Friday, August 22, 2014

Words their Way

As I was getting ready for the upcoming school year and looking for videos to show my student teacher how Words Their Way works, I came across this:

Now I'm not a fan of sitting there and highlighting every single letter that a student got correct - it's a waste of time when you've got 25 to correct. I typically circle or highlight what they got wrong instead to save ink and my sanity. Plus, I often have a wide range of spellers and need to use at least 2-3 of the inventories throughout each of the 3 benchmark assessments we give during the year. That's why I like this product. It pretty much does it for you once you enter the words as your students spelled them. Check it out!

If you aren't familiar with Words Their Way and want to see what it's all about so you can challenge your kids and differentiate their spelling, head over to the videos on my class website!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Math Manipulatives for Comparing and Ordering Fractions

We are lucky enough to have actual fraction tiles for use at school as well as online access to our current textbook at PearsonSuccessNet, but I thought that this virtual manipulative would be great for kids to use at home.

Here is a screen shot of one of Houghton Mifflin's many virtual manipulatives. Our school is transitioning to their Math in Focus / Singapore Math program grade by grade, so I have been trying to get ahead of the curve and check it out before it gets to my grade. I really like this one because it's easy for me to model on the Promethean Board and easy for the kids to use at home.

If you can't access any of the above for use in your classroom or for your students at home, try printing these fraction strips by clicking on the pictures.

Illuminations (from the National Council of Teachers of Math) also has free virtual manipulatives,  lesson plans and worksheets for understanding, comparing, and ordering fractions.

This one is really neat because it also shows decimals, mixed numbers, and percents!

(this one is more challenging than my students can handle - might be good for G&T or older students)

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 12: The Day We Knew Everything Would Be Alright

 Being from New Jersey, and having been in college 25 miles away from New York City at the time of the September 11th attacks, this day had a big impact on my life. Each year we try to remember those who were lost, but at those events become farther and farther from the present, we realize that our students weren't even born then... most of my students were born in 2004! So we just read the following book and keep the conversation light.

Scholastic has a new book that I may consider buying and reading next year. Their other books were tastefully written, and I hope that this one is just the same.

What do you do in your classroom to commemorate the event?


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