Friday, April 26, 2013

Pronoun Foldable and End-of-the-Week Linkies

The weather is finally starting to improve this week and it should be a beautiful weekend in the Midwest! I am so excited to have the chance to get out in the garden and get some new things planted. And it will be great to let the girls play outside!

1. Early in the week, we wrapped up our study of pronouns. As we did with {nouns} and {verbs}, we made a foldable. I've really embraced foldables this year. With this class, the more that I can get them cutting and folding, the better they are. They are such a fidgety class that I need to put some of that behavior to good use.
2. I've been working a LOT in PowerPoint this week. I'd like to thank everyone who has posted tips and tutorials over the past few months. I have learned so much! Tonight I made my daughter's birthday invite. Now I need to learn how to make my own clip art!

3. I can't help it. I have to reinvent the wheel. My kids LOVE the Reading Olympians root word study program, but I had to make some additions and changes to fit this group of kids. Now, please understand this, when I get something stuck in my head, I have to do it even though the original is perfectly fine. It all started when I wanted to create a recording sheet for each set of roots so that students could write down words they find and earn beads. And of course I had to have the cute clip art on it, so I bought the set from the 3 AM Teacher. This is what I made and copied on orange paper to match the set color:

This is actually an older version. I tweaked a few things in the list of root and the size of the font for the name line. What can I say, I'm OCD. Anyway, then I thought, wouldn't it be better use of my limited paper if I could put six cards on a page for their binder rings? And my kids punch holes way too close to the edge of the paper, so I put little circles where they punch.
Then, of course, some of my kids needed to retake the Nike quiz, and I didn't want to give them the same one, so I made a retake version. And since everything has to look the same in my world, I decided just to redo everything I use. So, hours later, I finished recreating the wheel for the Nike set. And since I was in a groove and everything would be fairly easy to swap out, I did the Poseidon set, and so on. So that is what has been eating up most of my week. Totally unnecessary, but yet something my brain said that I had to do.
4. My Donor's Choose materials arrived! It's hard to believe that all of this cost $350. I'm a little nervous about the thank-yous that we have to prepare. Any tips that you have for me would be greatly appreciated!
5. An obligatory shot of my garden this week. The daffodils are blooming!!



7 comments:

  1. Love the pronoun foldable! I am covering pronouns with my kids right now. I am going to have to make one with my kiddos this week as a nice review for their test!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

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  2. My sixth graders LOVE foldables and lap books, although they call them FLAP books. I had done most of the foldables for Science class. I like this idea for pronouns; I think I'll add some foldables to Language Arts, too. Thanks for sharing!

    Angela
    The Teacher's Desk 6

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  3. I wish I knew how to make clip art also. I would save so much money!

    Sarah
    MissKinBK

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  4. That graphic novel set look great.

    I'm in total agreement with you on the weather and gardening. I'm already battling creeping charlie so if you know how to stop that I'd love the advice. I'll will be splitting about 30 hostas this weekend too. Good luck in the yard.

    matt
    Digital: Divide & Conquer

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  5. That set of books looks fantastic. The birthday invite is cute! Our daffodils are not quite there yet - still waiting.

    Jane

    Learning in the Little Apple

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