Friday, January 27, 2012

I'm Blogging, and I Know It!

Let's see, aside from my concussion, things have been relatively "normal" at school.  We hit a slight rough patch on Tuesday since my partner was also out of school that day, and then I was sent home around noon, but we finished out strong!  It just always takes a little creativity and hard work to fit everything in!  Isn't it crazy how that works?! { I seriously would rather drag myself in sick than plan for a sub, but thankfully my Sub Tub keeps me covered in a pinch...or a slam in the face. Hahaha!}  Thanks for all the bloggy support, by the way!  :)

This is sort of disjointed, but I feel like I have a valid excuse this week .  :)  We worked on generalizations a bit with General Ization, and talked about what he would have seen at indoor recess during his surveillance of our classroom. They went on a little gallery walk again, but this time it was all about making general comments about certain topics.  They had a lot of fun, and they really seemed to grasp the concept. :)  Yay!  My kiddos are on their way to becoming Generalization Gurus...  but I am sooooo sorry for the cell phone pictures.  I have a Canon that tends to stay at home more than it should! 

I have been meaning to mention that I tweaked my Word Work process slightly.  Instead of feeling pressured into making two sets of flashcards every week, I have been making extra copies of our spelling and vocabulary lists.  I just put a stack in the storage drawers, and the kids go to town.  It's so easy to manage and switch out!  I am all about making it manageable!  I'm in the process of adding a few more goodies, but for now, the center looks essentially like it did at the start of the year but without all of the giant flashcards.  :)

We also continued to work on Nonfiction Text Features, so we pulled up a story on the Smartboard through Pearson SuccessNet.  This is a great resource for Reading Street teachers!  I pull up the Day 4 lesson each week for a whole group reading and discussion of text features whenever the focus is on nonfiction.  It's quick, it's eco-friendly, and the kids enjoy it!  To ensure that the kiddos keep referring back to our previous lessons, I started putting together nonfiction text features on display on one of my more functional bulletin board spaces.

In other news, I totally fall in love with my students more and more every day.  The Finding Bigfoot Crew is still going strong, so that pretty much cracks me up!  These are recruitment posters for their indoor recess research clan... it's seriously HUGE.

Lately though, there's another craze hitting Rm. 13.  It involves a little red guy named Elmo.  Tuesday. after picking my kids up from Art {before going home}, three of my boys started singing to me.   I am pretty sure they didn't stop singing it until about 2:45 this afternoon for an assembly.  That's only a slight exaggeration.  Without further adieu, "I'm Elmo and I Know It"!


  1. ha I heard a snippet of the elmo song on the radio the other day... I definitely need to show my kids! They will LOVE it!!
    I love your General! Such a cute idea!
    ❤ Sandra
    Sweet Times in First

  2. Oh I loved this post. And the Elmo video was too funny!

    Chickadee Jubilee

  3. Love seeing pics of your room! We will start working on nonfiction next week, our Polar Animals unit begins then, too. Do you think your Arctic unit would work for First graders? I think I love it! Thanks!

    Peace, Love and First Grade

  4. Hahaha!! That video was awesome!!

  5. Don't you just love those years when all is good and you just HeArT your kiddos?!?! From what I have seen in blogland, you are so lucky! And I love the big foot crew. Too cute!


  6. The Bigfoot Crew is awesome! Thanks for sharing this week with us. I hope you're feeling better; I had a "playground concussion" last year, and it was not fun. ;)

    Hello Mrs Sykes

  7. Since I'm so new to blogging, I'm posting this on your blog and mine. Bad manners??!

    Thank you, Amanda, for the sweet comments about my room. I have a serious problem with borders. I like them on EVERYTHING! A couple of years ago I just got tired of store bought borders! I cut some butcher paper into strips and accordion folded. Then I scrunched it as I stretched it out to hang. Now I won't hang them any other way! So sad!

    I checked out tpt. I am definitely getting your Nonfiction unit! Thanks for your hard work!!

    Peace, Love and First Grade

  8. All of your posts make me miss third grade so much, I was in third for four years. I love hearing more about your Big Food Crew! :)
    Stories From Second

  9. I love all of the awesome learning activities you have going on in your classroom. Thank you for the inspiration!

  10. Such cute activities! Your kiddos are so lucky to have you as a teacher!

    As soon as I read your title, before I read the blog, I was like...


  11. that Elmo song is going to be stuck in my head all day! LOVE IT! My 12 year old son has been singing it all morning (which is better than him singing the original)


  12. I love the things the kids concoct with pent up indoor recess time! I was so glad to see the word work stations you do with 3rd grade!

    Thanks for sharing your great things all the time!

    Mary Beth
    Run Teacher, Run

  13. OMG this is hilarious! Tickle tickle tickle yeah! This is going to be in my head all day!
    Rambling About Reading

  14. That Elmo video made my day!!! Thanks for sharing it!

  15. Hahaha! I watched the Elmo video twice! I hope that its not stuck in my head all day tomorrow! :)

    I also liked your ideas for generalization, this is such a difficult concept for my kiddos. Thanks!

    Second Grade Math Maniac