Camera Dump!

Just uploaded a ton of pics from my camera and thought I'd share them with you.

Our Fact Family Anchor Chart

 Look who visited our classroom during the Scholastic Book Fair.
Only one firstie was frightened.
She wanted us to send him home!

 We did directed drawings of scarecrows back in Fall.
Some of my kiddos obviously didn't hear the direction to "erase your pencil lines." : )

 Some of our sweet girls were fascinated with the lime green Keurig
we got for Christmas! So funny!

 Opening one of our Kindle Fires from our DonorsChoose project!!
Very excited about the Kindles!

 This year, for our parent gift, I used clipart alphabets for the kids' names
instead of magazine letters. Love the new look!
Definitely my favorite parent gift!

 The end result! This year's Mod Podge was matte instead of gloss.
I would suggest gloss, but they are still adorable!

I hope your week is WARM and fun!!

Where Has Math Workshop Been All My Life?

Do you love teaching Math or do you just survive it?
Well, I wanted to jazz up my Math block,
and after searching around, found my answer! MATH WORKSHOP!
I read this Scholastic post from Beth Newingham
and structured my Math Workshop after hers.  I. Love. it!

Here's how it looks in my classroom.

I divided my students into 3 groups based on Math level.
I have one group of 8 and two groups of 9.

Each group rotates to 3 stations during Math Workshop.
This allows for differentiation among groups. We spend 1 hour in Math Workshop.

Rotation One- 20 minutes
Group 1- My Emergent Group meets with me for initial instruction of today's skill
and remediation from our last skill. We meet on the carpet and use manipulatives
and marker boards.

Group 2- My Independent Group meets with my Assistant Teacher (partner in crime) to practice today's skill and receive enrichment on previous skills. They complete workbook pages (We use Math in Focus-Singapore Math) and use marker boards for extra practice.

Group 3-My Instructional Group completes differentiated work stations that review previous skills. We have 4 work stations each week. For my group of 8, students work with a partner. My groups of 9 have 3 partner groups and 1 trio. All differentiated work stations are hands-on activities that review skills and strategies we have previously learned.

Rotation Two- 20 minutes
Group 1-My Emergent group practices today's skill and reviews previous skills
with my Assistant.

Group 2-My Independent group completes differentiated work stations that review previous skills and allow them to work on more advanced skills.
Group 3-My Instructional group receives instruction from me on today's skill and remediation/enrichment when needed.

Rotation Three- 20 minutes
Group 1-My Emergent group completes differentiated Work Stations. These stations allow for varying levels.
Group 2-My Independent group receives instruction on today's skill and enrichment on other skills.
Group 3-My Instructional group practices today's skill and reviews previous skills with my Assistant. They also receive remediation/enrichment if needed.

I love, love, love teaching Math this way! My students love Math Workshop, too!