Monday, February 23, 2015

Superhero Products...SALE

With the upcoming TpT sale, we want to help you find "heroic" products that have helped others in their classrooms. I received some wonderful feedback on my Gearing Up for the Test from many teachers who used as test prep for their students.  This set includes 66 Review cards, game board, game pieces, directions and is available in COLOR and BLACK & WHITE.  Students play the game while reviewing Character Traits, Point of View, Inferencing, Text Features, Text Structure, Main Idea, Theme, and Context Clues. 

Click on the image above or {here} to go to the products.
Browse around the linky for other heroic products, or feel free to grab the graphic and link up your own! Link to a post containing one heroic product and its feedback. Use the graphic if you wish. (No direct links to stores or products, please.) Include the linky button and link it back to this post so others may find great heroic products.

Milestone Celebration #3

Freebie #3 is a LIMITED TIME FREEBIE!  This is only available for the next three days!
I take grade pride in my Interactive Science Notebooks, not only because they provide you and your students with great INB flipbooks, but I always include so much more!

Each of my Science notebooks include teacher pages, interactive notebook flipbooks and pages, an activity, and a quiz.  Some notebooks include reading passages, task cards, science experiments, and more!

I LOVE all your feedback on my Science Notebooks, especially from teachers who tell me that they never enjoyed teaching science until they used my notebooks. I also love hearing of students loving the notebook components and science experiments...this makes my heart happy!


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Milestone Celebration #2

Today's Celebration Freebie is a fun one!  I actually used this product in a model lesson for a 4th grade classroom and the kids LOVED it!  The students were really disappointed that we ran out of time for them to complete all of the centers.

This Area & Perimeter Freebie is a sampling of my Math Lesson Plan Units.  I hope you and your students enjoy it!

Check out my other lesson plan units. They are packed full of materials!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Thank you! Milestone Celebration #1

Words can not express the gratitude I have towards you, my followers and customers.  I started IHR as an outlet/escape from a difficult year.  I started to create products for my classroom to help me get out of my rut and to fall in love with my profession again.  IHR has helped me reflect as a teacher, create innovative ways to teach my students, and connected me with many wonderful teachers all over the world.

To celebrate my first TpT Milestone I am showering you with LOVE and FREEBIES as a THANK YOU!

Students discover facts about Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, and Barack Obama by solving math equations.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Freedom Summer Mentor Text

Today I was excited to use my new Freedom Summer Literacy Companion Pack with a third grade class.  I've been working a lot with third grade this month, so my teachers can get their dreaded MOY state assessments completed.

One of my goals this year is to model for my teachers the importance of using Collaborative Pairs and/or Cooperative Learning Structures.  Unfortunately, many of my teachers find this as a struggle to fit into their teaching style.  There are so many benefits of allowing your children to collaborate!


Pairs & Whole Group
We started our lesson out using the Fan-N-Pick Context Clues cards (Pairs).  I loved hearing their discussions for the the word "shell".  The sentence in the text was, "We shell butter beans together".  They came up with some pretty good definitions: share, cover, and cook.  They were pretty surprised by the actual definition.  During Whole-Group I read each sentence and we discussed the definitions they came up with and each word's actual definition.

Whole Group & Pairs
I then read aloud Freedom Summer to them, stopping to discuss our vocabulary again, asking guiding questions, etc.  Any time I asked a question I had the students turn and talk to the person next to them before I called on one student for the answer.  Doing this requires ALL students to participate and not just the one or two students who always raise their hand.  Once we read and discussed the story we worked on the graphic organizer.

Whole Group & Pairs & Whole Group
We completed the Time Period and Character components together.  I had them work together with a partner or group to complete the "Important Events" and "Evidence Joe is a Good Friend" components.  We then went over their responses as a  whole class.

They were getting chatty by this time, we had a snow day yesterday, and I was in there first thing this morning.  I assigned them to start working on the Comprehension Brochure independently.  These questions are Higher Order thinking questions and I knew it would be a little bit of a challenge for some of them, but appropriate for them to think about and try.

To help my teachers remember to use pairs during their lessons and remind them that anytime you ask a question to your class, require your students to talk to their partner before calling on one student for the answer.  As adults we learn from each other through collaboration so why not allow your students the same opportunity. :)

On a different topic...Grab my sample freebie (click on the image below) from my newest product "Figure Me Out" for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Students use MATH to lean interesting and important facts about famous African -Americans.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Main Idea {Freebie}

I was excited to teach in a third grade classroom yesterday!  Our third grade teachers started mClass assessments (state intuitive for reading, online DIBELS and RR) today, and this is their first year doing this.  

(Side note: No idea why, but third grade teachers were not trained on mClass in my district until last month.)

Our teachers have to complete the assessments on all their children by the end of the month and with a holiday a few workdays, time is of the essence.  I told my third grade team to sign up for me to come in and teach so they can focus on mClass.  This will also help them if they have any questions or concerns I'm right there in the room with them.  

So today one of my new teachers signed up for the last hour of the day and I prepared a Main Idea review activity for the class.  I based the lesson off of one of my favorites Main Idea Lessons from last year in 4th grade.  I made a few adjustments to meet the needs of third graders and this particular class.

First, we reviewed what "Main Idea" meant and how we can identify, along with our graphic organizer.  I created the template below, which you can grab for FREE, to use with sticky notes. They were excited to use the colored sticky notes for this activity!

I then created teams of four students and had them read the informational text together. I didn't assign "parts" yet because I wanted them to focus on the whole passage first.  I then provided each student with a specific colored sticky note.  Each color was assigned to a specific section of the text.
Our map had space for three key details, but our text had four sections so we used four different sticky notes.  I wanted to ensure ALL students were responsible for one component of the team assignment.

Students then reread their assigned section and wrote down the key detail/main idea on their colored sticky note.  I encouraged students to help their teammates who were "stuck" on finding their key detail/main idea.

Once teams had placed their "Key Details" to their graphic organizer (the blue and green had to share a box) I provided them a larger sticky note to write down the main idea of the entire text.

Once all teams were finished we went over their main ideas.  This was great because two teams wrote "Blizzards and Snow" and two teams wrote "Blizzards and Snow can be dangerous".  We discussed/reviewed the difference between a topic (blizzard and snow) and the main idea (blizzards and snow can be dangerous).

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Jumpstart January

Have you enjoyed your Christmas break?  I know I have!  I'm also sure you are in need of some great resources to use when you go back :)  The ladies of the Lesson Deli and I have put together a Jumpstart January Blog Hop to help you create your plans for the next few weeks and a chance to win a $50 Target Gift card!

One of my favorite stories to use this time of year is Snowflake Bentley.  This is a great text to use for informational text, biography, timelines, sequencing, character traits, and science!  I love a text that touches on a variety of skills!

My freebie for you is a mini Snowflake Bentley unit!

This unit includes 4 comprehension questions (that require Higher Order Thinking) for Fan-N-Pick or Team Showdown, Character Trait Map, and an Informational Text Feature template for student writing.

Some of my favorite ways to use task cards are by using the following structures.  With these structures you only need a few task cards instead of a whole class set.

1. Provide each team (4-6 students) with a set of cards.
2. Each team member should be assigned a number (1-4).
3. #1 Fans the cards
4. #2 picks a card
5. #3 reads the card aloud to the team
6. EVERYONE writes their answer on a sheet of paper or student white board
7. #4 shares his/her answer first and then students continue to share their answers in order.
8. Rotate the deck of task cards to #2 and repeat the steps. Each student will have a different job this round.
9. Continue the steps until all cards have been answered.

I combine two of Kagan's Cooperative Learning Structures to ensure ALL students are actively engaged and participating in the team discussion.

When students identify the character traits of Wilson Bentley they are also required to support their thinking with evidence from the text.  I have also created a text feature template for students to write their own summary or informational text piece on W. Bentley or snow using a variety of text features.

Along with the other members of The Lesson Deli I am putting a few of my products on sale for $1!  This is a great time to stock up on some great deals using those TpT gift certificates you received for Christmas!

Math: Fractions with Recipes
Fractions with Recipes 4.NF.4

Science: Nutrition Close Reading Passages
Nutrition Close Reading Passages & Corresponding Activities
Social Studies: The Scarlet Stocking Spy

The Scarlet Stockings Spy {Unit ONLY}

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