Sunday, April 28, 2013 / 6 comments

Summer is SO CLOSE and let's be honest, those last few weeks can drag on and on! Brighten up those weeks by entering for your chance to win all these products from some fantastic people! You can enter for one, or for all (better option).
Blogging/facebooking/tweeting/pinteresting gives you the opportunity to enter DAILY for those lovely rafflecopter tickets, PLUS you will have the chance to stalk some new fantastic bloggies!
The GIVEAWAY will run from now until midnight on May 6th.
Don't wait - ENTER for your chance to win! Today may be your LUCKY DAY!

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A List of Apps for teaching Social Skills & ASD

Sunday, April 21, 2013 / 3 comments
This is going to be a quick post, but I just came across a lovely little goldmine and I wanted to share it with you all. I am constantly searching for new apps on my Ipad to help teach social skills to my students with autism. Although I have found a lot on my own, searching the infinite app lists that come up on that search screen can be daunting, especially for a busy teacher. I also hate nothing more than downloading an app that is totally useless to my specific need.

Here is a list that a woman named compiled by Jessica Chase, MA. CCC-SLP on her website Constantly Speaking. This PDF file includes 82 pages of Apps specific for social skills. It shows the app icon, name, short description, and the price.

Click here to go to the list.

Hope this helps some of you! I've already download a TON of new apps I can't wait to share with my guys this week.

Hope you all had a good weekend!

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Trouble with short & long VCe vowels (Quick Giveaway!)

Thursday, April 18, 2013 / 4 comments
Sometimes it clicks, and sometimes it doesn't.. a few of my little cuties are struggling hard with remembering the vowel rules for short vowels and long VCe vowels. We have gone over each individually, but when they are all mixed together they just can't seem to hang onto what they've learned.

To help them out, I made a little "cumulative review" activity packet.

To begin, we review how to make each sound using these cards that describe the movement of the mouth, placement of the tongue, etc.

We have been doing a lot of vowel sorts by sight (they see the word/read it aloud) or by sound (they hear me say the word).

We have also been incorporating some games into the mix so we can practice reading lots of different words, while still recognizing which rule they follow.

My kids really struggle with the long /u/ sounds because there are two and they are a little tricky to blend. Sometimes I'll just pull out all the short and long /u/ words and we'll just focus on them for a session.

Here are the contents of the packet:

As always, the first one to comment gets a freebie (just leave me your e-mail!)

Tomorrow's Friday!

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Solar System: Moon Phases

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 / 3 comments
Today we continued learning about the solar system, specifically the moon phases.

I got these FREE Moon Phase Mini-Book printables from scholastic and we completed these together after reading the section in the book about moon phases. It also includes a fillable month for each evenings moon.

We went over the moon phases once more through this anchor chart in which I used these free picture cards.

After we discussed the differences in shapes and how the moon grows a little from the new moon to the full moon, and then shrinks again from the full moon to the new moon. Once they realized this, we learned that the moon is not necessary getting bigger or smaller, it is just being covered by the Earth's shadow.

I fully plan on doing the famous oreo moon phase activity on Friday during my lunch bunch, but for now I had the students complete a little craftivity on the moon phases using:

black construction paper
white chalk
picture of the earth

We will finally start on the planets tomorrow - my favorite part! I want them to make mobiles! I will post pictures afterwards.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013 / 1 comment
Most of my kiddos are struggling readers. As I've wrote about before, I'm a huge fan of using Orton Gillingham materials to teach phonics. I just wanted to give you a little peak at my newest product on TPT. My students love these, and they help them become more proficient in learning more words because they connect them with word families. I keep a laminated set in my classroom for my small groups, but also send home booklets for students to practice with adults.

Although they require some assembly, they are worth it & they last!

Classroom Set

Student Book

The first person that comments will get both sets FO FREE! leave your e-mail please :)

More solar system fun to come tomorrow!

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Solar System: Rotating and Revolving

Monday, April 15, 2013 / 12 comments
I'm back!

This week, my third graders are learning about the solar system. To kick off this unit, I wanted them to know the difference between how the Earth rotates around it's axis versus how the Earch revolves around the sun.

To start off, we looked at a globe and learned about the term "axis" and then we learned our first way the Earth moves by ROTATING on it's axis. I let each student have a turn "rotating" the globe.

To show REVOLVING. I walked around the room while I spun the globe on it's axis. I let a few students try this too.

We then created this lovely anchor chart to help us remember key details about the two ways the Earth moves.

And then we made this fun little guy using:
black, yellow, green, & blue construction paper
2 brads

On the back of this, I had them label "ROTATING" behind the Earth and "REVOLVING" behind the black bar. Easy enough and it helps them remember the concepts.


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