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 :)


Monday, September 22, 2014

Fun Science Activities

Students love to watch model volcanoes erupt.  There are many more exciting and low cost activities that students can do to learn about science concepts.  Visit my recent blog post for making a light bulb.  (Shhhh, don't tell the students.  It explodes in the end).

Click Here For Illustrated Pictures And For Ideas

Monday, September 15, 2014

Note Taking in Math

Taking illustrated as well as coloring notes during math helps students organize their thoughts and remember information.  To see pictures of the notes that my students recently took during math time and for ideas, Click Here To See It

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Simple Solid Shapes Center and Home Project

If you're "facing" the challenge of teaching your kiddos about solid shapes, try this simple discovery center. My center included a set of plastic solid shapes, black markers, crayons and paper. The children traced the faces of the 3D shapes to discover the 2D shapes.

 We displayed their work with this chart. 

Here's a quick freebie! I whipped this up to send home on Monday. Just click it to get it. Enjoy! 

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Task Cards That Are Organized By Guided Reading Level--and A Freebie

I hope that this new school year has been going great for you.  The beginning of the school year is always an exciting time.  I am back with a freebie and an additional useful classroom resource.  Many of us are full swing into Common Core.  I created a free  Common Core progress monitoring chart. This can be added to student folders and is a great tool for communicating with parents.Click Here To Access It

I have also created task cards that are organized by guided reading level.  When I selected books to use during guided reading, I always wished there were task cards that were aligned to my students' guided reading levels.  My goal then became to create task cards. Students build phonics and comprehension skills at the same time.  The task cards use controlled text so that students review the same phonics sounds repeatedly throughout their task card levels.Click Here To Access Them

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