Hold up.. It's August Already??

Is it just me, or did Summer FLY by this year?  (I think I say that every year..)... 

Well.. In the spirit of "Back 2 School", I have decided to offer a "FLASH FREEBIE" that will seriously help with all your decor needs.  I used these banners in my classroom last year, and I thought, "Hey.. why not put these on TPT!" So.. here they are, and luck you.. You get a free copy!

(If you download within the next 24 hours.. AND feedback is mucho appreciated in return) :)

So I have included both black and white banners, and large and small banners. I have some premade ones on there that will save you some time, and I have also included a set of the alphabet and numbers, so you can combine whatever letters you would like.  I also included a PPT file, so you can change the font face/size/color if that is what floats your boat. 

Happy Teaching.. And GOOD LUCK this year! :) 

Classroom Tour

Yea, so all my blogger friends posted super cute classroom tours at the beginning of the school year. Leave it to me to save my classroom tour til the end of the year! Haha! Use the link below to follow me on instagram, so you can see my classroom tour via instagram... :) 

Don't mind the mess... We've been busy learning! 

It's Gonna Be May.....

Oh wait.. it is now! ha! and I am linking up with "Oh Boy.. It's Farley" for her final "currently" linky party. 

Listening: Currently... I am listening to Grey's Anatomy and the sweet sound of these keys banging on my keyboard. Back in the day when I was working at store manager at Claire's Boutique (8 years ago!) WOAH! I was hooked on Grey's Anatomy.  I finished 4 or 5 seasons back then, but I got super busy with working a 40 hour a week job and finishing up my student teaching, so I quit.  Well.. here I am finally finishing up where I left off. My emotions have been like a roller coaster the past two days! I'm hooked. 

Loving: I love Sundays. I never feel guilty for doing absolutely nothing on a Sunday! :) 

Thinking: I need to go get some groceries. My refrigerator is embarrassing right now. 

Wanting: I want new workout shoes!! My friend Kelly and I started a Crossfit type workout class, and she bought a pair of Nike Metcon 2 shoes and I WANT THEM! 

Needing: I have some brilliant kiddos in my class this year. It is always a challenge finding things that stimulate their brains. I feel like I have really learned to differentiate for my gifted students even more this year! Very grateful for that.  I always looked at classroom management as one of my strengths, and I feel like I can finally add differentiation to the list as well! :D woohoo! 

Truth: This is quite personal, but I am having a hard time deciding where I will be next year.  After the death of my boyfriend, I moved three hours from home where I knew pretty much no one.  It has been such a good experience and exactly what I needed! I had planned on going back home after this year, but now I am thinking I want to stay..  Prayers that I make the right decision, please! :) 

Symmetry Selfies

Woah.. has it really been this long since I have posted a new blog post? I have been so busy finishing up important lessons with my kiddos that I haven't had time to share all the fun we've been having! :) First, let me just say, our MAP data is complete for the year, and I couldn't be more impressed with the growth of my students. They truly are the "best class ever" as I tell them all the time! They're a good bunch of kiddos.

One of the final things we study in 4th grade math is Geometry. By this point in the year, students brains are tired, folks. It's about that time when we begin prepping students for the lovely end of the year tests, and we are all just..... well... TIRED!! TIRED.. TIRED.. TIRED!!

But hey.. the show must go on...

So.. SYMMETRY. There are lots of super cool ways to teach symmetry in the classroom: Geoboards, mirrors, finish the picture, etc... One of the more engaging ways, from what I have found, however, is this cool little thing I came up with during my student teaching... SYMMETRY SELFIES!! (Although... I didn't actually call them selfies way back then.) Uh.. yea.. anyway..

So basically, I took photos of each of my students, had them developed, cut them in half, and taped them onto a "symmetry selfie" template. I introduced symmetry to the kiddos, showed them some examples using some cut out letters of the alphabet (the old folding technique), and revealed their pictures. They LOVED this. I had them working on their selfies during a center. It doesn't teach them everything they need to know about symmetry, of course. The standard actually says,

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.4.G.A.3 Recognize a line of symmetry for a two-dimensional figure as a line across the figure such that the figure can be folded along the line into matching parts. Identify line-symmetric figures and draw lines of symmetry.

But hey.. it's a great introductory lesson to get them engaged, motivated, and creates some positive geometry neuroassociations!

For a free copy, click the image below. 
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And as always.. HAPPY TEACHING!

(Thank you to my parents for giving me special permission to use their child's photo. You guys are the best!) 

Need Some Uplifting?

So.. A teacher friend of mine often shares motivational texts to uplift our team. Let's just go ahead and admit it... Teaching is hard! We need uplifting!I have decided to begin a FREE texting service to YOU.... The deserving, awesome teacher that you are, but may sometimes forget. You are doing AMAZING things! I hope to inspire, brighten, and uplift your spirits throughout your work week. It is my hope that through this service, I will be able to help spread some joy to all my readers, as well as uplift myself in the process. (hey, I need it too!) :) The best way to help yourself is by lifting up someone else, right?My beliefs are Christian-based, so that might come through on some of the texts, fyi. :). If you're interested, see the image below! (These will be once daily from the hours of 7am - 8pm Eastern) 

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Conflict in Literature

When doing my character study, I find it is important that students realize that characters experience many different types of conflict in the stories that we read.  These conflicts play a huge role in the plot of the story!  The conflicts experienced by these characters also play a role in the motives behind the actions of the characters.  

When studying conflict, I introduce internal and external conflict first.  The students are given multiple examples of these types of conflict.  I then break these conflicts down into four categories. 
  1. character vs. self
  2. character vs. character
  3. character vs. nature
  4. character vs. society
Once the students can easily identify each type of conflict using short pieces of text, I give them a larger piece of text.  I then require they identify the type of conflict, explain why they identify this conflict, and then use evidence from the text to support their answer!

Tomorrow, we will be reading "Brave Irene".  (Tip: If you don't have access to this book, you can find it read for free here: Brave Irene read by Al Gore - YouTube)  In this book the main character faces multiple "character vs. nature" conflicts.  I like to use this book because the target is easily assessed. I want to know that they students can identify types of conflict while using evidence from the text to support their claim. 

I have a freebie for you!!  I have created an easy to follow graphic organizer that students can use to organize their thoughts.  On the back, the students create a structure paragraph to express their ideas.  This is easy to assess, and easy to follow for the kiddos.  You can download this product by clicking the link below!.  When writing their paragraphs, I require my students to follow the "RACE strategy! To learn more about this amazing organization technique, CLICK HERE! 
I would love to hear from you!!  Have you used this in your class?? What do you do to teach conflict? Any questions, tips, or ideas?  

Thanks so much for reading.  Happy Teaching!  

Jasper Roberts Consulting - Widget