Saturday, January 17, 2015

Center Saturday from Sharing Kindergarten

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 and let me tell you how to make some of these yourself and how to use all of them with your students.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Spelling IS Important!

Like it or not, the correct spelling of words affects academic success. Students are frequently assessed on their skills in written language because it is considered a strong indication of their intelligence. Spelling is an indication of a number of things when a person applies for a job. When correct spelling is used, words are readable and communication is clear. This convinces a prospective employer that the job applicant has been well educated.It also tells them that they take care of detail and take pride in what they present. Let’s face it, university applications and job resumes littered with spelling errors don’t make it very far becuz badd spilleng is hrd 2 undrstnd wen yuu reed it.

Furthermore, good spelling streamlines communication. By following the identical rules for spelling words, we can all understand the text we read. Likewise, good spelling avoids confusion. In a way spelling is similar to football. It is up to the person passing the ball to make sure the receiver actually catches it. The same goes for spelling. If you write with intent and proper spelling, the receiver of that text will understand it.

As teachers and parents, we should care about the fundamental part good spelling plays in our language and everyday lives. We owe it to our students to give them the necessary skills and essential spelling tools for learning and communication so they can be successful.
Spelling Shake Up

Spell Down

If you liked this article and would like to purchase some useful spelling resources,
check out these two games. Their purpose is to help and encourage students to practice spelling words in a non-threatening way.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Magic Tree House-Dinosaurs Before Dark
Many of my first graders are ready now for chapter books. I find it is always tricky to really tell if they are comprehending these chapter books or not. I try to have individual reading conferences with my kiddos, but it is impossible to check in with each of them everyday.

There are a ton of great products out there to go along with the Magic Tree House series. Many of them take a ton of prep and a ton of checking by the teacher, neither of which I have time for! For this reason, I have made a simple reading response packet that I can check quickly. All you have to do is copy it. They can keep it in their book baskets or pockets and respond as they are reading.

  I am hoping that these reader response packets will be a way for me to do a quick check to see if they are really understanding what they are reading. I wanted to make something simple and also did not take up a ton of paper. Enjoy!

Here is the link for you to download it free on Teachers Pay Teachers.
Follow my blog that I just started for more reading response freebies.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Vocabulary Shake Up

Vocabulary Shake Up

Because my college students fail to study vocabulary, even for a test, I created a new game called Vocabulary Shake Up. It is a set of four game boards specifically designed to practice vocabulary in any discipline. Two of the game boards are for six different words and the other two are designed to practice 12 words. The games can be used to review, study, and practice previous learned vocabulary or even to introduce and use new vocabulary. All games are designed for two players.

Each game board is divided into six sections. From a word list chosen by the teacher, each player chooses six different vocabulary words. In each box, the students write one word, putting a different word in each box. The players take turns rolling the die and following the directions given in each section of the game board. Complete directions are listed on each game board.Check it out!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Improve Student Writing With Mentor Text Journals

Monday, December 1, 2014

Bake Sale: Silent E Freebies!

Happy Monday!

This is Jen from Positively Learning

Positively Learning

I'm stopping by to share what my students will be up to as we return from the long Thanksgiving break. We just finished testing our reading levels and then switched around our Power Hour (Guided Reading) based on the results (every single student grew, YES!). 

Today is our first day of our new groups.

Our entire grade level wrapped up practice with Silent E spellings before break. I'll be working with the lowest reading group, so we will be spending our whole group mini-lesson (first 10 minutes of Guided Reading before we split into our groups) reviewing our skills.

 I can't wait to break out this yummy freebie for review (and fun!):

Positively Learning

Please stop by my store to pick up this freebie!

Have a super week :)


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Using Divisibility Rules

Divisibility Rules
Something to Think About:  Since many students do not know their multiplication tables, reducing fractions is almost an impossible task. The divisibility rules, if learned and understood, can be an excellent math tool. The resource,Using Digital Root to Reduce Fractions, contains four easy to understand divisibility rules as well as the digital root rules for 3, 6, and 9. A clarification of what digital root is and how to find it is explained. Also contained in the resource is a dividing check off list for the student. Download the preview to view the first divisibility rule plus three samples from the student check off list.

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