Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Teachers for Boston

Here in California, my colleagues and I were devastated to hear about the bombing in Boston last week.  I  heard the stories of loss, bravery, and selflessness, and couldn't help but be moved.  I wasn't sure what I could do to help, until I heard that Michaela, over at The Center Based Classroom, was organizing a fundraiser to benefit the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.  I quickly emailed her with a product.

She organized the donations, worked some "magic", and has come up with an incredible fundraiser!!!



Head over and make a $20 donation (100% of the money donated will go to the One Fund.)  You will then receive $150-$170 dollars worth of teaching products.  You can choose between a K-2nd bundle or a 3rd-6th bundle.

Thank you Michaela and all who donated.  The teachers at TpT are incredible!!!
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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Pass the Torch Linky


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Hi from Southern California!  My name is Kay and I teach a class of 24 Kindergarteners, which includes 11 English Language Learners.

I was excited to have the opportunity to use the Kindergarten Root Study Program to teach my class about prefixes.  As part of the Common Core, students should be able to use common prefixes and suffixes as a clue to determine the meaning of unknown words.  This program addresses the standard perfectly.

I decided to begin with the prefix "un-."  The students already had an understanding of opposites and I felt that they could make the connection between their knowledge of opposites and "un-", the prefix that means "not" or "the opposite of." 

Day 1
First I read the Prefix and Suffix Picture Book (included in the materials) to the students.  It helped them to understand that a prefix is at the beginning of a word, and when it is added to a word, it changes the meaning of the word.

At this point, I had the students get up and move!  


Students worked with a partner acting out being kind to one another.  ACTION!




Then they acted out being unkind to one another.  AND ACTION!



This really helped them understand that adding the prefix "un-" to a word changes the meaning!

Students then worked on making the first page of their book.  After some teacher modeling, the students cut out and glued together the puzzle pieces for "un" and "kind" to make the new word unkind.



Day 2
The next day we worked on another page in the book.  The students cut and glued together the puzzle pieces for unafraid.

We love Thinking Maps at our school!  So we came back together and brainstormed all of the words that we could think of that begin with "un-."

I had pictures ready to glue on to the circle map, so these were the words I was guiding the students toward.  I chose easier words and we used actions and/or stories with the words.

We also completed a tree map to organize examples and non-examples of words with the prefix "un-."


The students really enjoyed learning about prefixes!  I think we will work on some more next week!


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Monday, April 1, 2013

April Currently!

I am linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for her monthly linky.

Listening - I love Angels baseball!  Today is the season opener against the Reds and I am listening/watching the game as I work on teaching stuff!

Loving - Soooo happy that baseball season starts today!

Thinking - I really need to do a load of laundry so I have something clean to wear tomorrow.

Wanting - I want some more Spring Break!  Today was my last day of Spring Break :(  Back to school tomorrow :(

Needing - I really need to vacuum!.  My black Newfoundland is leaving a lot of hair on the beige carpet.

Advice - My advice to bloggers and TpT sellers is to set your own pace.  It is stressful to compare yourself to others in terms of number of products, amount of money made, etc.  Set your own pace and set your own  goals that are achievable for you!

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