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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

I've Got Mail!!!

Look what I had waiting for me when I finally got home:
We have a winner!!!
Thank you to Ms. Kate Messner, the author of both of these awesome books, and Amanda from Maestra Amanda's Bookshelf.  You can find Amanda's blog and details about the book from Ms. Messner's guest post here.
This was an awesome surprise, because the beginning of the year has been so hectic.  My room pictures will be coming soon...I promise!  I mean to take them in the mornings, but we have meetings three-four mornings a week.  Have a great week everyone and be looking for some classroom pics very soon!

Oh, and make sure you stop over to visit Sara at The Colorful Apple for her new blog giveaway!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

My First TpT Product

My first TpT product is now for sale.  It is bilingual of course.  As I was reading a blog today, (someone needs to remind me who because I follow so many of you) I found this cute activity for getting to know the students.  Soooooooo...I created a note to go home, with the corresponding response paper for both male and female students.  This is available in both English and Spanish. You can click on the image below to snag your free parent homework letter in my TpT store.  Enjoy!

Parent Homework-English and Spanish

In other fronts, my classroom photos will  be uploaded after day one on Tuesday.

Monday, August 26, 2013

SLANT Box Sign Up in Progress

SLANT Box Exchange 

This is so exciting! I can't believe I am finally getting more into the world of blogging. I wonder who my partners will be. Will it be you? I can't wait to get to know you (whoever you are :)) better. Please consider linking up. In the link, you will find all that you need to know about the SLANT box.

This is such a nice way to show some love AND meet a new friend.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Win, Loss, & A Thing of Cost

I'm linking up with Jeanette over at Third Grade Galore and Matt at Digital: Divide and Conquer their weekly Win, loss, and a thing of cost!
I have a gorgeous 12 week old baby boy with very loving siblings--his 6 year old sister is a momma bird and 5 year old brother adores him. They both help mommy and daddy out with the baby when they can.

As of right now, I may not be teaching all subjects this year with's a loss but one I totally can live with. Adios science. Hehehehehe. Although I am writing the curriculum for the first two integrated units...???...
+ CCSS writing and language in Spanish...the rest of the ELA standards should be integrated in the next year or so, but for right now those are still covered during Reader's workshop.

I read so much on the blogs I follow about how awesome it is to have a personal laminator, so I got one off Amazon--Scotch brand. I haven't used it yet because I haven't had access to the color printer, but soon, very soon.

***08/22/2013 Thanks to Jeanette, I think I finally got linked-up.  :-)

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Traits of Writing

So, I am sure you know this already, but for those who may be new to the six traits if writing, they are: ideas, organization, voice, word choice,  sentence fluency, and conventions.  Additionally,  there is the trait +1 which is presentation. Below you will find several of my anchor charts in Spanish with a translation below.

-I love how my writing sounds.
-This writing piece sounds like me.
-My writing comes to life. I say what I really think and feel.
-My writing shows feeling.
-I have a main idea and that's all I focus on.
-Everything is in order.
-My writing has a good beginning.
-My weiting has a strong ending.  I feel like my piece is complete. 
-it has a beginning,  middle, and end.

Word Choice
-It'S easy to imagine what I am writing/saying. I use the words correctly.
-I don't repeat words that are (un)important.
-I use strong verbs to show action.
-I look for new and onteresting words. 
-I use words thaT help the reader see, hear, feel, taste, and/or smell the things I write about.

-I have a main idea.
-I write only the details that have to do with my main idea. I dont write about anything else.
-I know a lot about my topic.
-I share the interesting details.
-My writing is easy to understand.
-I find any missing information.

Here was the header...the anchor chart listing the 6+1 traits of writing.
If you made it this far, you noticed that presentation is missing. That wasn't an anchor chart I had saved, but I hope these give you some ideas for your classroom.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Front of My Classroom

Yes, I still have a chalkboard in my room!  I have been asking since the beginning of last year for it to be converted to a whiteboard, but I am still waiting.  Today the school engineer said that the jack-of-all trades for our district may begin looking at covering all blackboards in the building with a whiteboard skin.  Yay for no more chalk dust in the room!  I am very excited.  Above the blackboard you see the TRIBES (Tribus) agreements in English and Spanish with pictures.  If you have never heard of TRIBES nor read the book, the four agreements are: attentive listening, right to pass, appreciations, and mutual respect.
These beautifully colorful laminated signs are my control for guided groups in both English (right) and Spanish (left).  In the middle, on the black paper I have each labeled, but it is hard to see.  I hope to make up fancier signs soon, but for now this does the job.  You may be asking why there are double the groups in English.  The reason is that based on the Rigby running records that we use to assess their levels, students are almost all between levels 23-26ish in Spanish, whereas in English I have seen ranges between 6-26 in one classroom.  Other teachers who work with my students love how easy it is to know who to work with and what level they are at.  It was probably bad of me to assume all teachers had some system for this.  What do you use for guided classroom management in your classroom?  Comment below.

 The last thing I have at the front of my classroom is the competency scale that our rubrics are based off.  Students always have access to the "generic" expectations of the five-point rubric scale.  The qualifiers were developed by my district, but I was the one who did the translation when they were released.  Later they were accepted as the "correct" translation, but I think the language could use some work.  Some of it sounds a little awkward to me.  Look for this in the future in my TpT store (still non-existent).
Look forward to more posts with resources for both bilingual Spanish and English settings.  I finally figured out to put pictures and links into my e-mail.  Next task--figure out how to link up because I love to collaborate and it truly bugs me that I haven't figured it out yet.

Monday Made It

So, here is what I have been working on.  I created CCSS labels for my file folders. I will finally have an organization system that I hope will work and help keep all of my files easily accessible. I hope to put some of these as a freebie in my TpT store. Comment and let me know what you think.

I'm linking up with 4th Grade Frolic's Monday Made-It!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Basket Case and labels

So the past few days have been crazy for me.  I stay up all day and night using my free time to create labels.  I have created labels now for each of the CCSS ELA standards for third grade...mind you that means headings, subheadings, and standards that I intend to use on file folders for organization.  Additionally, I have finally created book basket organization labels that fit my idea of the classroom library organization; unfortunately, I have only gotten to the fiction labels, autobiography, and biography...ooh...oooh...and my favorites are those that I plan to use during application in math workshop.  I have basket labels for the books and possibly supplies organized by CCSS strands and in some cases sub-strands depending on the standards.  I have never tried to put something on TpT but I will try to get these things up soon.  My internet isn't working very well right now, but later today I hope to figure out this whole blogging thing a little better and join in on 4th Grade Frolics Monday Made It.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

cHERE's to Blogging!

Good afternoon to all!  Pun intended with the title, although the spelling error is somewhat bothersome.  I so enjoy reading all of the posts of my fellow teachers at bloglovin that I decided to create my own blog.