Friday, September 27, 2013

It's an APPLICIOUS Five for Friday!

It's Five for Friday!
Look at these new number buttons that Jen Jones made for Kacey and the Five for Friday linky--- ADORBS!!!

I am definitely ready to get my weekend started.
I have wedding invitations to find and bridesmaid dresses to hunt for!  But, I could not let a second go by without sharing all of the Applicious fun we had this week in Room 102!
When the kiddos saw that Science and Investigations were on the schedule for the week, the smiles and excitement were hard to contain!
Quincy brought some awesome apple books to help us learn how to ask good questions before, during, and after we read!

The very sweet Jessica Williams shared her fab apple unit for free on TPT.  Isn't she generous!  Thanks Jessica!  The KWL and Labeling activities  were extremely engaging!  We had a blast!
We had plenty of apples to taste test!
Red was the class favorite, followed Green in second place.
It was so fun to use some "Apple Talk" and learn new words like flesh, core, and seeds.

Our phonics lessons were totally fun.
How cool that are (ap) word family happen to show up right when we were learning about apples!
Sink or Float?
It's a floater!
 My super-lovely friend Sarah, from First Grade Snippets, has this rockin' apple experiment that was a huge hit!
The kids were shocked that the lemon juice kept the apples from browning.  They thought for sure that the milk would keep the flesh white because milk is white!  (Scientific reasoning at it's best!)

Scholastic Weekly Readers----Topic?
"Mmmm, Mmmmm, Apples!"
This was a perfect selection to add to a round of Daily 5: Read to Someone!  The kids practicing reading the magazine together a few times then worked on an sequencing activity called "From Seed to Apple" from Sarah's Read and Sequence pack!
Then we added our new learning to our focus wall!

Apple Smiles... Oh yes, we did!
I was so lucky to find  this writing and snack idea included in Jessica's Apples unit!  
It was a hot, messy-mess and a ton of fun!

Then we added our fourth choice to our Work on Writing menu called, "How-To" writing.  We used the freebie template to write the steps on how to make Apple Smiles!

The kids were saying things like, "Ms. Marciniak, this is the best week ever!" So I lit up like a Christmas Tree and felt super-fabulous that this first grade class is so special!

If you haven't already, 
join Doodle Bugs Teaching for our Five for Friday Celebration!
Have a great weekend friends!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

5 for Friday....the winner of Precious Pink is.....

TGIF friends!
Cough, cough,
Oh where, oh where 
Did I put my Claritin D?

But enough about my cold,
here's my 5 for Friday on Saturday!

The Daily Cafe website had a great idea posted this week.
In the past, many of us may have had a "time-out" space in our room.  Lori Sabo suggests putting a positive spin on the old catch-phrase and try using something more inspirational.  She calls it her "Reset Desk". 
I put my own VIBE to that and presto!
Here it is.
Collaboration Cuties recently posted about how awesome this bathroom technique is working in their classrooms.  Of course, I had to try it out too!  Our laminator is broken at the moment, so I wrapped clear, packing tape around the labels and it was a cinch.
I am a total germ-phobe so when these are empty, we throw them away and simply make 2 more!  Easy-Peasy!
The labels are from Fun in Room 4B and to read more on how to implement this idea, click here to visit my Collaboration Cuties!
My fabulous Firstie Friend Becca Foxwell over at First Grade Foxwell Forest just created these new Word Work Play Doh mats.
Thank you Becca so much for sharing this engaging unit with me!
My first graders LOVE it!

New Accuracy and Comprehension Critters at the CAFE this week:
The kids are SO EXCITED every week when they see our new Mystery Suitcase waiting at the Learning Wall.  Meercat the Connector is helping us make strong connections when we read and Cross-Checking Cheetah keeps asking us,
"Does it Look Right?
Does it Sound Right?
Does it Make Sense?"

And speaking of our Focus Wall,
would you believe all this amazing learning happening this week!
Guess who was our Historical Figure???
Nancy V. over at First Grade WOW has this amazing Johnny Appleseed unit that the kids just adored!
I thought this activity was the perfect way to allow students the opportunity to self-assess their work and give themselves a grade!
Using our Artist's Rubric,
each student went up and selected a point-value for their work.
0 being the lowest and 6 being the highest.
Although I can't find the original source of this rubric,
it was definitely a free source online.
Inside the apple, top right, the students added their score.

I love that this student gave a 5/6 score!
Definitely some critical thinking happening!
This is just one simple way to engage students in self-assessment at the beginning of the school year.  I love how successful it makes us feel AND the kids are seeking a target goal that is definitely in their grasp!  I like that!
On a final note, 
Congratulations to Ruthanne Arace #162!
You are my winner for a brand new,
Precious Pink Sharpener!
Check your email :)
Special Thanks to Doodle Bugs Teaching for hosting our Five for Friday Tradition!
Happy Weekend Friends!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

6 Traits Tuesday-The First Grade Way!

I am one lucky teacher!
I was waiting for the right time to share how I am using 6 Traits writing in my first grade classroom, 
and then, PRESTO!
I found Courtney and Sarah from
Hoots and Hollers already have a weekly 6 Traits linky! 

Last year, I took a liking to this Trait-Based Monthly Writing Instruction-

Around the same time, my first grade teammate, Miriam, suggested the Daily 6 Traits by Evan Moor 
for building skill practice.

I also found a great VOICES menu wall unit from Down Under Teacher's TPT store.
This picture was taken last April and we were just getting ready to start Sentence Fluency at that time.

This year,
I wanted to focus on particular writing strategies aligning with the new First Grade CCSS.
Last week, I typed up a new 6 Traits VOICES menu to highlight these new Common Core Objectives.
Using "Down Under Teacher's" strategy cards, I went through and pulled out the ones I felt were most significant in first grade.
I put them in order of instruction (based on how they were introduced in the Daily 6 Traits lessons) and wrote that corresponding number on the back of each card.
click here for the download in google drive.
I added both updated menus to my teacher VOICES binder.

Transition songs (seen here under the headers) were found in a Scholastic teacher's resource manual on 6 Traits.
I typed them up and added them to the menu.
To start and end a daily lesson, we sing the corresponding traits song!  The kids absolutely LOVE it!
Take a listen to our IDEAS song:
If you would like these awesome songs,
click here for the freebie!

Here is a peek into one of our daily 6 Traits lessons in our
 VOICES binder-
Now my little Max thought he spelled "some" correctly.
I did not correct him at this point, because during this writing time, students are taught NOT to ask the teacher how to spell unknown words.  This is my time to see who is using the word walls, or phonetically sounding words out.  I will go back the next day and reteach that sight word to make sure Max builds a stronger connection with using the word walls.

Here is a little video on how I organized the students 
VOICES binders:

Oregon City Schools First Grade Writing 
Curriculum Calendar: 
This year, my district has gotten on board with the 6 Traits Writing model for first grade.
The following calendars are new to us and are a work-in-progress!

First Grade-First Quarter 6 Traits Pacing Guide: click here
First Grade-Second Quarter 6 Traits Pacing Guide: click here
First Grade-Third Quarter 6 Traits Pacing Guide: click here
First Grade-Fourth Quarter 6 Traits Pacing Guide: click here
How does 6 Traits fit in to my daily schedule?
I hope this post was helpful!  I am always keeping my fingers crossed that someday we will move on and explore Lucy Calkins Writer's Workshop!  Until then, 6 Traits is a welcomed addition to Room 102!
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