Happy Friday friends! We are preparing for a stormy weekend around here…not even close to hurricane style like the East Coast…but a strong storm for the PNW. I’m NOT looking forward to it AT ALL. So let’s take our mind off it with a little Doodle Bugs Teaching linky:)
You guys…the DRA is taking over my life and my classroom! I have a love/hate relationship with this assessment. I LOVE the information I get but I HATE the time and the huge mess it makes. I feel like everything halts until I get them finished. And, have you ever noticed when you have piles going then even more stuff gets piled on top, that is completely unrelated?!?!? I’ve got about 6 different things going in the DRA pile! As if the DRA wasn’t enough!!
This year I have a first and second grade split. It’s been a bit of an adjustment for me. I’ve been in second my whole teaching career, so wrapping my head around first grade has taken me some time. My math block has been the hardest for me. I have been grateful for Xtra Math and these iPads. They have helped me tremendously! These second graders are working on Xtra Math while I am working with my firsties. I also had to bust out a little extra engagement with these fun halloween erasers! Let the addiction begin! The kiddos love these!
Another big help to me while teaching this split has been our leveled quick reads. They are leveled from A to I. They allow me to have each kiddo working on the same theme but reading at their independent level. This week we have been focusing on bats and these cards have been a huge help. To see a video of these cards in action click the picture or HERE. If you would like to check out more quick reads, click HERE.
We have been working on retelling stories. We read the story It’s Mine. Then we did a directed drawing of three frogs and wrote the retell. This kiddo is an amazing artist. She is one of my firsties and she amazes me with her talent!
On the weekend, we went to the pumpkin patch. I LOVE going to the pumpkin patch!! I think when my kids are in high school we will still be going. It’s my favorite part of fall!!
I’m off to find candles and flashlights! I hope that you all have a fantastic, and dry, weekend:)