Wednesday, January 21, 2015

No more BORING seatwork!!

 It's a dreaded battle....seatwork... Students aren't itching for it, honestly I don't like to give it unless necessary.  Most seatwork is used to practice or eventually assess a skill that we have been working on.  Introducing a concept I like to do an activity, use short clips, or some way to get moving.  Alas...practice of the skill usually comes in the form of worksheet, questions from book, homework, etc...

It is inevitable that it will happen in your classroom at some point or another...more often in the older grades.  I want my students to keep their kid like happiness or innocence at least until after their year with me (4th grade) so we have some ways to spice up seatwork in our room!  Check it out and see if they can benefit your room - trust me you will earn some major cool points.

The premise involves choosing a fun or different way to work in you seat!  There are many methods of doing so, I use the Decide Now app it costs a dollar but well worth the editing capabilities! Just a spinner that you can change the labels! It's very easy to use and displays great on the Smartboard, the fun sound doesn't hurt either. My students were asking all day... Can we spin again? 

You could certainly use a smart board spinner, online tool, draw slips or paper even!!

All these are FREE fun options...and I remind my students...a privilege! 

  • - NO shoes - self explanatory
  • - reverse in chair - flip chair around to work (we loved this one today)
  • - last ? First, sometimes starting from the end switches the dynamic
  • - cool tools, use pens or special designated tools for assignment 
  • - on floor - work around room 
  • -under desks - a definite favorite until your students get so big (you cold modify and have them complete like Picasso with just head under desk writing upside down)
  • - partners they choose
  • - partners I choose
  • - groups-just table groups we have already makes it easy
  •  switch seat with number before you
  • switch seats with number after you

I know not all of these would apply to every assignment, but changing it up really helps my class.  They are responsible enough to stay on task otherwise they don't participate. 

Do you have any others to add to the list? How do you spice up seatwork in your classroom?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Ordering Adjectives!

Looking at the new CCSS standards, I realized that teaching the correct order of adjectives was in the 4th grade curriculum as a language standard.  Mostly this seems to be pretty common sense but can be a little tricky when more than 2 adjectives are involved.  I created some great HILARIOUS resources to help with this concept.  You can check them out below:

This pack has A TON of great engaging activities that are perfect for any classroom! Below you can see with our flip book a great way to start the unit with an explanation, examples, and space to practice these types of adjectives. 

A color by adjective page is included - such a fun quick assessment to see if students know what type of adjective each is which will in turn help them put them in the correct order!  My students had so much fun with coloring and it was easy to grade to see if the colors matched - we had some great discussions about the adjectives and it was very low pressure! 


this reference poster comes in the pack! Great for quick reference and went along with our flip books!

More great activities are included as well! Cutting and pasting sentences in order! Sorting adjectives by type (great for groups, individual or whole class), describing pictures, describing favorites, and my personal favorite - pass it on pictures.

Seriously, this was one of the funniest moments of the year so far.  We used the template below and students filled in the first block and passed to the right, when you got yours back you illustrated what it was.   We had so many hilarious pictures. 

12 elderly gray monkeys

large round metal Barbies

4 old spotted turtles...the list could go on and on..

At first, this standard scared me, but after finding do so many creative activities not to mention a fun assessment that is included, my students have mastered it!

You can some parts separately: 

or save $$$ and buy the bundle that includes 5 additional activities for less than the price of all 3 put together

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Comprehension Strategies Puzzle

Celebrating my first milestone - I'm offering a FLASH FREEBIE! Go get this quick (and leave feedback!) I'm going to use these multiple ways coming up this week and semester.  Let me know what you think.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Figurative Language Superheroes

I know I have been AWOL during this most crazy important time of the year, but I promise I have good reason....

We welcomed this little guy into our lives just one short month ago! Life has been forever changed in a good way and I'm excited to now be called a mom! I have been enjoying my time off and am looking forward to the holidays.

While the little guy slept - I finished up a project I have been working on forever.  If you teach figurative language take a look.  I love the tabs and how it can be used in a notebook or as a book resource made by your students! 

I love the tabs! Such a fun twist on a notebook or just a great resource! Easy to find and organized all your figurative language information!

Check out the sample page below: definition, examples, and practice for students introduced or revisiting the figurative language terms. 

Great examples and who can resist a superhero theme? This makes it so easy for students to connect the concepts and keep it all the terms in one easy place. 

One of my favorite things to teach but it can be tricky, this really helps us review and keep our terms organized. 

Click any of the pics to check it out for yourself!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Last Day for MobyMax Giveaway

Click the link to head to the original post and see why I love MobyMax so much! Don't forget to enter the giveaway before it closes!

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Top 3 Reasons to Love MOBYMax

Click any of the pics to read about how your tech curriculum can change this year!  

Make sure to enter the giveaway to get: 

1. Easy Data Tracking
2. Accessible Individualized Instruction
3. Great Reading Content

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Moby Max Giveaway!

Do you teach your own technology or computer class?

Do you use specialized instruction for each student in your classroom?

Do you love easy ways to track data? 

Do you work on Common Core Skills and want an easy way to be reinforced at home and school?

MobyMax can do just that + MORE! 

Have you ever heard of MobyMax? If not you are missing out! Read on for some great info and a chance to win a year long Pro License!!

I could go on and on about the reasons I love MobyMax, but I'll just leave you with 3! My old school had and loved MobyMax so I'm happy to be able to make it work again this year! 

1. Easy Data Tracking
  • I can easily track which students are where in their lessons!  With placement tests taken first, each student starts at their level.  
  • You can assign for students to do specific tasks or a skill - hello could RtI be any easier?!
  • you can even enter IEP goals!
  • the graphs are easy to read and great for parents to see at conferences
  • Easy progress monitoring!

2. Reading Content
  • Vs. other programs (Khan Academy for example) Moby Max has great reading content! 
  • It focuses and is aligned with Common Core so you can specifically see how your class does on individual standards or what they each need to work on individually. 
  • It has nonfiction options which is great for new testing
  • Since I don't teach math this year - I can really focus on specific reading skills with my students. 
  • There are worksheets that go over each skill that are their practice sets to reinforce the skill if the student needs it in front of them.  I plan to use the extra sets for a quick assessment for my students. 

Touch Curriculum3. Accessibility 
  • You can access at home
  • You can access at school on Ipads, computers, in lab, in room 
  • easy for students to login and play
  • I love that students get 1 min of games for 5 min of work.  and MobyMax keeps track of it all!  My students know their game time and decide when they want to play the FUN games because if they use all their time they know they are kicked off to do more work ;)

If you want to try this out in your room this year be sure to enter using the Rafflecopter below!!


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