Sunday, August 28, 2016

RTI Block

My school is trying something new this year with RTI and I am loving it! This year we have broken down our students into math and reading groups based on strengths and weaknesses. Each day we have a 30 minute RTI block with the whole 4th grade. 
I am working with the high reading group and have been using Alyssha Swanson's Close Reading passages. 

4th Grade Close Reading - Informational AND Literature BUN

The bundle includes literature and informational text. Right now we have been using the high interest informational texts. The students have really enjoyed the topics of the articles and we have also had fun using the Chromebooks to investigate the topics even further.  

If you are looking for something to challenge your higher readers, I highly recommend this product. Not only are the passages challenging and engaging, but they include higher level questions that go along with each passage. 

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Back to School Fun!

It has been a rough transition going from waking up at 9:00 to waking up at 5:00 and actually having to work everyday, but I'm slowly getting used to it again!
We just finished our second full week of school and I want to share a couple of the fun back to school activities that we did with you!
The Thinker Builder's Back to School pack was a huge hit with my students. It was filled with a lot of great activities. Below are some pictures of the Who Am I? activity that was a part of this pack. 

Back to School Activities "Get To Know You" First Week of School

My students also enjoyed working on Art with Jenny K's Back to School Math pages. This was a fun review of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to start the school year. 

First Week of School Math Coloring Pages

What are some of your favorite back to school activities?

Monday, August 22, 2016

We Have A Winner!!

Thank you to everyone that entered the giveaway for a TpT gift certificate! Random number generator chose number three, which was:


Chelsea, look for an email from me with your gift certificate! Everyone else enjoy the sale!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Bonus Sale and Giveaway!

I survived my first week of school, and I'm hopeful it's going to be a great year!

Have you heard about the TpT bonus sale?? My store will be 20% off for the sale and I'm offering a chance to win a $10 TpT gift certificate. The giveaway will end tonight at midnight so don't forget to enter! 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Pen Pals Anyone?

I had Meet the Teacher Night tonight and everyone showed up! Woohoo! And to top that off I only have 20 students this year! I think it's going to be a good year!
I would love for my students to have pen pals this year. Is anyone interested? Let me know if you would want to be pen pals with my class from Illinois!

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Back to School Night Packet

Tomorrow I get to meet my new group of 4th graders at Back to School Night! 
Yesterday I was out shopping at Kohls and I hear a "Look, Alia, there is your teacher!" I turned around to see one of my new students. She seemed so tiny! I forget how little they look to me when they start the year!
Today I want to share with you the back to school packet that I have made the last few years. I have been using Miss Johnston's Journey's back to school flipbook. 

Back to School Class Information Flipbook EDITABLE

Here is the completed flipbook that will be out on the students' desks when they arrive tomorrow night!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

A New Idea!

I'm sure you all, like me, start the school year with new ideas that you can't wait to try out. Some of those ideas work out and others don't. Here is one of my ideas that I'm planning on trying this year: 

My idea started with begging my dad to cut my extra spiral notebooks in half. Luckily he agreed and they turned out perfectly! 
This year we have Chromebooks for every student and I am very excited about it! I plan on using these notebooks as a response log to NewsELA. Each day the students will have to read and respond to one NewsELA article. 
The students will respond to the articles by filling out a reader's notebook response page created by Michael Friermood

Reader's Notebook Response Pages for Informational Text *H

The completed response log will be glued into the spiral notebook. I plan on having a share time every Friday where students can talk about the articles they read throughout the week. I am thinking I will collect and grade these notebooks each Friday.