Thursday, December 24, 2015

Global Glitter December Linky...a little late!

I am a little late to the party, so I will get right to the point!

It is time {{ past time }} for Global Glitter's December Linky.

Staple Recipe - - Party Mix
My mom makes the BEST Party Mix. She uses the recipe on the Chex Mix box but doubles the about of goupy stuff. It is sooooo yummy!

Holiday Read Aloud Favorites - - Memoirs of an Elf
I have too many holiday favorites I read aloud to my first graders. I didn't even get to read all of them this year.  A favorite this year was Memoirs of an Elf. There is a great page about an "elfie." An elfie is an elf version of a selfie. Our classroom elf on the shelf took an elfie on his last day with us and left a copy for every student. They LOVED it!

Integrated Technology - - ChatterPix

This is the new favorite app in our classroom. There is a free version!  Here is a preview of an example of a product my kids made last week. I used it as a formative assessment.


New Find - - Snapseed App

This is a FABULOUS picture editing app. It is FREE!

Engaging Books - - Knuffle Bunny
My first graders absolutely adored this story this year! It was great for making text-to-self connections.


Snow Day - - Snow Day
I live in Florida. We have Hurricane Days, not Snow Days! The day before Winter Break we had Snow Day. We wore our pajamas, learned about snow, wrote about snowmen, made snow people, watched Frozen, and had snacks. Here is a picture of our snacks....blue hot chocolate in honor of Frozen!


Hop on over to Global Glitter to see who else has linked up or link up yourself!



Tuesday, December 1, 2015

12 Days of Giving

Hey Friends!
I am joining the Global Glitter Tribe for 12 Days of Giving. I actually have TWO Christmas freebies for you!

First up is Addition and Subtraction Strategies to 20.
The pages in this freebie can be used as practice pages, formative assessments or summative assessments. It practices the strategies of counting on, doubles, doubles plus and minus one, and making a ten. It requires the students to EXPLAIN which strategy the used! Click the picture above grab the freebie.

Next up is an ELA Mini Unit for The Littlest Elf by Brandi Dougherty.
This unit covers Story Elements, Central Message, Retell, Summarize, and Compare & Contrast.

Feedback on TPT is greatly appreciated!

Click the picture below to get the book on Amazon!


Be sure to check out the other goodies and giveaway by clicking below!


Friday, November 27, 2015

Goal Setting and Tracking with the Little Ones

Setting and tracking academic goals with six year olds.....

Other than fluency.....

WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!
We have all heard that students should set and track their personal academic goals. As a primary teacher I was not a fan and didn't do it. {{SHHH, Don't tell}} 

We all agree that our time is precious. 

Would the time it takes to teach students how to set goals, set the goals, and track the goals REALLY be worth it?

This fall my school attended a John Hattie Visible Learning Professional Development. After this PD, I decided to rethink goal setting and give it a try!

I decided to start out with one area....Reading Levels. We use DRAs to monitor our reading levels, but this could be adapted for any reading assessment or even any subject. 

First off, I did NOT want each student's reading level to be visible to everyone. I KNOW there are many out there who disagree and that is a whole other discussion! I made our tracking area have end check points instead of levels. The end of each grading period is a check point.

We started with our October Reading Levels...

We will check our progress in January, March, and June. Those are the end of each grading period.
Our boats will move as we move!

Here is the hard part...

Setting the goals!

I conferenced with each child individually to have them set their goals. We completed this sheet together.
This is the sheet I used for my on level & below level students. 18 is the end of first grade expectation.  I used one that goes to a level 24 for my above level students.

I showed each student their actual DRA to help them set their goal and choose what to work on...fluency, comprehension, etc. I am not going to sugar coat it, this took a couple of days and a lot of "coaching." I am optimistic that it will be easier each time.

My goal is to conference with each child and revisit their goal sheet at least once before the end of the grading period.

Do your students set goals and track their progress?



Sunday, November 22, 2015

Global Glitter Tribe Monthly Link Up

I am linking up with the Global Glitter Tribe this month. This is a new tribe I recently came across.


{{ CONFESSION }}  The name sucked me in. I love GLITTER. I mean come on, what first grade teacher doesn't?!??!?!


Grateful - Colleagues who are also my BFFs
I teach with some of by Best Friends. Even though we are not all in the same grade level any longer, it is nice to see them every single day. We meet and chat every morning & afternoon!  We chat about school stuff as well as home stuff. Not only do we go out for dinner and drinks at least once a week, we try to plan something big and fun once a month. Last month it was Epcot's Food and Wine. This month it is going to the Night of Lights in St. Augustine. Next month, to Disney to see the Osborn Spectacle of Christmas Lights at MGM! I have ALWAYS wanted to see the famous lights. Since it is the last year for them we decided we HAVE to go. 

Local - Random Acts of Kindness Project 
The month of December I send home a Random Acts of Kindness Project with my First Graders! They get a book to complete and little cards to hand out with their "acts" in an effort to encourage others to pass it on in the community! It is always a favorite and I can't wait to see what they do this year. It is also very rewarding to see the cards out in the community.

Organization - Computer Files
I'm a bit OCD. Okay, ridiculously OCD. To help keep my desktop neat, tidy, and organized, I created a background to organize my files. I created it on pages, took a screen shot and made it the background. Here is what it looks like.


Broad Perspectives - Random Acts of Kindness Project
This isn't easy in First Grade. I try to build a classroom community starting on the first day of school. This year I started Bucket Filling in my classroom. It has been wonderful! The Random Acts of Kindness Project is a good way to follow up and give a reminder half-way into the school year!

Artists - Craftivities
I love doing Craftivities with my class. Next week we will be doing Christmas Tree Math. Sorry about the picture. I will post a better one when the kids have completed theirs!
Let's Chat - Team Planning
How does your grade team plan? Do you plan together, divide up subjects, or all do your own thing?

If you want to link up or check out other great blogs, click the picture below!



Thursday, October 8, 2015

SALE!! What a DEAL!!!

Get over $85 worth of products for only $25 $20 and help a few fellow teachers out!

This weekend I am walking with my teacher (and real life) bestie in a C.O.P.S. walk. We are walking in this 25 mile walk in memory of her husband who was killed in the line of duty. C.O.P.S helps families and coworkers of officers killed in the line of duty. Our team has to raise $4,000. As a way to help us meet our goal, I reached out to some bloggy/TPT buddies to create a Pack of Products to sell. (I have to say teachers are the most generous peeps out there!) If you would like to purchase the pack above please follow the link below and make a donation. Leave a comment on the C.O.P.S page with your email when you make your donation and I will email you the products via Google Drive!

The sale will end Friday evening!

Team Fischer is fundraising for Concerns of Police Survivors





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Sunday, September 27, 2015

What A DEAL!!!

Get over $85 worth of products for only $25 and help a few fellow teachers out!

In October I am walking with my teacher (and real life) bestie in a C.O.P.S. walk. We are walking in this 25 mile walk in memory of her husband who was killed in the line of duty. C.O.P.S helps families and coworkers of officers killed in the line of duty. Our team has to raise $4,000. As a way to help us meet our goal, I reached out to some bloggy/TPT buddies to create a Pack of Products to sell. (I have to say teachers are the most generous peeps out there!) If you would like to purchase the pack above please follow the link below and make a donation. Leave a comment on the C.O.P.S page with your email when you make your donation and I will email you the products via Google Drive!

Team Fischer is fundraising for Concerns of Police Survivors





Sharing is GREATLY appreciated!


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Nautical Classroom 2015-2016

Monday is the first day of school. I am ready.  {{I think.}}  Other than the last minute trip to Walmart, Target, and the Dollar Store I am getting ready to make.....

I currently only have 15 students on my roster. 14 of them came to Meet the Teacher yesterday. That is a VERY good turnout for my school. Out of the five first grade teachers, I have the largest class. We will see if the numbers stay this way. While I am VERY thankful, I am not holding my breath. Lol!

Here are a few pictures. I have lots of empty wall/cabinet space. (Which all of the former students who came back to visit me yesterday pointed out!) This is where I will hang anchor charts as we make them.


Top Right...Math Corner
Baskets are for Manipulatives and Math Stations
Bottom Right...Reading Corner
I love my new colorful Book Bins!


Day One's Morning Work.....We go to Special Area at 8:05 this year. I am NOT sure how this is going to work for my little guys! After Day One, we will come in, drop our bags and head to Specials. There will be no morning work!

Area behind my Teacher Table. The baskets at the bottom will be for small groups. 

Anyone else do a nautical theme?