Saturday, July 13, 2013

Great Fable Resource

Recently I ordered Aesop's 1st Book of Childhood Adventures to help me cover the common core standards for fables. Vincent Mastro, the author, contacted me to review the Teacher's Guide that correlates to his series of books.

The 1st Book covers 3 Aesop's Fables: The Tortoise and the Hare, The Friends and the Bear and The Crow and the Pitcher. The unique aspect to this series is that Aesop is a curious raccoon character in the story that gets to experience and learn from the fables. Adding the teacher's guide along with this book is a valuable resource. The spiral bound guide includes copies of the 3 stories (great for displaying flatly under my document camera for class discussion) and detailed grade level standard correlation charts to help guide your lessons in areas of reading, writing and math. I teach 3rd grade, but found the layout of the teacher's guide helpful because the 2nd grade standards and lesson targets were listed side by side to 3rd grade. 

Here's an example standard for RL 3.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a test, distinguishing literal from non literal language.

The guide identifies non literal examples within the text

"The hare took off like a dart"

When I get back into the classroom I could see using this within a lesson by discussing similes and having students illustrate this phrase.

Another piece of the teacher's guide focuses on RL 3.2 Determine main idea and supporting details of text
Since perseverance is the overall theme of The Tortoise and the Hare, the guide identifies text evidence of perseverance. Again, I can see having my students delve into the text and record examples, character quotes and actions that show evidence of perseverance.

I'm certainly looking forward to using this resource in my classroom for some fable fun.

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Monday Made It Notebooking Organization

I'm going to try my hand with more interactive notebooking this coming school year.
I figured out this handy way to organize the many Common Core clip prompts I plan to utilize.
I cut apart each standard prompt and paper clipped them together as a set. 
Then, I labeled each corner of a sleeve protector with a Sharpie like this: RL 1, RL 2, RL 3 and so on.
All the standard prompts are then put in the matching sleeve.
I figured this system would help save me time.  I'll simply pass them out with an appropriate lesson and have students glue them into their response notebooks.

I've also been busy purging and shredding old bills and records in my home office.

Final product is a trash can full of shredded confetti.

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Backyard Delights

I get to enjoy my yard, work and all, during the summer.
My backyard is a 1/2 acre. Over spring break I cut down some palms that were breaking my planters.
I replaced them with a Crape Myrtle tree which is now blooming.
Look at those pretty watermelon blooms.
I'm still battling the asparagus fern sprouts that keep popping up which I also removed from the planter. I'm avoiding the need to clean up the dead blooms of my Bird of Paradise. I'll wait to do that on a cooler day.

Wild rabbits love my backyard too.
I came back from walking Harley yesterday and saw these two eating steps away from my patio.
Harley isn't fast enough to catch the grown ones, but last summer he did corner and kill a few babies :(
And yuck, Harley loves to eat the rabbit poop all over the lawn when I don't watch him.

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Celebrate with a Sale

Happy 4th of July.
Pop on over to All Things Upper Elementary for a reason to celebrate.

May you find some goodies from our stores to spark your interest!

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Monday Made It : Common Core Standards Organizer

A couple of weeks ago I shared my Common Core Focus Wall.
To organize all the standards cards I am using this accordion file organizer from the Target Dollar Spot.
On each tab I've labeled the standard and strand or domain it fits in.
This will make for easy switch out of cards on my focus wall.

It's July 1st, have you moved over to Blog Lovin yet?
My giveaway ends today for it.

I'm also joining some TPT sale celebrations.
My store items will be on sale through July 4th.

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