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How to Start the New Year Like a Boss!

The end of another year is also a time to reflect and to resolve going into a new year. It's good to assess what didn't work and to feel good about the things that worked well. End of year is also a great time to work on the things that didn't go well by making changes and getting inspired about new adventures.
I've found some great advice that I thing can help you to start the new year like a boss!




I have already begun to claim my space in this world. How about you?


How to Go Green this Christmas

I am so excited about a recent project at our school that I just had to blog about it! Our mission was to use foil wrappers to make Christmas decorations. Yes, you heard right! Christmas decorations! At first, I thought that it would not at all be an attractive accomplishment. I thought that it would make the tree look a little too drab or boring but boy, was I wrong! As our school community came together to accomplish this feat, there was an added sense of relief for me and a great sense of pride. The tree turned out pretty FABULOUS! We made angels, 3D balls, 3D stars and lots of fan bows! This made me realize how much money can be saved on decorations if we turn discarded items into a functional item. Take a look at what we did! Wow! Totally, amazing!




13 Great Read Alouds for Teaching Map Skills to Kindergarten Kids

Teaching map skills to young students may seem daunting especially when you think about the difficult terms and vocabulary. I find it very helpful to use stories which help students to visualize the concepts and bring a fun and interesting spin to the content. In a recent search, I found these titles that can assist both you and your students when teaching map skills to young students.



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These are a few of the many titles that are great for teaching young children about maps and globes.


How To Teach Inference Using Picture Prompts

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Making inferences is a higher-order thinking skill that may seem difficult for many students. However, my purpose today is to show you how easy it can be taught and how much fun your students can have by using their power of observation. Essentially, students learn best when they are given "real-world" examples to make inferences.


What is an inference? An inference is an educated guess or a conclusion about what is happening that is drawn from evidence and reasoning. The viewer or reader uses his knowledge and information come up with one or more possible reasons for a particular event. In many cases, the conclusion may not be accurate, however,  the power of reasoning can be used convincingly. For example, take a look at picture A.


OBSERVATION: The rose is wet.  POSSIBLE INFERENCES: (1)Rain fell.                                                   (2) It is morning dew.                                                   (3) The sprinkler was on…

Creating Constructive Responses using the RACE and RACES Strategies

Some students either fail to answer written questions or give shallow responses that lack details. Many even go off topic which is a clear indication that they did not understand what the question was asking. To help alleviate this problem experts suggest using a targeted strategy such as RACE and RACES. These simple mnemonic devices can help students to remember the essential parts of a strong answer.
Each resource set contains the following:

1 full colored general RACE/S poster (with border)
1 full colored general RACE/S poster (without border)
1 black and white version
1 full colored RACE/S poster with detailed outline (with border)
1 full colored RACE/S poster with detailed outline (without border)
1 black and white version
1 set of 3 colored bookmarks with detailed outline 

I created these for students who need visual references when writing. These posters and bookmarks are recommended for older students but can be used with the lower classes with teacher support.

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How to Teach Mental Mathematics Using the Front-end Addition Strategy

I came across this easy way to teach mental addition that I just had to blog about it! It is super easy to follow simply because it makes you start with the larger place value and flows from left to right (coincidentally it's also called the left to right addition).  Here's how we do this with three digit numbers:

First, add the hundreds, then add the tens and last the ones.
Next add these sums together.


Here's a link to some fascinating videos that explain this mental strategy:









How to Get Organized for Back to School

Wow! It's back to school again and it helps to get organized properly for the new school year. Did you take advantage of those great sales and stock up on those much-needed supplies? Are you done yet? Well, I've got one more for you! You can get the most bang for your buck with this fabulous sale on Teachers Pay Teachers. TpT has yet another sale going on just for teachers like you who might be in need of a few more resources at a great discount, of course! Their sitewide sale has many stores discounting their resources as much as 20%. The great news is that TpT is giving an additional 5% off as well. The sale starts on August 1st and ends on the 2nd. All you do is add your items to the cart and type in the promo code BTS2017 before check out. Isn't that an amazing opportunity?

I am joining the bandwagon of savings too! All of my resources are on sale at 20% and you get the additional savings with the promo code.

Take a look at some of the items on sale at A Teacher's…

9 Marks of Writing Readiness

Children at the age of five are not all expected to be great writers from the start of school. Over the years I have found that many students enter first year (kindergarten) not knowing what letters are far less to even make a significant mark or representation on a page. Many others write marks that look like the target letters but a closer look reveals either incorrect formation, poor pencil grip or an incorrect writing posture.

What Does A "Good" Pencil Grip Look  Like?

These are the four (4) pencil grasps that are ideal for functional writing. Note the relative positions of the index (1), middle finger (2), thumb (3) and the ring finger (4).


Position of Paper For Lefties

Left-handed learners should be taught to tilt their paper in a clockwise direction so that the bottom corner is a little to the left of the learner's midline up to 35 degrees. The greater the angle the less efficient the writing. The right hand should be used to steady the paper on the right above the …

How to Print Poster Size

I must say that I took it for granted that everyone knows how to print a pdf document file poster size. It recently dawned on me that it would be a great idea to do a little tutorial for the benefit of people who don't really know how it is done. Now, I am more familiar with adobe reader so naturally that is what I am using today for the tutorial. Here goes...!


First, be sure to open your file using adobe reader then select the page you wish to print poster-size. I selected a page from my Good Writing Matters - 23 Colored Posters for Writing Centers for this tutorial.

Then you will need to change the page size to Poster(See illustration below).



The dotted lines in the preview pane show you the points at which the pages will connect when assembling. The grid formed also shows you the number of pages that would be required to make up that poster. In this case, I would be printing 6 pages to make this poster.

Next you will need to change the Tile Scale to 200%This will give you a m…

Opinion Writing (OREO Method) Graphic Organizers and More

Students need lots of examples and practice before they can write their own opinion. OREO Opinion writing is a fun and engaging way for students to express their thoughts and voice their opinion effectively about anything. This is a great teaching resource to use when teaching your students about opinion writing since the OREO acronym can help them remember what they need to put in the paragraph(s) of their opinion pieces. The OREO acronym stands for:
O - Opinion (Clearly Stated) R - Reasons for your Opinion E - Examples that Explain/Support Your Opinion O - Opinion Restated

This resource contains posters, graphic organizers and worksheets for your students to get much needed practice when teaching persuasive writing skills.

Contents

It's My Oreo Poster (colored)
It's My Oreo Poster (b+w)
4 OREO Graphic Organizers (colored)
4 OREO Graphic Organizers (b+w)
2 OREO Poster Graphic Organizer (colored and b+w)
Opinion Writing vs Persuasive Writing Anchor Chart
Fact vs Opinion Anchor Chart
35 ORE…

Picture Writing Prompts with Sequencing Cards for Daily Writing

These picture writing prompts with sequencing cards are great for young writers who need more support in early writing. Your students get an opportunity to use their visual discrimination skills to help them pay attention to details in pictures. They may choose to order the cards first (ORDER TO WRITE) or another option is to complete the writing sheets then order the cards (WRITE TO ORDER). Ultimately they will be writing sentences about the pictures given. They also get to color their pictures and sequence the sheets to create their own little book as a keepsake. Simply print the page/s and review the directions with them. Encourage them to write one or two sentences that describe the picture on any given sheet. I also included a blank writing sheet for extended writing should it be necessary. The sheets are great for homework or small group work in which case they can each be given a different page to prepare a group book instead.The picture cards can be laminated and sequenced fir…

Rights and Responsibilities of a Child Posters and Notebook Sheets

Just like adults, children also have rights and responsibilities that come with them. These printables highlight 12 of the rights and responsibilities explained in the UN Charter. I created these posters with kid-friendly graphics and simple sentences to make a clear distinction between both terms. There are 12 Rights and Responsibilities that come in black and white and color. These posters work well as notebook pages or anchor charts for social studies or character education lessons. I included mini version for you to use as reading cards also. This set works well with Children’s Day which is recognised on various days in many places around the world, with Universal Children’s day celebrations or it can be used all year round to enhance social skills. If you might be interested in these beautiful posters and more then check out any of my stores at the links below:

TES Resources

Teachers Notebook

Teachers Pay Teachers

Educents


Procedural Writing Prompts and a Freebie

This extensive set of procedural 'How To' writing prompts will give your students many opportunities to write to explain different procedures for others to follow. The goal is for them to write clearly and accurately by using specific instruction to teach others how to perform given tasks. Responses to these prompts can be written in four clear steps (First-Next-Then-Last) or the steps can be written as 1,2,3 and so on.

Included in this resource are 120 colorful writing prompts
5 writing templates from which to choose

Simply print, laminate then cut out the cards. You may choose to group them by color into six sets and have your students try to complete all of that particular color. Store them in ziplock bags or small containers that are easily accessible for your students. Alternatively you can have them choose any color that they fancy. The key skill targeted is their ability to write the procedure in sequential steps. At the end they can staple all the sheets together and prod…

Syllable Rules Posters and a Freebie

Syllable Resources are here! Yes! These are a set of printables which will help your students to visualise the syllable types by using key animals whose names are perfect examples. I used high-quality graphics along with a colorful safari paper theme to set your students along the road of long-term memorization of the division rules.

Syllable awareness is an important component of phonological awareness that must be taught to students. They need lots of opportunities to explore sounds in words to build their store of vocabulary. Learning the syllabic structure of words will help them to decode unfamiliar words, especially multisyllabic words in reading. This pack uses a familiar theme of animals to spark their interest and to cement the long-term learning of syllable rules.

This huge packet has 120+ pages of animal themed syllable posters, puzzles and more. Your students will absolutely love practising division rules with this set.

The following skills are covered in this set:

~ Division…

Children's Books About Growth Mindset

Here are some great books to use when focusing on growth mindset from kindergarten to grade one.

Click on the link below to be taken directly to the list.

GROWTH MINDSET CHILDREN'S BOOKS