Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Line/Dot/Circle Family Art

Last week we worked on some Art that focused on using lines, dots and circles. We used them in a project incorporating, drawing, painting and collaborating.

I adapted a sheet from Mona Brooks “Drawing with Children” where she talks about The 5 Elements of Shape and introduces the Dot and Circle Family and the Line Family.

I introduced each of the families to the kids and we discussed what characteristics they had and how they were different from the other families. We then practiced doodling and using them freely in our notebooks.

We then moved to our Art project  and I gave each student a blank target shape and talked about the criteria for this project:

1. You need to draw 4 different families
2. Each ring needs to show a different family
3. Each ring needs to be a different colour.

Students drew with black crayon and then we painted with watercolours. Students were marked on whether or not they met the criteria. They also self-assessed themselves in the end based on the 3 established criteria.

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After the painting was dry, I trimmed each one and cut them into 4 equal squares. We then collaborated with other students to help trade and collect new pieces!

Each student had to go and trade 3 of their pieces with 3 new pieces from different friends. So in the end, you had 1 of your original pieces and 3 new ones! We glued them down back in that target shape and then trimmed the edges!

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Here are the finished pieces all put up!

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Almost every student was able to meet all 3 criteria and those who didn’t honestly self-assessed themselves.

Other things we worked on last week and this week so far….

We added a new activity in Word Work called Build and Record. Pretty simple….you build and record! I raided old scrabble sets at thrift shops and threw out the game board and kept the tiles and racks! Great for building words.

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We also have been working on our new class book Pete the Cat! This is one of  my favourite class books to make and is great for those first few months as there isn’t tons of writing students need to add. They can follow the predictable pattern of Pete to figure of what goes where.

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Have a great week!

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Tech Talk Thursday

Back for another edition of Tech Talk Thursday!
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I’m here to share another awesome FREE App I found called Shadow Puppet.


It creates simple video stories in a matter of minutes. Sooo easy for elementary!
Here’s the lowdown:


Only 3 steps and you are done!!
1. Take some photos and arrange them in the order you want.
2. Record your voice as you click through the photos.
3. Save and share!

This would be an awesome App for storytelling, re-telling a story, how to projects and much more!

You could record yourself telling the directions to a center or activity! With real-life photos! Kids could watch it at the center before they begin.

Here is one I quickly created on our art project. I spent about 2 minutes on it and was making it up as I went! haha

In the end…I got a link to share my video. Make it into a QR code and have kids go around and listen to each others videos! Send the QR codes home!

Here is mine!

Scan the QR code to see my video or click on the link to go visit!



You will love the simplicity of this App! But don’t take my word for it! (Reading Rainbow reference anyone???haha)

Monday, 18 November 2013

New Bulletin Boards

We are no longer allowed to use bulletin board paper…I repeat…no more paper!
Soooo..everyone got their bulletin boards painted! I love it actually. Last year I never put up paper and just had my bulletin borders up with a plain white bulletin board.

We had the choice of blue, yellow, green, purple or red. I went with blue in the whole room but lots of people mixed and matched!
I also re-put up my plain borders. For some reason, I don’t like the busy pattern borders. I can never find anything that fits the whole room….so I decided to stay black and white!

Here is what my new boards look like now!

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Ignore the bags of stuff! We are collecting recycled materials for a design project!
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I am slowly starting to get things back up on them!

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Sunday, 17 November 2013

Weekend Fun and Helping Readers

My computer is back! Yay! I am bound and determined to get back to blogging regularly!

This weekend I had a few lovely ladies over for a Pinterest Party!

The rules were:

*You had to make and bring 1 food item you pinned on Pinterest.
* You had to bring the materials to make 1 DIY project/craft you pinned on Pinterest.

If you are anything like me, I have TONS of things pinned and rarely go back to make/do them!

I decided to make this holiday wreath for my front door that I had saw on Pinterest.
Here is the original picture:

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And this is my version! I think it turned out pretty well! (little blurry)

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I also went to a PD a few weeks about about completing Observation Surveys and Running Records on kids. I already do the survey on all my kids in September and do Running Records regularly throughout the year. They gave us one article to read about Marie Clay and it talked about how to support readers during Guided Reading and Individual Conferences. I use a lot of the questions and words they listed all the time with my kids to help them become more independent in using strategies and self correcting. I thought it would be good to make a quick reference bookmark to help me remember things to ask my kids when they make errors.

It lists some important questions to ask when kids make errors in their reading. It helps students work on those cues that you analyze when doing a Running Record: Meaning, Structure and Visual Information. Email me for the freebie!  Note: These words are adapted from Marie Clay.


Hope you can use it!

Monday, 11 November 2013

5 for Monday

Seeing as my computer is still getting fixed, I thought I would try writing a post from my iPad on the Blogger App. 

I am calling this one 5 for Monday, as I've missed the Friday linky and haven't posted in forever! I do have some pics on my iPad of what we have been up to so I thought I would share! 

1. Word work 

My kids have been busy in word work practicing with Word Dough, Word Building Sticks and Chalkboard Words! 

Don't know if  I can rotate photos in this App so you will just have to take it as it is! 

2.  Math Daily 5 

We have been working on 1 more, 1 less, 2 more and 2 less and are connecting them to mental math strategies ! 

Here we are practicing a game whole group before it becomes a choice in Math with Someone. 

And here are my some of my kids getting a little more practice with it during small group. 

3. The Very Hungry Caterpillar 

In Theme, we worked on some days of the week practice. A lot of my kids have trouble reading our calendar and distinguishing between day, month and date. 

4. Ten Frame Practice 

More whole group practice with our ten frames. 

The kids keep all of there materials in their math bags to use during whole group, small group and math daily 5 choices. 

5. New family member 

We got a new kitten! I gave in and we went to the humane society and got another orange kitten. Our other orange guy is now a year and a half and tons of energy! This guy is the total opposite! Very calm, likes to be cuddled, quiet. A nice change! I am now officially a crazy cat lady! 

How cute is Reggie!!!???? Look at that long leg! Love! 

Hopefully I will get my computer back soon  and I can post and share more!!


Sunday, 10 November 2013

Remembrance Day

Take some time tomorrow to remember those who fought and those who continue to fight. 

Sunday, 3 November 2013

A virus!!

I think my computer might have a virus. Yikes! I haven’t blogged in a while for this very reason. Every time I got to download a photo from my email I get this message:

Not Good.

So I need to go get it checked out and cleaned out. I realized I don’t have much to say or share on this blog if there aren’t any photos with it. So I will be away for a bit until I can get this fixed!
Talk to you soon!
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