Monday, July 31, 2017

Back to School TpT Sale

The TpT Back to School Sale starts tomorrow and runs for two days.  Everything in my store is on sale and you can use the promo code:  BTS2017 for additional savings.

I finished making my Bundled Guided Reading Stations ~ The Fist 6 Weeks. You might want to check it out during the sale.  There are 30 stations (5 per week) that will help get started with stations that students can work on independently while you work with reading groups.  Click on the picture below to check it out.

Happy Shopping!



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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Guided Reading Literacy Work Stations

I am in the process of making Literacy Work Stations for my students to work on during guided reading.  I don't use the Daily 5 (gasp) because I prefer work stations.  I usually start the second week of school and I don't have to wait for my kids to build stamina in order to work independently for 15-20 min.  I am not saying that my way is better, but it works for me.

I meet with every reading group, every day.  I know I have said this before, but it is still true today: Guided Reading is the BEST part of my day.

I usually have one group (4-5 students) working with me, one group (4-5 students) at their desks working on an assignment, one group (4-5 students) at Literacy work stations, and one group (4-5 students) on computers and chrome books (I have 4 computers and 3 chrome books in my room right now.)  Depending on the number of students in my class, those groups could increase to 6.

My rotation poster looks like this:


Students working independently at their desks may be working on:
1.  a spelling or phonics assignment (early in the year)  Here's an example of us working on ai/ay ~ we did ai one day and ay the next day

2.  a writing assignment (later in the year)
3.  science or social studies activities
4.  math facts or more math practice
5.  or anything else that I need to do during that time

My early finishers usually read AR books and take tests or write in their journals.

My school still uses the Journeys reading series, but we are up for a new adoption this year and I have no idea what we will pick.

So, I am creating work station packs that are generic and can be used with any reading series.  I have Week 1 in my TpT store now.  I started with short a CVC words.  (while I am putting them in the order I prefer, they can always be rearranged according to your needs.)

I do not like to grade a ton of papers, so I have been putting the recording sheets inside reusable Write & Wipe pockets like the ones found  HERE.  Slide the recording sheet in the pocket, students write answers with a dry erase marker and erase when finished.  It saves me time (no grading) and it saves paper for those of you with paper limits.  I also use them at the reading table.  Here is a picture of my kiddos using them during guided reading:


I have also attached the TEKS and Common Core standards to each work station.  This will be helpful for anyone who has to attach standards to lesson plans, like me~😢.

Note:  I do not claim to be a Common Core standards expert, so if you see a mistake, feel free to give me constructive feedback.


If you are interested in checking out this pack, click on the picture below.  And if you would like more info on how I do my Guided Reading block, comment below and I will try to answer your questions in a future post.

Happy Teaching!

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Christmas Gift Tags


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I needed some Christmas gift tags for my students to put on their parent gifts and thought I would share.  The cute Santa is from My Cute Graphics.  There is a color copy and a black and white copy.  Click on the pictures above to snag yourself a copy.
Merry Christmas!

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Sunday, July 31, 2016

TpT Sale and Brand New School

For the past year, we have been watching our new school being built and I am excited to say it is almost finished.  I will be teaching in that brand new building this year!  {happy dance!} 

This is the front of the building: 
My stuff all moved into the new room:
And more stuff:
After putting away most of my stuff, I started arranging the room:
The old furniture from the old school looked outdated and mismatched  so I painted it.   It looks a thousand times better. {I did realize that the older I get, the less I like to paint.  In fact, I decided that I HATE to paint.}
After painting, I had to do something fun so I decorated the front of my computer desk.
I also worked on my Focus Wall. 
I love the title and I made it using Amy Groesbeck's Editable Subject Banner.
I used Chirp Graphics Free Chalkboard Label Frames to make the subject titles.
I am planning on purchasing Creation Castle's First Grade TEKS Bundle of I Can and I Will Statements to display under each subject.  That is one of the many items already in my cart for the big TPT sale Aug 1-2.

Speaking of the TpT sale, all of my items are on sale as well.  Click on the link below to go to my store.  Be sure to use the code:  BESTYEAR when checking out to get the extra savings.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Dawn-Hilburn

I will post more pictures of my classroom as I get it done. 
Happy Teaching!






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TpT Sale and Brand New School

For the past year, we have been watching our new school being built and I am excited to say it is almost finished.  I will be teaching in that brand new building this year!  {happy dance!} 

This is the front of the building: 
My stuff all moved into the new room:
And more stuff:
After putting away most of my stuff, I started arranging the room:
The old furniture from the old school looked outdated and mismatched  so I painted it.   It looks a thousand times better. {I did realize that the older I get, the less I like to paint.  In fact, I decided that I HATE to paint.}
After painting, I had to do something fun so I decorated the front of my computer desk.
I also worked on my Focus Wall. 
I love the title and I made it using Amy Groesbeck's Editable Subject Banner.
I used Chirp Graphics Free Chalkboard Label Frames to make the subject titles.
I am planning on purchasing Creation Castle's First Grade TEKS Bundle of I Can and I Will Statements to display under each subject.  That is one of the many items already in my cart for the big TPT sale Aug 1-2.

Speaking of the TpT sale, all of my items are on sale as well.  Clink on the link below to go to my store.  Be sure to use the code:  BEST YEAR when checking out to get the extra savings.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Dawn-Hilburn

I will post more pictures of my classroom as I get it done. 
Happy Teaching!






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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Literacy Groups In Action

I thought I would share what is going on in literacy groups this week.  Right now, my literacy groups consist of 3 things:  phonics skill, reading, and sight word practice.  When a group comes to the table, we usually work on our phonics skill first.  This week, we are working on blends with r.  Today, students circled pictures that started with dr and fr, then they flipped over and circled the blend that each picture started with.





Then we read.  I have different groups reading different books based on their reading levels.  Below, you can see pictures of two different groups reading.  I have students read using whisper phones (that my hubby made- I used the directions from Priscilla at teacherificfun.blogspot.com.) This allows me to lean in and listen, intervene and question students as needed.  All the kids are engaged in the reading the whole time.


We also work on sight words.  I use the rapid response sheets that I made to go with our Journeys series.  You can grab those here, here, here, and here.

You can see the sight word rapid response sheets in the picture below.  I didn't grab a picture of the students actually reading those.

Literacy groups are actually the favorite part of my day!

Happy teaching, friends!


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Sunday, October 11, 2015

Snapshot of our Week

I finally grabbed my phone to take some pictures on Friday.  I thought you might like a peek into our week and maybe it might spark an idea or two that you could do with your students.  

We've been learning how to make a ten to add.  We spent two days on this during our math block and at small math groups and my firsties were doing this like pros at the end of the second day.    {Picture me doing a happy dance.}


We have been learning about character's feelings in reading this week.  We've been reading "Jack and the Wolf."  Below is an anchor chart we did together at the carpet.  I had the skeleton of the chart filled out before we met (all the things you see on the left and top of the chart were done by me before this lesson.) The students themselves came up with what to put in the boxes.  I also had a copy of the story in my hand and we turned to that page and discussed it before deciding what we wanted to write in the box.

We've also been learning about bats this week in our ELA block. On Monday, we read some nonfiction books about bats to build our schema.  We then made a class circle map listing some facts we learned.

On Tuesday, we wrote 3 bat facts in our bat flapbooks.  And then on Friday, we finally made the bat craft that we attached our flapbooks to.

Here is a peek under a couple of  flaps:

                                                                
And a few close ups of our bats:
  



Happy Teaching Everyone!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Small Groups and Sequencing

Small group instruction didn't look fancy in my room today, but there sure was a ton of learning going on. We worked on the short e sound.  We started out writing short e words on our white boards and transitioned into sentence writing.  I gave them a short e word and they used the word in a sentence.  In the pictures below, we were using the word bed in a sentence.








Next week, we will be reading "Gus Takes the Train" in our Journeys reader.  I whipped up a sequencing activity for my students to do at one of our centers while I work with small groups.  It is shown below.  I will laminate and cut out the 4 sequence cards.  Students will sequence them in the correct order and then write the sentences on their recording sheet.  If you would like a copy of this activity, just click on the picture below.
Clip art courtesy of My Cute Graphics.



If you are looking for other word work activities for your students to do at centers for this story, you can check out my packet on TpT by clicking on the picture below.

Happy Teaching!




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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

I Have to Share!

Holy Cow!  I can't seem to find any time to squeeze in a moment to blog.  My hat is off to all you bloggers that can find the time to blog every week and I even follow a couple of bloggers that keep up with two blogs AND have their own young families!  Ah-maz-ing!!!!!  

We are starting week three in my classroom.  And let me say that I have a great group of kiddos!.  I have some kids with BIG hearts this year.  LOVE!

I'm curious if there are any Texas bloggers out there that are having to follow the TEKS Resource System Year at a Glance?  We are this year and it has been a  little LOT crazy around here trying to get all our adopted classroom resources aligned and find resources to supplement with when our adopted series doesn't cover a particular TEK in a certain six weeks.

For those of you who don't have a clue what I am talking about, it is a vertically aligned document (K-12) that is a map of the entire year's instructional plan and a pacing guide for units of study.  It puts our TEKS (standards) in a particular order to be taught throughout the year. Here is a snapshot of the first two six weeks of math:


There is a point to this conversation.  I want to share some things I have recently purchased on TpT that are saving my life right now.

One of my favorites is Reagan Tunstall's Guided Math First Grade Units 1-9 Bundle.  Her product has all the TEKS (and common core if use that) right on each activity.  Her product is not aligned exactly with the YAG we are using, but it has been super easy to grab exactly what I need out of it to match up with what I am teaching.
Since our school uses Go Math, I haven't used many of the whole group lessons, but I am eating up her small group lessons.  They are fantastic.  Here are a few pictures of us in action.





Another product I am loving is Miss Giraffe's Short Vowels.  When I do literacy groups, I have one group working with me, one group at centers and one group at seat work.  Her short vowel sheets are PERFECT for seat work and cover many ELA TEKS.  Sorry I didn't get a picture of us doing this.  :(

One of my go-to people on TpT for science and social studies is Robin at Class of Kinders.  It is easy for me to go to her store and grab whatever activity I need to meet a TEK.  We used her Mapping My Classroom Pop-Up Activity and here are a couple of my student's completed maps of our classroom.


You can grab a copy of any of the products I mentioned by clicking on the names of their products.


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