January 2014 | Teaching in the Tongass

Thursday, January 30, 2014

is it february yet?!

It's been a loooong time since I linked up for a Five for Friday...so let's get right to it!

1.  In honor of the big commercials game most of us will be watching on Sunday, we made these Football Friend Craftivities!  The kids were so funny about making a prediction about who they thought would win! I waited until after they told me who their prediction was before I put up the colors. I had to laugh when I heard a little peep after they voted, "Can I change mine? I feel sorry for the Seahawks..." Of course you can! Too cute!
 You can pick up your own Football Craftivity by clicking below!
And my blogging friend Molly has a free graphing activity that goes perfectly with this! Click here to grab it and leave her some love while you're there!

2. We had MAP Testing this week. For the most part, I find MAP testing pretty valuable. This year, we've used these laptop carts and students just sit at their regular desks to take their test. In the past, we've gone to the computer lab, which puts our whole school's Intervention schedule out of whack for a while and just sort of a pain in the butt. Having the ability to pick up a laptop and move it to a corner desk because a student is off-task and bugging their neighbor is SWEEEET. I vote laptops from now on :)

3. My sweet new coworker got this lovely note on her desk and I had to snap a pic. The picture on the left is the student yelling at the teacher that she owes him $100 (he wrote cents though!) for making him mad. Wouldn't that be nice if that's how life worked?! She's such a sweetheart and even though I laughed when I saw it, my heart goes out to her (and all of us) that deal with this on a regular basis. I know I'm preachin to the choir here, but THESE ARE THE KIDS THAT NEED US THE MOST!

4.  We just finished our Addition and Subtraction chapters (my district uses Math in Focus). A game that students love to play to practice double digit subtraction with regrouping is Race to Zero (or Race to 100 for addition).  They forget some of the directions (as well as some expectations I added), so I made an anchor chart.
 And storage idea isn't my idea, but it is so useful! I added the number line (with velcro on the undersides of each end to stick to carpet--read more about my Math management here), dice and game markers to make the transition to game playing easier.

And I keep this poster handy just in case :) You can read more about my Math Workshop here


5. And I finally snapped a pic of this audio center. This headphone splitter is AWESOME. 5 headphones listening to the same audio story...easy peasy.

6. and I'm breaking the five rule because this is just 1 more I had to share...we had a mini lesson on "titles" during Writing Workshop and this is the cutest title for a story about a birthday!

My store will be on sale this weekend Saturday and Sunday only! I know many of you have been waiting for an excuse to buy more clipart...this is a good opportunity :)

 Go check out more randoms and link up yourself by clicking below!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

alaska activities

I just updated my Iditarod activities.  We do a short unit in February/March, but I've got to plan now or it won't get done! I will be back with *updated* photos once we are knee deep in Iditarod fun!

This is a post from last year... 
We just finished our Iditarod unit!  The class was so excited to go home and watch the race start and end on TV! Each student "adopted" a dog (a pretend dog of course) of their own, so we made these cute husky craftivities to go with our unit:
iditarod activities
We also did Adopt-a-dog Journals and wrote friendly letters to our dogs (a couple kids pretended to be the dog instead and write to a musher). 
Here are some anchor charts they used for writing in their journals. You can find the clipart to make your own anchor charts here and here.
iditarod activities
iditarod activities
If you do an Iditarod unit and want to have your class adopt a dog to write to, you can download the journal and all of my other Iditarod activities by clicking the image below:
Dog pile! The AWESOME FOLKS AT WEBKINZ donated a whole class set to me five years ago!  Each dog has a piece of yarn around the neck with a little dogtag for a name (I made up names and a quick description for each dog).  I used the little Avery circle keytags and stamped a paw print on the back.  Each student gets to keep their dog at their desk during the unit...any dogs that "misbehave" (are played with at inappropriate times) get put in the "kennel" (my desk) for the day.    

The Red Lantern Award goes to the very last musher to cross the finish line, a lesson in finishing even if you're not first.  My red lantern sits on the desk of a student who worked really hard to finish their iditadopt-a-dog journal! You can find a lantern just like this one here.
My collection of Iditarod/Alaska books is always growing, but I have a few favorites that are great to put out during the Iditarod unit.
What about you? Do you teach about the Iditarod? What lessons do you include? I'd love to hear all about it! Leave me some bloggy love by commenting below!

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