They make great words for the week-what do you think? I'm heading to the beach this weekend so I'm sending this out a day early! Have a great week!
| I hope you are all carving out time for fun with friends and families this summer. Having an extended summer break is one of the greatest benefits of our jobs...I try to take advantage! Some of us went to Kings Fest for a concert. Don't you love outdoor summer concerts? This one featured Kutlass, Need to Breathe, Jamie Grace and Casting Crowns. Great live music, dancing and fun! I am inspired by great lyrics. I just added this song by Bebo Norman to my IPod mix: |
|After we all have appropriate books to read, students get an opportunity to practice using the skills and strategies we have been working on. I allow students to venture away from their desk areas to a comfortable place as a way to make reading an enjoyable part of the day. Again, they must be accountable for their actions if they are to earn this right. |
Here are students reading at their "Book Nook". Beth Newingham first introduced this idea on her website years ago. I believe my students are less distracted away from their seats and their "stuff".
If they still are still too squirrly at their book nook-they lose their right to have it and must read at the back table close to me. Debbie Diller says, "Proximity breeds engagement." Absolutely!
I understand the importance of multiple exposures to math concepts so I will introduce a few games that deal with equality.
They will get placed in our math station boxes for use throughout the year.
|Here is a game that gives students practice identifying if addition equations are equal, greater than or less than each other. It has students identify statements as true or false. The key to the success of this game is making students accountable for proving their thinking instead of just calling out true or false. They must tell why it is true or false. Students are tested in similar ways on the standardized tests they face at the end of the year so it is great practice for this as well.|
You can grab yourself a copy of this game here: