Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Accelerated Reader in Room 102

Our school building has been using Accelerated Reader online for many years now.  Grades 2, 3, and 4 use the points-earned scale to reach  quarterly incentives. In first grade, the set goal is 2 books passed EACH quarter totaling 8 books passed by the end of the year.  For every two books students take a quiz on and pass correctly, they earn a charm for their AR necklace.  
The necklaces are fun but I noticed last year, that some students in my class weren't latching on to that incentive, so this summer I came up with an additional incentive to keep the momentum going all year long!
After some PINTERESTing,
I came up with a Ribbon incentive, much like my WILD about SIGHT WORDS program.
Every student began the year with an AR STAR ribbon.
After Daily 5 and Read to Self was launched and underway, students began adding books from our AR library to their book boxes.  We also have old basals that have quizzes, so this is the perfect time to get those out and add to their Read to Self time as well!
After a minimum of 4 repeated readings, 
students can can a quiz on AR.
Would you look at the team morale!  
HIGH FIVES for a passing score!!!
I let the students take quizzes during Daily 5 rounds Monday through Thursday.  Friday morning, I pull up the new AR score sheets and we celebrate AR accomplishments for the week!
I have everything in these baskets here-

Raffle Ticket (for a school-wide quarterly drawing)
Charms for AR necklace.
 Student Brag-Tags!  
Once students have their Brag Tags, we take them out to the hallway and staple them to each AR Ribbon.

This extra incentive is the answer I was looking for.  The kids are setting new goals for themselves each week and the friendly competition to see who can read more books in a week is honestly making this teacher VERY HAPPY!
The school community has also taken an interest in our GIANT-SIZE goal setting display out in the hallway.  We enjoy hearing from other teachers and students how excited they are to see us growing and reading more books!

If your looking for an AR related incentive, 
be sure to check this out!
Acclerated Reader Jungle-Theme Brag Tag Incentive Program
Click on the image for more details!

The first 3 friends to comment will win a copy of my little AR incentive unit! 
Happy Reading!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Take a Peek at our SPIDER Week in Room 102!

Happy Friday Friends and welcome to a Spiderlicious Week in Room 102!  I should preface by saying that the topic of spiders is new this year.  I usually don't have time in an already jammed-packed October schedule, but this year I MADE ROOM for these little arachnids because I was blessed to receive so many fabulous teaching materials to make this unit so much fun!
Take a peek!
I found this awesome freebie on TPT to introduce Adjectives and Verbs!  This lesson was stickin' fun!
Each student was given a card and had to place it on the right poster!  Puffy heart LOVE!
During Word Work, students got busy writing those same adjectives and verbs on a word sort!
Last week, I WON an amazing Close Reading unit on Spiders by the amazingly talented Jennifer White.  We slathered our Focus Wall with pages we would be working on throughout the week.
We did three days of CLOSE reading with the text called "Spinning Spiders."
LOVE me some Pinterest to make my anchor charts fun!
Need some student numbers?  Click here for my freebie!
Here we are annotating the text-
Next day, we reviewed our new Spider Vocabulary terms and created a fun Spider Writing Chart.
My Firstie Friend Jennifer Tice shared her amazing 8 Legged Spider Math unit with me so I had to MAKE ROOM for this lovely addition during Math Rounds.  I added four new tubs this month just for Spider Math goodies!

Jennifer's Games in action!  The kids are having so much fun with these!

Look at the concentration on this little sweetie's face!
Counting on to 120 is much more fun with Spider Numbers!
I was so proud of my kiddos when they realized they had more to add to their Fact Finder Writing Pages and wanted to write a second draft.  This was the perfect opportunity to introduce the editing process and how writer's are always going back and fine-tuning their work!

No week would be complete without some awesome 
Pinterest-inspired ART projects!

Click here if you would like the SPIDER headers!

The kids will be taking turns today presenting their 
Spider Fact Finder to the class!

Now I know I tend to go overboard with a ton of non-fiction throughout the week, so I made sure to add my favorite two Spider Stories too!  
Love the deep, dark luring voice of the reader!

Yes, I have a fabulous Miss Spider Stool in Room 102~

I pre-cut the legs into 1 inch strips.
The handsome Italian hubby traced this headpiece and smile for me!
Then he used two plates to make the body circles.
The assembly lines!

Can you tell this was fun!

Of course, I ran out of hallway space, so these cute little spiders are hanging around the room!

Now I am SUPER STOKED to share my great teaching finds with you....Five for Friday Style!
Don't walk, RUN over to TPT and snag this AMAZING SPIDER unit by my sweet friend Jennifer!  Click the image for more details.
Spiders Close Read

The Applicious Teacher has made learning word categories SPIDERLICIOUS!  Click on the image to grab this incredibly fun freebie!
Spider Word Sort {Verbs and Adject}
Education to the Core has this awesome Spider Freebie that is perfect for small groups, partner reads, or a whole group read aloud!
Spiders: A FREE Mini-Book / Close Read and Writing Reflection
Jennifer Tice.  Rowdy in First Grade.  Need I say more?
8 Legged Math Stations
The kids LOVE this Number Line!  
Click here for this awesome freebie!
Spider March:  Number Line 0-125:  FREE
This Five for Friday is brought to you by Doodle Bugs Teaching!  Go link up and share your fabulousness with us!
Happy Weekend!
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