September 28, 2016

It's That Time of Year!

We are almost at the end of our First quarter of school.  Conferences are

under way.  It’s when I have so much to tell parents but limited time so I try to

 make the most of those 15 minutes.  The Georgia Department of Education has

 put together Developmental Progressions for grade levels 1-5 in the areas of 

Reading, Speaking and Listening, Writing, and Language.  I’m using it as a 

springboard to let parents know where their child SHOULD be as it relates to 

mastery of standards.  It also gives a few activities to work on at home.  

Developmental Progression for Reading

It’s a great snapshot to show where we want the students to be.  It’s also a lot

easier to explain than pulling out a million standards to show parents.  

Check it out!

September 11, 2016

Crazy about Character Traits!

We worked really hard on learning Character Traits!  The unit was full of rich literature and creative activities thanks to Michelle Hudgeons and her 

We read  the following books:

We discussed what character traits were using an anchor chart from 
I loved using the chart to start the whole group lesson.  The visual really helped the kids understand the difference between an inside trait and an outside trait. 

We completed the I am and I am not sort from  Glistening Gems.  It was a FREEBIE!! YAY!
It’s amazing how many students thought they were not chatty.  We also drew pictures of ourselves then wrote the character traits around our self-portrait. 

We also created our Character Capes and tested them out during recess! 

This was an awesome unit to implement in the classroom!  There were still more activities that we will work on later in the year!