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Monday, October 14, 2013

Things I love!

Sorry, it's been awhile since I have blogged!  I have been so busy getting used to the new school and new district.  Just when I think I have things figured out, I find out something else that I am missing.  Now to start report cards.  It's so different than my old school!!!

With guided reading being a big part of our afternoon I needed to stay on track with my time!  I need to make sure that I am watching the clock; which I am not the best at.  So this summer I got a new Time Tracker from SmileMakers!  I LOVE IT!! It is so helpful; not only to me but to the kids.  They can see when we are almost over with guided reading groups.  They don't need to ask.  The colors on the Time Tracker helps the students see how much time we still have!  I HIGHLY recommend this product!  I has been a much needed addition to my classroom.  I'm not sure how I ever taught without it.  Head on over to SMILEMAKERS  to get yours today!  You will love it! 

Well, I have been making things to supplement the 1st Grade McGraw Hill Wonders Curriculum.  I just made this cute SWAT game for Unit 2.  I have a games workstation.  They have been playing BANG!  I thought I'd change it up a little bit.  The kids use pick a card and read it.  If they know it they keep it.  If they don't it goes back in pile.  If they pick a SWAT card all their cards go back in the pile.  I also have a shower curtain keyboard so I might pull that out and let them spell with that.  Depends on how quiet they can be.  It's hard to play some of those games during workstations.  They get a little uncontrollable!!  SWAT!
I also took all the Essential Questions from the Curriculum and made them fancy!  I got tired of writing them out every week on sentence strips.  They are in my TPT store. If you would like to grab a copy just click on the picture.