Sunday, March 29, 2015

Nerves, Words, and Slime

It's finally here....the BIG. TEST. DAY. My fabulous fourth graders will be sharing everything they have learned so far this year. I told myself not to get nervous or worried but goodness my tummy feels like butterflies are wrestling.

The littles at our school thought they'd leave us some LOVE and ENCOURAGEMENT. Awww!

My kids LOVED all the notes that were personalized to them. They were cracking me up because they couldn't figure out how  
 the younger kids knew their name. ;-)

We all wore capes on Friday and left a little note with a fun new pencil for our SUPER writers. 
{click here for notes}

I tried to keep myself busy this weekend and not spend too much time reading and rereading this book...boooorrriiinnnggg. I'm not sure why I felt the need to reread this but I did.

So we took our little princess to see Disney Frozen on ice. LOVED it!!  
Then we came home to watch the Kids Choice Awards. Of course after watching everyone get slimed on the awards show we had to make our own and try it out. 

Just in case you're wondering how to make it.  You will need:

it needs to be green but I don't think it matters what brand.  We poured about 1/4 of the soap into a pitcher.

Then we added 8 heaping spoonfuls of baking soda to the pitcher of soap. We mixed it up and then planned the perfect opportunity to pour it on someone's head.(not mine) This was all planned out by the creative Jenna for her next vloggy video.  

It actually turned out great and I had a lot of fun pouring it over her head. 

Well, I think that I have rambled enough but not because I'm freaking out...

Sunday, March 22, 2015

What's Going On In Your Room?

So....where do I begin? Well, I have finally finished all my classes for my master's degree.  I've turned in my ARP paper and I'm just waiting to hear from the university. It has been weird making plans to do something without first checking to see how much I should read and how many papers I should write before I make plans.  I have so much {mind} time. It's great!

Mind mind has been racing with ways to get my kids prepared to be a BIG 5th grader.  I want to fill their learning gaps and help them to continue to grow and learn. Let me show what is going on in my classroom.

After my students' last test I printed out each individual student's data chart for that assessment.  

They placed this chart in their data folder and highlighted the objectives that they scored below 75% on.  
I have placed tubs around the classroom filled with activities and games that will help reinforce the objective that the student struggled with and needs to learn. Each tub is labeled with the different student objectives.  
The kids will be in charge of looking at their objectives and choosing a skill that they need to work on. During this station time I will be meeting with small groups for guided reading instruction. My goal for my students is for them to be aware of what they are struggling with and become responsible with their time to become better.  They will become independent learners in charge of their own learning!

Well, I realize that I have been rambling and if you have stayed with me for this long I've got a goodie for you...

I made these activities to help with the student objective 4.2A 
{I can determine the meaning of grade-level academic English words derived from Latin, Greek, or other linguistic roots and affixes.}
{click here}

You can stop by my tpt and pick it up for FREE until tomorrow. Hurry!

Have a fantastic week!