Saturday, November 15, 2014

We Haven't Seen Any Turkeys Around These Parts, Farmer.... **Wink, Wink, Shhhhh!**

We don't want that old turkey farmer finding our feathery beasts!  We had to do something to save them from being this year's Thanksgiving dinner....
 Duh, Duh, Duh, Duhhhhh... Duh Duh Duh....
Indiana Jones has discovered how to 
stay away from the dinner table!
This BIG HERO is sure to save Thanksgiving Day for the turkeys!
These 2 ballerinas will put the farmer into a TAILspin!
This skeleton is sure to give a fright
To the farmer on Thanksgiving night!
We love turkeys. Yes we do! We love turkeys. How 'bout YOU!?
You won't catch a turtle eating turkeys for Thanksgiving!
 Turkeys won't be KRABBY PATTIES with SpongeBob around!
 "Meow" we don't see any turkeys around here!
 Make potatoes, NOT TURKEYS! 
Peace, Love, Turkeys!
The kindergarten Smart Tarts families have really outdone themselves this year! 

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gobble Up This Thanksgiving Video Collection

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER?!?!?  Where is the time going???  I don't know about you, but I ADORE the little Smart Tarts in my class and want to teach them as much as I can and savor each and every moment with them... EEK! Slow down Father Time!
  Anyway, I have put together a little collection of videos that I hope to share with them this year and thought all of you out there might enjoy them as well. I am not turkey-ing around! These are videos that you will want to gobble up! {Make sure to preview prior to showing the Smart Tarts in your class to make sure they meet the standards of your school. :)}
Don't be a turkey ... Let me know which one is your favorite. :)

UPDATE: Here are a few more video goodies!

Follow this link to find great webcasts from Scholastic: Scholastic Webcasts

Thanks to Julie, here is a link to "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving"

Sunday, October 12, 2014

"Teacher {insert your name here}, How Do You Spell...??!!!"

Okay, I KNOW I am not the only one that hears this, right?!?!  I hear it each year in kindergarten and I also heard it in my First Grade class last year.  I caught myself saying, "Go sound it out..." or "Try your best...", but it didn't stop them asking and I knew that I was not being as effective as I could be as their teacher.  

In trying to come up with a solution, my memories flooded back to a WONDERFUL mentor teacher, Mrs. Bledsoe, I had "Back in the Day" when I was a student teacher in her second grade class.  She would have her 2nd grade students "try it" first and then she would either check it if they got it correct or spell it for them on the paper if they didn't. Then ... the BEST PART... is they kept it as a resource when that word came up again. 
Sooooooo, last year I created a little "How Do You Spell - Try It/Check It" sheet for my First Grade Smart Tarts to keep in their writing journals. I COULDN'T BELIEVE how much they a) used it & b) referred back to it!  Some of kiddos that used it the most frequently were my second language learners Smart Tarts & Smart Tarts with learning disablities.  When watching them use the Try It/Check It Sheet, it truly brought a tear to my eye b/c of how such a simple thing boosted their confidence & helped them become more successful writers.  Some of my kids had books of these front and back sheets that I kept stapling together... I mean BOOKS!  They would literally cheer when they got a checkmark b/c they had spelled the word correctly. 

The cool thing??  They would pull that reference out during science, social studies and even math if it included a writing piece.  You will, however, have to set up ground rules about how and when they use it that suits your classroom atmosphere. I allowed my Smart Tarts to slip the page to me even when in small group b/c it is really quick and I don't always have to respond verbally.... 

Here are some of my rules:
1. Be selective. You cannot put every word that you are writing in your paper on your list. 
2. Use the classroom first.  If there is a resource in the room already, you cannot add that word to your list. {sight words, color words, number words, etc...}
3. You really have to try to spell the word... i.e. not just "s" for Superman.
4. Stay honest. If you really know how to spell it, it can't go on your list.
5. Have good manners. No waving the paper in Mrs. Tomme's face! HA!!
6. Sorry, but this can't be use for spelling tests! :)

I am sure that there were other bits we discuss, but these are the main guidelines.
I really hope this builds your Smart Tarts confidence and keeps your sanity at the same time. ENJOY!

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