Showing posts from March, 2012

Shiver Me Timbers...

Holy pirates Batman! We had a great time last week reading pirate books. There are some really fun (and non-violent) pirate picture books. Check out the list below for what we read! We review predicting as a comprehension skill (some of these book really lend themselves to prediction!).

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Pirate Treasure Hunt! by Jan Peck is a "call and response" book - very similar to We're Going on a Bear Hunt. My kiddos loved it and we read it at least 5 times!

We completed lots of fun activities too! I thought you might like to share in the Pirate fun - so here are some treasures for you. :)

We practiced short a words with this CVC game:

We practiced reading our sight words with pirate themed sentences:

For Writer's Wo…

Linky Parties - and You Are Invited!

Remember how you keep adding to your blog roll and it's getting out of control a little bit overwhelming? Remember in the hallway on Monday when another teacher told you about a fabulous blog but you can't remember the name of it now? Remember when you were supposed to be doing grades and report cards but you were blog hopping instead (uh, that's me today!)?

Well Jeannie at Kindergarten Lifestyle is well aware of all of these questions and created a fun linky party! At last check, there were 184 K-2 bloggers listed.

Click the picture above to go straight to the linky party. Click the "Kindergarten Lifestyle" link to go Jeannie's fantastic blog! While you are there, link up! It's a great way to have all kinds of Primary Blogs listed in one spot.

If you read my last post, you know I'm all about anchor charts. Ms. M created a party just for that topic!! Genius. Check out Ms. M's blog for awesome ideas - with lots of pictures and explanations for pra…

Anchor Yourself

So, please bloggy friends tell me that you are in the throws of report cards, assessments, parent teacher conferences, and who knows what else at this point? And nevermind I am still teaching. You know, that side job that I do during the day? Ahhhhhhhhhhh.

Okay. Now that this is out of the way!!! I am currently in the process of thinking/planning/creating for 4th quarter and anchor charts are one of my favorite things to use and make. There are so many great ways to use them - what's important is that you actually use them. Last year, I had charts all over the place - but my kiddos couldn't really tell you about them...

This year, I've made a conscious effort to create ones that I will use and that will actually "anchor" their learning. We refer to our charts all of the time. Pinterest has some great ideas for charts. They don't have to be fancy-schmancy either - it's what you feel comfortable with. Again - the whole idea is that kids can actually use the…

Keep Calm and Conference On

I figured I might as well jump on the "Keep Calm" band wagon...haha. Our Parent Teacher Conferences are two weeks away and we are right in the beginning stages of prepping for Spring Conferences.(and I'm prepping for Spring Break...what?!?) Lol.

It can be is really overwhelming getting 22 sets of information ready to go. My team and I have tried to simplify the process with lots (and lots) of forms.

We try to make it as simple as possible. We have a 1/2 sheet form that we send home asking for a.m. or p.m. preference. When we get that back, we start scheduling. I have found that it's easier to schedule all of my parents and tell them their assigned day/time. On my scheduling letter, I give them the option to change the time too - in case it won't work for them.
I keep track of how many times I've contacted them as well - and count paperwork that I send home as a contact too. If I don't get forms back, I send home a flye…

Assessments will.get.done.

Even with all the planning that my team and I do, I still get wayyyyyyyyy behind on assessments. I can do some whole group testing, but the majority of it is one-on-one.
*Please use visualizing skills to imagine 21 Kinders entertaining themselves working hard on whatever Mrs. Ketchen throws together so there is at least some extra time in the day to assess* -end scene-. Haha.
I know there are several calendar time assessments floating around out there - so this is just an extra one to add to your files!

I break the skills up into quarters - and we focus on different skills (beyond counting) throughout the year. Each quarter I assess counting (page 1 of the document) and the skill(s) taught during calendar that particular quarter.
I added a recording sheet so that it's easy to see how a student has progressed throughout the year. The recording sheet has 2 sheets per quarter - in case you are a super teacher and have time to assess calendar skills twice in a quarter (kudos to you…


What's on your mind right now? Link up @ Farley's Currently for March!

I'm working on a project that I think you'll stay tuned. It's coming soon to a blog post near you...!


We had a great day yesterday - but it was definitely exhausting!
We started the day reading the Cat in the Hat and doing a fun color by letter from Living Live Intentionally :
We read Green Eggs and Ham and learned what a recipe is. The kiddos were super excited to make green eggs and ham - and seriously thought it was the best recipe okay...haha!

We went to lunch (which was amazing to my kids - because they were in awe that they got 2 lunches that day - Green Eggs and Ham and regular school lunch haha).
We did a fun real/nonsense word sort from Kindergarten Lifestyle:

In the afternoon we read One Fish, Two Fish, made aquariums and had a fun snack:

Followed up by a reading of Fox in Socks and playing a hilarious game. The kids took off one shoe (this in itself was super funny to my kiddos!) and then got ready to play. Each student had 30 seconds to put on as many socks as they could. We had a mix of socks ready in a pile at the carpet.

After the timer went off,…