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show and tell tuesday

I am linking up with Stephanie, from Forever in Fifth Grade,  to share some pictures in her Show and Tell Tuesday linky for October.  Teacher-bloggers are invited to share their favorite pictures of things they have been doing throughout the month.  This month has been a very busy one for me. Take a look at a few of the things I have been doing. Then check out what other bloggers you know have been doing.

 

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So happy to visit our out-of-state granddaughters. It was so nice being there to celebrate Abby's 7th birthday. We had to have dinner at her favorite restaurant, Golden Corral. Everyone loves dipping those strawberries in the chocolate fountain! At only 7, she is as tall or taller than many 8 year olds. We want her to stop growing!! LOL  Just for a little while.

 

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Alexa is modeling her new outfit. She loves that "fur" scarf. It was so good to see her. She is growing so fast.

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Hubs and I went to Disney for some R&R. It was great having breakfast with Goofy. He's one of our favorite characters.

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Needed to catch up with my BFF.  High tea on Long Island was the perfect setting for an afternoon of girl talk. Delicious scones, clotted cream, finger sandwiches and sweet little pastries were just so-o-o yummy. I can't wait to go back--after I work off those calories.

Click on the main button above to go to the link-up where you can find a link to visit other blogs and learn what's been going on with bloggers you love to follow.

Have fun reading and Happy Halloween!

 

Kathleen in 8 Apples

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show and tell tuesday

I am linking up with Forever in Fifth Grade's Show and Tell Tuesday linky for August.  Teacher-bloggers share their favorite pictures of things they have been doing through the month. Check it out and find out what the  bloggers you know have been up to.

Greenport Boat

We traveled out to Greenport on the eastern tip of Long Island's north fork to have lunch and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Really enjoying this summer!  It was a beautiful day!

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Love my flower garden! It's been so hot here and there's been no real rain in weeks.  Even with a sprinkler system I need to constantly check to be sure they have enough water. Of course, the weeds are having no problem!  Ugh!

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Welcome back to another school year!

How valuable is a beginning of the year informal assessment?

I love informal assessments! I learned a long time ago how valuable it can be to get an early assessment of my new students' abilities.  The first day of school for most Long Island schools is usually a Wednesday. I used those three days of the first week to welcome students, make them feel comfortable, and learn as much about them as I could. Because I did not want to accept what last year's teacher said as gospel, I wanted to to conduct my own assessment of my students' academic and behavioral abilities. Every year, before school started, I used a large (5x8) index card to document information about each student. On that card I wrote their name, and a few notes, such as any services they were supposed to receive and mainstream classes they would attend.  During those first three days, I conducted lots of observations/informal assessments to learn about my new students. Then I wrote notes on my index cards about what I learned.

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Multiplication

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The assessment you administer should require students to do tasks they should already know and maybe a question or two they probably don't know. Sometimes you are surprised at the results!

Write any observations on their cards.  If you have a rubric, highlight the appropriate comments and file it with the assessment sheets in each student's folder you keep on file in your classroom.   Besides academic skills, what else did you learn that can be noted on the student's card?   Behavioral observations should be noted too. Was the student's work neat or messy? Did the student's equipment appear to be organized or was it all over the place? Was the student able to stay on task or did he need prompts to focus?  This is the beginning of documenting your observations about your new students.  As the year goes on, continue to write notes on these cards whenever you observe new things. Of course, every note should be dated.

These notes are a valuable resource for you when preparing for parent-teacher conferences.  At the time you think you will never forget, but the classroom is a fast moving place where sometimes days, and yes weeks, just seem to run together. When you contact a parent, via note, email, phone or an in-person conference, note the type of conference, the date and a brief description of what was discussed.  Your cards will provide you with documentation about what happened and when. More than once, the notes on my cards helped me through a situation where I was being questioned. When a parent says "no one ever told me that," you will be able to remind them of a phone conversation you had on October 3rd.  Also, reviewing these notes means you will not forget to mention something to a parent that they should know and that you want to share.  Hopefully, you will be reporting how much their child has improved! This method of informal assessment is easy, effective and takes only a few minutes to make a note when something is observed.

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You can create your own informal assessment or you can try the one I just created.  It is quick and easy to administer. This assessment is for multiplication and division only. Problems start with the times tables and get progressively harder. Can the student multiply a one-digit number by a two-digit number without renaming? Can the student multiply a one-digit number by a two-digit number with renaming? Can the student multiply a two-digit number by a two-digit number?  You get the idea.  There is a separate division sheet, also with progressively harder problems.  Highlighting appropriate comments on the rubric, that is included, makes note taking easy and the information can be transferred to your cards later.

Less work for the teacher, more fun for students and great organization for everyone!

 

Wishing you a great school year!

I would appreciate your comments about informal assessments!

 

Kathleen in 8 Apples

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Main Pick 3 Graphic August
It's been a beautiful hot, lazy summer. So nice to have that carefree feeling to have lunch with friends, to read some books just for pure enjoyment and have the time to catch up with the kids!   For some of us summer vacation is already over and for others it is quickly coming to an end and teachers are beginning to think about getting ready for the start of another school year.  For this month's linky I have found some inspiring pins to create a warm welcoming classroom atmosphere. Enjoy!
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Love these "students!" They are great fun for your kids to create and will give your classroom an awesome looking presentation at meet-the-teacher night.  You can do a whole-body trace of each student's body or make a template of the head and shoulders and allow each kid to makeup his/her own face and shirt. Be sure to use heavier paper so the "students" appear to sit up straight.
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 Sneakers with summer message
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Sneakers are always the rage! Make a template. Let kids trace it and decorate a cool pair of sneakers! Get some shoe laces at the dollar store or use yarn and add to the project. Kids can write about where they've been walking while on the vacation.

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Welcome Back
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I just love the idea of creating a "photo booth" in the classroom. You need a few props to create that fun Back To School look.  This picture clearly shows the few things necessary. I love the sign for kids to hold. No one will ever forget when this picture was taken!  The pictures will make a great display for your classroom in the beginning of the year!  At the end of the year do it again with a new sign. It will be fun to compare.
You might also like to make new photo booths at holiday time with different props. Let the kids make some cool signs, such as "I love snowmen."  "Santa, let me explain." The kids will have lots of funny things to say!  Great fun for your holiday party!  Appropriate for all grades! Middle school and high school too!

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Check out my Pinterest feed for more great ideas for July. Feel free to peruse my boards to find more awesome summer ideas.

Visit A Plus Kids' profile on Pinterest.

Visit the other participating blogs for more creative ideas and leave comments everywhere to tell bloggers what you think. If you have an interesting activity for July, a recipe, or a July anything-at-all pin,  feel free to link up and share. Have fun! Have a wonderful summer!

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July Main Graphic

Welcome to July's Pinterest Pick 3 Linky hosted by Marissa from the Inspired Owl's Corner, Lisa from PAWSitively Teaching, and  Ashley from Just Reed! It's  July and finally school is out here on Long Island! I hope yours is too. Everyone is getting ready for summer's big holiday, the 4th of July.  I found some cool pins for the summer that I hope you will find inspiring to spruce up a get-together you are planning or maybe take a little gift to a party you have been invited to! It's summer, relax and have fun!

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Trifle for the 4th

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I found this trifle on Pinterest, but I make a similar one. First, make 2 boxes of any flavored red Jello and chill in the refrigerator until it jiggles but is not firm. Then use a glass bowl to make your trifle. It is important to be able see the delicious treat through the glass. Layer #1 Scoop a layer of Jello into the bowl. Layer #2 Cover with a layer of fruit--strawberries, blueberries, and peaches cut into bite-sized pieces. Layer #3 Cover with Cool Whip. The repeat layers 1, 2 and 3. Decorate the top as desired. Serve in see-through bowls or cups.  It makes a light, cool tasty treat that is sure to be a hit!

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What a great way to spice up your patio to look festive to celebrate America's birthday. Get a great big pot of red geraniums and stick an American flag in the pot. It is an instant mega-decoration. After the holiday remove the flags and enjoy your beautiful geraniums all summer. Save the flags for Labor Day when they can returned to your flower pots again. This patriotic plant would make a great gift as well!

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Watermelon Paper

Here's a fun project to do with your kids this summer!  Let them be part of the celebration to make an adorable hand-painted tablecloth for your barbecue or they can use the paper to  wrap gifts for a summer party.  Take a large sheet of white paper from a roll of paper. Cut a potato into quarters and use the pieces to dip in red paint and make prints on the "tablecloth." Then use green paint to draw watermelon rind and black paint to plant some seeds around . The kids will love it and so will your guests!

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Check out my Pinterest feed for more great ideas for July. Feel free to peruse my boards to find more awesome summer ideas.

Visit A Plus Kids' profile on Pinterest.

Visit the other participating blogs for more creative ideas and leave comments everywhere to tell bloggers what you think. If you have an interesting activity for July, a recipe, or a July anything-at-all pin,  feel free to link up and share. Have fun! Have a wonderful summer!

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Thursday I met my grandchildren when they got off the school bus after a half-day of school. That afternoon we did what they do at the end of the school year every year. In fact, their mom has been doing it since she was a little girl. What is the tradition? Writing a summer bucket list, of course! So when I got an invitation today from Kelly Malloy, An Apple for the Teacher, to write a Summer Manifesto, it just seemed like a natural thing for me to do.

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It looks like I have a good balance of work and play planned. What about you? Do you have special summer plans? Write a Summer Manifest and post it on your blog or other social media account, use the linky on Kelly's blog to share it. Please link directly to your post vs. your general blog link. If you link up, be sure to comment on at least 3 other blog posts! That's all there is to it!

Here is a blank template for you.  Just right click it, save as a jpeg, and add your own text boxes to it.

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Have an awesome summer!

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Main Pick 3 Graphic June

Welcome to June's Pinterest Pick 3 Linky hosted by Marissa from the Inspired Owl's Corner, Lisa from PAWSitively Teaching, and  Ashley from Just Reed! It's  June and school is either out or soon-to-be-out!!  The weather is finally warm and soon we will all be enjoying it! So nice!  I found some cool pins that I hope you will find inspiring to wind down the year or enjoy summer--and to remember Dad on his special day!

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Father's Day is Sunday,  June 19th.

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I love these cool Father's Day cards  and gift bags! Kids will have fun making them and Dad will love receiving them!  This is the perfect place to wrap a sweet note to Dad telling him how much he is loved! This activity is a great school project that reinforces the importance of thinking of others! I don't think we can do that enough!

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Planning Summer Fun

Year End Bucket List

Writing lists is so important for kids. Lists help them to plan and focus and realize a sense of accomplishment as they check-off completed items from their list.  The list pictured  is representative of items on a younger child's list, but list writing is appropriate for all grades and adults too! The completed summer list highlights a great summer full of fun!  Additionally, it is a nice treat to write a list of fun things to do instead of a list of chores to do!

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Summer Fruit Salad

Pirate Fruit Salad Boat

This is the perfect treat for your year-end party. It is so much healthier than a bag of chips and using the watermelon rind to create a pirate ship makes an exciting centerpiece too. Use this design to create an impressive dessert for your summer guests of any age!

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Check out my Pinterest feed for more great ideas for June. Feel free to peruse my boards to find some awesome  ideas.

Visit A Plus Kids' profile on Pinterest.

Visit the other participating blogs for more creative ideas and leave comments everywhere to tell bloggers what you think. If you have an interesting activity for June, a recipe, or an anything-at-all pin,  feel free to link up and share. Have fun! To all the fathers, "Happy Father's Day!"

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Main Pick 3 Graphic April

Welcome to April's Pick 3 Party hosted by Marissa from the Inspired Owl's Corner, Lisa from PAWSitively Teaching, and  Ashley from Just Reed! It's April!  Welcome spring! So happy it's finally here!  We've had some wonderful days with great weather, although the last few days have been super windy, rainy and just miserable, but that should calm down soon and then all will be well! Time to start working in the garden.  Spring break is over for many but not everybody. Some districts have not had Spring break yet so they still have that to look forward to. Whether your break is over or not, April is always a beautiful month. I found some cool pins I hope you enjoy!

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Earth Day

Now more than ever there is a strong emphasis on taking care of our planet--our only home. Earth Day is April 22nd. Celebrate by reinforcing how important it is for your students to appreciate the home we have and how important it is to take care of it.  I thought this poster was a cool activity because kids can add their own ideas about what they can do to help care for our home!

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Spring Break Poster

Here is a fun poster for kids to reflect on their Spring break. When they are completed your room will be bright with spring ideas! The poster can be adapted to be suitable for higher levels. Click on the poster to find the pin and download a poster. It's a FREEBIE!

 

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Butterfly Informational Text

I saw this and thought it was a great model for teaching kids to write informational text.  It is a lower level example, but sometimes I like to use a simple model and explain how it can be adapted for more complex ideas.

 

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Check out my Pinterest feed for more great April and Spring ideas. Feel free to peruse my boards to find some awesome  ideas.

Visit A Plus Kids's profile on Pinterest.

Visit the other participating blogs for more creative ideas and leave comments everywhere to tell bloggers what you think. If you have an interesting activity for April or a recipe or an April-anything-at-all pin, feel free to join the link-up. Have fun!

 


 

 

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Welcome to March's Pick 3 Pinterest Party hosted by Marissa from the Inspired Owl's Corner, Lisa from PAWSitively Teaching, and  Ashley from Just Reed! It's March, the weather has been a little warmer and there's so much to celebrate. It's Women's History month. St. Patrick's Day, Easter and the arrival of spring will all be celebrated in March.  There's so much going on that it was hard to choose pins!! I had to make choices and I hope you will find them inspirational to enjoy the month of March.
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Love this cute decoration for your classroom door. I like the idea of placing photos of the kids' faces as gold coins.
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St Pat Photo Booth
It would be so much fun to use these props during a class St. Patrick's Day celebration.  The kids would love it!  Create your own photo corner in your classroom by  placing a few decorations on the wall and letting kids stand in front of it holding  their choice of a prop for their photo shoot. Let friends pose together. Great to add to your class newsletter to share the fun with parents! Lots of fun!
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March is Women's History Month.  It is so important for young girls to realize the accomplishments of women who came before them and that it was only a few generations ago that their great-grandmothers were NOT ALLOWED to vote. Women were expected to run the household and take care of the children. Period. Girls need to have the ability to aspire to greater things and boys need to know that women are to be respected. Susan B. Anthony was instrumental in earning rights for women. Students should recognize her name and know her struggle.

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Check out my Pinterest feed for more great March ideas. I have great boards for St. Patrick's Day and Women's History Month, and some great Easter ideas too.  Feel free to peruse those boards to find more great ideas.

Visit A Plus Kids's profile on Pinterest.

Visit the other participating blogs for more creative ideas and leave comments everywhere to tell bloggers what you think. If you have an interesting activity for March or a recipe or a March-anything-at-all pin, feel free to join the link-up. Have fun!

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Welcome to February's Pick 3 Party hosted by Marissa from the Inspired Owl's Corner, Lisa from PAWSitively Teaching, and  Ashley from Just Reed! It's February and there's so much to celebrate. It's Black History month, and Dental Health month. We celebrate Groundhog Day, President's Day and Valentine's Day too! And to top it all off, February is a short month and many schools have a whole week off for winter break. So there's a lot to pack into a short amount of time. I found some great pins I hope you will find inspirational to enjoy the month.

 

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Valentine Hand

This is a great idea to decorate your classroom door. It is an   eye-catching design and the best part is the kids participate by writing about what they love in the paper hearts.

 

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Abe Lincoln

This is a great poster of Abraham Lincoln and the message is a strong one. Lincoln was promoting the Golden Rule in the 1800s to treat others as you would like to be treated. It is a good message to teach kids in our classrooms.

 

 

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Presidents

How many presidents can your students recognize?

This poster could be a great inspiration to create a project for President's Day to learn about the men who belong to that exclusive group of leaders. Give each student the name of one president and have them do a short research project to find out three-five facts (in order to keep it short) about their president. Fast finishers can do more pages so that each president will be included. Using just one sheet of paper the student pastes a picture of the president at the top, indicates the dates the president lived, the dates he was president, and lists the important facts they learned. Facts could also be written in paragraph form. Then the teacher binds the pages in chronological order to create a class book about the Presidents of the United States. If you want every kid to have a copy, duplicate the pages and bind into individual books for each child to keep. This would be a great project for kids to learn about American history and at the same time not be too time-consuming. They always love student-created books.

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Check out my Pinterest feed for more great February ideas. I have great boards for Black History Month, President's Day, and Valentine's Day.  Feel free to peruse those boards to find more great ideas.

Visit A Plus Kids's profile on Pinterest.

Visit the other participating blogs for more creative ideas and leave comments everywhere to tell bloggers what you think. If you have an interesting activity for February or a recipe or a February-anything-at-all pin, feel free to join the link-up. Have fun!


 

Kathleen in 8 Apples

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