Thursday, October 9, 2014

Place value week

This week has been all about place value! 


I have started to create my own classroom posters in A3. This makes them easier to see and to organize. I also added a small magnet at the back of poster to hang it on the wall. All my walls are great for magnets as I am in a portable. I saw this great idea in Teaching with Style. Thanks!!!
So going back to the Place Value stuff we introduced hundreds. First we created them with dough. We had fun creating numbers with Play Dough.
To work on this unit I have purchased some cool stuff from TPT. Check out:
 Number Knowledge {Place Value and Comparing/Ordering Numbers}Playing Around With Place ValueNumbers in Base Ten {5 Math Centers 0-700}

I specially love Amy Lemon's stuff when I teach second grade. We used some of the manipulatives in one of her packets with this worksheet. Check out her blog posts about place value.

She makes visual stuff that I don't need to translate to Spanish.

THANKS, AMY!

I also used some freebies. Blair Turner has this great Place Value activity with three different levels. My kids have already gone through level 1 and 2. We worked in pairs and I created the response sheet myself in Spanish. Thanks Blair! Check other free scoot games:
FREE Reading and Writing 3-Digit Numbers (Standard, ExpandPlace Value Rock Place Value Scoot - 3-digit numbers using base 10 (MAB) blocks
Sunday, September 21, 2014

Back to school names and descriptions

This is going to be great year! I am teaching a wonderful group of 26 secondgraders.  And I am also teaching ART in English during specials!!! 

I know it sounds busy, but I could not miss this opportunity. I taught ESl to these kids while they were in Kinder and I am their Art teacher now. Teaching art is my favorite! I don't have much time for planning. But who needs time when you have pinterest? ;)
I have found so many cool ideas that I won't have time to fit them all in a single school year. 

I needed a simple craft to start the year and review some colors/numbers vocabulary. I found this cute one in pinterest and it worked wonders! Check it in Michelle's blog I loved how she arranged the bulletin board.

This craft does not need lots of preparation. But as I only get 40 minutes a week for each group I prepared it as much as I could so it would fit in only one lesson.
The craft had to be a purpose for using English language so before making anything I taped the color on the blackboard (Yes, we still use blackboards... ). Then we wrote their names and counted the letters. They quickly understood it so we moved on with the making.


At first I stood by the colored papers so every kid should ask: Can I have some 'blue' paper, please?



Then I had to move to help some kids with the tearing process... It can be difficult for some firstgraders. One of the kids was in charge of the paper. And when they finished they could help the kids with the longer names. 

I could not be happier with the results :)

In my own classroom we were working with descriptions. I created a simple handout to write about themselves and a template to draw their portraits. You could use it in different ways.
We used the first paragraph to write about our face, the second one was for general appearance and  the last one for our personality.
We did not write our names so we could use it as a guess who game during Open House next week.
If you like the border it is from my good friend Mel (Graphics from the Pond) you can get it here for free:



As the kids were drawing I realized how similar their drawings are to my own clip art. This makes me feel honored.:) 

                   


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Back to school week!

We are back to school again!
This has been a crazy week. But I am happy to be back in the classroom again. I bought bookmarks in Target during my Summer trip and they loved them.
This year I will be teaching second graders. Half of my students were in my class last year but I wanted all of the them to feel welcomed. 
We made this interview to know more about each other:
The link is at the end of the post ;)

We created some cool badges to have wear on our school bags.



We laminated them so they can last a bit longer.

If you liked this click here to get all the printables.




Have a great week!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Trying to be organized

Today I am linking again with blog hoppin'. I can't believe I am blogging three days in a row!

During the Summer conference I made a trip to Target and bought this cute planners I want to use this year.


As I have said we are not back in the classroom until September so almost everything is in the school. My favorite organizational supplies are binders! I have tons of them.

This is an old photo and I had not include the labels yet. But you can see some of my binders to store assessment, group work, students information, worksheets...

I try to keep my classroom as organized as possible as I want to be a good example for my students. They don't come to my house, so that is a different thing. ;)

In the craft folder I keep each craft in a plastic sleeve with an example for easy reference.





My term folders are my favorite! Everything I create/purchase for my classroom goes in them.
When I arrived to my school printing or photocopying was a big deal so I got used to print at home. When I get to school I make the copies and put the originals in these display folders.
I have one for each term and each one has 60 plastic sleeves so everything is organized by week and by subject.
I insert a sticky note with the objectives for that week.
I can't wait to see how you organize!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Where I teach


I had been teaching in the same school for 6 years and them I moved and I forgot taking photos of my classroom. :(



This is an old photo form my old school. We won't start school until September so I am not able to take photos of this year classroom yet. 



This is an old photo. This year I teach in a portable, not the same size, not the same light... but I love my new school so I'll find a way to make it as appealing as my old classroom.



Monday, August 18, 2014

This is me!



HI! This is me!



I don't post about myself very much but I wanted to join the linky fun and then I saw a great 10 things about me in Amy Lemon's blog. So here I am!



I am linking with BLOG HOPPIN' I hope you join the fun! :)

These are a few things about me:


I will be teaching second grade this year. I am looping with my firsties to second grade.
I used to teach in Kinder during Specials but this year I will be an Art teacher! I am superexcited about it! I will teach art to first and second graders. :)
This year I started in a new school/home/town. I am so happy to be back to my hometown. I love hanging out with my old friends.

And talking about friends, I attended the Vegas conference this Summer. It was a long trip from Spain... but so worth it. I have learned lots of new things to use in my classroom AND I have met my old blogger friends. I have been talking to some of them for ages and this was the first time I saw them.


I don't have photos of everyone... I was way too nervous excited to think about photos. 
In the first photo you can see my bilingual friends. Check them out! They have great ideas to teach Spanish.

I also met Erica Bohrer. She was a  speaker at the conference and she shared good stuff. She is very sweet! Thanks Erica.

Then I visited the Freebilicious booth. I love that photo with Maria Manore and Jennifer White. I'm sure you already know them. They have the cutest blogs/classrooms ever!
Both of them are great photographers. 
Maria teaches Kinder in a small school. I have used lots of resources from her in my first grade classroom. And now she is creating Spanish resources too. ¡GRACIAS!
Jennifer teaches First grade too. She makes the cutest craftivities you'll see them soon in my blog as I'll use them this year in Art.

And last... Tabitha Carro! We have been sending mails for some time and I knew we will be good friends. We spent all the time we could together! I was glad that they both spoke Spanish. 

I'm already missing everyone! You know you are all invited to visit us if you ever come to Spain. 
Monday, August 11, 2014

Shark week is here!

All teachers know that kids learn more when they’re excited and engaged. Today a team of bloggers come together to help your students take a BITE out of learning with a theme your students are sure to love!


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One way I help my students get excited about learning is using technology. I try to find resources for every lesson online.
Check out some shark online resources here: Shark resources.


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My Shark Week freebie is a Shark expert diploma. Just print the images (English or Spanish).



If you liked the freebie check the whole unit here:
You'll find a a minibook and Shark expert hats.





Be sure to go for a swim in the linky party below. Every blog in the Shark Week Blog Hop features a fishy freebie for you and your students- but hurry! Shark Week only lasts until Sunday, August 17th  : )
 

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