Monday, December 30, 2013

(Audio) QR Codes Task Cards for First 100 Fry Words

Happy Holidays! I am enjoying my last few days of our Winter Break, and finally had a chance got around to working on a new product. One of my goals for the new year is to begin to use my Samsung Tablets in my classroom as well as the four mini laptops that every teacher has been given to use in our classroom. 

I absolutely love incorporating technology into my lessons, but I wanted to be sure that my students would not destroy were beginning to show more responsibility with taking care of the materials that they use in class. This has been a big problem for the past months but my students have been getting a little better with this since I made such a big fuss about them coming to my classroom and destroying my materials. 

For the first couple months of school, it was very hurtful to learn that my students had no intrinsic regard for the property of others and would break and tear up all of their materials. However, I turned this experience into a teachable moment. Instead of having science class, I took a lot of their class time to discuss with my students what taking care of things that are not theirs looks like, as well as why they should respect the property of others. Since then, and after having the students sign a contract promising to be more responsible with the classroom materials, I've noticed that my students are beginning to care more about their materials, and so now I am a little more willing now to let them use my wonderful tablets to give them the opportunity to begin to learn with our classroom technology. I'm really looking forward to using the tablets and Netbooks more and more.

This new product that I've created is not a science product. Rather, it's an ELA Common Core aligned product for practicing sight words. YAY! 

As students begin to master the Fry Words they can then begin to learn and practice reading them in the phrases in which they will most frequently find them in print to reinforce both word recognition and fluency skills. These First 100 Fry Words Phrases/(Audio)QR Code Task Cards are aligned with the ELA Common Core Standard: Phonics and Word Recognition
R.F. K.3c Read common high-frequency words by sight.

The task card format allows students to work individually or in small groups. They could even be passed out to the entire class and used as a fun whole group game of Scoot.

The audio QR codes provide a differentiated learning/practice experience for students, allowing them to use a hand-held device such as a tablet or even a laptop to either read the phrases and then hear the audio for fluency practice and immediate self-correction; or students needing more support can hear the audio phrases first and then practice reading them independently.

Teachers can access the QR Codes feature of the task cards by downloading the fun and simple QuickMark QR reader app onto their student laptops or tablets. Once downloaded, open the app, aim the shaded reader over the QR code to scan it. Once scanned the reader will make a funny sound. Then click the blue "Open URL" button to hear the audio voice reading the fry word phrase. It's just that simple and fun!

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 23, 2013

2014 Resolutions

This week I am linking up with Brandi over at A Peach for the Teach and sharing my Resolutions for the coming year. It was a good exercise because I hadn't really had the time taken the time to think much about these things. Someone told me a while ago that an idea that isn't written down does not exist. So here are my resolutions in writing to make them real. Writing them down also allows me to be able to go back and look at them every few months to assess how I'm doing. Make resolutions for the new year...CHECK! What are yours?
Sunday, December 15, 2013

Science Mentor Text Linky Liquids and Solids

This week I'm linking up with Collaboration Cuties' Must Read Mentor Text Linky for Science. The text I'm sharing is Infotrek's Liquids and Solids.

This is a very good non-fiction text for introducing Solids and Liquids. The content is introduced in Question/Answer expository format, which easily lends itself to building shema with a K-W-L, for example, before introducing each new question. 

True to non-fiction books, each page of the text contains nice large photographs of solids and liquids to support the text. 

Questions and answers are written in a way that children can easily compare and contrast solids and liquids using either a T-Chart or Venn diagram. Some examples of questions are, What do liquids look like?, What do solids look like? Can liquids change into solids? and, Can solids change into liquids? 

Liquids and Solids is ideal for students to use the questions to begin many cool solids and liquids investigations using the scientific method. Very informative!


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

STEM Engineering Design Bridges

One of my goals this year was to incorporate more S.T.E.M. activities into my science curriculum. I decided to do the Gnome Engineers Using Engineering to Build and Design a Bridge project that I got over at Sue Calahane's Science For Kids. Boy, did my kids have a ball with this project! It's by far one of my personal favorites of the year.

Every step of learning the Engineering Design Process was an exciting adventure for my second graders. They especially loved designing their own gnomes, gnome lands and finally getting to the design step of the engineering design process. 

My school uses the FOSS Solids and Liquids Kit, so it was quite a challenge for my primary students to  process (just as real engineers do) how to use what they knew about the properties of their solids, which included materials like cups, cardboard squares, wooden cylinders, and craft sticks, to build their bridges, complete with posts, roadways, guardrails and height. Their designs were amazing and I'm thrilled to share some of them. 

My students learned so much about the engineering design process by doing this project. Many wrote in their evaluations that they loved building with the solids, and they didn't like that it took so long from start to finish--something that is very challenging for little learners. It was a great experience for us all. 



Friday, November 29, 2013

Cyber Monday Sale!

Being a new TpT Seller, this is my very first Cyber Monday (& Tuesday) Sale! Everything in my store is 20% off and you even get an extra 10% savings at checkout when you type in promo code CYBER. That's almost a 28% savings! 

I have learned so much from reading the blogs of the best and top TpT Sellers. I am thankful that I have this opportunity as well to share what I absolutely love to do with my colleagues. 

Wishing everyone the very best during this season of thanksgiving.

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

I Have Who Has Solids Vocab Practice

I hope you got a chance to visit my store to check out my sale. If not, there are a couple more hours until it ends. Thanks to all who have gotten a product or two.

I've been teaching my students vocabulary words for solids. We will have a test soon, so I made this I Have Who Has game to use as review. All of the pictures on the cards are of the equipment that we have used so far in our investigations, or will use throughout the year. I teach first graders so the pictures are very helpful at this point of the year.

These cards would also go perfectly with the FOSS Solids and Liquids kit.

The cards have cut lines on them, so they should be very easy to cut apart neatly after laminating.

I plan to use the cards in a center. I use each of my five tables in my science room as stations, each having from three to five students at a table. This is a perfect number for this I Have Who Has game. Students at this  center will pass out the cards evenly among the students at the table. The student who holds the "I WILL START, I have a solid...Who has a triangle?" card will begin the game by reading his/her card aloud and then puts it down on the table. 
The student who has the card that begins with "I have a triangle..." will read their card next and put it down on the table. The game continues until all cards are read and put down on the table, ending with the one that reads, "I have a solid, The End".

Thursday, November 7, 2013

So Excited! I'm Having My Very First TpT Sale!

I'm so excited to be having my very first TpT Store sale, starting today, November 7 through Sunday, November 11, 2013. Everything in my store is 10% off!

My goal is to have a bunch of sales by Sunday night, so head on over to my store and take a look at my products. I'm sure there will be something you could use in your classroom. Thanks for your support friends! 
Saturday, October 19, 2013

FOSS Solids Task Cards

Currently, I am teaching my students about Solids and Properties of Solids. We use the FOSS Solids and Liquids Kit but this product can be used with any lesson on solids and properties. Recently I've been learning about Task Cards so I thought I'd give them a try with my students this year. 

After cutting and laminating multiple copies, I plan to use the task cards as a small group activity at first. After all groups have completed the cards and recorded their answers, I will project them from my Smart Board and discuss the answers as a whole group activity. 

My science tables can hold up to five students, which I have divided into smaller pairs or triads which are perfect for doing our science investigations. These pairs or triads of students within the small table group will divide one deck of task cards in half. They will then complete half of the cards together with their partners on their answer sheets, then exchange their half deck with the other pair/triad at their table group.  Students can then check their answers against the answer key which is provided. Since there are two groups within a group, I will provide two answer keys.

I'm excited about using these task cards! I will be sure to post pictures to share.
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Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall Writing Anchor Chart

Fall is a great time of the year to discuss with children. This anchor chart is a nice way to build schema and vocabulary with students as they prepare for writing about the subject of FALL. You can simply post this anchor chart on your white board or you can post it in your writer's workshop area or on your writing focus wall. 

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Oak Tree Life Cycle and Craftivity

We study "Trees" in my Kindergarten science classes. To help them understand how an oak tree grows I use this Oak Tree Life Cycle PowerPoint. This file is a converted SMART Notebook file, which is why some files are a little smaller than the slide on the presentation.

I found a great photographic life cycle at, where I could show students actual photos of an acorn's development into a huge oak tree from start to finish. 

I love the idea on this site to use the life cycle pictures for having students create their own life cycle.
I have students use a paper plate. Ahead of time I mark the plates into four quadrants. Next I have students color each section and number them 1-4. I copy the pictures in grayscale and then have students color the pictures as they see them on the PowerPoint. Students then cut out these pictures and arrange and label them onto the paper plate in the correct order of the acorn's life cycle.
Finally, I have students do a fun craftivity that I found at, where I guide students through making a cut/paste activity of an acorn.

Together, students and I identify the parts of the acorn, and then cut and glue the individual shapes onto a piece of green construction paper, using the small picture on the corner as our guide. Once the pieces are all glued students color their acorn the colors of an acorn, i.e. the "hat" dark brown, and the bottom part a lighter color brown.

I hope you enjoy this idea. You can find this product in my TpT store. I would love to get your feedback and find out how you would use it with your kiddos.
Monday, September 2, 2013

Scientists Notebook Anchor Chart and (Editable) Welcome Bunting Freebie

The first week of school was absolutely exhausting yet exciting. My K-2 kiddos are so adorable and excited about school. They were especially eager to visit the science room to see what they would be doing in science class this year. 

I started off the year with a SMART board discussion on the questions, What is Science? and What do Scientists Do?

This week I will extend the discussion with an anchor chart. I use a color anchor chart as a SMART Board to review with the children what they learned previously about scientists; specifically, what scientists do/are/need. As we discuss each section I fill in the chart as a whole group lesson.

I pass out student copies of the anchor chart for students to engage in the lesson as well. I have them complete their chart as I complete the colored anchor chart on the SMART Board.
After their anchor chart is complete I have my students add it to a new page of their science notebook. This way each student will have their own copy of the anchor which they were involved in completing to refer to during writing.

Welcome Bunting Freebie

To welcome my students to the Science Room this year, I made a colorful WELCOME Bunting which I hung atop my SMART Board. I copied the pages onto construction paper and then cut out each flag of the bunting. You could also copy them onto card stock to make them more firm.

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Have a fantastic week!