Sunday, February 19, 2017

CKLA Skills Activities

In my school we use CKLA Skills (Core Knowledge Language Arts) for ELA instruction.  I'm fortunate to have a forward thinking principal that allows the first and second grade teachers to compartmentalize for our reading instruction.  For our instructional purposes we assess the students in the beginning of the year.  Students are then placed in the curriculum at a level that meets their instructional needs.  For instance, I'm a first grade teacher, but in October I was teaching a mid-kindergarten reading group.  My reading group is comprised mostly of first graders, however, I also have a few second graders that are also working to master the skills in the kindergarten curriculum.  Fortunately, our groups are fluid, and based on continual assessment and progress monitoring, a few of the second graders have been able to move along quickly and have been placed in a higher reading group.  I have found the CKLA curriculum to be beneficial to my students, but found that often times I was having to write things out on index cards and sentence strips for nearly every lesson.  That's tough to keep up with, so I began creating resources that could be printed, laminated, and used over and over again.   I also began creating resources that could be used during small group/stations/workshops time.  Today, I want to share with you a few of my favorite CKLA resources.  

Wiggle cards are great.  They can be used in so many different ways.  I use them as a warm-up as students are arriving for reading.  I also use them as a closure activity.  They're great to use during transitions and even for partner activities.  

Sight words that are not decodable are called "tricky words" in the CKLA curriculum.  I print these and then laminate them.  As I introduce them, I use a red dry erase marker to underline the tricky parts.  I apply magnets to the back of the cards and keep them on my magnetic easel which I use every day during my reading lesson.  {THIS IS A FREEBIE IN MY TPT STORE}

During literacy stations time I like to have my students practice their newly learned CKLA skills.  I created stations that align to each unit of the kindergarten CKLA curriculum.  The stations for first grade are currently in progress.  

Bingo games are always a hit!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Best Year Ever BONUS SALE

How much do we love bonuses?!  A LOT! Get ready for your chance to save more on your important back to school TpT purchases.  Tomorrow, Monday, August 22nd for one day only you can save 28% off in my TpT store.  Check it out now to load up your wishlist!

Monday, August 1, 2016

FLASH FREEBIE Second Step Rules for Learning Posters

If you use Second Step to teach social-emotional skills in your classroom, you've got to check out these cute printable posters.  Be quick though, this is a FLASH FREEBIE!

Also, don't forget about the TpT sale!  

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Hello Dear Teacher Friends!

I'm super excited about TpT's Back to School Sale and I can't wait to tell you about a few of my favorite back to school goodies!  

First, let me tell you about my Back to School Part 2! {MORE} Busy Work for First Graders: This is an amazing pack containing both math and phonics pages that are perfect for beginning of the year firsties.  Take a look, and don't forget to add it to your wishlist:

I have to share with your my favorite bulletin board for Back to School time:

This is my favorite photo prop!  I use this every year to get pictures of my firsties on the first day, the 100th day, and in the last week of school.  Then I print the pictures onto a card for parents.  They turn out so precious!

Finally, I have to let you know that if you are a CKLA teacher, I have some amazing resources in my store, and I'm still creating more! Happy Back to School Season.  Best wishes for an amazing year, that you'll call your BestYear!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

TPT Appreciates You!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Here's your chance to score some nice SWAG just for you!  Visit me on Facebook to enter.  Two winners will be chosen on Friday, May 6th.  Each winner will win one $10.00 Teachers Pay Teachers gift card!  Good luck!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Education to the Core Guest Post

So excited to have done  my first guest post with Emily at Education to the Core.  If you're looking for a great intervention for students who struggle with sight word recognition or math facts, you have to check out my post on Incremental Rehearsal!  

Monday, August 24, 2015

Classroom Setup Day 3

Today was day 3 of classroom set-up.  Today was a super short day though, so I didn't get a lot done.  Here's a peek!  

I hauled all of my student chairs out of my big coat closet.  I store them in there over the summer.  Two years ago I had left them in the classroom with my desks over the summer and they DISAPPEARED! I freaked out and my sweet new principal (at the time) spent time combing the building looking for my chairs.  Thank goodness most of them were recovered.  It's still a mystery how they got to a whole different floor of the building.  Hmmph!  Needless to say, now I make sure they are stored in the middle of my big coat closet, surrounded by TONS of stuff and definitely not easy to access!

I got my big hallway bulletin board put up with the names of the students who are currently on my class list, which will change at least 10 more times before school starts, and then again several times in the first week of school.  I'll end up taking down those cute red sneakers with kid's names on them that are now off my list.  But my philosophy is: I'd rather have a sneaker there for a kid who doesn't show up, than not have one there for a kid who does show up.  Every kid deserves to walk up to their classroom on that first morning and see their name on the bulletin board. ☺  So with that said, here's the before picture:
And, here's the afters:

What first graders don't love Pete the Cat?!  What first grade teachers don't love Pete the Cat for that matter?!

You can find that bulletin board set here:

I also wanted to refresh my classroom library, so I added some new cute motivational reading posters: 

You can find them here: 

All of these posters are part of the same pack, I just printed them in different sizes for visual interest.  I printed these smaller and attached them to a ribbon to make a cute little banner: 

I got color copies of our class supply list printed up and ready.  One is displayed here on a clipboard attached to my classroom door.  You can see I use pictures to help parents with the correct items.  We have a large number of ENL (used to be ESL, now it's English as a New Langage!) students, and most of their parents have little or no English.  They appreciate the pictures so they can be sure they are buying the correct supplies for their child.  I've used pictures for the past several years and I've found it very helpful.  

The last project of the day was getting my back to school themed books out.  This is where I was starting to sort them, and this is where they stayed when the building closed early.  Hate leaving a project half-done! Grrr!

I'll be in the classroom all week long, so I'll post more of my projects as they are completed.  Happy back to school season, Teacher Friends! ☺