Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Break

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas holiday. I had a great time with my family. I'm now busy working on remodeling my house (ok, hubby is doing most of it but I'm great moral support). I'm busy catching up on school stuff to and I just started my dossier (ah!! it's crazy!)

I'm, of course, thinking about the first days back in January, and one of the first things I am going to revisit is my SMART goal packet.

We start NWEA testing a couple weeks into January, and I use this packet for student goal setting. We talk about where they need to be by the end of the year, where they should be now, and test taking strategies to help them do well.

I talk more about how I use the other forms in this post, Goal Settting. Check it out at TpT!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Silence for Sandy Hook Elementary

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Random Acts of Kindness

I have been having so much fun the last couple of days. I introduced my class to Random of Acts of Kindness, thanks to a post on Farley's blog Oh Boy Fourth Grade. I changed mine slightly from her because I didn't want to have Christmas in there for the non-believers. On Wednesday, my class wrote notes to the principal and assistant principal. Today, the assistant principal thanked "the secret writers" over the announcements and my class was so excited. We are not telling anyone it is us and my class is having so much fun being sneaky.

Today we gave pencils and cards to another class. The kiddos were so cute sneaking down the hall, not talking and placing their cards on each students'  desk. I heard the teacher talking about the surprise and I had to try so hard with my poker face! She said she's passing it on tomorrow to another class. I hope it goes all over the school!

Anyone else showing holiday cheer by being kind? I would love to hear your stories!

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Holiday Games

I don't know about you, but as we get farther into December, it takes even more to capture the attention of my third graders! They have sugar plums in their eyes or something. I love getting them excited about Christmas and winter.

Although it hasn't snowed yet, we are all wishing for some. I made these games with a winter theme to give us a little glimpse of snow!

So... if you want to avoid eyes glazing over, and teach grammar in a fun way, you might like these! They are great for my ESL kiddos to build vocabulary! I hope you like them!

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