Friday, October 31, 2014

Have You Heard about Tsu?

It's about time for a new social media site...

...and it's www.tsū.co/

It's very similar to Facebook, but better (IMO). 

  • Better because it shares your posts with ALL of your friends, not just a select few.  
  • Better because YOU OWN your content, not the site.
  • Better because they share the revenues, keeping only 10% for themselves. 
  • Better because it's BRAND NEW, meaning you can be a pioneer reaping the benefits of this fertile newbie.
Go to the tsu website and read about it. Revenues are derived proportionately from people who sign up under you.  Will you be able to retire in luxury from this venture? Probably not. But, it can't hurt to get your ideas and resources out there.  If you make a little money along the way, maybe it will offset the price of that clip art you just bought.  

The site does require an invitation to join, which, like Pinterest, is as easy as clicking on my membership and setting up your profile. Quick, easy, what more could you ask for?

I hope you will take the time to check it out -- and join.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Weird and Gross: High-Interest Informational Text Passages

Getting students to read more informational text is so important.  These high-interest passages are designed to help students develop a greater interest in informational text and gain practice with close reading.  It contains strange and unusual facts about plants and animals.  The document includes four passages, bonus graphic organizers, and sample written responses.Click Here To Access Them.  It is great for guided reading, state assessment prep and Common Core.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Inside of a Math Notebook

I am back to show pictures from my math notes.  My students use colored pencils and sometimes crayons to take colorful notes. This helps them retain the information and draws their attention.

To Access Math Task Cards That Teach And Review or Interactive Notebooks

(They come with printable boxes.  Place a box in a math center station.  Or, send home a box with a student that needs extra review.)

Friday, October 24, 2014

The Power of Integrating Art with Reading and Math

This is a picture from a recent artist reception that I attended.

Color is powerful.  Utilizing art together with reading and math produces powerful results.

This picture is a sample of my close reading task cards.

Even if you are a true Picasso, there are several ways to incorporate art and color in daily lessons.(Art skills are not required). When students closely read text, they highlight information that they find important, have a question about, or want to clarify. The brightly colored lines serve as a visual cue to remind students to defend their answers and think about their own thinking (metacognition).

Highlighting text is just a small step when it relates to adding color or integrating something "art related" into lessons.  Colorful, detailed notes are an even farther step.  This is an example from a math notebook that I am using with students.  Each student keeps their own notebook.

Visual representations, diagrams, and colored blocks are used throughout the journal to represent what we are learning in math. Students not only take written notes, they also draw what the math concepts means to them. This is has been a powerful tool for my students.  The lower, middle, and upper grade level students that I work with all respond positively to this.

For additional lesson ideas and for more information, visit my blog

Literacy and Math Ideas

Monday, October 6, 2014

How are Stories and Passages Written? Take a Behind the Scenes Look with Literacy and Math Ideas

How do writers create stories and informational text passages?  Take a behind the scenes look with Literacy and Math Ideas. Visit my recent blog post for ideas that can be used by students.Click Here

Friday, October 3, 2014

Center Saturday

Hi friends!
This is
I am here to show you some FUN and 
engaging math centers this week in my weekly Center Saturday

Here is a peek at the activities we are completing this week.
I hope you head over my blog at to see all these centers.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Spiders: Close Reading Ideas

Happy Weekend!

It's Jen from Positively Learning :)

I just posted about how we are exploring Spiders this week in my close-reading intervention block!

Do you teach with themes? I NEVER have before and the general education curriculum my school follows doesn't really lend itself. But this year, I'm working with a special group of first graders who are thriving on connecting their learning to a theme. Here's a few pictures on how we are exploring spiders this week. Please visit my blog to read more!

I also have a giveaway ending tonight & some freebies linked with this post!

Thank you for reading :)


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