Open and Closed Syllable FREEBIES

I've mentioned before that we use Letterland for spelling and phonics. This is our first official year using it since we were just handed the manual last January.
Anyway, Unit 2 is open and closed syllables. Now, I knew nada about syllable types until like last week. This just is not how I learned to spell! Whole language all the way!
But Letterland uses characters and very intricate stories to explain spelling rules and such. It's pretty interesting actually!
I mean, did you know that Oscar Orange can be happy and say his vowel name if he's protected from the robbing robots by a consonant? yep, bet you didn't! Translation-there's a short vowel sound if the syllable ends with a consonant...
Teaching syllable types to 7 year olds is proving to be a little overwhelming to me, so I have made lots of practice activities and games for us. One I shared on IG yesterday and you can download it here!

I love using scholastic book orders any way I can. I truly don't get many student orders with our population, so I use them in class more! Yesterday students searched the book order for whole titles with 2, 3, and 4 syllables. I took them a little while to get the hang of it, but they did great! The directions say cut and glue the books, but I just had them write the titles. We've been gluing a lot lately! There's also a second page for more practice if needed.


and here are a few activities I found on TpT we've been using as well! and they're all free!
Open and Closed minilessons (I projected these on the screen)
Open syllable sorts (I made sentence strip words with one set and am using the second set as independent practice)
I'll be sharing a few more things as we progress through the next few units on syllables. I like to "teacher-test and kid-approve" things before posting them!

five for fraturday

we started read with someone on Tuesday. It's really a toss up! Sometimes we do great, others notsomuch. I never got around to introducing Work on Words like I was planning. so bump to next week!

We read watched Elmer on YouTube. It's a great narration if you don't have the book. We talked about how Elmer teaches the other elephants to Sharpen the Saw and let loose every once in awhile. Then they designed an Elmer to represent themselves. Of course someone just colored him gray...nuff said. The Elmer is a freebie I found on TpT and the writing and lessons are from Reagan's unit.

Loving our math and reading notebooks! Here's a few lessons we did this week. The 10 frames are from Blair Turner's CC bundle. It's awesome! the other 3 are the FB freebie I shared this week. We focused on making 10 all week and use nickels, pennies, and dimes as well.

I bought this activity this morning actually. I had a few 9/11 activities, but I loved the layout and reading level of this one. The kids were able to work on it while I benchmarked, too! Win-Win! and I know the spelling is horrid, but so sweet...

We still focused on character traits this week. I'm really trying to get ahead on my anchor chart art, but it ain't happenin! The first we did together after watching, the second one I placed traits on the treehouse while the kids reread the story with a partner. Then they chose one and placed it in the right spot. We are working hard on character change!

A Peek at my Week: Week 3

It's week 3 and we are diving into more rounds of Daily 5 this week! Have you read Katie's post yet? She inspired me to try a few new ideas. This is my 5th year using the D5 format for my reading block. It is different each year; not because I don't like how I did it, but because each group is so different! Last year's group were not "real readers". They didn't come to me loving it. So we ONLY did Read to Self and partner reading to develop that love. I want them to know they can read what they choose. Not have to go to Barnes and Noble and look for a level K book. I know many, many people would disagree about all their books being their choice, but if I am teaching 3 ways to read a book, how can I go back and tell them they cannot check a book out because they cannot read the words? I read magazines daily. I do not read every word! We learn to skim and scan. Read captions. check out illustrations.
Here's my action plan for the week!
Look for product links underneath and a NEW FREEBIE on my facebook page!

Early bird morning work from Second Story Window
Louder Lili (still working on this week) from Linda Kamp
Sentence Unit from Amy Lemons
Wow vs. Blah sentences from Kelley Dolling
Super Sentences (these are perfect for us to start out with Monday and Tuesday!
Pigeon Unit from Susan Jones (I'm just using one activity from this and we will use more when we do our Mo study!)
Process Skills Unit from me
Bad Case of the Stripes freebie from the Imagination Nook

five for friday

shoo! Week 2 down!
today felt forever long!
do you have "assembly schedules"?
that's when your whole day is rearranged because their is a school assembly! makes sense
but having our whole day rearranged on the 9th day of school notsomuch
I have planing period at 9:30 each day
it's wonderful
a nice break between math and reading
but on our assembly schedule, my planning is moved to 11:30
and since we start at 7:10 AM!!!! it was a very long morning!
I wish I could put my dramaticness in my typed words here!
But it's all good now!
Monday-we did our first poetry race with partners

and read Louder, Lili
isn't their spelling cute!? ok, maybe not...

Wednesday-Race to 100 in our Math notebooks

Tuesday was our first Read to Self session...and by Thursday we had some amazing read to self stamina building going on! This group loves books!

and I found out I won a giveaway at MPM School Supplies
I have blogged about them before...because they have it all! 
and great prices and fast shipping!
and I always enter their bulletin board contests, too!
See our Superhero board? Vote for us! or enter yourself and vote for us! haha!

I didn't get to half of what I had planned for the week, so I am partially ready for next week! I'll hopefully be sharing my plans on Sunday with Deedee! TGIF


I'm linking up with Farley for September's Currently!

the washing machine is running-hence I'm thinking about what to wear tomorrow! It's damn near 100 degrees by recess time at noon. But I never, ever, never wear shorts (and yea, we are allowed to) I wear my Old Navy or Groopdealz wide leg linen pants. Seriously. I wear a pair probably 3 times a week! I have navy, black, white, and khaki! They are the best pants in the whole world! and...wait for it...they have an elastic band waist like maternity pants! haha! Yes siree! 

I discovered Stephanie's Morning Meeting book last month and I am so glad I did! I tend to start things and not stick with them...morning meeting is one of those things! But her guide and ideas are keeping me going! I use greetings from Christina Bainbridge (they were posted on her website when I started teaching second, so not sure if she still has them!) and we go over our day. I actually write it all out on my chart stand! I have a few littles that can't wait to take over this job! 

Thanks to you fabulous people, my DonorsChoose grant was fulfilled! My projector arrived today! Can't wait to get that baby up and not squint all day!

oh, and I ordered a large scholastic order right before school started. And it was delivered on the first day of school...but, I never got it! what?! Not sure if there was a UPS mix up (they have a time and signature) or if someone jacked it, but I will find you...errr. It really irks me because I ordered the new Minecraft guide for Middle Lamb for his great first week of school and now I don't have it!

and last, but not least...Italy because who doesn't (though my little sis claims it's nasty!) Seattle because I'm stuck in the 90s, and China because I really really really wanna see the terracotta soldiers! and the great wall!

Happy September! GO link up too!

Week 2 Visual Plans

I'm linking up with Deedee and sharing my plans for the week!

This week we are diving all in. Having no schedule gets on my nerves by the second day of school!
We begin every morning the same-Early Bird morning workbooks. Last week we completed them together, so fingers crossed they will at least attempt it!

here's links to what we are working on!
Louder, Lili unit from Linda Kamp
Process Skills for Wee Scientists from moi
Elmer activities from Reagan

I'm SUPER excited about our portraits on Friday!
Let's just say it's a mix of a picture Amy Lemons posted on Instagram and an adjective activity from Hope King! Can you figure it out!?!

2014 Classroom Reveal pictures!

Well, I have lived in the room for a week now and so far it is my favorite room I have decorated! I took out all the reds and pinks from last year (I used Schoolgirl Style's Summer Soiree) and just stuck with the blues (I use a few things from her Paisley, Turquoise, Blue and Green line)! I love how it tones down my green wall! There's still a few areas that need some work and that's ok! Sometimes there are things I want to try, then I meet the kiddos and it's not for them. So I don't fret about a few areas! The new rug really brings all the blue together, too! I think their favorite thing is the screen saver-it looks like lightning!
here's the view when you walk in. 
this is my closet and one group area to the left of the door. This area is not well defined right now! It will change as I figure out a few things! I covered the closet door in fadeless paper from pacon! I love how it looks!
Wood grain fadeless paper from pacon
mirror from IKEA
orange chalkboard from Hobby Lobby (clearance last summer)
artwork mats from Michaels 
green wrapping paper from Target
royal blue border from pacon
book tub from Target (beverage tub)
giant flowers from Hobby Lobby
pink desk and chair from IKEA
Books in the Spotlight sign from Amanda Nickerson
Author posters from Amanda Madden
poms from Schoolgirl style

facing the door

this is the area right beside the door. It's a cabinet area and I set my mailboxes on the counter to save some space that I don't use anyhow.
I also remade our School Expectations matrix and just included the classroom ones. the whole poster was too jumbled to see!
Mail center from Really Good Stuff (it's covered in teal duct tape)
artwork from Hobby Lobby
Navy striped border covers the ugly cork strip (Teacher Created Resources)

this is the front of the room
I have 19 kids, so there are 3 "table groups" I added a table to the front of each to keep table supplies on instead of in their desks. I love it so far!
The crates above the cubbies WERE going to be my files last year, but they have literally set there empty. I took out all my red and pink, so when I can open my closet again, these will be put away!
I didn't get a picture of that area, but there are 2 student computers and our 7 Habits display above them. 
schedule cards on the board from Ladybug Teacher Files
word wall alphabet from my shop
word wall sight words from Darlin' Little Learners
clock minute labels from Amy Lemons
Reading board title letters from SchoolGirl Style
Fix Up strategy posters from Amy Groesbeck (I printed them 11x17 at Office Max)
paint cans from Michaels (bridal section)
can inserts from Schoolgirl Style

I loved this borrow bucket idea from Natalie and Rachelle! Each table has one and it has glue bottle (students have their own glue sticks), extra pack of crayons, scissors, and pencils.

this is my corner. It has already changed a tad from this picture! I added two more drawer sets and made new labels from them so they'd match.

teacher toolbox labels from Schoolgirl Style (three different sets-teal, lime, red)
big birds are cut from scrapbook paper and mod podged on the back of a bookcase I threw out!
frames from Michaels and Hobby Lobby
subway art from Hope King
book hospital ambulance from Hobby Lobby
Sterlite basket from Target
picture book bins from Really Good Stuff (neon blue)
library labels from Ladybug Teacher Files
Darth Vader is a bank from Old Navy. He keeps my box tops safe.
and yes, that's my Sanrio pencil box!

my desk! LOVE my desk!

Desk and green chair from IKEA
bucket from Target (easter bucket)
our printer was a donorsChoose project
lamp from Hobby Lobby (it has all my Wizard of Oz figures from McDonalds)
framed a card for some artwork! 
math board letters from Schoolgirl Style
lime, rich blue, and azure bordette from pacon
rich blue fadeless paper from pacon
my double drawer cart is under the desk and holds math manipulatives with my labels

I painted these ceiling tiles a couple of years ago with some friends and hung them for awhile. I popped them back in the ceiling this year above my desk! I love it and now I have two new ones to paint!

this is the end of the built ins that hold fiction books. Right now the writing center is home to all our books that will be passed out to students! I covered all my cork boards in paper and border so they'd look like my bulletin boards.

punctuation posters from Lindsey Kuster
What do Writers Write pencil from the teacher wife
desk and stools from IKEA

here's the window area beside the writing center

rug from walmart
student book boxes from Really Good Stuff

this is beside the student book boxes. This is my guided reading area. This board will hold our word chunks from Letterland as we learn them (poster is also letterland). Einstein over there is my favorite poster in the room! He's 5 feet tall! and I found a little "do the math" sign on a notebook one year and made a name tag for him! This was open house night so all the school supplies are thrown in the baskets. I also did not have the seats out yet.

Number line from Carson Dellosa
touch point numbers I cut from scrapbook paper
evidence display from Leslie Ann 
I printed the title Evidence = Proof on the printer
chevron rug from target garden section
cart from IKEA

This is the rug area and focus board. I have written our daily agenda on the back of the chart stand each morning this week and we go through it during morning meeting. I am loving it!

Rug from Target (this one is close)
the calendar is gone now and replaced with a pocket chart one
Month labels and round alpha from SchoolGirl Style
I keep my old curtain rods from our first house to use as pointers to use on the number line! 
Job chart from my shop
tiny clothespins holding "leaders" and ribbon from Michaels
chart stand from Really Good Stuff
chair from Hobby Lobby
clipboard bucket from target
crates from Michaels (I spray painted them navy)
number word display from Amy Lemons
woodgrain fadeless paper and rich blue bordette from pacon

I haven't gotten a picture of the area beside this yet! oops! It's the nonfiction library. 

Well, I'm off to nap now! Week one is done, and so is my brain!

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