November 15, 2014

What Stuck With You Today? Easy, Fast, & Fun Assessment

Yes, I did just say 'fun' and 'assessment' in the same sentence. I saw this idea on Pinterest years ago and decided to give it a shot. Turns out that it works like a charm! I'll tell you how to make one yourself!

What you'll need:
2 pieces of poster board
colorful squares
Dry erase crayon

1. Lay out squares on poster board. Make sure you have a few extra for new students.
2. Glue on posters and glue posters together.
3. Laminate
4. Write each students' name using dry erase crayon.

After each lesson, ask students to answer a question on a post-it. As students leave ask them to stick their post-it on their square.

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November 13, 2014

Kindergarten RTI Sneak Peak: A Kindergarten Teacher's Survival Guide to RTI

I've been working with my struggling readers quite a bit to build foundational reading skills to begin deciding books on their own. To make life easier I made a no pep RTI notebook which makes pulling students individually a breeze!

 I printed each section on colored paper and placed them in plastic sleeves. Then I hot glued pom poms to the end of a dry erase marker (skinny markets are easier for the kids). I attached the pens to Velcro and stuck them in the inside of the binder. Pesto!

Here is a quick peek inside of my new product!

November 11, 2014

EGG-citing Math! Interactive and FUN Math Center for all Levels!

A teacher can never have enough math centers up her sleeve! Here are the steps for a never ending math center!

You can use empty egg cartons or the clear cupcake containers. If your class is like mine, you'll have a bunch tucked away from the many birthdays! I prefer the clear 12-cupcake containers. 

What you'll need:
egg carton or cupcake container
colored circles
pomp poms (I like the glittery ones best!)

This center can be used to reinforce multiplication, addition, subtraction and number identification skills. 

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November 9, 2014

Letters Galore! Fun & Interactive Ways to Teach Letters!

Let's ditch those worksheets people! I started using this activity during my literacy centers last week and the students LOVE it!

What you'll need:

Baking sheets (I found mine at the dollar store!) 
Spray paint
Magnet letters (get them here)
Magnet Letter Mats (click here to download)

I painted each baking sheet with spray paint. Then I taped the work mats on the baking sheets. I place letters on each pan for students to sort.

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