Thursday, April 24

GoAmazing...GoHealthy...GoNoodle!!!!!


Have you heard about this amaaaaazing brain break website?

My class and I are super-duper IN LOVE!!! Here's "Boogie Down." It's a hoot!

The first thing I did was watch the video as linked in this screen.

Once I got set up with an account...which took maybe 51 seconds...we got to choose our champion...


My class went with Flappy Tuckler. :)

Each time we log on, Flappy has a random comment in a talking bubble. My kids think it's hilarious!
Flappy is our GoNoodle Champion...and as we log more minutes, he grows and changes - this has been super exciting to the kids! And...their excitement cracks me up and warms my heart! Once we max him out, we can choose a new one.


Check out how this particular champ grows! :)
For many of the brain breaks, you get to select your grade level range, too.

My class thinks LOVES all of the breaks (some are active, some are calming)...
Airtime is especially cool, as you select your home state, do some breathing exercises and end up at a surprise destination. Here's where we ended up the first time...
Being such Packers Fans...there was a HUGE cheer!

Here's what the other side of the postcard said...
Lots of giggles over the Toilet Paper statement! ANNNND the guy's name (make sure you read it aloud) :) They loved the address, too!

We've been doing Airtime and Flow at the very end of the day and also after doing one of the more active breaks. The perfect combination!

Here's Airtime...

I can't say enough about GoNoodle! For realz...

Lots of greatness on the free site and more amazingness when you upgrade to GoNoodlePlus, too!

If you're ready to GoNoodle, you won't regret it!!!
ANNNNNND...make SURE you head over to Primary Chalkboard to enter to win a paid subscription to the site!!!!

Saturday, April 12

Bright Ideas - Data-Based Goal Setting

Woot Woot! It's another Bright Ideas Linky!!

No products promoted...JUST ideas!

My post is specific to teaching writing - using assessment data to set goals.

The specifics of my goal-setting that you'll read about are for writing conventions...however, before I get to that I feel that it's important to first share our...

My class knows our Ultimate Goals...we've been working on them ALL. YEAR. LONG. And...they'll continue to work on those goals in their future beyond me, I hope!

'Cuz, with writing, as skills improve, there are then other ways to improve. And more growth leads to more things to work on. And so on and so forth.

Both of the above goals are the heart and soul of everything we do in Writing Workshop. And what we do in Reading Workshop pays dividends, too.

Conventions such as punctuation, spacing, correct spelling, etc...they all fit in goal numero uno.

When we're studying authors' craft moves so that we can try it on our own...that fits goal number two. Same with when we're noticing Precise Words and edit to substitute a more precise word for a simple word.

I literally just sat and tried to think of something we do during Writing Workshop that does not fit either of the above goals and I couldn't come up with anything.

They're the umbrella...that we open up time and time again.

Today, I'm going to address how I use Dictated Sentences to Spot Check students' progress on conventions.

Then...I use that data along with other writing data to determine goals...which are ultimately displayed on an easy-to-see anchor chart like the one below.

To make the above anchor chart, I used the students' numbers, bright 8.5 x 11 paper, re-positionable glue stick and 3x3 sticky notes cut in half.

You'll notice that many students have their number in two goal areas...for example, student one is working to "Use .!? with 2 or more sentences," (red) as well as "Use a capital to begin each sentence," (orange). These were decided on a student-by-student basis.


The above clipboard contains the student data on one of the spot-checks I used...

Here are some close ups...

Do I love things I want to adjust? Absolutely. Always. :) Right...we're teachers...that's what we do.

After administering the Dictated Sentence Assessment, I went through and scored each child's piece, based on the conventions we're looking for....once they were recorded in the grid, I went through to highlight/star goals.

The extra box on the grid on each line is for the second spot check...I generally do them every 6-8 weeks. I did give an additional spot check and am in the midst of scoring them...and I gotta say I'm THRILLED with the students' progress!!!!

The highlighting and stars are for the goals...I decided on a kid-by-kid basis, based on all that I know about that student and his/her writing work, work ethic, sensitivity, time of year, etc.

Once I had the goal in mind, the anchor chart was made. Since it's made with sticky notes and repositionable glue it's easy to modify as our goals change!

For some students, I gave very specific written feedback...

These forms do go home along with the student's writing sample. I keep a copy of each at school.

I hope this post is helpful to you!! Let me know if you have any questions!! It's been an uber-hectic week and I was not able to dedicate as much time as I wanted to this post. :)

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There are LOTS of other Bright Ideas for you to read about from 150 bloggers...make sure to check them out below!


Saturday, April 5

Hippity Hop Blog Hop #2 - FREEBIES!

I'm so excited to have been asked again to participate in...

Hosted by these two wonderful bloggy friends...
Learning With Mrs. Leeby  

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So super cute!!!!

Lots of wonderful freebies on this hop!!!

You might be here from the amazing Lori over at...


Welcome, welcome, welcome!!!

Here's my freebie...Hope you enjoy it!

A little bit of math for you...you can click the pic or right {HERE} to download. 

If you'd like to download my Hippity Hop Freebie from last year, click {HERE}.

On this hop, there are 13 fabulicious stops! AND...a rafflecopter with a $25 Amazon giftcard and winner's choice from our stores.

In order to make the 'copter easy-peasy, make sure you follow each blog along the way. 

I don't know about you, but I'll be going through the whole hop! :)

Guess where you get to...

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Wednesday, April 2

Common Core Crunch - April

My class and I always look forward to the new month...for lots of reasons!!!

The newwww Common Core Crunch being one of them! :-)

And, this month, we're excited that spring is on the horizon...yes, the calendar says that spring began a week or so ago. But...I live in Wisconsin and you NEVER know what weather a day will bring! Especially in spring.

Snow...rain...wind...sun...warm breezes...even 80 degrees on occasion! 

The ELA & Math Packs for April are available as a bundle at a savings.

By the way...the color of the background on the bundle is soooooooo off on TpT. I have NO idea what happened and am not sure how to fix it! I like a pretty cover and am hoping to get it resolved sooner rather than later!

You can also purchase each pack separately. When you download the Preview on TpT it includes 3 Try-It-Before-You-Buy-It FREEBIES. :-)
 

These monthly Common Core Crunch packs have just come in so handy in my first grade world! I use them in lots of ways...

Daily Warm Up

Skill Checks

Homework

Independent & Small Group Practice

Assessment

Sub Tub

We are huge fans in my classroom! We love to "get crunchy!"

This month, here's what is included...

In Math:












And in the ELA pack...









Hope you have fun "getting your Crunch on!

You might like *this post here* about Earth Day (includes another freebie)!

Here's an Earth Day Freebie for you! Just click the pic to download it directly. :)

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