Blogging Collaborative have some great tips for you.

Read what they have to say about the subject.

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By Marcy Howe of It’s a Teacher Thing

Make the most of your Back-to-School event. Organize your presentation, make sure you’ve given the essential information,

and make families feel comfortable and welcomed on your campus.

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By Retta London of Rainbow City Learning

A few tips to help you relax about your Parents’ Night presentation. You’ve got this!

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By Deann Marin of Socrates Lantern

I’d like to share what my partner and I have done to make parent night fun for everyone, including ourselves,

since neither of us likes to get up in front of an audience, other than our classroom, lol! 

Six Tips for Making Parent’s Night a Piece of Cake

By Marypat Mahoney of Just Add Students

Six tips to help you make the most out of Parent’s Night.

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Not Another Parent Night!

 

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Are you thinking, Oh No!!! Another parent night, what am I going to do? Do you stay up worrying the night before?, or feel butterflies in your stomach? Are you self conscious about getting up and speaking in front of parents? Well, if you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re not alone.

My teaching partner and I came up with a way to make parent night fun for everyone, including ourselves, since neither of us likes to get up in front of an audience, other than our classroom, lol!

It happened one afternoon, after the kids had gone home.  We wanted to do something different for parent night.  Suddenly, the phrase, “Actions speak louder than words,” came into my head, and I had an Ah ha! moment. Why not show parents what our program is like instead of telling them.  That’s  how our Parent Night Video Program began.

We prepared for the  taping by making sure we got the go ahead from the principal as well ICS_MS_lockersas all the teachers who work with our students. Next we let our classes in on it, and they just loved the idea.

When the appointed day arrived, we were at the front door, camcorder in hand, to tape them as soon as they got off the bus. We were  greeted with waves and hellos as they entered the building and proceeded to their homerooms.

Mostly, we recorded  the kids, but we also wanted to show our teaching style so the parents could get to know us a little, We would go back and forth between rooms creating a short video of both. This can be tricky because the kids are alone for a few minutes just about every period. It’s amazing how much you learn about yourself and your charges when you watch yourself teach. We always made sure that we captured each child doing something, we never wanted anyone to feel left out, or for any parent to say, “I didn’t see my Sally.”

After period one which was either history or science, we’d escort them to Unified Arts, taping while walking. Some of them would be sewing, others would be doing woodwork, art, or metal shop. Again we would go back and forth between classes doing our filming. Parents loved to see them in action, we’d hear “oohs and ahs,” as they saw their little ones using power equipment, or sewing machines, and cleaning up after themselves. They were in amazed at the types of things the kids did, especially in metal/wood-shop, without losing fingers or limbs.

Unified Arts were over, we would then tape either English or Math classes  continuing to make sure that everyone was included.

At the finish of a busy morning,  we would switch classes and get ready to go to lunch. which is a real trip. We filmed them going through the lunch line and showed the cafeteria staff serving their food. Watching their child eat, and what they threw away was eye opening for many parents.

Back to class to continue taping either math, English, world history or science classes.  As the day drew to a close, you could still see us taping the children while in homeroom study period. and as their buses were being announced over the loudspeaker.  Our ending statement says it all, “The last bus has been called, the room is empty, and quiet and sometimes we like it like that.” We always get chuckles from the parents because they can relate.

Our final step, before parent night, was to send notes home letting them know that they will be viewing a  presentation of, A Day in the Life of their Child. Then we did some edits.

During the day of parent night, the class gets to see the end production, We give them popcorn or some type or snack and enjoy the movie together. We can now laugh at ourselves and congratulate the students for a job well done.

Parent night finally arrived and our production was ready for viewing. We introduced it and told them that the video will probably answer every question that they might have and it usually does. Jokingly we called ourselves Marin & Filipek DeMille after the Hollywood director Cecil B. DeMille and the parents cparents clappinghuckled over that. The ice had been broken and we’re ready to begin.

Of course, there were times when the unexpected happened, like the video player doesn’t work, or we can’t find the TV that we signed up for. We’re all human, and these things occur. We took it in our stride and the parents were understanding. Eventually, we got everything up and running and all were happy.

The best part is to watch the reactions of the parents as they watch their kiddos in action. They marvel at how busy they are and how
much work is done throughout the day. They’ve never seen how their child behaves in school and they just love this. Better still, they realize what a difficult job we, as teachers have trying to tame these middle school children.

 

 

 

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Labor Day -Spanish Word Search & Criss Cross Puzzle- BONUS:Las Profesiones

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LABOR DAY IN SPANISH

Great Lesson to celebrate Labor Day in your Classroom. This lesson was designed to practice cognates and to teach students about the celebration of Labor Day in May in most Latin American Countries. You will also have a Community Workers in Spanish Word Search.

1) Word Search= 24 sentences and words (For example)
BARBACOA, COMUNIDAD, DERECHOS, DESFILES, FESTIVOS, …..PROSPERIDAD, UNION, TRABAJADORES…

2) 14 Labor Day Cross Word Puzzle with Spanish word bank full of cognates. Great dictionary practice for your students. Have them work in groups of two to figure out the answer. Homework pass for the winners.

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3) Profesiones. This Word Search is a very good introduction to Professions full of cognates. Perfect cool homework assignment

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FOLLOW-UP

*** Las Profesiones Thematic Unit- This full Professions in Spanish lesson can help introduce and practice the vocabulary related to community workers.

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*** Las Profesiones-Spanish Professions- What they Do and Where they work?- This comprehensive unit combines vocabulary for professions, with verbs AR/ER/IR and locations. Great way to teach students how to write sentences.

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Back to School and Fall Graphic Organizers: Kindergarten and Primary – and a SURPRISE ONE DAY SALE!

 


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Hello my friends. Are you fans of graphic organizers? Since I have started teaching Special Education, I have become one, particularly of repeating the three-frame format regularly to encourage sequential thinking and organization in our youngest students. It helps them understand, make predictions and retell the stories they hear and read, and plan out those they create.

I say create, and not write, because some of our students do not write, in a conventional way. When focusing on beginning, middle and end; first, next, finally; list creation or anything else that a three-frame organizer can accommodate (and really, the possibilities are wide open, which you will see in the post I wrote here demonstrating some options for the free Earth Day 3-frame graphic organizer).

Regardless of age, motor skills, or writing ability, this format allows space for drawing, stamping, pasting pictures, using stickers, and large invented spelling with the teacher’s translation below!

I have created a bundle of over 20 3-frame graphic organizers for Back-to-School and Fall. The following are the pages contained within it:


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Th 3 Summer Memories Th 6 1st day of school

Th2 All About Me Th 5 Best Things About School Th 8 Goals

Th 4 BTS Th 7 blank starting school Th 9 Apples Frame

Th 11 Fall animals Th 12 Fall Th 13 Pumpkins

Th 10 Leaves border Th4 I am thankful for Th 16 Thanksgiving for my family

Th 19 Halloween Th 17 My Halloween Costume Th3 Halloween Night

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Back to School Bundle for Kindergarten

 

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Kindergarten Back to School Bundle

It’s that time again, and if you’re anything like me, you are frantically getting your supplemental worksheets and centers ready for the upcoming year!  I am so excited to share five of my personal favorite products in one discounted bundle!

Just in time for the back to school season (and the Back to School Sale on Teachers Pay Teachers), please consider this Kindergarten Back to School printable bundle.

With over 145 pages, there are LOTS of no-prep worksheets, in addition to some fun centers for math and language arts. As you can see, these are freshly laminated and ready to go for our fall math center rotation!

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kindergarten math shape matching activity

Each of these products has a 4.0 star rating currently, and I have used (and revised!) them all.

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apple math patterns

roll and write dice

roll and write apple numbers

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Kindergarten shapes

worksheets and centers

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Students will love making their own apple ten-frame booklets, weather booklets, and insect booklets! So many of these activities can be done during centers or rotations, making it easier on you during the first weeks of school.

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Insects preview

worksheets and centers

worksheets and centers

If you teach in Pre-K or Kindergarten, you might also like to consider these products for the fall semester:

kindergarten centers

Farm Mini-Unit

Sight Word and Alphabet Bundle

Sight Word and Alphabet Bundle

Wishing you and your students the very best for the upcoming year!

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Science Haiku

Would you like a way to blend Language Arts and Science?   Introduce / review two poetry types and integrate science topics with Science Haiku.    Your students will be able to use this product for classwork, homework or assessment.

This product contains a Science Haiku and Acrostic Poem Format for each of the following subjects:

Science Haiku

Science Haiku

– Sun
– Butterfly
– Recycling
– Chameleons
– Circuits
– Plants
– Flowers
– Frogs

 

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Writing Behavior and Learning Goals Reflections

I Met My Goal!

I Met My Goal!

Do you ever need a quick and easy graphic organizer for behavior and / or learning goals?  It is important for students of all ages to be able to reflect upon the goals that they have met, the strategies they used and their plans for the future.    This set includes variations of graphic organizers which can be used to help learners reflect upon their goals met for the year, quarter, week, etc.  Includes space for a self-portrait or to color a picture of a girl or boy.   This was useful for Marzano; however can be adapted for other teacher evaluations.

 

 

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Music in the Classroom

By Deann Marin at The Best of Teacher Entrepreneurs

 

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Music has always been very near and dear to me so this is a great topic to write about. From day one of my teaching career, I used music in my classroom. Even though I’m not a musician, by any means, I can plunk some notes on the piano, and play very rudimentary guitar chords and notes.

My first job, I was working witMusic in the classroom 8x8 coverh mentally challenged teenagers who had very low IQs. I began playing songs on the piano to help them learn, each day we would sing the alphabet song, low and behold they were learning their alphabet letters. They just loved when I brought the guitar into school so we could sing together. Of course, they were the only ones that I would play the guitar for, they didn’t realize that I really couldn’t play. We did have fun.

Each day at 10:00 I would turn on the TV show the Electric Company. I felt that the class would learn more by listening to the catchy little tunes and lyrics for words, letters and numbers, than they would if I used the usual methods for teaching reading and math. Don’t get me wrong, I did use phonics, etc., but for these kids who would never progress much more than a 2nd or 3rd grade level, it worked. They loved it.

A few years later, I had a self-contained class for children with severe psychological problems. They were too disruptive to remain in the regular classroom. Talk about challenging!!! Well, music does calm the savage beast. I would play classical, or quiet tunes and the kids, for the most part, would calm right down. As a reward, I would let them bring in some of their own music to share.

On to middle school to teach 6th grade which is my true love. The language arts program has songs to accompany each new unit.For the beginning of each ELA class they always asked me to put on the CD so that they could sing the song that went with what was being taught. The kids especially loved the Noun Song, the

lyrics and tune was very appealing. They would even walk down the hall singing it and I would hum it to myself. I guess the point that I’m trying to make is, music really helps kids learn and they don’t even realize it. I would also play music during study hall, or while the kids were taking a test to help them relax.

Another interesting way to use music in the classroom is to have them write poetry or do creative writing to classical music. First, have them close their eyes and listen. Tell them to let the melodies take them to a special place. They can then describe it in their work, they can say how it made them feel, or who if anyone was there, what happened, etc. My classes just love this activity and they also like sharing their creations with each other. This also makes for a good bulletin board.

I so enjoyed directing plays with elementary and middle school children.  As I said before, I don’t really play an instrument, so I sought the assistance of the music teacher who was more than willing to help. Wealways had a great time and it amazed me to see how talented some of those kids were. They just shined during the performances and were able to belt out the songs which always gave me chills. Talk about dancing, that was another thing that blew me away. It was awesome to see them move and groove to the tunes. Talk about America’s Got Talent, well, these kids sure had it.

So, as you can see, music can be used as an introduction to a lesson, as a way to help children learn and memorize things. Students can do research about musiciaGettingToKnowYourClassmatesandYourTeacher lyricsns, composers, directors, and write reports about them. They can learn about music throughout history as part of an ancient history unit. If you’d like to see more ideas about how to integrate music into the curriculum. Here is a link to a great website:

http://www.songsforteaching.com/suefenton/extendingsongs.htm

 

I’ve created a Back to School Binder that will be using the song“Getting to Know You.” from Rogers and Hammerstein’s hit musical The King and I, as a stepping stone to help make students feel at ease while getting to know each other.

 

 

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MISCELLANEOUS LESSON-SPANISH COLORS- Vocabulary & Word Search @ Colorea tu Helado Favorito

This Coloring Package is an amazing resource to practice spelling colors, and having fun doing the Coloring Activity. Great package for Elementary students and for fifth grades students who never had Spanish before. This lesson may be included in the “Moving Up” packages where fifth students can see how easy Spanish vocabulary can be, use a dictionary to complete the word bank, do the word search and complete the Ice Cream Coloring activity.

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It contains

1) 12 colors vocabulary/assessment worksheet with word bank

2) 12 Colors Word Search- Make it a game. Divide students in small groups and give stickers to winning groups or homework passes.
3) Ice Cream Coloring Activity -The top part of the ice cream is free so students can color their favorite ice cream and answer the question – What is your favorite Ice Cream?

 

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Back to School Bundle – Greetings and Class Rules in Spanish-Ice Breaker Prompt

 

 

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This Back to School bundle will allow you to begin your Spanish class the right way. The first vocabulary set has all the rules and regulations for your class. Your students will recognize about 80% of the cognates included. It also has a contract where students can copy in Spanish the 13 expressions. Great tool to show them, they can easily write in Spanish and have a full document written using writing prompts. The second set has two pages of greetings and courtesy expressions conveniently written so students can copy the writing prompt and create their own dialogue. You can have within two weeks not only written samples from your students but dialogues written in full Spanish and presentations. Awesome way to display your wonderful teaching skills.

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Enjoy!!! It satisfies Communication Standard 1.1,1.2 and 1.3

 

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Language Arts & Math – “Back to School Mega Monster Fun”

by Readable Creations
Two Versions:
First Grade
Second Grade

This first grade, monster-themed, back-to-school resource unit can be utilized over the first few weeks of first grade. (It would also be suitable as an end of year thematic unit for kindergarten.) The literacy and math worksheets / activities reinforce kindergarten academic skills while inspiring motivation and awareness of the students’ own talents, features, and abilities. The ‘Alphabet Game’ fosters an increased awareness of classmates’ characteristics. All the included activity sheets are listed below.

Contents:
My First Day in First GradeReadable Creations
My Second Day in First Grade } integrate graph (page 57)
My Third Day in First Grade } integrate graph (page 58)
My Fourth Day in First Grade } integrate graph (page 59)
My Fifth Day in First Grade } integrate graph (page 60)
About Me
My Favorite Things
Alphabet Game
Description Cards – for the game (including blank template)
I’m a Star at School
I’m a Star
My Teacher
6 Word Story (summer vacation)
Compare and Contrast (monsters) – Venn Diagram
Compare and Contrast (classrooms) – Venn Diagram
We like reading. (Dolch Pre-Primer & Primer word wall)
I like reading. (Dolch sight word bank)
Color by Word
We know the letters of the alphabet and their sounds. (poster)
I know the letters of the alphabet and their sounds.
I can write the letters of the alphabet. (Uppercase)
I can write the letters of the alphabet. (Lowercase)
Make a new word by changing one letter. (including blank template)
Make a new word by adding one letter. (Short to Long Vowel Sounds)
I spy with my little eye something beginning with…Back to School
Alphabet Memory Game
1, 2, 3…Count How Many
School Transportation Graph
Eye Color Graph
Class Pet Graph
Class Birthday Graph
1, 2, 3…Count How Many Monsters
Circle the odd one out in each row.
Addition to 10
Subtraction to 10
Missing Numbers
Trace, Color, Cut, and Paste
Monster Cards (for addition and subtraction)

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