Sunday, January 6, 2013

Football Freebie and My Plan for Next Week

I've ceased to pay attention to football since I have zero chance at winning any money in my Fantasy Football pool.  However, I do know that Super Bowl season is upon us and our kidlets love nothing more than talking about sports.  Here's a football freebie for you if you need an extra math warm up or a ready-to-go homework assignment.
I go back to school tomorrow (for teacher meetings and work time) and get back to work with the kiddos on Tuesday.  Although I spent most of the break online shopping and being sick, I think some of the ideas from blog stalking have stayed with me.  Here's a few things I plan to use during that first week back.

In reading we're going to continue our reading response notebooks.  During every 5 day week students are required to write a letter to me which gives a short summary of a book they're reading, as well as at least 1 piece of deeper thinking they had as they read the text.  I have gone from hand writing to typing my letters.  It's a lot of work to keep up with, but I think it's worth it.  Writing about reading is a goal for 99% of my students and this seems to really motivate them to write, since they know I'll be reading it and writing back.  Their #1 question when I told them I was leaving for my grandpa's funeral? "But . . . when will we get our reading response notebooks back?!"  :)
 
 
 
 Grammatical Name Art: I would do Word Clouds, but I already did these after Thanksgiving break, so we're going to talk about all the exciting things we did throughout the break through nouns, verbs, and adjectives.  

Division Review: Thanks to Tonya's Treats for Teachers I now have a division review ready to go
We're going to talk about informational writing.  I'm excited to use these two TpT products to help introduce the genre.
Text Features Pack: Posters & Activities for Informational Text
By Gina Coniglio - Click the picture to go to her store
By Jeannie Hunter - Click the pic to go to her store

6 comments:

  1. I found you from a post on Facebook by Fern and I'm glad I did. I'm going to do your Grammatical Name Art Activity tomorrow. Thanks!

    -Mercedes
    Surfing to Success

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  2. Stick on circle due date...brilliant! My kids can never remember when to turn in their journals! Thank you!

    Laurie
    Chickadee Jubilee

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  3. I love the reading journals. I always wanted to try. Good idea to put the day labels on them!

    Sarah

    Using My Teacher Voice

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  4. I want to thank you for the Super Bowl assignment. I think it will be great as a homework challenge for my third graders this week! Thanks again!

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  5. I did reading response journals last year when I was in 3rd grade. It is definitely A LOT of work, but I saw the difference in my kiddos writing and their thinking about reading. Their questions were outstanding and by the end of it each of my students and I had our own little relationship within the journals. It was such a rewarding experience--- The labels are an awesome idea... if I ever get back to 3rd (I'm in 1st now) I'll definitely be doing that!

    Have a great day tomorrow planning!!! I'm jealous!

    Brittany
    Closing the Gap... in a Cute Outfit

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  6. The Super Bowl Challenge is exactly what I need for my higher level learners in my 3rd grade class. Thanks so much!

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