Friday, November 22, 2013

Promoting Bucket Filling in Your Classroom

Such an important thing to do....

A great visual for students:
Showing that unkind words cannot be unsaid or undone.

Link to more information

The book we use in my classroom:
A global book:
Bucket Filler videos:
How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids

A Bucket Filling Moment
Our Daily Bucket Filler Jar    - My students make requests to use this!  I like to choose a new card each week.
My favorite one:
Snowman Bucket Fillers  by Alisha Sanders


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Word Work......Getting it organized!

The Word Work bookshelf can be a little like shopping at Target.  You go there intending to make it a short trip..... then you soon find yourself distracted by all of the neat things to look at!  To help students avoid this problem, I have created two Word Work binders.  (possibly will make more later) They just grab one and go!   

More ideas and links are on my previous post on Word Work. 

Binders include:
Pocket pouch that has dry erase markers and one foam die
Word Work Roll / Create 
Scrabble Spelling Addition
Rainbow Roll-N-Write 
iPad Spelling
Alphabet stencils - from Amazon
Spelling Task Cards - (I used page two.) 
See the previous Word Work post for the following links:
Sign Language
How Much is Your Word Worth? differentiated - 2 different levels


Friday, November 8, 2013

The Best Part of Me...... Opinion Writing

This is one of my favorite ideas for opinion writing (besides taste testing Oreos!).  I found it while searching Pinterest for opinion writing ideas.  My class really enjoyed reading poems written by students from Durham, North Carolina.  Great inspiration for opinion writing!

Book link - The Best Part of Me by Wendy Ewald
Three examples from my class:


Scholastic's ideas about this topic