Saturday, September 21, 2013


We are just starting to teach inferring.  I am going to use  many of the same lessons and materials I used last year.  If you want to see what that is, you can find it all HERE.

I did make a few other things to use this year with my lessons.  The kids love the little flip books we make and add to our reader's notebooks, so I made some to use with our lessons.

I made a general flip book to use with our read-alouds.
I love to teach the inferring lessons using poetry.  I always use this book:

Beast Feast
by- Douglas Florian
I made this little flip book with one of the poems from this book.  I removed the title so the students would have to find the clues and infer what animal the poem is about. (by the way, in case you need it...the title of the poem is The Whale) :)
I also made some inferring activities for stations using QR codes.  Students check their answers by scanning the QR code.  I think this is my favorite...they will love this!
Here's a view of a couple of the QR codes in this download:

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Open House, Curriculum Night...and all that other stuff!

I know this is REALLY late for most of you.  It has been a super busy start to the school year! I'm sure you have already had Open House or Curriculum night....but maybe you can save these ideas for next year!

The theme at my school this year is "Sweet on Success."  So all the decorations have something to do with candy.  On our first day we made this lollipop to get to know eachother a little bit.  We hung it up in the halls for open house.

During the first week, we made a getting to know you banner.  Each student completed a piece of the banner.  I added their picture to the top.

This is what it looks like all put together!

We did a getting to know you activity the first week of school with the iPads.  This was my favorite!  It turned out so cute.  We used a new app I found called Tellagami.  I will definitely be using this again for research, book summaries and anything else I can think of.  The kids LOVED it!
Here is the app:

This is a FREE app!
First, I paired up the students in my class and they interviewed eachother.  We used this form to write answers.

Then, the students used Tellagami to record their answers from their notes.  As a background, they took a picture of their partner.  The app has a character on there that you can edit by changing their facial features and clothes.  We presented the finished Tellagami projects to the whole class.  It was so cute!  You need this app!
Check out this finished example that I made.  ( I used my daughter. ;)
I plan to use this app for MANY activities throughout the year!