Me: “Hi. My name is Catherine.”
BB (blogging buddies): “Hi Catherine.”
Me: “I have been a terrible blogger.”
It’s true, friends! It has been almost 2 weeks since I have said hi, and I have missed you all! It has been a crazy time here in the Bluegrass and there are lots of changes going on that I cannot wait to tell you about. But, for now, I wanted to ease back into the blogging groove with Kacey’s 5 for Friday! Plus, please accept my Worst-Blogger-of-the-Month apology with an end-of-the-year freebie below. :)
(1) Do you Scoot? I hope so! Scooting is an amazing way to check student’s understanding while keeping a hopping pace. I whipped this little ditty up to review all the math we have been learning over the course of the year. This scoot includes questions on place value, standard form, equations with 3 addends, fractions, number sense, sequences, comparing numbers, missing addends, expanded form, time, and money! It is the perfect way for friends to show what they know, as well as, a nice way to see what needs to be reviewed one last time before your 1st grade friends become big, bad 2nd graders! :) (Click below to grab it for free)
(2) While working on some reading comprehension passages, I stumbled upon the Lexile website. While I am sure most of you know this website, but for me, it’s a new discovery. My favorite part of this reading treasure is the Lexile Analyzer. No more creating texts and guessing if they are a ‘just-right’ fit for your friends. Rather, put the text into the analyzer and it zips a Lexile level out for you like magic. Seriously, magic I’m telling you!
(3) Do you use Power Towers in your classroom? They are a fun way to review automaticity in math or reading. Written on the bottom of a cup there is an equation, sight, or other quickly solved questions. If students answer the question correctly (as checked by a partner) they can place the cup on their tower. If not, the cup goes back into the bucket for someone else to pick. The goal? Build the biggest, tallest, and most awesome tower…of course! :) Your friends will have NO idea that they are learning – seriously.
(4) This week as been a long string of goodbyes starting with my precious first-grade friends. I have fallen in love over the past year, and it was definitely hard to say goodbye. The room mom’s organized a goodbye party, and my cooperating teacher created a precious ‘Goodbye Book’ (shout out to Mrs. S for an amazingly designed cover!). It was so fun to read what my friends think about me. And, guess what? I read with great expression! ;)
(5) Do you have a hero in education? Well, I definitely do. His name is Geoffrey Canada and he is a visionary in the field of education and in general, a spectacular person. He began the Harlem Children’s Zone (a grass-roots effort to revitalize Harlem) that has been wildly successful and began the Harlem Success Academy – some of the best set of charter schools in the US. Anyways, I could go on for days about how much I love Canada but instead, I’ll leave you with one of his TED talks. He’s bold, honest, and proudly – an angry black man. Watch below to learn more!