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Five For Friday, April 15th

 Do you chirp? If you don't you need to go download this app asap! 
In our school we are lucky enough to have iPad carts. I love using technology, even now that I'm a reading specialist. This week my third graders were reading Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.  My poor kids have been tested to death, and the last thing I want to do is test them more on the books they are reading. But, I do need to know if they remember what they read, understand the vocabulary and can infer.  So I ran to Kahoot to see if anyone had a fun quiz for us to use.  If you don't know what Kahoot is, you can check it out here. It's a great way to assess student knowledge while they think they are playing a game.  The only problem was, Kahoot's web address wasn't bookmarked on our iPads, so I would have to enter the address on 25 iPads, or have 3rd graders do it, and it might take the whole class time.  

I wanted to quickly send out the link to my students in our multi-device room.  So I used Chirp! It's amazing. I merely took one iPad, opened the app, added the link and sent out a "Chirp". The kids iPads, hear the chirp and they immediately received the link. They then clicked and were taken to, where they were ready to play.  Less than three minutes! 

More about Chirp:
  • All devices in the room have the Chirp app downloaded onto them.  
  • Have all devices open the Chirp app
  • The instructor (or the sender) selects the desired image or linke and presses the yellow button to "Chirp" it out to all within range
  • All within range will receive the image or link 

That's it. A simple way of sharing links and images to the class.  

 Did you see that Erin Condren is having a huge sale? Teacher Planners are 25% off and Life Planners are 50% off. I'm jumping on this sale. You can click below to grab a planner too. 

 Mother' Day is just around the corner and my Mother's Day Tea is something I'm REALLY going to miss now that I'm not in my own classroom. We always had the best time and our mommies loved it so.  

 Everything you need for the perfect Mother's Day Tea is below. 

Here are two of my new favorite places to shop. I ordered quite a few things before vacation from these sites and loved everything! It also shipped so quickly.

We've been trying to master our sight words in both my first grade and second grade groups. We only have 6 weeks left before summer. Here are a couple of pictures of my sweet little friends using Kahoot and playing musical sight words. 

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Spring Break is Over & I'm Getting Crabby.

Y'all I went to paradise and came back to reality this past week.  My whole family went to Turks and Caicos and it might be one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.  82, sunny, nicest people ever, laying in a pool, eating yummy food! I mean look at this beach.  
Here are my two sweet boys with our captain after a boat trip.
And then I came back to 35 degrees and now I'm  getting crabby! 
Thank goodness it's starting to warm up here, but I decided I needed some more ocean in my life, so one of my groups is working on reading, A House for Hermit Crab and nonfiction Hermit Crab books.  
Here are some of our activities so far.  
First we looked at the cover and talked about predictions. 

 Students predicted how Hermit Crab would decorate his shell. 

 After our second reading, we discussed sequencing.  The kiddos read the sequencing card they were given and we worked together to put the cards in order.
 To differentiate, student were then put in groups based on ability to complete a sequencing activity on their own.  

 We also read a nonfiction book about Hermit Crabs. I have two different levels of the book for differentiation. Students learned some simple facts about the Hermit Crab. 
 They were then asked to use the info they learned, and their book, as a resource to write 3 facts about Hermit Crabs and illustrate their fact.  

 One of my groups also had some fun playing a crabby card game.  They absolutely love these small group games that practice phonics.  
I just posted this unit yesterday.  If you need some beachy fun in your life you can click below. 

It's a Pirate Life...

Two of my favorite weeks in first grade are our pirate themed weeks.  Not only do we read some adorable pirate books, but we also cover a ton of map skills and cute crafts.  
This unit is filled with crafts, centers and map skill activities.

Here is an example of an activity included in the unit. 

This unit is filled with tons of lessons to cover a ton of reading literature standards. 
In addition I have some free centers you can download below. 

To see more of how I cover many standards in a pirate themed week, click here.  

Buzzing into April

I just love Eric Carle's book The Honeybee and the Robber. It's great for April and May because it's a guided reading level J and it's a fun spring topic.  I'm really excited to share this unit with our first graders.  Below is everything that is included. This unit combines fiction and nonfiction to make for 2 weeks of fun.  Click below to check it out.  This unit will be on sale this week only.