Monday, March 17, 2014

Main Idea *Freebie!*

Another winter storm has extended my weekend...
So I'm REALLY trying to think SPRING! {flowers, birds, sunshine... I need them ALL!}
Main Idea is one topic that were are always working on.  Seriously, this is a tough concept for the little ones!  Heck, I'm an adult and sometimes I can't decide what the best main idea is!
We'll be working on it for the rest of the year, I'm sure.
In my "think spring" mode, I whipped up this super quick main idea interactive notebook page.
It's simple, but there are lots of fun ways you could use it:
-To write what the main idea is & tips for finding details.
-After a class read aloud, guide students to record the main idea & details together
-As an assessment on main idea & details after students read a story or passage (that's how I plan to use it this week)
Click on the pic to grab it!
My fingers are crossed, & I'm saying extra prayers for warm weather to finally come our way to stay!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Everybody Shout, "It's Friday!"

This ended up being a super short week for me.
We had a snow day not only on Monday, but on Tuesday, too! Sheesh!
It's also state testing time, so I felt like I didn't accomplish a whole heck of a lot of learning.
Here are a few things that I DID accomplish this week though...
1. I just couldn't pass up this adorable spring clip art when I saw it, so I used it to create some Buggy Math Centers.  My kiddos will LOVE these - I can't wait to put them in our math bins next week & add some pics for ya!
 Check out this post and you could get your own Buggy Math Centers for free!
2. It was ALL wishful spring thinking {curled up in my comfy chair with a cozy blanket & hot cocoa of course} on my snow days.  This fun little gem I saw on Pinterest here, and made my own {it kept telling me the original link was blocked}.  It's a *freebie!*
3.  Speaking of spelling.  Here's our new Springy Spelling Homework Choice Board!
{I'm just full of freebies today!}
4. Spring, Spring, Spring! In all my spare time, I put together this spring wreath for our front door.
Funny story, but the sweet cashier at Michael's even scanned a $20 off coupon for me {I didn't know they had those}! So it ended up being dirt cheap to make!
I LOVE how it turned out.
5.  This e-card is SO true, isn't it?!
After a rough day, my mood was instantly lifted when I found this gem for 50% off - thank goodness for the Michael Kor's outlet!
Well, the weather is looking up for this weekend.  I think I'll get a few outdoor runs in & then make the hubby take me out so that I can show off my new arm candy {my adorable MK bag, of course}.
And remember... Think Spring! :)

Monday, March 3, 2014

Funday Math Monday

It's snowed! It REALLY snowed!  Not like we've typically had where we get 2 inches and school closes anyway.  Nope.  This was BIG! We've got at least 6 inches (sorry to those in states who scoff at 6 inches, ha)!
Needless to say we had a snow day Monday.  I spent much of the morning working on school work and finishing up some new math centers for spring.  I'm just getting into the whole small math groups and math centers idea this year.  While I've always be comfortable with this style of reading instruction, it seemed foreign to me in math.
We've gone through like 5 different math center styles - seriously! But thank the Lord my kiddos are incredible and just rolled with each new idea I came up with.  That's the thing about small groups and independent centers.  You've really got to find what works for you... and then train, train, train those kiddos to do what you want! :)
One of these days I might sit down and actually blog about my current small group format that I'm loving.
Anywho.... Here are my new spring, Getting Buggy Math Centers!
Leave me a comment telling me how you run your small math groups & I'll choose one comment to send my new Getting Buggy Math Centers to! :)
There's one hill in this state & it just happens to be right down the road from my house...
off to sled ride!