Getting Ready for the New School Year!!!

The beginning of the school year is almost here. I hope that this year GOD brings us many blessings and guides us to spread his good news to our students and parents. I am excited to meet my new third graders and to teach them. Therefore, I have been doing some reading to get ideas to incorporate in my classroom.

Throughout the year I will be sharing some links that will help us when preparing for the school year.

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New Years Resolution

We are entering a new year and you might have been thinking about resolutions or changes for this new coming year.

Dear Readers,

As educators or parents we know the importance of teaching our children on setting goals for the future. In addition, as educators we know that common core is all about mindset and setting goals.

Sometimes the content can be too rigorous or too much for the students. That is why as educators we need to use scaffolding methods in our teaching, so the students can be able to succeed. I believed that is important to teach our children to have a positive mindset as as well as to have an action plan and actually following the plan. The students should take more responsibility as well as setting up schedules so they can be able to do their work on time, study, read, etc.

Our students need to be more exposed with literature that teaches them to have a positive mind and to changes their studying habits or strategies so they can reach success.

here are some books

Let’s teach our students studying habits

A simple activity you can do with your kids, so they can visualize their goals.

 

Diagrams for mindset

Books for educators and parents:

 

 

Positive responses teachers and parents can use in the classroom or at home

 

Dear Readers,

I hope this post helps you on teaching children on having a growth mindset for 2018.

Love

Through Mary and Jesus we learn what love is and how to love others.  Earlier this month I was talking with my sister and friend how our world is today. Our students are so involve in their own little world and they do not know how to interact with other people. Also, their parents are very busy working that there is no discipline. My friend made a good point that sometimes our students do not respect us because they do not know us but that is the same treatment that Jesus the son of God received. People did not respect him and in fact they talked bad about him. He won people over by teaching them as well as showing them how to love and respect others. Jesus showed others love, compassion, understanding, mercy etc. Therefore, us as educators and parents we need to teach our children to love by loving and respecting them.

We do have to remember that the most important thing that Jesus thought us is love.

Love is….

  1. Never about control or possession
  2. About saying sorry to the person you have hurt
  3. About vulnerability
  4. About trust
  5. Unconditional
  6. Changing

 

We should always remember to love others just like God loves us. God loves us no matter what we do or say. He forgives when we do wrong. His love is very big and it never ends.

 

The most important gift that we should all ask for is love, so our whole world can be different and all disasters can come to an end. We should nusrish that love we have for others.

How are you going to spread love this year?

 

Advent Activities

In this season of adevent we are called to reflect and change our lifes. For the ones who have read my blog I am a catholic school teacher and I teach my students the importance of prayer. This year I decided to do things differently each day during the advent season. Everyday we are reflecting and thinking of how we can change. Today we focused on hope.

  • The students did a brain dumb on hope.
  • Then they had to reflect how they envision hope for the world and themselves during this season.
  • Also they drew images that represent hope.

Homework samples

Homework October

Math due on Friday
Please do your work on a separate sheet of paper.

1. use the vocabulary: quotient, dividend, divisor

Label:
24 _____4= 6

2. find the quotient

16_____4=
Use a strategy

3. Max had 45 chocolate bars. He distribute an equal amount of chocolate bars into 9 cups. How many chocolate bars did he distribute into each cup?

Key words:
Equation:
Show work:

4. find the quotient
32____8=
Use a strategy

5. find the product
4×5=
Use a strategy

6. find the quotient
20____5=
Use a strategy

7. Mia baked 126 cupcakes. She gave 6 cupcakes to each friend. How many friends went to her party?

Key words:
Equation:
Show work:

8. Sam wants to share her 88 cookies equally with her eleven friends. How many cookies will each friend will get?

Key words:
Equation:
Show work:

9. use a strategy to find the product
16×2=
3×5=
4×7=
8×8=

 

10. practice:

785-159=
967-248=
1765+1345=
876+987=

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Warm-Up

Max has 24 chocolates. He wants to share an equal amount with some friends. Each friend got 4 chocolates each. How many friends does he have?
Equation:

Groups:

Array:

Bar Model:

Repeated Subtraction:

Multiplication Facts:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homework 10/16-10/9

  • For this week we have a choice board for math and ELA.
  • For ELA- read a book everyday for this week. Answer some of the questions from the choice board.
  • For math- read the instructions.
  • Solve the problems and show work in a separate sheet of paper.
  • All work needs to be neat.
  • Complete sentences.
  • Due-Friday.

Back to School

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Hello Everyone!!!

I know it has been a while since I have not written something new. I promise that this academic year I will be more proactive on my blog. Well I had one month of vacation and during this month off I was doing a lot of thinking as well as researching for new ideas on setting up my classroom. I think I have some ideas in mind which later this week I will be posting in my blog.

Also, during this month of relaxation I did some shopping!!! for the class. I went to Dollar Tree, 99, Walmart, Barnes and Noble and Target. I bought some bins, white board, map, learning flashcards, caddies and more. I will also be posting pictures of the items I bought later this week.

I also did some research and based on the group of students I will be getting this year they benefit from learning tasks. I was looking at some on line and they were either expensive for my budget or they did not aligned with my state standards, therefore, I did not had any other choice but to make my own. I made some but I am still working on crating the rest, which I think this will be an on going project for the rest of the school year.

I hope you are enjoying your vacation and see you later.

Reading Passages:

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Resources For Parents

  Here are some resources for parents:

Reading strategies at home: 

http://resources.clee.utk.edu/print/SIG%20Reading%20Strategies.pdf  

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/developing-reading-skills/reading-comprehension-and-decoding-strategies      

http://www.slipperyrock.k12.pa.us/Downloads/Tips_for_Parents.pdf 

https://reports05.nwea.org/nwea/help/DRS_Inst_Strat.pdf    

Writing strategies:

https://www.superduperinc.com/handouts/pdf/148_Improving%20Writing%20Skills.pdf  

http://www.cabrillo.k12.ca.us/faralloneview/files/Parents_Support_Reading_Writing.pdf  

 

Science Handout

Getting to Know My Scientist

(This sheet will be used when they present tomorrow.) Due- August 30, 2016

 

  1. The scientist I researched   was__________________________.

 

  1. What did your scientist do to become famous:

 

  1.   How did your scientist make an impact with his or her invention:

 

  1. What did you learn about your scientist? 

 

The Empty Page

MY INTRODUCTION

Common Core in America today for most teachers is like the empty page of this blog’s background. With this state led initiative we, (teachers, administrators, principals, and our students),  have embarked upon a journey where the end result is one that should put America on a competitive footing when compared to other countries quality of education.  However, this journey we are all embarking on is constructed upon many facets of professional teaching practices that when first viewed looks to be very daunting for all concerned. As a third grade teacher in a inner city school who is starting to use common core for the first time, I know how frustrating the shift can be.

THE SHIFT TO COMMON CORE

Hello, my name is Winter and this is my first blog ever! I hope to convey both my excitement and my experiences as an inner city Elementary Private Catholic School Teacher with all the changes and challenges we are faced with along with giving some ideas to those who are struggling to see how to make the shift into Common Core.  So lets get down to it shall we! Last month, I attended a Catapult Learning seminar focused on Common Core and while there I had the opportunity to communicate with other third grade teachers. I realized that the majority of the teachers did not have the concept of aligning the third grade curriculum to Common Core. The teachers were discussing that they also work in a inner city school and there is no money to get textbooks that align to the new Common Core curriculum nor is there very many teaching material that is align to Common Core because of the shortage in school dollars especially within the private sector. After working in the inner city schools I have learned that we need to be creative and open to new ideas. In addition, we also need to network with other teachers and share ideas and again I hope this blog become a way for us teachers to begin doing that.

GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS

One idea that I would love to share with you today is how to implement graphic organizers during note taking that students can keep in their interactive notebooks. Last year I used Venn-Diagrams, KWL Charts, Mind Maps, Mind Dumps, Time Lines, Spider Webs, Bubble Maps, Think Abouts, Making Movies/Sequence Frames, Predict-a-Plot, On-Target Predictions, Story Maps, Story Building Blocks, Character Sketch, Setting,Events, and Character Actions, Clueing in to Context Clues, Problem Path, Writing a Picture, Cause and Effect, Puzzling, What’s the Message, and Vocabulary Word Map. The cool thing with graphic organizers is that you can be creative and adapt it to the needs of your students. In addition, you can use graphic organizers across your curriculum. Oh, and don’t forget to have fun! The students can use different color pens and draw symbols or pictures that relate to the topic of study in their graphic organizers.

MIND DUMPS

I used Mind Dumps as an assessment at the middle of my unit, but you can also use them at the beginning of the unit. Mind Dumps will provide you what your students know or the information that they have retained from previous lessons. Mind Dumps allow students to write everything they know or have learned about a specific topic. The great thing about Mind Dumps is that students can also add new information or modify their thoughts. Mind Dumps help students to correct their misconceptions on the topic of study. I used Mind Dumps for all the subjects. The students would write the topic of study in the middle of the paper and around the topic they would write all the information they learned. Then they shared their ideas with a partner and if they liked their partner’s ideas they could record it on their paper.In addition, the students would write the learning target and the standard on top of the paper. The neat thing of having students do graphic organizers is that allow students to keep them in their interactive notebook and reference it during quizzes, homework, or classroom assignments. We are preparing our students to become independent lifelong learners. Keep reading for more ideas to implement in your classroom.

Here are some Resources on Graphic Organizers: Click the Pictures below: