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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Lots of random stuff!

Thanks, everyone, for entering my 
Sight Word Game Giveaway.
The lucky winner is...
Aimee from...
I sent you an email, Aimee. 
Since you teach second grade, you can choose the first/second grade version, that I have since made. 
If anyone wants to check out the games, just click on the images below. I bundled them for a nice savings.
  
A few weeks ago, Lakeshore, one of my favorite places to shop for educational supplies and activities, sent me this great phonemic awareness game, called Plinko. I've seen it reviewed by several bloggers and, now it's my turn! My students really enjoyed it because it's in a game show format. It helps to reinforce beginning and ending sounds in words and rhyming. These are tough concepts for kindergartners. Even first graders can benefit from playing this game.
As with any new activity, playing it as a group is a must before you let your students have at it. I'm sure they will enjoy it! You can get more information about Plinko by clicking on my photo above.
Thanks so much Lakeshore, for sending me this amazingly fun game! You can visit Lakeshore's site by clicking on their logo below. Right now, they are offering you all 25% off. Click the log below for more information.
Here are some random photos from last week. I didn't get a chance to post much because on Tuesday, my flash drive corrupted for no particular reason, and I lost tons of files. Sadly (or stupidly!), I hadn't backed up my flash drive since August. Anything I made or saved during that time is now gone. I spent the week grieving for my lost files. I'm happy to say that I have bounced back from this tragic loss. I have learned a very valuable lesson and my external hard drive is always plugged in now.

I am really pushing my first and second graders to write 5 star sentences. In second grade, we completed a graphic organizer, discussing what 5 star sentences should have.
Then, they wrote their own 5 star sentences and I hung them up in the classroom as a reminder for when they only give me a 2 or 3 star sentence! After a while of writing 5 star sentences, I will award them with a certificate.

This activity is included in my 5 Star Sentence Unit that you can check out below.
My kindergartners are learning all about color words. They drew some really cute pictures and labeled their illustrations with color words.
The Crayon Box That Talked, by Shane DeRolf, is a great book to read during your writing workshop mini-lesson. It really shows the children why using lots of different colors is so important.
For my facebook fans, I am giving away one copy of my newest unit You've Been Punct! It's a fun game to help reinforce proper punctuation and is for first and second graders. This game can be played over and over again and will surely be a favorite of yours and your students. The giveaway ends tonight so hurry over and enter to win a copy. If you'd like to get a closer look, you can click the image below.
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10 comments:

  1. I sure love The Crayon Box That Talked too. It's so wonderful for setting up the classroom culture, huh?
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

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    1. I read it every year to all 3 of my classes and it always sparks some really great conversation. Thanks for stopping by!

      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  2. I love the five star sentences activity! Great idea!
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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    1. Thanks so much, Teri! I've really seen a difference in how hard my students are trying to remember all the qualifications of a 5 star sentence.

      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  3. I love lakeshore too - that activity looks super cute :)

    Your five star sentence activity is great, we do something very similar. I love how you had them write their sentence on the certificate!

    - Sasha
    The Autism Helper

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    1. Thanks so much, Sasha! The certificate I will give them once they prove they are constantly trying to write 5 star sentences is different from the one I showed here. It's an actual certificate. I showed it to them the other day and there was a collective gasp! I love getting that kind of reaction! LOL!

      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  4. Yay for me! I'm so excited about my win!

    I'm sorry about your computer issues! I am so freaked out about that happening. I have one backup device, but I want to get a second. I once lost all my photos, as I was backing them up (I knew my system was about to crash). Oh, the woes of technology. Anyhow, I'm glad you've recovered.

    Thanks again, Lori! Have a great week!

    Aimee
    Primarily Speaking

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    1. I'm excited for you, too, Aimee! Yes, the Crash of 2012 was very tragic. I've moved on, though. Scarred, but smarter! Sorry about your photos! I lost a ton of them, too. :(



      Ѽ Lori
      Teaching With Love and Laughter
      luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  5. lori i really love this....esp the 5 start sentences..you have awesome ideas =)

    justwildaboutteaching.blogspot.com

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