Sunday, 28 April 2013

Happy Sunday!

Yay! The snow is gone!! Finally we can start going out without big boots and jackets!

Just wanted to share a quick post today as I am off for a walk in this nice weather!

I stumbled across this article by Michael Linsin about why teachers shouldn’t stay late after school. He has some interesting points.

I definitely am a teacher who stays late most days..till 5:30 usually. And mostly it’s because I feel like I need to to keep on top of things. But then I go home and do even more work! :(

But I agree with Michael in that I do leave school sometimes bummed about how much time I am spending at my job.

How late do you stay at work? Do you go in early?

Hope you have a relaxing week and don’t stay too late!

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Product Swap and other stuff

Soo I was supposed to have this Product Swap post ready by the weekend but I dropped the ball. I forgot my camera at school and there was no school Friday, I had a sub yesterday and last week was conferences.

Yikes. So while I don’t have many pictures..I can tell you how great this product is by Liz over at Polka Dot Firsties

She sent me her Digraphs Pack full on tons of ways to practice those tricky sounds. My kids love digraphs and have gotten really great at reading them, spelling them and finding them. Her packet was great for a quick review and assessment!


We worked on her Sh and Th Digraph Hunt last week. My kids loved it!

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My kids sometimes forget about finding digraphs not just at the beginning but at the end too! This helped reinforce that!

Liz also included tons of craftivities in her pack! We didn`t get a chance to make any yet but I am looking forward to some this week!

Head on over to Liz`s blog to check out her other awesome ideas!

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I also was able to snap some cute pics of my kiddos working hard during Read to Self.

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We also worked on some subtraction story problems today! My kids have their own bag of counters in their math bag to use during Daily 5 math. I cut them out of foam squares. Each square has a number on it from 1-15 (twice) so there are 30 counters. We use the blank sides as counters and pieces in games as well as the number sides to create number sentences!

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AND… yesterday my kiddos worked on a quick Earth Day Craftivity with my sub! I think they turned out pretty cute for me hand drawing them at 4:00 on a Friday before I left for the weekend so I could photocopy them.  Haha

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Wednesday, 17 April 2013


Phew. We are finally finished building our community. Just in time for Tri-Conferences!

Here are some pics of how it turned out! Some different angles and views! This is before we taped it all together for the hallway.

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1 more night of conferences, a PD day run by myself and some colleagues and then the weekend!!

Who’s counting down to summer? I would like to but it’s still too far away!! June 28th!

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Community Building Update

Here’s a few pics which show the chaos which was our room on Friday and will continue to be on Monday while we finish our community!

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Here are some buildings so far…..

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And here are some of the adorable signs my kids have been working on for the community. They make me laugh…lol

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Tim Hortons : Very Important in a Canadian Community!

Hope to finish tomorrow! Have a great week!

Thursday, 11 April 2013

Building a Community

In Social Studies, we have been learning about the Characteristics of a Community. Students have been working hard to find out all the important things needed in a Community. We have been gearing up to work on our big Community Building project and today we started sorting our materials. Students were asked to bring in recycled materials and after learning all about the different characteristics of materials we were ready to get started.

We first sorted metal, cardboard and plastic.

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We then signed up to build 3 different things in the community. (Which led to a good discussion on why we can’t all make a McDonalds)

We looked at our community pieces and tomorrow we will be ready to build!

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Check back for more updates and the final product!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

QR Codes with a Twist!

My fellow Cali Travellers and I presented at our Staff Meeting about some of the  things we learned when we were in Palm Springs for the Tech Conference.

One thing we shared about is a new way to do QR codes.  I have been trying out QR codes with my kids for a bit and doing mini scavenger hunts with them.

This new way is so awesome!! QR Codes with voice! Now when you scan the QR code, your kiddos voice will come up and start talking!!
So cool right?

We learned about a site called Chirbit which you can record right into and it will turn your voice into a QR code! Talk about the possibilities!

My kids worked on a book project that talked all about their favourite book. They had to write out their scripts and practice before they could record. Since this was our first time making our own QR codes, we all used the same script format.

Here is an example I did for my kids.

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Here is my finished piece up close. When you scan the QR code, you hear me talking about my favourite book!

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Also since my kiddos are in grade 1 and we only have a school set of ipads…I just used my own ipad and called kids over 1 at a time to record their voice. Chirbit also has an app which is great. You record your voice right on the ipad and then post to the Chirbit site! You can also record your voice on the site using a microphone too if you don’t have an ipad!

Once we finished our writing, we also drew the main character from our story. We found a page in our book which had a great picture of them that we could draw. We drew a rough copy and then a good copy. Outlined it in black sharpie and then coloured with crayons….trying really hard to use the exact same colours from the book!

Here are some of our finished drawings as well as a small pic of the book.

Tomorrow we will glue down our QR Codes. They turned out soo cute! I’m so proud of my kiddos for working so hard and independently today as I pulled kids 1 on 1 to record!

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We are going to hang these up for Conferences next week. When mom and dads come, their kids can take the ipad, scan their QR code and their voice will start talking to mom and dad all about their favourite book! Soo cool!

I will see if I can get some parent permission to share with you my kiddos voices but for now you can listen to me!

Listen to my QR code and be the first to comment about what MY favourite part of the book is and I will send you my new number sentence sorts for free!! (Leave your email!)
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Go try it out for yourself!!

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Describing Words

I’ve had a hard time blogging lately. You would think because it is April 9th, the Spring weather might be beckoning me outside. Nope. It was –27 this morning!! (celsius) I am so sick of snow!

Instead I have been catching up on The Americans, The Walking Dead, The Voice and just getting things ready for Conferences.

Here is an activity that I am planning to send home later this week. In Science, we have been learning about Characteristics of Objects and Materials. We have been sorting different collections of items and working on using describing words to show the characteristics of objects.

This activity is called “What is it?” Catchy title I know….

Students will be taking this home as a weekend project. They have to choose 1 object to fit inside the brown paper bag. They then have to write 3 sentences describing the object in the bag. We have been talking about characteristics related to texture, colour, shape, size and sound.

They will then bring their object back….read out the sentences and have the class guess what is in the bag!

I printed 2 on a page so that it would be small enough to staple to the front of a brown paper lunch bag. I stapled the criteria on the back of the bag and then slipped an instruction page inside the bag.

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This will go inside the bag

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Canadian Blogger Linky!

I didn’t know there were so many of us!
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Head on over to Teaching is a Gift to find your Province Button and link up!


Here is a freebie for your Word Work activities in Daily 5 or Literacy Centers!

I am using my Mr.Sketch markers with them. Super Easy. Write it. Smell it.

That’s it . lol

I’m sure my kids will love it. This freebie is now available in my TPT store.


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