Sunday, September 25, 2011

Anchor Charts and Sound Cards and How to Print Poster Size with an HP Printer

My handwriting is not the neatest on the fly. I give props to those teachers who can create beautiful charts with their students and they are ready to hang and be admired by all. But this lefty just cannot do it. So we compose together and then I create (from their ideas) an anchor chart for the classroom. I’ve done four so far to go along with our reading series (Reading Street).

STA_2953I set my HP printer to poster size (2x2) and out popped a beautiful anchor chart for my students.
How to print  posters using an HP Printer.
I have an HP and here’s how I print posters.
Click Print…then click properties. If you have more than one printer…make sure your HP printer is selected.
After you click properties, click on the advanced tab. This is what my screen looks like.
After you click on the Advanced tab look for Poster Printing. It’s set to off.
Then click the pull down menu and select paper size. I usually select 2x2…but there are bigger sizes. Then click OK.  After that your poster should print. I’m not sure if other brands have this feature???? Hope this addendum helps.

I also created sound cards to go along with the phonics skill of the week.
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Short i Anchor Chart
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Last week we completed Cows in the Barn for eight. But first each student created their own layout for eight cows.



Corn and Tomatoes for Seven
Here are a few pics of our class display for Corn and Tomatoes.
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Number Talks
I’ve added math analogies to my daily number talks. Once the students understood they had so much fun figuring them out. I don’t do anything fancy, I usually write a few analogies on my dry erase chart…I get the biggest kick out of listening in as the students try to figure out the answer before math morning meeting. Here are some  examples.
Here’s one before Math Morning Meeting

Here’s one after Math Morning Meeting
Here’s the book I use to get a few  ideas from.
Thinking Kids' Math Analogies
Sorry for the long post, but I had some catching up to do. Enjoy your Sunday!!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Stamping Apple Sight Words

It’s about that time for apples. Here’s a word work activity. The students pick an apple and stamp the word. I’m using plain old white copy paper. The inspiration for this comes from Mrs. Lee! Don’t cha just love her Smile

They could write a sentence with the word they stamped and illustrate it. Hope you can use them. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Click below for the cover.


Click below for the apples.


Stamping Apple Sight Words

Here the Scribd version just in case.


Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Faces of Us

As I watched the memorials and tributes I was reminded that we are them and they are us. No matter what color your were, or religion or political view, or how far away the Twin Towers were, or the Pentagon or that field in Shanksville, Pa.. that day we were one Nation united together. We must never forget. God bless America.

A woman writes a message on the wall of remembrance memorial near the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 10.

A family member of one of the victims of the crash of United Flight 93 walks along a part of the Flight 93 National Memorial following its dedication. The names of the 40 victims of the crash are inscribed on the marble panels.

Visitors embrace in front of the Wall of Names near the crash site of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., on Sunday.

Cho Sok Wells, accompanied by his wife Cathy, kisses their 10-month-old son Cristian while visiting his sister's memorial bench after the 10th anniversary 9/11 ceremony at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., on Sunday.

Workers take off their hard hats off during the playing of the National Anthem after unfurling a flag on One World Trade Center overlooking the national Sept. 11 memorial on Sept. 10.

A tribute to Sept. 11 is seen at Bryant Park on Sept. 10 in New York. There are 2,753 empty chairs -- one for each life lost in New York during the the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

AA  visitor takes pictures of flags erected at Battery Park in Manhattan, on Sept. 10 as a part of a project called "One Flag One Life" to marking the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

Members of Clerkenwell Fire Station's Green Watch observe a minute of silence in London, England, on Sunday, remembering their fellow firefighters who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York.

BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 11: Peace activists release white doves during a commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the 9-11 terror attacks on September 11, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. Commemorations took place throughout Europe to mark the Al Qaeda terrorist attacks that brought down the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York and other airplane hijackings that day that claimed the lives of over 3,000 people. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

High school students pose for a photo by a damaged replica of the Statue of Liberty in Ishinomaki, Japan, Sunday. As the world commemorated the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks, Sunday was doubly significant for Japan. It marked six months since the massive earthquake and tsunami on March 11.

New York City police and firefighters and Port Authority police officers salute during the singing of the "Star Spangled Banner" at the Sept. 11 memorial, during the 10th anniversary ceremonies at the site on Sunday.

President Barack Obama, right; first lady Michelle Obama; former President George W. Bush; and former first lady Laura Bush look out at the North Pool of the 9/11 memorial.

Capt. Erik Schutz, 26, of Medina, Minn., right, and Capt. Matt Schachman, 28, of Wilmette, Ill., raise a new American flag to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks as Capt. Ron Hopkins, 27, left, of Honolulu, Hawaii, looks on Sept. 11, 2011 at Forward Operating Base Bostick in Kunar province, Afghanistan.

A young man holds his head as he sits in front of a memorial for FDNY firefighters from Ladder Company 20 who died at the World Trade Center on 9/1. New York City firefighters are commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and honoring the 343 firefighters who died in the line of duty.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Corn and Tomato Soup

Nope…I’m not talking about a recipe.  I do this activity each year with my students when we are working on number sense for seven. During math morning meeting I told them I was making corn and tomato soup but I could only use a combination of seven pieces of corn and tomato in all. They helped me come up with all the different combinations of seven pieces of corn and tomato. Here’s what out chart looked like. I gave them a little mini lesson on how to draw corn and tomatoes….I’m always amazed at the ohhs and ahhhs I get….because I can’t draw…at all.
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After we did the problem whole group they worked on their own to make corn and tomato soup using seven pieces in all.
After they completed their page we met back whole group and several students showed their combinations on the promethean board. They had to drag over corn and tomatoes to display their combination, write the equation and the answer.

Click here for your copy of the problem sheet.

Math Stations this week
Fish Tank for Six
Shake Those Beans for Six
Click here for this activity.

Spill and Record for Six

On and Off for Six
The last two files are on my computer at school I’ll try to get them uploaded on tomorrow.
Tomorrow we will complete a wall display of Corn and Tomato Soup. I’ll be sure to take pictures and post a copy of the pages for that display.
Happy Labor Day!!!!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

First, I Want to Thank My Heavenly Father

Don’t you just love at award shows how the winner gets up and says that. I’m thinking dude I’ve seen your music video….I’m just saying Smile But I’m truly thanking mine for the kind and thoughtful Mrs. Tunstall.

I want to thank Reagan over at Tunstall’s Teaching Tidbits from the bottom of my heart for listing me as one of her top ten blogs! I love her blog and she’s hiiiiilarious!!!! If you haven’t checked her out you should and if you’re not following her what the heck are you waiting on????