Sunday, January 31, 2016

Flo-what? Flocabulary!!

A few weeks ago, I came across this website that teaches vocabulary through engaging videos....
hip-hop style!! What is this great website you ask?? Flocabulary!!! Read below to learn more about Flocabulary, see how I use it in my classroom, and sign up for your FREE trial!

Some Fun Facts About Flocabulary:
- Flocabulary is a web-based learning program for all grades and subjects that uses educational hip-hop music to engage students and increase achievement.
- Teachers in more than 50,000 schools have used Flocabulary’s standards-based videos, instructional activities and formative assessments to develop core literacy skills and supplement instruction across the curriculum.
- With new and expanding resources for writing and project-based learning, Flocabulary is a springboard into student-centered instruction. Check out the Writing Academic Rhymes resources to help guide students in their own educational rap-writing!
- Flocabulary offers more than 700 videos with accompanying classroom resources and formative assessments to support instruction in math, science, social studies, ELA, vocabulary, current events and life skills, with new content every week.

Flocabulary is super simple to use! There's a drop down menu with all the video categories or you can easily scroll down and just click on the section you need!

Here's an example for Science: We've been talking about force and motion the last couple weeks in science. I went to Flocabulary, pulled up the Elementary Science videos, and there was one for force and motion! The engaging, short video was a great opener to our science lesson that day!

For our first Flocabulary video and lesson, I chose one from their Life Skills section. It was all about frustration - perfect for a social skills lesson!

They were so quiet while watching this video! You could've heard a pin drop...and that's not something you say every day about a room full of Kinder kids!!

After we watched the video, we discussed what it means to feel frustrated. My students gave me examples of times they felt frustrated and things we could do to calm down from that.

Another great part about Flocabulary are the lesson resources they give you! We used their frustration page to draw things that make us frustrated. Then, they wrote about what they could do to feel better.

This student said he feels frustrated when his tablet battery is dead! (I wanted to tell him that he's super lucky to have a tablet!!!) Later on he added a happy face to show that he feels better when it's all charged cute!

This girl told me that she feels frustrated when she has to wake up early!
Best answer ever!!!!!
I love this student's way of making herself feel better... tell them to STOP! Sure, there are other ways to get over your frustration, but we've worked hard on learning to use our words to tell how we're feeling, so I'm proud of this one!

Now that you've learned more about Flocabulary, here's your chance to try it out for yourself! By signing up now, you'll get a FREE 75 day trial. But, don't wait!! You only have until February 29th to get your extended free trial!
Click HERE to sign up for your free trial now!!!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Penguin Palooza!

Winter may not be my favorite season, but I do love my teaching topics and themes this time of year!

Penguins have always been a favorite of mine to teach and learn about. I feel like I learn something new every time I read some nonfiction penguin books to my class!

Several of the bloggers from The Primary Pack are having this Penguin Palooza to show you some of our popular penguin products, give you some ideas and freebies, and offer a giveaway!

Writing facts about nonfiction text can sometimes be difficult for my young kiddos! I've created a few graphic organizer and writing packs to help them through this process. These packs can be used hand-in-hand with several winter topics to help your students become better nonfiction writers!

My Winter Tree Map Graphic Organizers can be done whole group by using the anchor chart cards. We always work together to tell facts from the text while I draw and label pictures on the board using these cards. Then, I have my students fill out the graphic organizer. There are 2 versions so I can differentiate and meet the needs of all my learners! It really helps them see the facts that they are coming up with from the text!

Using bubble maps are one of my favorite ways to help my students organize their thoughts about a text! Sometimes they just need to draw a few pictures to get the information down on paper! Writing labels and sentences will be a lot easier after that. My Winter Writing pack is perfect for this! Lots of information gets put into these bubbles, and then I can choose from 2 differentiated writing pages to give to each student so they can write down all the facts they've learned!

Try out BOTH of these great writing packs with an exclusive FREEBIE that you'll only find HERE!

Plus, both of these packs will be on sale during our Penguin Palooza!!
Just search "penguinpalooza" on TpT to see all of our penguin goodies!
penguin palooza

Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win my Winter Tree Map Graphic Organizers
and lots of other products!

Now head over to The Primary Pack and all the other blogs below to see more great ideas, products, and FREEBIES in our Penguin Palooza!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Happy 100th Day of School!

I wish everyday could be the 100th day of school!! I love having something fun to celebrate with tons of great activities to do! (I usually overplan the 100th day of school, so our 101st day is spent finishing the activities!) Check out some of the ways we celebrate in my classroom and grab a bunch of FREEBIES along the way!

I love taking pictures of my students using the AgingBooth app to make them look old! It's so much fun to show them the pictures and hear them squeal with laughter!
Last year, I took photos with the app prior to the 100th day and got them printed. Then, I took photos on the 100th day with my FREE photo signs and got those printed, too. I attached both photos to the drawing page in my photo signs pack and added it to their Kindergarten memory book at the end of the year!
The students can also draw on these pages with how they currently look and how they think they will look at 100 years ago if you don't want to take a bunch of photos!

On the 100th day, we get a new brag tag!!!! I have FREE 100th day tags in my store with 5 different tags for the 100th day of school. My students are always excited to add a new tag to their growing collection on their backpack! 

To learn more about brag tags, visit my blog post HERE.

100th Day Snack Tag *FREEBIE*
If you like sending home a little treat for the 100th day, then Jennifer Drake's snack tags are the thing for you! I love sending home "100" cookies with the kids! (I'm always too busy stuffing cookies in my mouth in bags that I forget to take pictures of this!)

I love using my Read-Trace-Write-Glue Sentences for morning work and the 100th day is no different! We start our morning with one of these pages and then move on to some fun coloring pages, of course! (Coloring time ...especially with markers... always equals quiet time!)

Of course the 100th day lends itself to lots of great counting activities! I have these count by 10 mats that I use for lots of activities! (These could be used in your math stations all the time-not just for the 100th day!)

Students can draw dots or objects in each box to count to 100 by 10's. On one page, they can trace the numbers to practice number writing, too.

Using food is always fun! I recommend using a smaller-sized food item so it fits in the boxes!

Click HERE or on the image to grab this freebie!

We have a lot of fun on the 100th day, and of course we're learning too! One way we practice sight words in my classroom is to go on a sight word hunt in short reading passages and poems. We use the interactive whiteboard to highlight sight words together and then work on our own to find them in our journal passage. I made this little 100th day poem for us to use and put in our journals!
Click HERE or on the image below for an exclusive FREEBIE!!

Hope you have a great 100th day of school!!
Check out more great activities for the 100th day of school from my friends!

Sweet Sounds of Kindergarten

Teaching with Heart

Friday, January 1, 2016

Currently 2016 - Happy New Year!

Hello blog! I know it's been awhile, but it's a new year so maybe that will change... 

Linking up with Farley to start the year off!

Listening: We've been re-watching all of the 30 Rock episodes on Netflix. We're onto season 6 now!

Loving: No explanation needed here! I think we all love having days off!!

Thinking: My hubby keeps asking me what I want to do today. Part of me wants to head out, somewhere, anywhere. But, the other part of me just wants to sit on my couch. 
...which leads me to....

Wanting: I love sitting the couch, watching TV, playing around on the laptop... I want more couch time!! (But I also know I could be more productive in my office...)

Needing: I'm such a bookworm! I love breaks because I get to read so many books!! I'm currently reading 2 books which I normally don't do, but one is on my Kindle and I don't like to read on there right before bed. I know I won't have time to be involved in 2 books once we go back to school so I need to keep reading!

One Little Word: POSITIVITY! My husband is a very, very positive person. Being with him for the last 6 years has made me take a more positive outlook on life. It can be hard sometimes, but I know that being positive will make me happier on the inside and out, so 2016 is a year to continue my positive ways!
Happy New Year!!!