Thursday, February 21, 2013

My New Guided Reading Binder

This week, I changed up my guided reading binder and I am so happy with it! Here are some pictures of what it looked like before and what it looks like now...

Above is the first binder cover I made. I liked it at the time, but I was ready for a new look. Below is my new cover. I am obsessed with chevron.

I also changed up the way I record my guided reading information. I used to have to write every single thing I did down each day. It got SO repetitive... (annnnddd I may have started writing less and less info each time) so I finally changed up the form. Now, I can just check things off and fill in small blanks. You can see the plain form I had before and the new form I have now below.

My old form...

My new form!
(available in color and black and white)

Here is a very helpful reading level conversion chart I have in the back of my guided reading binder. I refer to it often.

You can find all of this (old and new things) and more in my Guided Reading Binder Kit here.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Valentine's Day Fun!

We started our Valentine's Day activities today! I have had them laminated and ready for a while, so I was excited to finally be able to use them. We will be using these centers all week. My kids are loving them! We have some more special activities planned for Valentine's Day (of course) and we also have two birthdays that day, so it will be a very fun and eventful week! Here are some pictures of my kiddos hard at work...

This is the "Scoop and Tally" center. I forgot my big bag of hearts (ugh!) so they didn't have too many to "scoop" today.

Here they are putting numbers in order and recording their answers.

These kiddos are playing a sight word game.

This is a candy heart pattern center.

You can get all of these centers (plus many more!) in my Valentine's Day Unit here.

How is your class celebrating Valentine's Day?

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Free $5 to Spend at Scholastic

I received this in an email today and I wanted to share it with you. With the code DLD5 you get $5 free to spend on online resources from Scholastic. I love Scholastic and what is better than free stuff? Nothing!

If you don't get their emails, you should definitely sign up! They do things like this pretty often and they have $1 deals all the time. Now the hard part is deciding what to get! What did you decide on? Leave a comment with the resource you got for FREE.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Superbowl Sale on TpT

This Sunday is a great day to stock up on resources for your classroom! TeachersPayTeachers is throwing a sale this Sunday only. All you need to do is use the code "SUPER" at checkout. I will also be giving an extra 5% off for this day only. Check out my new products that you can get for 33% off! Click on the cover pages to link to my store.