Sunday, October 7, 2012

Coyote Skull Bread

Interesting recipe: 7 pounds of all purpose flour, warm water, 1coyote (I think) skull--thanks to my wonderful husband, who knew I'd use it somehow. 
Bake at 400 degrees for I don't know how long--it's still not done! 
Okay, so I never intended to bake this concoction. I only meant to put the skull in plaster of paris so my students could excavate it tomorrow, but it didn't set up.  (Can you tell we are studying fossils?) So here I am, waiting for this giant loaf of bread with a skull inside to solidify. On the bright side, it does kind of look like the Black Hills of South Dakota!

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Common Core "Math Practice to Mastery" is Here!

The first installment of my Common Core "Math Practice to Mastery!" is ready for download.  I decided to develop this program because I've been so disappointed with how the math program at my school just doesn't match up well with the new standards AND doesn't give my students enough practice to master skills. Each new concept has very few practice examples and the homework is spiraling. So, I've developed a program that will utilize the "Most Difficult First" method, where students who already have the skill mastered can become tutor leaders in your class and not have to do the repetitive practice that most learners need. Did you know that one standard can have several skills involved? 2.NBT.5 (Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.) has 11 skills that must be mastered! 
2.NBT.5.C1 (Concept 1) Addition: 2-digit + 1-digit
2.NBT.5.C2 (Concept 2) Addition: Balance 2-digit equations
2.NBT.5.C3 (Concept 3) Addition: Input/Output 2-digit tables
2.NBT.5.C4 (Concept 4) Addition: Two 2-digit numbers
2.NBT.5.C5 (Concept 5) Mixed Operations: 2-digit numbers
2.NBT.5.C6 (Concept 6) Mixed Operations: Balance 2-digit equations
2.NBT.5.C7 (Concept 7) Mixed Operations: Compare 2-digit equations
2.NBT.5.C8 (Concept 8) Subtraction: 2-digit Input/Output tables
2.NBT.5.C9 (Concept 9) Subtraction: 2-digit with 1-digit
2.NBT.5.C10 (Concept 10) Subtraction: Balance 2-digit equations
2.NBT.5.C11 (Concept 11) Subtraction: Two 2-digit numbers
My program includes significant practice and strategies to enable all students to master the skills! I'm beginning with 2nd grade--2.NBT.5 and will continue development of the rest of the standards and other grade levels soon. 
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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Project-Based Learning ROCKS!

When kids learn they'll be in my class, they are excited because we are "that class that does cool projects!"  I've been using project-based learning in my class for the last 5 years and presentation days are our most favorite!  We learn so much more from each other.  We also get great practice in speaking and active listening.  My "Project Choice Menu Packet" includes everything you need to immediately put project-based learning to work in your classroom.  The packet includes:
Choice sheet for parent approval
Project description pages
Scoring Rubric
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Leadership Ticket Reward System

Do you love "The Leader in Me" and 7 Habits of Happy Kids? If you want to promote leadership qualities and reinforce positive behavior in the classroom, then this packet is for you! This program has been successful in elementary classrooms for 4+ years. It promotes intrinsic motivation, personal goal-setting and graphing skills! 
The set includes:
Earn Leadership Reward Tickets--poster
Leadership Reward Tickets--printable
Total Tickets Over Time--graph printable
Weekly Tickets Earned--graph printable
Personal Goal Setting--printable
Easy Implementation Instructions 

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Daily Discipline Made Easy! (FREEBIE)

Pretty much the only thing we can hold over our students' heads as far as discipline goes is RECESS.  But kids NEED movement, right?  And the ones who need it most are the ones who seem to be in trouble most often.  I created this Daily Discipline Chart to hold students accountable while still providing movement, time to finish incomplete homework, time to think about making better choices and to easily document behavior issues.  I've been using it for years and recently showed it to first grade teachers who replaced their color card system with the Daily Discipline Chart.  My Awesome Weekly Assignment Sheet (also FREE) has space at the bottom to let parents know how their children behaved that day with this system.  They love seeing that their child had a Great Day!
Daily Discipline Chart
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Awesome Weekly Assignment Sheet FREEBIE

When my school could no longer afford assignment notebooks, I came up with this Awesome Assignment Sheet and now everyone uses it!  The front has spaces for Monday-Wednesday and the back has two sections for Thursday and Friday.  I simply print them front and back and one sheet lasts a whole week.  I hope you find it useful, too!
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